Thursday, November 29, 2012

Magic Potion

I hope none of you are suffering from what I've been suffering from the past 24 hours, but just in case, I want to pass on a little recipe that a dear friend passed on to me a few years ago.  Not only will it cure what ails ya, but it's delicious to boot!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Everything's Coming Up Roses

One of the best grocery store discoveries I've made in recent years is Rose Petal Spread

You can almost invariably find it at your local (or perhaps like me, not-so-local) Indo-Pak grocery store, and believe me it's worth the trip.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to Split Beans

The other day I wanted to make some Kichari.  This wonderful Indian meal can be spelled almost as many ways as there are recipes for it, and there are almost as many recipes for it as there Indian households!  My own personal favorite recipe for Kichari does not quite follow any recipe I have found in a book, but rather is a mix and match of several different recipes.  The basic concept, as far as I can tell, is that it is a mixture of dals (split peas or beans) and rice cooked in plenty of water so that there is a nice broth preferably with a lot of flavor added in the form of spices and roasted seeds.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Calming Breakfast Soup

Oh, the joy of a winter garden!  It frosted pretty well last night but such happenings serve only to sweeten most of what remains in the garden.  There are daikon radishes, and turnips and in the greenhouse there are collard greens and kale at various stages of growth.  With this in mind this morning, and having read last night in  Masanobu Fukuoka's "One Straw Revolution" that daikon radishes have calming qualities, I decided we would start out our day calmly.  So I made a simple egg drop miso soup with fresh grated daikon added raw to the warm bowl of soup.