Oven Roasted Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd (known as Pavakkai in Tamil and Karela in Hindi) is a healthy addition to ones diet. It helps against diabetes, amongst other things.  However its one downside is right in its name. It is very bitter.  To combat this, most cooking techniques with this vegetable involve using a combination of ingredients, namely salt, chili and lemon or tamarind (for sourness). Another popular method is to deep fry after seasoning. But of course the downside is all the oil […]

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Cabbage Stir Fry

Most parents know that getting kids to eat vegetables is one of the hardest chores.  This is an easy way to serve cabbage in a quick yet tasty manner.

1/2 Head of Green Cabbage – Finely chopped into 2" long threads (Quarter the cabbage and cut on a bias)

1 large onion, cut into fine slices

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tea spoon freshly ground black pepper

2 table spoons of Olive Oil

salt to taste

Pour 2 table spoons of olive oil in a […]

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Red Wine Basics

An elegant but hard thing to do is pair food with wines.  This is the first of a multi-part post that will attempt to give a primer on this culinary skill.  Before we can effortlessly pair food with an appropriate wine, we need to understand the basics of commonly available wines.  This abbreviated one deals with red wines and is reproduced courtesy of Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Cabernet Sauvignon      Flavors: Bell pepper, green olive, herb, cassis, black cherry

The primary component of […]

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Potato Leek Soup

2 medium potatoes – diced into 1 inch cubes
2 leeks, white part only
2 table spoons olive oil
2 cups of vegetable stock
1 small tomato – chopped
½ cup of chopped spring onions to garnish
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
Cut leeks lengthwise and rinse well.  Then cut and discard the green part.  Finely chop the white part and set aside.  Heat olive oil in a skillet.  Add the chopped leek (white part) and chopped tomato and sauté for 3 to […]

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Peas Pulav (Pilaf) – Quick & Easy Way

3 Cups cooked Basmati rice – cooled to room temperature
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup frozen peas, microwaved for 2 minutes
1 tea sppon ginger, finely chopped
1/2 tea spoon whole pepper corn
1/2 tea spoon fennel seeds
1/2 tea spoon cumin seeds
salt to taste
Garnish – 1 small tomato, diced and 1 table spoon of chopped cilantro
Pour 2 table spoons of olive oil in a large skillet.  When hot, add dry spices and wait till they become fragrant.   Add […]

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