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Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in International, NonVeg | 0 comments

Pollo en Salsa de Almendras(Chicken in Almond sauce)

Pollo en Salsa de Almendras(Chicken in Almond sauce)

Growing up, I remember my dad telling us to eat couple of nuts, mainly almonds, every day, for it is good for you. Though I wasn’t fond of nuts, i did like cashew and almonds. My family is same way. They do not like to munch on nuts.So I am always looking for a way to include nuts in what I cook, without anyone knowing about it.   When I came across the recipe of chicken cooked in almond sauce with Mexican twist, I had to try. Afterall how would you keep the same chicken interesting,day after day ?My husband will tell you, I don’t repeat the dish often. Reason is not that I don’t want to, it is simply because I don’t remember what I added last time precisely. I don’t measure up anything and I play with spices a lot. I try to add the elements of different cuisine, as I am in mood for. So it ends up being different. Sometime it is not a good...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in International, Side Dish, Veggies | 0 comments

Ethiopian Collard Greens (Ye’abesha Gomen)

Ethiopian Collard Greens (Ye’abesha Gomen)

Ethiopia keeps coming in my mind regularly these days. Could it be because of my friend Jill? She and her family have adopted 3 beautiful children from Ethiopia. We crossed paths couple of times during VBS last month. I had the opportunity to talk to some of her kids during that time as a snack lady 🙂 Now the obvious question, do you like collard greens? My first answer would be, no.My second answer would be, not unless it is very dressed up. So I did the sample dish of collard greens. Now the verdict, I was pleasantly surprised with the nuttiness this dish has. I am more surprised when both of my kids second serving of it.They liked it mixed with Geelrys.Hubby was not complaining either. So will take it positive. One of the key ingredients of this Ethiopian dish is Nit’ir Qibh.It is spiced up clarified butter. If you do not have Nitir Qibh, you must season the clarified butter adequetly.This is what gives the nuttiness to these collard greens. This...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Grains, International, missions | 0 comments

Geelrys

Geelrys

Why eat plain white rice, when you can eat ‘Geelrys’? Learn it from the South Africans.  Geelrys is rice with effortless exuberant personality. It is aromatic, has touch of sweetness and is bursting with yellow color.  Raisins add sweet bite to it.I don’t care for raisins as it is but I like it plumped as it cooks in rice. My kids not so much in the rice.  Turmeric adds the yellow tint to rice. Cinnamon adds aroma. Brown sugar adds touch of sweetness.  I have cooked it with medium grain and long Basmati rice. My preference is long Basmati rice.  You cook this rice in same way as you would regular rice, adding everything to it at once in the beginning. I always make it enough to last for two meals.You can adjust the amount for one meal,if you like. I don’t like sweetness in savory dishes.So I have experimented it with less sugar or no sugar time to time.I often serve it with spicy chicken curry. After I...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in International, Kids | 0 comments

Chicken Quesadilla

Chicken Quesadilla

We all have days,when you are out most of the day, came back home, tired and question is, what is for dinner? Our summer days get busy at times. Fun kind of busy of course ! One of that kind of  day, my daughter asked me, “Mom, are you going to ask daddy to pick up dinner today?” “No, my child”. I disappointed her. “We are having quesadilla today”. It was my answer couple of days back. ‘Queso’ is ‘Cheese’ in Spanish. Quesadilla is toasted tortilla with melted cheese inside. You can think of it as  a big tortilla sandwich! I used cooked shredded taco chicken with bell pepper and onions as filling, topped with cheese. You can use meat of your choice or keep it vegetarian with potatoes and greens to serve it with chutney. We love ours with generous dose of guacamole 🙂 I have not mentioned any amount. I was eyeballing and cooking it hurry. You just want the filling to cover the surface of the tortilla....

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Condiments, International, Kids | 0 comments

Guacamole

Guacamole

Can you name some of the snacks from Mexico?  I met Laura,who is from Mexico, couple of days back at a playdate. Won’t you know it that we landed on the fascinating topic of food as we watched our children jump on trampoline or play air hockey? I asked Laura,what she misses the most from Mexico, food wise? She said ‘Empanadas de Cajeta‘(similar to ‘ Khoya Gujhiya’ for my Indian family).She always asks her mom to bring it with her from Mexico.Snack wise,’Guacamole’ with chips or sliced Avocados sprinkled with salt and lime juice is pretty popular too. I quickly identified with Laura’s Empanadas de Cajeta whereas Stacey, who spent her childhood in Brazil, is well familiar with Avocados but not as Guacamole. Brazilians make Avocado smoothie. I had not even heard of Avocados until I got to US.Since it was introduced to me as Guacamole, it is hard for me to imagine in smoothie but I am open to it. We are big fan of avocados in my family. My...

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in International, missions, Salad | 0 comments

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Have you heard the phrase “Cool as a Cucumber‘?  Not sure how this phrase came about but I can tell you that when I think of summer snack,I think of cucumbers. I think of train trips, bus stops and a man carrying basket full of cucumbers and ‘Kakdi“(‘Armenian Cucumber’) in hot Indian summer.On demand, it will be peeled, sliced and served with sprinkle of black salt  to you. I love cucumbers. My papa always bought it during summer. It is an easy, quick snack. I like the crunch and coolness of the cucumbers. Fine Black salt, a condiment, goes very well with it.Try it sometime 🙂 I always look for a way to eat cucumbers. So what will be more perfect then Greek Salad?Greek Salad has tomatoes, onion, cucumbers tossed with feta and dressing. You can add lettuce to it 🙂 I used Pioneer Woman’s recipe for guideline.I made more dressing then i needed,so i can just add it when i need it for next batch. I was bit hesitant to...

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