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Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Dessert, International | 1 comment

Banana Coconut Sesame Cake

Banana Coconut Sesame Cake

One of the popular fruit all over the world is banana.More so in Asian, Latin American and African countries. You have seen Yellow bananas but do you know in a southern state of Kerala in India,there are red skinned bananas?I wish i was adventurous back then and tried one.I totally ignored these red beauties for familiar yellow,much of my dismay now. I prefer to eat bananas just as fruit ,un-speckled, then any cooked version.One of the breakfast item,growing up we had was, sliced banana mixed in warm milk and bit of sugar.I still like it that way ūüôā Problem is,bananas ripes ¬†faster then we can eat.So I am always trying to figure out what to do with it.Hate to admit it but often times it ends up in my trash.So what do you with riping bananas?Nothing against banana bread and muffins but it doesn’t excites my taste buds.. So we experimented with half of dozen riping bananas couple of ways last weekend. My daughter made Banana smoothie.¬† We made...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in International, missions, Veggies | 2 comments

Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak

When i heard about ‘Bubble and Squeak’ for the first time,i smiled in amusement,I could not wait to find out what the dish is all about?How often you come across a dish, which is named after the sound it makes,as it cooks? That’s precisely what it is.Bubble and Squeak,i like to say that,just thought ¬†you should know ūüôā My friend Jane is from England.One of the nicest person,you will ¬†meet.Not to mention,her English accent is charming.I was quizzing her about English food :-)She was very gracious to answer all my questions and shared some pictures of her native country with me. I have been forever confused about the ‘tea’ time.Glad that Jane cleared some of those doubts for me.She said,”¬†Growing up,what we call lunch time in the US,it was called dinner time and what US call dinner time was called ¬†tea time”.Fast forward some odd years,’lunch is midday, tea time around four and dinner in the evening.’ ‘Bubble and Squeak’ ¬†is traditionally made with leftover vegetables from Sunday roast...

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in International, missions, NonVeg | 0 comments

Chicken Moussaka

Chicken Moussaka

Couple of months back,i borrowed a Greek cooking book from a friend of mine.As i was flipping through the book,i came across Moussaka.It has been in my to-make list for very very long time.So i finally decided to give it a try. Moussaka is type of Greek Lasagna,just to give you a visual.Pasta is replaced by thin eggplant slices.I grew up with eggplants,we call it ‘brinjal’ in Indian english.My mom prepared it many ways and i like them all.But here is a challange,i am the only one in a family who likes it.I knew,i was making this meal with complete anticipation of rejection and yes they picked out the eggplants and ate the meat.I served it with pasta. Looking back,there are couple of things,i would change about this dish,when i remake it.(not a matter of ‘if’) If you do not like eggplants at all,don’t make it. If you do dare make it, make sure, you slice the eggplants very very thin.I fall in this category ūüôā Do not be...

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Dessert, International | 0 comments

Anzac Bikkies

Anzac Bikkies

Are you wondering about the name? Me too.I thought it was a funny name.So i researched some more.ANZAC is a abbreviation for Australia NewZeland Army Corps. Bikkies are Australian Crispy cookies.Much more hard version of theses bikkies were sent to ANZAC soldiers who were fighting in the war.Now you know the mystery behind the name ūüôā Couple of days back,I had my jar of oats sitting at the counter in the morning.My son asked if i am baking cookies.I wasn’t planning on but i changed my mind the moment he asked.So we both joined hands and decided to make cookies in the morning.Reason,i decided to give a try to this cookie so promptly? First,i thought,it is a cool name to call ‘cookies’ as ‘bikkies’. I had yet to pin Australia on my global cooking map.So this was a great opportunity for grab.We had fun checking out where it is. It uses some of the ingredients,which i do not regularly use,so it was time¬†to clear up my pantry a bit.Think...

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Grains, International | 0 comments

Orecchiette Meatball Minestrone

Orecchiette Meatball Minestrone

Weather around here changes frequently this time of the year.You wake up with cold morning,¬†you put on your warm jackets before you leave the house ¬†and you are hitting 70F in the afternoon and wondering why did you dress up ¬†like that? So on one such day,i made¬†minestrone¬†meatball soup.Is this the first time you are hearing the word ‘minestrone’?I was curious to know when i heard this a while back,so here it is¬† ‘Minestrone’¬† means soup in Italian,made with pasta¬† and vegetables and touch of herbs. I used ¬†Orecchiette for pasta.It means “Little ears” in Italian.It looks like sorta little ear,isn’t it?Though here it is marketed as “shell” pasta and resembles that too ha !I would have preferred smaller shaped pasta but this is what i had in hand and it tastes just fine. Now to make it heartier,i added meatballs.You can use whatever kind you like.I made with chicken. You may have noticed me using turmeric a lot.It is Indian spice which i use ¬†regardless of the ethnicity...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in International, NonVeg, Storybook | 1 comment

Yassa Poulet

Yassa Poulet

We read the story of ‘Rapunzel’,classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale,retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora in the lush backdrop of African village using collages of painted,textured paper. Keeping up with our African meal night,we made Yassa Poulet to go with Jollof rice.’Poulet’ is French for Chicken.It is very popular dish of Senegal.This is what i learnt about this dish. Lemon juice and onion is star of the dish.Lots of it. It is spicy dish but i kept the heat very minimal because of kids. I also made the dish using only chicken breast,though we would prefer the dark meat for future. I had to improvise the dish with chopped cabbage,since i didn’t had tons of onions. We talked about where in the map Senegal is,West coast Africa.We prayed that Gospel will reach to this ¬†nation and will lift up the people to see the light,Christ is. PrintYassa Poulet Ingredients2 chicken breasts,cut in cubes 1 chopped onion 1 cup chopped cabbage 1 chicken boullian cube Salt to taste Marinade 2...

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