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Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Condiments, International, Salad, Side Dish | 0 comments

Russian  Potato Salad

Russian Potato Salad

I have always loved potatoes in different form. Growing up, my mom would add potatoes to green vegetable dish because we wouldn’t eat the vegetable otherwise. With potatoes, we were willing to give that a try and eventually we started liking some of those vegetables san potatoes. Good trick ha! I do this with my family too. After being in US for as long as I have, I get the impression that potato salad is must have for BBQ events and picnic during summer. Most potato salad I have tasted have mayo, pickles and some common condiments across the board. In most salad, potatoes are left in chunkier cut with the exception of my mother-in-law’s potato salad which we all love in our family so much. Apparently, Russian potato salad takes the liberty to expand on the basic base by adding chopped vegetables and meat (such as cubed ham or turkey if you like).I stayed with the vegetables. Ingredients 2 Russet potatoes 5 baby carrots chopped 1/4 cup chopped green beans 1/3 cup frozen peas...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in International, Side Dish, Veggies | 0 comments

Boerenkool Stamppot

Boerenkool Stamppot

What’s in the name? Well,if you are Dutch,you will know it immediately.If you are not, like me, then here is an explanation. Boerenkool is ‘Kale’ ; Stamppot simply means “mashed up’, potatoes being the consistent ingredient. Just like Irish has colcannon (cabbage with mashed potatoes),Dutch has Boerenkool Stamppot.If  carrots or parsnips are added instead of kale,name changes accordingly.Concept remains same.Pretty cool ha ! What inspired  ? My theory is when we are trying a vegetable or fruit, which is known for its failed record in our taste department, I go global.I research how the particular produce is enjoyed across different culture. Though there are some produce which are  grown only in set regions of the world, there are many fruits and vegetable available to us which has global presence. I learnt that Kale has been enjoyed by Dutch for long time, way before it became the talk of health town. How it is eaten in Netherlands? It is mashed with potatoes and enjoyed with sausage.Here is my version. Ingredients 3 Russet potatoes  cleaned 1-1/2 cups chopped packed kale(I chose curly because...

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Side Dish | 0 comments

Potato Beet soup

Potato Beet soup

Do you have a favorite soup that you  make when you have cold or feeling sick?  My husband was under the weather last week.One of his favorite soup when he is not feeling well is potato soup.  This time was no different.I tweaked the soup little bit .I added beets for a change and didn’t make it cheesy.Beets are very good for you.it also adds deep pretty purple color and earthiness to the dish. However truth be told,we are not in love with the beets yet, so the trick is to mash it fine and make it unrecognizable to pick it out.Since Our kids had the second serving of the soup, I would say it is a keeper. You can top it with sour cream/Greek yogurt and cheese if you like. I left out these items.  And you do not have to be sick to make it. PrintPotato Beetroot soup Ingredients3 Russet potatoes 2 Stalks of celery 1 Onion 1/2 Beetroot(medium size) Dozen mini carrots 2 big cloves garlic 1/4 tsp...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Side Dish | 1 comment

International Potluck recipes – Pot of beans with cornbread

International Potluck recipes – Pot of beans with cornbread

Do you get asked to bring specific items to a potluck? Well,my friend Amanda does.She makes this amazing pot of beans soup,which everyone raves about.I learnt from her that it has been their Tuesday night family tradition,eating bowl of beans soup with cornbread. Though i could not taste Amanda’s beans(because i don’t do red meat,i know  i know),it was gone before the party was over.So i asked her to share the secret family recipe with us and she happily did 🙂 I could not wait to make it.My daughter loves this soup.So during one of our recent cold front days,i cooked a pot of bean soup and  modified her recipe to keep it vegetarian.I didn’t had tomato bouillon cube,so i used canned tomato.I also cooked in slow cooker because you know, i am impatient about stirring and checking.Amanda serves her beans with honey corn bread.I served ours with pumpkin corn bread.Both are great choices. This soup is a keeper.following is Amanda’s original...

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in International, missions, Side Dish | 0 comments

Salatat Khiyar(Algerian Cucumber Salad)

Salatat Khiyar(Algerian Cucumber Salad)

 Lilias Trotter, have you heard of her? I found out about this amazing lady through Noel Piper’s book “Faithful women and their extraordinary God”. Well before she sailed to be a missionary in Algeria (more on that in my next post).She was a very gifted watercolor artist. She says, “I cannot give myself to painting in the way he [Ruskin] means and continue still to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness“{John Ruskin, the renowned artist of the time, said about her watercolors ‘extremely right minded and careful work’}.She enjoyed her art as a gift not a passion, Noël piper writes in her book. She had the ministry back home in England, to help create and run places and programs for poor working girls to get meals and sleep. She taught Bible classes and was involved in rescue work. It meant watching over the vulnerable girl in bad situation who might end her life otherwise .Imagine the looks she must have got, at the time of Victorian England...

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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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