Monday, January 26, 2015

Randhaiche Lonche | Tendli Carrot Popaiche Lonche ~ Mangalorean Catholic Style Mixed Veg Pickle with Ivy Gourd, Carrot & Raw Papaya


January is almost coming to an end and as I reflect back on the days that have passed by I am pretty pleased with myself. The goals that I had set for my self for 2015 have been partially met. I am less addicted to the computer although I need to de addict myself from Facebook but I guess I have a long way to go. On the flip side I am thankful to Facebook as I have reconnected with old friends and made new friends there. When I talk about old friends it includes those people who stepped into my life pretty early when I was still a tiny tot. Perhaps the first real association I had with another tiny tot was at the first play school I went to. This little girl was one of the students there as her mum ran the school in their own house. This also meant that her toys had to be shared and on one occasion there was even a tug of war for her favourite tricycle which she was asked to share with me. These are my earliest memories of her and the school. I must have been all of four that time.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi# 10 - Fish Curry, Soorn Sukhen, Tendli Carrot Popai Lonche, Papdo


BOSHI# 10

Sometimes when the weather is dull and boring I like to eat something simple and spicy - generally the kind of mood that helps me remember my childhood and that definitely helps to uplift my mood! A fish curry accompanied by some of my favourite things is on today's boshi. 

The whole combination was so delicious especially due to the homemade tendi-carrot (mixed veg) pickle that the husband made...mmmm! finger lickin good

RECIPES:

Monday, January 19, 2015

Prawn Biryani ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


A couple of posts ago I had mentioned that I would soon reveal my resolution for this year. To be honest, I don't believe in making resolutions that I am sure to break at some point. However, I have made a list of things that I wish to tackle this year. The first on the list is tackling procrastination and I genuinely hope I don't procrastinate doing this :-)  Apart from this are a host of things I want to do to make my blogging experience easy and faster so that I can post many more recipes than I am doing currently. I am also going to make a serious effort to stay on top of my emails, personal or blog related. Mobile phones are really the bane of our existence, or so I feel as I tend to read emails on the phone and procrastinate replying to a time when I am comfortably seated at my desk browsing the internet from my laptop. I hate typing lengthy emails from my phone, I tell myself and I will get to replying to emails from my computer, I promise. However, this never really happens as I hardly get any quality time at the computer these days. With a little one ever so active and demanding, my 'me time' is shrinking by the minute. So I am making a solemn promise to all of you who have sent me emails and not received responses - I will reply to you positively! Thank you and sorry!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi#9 - Pork Indad, Sonay Sukhe & Sanna


BOSHI# 9

A protein rich menu with delicious items such as Pork Indad - spicy, sweet and sour pork served with quintessential Mangalorean Sanna - fluffy rice cakes that so perfectly mop up the delicious thick curry of the Pork Indad. Also on the plate is black garbanzo/black chana cooked 'sukka' dry style garnished with plenty of slow roasted coconut. To balance the extra protein on the plate is fresh cucumber slices.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tuna Salad


After all the festive binge eating my taste buds have begun to crave for something simple, light and nutritious. I have decided to incorporate salads into our daily diet and I am on the look out for light eats in the form of salads - raw or with a few cooked ingredients. I came across this salad at a beach resort in Oman last year. The buffet counter had a huge spread of salads out of which this particular one caught my fancy. It was tuna shreds paired with crunchy, refreshing and delicious bell peppers. A few onions were tossed in along with basic season and it made for a delightful eat. 

I knew that I had to recreate it once I got back home and I did. Since I struggle to feed my son fish (he hates it) this was a perfect way to get him some seafood nutrition. Initially he was very hesitant to try it but did in the end and loved it. I think canned tuna tastes pretty ok as compared to the fresh one which tends to have a fishy smell to it. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Beef Fry ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


Folks, before I vanished for my holidays last month I had promised my readers that I would keep the posts flowing. Since I got really busy towards the end of December I will post all the festive goodies now. They are a bunch of sweets and other delicious things that I am sure you will enjoy at leisure now. January is a good month to unwind and get into a retrospective mood, no? I am doing just that. As ironic as it sounds, now that school has begun I am actually very relaxed. I love my routines and the regularity in schedule that school days bring with them (I know, I know...before you know it I'll be whining about the school routine). 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi#8 - Raisin Chicken, Cabbage Miryapito & Chapathis


BOSHI#8

A delicious boshi that strikes a fine balance between sweet and spicy. The sweetness of the raisins in the raisin chicken is adequately balanced by the spice in the cabbage miryapito. Prepare this on days when you are not in the mood to make a full fledged curry - there is no grinding involved in these recipes so it is perfect for bachelors or those who have limited interest/inclination/time to make elaborate meals!

RECIPES:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Julekake / Julekaga ~ Norwegian Cardamom Scented Christmas Bread


My first post of this year is also the last post of the Christmas season that officially ends today, the 6th of January which is also called as the Epiphany, the Feast of the Three Kings. Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas (although some Orthodox churches celebrate it on the 19th of January as they celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January) and is the time when Christians remember the Three Wise Men (also called as the three kings) who visited Jesus after He was born.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Eggless Mocha Chocolate Mousse - Easiest Recipe Ever!


The grand finale of this year's Christmas does not end with this mousse :-) I had planned a whole bunch of things to be made and posted before the 24th of December (today) but somehow due to my extra hectic schedule this year owing to a wedding in the family and cousins flown in from across the globe my task became harder than I had anticipated. Luckily I had prepared a lot of things ahead of time and those will keep showing up on the blog in the next few days. Christmas is not just about a single day - 25th of December. Christmas is a season, a season of love, togetherness and happiness. These three elements are interdependent. There can be no love if there is no happiness and there can be no happiness without love. Togetherness depends a lot on the former two. So basically to celebrate this part of Christmas I have this mousse for you which brings coffee and chocolate together to create a beautiful, simple and easy dessert that is served in tequila/vodka shot glasses - a serving size that is just right. No overindulgence. Simplicity also means that you can put this dessert together a day in advance and all you can do is chill and enjoy your party and when it's time for dessert you just pop these beauties out of the fridge and serve them. Sounds easy?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Coffee Fruit Cake ~ No Alcohol, Last Minute Christmas Cake


It's that time of the year when it gets busier every day and you are trying to fit in things at the last minute. Falling sick at this time is something you just cannot afford and that's exactly what happened to me today. Down with a bout of sneezing and the works - all thanks to endless hours of shopping in the open air last night at the Global Village. It was great hanging out with the girls in my family and we ended up buying a lot of stuff - happiness is just this!

Last week I made this cake twice and I was pretty happy with the results. It is a different kind of a cake that takes little time to put together and the result is perfect. A moist, flavourful and aromatic cake that can give tough competition to its boozy counterparts. The only effort required here is in chopping the fruits into small bits. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Randhaiche Lonche | Tendli Carrot Popaiche Lonche ~ Mangalorean Catholic Style Mixed Veg Pickle with Ivy Gourd, Carrot & Raw Papaya


January is almost coming to an end and as I reflect back on the days that have passed by I am pretty pleased with myself. The goals that I had set for my self for 2015 have been partially met. I am less addicted to the computer although I need to de addict myself from Facebook but I guess I have a long way to go. On the flip side I am thankful to Facebook as I have reconnected with old friends and made new friends there. When I talk about old friends it includes those people who stepped into my life pretty early when I was still a tiny tot. Perhaps the first real association I had with another tiny tot was at the first play school I went to. This little girl was one of the students there as her mum ran the school in their own house. This also meant that her toys had to be shared and on one occasion there was even a tug of war for her favourite tricycle which she was asked to share with me. These are my earliest memories of her and the school. I must have been all of four that time.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi# 10 - Fish Curry, Soorn Sukhen, Tendli Carrot Popai Lonche, Papdo


BOSHI# 10

Sometimes when the weather is dull and boring I like to eat something simple and spicy - generally the kind of mood that helps me remember my childhood and that definitely helps to uplift my mood! A fish curry accompanied by some of my favourite things is on today's boshi. 

The whole combination was so delicious especially due to the homemade tendi-carrot (mixed veg) pickle that the husband made...mmmm! finger lickin good

RECIPES:

Monday, January 19, 2015

Prawn Biryani ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


A couple of posts ago I had mentioned that I would soon reveal my resolution for this year. To be honest, I don't believe in making resolutions that I am sure to break at some point. However, I have made a list of things that I wish to tackle this year. The first on the list is tackling procrastination and I genuinely hope I don't procrastinate doing this :-)  Apart from this are a host of things I want to do to make my blogging experience easy and faster so that I can post many more recipes than I am doing currently. I am also going to make a serious effort to stay on top of my emails, personal or blog related. Mobile phones are really the bane of our existence, or so I feel as I tend to read emails on the phone and procrastinate replying to a time when I am comfortably seated at my desk browsing the internet from my laptop. I hate typing lengthy emails from my phone, I tell myself and I will get to replying to emails from my computer, I promise. However, this never really happens as I hardly get any quality time at the computer these days. With a little one ever so active and demanding, my 'me time' is shrinking by the minute. So I am making a solemn promise to all of you who have sent me emails and not received responses - I will reply to you positively! Thank you and sorry!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi#9 - Pork Indad, Sonay Sukhe & Sanna


BOSHI# 9

A protein rich menu with delicious items such as Pork Indad - spicy, sweet and sour pork served with quintessential Mangalorean Sanna - fluffy rice cakes that so perfectly mop up the delicious thick curry of the Pork Indad. Also on the plate is black garbanzo/black chana cooked 'sukka' dry style garnished with plenty of slow roasted coconut. To balance the extra protein on the plate is fresh cucumber slices.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tuna Salad


After all the festive binge eating my taste buds have begun to crave for something simple, light and nutritious. I have decided to incorporate salads into our daily diet and I am on the look out for light eats in the form of salads - raw or with a few cooked ingredients. I came across this salad at a beach resort in Oman last year. The buffet counter had a huge spread of salads out of which this particular one caught my fancy. It was tuna shreds paired with crunchy, refreshing and delicious bell peppers. A few onions were tossed in along with basic season and it made for a delightful eat. 

I knew that I had to recreate it once I got back home and I did. Since I struggle to feed my son fish (he hates it) this was a perfect way to get him some seafood nutrition. Initially he was very hesitant to try it but did in the end and loved it. I think canned tuna tastes pretty ok as compared to the fresh one which tends to have a fishy smell to it. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Beef Fry ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


Folks, before I vanished for my holidays last month I had promised my readers that I would keep the posts flowing. Since I got really busy towards the end of December I will post all the festive goodies now. They are a bunch of sweets and other delicious things that I am sure you will enjoy at leisure now. January is a good month to unwind and get into a retrospective mood, no? I am doing just that. As ironic as it sounds, now that school has begun I am actually very relaxed. I love my routines and the regularity in schedule that school days bring with them (I know, I know...before you know it I'll be whining about the school routine). 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi#8 - Raisin Chicken, Cabbage Miryapito & Chapathis


BOSHI#8

A delicious boshi that strikes a fine balance between sweet and spicy. The sweetness of the raisins in the raisin chicken is adequately balanced by the spice in the cabbage miryapito. Prepare this on days when you are not in the mood to make a full fledged curry - there is no grinding involved in these recipes so it is perfect for bachelors or those who have limited interest/inclination/time to make elaborate meals!

RECIPES:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Julekake / Julekaga ~ Norwegian Cardamom Scented Christmas Bread


My first post of this year is also the last post of the Christmas season that officially ends today, the 6th of January which is also called as the Epiphany, the Feast of the Three Kings. Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas (although some Orthodox churches celebrate it on the 19th of January as they celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January) and is the time when Christians remember the Three Wise Men (also called as the three kings) who visited Jesus after He was born.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Eggless Mocha Chocolate Mousse - Easiest Recipe Ever!


The grand finale of this year's Christmas does not end with this mousse :-) I had planned a whole bunch of things to be made and posted before the 24th of December (today) but somehow due to my extra hectic schedule this year owing to a wedding in the family and cousins flown in from across the globe my task became harder than I had anticipated. Luckily I had prepared a lot of things ahead of time and those will keep showing up on the blog in the next few days. Christmas is not just about a single day - 25th of December. Christmas is a season, a season of love, togetherness and happiness. These three elements are interdependent. There can be no love if there is no happiness and there can be no happiness without love. Togetherness depends a lot on the former two. So basically to celebrate this part of Christmas I have this mousse for you which brings coffee and chocolate together to create a beautiful, simple and easy dessert that is served in tequila/vodka shot glasses - a serving size that is just right. No overindulgence. Simplicity also means that you can put this dessert together a day in advance and all you can do is chill and enjoy your party and when it's time for dessert you just pop these beauties out of the fridge and serve them. Sounds easy?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Coffee Fruit Cake ~ No Alcohol, Last Minute Christmas Cake


It's that time of the year when it gets busier every day and you are trying to fit in things at the last minute. Falling sick at this time is something you just cannot afford and that's exactly what happened to me today. Down with a bout of sneezing and the works - all thanks to endless hours of shopping in the open air last night at the Global Village. It was great hanging out with the girls in my family and we ended up buying a lot of stuff - happiness is just this!

Last week I made this cake twice and I was pretty happy with the results. It is a different kind of a cake that takes little time to put together and the result is perfect. A moist, flavourful and aromatic cake that can give tough competition to its boozy counterparts. The only effort required here is in chopping the fruits into small bits.