Author: cookingwithshy

Potato & Quinoa Patties

  This fabulous vegetarian dish could be served as an appetizer, a side or even part of a main meal accompanied with a  garden fresh salad or roasted vegetables.Do bring it to your dinner table the next time around and I’m sure it will please even a staunch carnivorous dinner guest. Quinoa has come a long way in the last couple of years when it became quite the rage around one’s kitchens. It has slowly moved up from being stocked in the health food isles to the regular shelves in most supermarkets. I recently hosted a virtual cooking class and called it ” Quinoa Goes To Hollywood”. It was a fun session where the participants used simple cooked quinoa and twisted up two traditional Indian recipes, one  into a Curried Quinoa (the original recipe being Poha, which is curried flattened rice) and Potato Quinoa Patties which is the Aloo Tikki (classic Potato patty that got a makeover) I for one quite enjoy cooking with Quinoa and while the obsession continues, I’d been looking at something …

Ful Medames: Egyptian Fava Bean Stew

“Beans have satisfied even the Pharaohs”…An Old Arabic quote   Happy New Year! This post has been long overdue, as we are well into January and apologies for wishing everyone so late. I do hope the New Year has begun on a healthier and hopeful note for everyone! It is the perfect opportunity to indeed start making those resolutions that each one of us said we would make. Eating healthier and making good lifestyle changes is one that tops most of our lists. Now doesn’t this sound familiar? Well I sat down earlier in this month and penned down a few simple goals to improve my diet this year. Being in the Culinary profession (teaching) and recipe creation is  a tough call, as it puts one’s own health on standby and very often I tend to indulge in a lot of unnecessary calories and junk food that one can very well avoid. Well here is a simple list of things I intend to follow this year.( Or Atleast Hope To) No more fads and strict …

Christmas Cake

  May Your Heart And Homes Be Filled With Every Joy And Gratitude The Season Brings Merry Christmas And Blessings For A Healthier New Year     Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. This year has been a tough and challenging one for all of us worldwide, being away from our families and dear ones and quieter celebrations. However it is the perfect time to sit and reflect on this year that was. A time to be grateful and express gratitude and thanks for all that this year has taught us. YET So Many Reasons To Be Thankful For: We can be thankful to those who have shown us love and care and a shoulder to lean on during this chaotic times. We are thankful for family and friends near and far, that keep in touch and bring us much joy and cheer through our telephone conversations. We are thankful for Zoom to allow us to work from the comfort of our homes. We are thankful to all all our frontline workers and health care providers …

Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

 “Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”   Yes I admit that I’m insanely mad over chocolates and desserts and cake. But never have been much into doughnuts. While a chocolate glazed doughnut and a coffee is a match made in heaven for most, It has  never grabbed my fancy.Perhaps a Cruller with a coffee once in away at a Krispy Kreme or  the neighbourhood Timmy’s and that was as much I would indulge in them. Just the thought of a fried dessert was good enough to put me off. However I’ve  often toyed with the idea of making some up for the family as my son, now a young adult loves doughnuts! My mum would make the fried mini ones when we were kids and sure I could borrow her recipe.But again her recipe called for the deep-fried version.Mind you we loved the ones she made for as kids. Why cant one bake them instead, is something I’ve often wondered?

Diwali: A Festival Of Lights And Sweet Treats

    Diwali: The Festival of Lights is a five day celebration amongst Indians and also marks the onset of a New year in accordance with the Hindu calender. It is celebrated with much gaiety and grandeur.It is aptly called so,as celebrations are marked with fireworks and lighting of lamps called “Diyas”, signifying the triumph of good over evil and ushering prosperity, success and good cheer into one’s homes. Worship ceremonies include that of praying to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, making of sweets and savories, visiting family and friends with gifts and partaking in indulgent feasts.These can be quite extravagant, with the table filled with special dishes and  desserts.A true celebration of fun, frolic and sweet treats! This year however ,our  Diwali celebrations in Toronto have been quite subdued due to the challenging times we are living in.Our family had a quite celebration at home with a few sweet treats that I managed to make up, and wished our family and friends virtually.   “Gratitude Is The Healthiest Of All Human Emotions. The More …