All posts filed under: Appetizers

Muhammara: Roasted Red Bell Peppers & Walnut Dip

This bright and super flavourful dip is a show stopper and a crowd pleaser for sure.Smoky flavours of roasted red bell peppers combined with a hint of garlic,a burst of lemon juice and olive oil mingle together to make up this delightful Middle Eastern Mezze. If your taste buds are sharp enough you will detect the slightly coarse texture that is brought about by the addition of breadcrumbs and coarsely ground walnuts. This classic dip traces  its origins to Aleppo Syria,and now a popular accompaniment with most Levantine cuisine. A key ingredient that lends a vibrant colour to this dip is Pomegranate Molasses.I do believe the brilliant red tones and the tartness of this deeply flavoured Muhamarra ,lies in the addition  of the molasses.I’ve been impatient to make this for quite awhile now and glad that I  went ahead and made some.

Demystifying the Perfect Potato Rosti

        I’m running out of breakfast ideas and more so as the teen is home and is certainly a big brekkie person. He’s down from University for the summer and is finally getting into a routine of sorts. Well lets say his day begins at the gym as he is quite the fitness buff. To add to this a very conscious and careful eater, which is great as he has quite some healthy ways to start his day with. But this of course leaves me in a quandary with the eternal question of What to cook?

Lightly Salted Kale Crisps

  Imagine eating a packet of crisps without the guilt? Now I’m not taking about potato, all though I must admit I’m quite crazy about potato chips. Of course a healthier option is always welcome with everyone on a diet of sorts. I’ve been cooking with Kale for awhile in my kitchen.Well the family has been served a Kale soup on various occasions,sautéed Kale and yes even Kale juice.The crisps is something I’d been shying away from,primarily from the fact that I just didn’t imagine they would turn out crisp enough. This was a Friday morning experiment. I woke up this  morning with a gorgeous bunch of curly Kale staring  at me…Not soup please hollers my son ,who has been pottering around the kitchen wondering what I’m planning to rustle up for him.Why not try out some Kale crisps he says to me? Oh well what the heck! If they turn out soggy I could always add them to a pasta of sorts. Now I had done a bit of research with quite a few recipes and …

Fresh Figs And Goat Cheese Crostata

This is a simple and delicious way of enjoying fresh figs. I’ve had the flavors of figs and goats cheese on my mind for a couple of weeks. Until last week when I went right ahead as served this wonderful Crostata as dessert. It turned out a work of pure brilliance. It is somewhere between sweet and savory and you could perhaps serve it as an appetizer as well. The crust is an easy to follow recipe. Once rolled out go right ahead and layer it with the sliced fresh figs, followed by the crumbled goat cheese and drizzled with honey. I served this warm, dusted with some confectioners sugar and crème fraiche.It was absolutely delightful. Enjoy! Pastry recipe adapted Giada De Laurentis Ingredients-Pastry 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar Zest of one lemon 1/2 teaspoon salt 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2 inch pieces 3 Tablespoons ice water Directions-Pastry Combine flour, sugar, zest, and salt in a food processor and process briefly to blend. Add butter and pulse till …

Crescendo: Premium Vinegars & Oils

I was recently invited for the official launch of Crescendo,one of Germany’s largest retail franchises.They specialize in a wide range of premium quality Vinegar, Oils and a great selection of spices and herbs sourced from all over the globe. The afternoon spent at Crescendo was indeed a very informative one. Kaspars Vendelis Crescendo’s in-house Good taste consultant educated us on a variety of uses and benefits of the various Oils and Vinegar in store. The range is fairly unique and can be adapted into various cuisines as well. The Vinegar range from the Classic to Balsamic Aceto Balsamico and the wonderful Balsamic Crème varieties. We sampled some great varieties such as Raspberry vinegar,Date vinegar and Kalamansi vinegar.It was interesting to learn that the Crème vinegar have a higher percentage of fruit which makes the flavor more powerful. The blueberry vinegar was indeed a winner for me…and any wonder it has been awarded a three star rating by the International Taste and Quality Institute. We then went onto sampling a variety of Oils. These were classified as Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Nut Oils,Seed oils …