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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 …

Easy Cornbread & Chili

  A good hot and spicy chili and cornbread pair really well and is such a hearty and comforting meal right? Perfect for fall when the weather seems colder, and all one wants is some comfort food to warm up the soul and fire up the taste buds. It’s the kind of meal one can cozy upto on a cold evening perhaps even cozier than one’s blanket! I have attempted baking cornbread earlier and not quite satisfied with the results ,choose to research some recipes for awhile, when I came across this one on Serious Eats. I quite liked the fact that it’s unsweetened and it called for  pantry staple ingredients to work with.While traditionally cornbread is made in a greased cast iron skillet with a lid, I choose to bake mine in a pyrex dish and it worked just fine.   Having Baked Cornbread For A Few Times Now Here Are Some Baking Tips: Use a good quality cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cornmeal works great in this recipe) Try not using a hand …

Albion Orchards: Apple Picking & A Crumble

    Fall in Ontario is glorious and this means it’s time for fall walks,hikes to see the foliage and the splendour of leaves changing colour and apple picking of course! It is a annual  ritual with the family and a great way to get out of the city for a breath of crisp fresh farm air. This year  we choose to visit the Albion Orchards located in Caledon, north of Brampton.They have several varieties of apples ranging from the Red delicious, Royal gala,Cortland, Empire amongst the reds and some crisp golden and yellow ones too like the Crispin, golden russet and golden delicious.They have a wonderful Pick Your Own Apples on weekends between 10am-4pm. We however wanted to beat the crowded weekends and decided to drive off during the week.The orchards were closed for the Pick Your own produce  and we were quite happy to browse through their country store for various varieties of apples and pears, fresh pasta sauces, honey and maple syrup. The store also carries a range of homemade pies, fresh …

Bircher Muesli: A Breakfast Favorite

  Breakfast is always the best time for something juicy, sweet and fresh – it just feels like the right way to open the day. There’s no right way, though, when it comes to choosing the fruit.      Yotam Ottolenghi Well a lot is said about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, and while I’m not a huge breakfast sort of person, some fruits (especially berries), perhaps some oats and a strong cup of coffee is good to get me started for the day. My favorite way of making oats are soaking some in yogurt,overnight or what is popularly called a Bircher Muesli. The  recipe being created by the Swiss physician Macmillan Bircher. So what really are Overnight Oats: This is essentially a method of making oats without cooking them. The oats ( traditional old fashioned oats) are usually soaked in a liquid such as milk, fruit juice or yogurt and refrigerated overnight. The soaking brings about a wonderful creamy texture to the oats, which then can be eaten with various fresh fruits, …