Seasonal Cooking | Cooling Drinks for Late Summer

Our drinks for Late Summer feature sweet and salty lassi drinks, and that perennial favourite, Panaka. All cooling in this hot hot weather.

Cooling and refreshing, the yoghurt-based Lassi drinks of India are perfect for any hot weather. Our drinks for Late Summer feature sweet and salty lassi drinks, and that perennial favourite, Panaka. Please enjoy these Late Summer suggestions. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Cooling Drinks for Late Summer”

Seasonal Cooking | Sweet Things for Late Summer

Fresh fruit is the best dessert in Summer. But sometimes we want something cold, and in Late Late Summer, something more substantial.

I don’t eat many sweet things and try to limit my intake of sugar – also in Summer, fresh fruit is sufficient. However, there are a couple of dishes. Please enjoy these Late Summer suggestions. They mostly have a little body in them, great for moving into Autumn. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Sweet Things for Late Summer”

Seasonal Cooking | Salads and Vegetables for Late Summer

Where would Late Summer be without its salads and light vegetable dishes? Cooling and healthy, raw or cooked, salads and vegetable dishes make Summer wonderful.

Where would Late Summer be without its salads and light vegetable dishes? There is endless variety across multiple cuisines to choose from during this season. Salads and vegetable dishes can be side dishes or meals on their own. Please enjoy these Late Summer suggestions. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Salads and Vegetables for Late Summer”

Khumani Chatni | Apricot Chutney | Indian Style

Fragrant and wonderful, this chutney is great when ripe fruit hangs from the trees. At other times, used dried apricots.

This is outstanding chutney, especially when the apricots are tree-ripened, sweet and fragrant. For those of us resorting to fruits sold at supermarkets or corner grocers, look for barely ripened fruit with a fragrant smell. If they are absolutely without smell, use dried apricots which require an overnight soaking in lime juice and water and a slight increase in cooking time.

You might also want to try Cumquat Chutney, or Baked Apricots with Honey and Orange.

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Seasonal Cooking | Rice, Pasta and Grains for Late Summer

Rice, Pasta and Grains form the bases of great salads, sop up the juices of a curry or other wet dish, or form the main part of a one pot meal

Rice, Pasta and Grains are great in Late Summer, eaten hot, warm or cold, alone or chock-a-block full of other ingredients. They form the base of great salads, sop up the juices of a curry or other wet dish, or form the main part of a one pot meal. Please enjoy these Late Summer suggestions. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Rice, Pasta and Grains for Late Summer”

Tomato and Peach Salad

An exceptional salad of the best of summer fruits – tomatoes and peaches.

Long Summery days continue, although it is noticeably darker in the mornings now. Temps still soar and cool food is always best. This recipe combines the best of summer. Tomatoes and peaches. Continue reading “Tomato and Peach Salad”

Seasonal Cooking | Indian Deliciousness for Late Summer

Oh the joy of spicy food in the heat of Summer. Cooling drinks and raitas, simple snack foods, spicy simple vegetable dishes and hot hot curries.

Spicy Indian food is great in Late Summer, the heat of the dishes is cooling to the system, and there are many cooling drinks, raitas and simply prepared food. Rasams and Sambars abound. Please enjoy these Late Summer suggestions. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Indian Deliciousness for Late Summer”

Carrot and Blueberry Salad

A 5-minute salad that is sweet, sour, crunchy and soft. Delicious.

It continues to be hot, with tempsĀ  around 40C, so each morning in The Kitchen, salads are made. It is a great way to start the day.

This one is quite lovely. It’s a 5-minute salad that is sweet, sour, crunchy and soft. Delicious. Continue reading “Carrot and Blueberry Salad”

Seasonal Cooking | Soups and Soupy Dals for Late Summer

Typical of Summer are soups – light soups, spicy soups, broths, gentle lentil soups, cold soups. Add yoghurt, coconut milk, lemon or lime, and lots of herbs.

Summer is a time for enjoying light soups, spicy soups, broths, gentle lentil soups, cold soups. Use yoghurt, coconut milk and lots of herbs. Late Summer also sees soups get a little more substantial as we feel the cloak of Autumn approach. Please enjoy these Late Summer suggestions. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Soups and Soupy Dals for Late Summer”

Tomato Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink | Tomato Salt Lassi

The cooling drink of India – the yoghurt-based Lassi – is combined with the fruit of Summer – tomatoes.

These hot days demand cold, cooling drinks. For the moment, I am making a lassi first thing in the morning. Such a healthy start to the day.

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Seasonal Cooking | Dips, Salsas, Pastes, Pickles and Sauces for Late Summer

Summer is eating outside, picnics, the beach and wonderful, fresh, healthy food that is easy to heat.

Summer is a time for enjoying light ingredients, simple vegetables, for example, with sauces or dressings drizzled over. Dipped into purees, pastes and dips. It is also a time to take great ingredients and begin thinking about how to preserve them for the winter – freeze, make pastes, ferment into kimchi. Please enjoy these Late Summer suggestions. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Dips, Salsas, Pastes, Pickles and Sauces for Late Summer”

Seasonal Cooking | Late Winter

Lots of inspiration for dishes for cooking in Late Winter.

 

A special month is August here in the Southern Hemisphere, and February in the Northern Hemisphere, as we look forward to warmth again, beaches and BBQ’s. Still very cold with the odd day of teasingly wonderful warmer weather. Perhaps our longing for Spring overlooks the winter weather that still remains.

I love this time of year too.

Use the recipes below for inspiration for the late winter season. Enjoy! Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Late Winter”

Seasonal Cooking | Late Summer

February brings the Heat of Summer and extraordinary record breaking temperatures and then mellows into Autumn.

A special month is February here in the Southern Hemisphere, raging from the Heat of Summer and extraordinary record breaking temperatures into a mellowing and yellowing of light as the Pre-Autumn season begins.

I love this time of year too.

Use the recipes below for inspiration for the late summer seasons. Enjoy! Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Late Summer”

Mung Sprouts Sundal | Mung Bean Sprouts Salad, Indian Style

Simple and spicy, sundals are delicious no matter how you serve them.

Another wonderful, healthy sundal for you. Simple and spicy, it is delicious no matter how you serve it. I always associate Sundal with Festivals, so they make me happy at any time of the year. Continue reading “Mung Sprouts Sundal | Mung Bean Sprouts Salad, Indian Style”

Dhal Puttu | Paruppu Puttu | Dal Poriyal | Delicious Stir Fried Lentil Crumble

Puttu is a “scrambled” or “crumbled” dish in TamBrahmin cuisine. It is different to the puttu from Kerala, and Sri Lanka too, where it is a layered mixture of rice batter and coconut usually cooked in a cylinder.

A technique common in South Indian cooking but missing from other cuisines is the steaming of lentil batter, which is then crumbled and added to other dishes. The thick lentil batter is made by soaking the lentil and then grinding with scant water to form a batter. For example, this Bean Paruppu Usili uses that technique. This one, too, uses a modified form where the lentil batter is used to cook in a kadhai with vegetables, forming a scrambled lentil crumble. Continue reading “Dhal Puttu | Paruppu Puttu | Dal Poriyal | Delicious Stir Fried Lentil Crumble”