Featured

MID WINTER: Spicy INDIAN DELICIOUSNESS for Winter Warming | Seasonal Cooking

Goodness, it’s cold! Put on another jumper and enjoy these highlights from our Mid Winter classic Indian recipes.

Continue reading “MID WINTER: Spicy INDIAN DELICIOUSNESS for Winter Warming | Seasonal Cooking”

Featured

Collection: How to Use Miso Paste | 19 Recipes Using Miso

Oh my goodness, Miso comes in so many different varieties, strengths and uses, sometimes it is difficult to know where to begin. But miso is so necessary in a vegetarian kitchen to add umami to dishes in the easiest and quickest way.

So we put together some of our favourite Miso recipes for you to begin experimenting and hopefully you will fall in love with this funky paste, just as we have.

Similar articles include What to Do with Daikon Radish, A Collection of Kitchdi Recipes, and Delicious Recipes with Green Tomatoes.

Browse all of ourΒ Miso, and all of our Collections. Or explore our Late Autumn recipes.

Continue reading “Collection: How to Use Miso Paste | 19 Recipes Using Miso”

Featured

My Mother’s German Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Creamy Dressing

My Mother’s favourite salad

My mother, with her Germanic background, used to make a tomato and cucumber salad each summer which always delighted. With its wonderful creamy dressing it featured on all of our special occasions.

Browse all of our Tomato Salads here and here, and all of our Cucumber Salads here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer Recipes here and here.

Continue reading “My Mother’s German Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Creamy Dressing”

Saar | A Goan Rasam

By the late 1990’s I was beginning to cook Indian food or at least attempting to make a fair representation of some dishes. Many of my early attempts came from Goa as that was my first port of call on my first trip to India. Later I expanded my love of Indian food to Tamil cuisine and South Indian in general.

Saar is similar to the Tamil dish Rasam, but with Goan twists. The recipe is from Tasty Morsels; Goan Food Ingredients and Preparation by Maria de Lourdes Bravo Da Costa Rodrigues. I picked it up on one of my early trips to Goa. It is like the Green and Gold of Goan Cuisine. I love to look through the book and remember my many visits to Goa over the years. I adore exploring the different areas of Goa, away from the tourist attractions, and dive into the different cultures. There were many times I travelled with a friend on his motorbike, exploring off-road areas and little-known beaches, as well as the local food markets, food stalls and tiny shops. Sleeping in thatched huts, eating at restaurants right on the beach, talking to women on the beach picking up inhabited shells to cook with rice. The smell of morning fires ready for cooking the day’s meals, the pink sands on the beaches, the sunsets, spice farms, hills, temples, music. Oh, Goa – I miss you!

Tickle My Senses has a wonderful description of Saar.

Well, saar needs to be eaten in the right way for maximum pleasure. Pour the piping hot tomato saar over your rice (for me the rice has to be swimming in the saar) then using your finger tips coat the rice with the piping hot saar, making sure you do not burn yourself ! then scoop mouthfuls of this delicious mixture into your mouth, accompanied with fried foods and vegetable. When all is done, lift up the plate to your lips and drink off any remaining saar, the orphaned bits can be polished off by licking your fingers….slurpp!!!

Note the Portuguese name of the author – there are at least 3 distinct cuisines in Goa – that heavily influenced by the Catholic Portuguese cuisine which is also non-vegetarian, that of the Hindu Goans which is more vegetarian and more traditionally South Indian. Finally there is the Muslim cuisine from the Muslim invaders and immigrants over the years.

Often Saar is described as a soup, which is a misnomer. While it is a thin but strongly flavoured broth, traditionally it is not eaten with a spoon from a bowl. See the description of Saar on the sidebar here. It really does capture the essence of Saar and Rasam.

We have a lovely collection of rasam recipes that we have put together as a collection. You can see the collection here.

Similar recipes include Mysore Rasam with Tomatoes, Tomato Pepper Rasam, and Cumin Seed Rasam.

Browse all of our Rasam recipes and all of our Goan dishes. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Mid Autumn recipes.

This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can see more of the Retro Recipes series, our vegetarian recipes from that first blog.

Continue reading “Saar | A Goan Rasam”

Collection: Delicious Recipes with Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are one of our favourite nuts here in the kitchen and at the table. There is nothing that quite matches its nutty, slightly dry flavour and crunch. We have used them quite a lot in our recipes, so we’ve brought together a selection for you to try. Enjoy!

Similar articles include What to Do with Daikon Radish, A Collection of Kitchdi Recipes, and Delicious Recipes with Green Tomatoes.

Browse all of our Green Mango Recipes, and all of our Collections. Or explore our Mid Autumn recipes.

Continue reading “Collection: Delicious Recipes with Hazelnuts”

Tulasyadi Phanta | Herbal Drink of Tulsi and Spices

There are several recipes for Tulasyadi Phanta. This is one that is not so common – perhaps more recent as it includes lemongrass. It is a infusion that is good for colds and fevers, and also if you are exhausted from work or illness, and need to feel comforted and rested.

The infusion is made with Tulsi, the Indian holy basil, seeped with lemongrass, cloves and cinnamon.Β  It really is relaxing – as you sip it in the afternoon you feel your body beginning to relax and your breath deepen. It is a gorgeous way to wind down.

Similar recipes include the Ginger Tulasyadi Phanta, Teas for Good Health, and Unusual Teas, Coffees and Infusions.

Browse all of our Infusions and all of our Teas. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Mid Autumn recipes.

Continue reading “Tulasyadi Phanta | Herbal Drink of Tulsi and Spices”

Strawberry and Black Pepper Icecream | Eggless

Long before I came vegetarian I loved to make icecream. I was pretty famous in our little group for my vanilla icecream, and an orange and cardamom icecream. I loved to make them in Summer. Then I became vegetarian and my take on vegetarianism does not include eggs. So I stopped making icecream. I could have continued to make sorbets, which we all love too, and shift over to eggless icecreams, but I didn’t have the heart. I was so attached to the icecreams that I used to make and how much my friends loved them.

Today (as I write this) for the first time in all those years, the icecream machine has come out of the cupboard again, and the blender has whizzed some strawberries into submission, to make what must be the best icecream I have made in decades! Hahaha.

Similar recipes include Creme Fraiche Icecream, Strawberry Frappe, Strawberries with Lemon, Strawberry and Peach Lassi with Basil, and Strawberry Jam.

Browse all of our Icecreams, all of our Strawberry recipes, and all of our Desserts. Or explore our Early Summer recipes.

Continue reading “Strawberry and Black Pepper Icecream | Eggless”

Green Bean Salad | Insalata di Fagiolini

Equally good hot or cold, this Green Bean Salad is sure to become a favourite. Simple and easy (very much my kind of food), the beans are steamed and then mixed with mint, garlic and lemon. Take it straight to the table for an instant salad, entree/starter or snack. With some crusty bread, it can even become a light lunch.

Similar dishes includeΒ Green Beans with Tomatoes, Green Beans with Freekeh, Walnuts and Tahini, Glorious Five Bean Salad, and Green Bean and Carrot Poriyal.

Browse all of our Green Bean dishes and all of our Italian recipes. Our Salads are here. Or explore our Early Summer dishes.

Continue reading “Green Bean Salad | Insalata di Fagiolini”

A Collection of 30 Salads for MID SUMMER

Mid Summer is here! It is holiday season and days are long and lazy. Salads are definitely on the table. It is beach and picnic season, friends and family season. Grab a salad and go.

Here are 30 of our best salads for Mid Summer.

Continue reading “A Collection of 30 Salads for MID SUMMER”

Creme Fraiche Icecream

I once did an icecream making course with a renown chef in Adelaide, Mary Ziukelis, who specialised in icecreams and sorbets in her restaurant Neddy’s. This was a ground-breaking restaurant in Adelaide in the 1970’s and ’80’s, opened by Cheong Liew and Mary. It changed hands several times over the years, but was always ahead of its time. Some people will remember the restaurant and the female chef with an icecream obsession. Mary had some great tips, like always use glucose syrup, not (just) sugar. Truly, it makes a difference. Let me know if you remember the chef with a passion for icecream at Neddy’s Restaurant. She was brilliant.

This is an icecream recipe I have had for years, and it might be one of hers. It is quite divine. My note on the recipe reads Just make, eat and die. I think that sums it up. It is not as overwhelmingly hard when it freezes, as many egg-free icecreams can be.

You won’t find yourself eating large serves of this icecream – a couple of large spoonfuls is usually enough at a time. This is probably a good thing once you consider the amount of sugar that is used in icecreams! But in a heatwave you will find yourself having some with each meal. The tang of the lemon against the smoothness of the cheese is divinely wonderful.

If you are extra keen you can even make your own Creme Fraiche to use in the icecream.

Similar recipes include Strawberry and Black Pepper Icecream, Roasted Plum Icecream, and Strawberry Frappe.

This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can see more of the Retro Recipes series, our vegetarian recipes from that first blog.

Browse all of our icecreams, or browse our Late Summer dishes.

Continue reading “Creme Fraiche Icecream”

MID WINTER: Don’t miss ALL OF THESE Warming Winter Recipes | Seasonal Cooking

Goodness, it’s cold! Put on another jumper and enjoy these highlights from our Mid Winter classic recipes.

You can browse all of our Mid Winter recipes here:

Please let us know if you find links that are not working. We would love to fix them for you.

Continue reading “MID WINTER: Don’t miss ALL OF THESE Warming Winter Recipes | Seasonal Cooking”