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Navarathri | 9 Nights for the Goddess | Devotion, Dolls and Food

Navaratri – 9 nights dedicated to the Goddess

Millions of Hindus consider Navaratri the year’s central festival, the one they most deeply connect to. These nine days dedicated to Shakti, the Goddess, in her incarnations as Durga, Lakshmi and Saravati, provide an opportunity to seek blessings and commune with their own divinity. It is a time for sacred gatherings, austerities, selfless acts and intimate prayers. It also includes joyous worship, festivities, plays, feasting and dance—all venerating God as the loving Mother Spirit that gives life to everything.

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Dried Lime Tea | Chai Noomi Basra

A popular Iraqi tea, it is said to be good for the digestion.

This is a popular Iraqi tea made with dried limes. It is said to be good for the digestion including stomach aches. Dried limes are popular in Middle Eastern and Israeli dishes and can be found in Middle Eastern groceries or herb specialist shops.

Please browse all of our Tea and Infusion recipes here and here. We have some Middle Eastern recipes here and here. Or get inspiration from our Spring recipes here and here.

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Mung Bean Flour Fritter | Mung Bean Flour Mini Dosa

A great accompaniment to soup

I love a savoury breakfast. These little fritters, or perhaps mini dosai, are perfect for breakfast, or at any time. Or you can make them larger and thinner for a slightly different taste experience.

You might like to prepare a garlic and ginger paste, and some coconut powder if you don’t have these at hand. For coconut powder, grind some grated dried coconut in the spice grinder, blender or food processor.

You can find more Dosa recipes here. Or browse our Mung recipes here. and here. You might like to try Pudla or instant dosas.

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Green Bean and Carrot Poriyal with Mung Dal and Coconut

Poriyals, from Tamil Nadu, and Thorans, from Kerala in India, are quick dishes where vegetables are stirfried with spices and coconut, turning ordinary vegetables into something amazing. They can form part of a meal, or can be eaten alone with roti or chapatti.

Our Thoran and Poriyal recipes are here and here, or try our other Fry recipes here.  Are you looking for Indian recipes? Browse here and here. Or perhaps search our Beans recipes here and here. Autumn recipes can be found here and here.

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Fantastic Avocado and Celery Cold Soup

Perfect for our 40C Summers

Back from a hot weather week of family, food and fun, one of the outstanding dishes we concocted was an amazing cold blender soup with celery and avocado. Very more’ish, it takes a few minutes to make. It can be eaten either at room temperature or chilled for a perfect start to a meal on a hot hot day. Perfect for our 40C degree summers.

We have another Cold Avocado Soup here, it is wonderful too. Browse our other Cold Soups here and here, our Avocado dishes here and here, and our Celery recipes here and here.

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How to Cook Vegetables for Sambar

Removing the confusion around cooking vegetables for Sambar

Once you are experienced at cooking sambar, it is quite easy. However, while mastering the skill it can be confusing. Here is some advice on making sambar, and particularly on cooking the vegetables for sambar.

The advice is based on my experience and the writings of S. Meenakshi Ammal who wrote the Cook and See series of books on traditional South Indian cooking.

Browse all of our sambar recipes here. and Meenakshi Ammal’s recipes here.

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Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Asian Style Dressing

A quick summer salad that takes less than 5 minutes to make.

The simplest of salads, quick, easy and divine. The cucumber and avocado so soft and delicately balance with the dressing.

Are you looking for Cucumber recipes? Try here and here. Avocados feature here and here. You might like to browse our extensive set of Salad recipes here and here. Or try our Summer recipes here and here.

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Beetroot, Orange and Black Olive Salad

A harmony of flavours.

Did I tell you just how good Ottolenghi’s Beetroot, Orange and Black Olive Salad is? It is amazing. From Plenty, a favourite amongst his books. It is a great salad for late Winter and early Spring, but can be made any time.

Have a look at the other Ottolenghi dishes. Explore Beetroot Recipes here and here, and Orange Recipes here and here, and Olive Recipes here and here. We have a wealth of Salad Recipes here and here for you to try.

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Zucchini Thoran | Zucchini Stirfried with Green Chilli and Coconut

Turning a humble vegetable into a masterpiece.

Kerela food is so wonderful, full of the scent of coconuts and palm trees, spices and backwaters. So, blessed this week with large numbers of very large zucchinis, home and organically grown by my neighbour, this bland vegetable became a Thoran. Thorans are spicy dishes that turn mundane vegetables into a spicy delicious meal. How elegant the dish is!

You might like our other Thoran/Poriyal recipes here and here or other Vegetable Fry recipes, or to browse all our recipes from Kerala. Perhaps you are after more Zucchini recipes here and here. Browse our Summer recipes here and here.

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Italian Tomato Sauce

A very versatile Italian Sauce

This is a gorgeously herby tomato sauce with an Italian swagger. It cooks slowly down then is blended well (using a blender) or coarsely (with an immersion blender), and the sauce can be frozen. It pairs delightfully with cheeses like fontina, can serve as a fresh chutney, used as a spread in layered sandwiches and toasties, and of course serves as a sauce as well.

It was my daughter who first pointed out how good this recipe is. It has been in use in our household since 1998. That is how good it is!

Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also like our Tomato recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Sauce recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

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Seasonal Cooking | Hints and Tips for Early Spring

Our minds and hands turn to stocking up for our Warmer Weather cooking

As we move out of our dark winter kitchens we begin to stock up for our essentials for warmer, lighter weather cooking.

Enjoy our Helpful Hint Inspiration for Early Spring. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Early Spring; Salads, Dips, Dressings, BBQs and Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Preserves and More; Drinks and Sweets; and Helpful Hints for Early Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Tips and Hints for Early Autumn Smooth Living

Extensive Hints and Tips to ensure a happy kitchen and the best use of produce.

We are stocking up for Winter and preparing for shorter days and colder nights. These Autumn months are busy ones, putting things away to be used when summer produce is no longer available.

Enjoy our Helpful Hint Inspiration for Early Autumn. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Early Spring; Salads, Dips, Dressings, BBQs and Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Preserves and More; Drinks and Sweets; and Helpful Hints for Early Autumn. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Sweet Things and Drinks for Early Spring

Sweetness brings comfort in Early Spring fickle weather

Sweet things comfort us during this move from wintery weather to spring warmth and spring rains.

Enjoy our Sweet and Liquid Inspiration for Early Spring. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Early Spring; Salads, Dips, Dressings, BBQs and Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Preserves and More; Drinks and Sweets; and Helpful Hints for Early Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Sweet Things and Drinks for Fun Early Autumn Times

Sweet things to carry us through any transition, especially this transitional month.

Sweet things and a good cuppa always bring comfort. As Summer wanes, we miss her and grieve for the long days of Summer. Yet Autumn also brings great pleasures in her simpler and slower rhythms. A few sweet things punctuate the days and our teas and drinks still hold importance

Enjoy our Sweets and Drinks Inspiration for Early Autumn. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Early Spring; Salads, Dips, Dressings, BBQs and Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Preserves and More; Drinks and Sweets; and Helpful Hints for Early Autumn. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Preserves and More for Early Autumn Sustenance

Wondering what to cook next week, or the week after that? Get some Early Autumn inspiration for healthy grains, lentils and much more.

Autumn is such a joy. The cooling weather of Autumn arrives, yet food is bi-seasonal — we are not yet ready to let the last season go but are making tentative forays into the food of the coming season. We need dishes to remind us of summer, and others to warm our hearts.

Enjoy our Goodies, Grains and More Inspiration for Early Autumn. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Early Spring; Salads, Dips, Dressings, BBQs and Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Preserves and More; Drinks and Sweets; and Helpful Hints for Early Autumn. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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