These Months in my Kitchen – December AND January AND February in Review

These Months in Review

A morning without coffee is like sleep.”
Author Unknown

This month, this post is rather late – 3 months late. Blame the busy-ness of work, xmas season, then preparing for a 4 week journey along with airline strikes and personal karmatic things impacting life, then 5 wonderful weeks away, coming home and back into the busy-ness of life. Wow it has been one huge whirlwind.  I hope you forgive my tardiness.

These months, I miss….. a long row of shoes lined up at the front door, because my family are visiting or staying with me. The joyous sounds of Aidan, 11 months old when he was here, always happy and laughing and just about to take his first tentative steps. Meals with Amberjee and Kenjee on the balcony at 9pm in the heat of summer. The mess of having a baby/almost-toddler in the house. Waking in the morning to hearing his early morning chatter. Playing peek-a-boo and up-down. Blowing bubbles over the edge of the balcony.

These months, I have ….. been so excited about being in India again, and being with people that I have not seen for 2 years. The journey will be was arduous and long, but so special. But goodness, the preparation has been was huge. Including walking up and down 600 stairs several times per week, to prepare for hill climbing, walking bare foot around auspicious mountains – 16 km! – and getting to those temples that have hundreds and hundreds of steps.

This month I (re)discovered …

  • that waking up and smelling the coffee each morning is such a good thing, especially when coffee has been proven to contribute to lowering mortality rates, as well as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, breast and colorectal cancer, and asthma. Have a look at the findings of some Finnish research here.
  • an amazing array of chillies here. And I bet this range only scratches the surface. What an amazing variety of shapes and colours.
  • salt. I love salt. I use a highly mineralised Celtic Sea Salt exclusively – in cooking and at the table. This month I discovered an amazing site that has hundreds of different salts of all colours and hues, every one of which sound amazing. Most extraordinary are their himalayan salt plates.
  • that I dream of where I am going. and once i am back, I dream of where I have been.
  • that sichuan pepper, that hot and tongue numbing spice, is all the flavour of the month in blogland because it is now available in the US. A couple of good articles about sichuan pepper can be found here.

These Months …

  • In Dec, Amberjee and Kenjee cooked a dinner for me. It was so wonderful. Not only because the food was great, but because one night they cooked for me. I didn’t have to lift a finger. (Doesn’t food taste so wonderful when someone else cooks?) They cooked a baked tomato risotto. I really recommend it. The taste is fantastic. You can find the recipe here – leave out the non-vegetarian ingredient and use veggie stock. Add any additional veggies that you like, as long as they are chopped small. We even stirred through some baby spinach.The next day, we made risotto cakes with the leftovers, and served them with a fantastic pesto. VERY delicious.
  • Oh it has been so busy. Phew!

Blog Food to Try

Hints and Tips for This Month

Favourites from This Month in previous years

Gradually as this site develops, these recipes will appear. They are favourites from my old old site (see About). If you are desperate for any of them now, let me know and I will make them available. The small numbers that follow the recipe title indicate the month and the year in which they were first cooked.

  • Gazpacho (Moosewood) 0197
  • Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cream of Tomato Soup 0700
  • Caponata Siciliana 0101
  • Mr Well’s Translucent Cucumber Salad 0899
  • Jenny’s Classic Tomato Salad(s) 0103
  • Sweetcorn, Zucchini and Feta Fritters (Gourmet Traveller, January, 1998) 0198
  • Goan Ladyfinger Recheio (Indian Stuffed Okra) Tasty Morsels 0103
  • Goan Fried Ladyfingers (Indian Fried Okra) Tasty Morsels 0103
  • Bistecche id Melanzane (Eggplant Steaks) Best of Bugialli 0103
  • Gratin de Pommes de Terre et Courgettes (Gratin of Potatoes and Courgettes) 0198
  • Italian Tomato Sauce (Moosewood) 0198
  • Home-made tomato paste 0199
  • Sesame – Lemon Bread (Moosewood) 0199
  • Foccacia #3 0101
  • Indian (Goan) Rechad Malasa Spice Paste (Flavours of India) 0103

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About Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.
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8 Responses to These Months in my Kitchen – December AND January AND February in Review

  1. bee says:

    those are great links. you have mail.

    Thanks bee. you have response. :-)

  2. Lucy says:

    Wonderful links and a great round-up of your summer months.

    Speaking of summer…how are you coping in the heat? I saw the long term weather forecast and my heart sunk for you…

    OMG it is so hot here. 10 days of around 40C (approx 112F) in a row. The longest heatwave in recorded history and the hottest March also (and we are less than half way through). So far, no end in sight. Forecast is for 38 today.

  3. Aparna says:

    Lots of interesting links and reading material. Thanks.
    Its pretty hot out here (about 36C ) but cooler that where you are, I guess. It’s going to be a tough 3 months for us till the monsoons arrive.

    It must be tough in India this time each year. I spent 1 – 2 weeks on a couple of occasions in Sth India in pre monsoon time – 3 months of it must be trying. (Then, one time, when it did rain, my room was flooded. This must be fairly common too.)

    Good news here today – a cool change forecast for mid to late next week.

  4. RedChillies says:

    That is a beautiful and thoughtful writing. So wonderful to know that you were in India.

    Thanks so much for including my link for Zucchini Fry here.

    I love your blog, and reading your posts. Hope you keep in touch and see some of my recollections of my trip.

    I love your Fry. On my list of things to cook soon.

  5. rachel says:

    great links and a nice read… :)

    Hi rachel. Thanks, I really appreciate your comments.

    As I can’t comment on your blog (not a blogspot member) let me guess your secret ingredients – sugarcane juice, ginger and lime? No? Can’t wait to find out.

  6. Srivalli says: cute picture of that baby…great post..very interesting to read about your journey to India…nice to know you enjoyed…thanks for those links..

    Isn’t he gorgeous! He is walking now, and therefore of course, falling a lot more too.

  7. Nandita says:

    Absolutely enjoy your writing style – and a wonderful recap – which baby pics are people talking about, i dont see any :P
    Will check out the links.

    Hi Nandita – see the lovely yellow image in the “Possibly Related Posts” section. One cute baby!

    Thanks for you lovely comment – it means a lot coming from you.

  8. looking forward to another great article. good luck to the author! all the best!

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