Our weather is different across the world – so hot here, autumn in the Northern Hemisphere with temps below zero, the rains are finishing in India, and arriving in Kauai. What we eat is so very determined by the seasons, how our bodies react to that season and the foods we eat (whether the foods are warming or cooling) and of course, what is seasonal.
Here is a list of the things that I have cooked and blogged in May (late Autumn for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere) and November (late Spring) in Australia. I hope you find some inspiration amongst them.
- Urad Tamatar Dal (Urad Dal with Tomatoes) – a gorgeous soup made with the under-rated urad dal, gently flavoured with tomatoes.
- Ginger Garlic Lentil Soup – a garlicky soup that you must eat with your partner.
- Velouté d’asperges (Cream of Asparagus Soup) – a very French and gentle soup.
- Mint Paneer – paneer, an Indian cheese, in a mint based gravy/sauce.
- Pomodori con Riso – tomatoes stuffed with rice and baked till they are gorgeous.
- Pomodori Grantinate – Gratineed Tomatoes – tomatoes stuffed with herbs and gently baked.
- Roasted Rosemary Pears – unbelievably good.
- Baked Chickpeas – a spicy snack for a hungry day.
- Creamy Pearl Hummus Salad – hummus without the blending.
- Cucumber Salad with Sesame – an unusual salad.
- Blueberry Shrikhand – a dessert or breakfast dish with yoghurt and berries.
- Crabapple and Pomegranate Jelly with Rosebuds – a delightful jam with the addition of rose petals.
- Yogi Tea – a flavourful chai.
- Roasted Garlic Oil – How to make
- Creme Fraiche / Katte Malai– How to make
- Thick Thick Yoghurt – how to make
- A Tuscan Bean Bake – a wonderful dish for autumn AND spring.
- Simple Cucumber Salad – a focus on simplicity.
- Tomato Salad – again, a simple but amazing salad.
- Simple approaches and Salads – Elizabeth David was the champion of simplicity.
- Chana Chat with Chat Masala – a change of pace with an Indian dish with a kick.
- Quick Hummus – Hummus made from a can of chickpeas or butter beans
- Zucchini Curry to Die For – a simple curry using zucchinis.
- Baked Apples with Star Anise – another take on baked apples.
- Zahtar and Dukkah – easy to make mixtures of ground nuts, spices and herbs.
- Chat Masala – an Indian spice mix for street snacks.
- Chick Peas – how to cook
- Dried Peppers / Capsicums – How to
- The Making of Herbal Teas – How to