Strawberries with Sticky Balsamic

This recipe combines 3 unusual items that go well with strawberries – balsamic vinegar, black pepper, and thyme.

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Lately I have been able to get strawberries picked fresh that morning. They taste heavenly and I often eat them one by one as I am reading or working. But they also get made into strawberry jam, baked strawberries and now, this ancient recipe found in my pile of recipes – Strawberries with Sticky Balsamic.

This recipe combines 3 unusual items that go well with strawberries – balsamic vinegar which adds a sweet flavour with some tartness, black pepper adds some heat, and thyme or basil add a herby edge. Mostly unknown, these herbs go well with sweet fruit desserts including fruit salad.

Are you looking for more strawberry recipes? You might try these: Avocado and Strawberry Salad, Delicious Baked Strawberries and here, very pretty Fresh Pink Strawberry Frappe, Nigel’s Strawberries with a Mint Raspberry Sauce, and a wonderful Strawberry or Raspberry Sorbet. Then there is Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Syrup.

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Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemon Grass Creme Fraiche

Another Ottolenghi Classic.

One of our xmas lunch dishes came straight from Yotham Ottolenghi. Let’s be clear – most years we cook at least one dish from Yotham’s repertoire. Last year it was Potato Tartin. This year it was sweet potato wedges. They are surprisingly good.

The creme fraiche dressing was a bit heavy, I thought. Next time I might replace the creme fraiche with some thick yoghurt. Otherwise, the recipe was cooked mostly as detailed in Yotham’s book Plenty.

Have you also tried Potato and Sweet Potato Vindaloo or Madras Curry with Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach? Browse all of Ottolenghi dishes here, and all of our Sweet Potato recipes here and here.

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Avial | Aviyal | Vegetables in a Coconut and Yoghurt Sauce | From Kerala, India

Avial is a gentle dish from Kerala, made with vegetables and coconut.

Avial is a gentle dish from Kerala. It is a thick mixture of vegetables and coconut, seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves. In essence, the vegetables are boiled or steamed and then dressed with the coconut-cumin-yoghurt sauce. Each family’s sauce is different from the next family’s. In our recipe today we are using cumin in the sauce.

Avial is considered an essential part of the Sadya, the Keralite vegetarian feast. It is commonly made with elephant yam, plantain, pumpkin, carrots, beans, Eggplant, cucumber, drumsticks and snake gourd. Carrots and beans are recent but delicious introduction. Bitter gourd can be included in some regions also.

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Olive Oil Bread with Parsley and Dill | A Mediterranean Feast

An aromatic, fragrantly spicy olive oil brioche, ideal for sandwiches.

 

Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts

I have been looking at the book Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts, by Aglaia Kremezi. I have had it for ages but have not spent much time with it. It initially presents as a puzzle of a book that, despite having VEGETARIAN in its title, feels free to regularly refer to non-vegetarian accompaniments and optional non-vegetarian additions to the recipes. A more accurate title might be Vegetable Dishes for Mediterranean Feasts.

It is a little thing, but it had delayed my delving into the book in the kitchen. The dishes all look amazing, true, but I was overly conscious that I had thought that I had bought a vegetarian cookbook, and felt somewhat fooled.

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Bok Choy with Capers and Tomatoes

Summery goodness in a bowl.

Summery goodness in a bowl. For something different in the hottest of weather, opt for a cold salad of bok choy – and some iced tea.

You might also like to make Kimchi too, or browse our Salads here and here.  Our Tomato recipes can be found here and here. Be inspired by all of our Summer dishes here and here.

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How to Make Perfect Roast Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in all weathers except the very hottest. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Here’s how you do it.

Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in all weathers except the very hottest. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Here’s how you do it.

The potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. They are so delicious that I forgot to take photos. Oh well, next time.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also like Easy Potatoes with Olive Oil, Grown Up Potato Salad, and Potatoes on the BBQ. Browse all of the Potato recipes here and here. Or explore our Roasted dishes here and here. Continue reading “How to Make Perfect Roast Potatoes”

Indian Style Slightly Sweet and Sour Pumpkin and Sweet Potato | Kaddu ki Sabzi | Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Subzi

A great use for left over pumpkin. Or cook from scratch.

The challenge of every xmas – and Thanksgiving, for that matter – is how to use the left over roasted pumpkin. I have found the solution.

Inspired by The Back Yard Lemon Tree, I took the Delhi Style Sweet and Sour Pumpkin and mixed it up a little to use up several different xmas leftovers. It was delicious. Do read the original recipe – it is from Madhur Jaffrey.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Risotto. And try these Sweet Potato dishes: Sweet Potato Subzi with Yoghurt, and Potato and Sweet Potato Spicy Curry.

Try other Subzis – Kohlrabi Subzi, Carrots and Green Peas Subzi, and Potato and Spinach Subzi.

You might also like to explore all of our Subzi recipes, all of our Pumpkin recipes and all of our Sweet Potato dishes.  Have a look at all of our Indian Vegetable Curries, and all of our Indian recipes. Or simply explore our Early Autumn dishes.

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Eggplant, Sultanas and Pinenuts, with Yoghurt and Mint

Eggplant, the versatile King of Vegetables.

Such stunning weather this Spring, a little breezy, not too hot, not too cold. Everything is green, roses and other Spring flowers abound. The air is heavy with scents of roses and blossoms. The Jacarandas are flowering so prolifically.

And so our mind turns to Aubergines and yoghurt. A quick dish for lunch or side dish for dinner; it is very easy.

You might also like to browse our other eggplant recipes here and here. especially Saffron and Rosewater Scented Eggplant, Deep Fried Eggplant and Sauteed Eggplant.  Or be inspired by our Middle Eastern recipes here and here. Continue reading “Eggplant, Sultanas and Pinenuts, with Yoghurt and Mint”

Tulsi | Tulasi | Thulasi | Indian Holy Basil | An Essential Ingredient in Every Kitchen and Medicine Chest

Tulsi, a medicine chest in a sacred herb.

Tulsi is an amazing herb, indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. The word “tulsi” means “the incomparable plant“.  It is a bushy shrub that grows up to 2 metres in height. The plant has hairy stems with leaves that are oval and serrated of about 5cm in length – the colors ranging from light green to dark purple, depending on the variety. The plant has delicate lavender-colored flowers, and its fruit consists of tiny rust-colored nuts. There are two main varieties, the one with the green leaves is called Rama or Shri tulsi and the one with the reddish leaves is called Krishna or Shyama tulsi.

Tulasi can also be spelt as Tulsi or Thulasi, or called Holy Basil. Don’t get it confused with Thai or Sth East Asian Holy Basil, it is an Indian Holy Basil and quite different to the Thai herb.

Are you looking for Tulsi Recipes? You might like to try Tulsi Rasam, Tulsi, Mint and Cinnamon Chai, and Phanta Tea with Tulsi.

Browse all of our Tulasi recipes, and our Ayurveda notes.

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Tomato Rasam

A oft-made rasam, the favourite rasam of many people.

Like a warming, comforting cup of spicy deliciousness, rasam is such special dish. It is no wonder it is a daily item in many Tamil households.

One of the most common rasams is tomato rasam. Full of spice, tangy from tamarind, and made with home grown organic tomatoes, it is not only delicious but healthy also.

We like to make rasams with the top water from cooking lentils – it adds flavour, uses the water that is usually drained off, and if some of the soft lentils actually get into the rasam, it just adds more flavour and a little texture.

I often keep home made tomato pulp and tomato juice in the freezer – even frozen whole tomatoes. These are perfect for making rasam.

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Garlic Rasam | Poondu Rasam | A Gem from South India with Cherry Tomatoes

A health giving rasam.

I adore rasam and when I am in India it is one of the trifecta of dishes that must have most days – rasam, sambar and idli. It is not difficult to make and mostly is very quick. A pan, a spice grinder (or appliance to do the same), your spices, some tamarind and often some tomatoes. Although it is a very traditional dish, I do sometimes feel free to play with the rasam concept. I call it Fusion Cooking, or AusIndian food.

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Keerai Poriyal | Stir Fried Spinach with Coconut and Spices

A quick spinach and coconut dish.

Poriyals are generally finely chopped vegetable dishes that are tasty and easy to make. It takes only a few minutes, and coconut is added at the last moment.

You might also like to try Spinach Curry, Spinach, Miso and Tofu Napoleons, and Aloo Palak – Potatoes in Spinach Gravy.

Perhaps you are looking for other Thoran/Poriyal recipes here and here, or other Vegetable Fry recipes. You might also like our Spinach recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

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Sweet Pongal | Sakkarai Pongal without Milk

A beautiful sweet dish for Pongal, or any time. Enjoy!

A great dish at any time, sweet, nourishing and comforting, and especially good for the South Indian Thai Pongal Festival and similar festivals in other parts of India, in January. A mixture of rice and mung dal sweetened with jaggery, it is a warming and comforting dish.

You might be looking for other Pongal recipes. There are sweet versions (sakkarai), and you might like to try the others: Sakkarai Pongal from Jaffna; Sakkarai Pongal with Milk and Sakkaria Pongal without Milk.

And there is a savoury version, called Ven Pongal. You can see that one here.

Or browse all of our Kitchadi recipes here and here, and our Rice recipes here and here. Have a look at all of our Indian dishes. You might like to take some time and browse all of our Mid Summer recipes.

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Lemony Yoghurt Dressing

A creamy delightful dressing.

This dressing is so delicious you will want to smother your salad in it. The trick is to sweeten the dressing with a little honey.

Looking for similar recipes? Try Garlic-Yoghurt Dressing, Roast Capsicum Sauce and Dressing and Tahini Dip and Dressing.

Browse our Salad Dressing recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. Our yoghurt recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.

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Tawa Peas | Pan Fried Peas, Broad Beans or Edamame | Street Food

Quickly pan fried with salt and chilli, these are delicious snacks.

A great snack, quickly prepared, is pan fried edamame. You can use peas as well. I like to do this with shelled peas and beans, but you can also make this with peas and edamame in their pods. Simply suck them out of the shell between your teeth after cooking. This can even be made with broad beans.

Are you perhaps after Broad Bean recipes? Try Pan Fried Broad Beans with Tomatoes and Thyme, and Pan Fried Broad Beans with Lime, Chilli and Salt.

Also try these beauties: Fava Bean Puree with Dill, Glorious Five Bean Salad, and Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread.

Browse our Pea recipes here and here, and all of our Snacks here and here.  Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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