LATE SPRING Drinks and Sweet Things for Delicious Spring Weather | Seasonal Cooking

Late Spring Inspiration for Healthy Living

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Hot teas give way to cooling drinks and yoghurt, and sweet desserts play a transitioning role between the cooler weather and Summer. In the promise of heat, a cooling drink and a sweet snack are most welcome.

Enjoy some Drinks and Desserts for Late spring weather.

Celebrating Spring

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LATE AUTUMN Teas, Drinks and Sweet Things for Delicious Autumn Days | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Hot teas, often milky, and sweet desserts come more to the forefront in the cooler weather.  In the cool of the late evening, a tea and a sweet snack are most welcome.

Celebrating Autumn

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LATE AUTUMN Warming Soups for Autumn Nourishment | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Soups become more important in Late Autumn as we look to our food to begin to add warmth – and we reinstate our sox, slippers and warm baths.

Celebrating Autumn

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LATE SPRING Great Snacks and Soups for Warm Weather Fun | Seasonal Cooking

Late Spring Inspiration for Healthy Living

Soups become less important in Late Spring, unless they are light and cool.  We look to our food to provide substance without bulk.

Enjoy some Soups and Snacks for Late spring weather.

Celebrating Spring

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LATE SPRING Vegetable Dishes and Preserves for Healthy and Delicious Eating | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Spring Living

As we, at last, put our winter coats back into the wardrobe, weary of the cold, vegetables turn to the last of the Spring bounty and the first of the Summer harvest.

Enjoy Vegetables and Preserves for Late spring weather.

Celebrating Spring

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LATE AUTUMN Salads, Dips, Purees and Preserves for Autumn Healthy Eating | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

As we pull our winter coats out of the wardrobe, ready for the cold, vegetables shift to roots, pumpkins and the last of the tomatoes. We are not yet ready for the cold to come, yet we check our winter coats, rake the last of the leaves, and fill our freezers with whatever Summer produce that we can to see us through the winter. Strangely, days can still be beautiful, but they are obviously shorter.

Celebrating Autumn

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LATE AUTUMN Goodies, Grains and Lentil Dishes for Autumn Sustenance | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Coats and jackets are out and anticipation is high for the weather to come. Food becomes more filling and warming, as though our body is preparing for the cold ahead. Lentils and beans feature more prominently.

Celebrating Autumn

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LATE SPRING Indian Deliciousness for a Spicy Feast | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Spring Living

As Summer teases with warmer weather, coats and jackets are put away and thoughts turn to spicy snacks, cooling drinks and lighter Indian dishes. Time to explore Indian Salads and Lassi Drinks.

Enjoy our Indian inspiration for Late spring weather.

Celebrating Spring

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LATE AUTUMN Indian Deliciousness for Great Autumn Feasts | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Late Autumn can still be capricious even though it is heading to winter and cold windy weather. Coats and jackets are out and anticipation is high for the weather to come.

Enjoy some Indian inspiration for Late Autumn weather.

Celebrating Autumn

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Caramelised Belgian Endive (Witlof) with a Creamy Cheesy Topping

A comforting dish as the weather turns cooler

The bitter tang of Belgium Endive is a wonderful contrast to our normal fare. Today, it is partially cooked on a pan and then finished in the oven with a creamy cheesy breadcrumb topping.

This is an ideal dish to prepare ahead. Get it ready to pop into the oven, then it is a quick dish for lunches or a quick dinner side dish.

You might also like to try Creamy Potato Cheese Gratin, Tomatoes Gratineed with Cheese, and Mediterranean Buckwheat Salad.

Browse our other Witlof recipes,  and our Gratin dishes. Or explore our Early Autumn recipes.

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Peace in The Kitchen

Attention and awareness in The Kitchen

I read an article on a blog recently in which the writer describes how she likes to cook without making noise. To be a quiet as she can in the kitchen. This is not because the rest of the household is asleep, but as an act of mindfulness and honesty as you cook.

It made a deep impact on me. I clatter and bang around the small kitchen in which I cook. Drawers open and are pushed shut. Pantry doors opened and closed, the fridge door too, without thinking, as I move on with the task. Dishes rattle in the sink. And we better not mention the saucepan cupboard.

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Watermelon Salad

A salad good enough even for breakfast.

On hot days, there is nothing better than a light refreshing breakfast. In the hottest of weathers, make a salad for breakfast – for example with white beans, lentils, or vegetables. It is not a strange thing in our house – this habit was developed after travel in India, SE Asia, other parts of Asia and parts of Europe. In many places there is a greater variety in breakfast dishes, and they are not limited to sweet juices, sweet cereals, toast and eggs. I developed a real liking for diverse and savoury breakfast variety.

This morning, the temperatures lingering for days around the 35C mark, and a watermelon lying temptingly in the fridge, breakfast was a tangy, spicy, watermelon salad that put a zip into the morning. Of course it is also good at any other time of the day too.

Similar recipes include Watermelon Salad with Mint and Olives, Spicy Red Radish and Watermelon Salad, Haloumi and Watermelon Salad, or Watermelon and Peach Salad with Basil.

Try other recipes with Chaat Masala: Chickpea (Channa) Chaat, Kachumber Salad and Channa Chaat on Kovalam Beach. Also Borlotti Bean Chaat, Spicy Vegetable Sticks and Chickpeas and Young Ginger Salad.

Browse our Watermelon Salads (and all of our Watermelon recipes). Find out what else we have for breakfast, and browse all of our many Salad recipes. Or explore the collection of Late Summer dishes.

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Brown Lentil Sprouts Sundal | An Indian Salad

Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked. They are often called “salads” but there isn’t really a Western equivalent.

I found some unidentified brown lentils in the pantry, as one does, and so sprouted them. They were difficult to sprout, taking their time indeed. Yet some days later I had a bowl of wonderful sprouts and crunchy lentil bases.

The sprouts were made into a Sundal.  Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked unless it is soft enough to use raw. These are quickly sauteed with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies. Sundals are often called “salads”, and in an Indian context, that is true as they are much lighter dishes than many curries.

You can use any sprouts for this recipe.

You might also like to try Mung Sprouts Sundal, Sprouted White Pea Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and Masoor Dal Sprouts Sundal. Also explore Sweet Corn Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and White Pea Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with du Puy Lentils or some mung dal, equally as delicious.

Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous.

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Paneer Toasties | Paneer Toasted Sandwiches

Indian sandwiches are serious business, taking as much time and attention as some other dishes.

Indian sandwiches and toasties are serious business. Australia is different. Here, we throw sandwiches together quickly, little preparation is involved, they are quick solutions to satisfying hunger at home, work, school or on the road, on a picnic or at the beach.

In India, the fillings are constructed with as much thought and preparation as any other meal. Ingredients are made, other ingredients are sautéed, some are cooked, and then they all come together with chilli for a delicious meal-in-a-sandwich.

Enjoy this one. It is delicious.

You might also like to try Tawa peas, Bhajji, or Bean Paruppu Usili. Browse all Indian snacks here. or just the Sandwiches and Toasties. Or be inspired by our Autumn dishes here and here.

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