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Lace Cookies

These cookies are a breeze. You just have to mix the ingredients together and drop them on the cookie sheet. And they taste wonderful! You can store them in an air tight container for up to a week. That is if they last that long. They disappeared within a couple of days in my home.… Continue reading →

Crispy Honey Sriracha Paneer

I found this recipe on Pinterest and I liked the simplicity of it. I had a lot of paneer and I decided to try it instead of tofu. One of the things I noted was that the paneer required a lot more cornflour. I also found that it was easier to fry the paneer as… Continue reading →

Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

These four ingredient chocolate and peanut butter cups is the easiest recipe to make. It’s a great project for children to get involved in! And they would have even more fun eating them! When you have a craving for something sweet, these chocolate bites satisfy the craving and dark chocolate is so healthy. Studies have… Continue reading →

Cottage Bread with Guava Jam

This cottage bread is very simple to make and it’s really delicious. You can try your own combination of herbs, etc. The smell of yeast and bread baking in the oven is just wonderful. There is something so satisfying about making your own bread. I sprinkled some rosemary on the top. I shaped the bread… Continue reading →

Gopal’s Famous Vegie-Nut Burgers

These burgers are much loved in my family. I have been making them for the last 25 years. They are so wholesome – rice, lentils, vegetables and peanut butter with spices and herbs. This much loved recipe comes from the famous chef Kurma Dasa of the Hare Krishna movement. It’s from his book Great Vegetarian… Continue reading →

Strawberry Meringue Cake

I love strawberries. I could eat them everyday, several times a day! They were in season a while ago and I seized the opportunity to make something. When I saw this recipe from an old Woman & Home magazine, I just knew I had to make it. Simply heavenly! Baking is my first love, especially… Continue reading →

Red Cabbage-Orange Salad

With temperatures soaring, I am looking to eat more salads and light meals. I love cabbage because it’s so low on calories and it’s very rich in Vitamin C. Both red and yellow cabbage are available almost all year round and you can make so many great recipes with them. This salad is so vibrant… Continue reading →

No-Bake Chocolate-Lemon Mini-Tarts

My first reaction to a chocolate flavoured with lime was disbelief. That was quite a while ago and since then I have come to love this combination. So, when I had some lemon filling left over from my cake (please refer my earlier post Lemon Cheese Cake), I decided to make these tarts. The original… Continue reading →

Crispy Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Dip

There’s something so comforting about crunchy spring rolls filled with veggies and a sweet chilli dip to go with it. It’s delicious as appetizers or party finger food. The filling for these dainty spring rolls are quite easy to prepare. And the dipping sauce just takes a few minutes too. You can use any vegetables… Continue reading →

Lemon Cheese Cake

I have no idea why this cake is called Lemon Cheese Cake. It has nothing to do with Cheesecake. I guess it’s because the filling is like lemon cheese. The filling is really gorgeous – intensely lemony! I loved it. I used 8 inch cake pans because I wanted the height, but you could also… Continue reading →

Vegetable Patè

Is lunch boring? Try this vegetable patè. It’s so delicious and easy to make. It can keep in the fridge for a week, but the batch that I made disappeared within a few days! It’s just the thing when you’re rushed for time and want to eat something healthy. A great alternative to traditional liver… Continue reading →

Fried Cream Cheese Balls

I had some cream cheese sitting in my fridge and I wanted to do something savoury with them. These tasty cheese balls are the result. They’re quite easy and hardly take any time at all to prepare. I liked the cheese in the centre. It gives it an extra cheesy flavour and they were a… Continue reading →

Mahjouba (Algerian Crèpes)

Mahjouba are traditional Algerian pancakes, very popular as a street food in Northern Africa. These thick pancakes are made of semolina and folded into a parcel after being filled with caramelized onions and tomatoes. It is often paired with harissa sauce. The semolina dough has to be worked until it is not sticky. I greased… Continue reading →

Quick Apple Dumplings

If you want a quick fix for Apple Pie but don’t have the time, then this recipe is perfect. These dumplings are very easy to make and hardly take any time at all to prepare. The smell of apples and cinnamon is just so lovely! Apples with cinnamon and raisins are rolled up in a… Continue reading →

Onion and Thyme Tart

Simple to make and infused with thyme, this attractive tart makes for the perfect lunch along with a mixed leaf salad. The onions gives it a lovely flavour and the topping is creamy and delicious. The dough for the base is not very firm but rather more pliable so that it can be patted out… Continue reading →

Banana Mincemeat Bread

I had made a large quantity of mincemeat for Christmas but I just didn’t have the time to make anything. I was just looking up some recipes featuring mincemeat and came across this interesting one. As I had some over ripe bananas as well, I was rather pleased. It’s something that I could eat at… Continue reading →

Korean Barbecue Tofu

This tasty Korean recipe is flavoured with soy sauce, mustard and spices. The resulting dish makes them quite irresistible. Served with rice/rice noodles, they are perfect for a light and refreshing meal. Tofu is a plant based protein and has about 22 grams of protein per half cup serving. This nutrient powerhouse is rich in… Continue reading →

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

This recipe has become one of our family favourites – even if you don’t like cauliflower, you will love this dish. It’s really easy to make and tastes incredible. And it’s vegan! To cut the steaks, wash the cauliflower and cut off the stems as much as possible. Cut off the florets at the end.… Continue reading →

Spicy Mushroom and Cheese Omelette

Happy New Year everyone! I was travelling and I am back to posting some tasty recipes that I made recently. This recipe is great for breakfast or brunch and even if you want to prepare something quickly for dinner. Mushrooms and cheese are great together and as a filling in this omelette, they are an… Continue reading →

Apricot Passion Fruit Slice

A refreshing change, this unusual combination of dried apricots with Passion fruit makes it an extra special dish to serve for a festive breakfast. A sweet treat for your guests for the New year or for any occasion really! You could also serve this as a dessert – either way it’s delicious. As you bite… Continue reading →

Mozzarella Stuffed Crust Pizza

You just can’t beat a Margherita pizza or an oozy, cheesy crust filled with mozzarella – the combination of both is irresistible. You could make the pizza dough a couple of days in advance. However, if the dough is chilled, leave it to come to room temperature for one hour. You could also use refrigerated… Continue reading →

Snow-capped Fairy Cakes

These fairy cakes look stunning, but they’re actually very simple to make. The caramelized apples were a last minute addition. I had them sitting in the fridge for sometime and I was wondering what to do with them. They contributed a lot of extra flavour to the cakes, especially because it was salted. Quite yummy!… Continue reading →

Gingerbread Banana Cheesecake

This gingerbread flavoured cheesecake makes it a special finale for a dinner party. The creamy banana filling with bits of ginger candy is really delicious and complements the ginger base beautifully. I didn’t crush the biscuits finely for the base and this made it more interesting while eating it. The base was extra crunchy and… Continue reading →

Cranberry Christmas Rockies

Cranberries and apples combine to make a delicious sweet treat. They are a classic combination and it’s ideal for the festive season. They are best eaten within a couple of days after they are baked. Though I don’t think they will last that long! Sprinkled lavishly with icing sugar, who could possibly resist them? This… Continue reading →

Chocolate Finger Cookies

The holiday season is the perfect time to bake cookies. And what better than the marvellous goodness of chocolate in these just baked cookies. The chocolate icing makes it extra special and rich. They are sure to disappear fast and you will find you have never been more popular! This recipe makes about 24 cookies.… Continue reading →

Fruited Chocolate Tarts

A chocolaty custard filling makes these tarts a lovely treat. I added coconut flour while making the shortcrust pastry and it gave off a nice aroma of coconut when they came out of the oven. The base can be made in advance and frozen. The filling is also easy and can be made in advance.… Continue reading →

Nutty Protein Energy Balls

These energy balls provide protein, carbs and good fats. It’s just the thing for a quick snack in the morning or anytime of the day, perfect to pack for a long flight and ideal after a workout. They are fun to eat and so easy to make. If I need an excuse to eat chocolate,… Continue reading →

Spicy Sheperd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

An old English classic – the Sheperd’s Pie is one of my favourite dishes. I have re-invented it in many different ways, but the latest one is the one I like most. I used cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes and the result was very good. The mash was so smooth and creamy and tasted sublime.… Continue reading →

Banana Stem Fritters

In India, the entire banana tree is used – the leaves are used to wrap food and to eat from, food is cooked in banana leaves, the flowers and stem are used in cooking. In the recent Masterchef Australia, Gary used banana flower in one of the Masterclasses. Cutting the banana stem is a fine… Continue reading →

Tomato Soup Cake

I love the flavour of this unusual cake. It’s made with tomato soup. I used a ready-made tomato soup powder for making the soup. It has to be really thick. The addition of cinnamon and nutmeg together with walnuts and raisins make for a very rich and dense cake. The recipe calls for wholemeal flour… Continue reading →

Mushroom and Mozarella Pizza Baguettes

Spicy mushroom on toast, topped with breadcrumbs and cheese is a delicious way to start the morning. It’s great for tea time as well. I used French Baguettes, but you can use any type of bread. Wholemeal rolls split in the middle is also good. The tomato paste can be flavoured with some herbs and… Continue reading →

Cauliflower and Mushroom Gougère

Choux pastry is really delightful to work with – the moisture in the dough becomes steam in the oven and expands along with the air beaten into the dough during the mixing process. This causes the choux to swell up to three times its unbaked size and the result is an airy, feather-light pastry filled… Continue reading →

Mac and Cheese

This is my go-to recipe for Mac and Cheese for a very long time. It’s very quick besides being rich and creamy. It’s so much better than eating it out of a box and it’s sure to be loved by everyone. The ingredients used are all staples that one can find in any kitchen. I… Continue reading →

Fudgy Coconut Balls

Fudgy is normally a word I would use with Chocolate, but the texture of these delightful morsels are quite dense and fudgy. Coconut is one of my favourite ingredients and the combination of coconut and jaggery is a great one. This recipe is very simple and it can be stored for up to ten days… Continue reading →

Rice Cakes with Chutney and Sambar

Rice cakes known as idli are the most popular Indian breakfast. Though idli is traditionally a South Indian dish, it’s the most popular breakfast eaten by millions of Indians everyday. The combination of rice with dehusked black gram dal (urad dal) makes it a complete protein. The ground rice and dal is fermented overnight which… Continue reading →

Flapjack Brownies

Chocolate is always a crowd pleaser and brownies showcase it so beautifully. Whether you’re baking for a bake sale or for dessert, this recipe is a winner. A gooey flapjack base, a fudgy chocolate brownie above it and the whole thing is blanketed with this delicious chocolate icing on top – this brownie is just… Continue reading →

Krem

A classic, this Swedish dessert is so simple to make. The flavour of the grapes is so subtle and the combination of grapes and cinnamon is just perfect. The flavours complement each other so beautifully. Grape juice and cornflour cooked together – just these ingredients produce this melt in the mouth dessert. It was an… Continue reading →

Ambrosia

This medley of fruits in a sugar syrup with dry fruits, honey and nuts is a dish that our family makes every year for a festival called Dussehra. It’s a celebration that lasts for about nine days and is celebrated by Hindus all over India. I love the richness of this dish which is so… Continue reading →

Sago Fritters

These sago fritters disappear fast. Crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, they are great as appetizers or a tea time snack. These fritters are called vadas in India and they are made for special occasions and during festival times. It is made as an offering to the deity along with other… Continue reading →

Coconut Pie

Buttery, crumbly home-made shortcrust pastry, encasing a luscious, creamy coconut filling – it’s pure indulgence. It just dissolves on the tongue and the taste is just divine. A great project for a rainy afternoon, it’s not hard to make this pie. It makes for a lovely home-made gift though I love to serve it with… Continue reading →

Melting Moments

There are so many versions of these popular biscuits and they’re all absolutely delicious. However, this recipe is my favourite and I have been making it forever. They are simple and quick to make. The crushed cornflakes give it a crisp outer shell but they’re soft inside. You will find it hard to stop at… Continue reading →

Black Eyed Beans and Coconut Milk Curry

The cuisine of Kerala is very unique – some dishes are fiery while others are very delicately flavoured like this curry. Most of the recipes have coconut in them, in some form or the other. This dish is called Olan and is traditionally prepared with pumpkin. But you can use any vegetable – I added… Continue reading →

Mini Frittatas

These mini frittatas were an on the spur of the moment recipe. I had some left over frittata mixture and I used it to make these pretty muffin type frittatas. They tasted great and puffed up so beautifully. I sliced the zucchinis thinly and lined the bottom of the muffin pans and then poured the… Continue reading →

Madras Omelette

Every country has their own version of the omelette – the Italians have their frittata, the Spanish omelette is very popular, etc. India has it’s own version too and it differs slightly from region to region. Everybody has their own spin on it. The recipe featured here is the one my family has been making… Continue reading →

Apple and Cottage Cheese Pie

A very light and nourishing pie, not overly sweet and suitable for everyday cooking. I have used the Indian cheese called Paneer. It is combined with shortcrust pastry, apples, cinnamon and coconut. It’s quite simple to make and extremely moreish. The paneer filling gives the pie a creamy flavour. PREP: 45 minutes COOK TIME: 40-45… Continue reading →

Mixed Lentil Pancakes

This is a complete balanced nutritious meal by itself. It’s also vegan, like many vegetarian dishes in India and really delicious. Lentils contain lysine while rice contains sulphur based amino acids missing in lentils. Therefore, a combination of rice and lentils makes it a complete protein, supplying the body with the essential amino acids that… Continue reading →

Grandma’s Seed Cake

A traditional British cake, it has a very distinctive flavour. You might think this is dated or old-fashioned but once you taste it, then you will definitely give it a thumbs up. The caraway seeds give it an amazing aroma and taste. It’s just scrumptious! It’s interesting to note that there is no raising agent… Continue reading →

Semolina Pudding

A very light and tasty pudding – this pudding is very easy to make. It’s called kheer/payasam in India. There are many varieties of this which can be made with sago, vermicelli, nuts and even bread. Most of them are milk based and it usually accompanies a traditional lunch or dinner. Most Indian desserts have… Continue reading →

Spicy Cheese Toast

The cheese toast featured here is quite unconventional from the one you may be used to. It’s a family favourite and can be put together in a jiffy. It’s a delicious way to start the day or even for a light lunch paired together with a green salad. I used cheddar cheese because of the… Continue reading →

Sweet Coconut Dumplings

These rice flour dumplings or ‘modaks’ as they are called in India are specially made during the Ganesh festival. There are many fillings that can be made, both sweet and savoury. However, they taste so good that I make it often. The one featured here contains coconut and jaggery. Jaggery is a traditional cane sugar… Continue reading →

Tofu Loaf

Very quick and easy – this tofu recipe is one of my favourites. It’s healthy, vegan and tastes delicious. This recipe has been adapted from the original one by Louise Hagler. Mashed potatoes goes very well with this dish. It’s great to have at anytime of the day. It’s also ideal for packed lunches and… Continue reading →

Split Mung Pancakes

A very satisfying comfort dish – this is a traditional recipe from the state of Andrapradesh in India. The Indian name for it is ‘pesarettu’.  It is one of the many varieties of ‘dosa’ or pancakes. Each region in India has their own version of the dosa. Since it’s made from split mung beans, it… Continue reading →

Baked Cauliflower

Cauliflower is the star of the culinary world right now with recipes like pizza crusts, rice, etc. It’s one of the best substitutes for a low-carb diet. It’s naturally high in fibre and B-vitamins, has antioxidants and phytonutrients that fight against cancer. It also has choline which is important for learning and memory and lots… Continue reading →

Guava Spread

It’s the season for guavas and the tree in my garden was laden with the luscious fruit. I usually make Guava Jelly but this time I decided to make a spread instead. The result was just heavenly. It requires some patience, but the effort is well worth it. Children love this spread and you can… Continue reading →

Pasta Alla Norma

I was first introduced to this classic Sicilian dish when I was watching Kitchen Boss by Buddy Valastro. Since then, it has become one of my favourite pasta recipes. It’s a very light and refreshing dish, full of fresh flavours. The tomatoes and aubergines adds colour and robust flavour to the pasta. It is recommended… Continue reading →

Vegan Zucchini Frittata

I made this frittata for my daughter who’s turned vegan for some years now. A light and tasty dish – it’s ideal for a light summer lunch or supper. It can also be served cold. A refreshing tomato salad would be perfect to go with it. The oatmeal gives this frittata a moistness and the… Continue reading →

Buttered Eggs

Nothing could be simpler than this breakfast or brunch dish. Green chillies, ginger, onions and herbs combine with eggs to give this recipe quite a strong flavour kick. Hot toast is all that is needed to make this really special. It may seem like scrambled eggs, but it tastes quite different. Butter elevates this simple… Continue reading →

Coconut Fudge

Coconut in any form, be it raw or cooked is delicious. The many products of coconut and the amazing health benefits derived from them is now widely known. It’s indispensable in Asian cooking. I fell in love with this fudge when I was a little girl and my love for it is still the same.… Continue reading →

Green Pepper and Peanut Curry

I have been making this curry for the last 20 years. It’s very easy to prepare once you have the ingredients. It is absolutely delicious besides being very good for your health and also vegan. In the Indian Ayurveda system, it is recommended that every food that we consume contains the tastes of sweet, sour,… Continue reading →

Moist Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is one of my favourite vegetables. It’s so easy to prepare and it’s so versatile. It can be used in a variety of cakes and other baked goods. It doesn’t alter the taste and it’s super healthy and so moist. When I saw this recipe from King Arthur Flour, I decided that I must… Continue reading →

Milk Sweetmeat

This is one of my favourite Indian sweets. It’s just made with two ingredients, milk and sugar. It takes some time, but believe me the final result is worth it. I have many happy memories of eating this sweet in my childhood days. This is the way it’s made in one particular region of Tamilnadu… Continue reading →

Old-Fashioned Fried Apple Tarts

These fried apple tarts are really indulgent – crisp morsels of delight. The pastry is just right – flaky and melt-in-the-mouth and when you bite into it it’s just bursting with the goodness of apples. I had some apple filling left over from my Apple Icebox Cake and I thought this is the perfect way… Continue reading →

Sweet and Sour Tofu

My daughter found this recipe online about ten years ago and shared it with me after she tried it. I don’t even remember the website that I got it from. I made a few additions and I must say that it’s the best Sweet and Sour Tofu recipe that I have come across. It’s a… Continue reading →

Apple Icebox Cake

Summer in India can be really hot (and I mean sweltering hot) – especially Madras, which has a lot of humidity. Spending a long time cooking on the stove is a nightmare. Eating frozen desserts, ice creams and chilled drinks are about all one feels like doing. So, when I read this recipe from King… Continue reading →

Roasted Pumpkin and Peanut Soup

Pumpkin and peanuts? It’s a very tasty combination. Pumpkin goes with just about everything! It tastes so good and can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is just the soup to satisfy you on a cold evening or you can serve it cold on a warm summer day! It’s so versatile. The lovely… Continue reading →

Curried Sweet Potato Rice

The health benefits of eating sweet potatoes are widely known. The people on the island of Okinawa in Japan apparently eat them everyday and their long lives are attributed to this diet along with some other foods. I wanted to use the sweet potatoes with rice and I was quite pleased with the results. In… Continue reading →

Mango Upside-Down Cake

In India, summer heralds the mango season. It’s just exhilarating – so many varieties of mangoes! The heady perfume of the mangoes fills the kitchens, market places and the whole environment. I dive headlong into the juicy and luscious taste of the mangoes and experiment with various recipes. Mangoes go so well with sweet treats… Continue reading →

Polenta Croquettes with Mushroom and Paneer Sauce

The Italians hold dear their porridge or polenta made from cornmeal. I love its versatality – served plain or enriched by being baked or fried with other ingredients. In this recipe, the polenta is mixed with red peppers, celery and spring onions, cooled and cut into fingers. The colours look so pretty. They are then… Continue reading →

Spinach and Paneer Gnocchi

Fluffy, light as air gnocchis with the goodness of greens and cottage cheese. What could be better? This recipe has been adapted from a book called ‘Great Greens’. I love to experiment with different spices. My palate is not suited to bland food. Besides spices are very good for the health. The nutrients in spinach… Continue reading →

Hot Lentil Rice Dish

This dish is a favourite from the Southern state Karnataka. It is called Bisi Bele Bath, a spicy rice dish with lentils. This is a very unique dish from the Kannada cuisine and this recipe is very tasty. This rice dish is different from the Sambar Rice prepared in Tamilnadu. It’s important to dry roast… Continue reading →

Rainbow Frittata with Coconut Cream

Fresh, light and delicious – this frittata ticks all the boxes. Easy to prepare with ingredients that anyone more or less has in their pantry. The plus is the high content of fibre and protein. This is especially important for people of all ages, who have greater nutritional needs. The combination of lentils with veggies,… Continue reading →

Paneer Tikka Pizza

The recipe that I have given below is one that I have been making for years. It’s one of the best pizza recipes that I have come across. It was given to me by my friend. It requires some effort and planning. I usually make the tomato sauce and the topping a day earlier as… Continue reading →

Zucchini Latkes with Red Pepper Salsa

It was one of those times when I had these ingredients sitting in my fridge – some zucchinis, a few carrots and sweet corn. I was wondering what I could do with them and how to put them together. I make Sweet Potato Latkes often and I decided that would be a good idea to… Continue reading →

Melon and Ginger Jam

I was intrigued by this recipe that I found in Encyclopaedia of Creative Cooking. It was so different from the usual teatime jams and it tastes great on home-made bread. The recipe calls for ogen or charentais melon, but I used honeydew or musk melon as they are available here throughout the year. There’s not much difference… Continue reading →

Watermelon Jam

It’s always watermelon season in India and I decided to try my hand at making a preserve out of it. The fruit contains 90% water and that’s the reason the finished jam was a little runny. But, the taste was unbelievable! It was so fresh and the colour and appeal was absolutely spot on. The… Continue reading →

Spaghetti Bolognese

Being a vegetarian, it’s always a challenge to re-invent a meat-based dish. I used tofu to substitute the meat balls and the spices were just perfect. That’s what I like about tofu – it just soaks up the spices like a sponge. And so easy to make. This dish was a great project for a… Continue reading →

Sticky Caramelised Pears with Cardamom Custard

I was going through some recipes and came across one for caramelised figs. So, when I saw some juicy pears at the market, I decided to try and do the same with them. Pears are so versatile and are perfect with pastry, salad and puddings. This dessert looks so elegant and it’s really easy to… Continue reading →

Poached Mangoes with Strawberry Coulis

My friend Beryl was an amazing and passionate cook who was very generous with her time and her recipes. She was warm and friendly, and really loved to feed people. She was one of my earliest food influencers. She passed away some years ago, but I was blessed to continue to cook the recipes she… Continue reading →


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