May 26th, 2006
What to do when there are 3 boiled potatoes, and half a bag of baby spinach? Make this recipe of aloo palak (potatoes spinach).
3 boiled potatoes,
5-8 oz baby spinach leaves,
1 tsp cumin (jeera),
1 tsp mustard seeds (raai),
1 tsp garam masala,
1 tsp red chilli powder,
1 tsp corriander (Dhania) powder,
salt to taste
oil for cooking
Start with oil in a pan, heat. Add the mustard seeds, and wait till almost the popping sound stops, then add the cumin. Next add the onion and fry for sometime, till translucent and a little red brown in color. Add the dry ingredients, mix, fry a bit. Add a little water to prevent the spices from burning. Let it boil a bit. Then add the chopped potatoes. Mix well, and add the spinach.
Let it simmer for about 10 mins covered.
May 19th, 2006
Ulfet’s mother in law made these caps for us. This cap is done by knitting with 2 needles, and the wool is from Turkey. It is sparkly. I just find this picture adorable, so I thought I will post it.
May 11th, 2006
Again one of Ulfet’s recipes. This recipe takes a lot of patience. It has to be slow cooked, for a long time.
Boneless meat, cut in cubes (lamb, goat, beef)
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 green pepper chopped
1-2 onions, chopped
4 oz mushrooms chopped
1/2 eggplant chopped
1 can diced tomato
black pepper, red pepper, salt
Oil for cooking
First let the meet cook in a pan, (no oil) covered, till the meat is tender on medium heat. When done, put little oil and 1-2 garlic cloves, the green pepper and the onions. Fry till the onions are transparent. Add the chopped mushrooms, again cook for 5 mins, then add the eggplant. After a couple of minutes add the tomato. Cook about 20 mins, covered, till you see the oil floating on the top. Season with salt, red and black pepper.
Done! Eat with pilaf or bread.
May 11th, 2006
A little birdy told me that Children’s Place at Aurora Outlet Farms is having its winter clearance, deals starting from 99cents. Check it out!
May 9th, 2006
I ate this at Ulfet’s house, as part of a big breakfast. I think this recipe has the least amount of ingredients so far on my blog.
oil for frying,
cheese (mozarella preferably)
Fry the mushrooms, and put in a serving plate. Sprinkle cheese on the top, microwave for a minute. Done! Yumm Yumm!
May 2nd, 2006
Our friend from India is coming to visit us. He is vegetarian. So I asked my friend Ulfet and her mother in law for a bunch of vegetarian dishes. This one is good for brunch or lunch.
1 green pepper,
2 potatoes cut like fries,
1/2 eggplant cut in big pieces,
1 zuchini chopped,
oil for frying
for the tomato sauce:
2-3 tomatoes chopped,
for the yoghurt sauce:
garlic 1 clove,
First fry all the veggies, and then make layers in a deep dish.
To make the tomato sauce, in a little oil fry the tomatoes, then they are completely cooked (you could start with half a onion, if you like, fry sometime, and then add tomatoes). Add salt and garlic and done. Pour the tomato sauce over the vegetables. Yoghurt sauce is optional. But if you do make that, then skip the garlic in the tomato sauce.
To make the yoghurt sauce, grate the garlic and mix with salt in the yoghurt.
Serve hot or cold and while eating top with few spoons of yoghurt sauce.
May 1st, 2006
If you love buffalo sauce, like moi and dont like chicken wings like again moi, then, get the buffalo hot sauce and make the chicken yourself! Its EaSy, try and see for yourself.
chicken breast cut into small bite-size pieces,
Buffalo sauce (store bought or bought from ‘Buffalo wild wings’) for dipping
Marinate the chicken in the above ingredients for atleast 12 hours, 24-36 hours is recommended (by me:D)
In a skillet, shallow fry the chicken pieces in little oil. Cook until done(use a tooth pick to test it- it should go in the chicken easily)
Done, dip in the sauce and enjoy! Excellent as appetizer in a party or a simple snack on any evening.
Update: I just remembered, that Ulfet had marinated chicken with the same ingredients once, then she put them on small skewers to make sheekh kebab. Then she fried them in a pan.