RATATOUILLE WITH PESTO CHEESE

I want to focus on this pesto cheese for a minute before I go any further. You know how you end up buying a big bunch of basil, use a tiny amount in your dish and the rest just rots in your fridge? My solution to this recurring problem: pesto cheese. Having pesto in your… Read more »

GREEN BEANS WITH OLIVE-ALMOND TAPENADE

This won’t come as a surprise at all. Even if you’ve only seen a tiny glimpse of my posts these past few years, you’ll know that I’m a bit obsessed with tapenades. Especially the olive kind. A traditional tapenade (Provencal, I believe) is served as a spread to be slathered on bread, or used to… Read more »

ROASTED TOMATO & RED PEPPER SOUP

Let’s be honest. You don’t ever have a dedicated ‘soup season’ when you live in a place like Chennai. Unless they’re of the chilled variety of course. Those we can do anytime of the year. But come October, when the weather turns and the rains set in, it’s the best time as any to get… Read more »

LABNEH WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS + CHILLI BUTTER

I don’t know what category of foods this dish falls under – is it a dip? A salad of sorts? A side? None and all of the above? Who’s to say, but we ate it piled high on homemade garlic bread, so I’m leaning towards it being a dip. Making labneh at home is nothing… Read more »

LEEK, MUSHROOM & EGG QUESADILLAS

These are my go-to flour tortillas. With a ratio of 2:1 of plain flour to whole wheat, they are straightforward to make and don’t dry out and harden upon cooking. They also don’t feel like there’s even a trace of whole wheat in them. Basically we’re avoiding all the things homemade tortillas are notorious for…. Read more »

GREEK SCRAMBLED EGGS

I like my scrambled eggs just set. Holding its shape and all the watery bits cooked out, but with soft, large, barely-set curds. They cook in under a minute and you need a non-stick pan for the job (kudos if you’ve managed to do this in cast-iron; they come out like rubbery pucks in mine)…. Read more »

CHICKEN SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING

Caesar, but not quite Caesar. I’ll elaborate: this salad has all the makings of a typical Caesar salad—lettuce, toasted bread, Dijon, anchovies, garlic, lemon and olive oil—but with one wildcard ingredient..tahini! Sounds strange to be adding this Middle Eastern sesame paste into the mix, but its nutty creaminess really complements the punchy hit of Dijon… Read more »

YORKSHIRE PUDDINGS WITH PEAR & GINGER COMPOTE

I lived in Yorkshire for a year and a half and never learned to make Yorkshire puds there (I did eat my fair share of them though). And here I am in Chennai fiddling about with ratios and proportions. I wish I’d foreseen this obsession a bit sooner. But thankfully these are ridiculously easy to… Read more »

OATMEAL CONGEE WITH MUSHROOMS

At this rate, I may as well make it official, pivot into a ‘breakfast only’ website and not worry about my lack of enthusiasm for anything else. If you’ll stick around, I promise to make it worth your while with (more!) French toast variations and nestling eggs into anything that even closely resembles a sauce…. Read more »

OVEN-ROASTED HONEY-CHILLI POTATOES

I often replace potatoes in recipes with yams, sweet potatoes and plantains. Not just for their better nutritional content, but also to get some variety in the food that we eat at home. Needless to say, I obviously wouldn’t replace them if they didn’t taste good. They do of course taste good. Dare I say,… Read more »

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  • GUACAMOLE

    A recipe for guacamole after a two month hiatus may seem a little underwhelming. I completely understand that. This is, in fact just a basic recipe for it. But can I just say that this guac is so good, that I seriously contemplated categorizing it as a starter rather than as a dip (I usually… Read more »

  • SAMBAL OELEK ROASTED CHICKEN

    Sambal oelek or ulek as it is sometimes known, is a Southeast Asian spice paste that mainly comprises red chillies, salt and vinegar. Sometimes you’ll also find variations that are flavoured with shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, onions and fish sauce. Traditionally made using a mortar and pestle (that’s also how it derives its name), this… Read more »

  • PICKLED BANANA PEPPERS

    Banana peppers have been all the rage at the Kumar household these past couple of months. We eat them in stir-fries, stuffed with cottage cheese, rolled in tortillas, and if that list wasn’t enough, it’s now moved onto pickling! The thing about regular peppers for me is that I just find them so drab and… Read more »

  • SPICY FRIED CALAMARI

    There are two kinds of people in the world – people who love love love fried calamari, and those who are allergic to it and thus unfortunately cannot eat it. There is no hate in the equation, sorry. Safe to say that I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like it, and I’m not sure I’d… Read more »

  • BASIL AND ALMOND PESTO

    Making pesto at home might quite possibly be the simplest DIY kitchen activity like, ever. This is a late realization however, since I’d found a good, organic variant in the shops and I was happy with it. I had an abundance of basil in my garden last week, and I realized that every time this… Read more »

  • MUSK MELON & STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

    I’m almost embarrassed by how outrageously simple this recipe is. If you can even call it a recipe, that is. I’m not much of a ‘juicer’ in the modern sense that the concept seems to have taken on; I eat too. While I don’t condone this detox/diet approach to this new fad, I do however… Read more »

  • ORANGE AND ALMOND CAKE

    I recently came across a video of Nigella Lawson making a clementine cake. The first step involved boiling the fruit for two hours and then blending it to make a purée; skin and all. It just made sense. I’ve made an orange cake before using just the zest, and so good though as it is,… Read more »

  • THE CLASSIC ARNOLD PALMER

    Arnold Palmer is revered as a legend in the golfing world and has gone down as one of the greatest players in the game’s history. I had heard of the guy. Did I know that there was a drink called Arnold Palmer that is the genius combination of iced tea and lemonade? I did. Did… Read more »

  • BOURBON NECTARINE COBBLER

    The otherwise evasive stone-fruit is still making a regular appearance here on the blog as you can see. I’ve been meaning to make a peach cobbler for the longest time now, and I still haven’t gotten down to it. Here’s one that’s just as delicious though, using its non-fuzzy counterpart, the nectarine. It tastes very… Read more »

  • MANGO & CARDAMOM LASSI

    If you’re looking for a super quick, super easy drink/snack, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been on a mango binge ever since the season started, but most often than not, I end up eating them as is – peeling the skin back and diving straight in. Back home in Coimbatore, someone always has… Read more »

  • PEACH YOGURT CAKE

    Right around this time a year ago, I got back from my amazing trip to Turkey. Thanks to the booking website that we used, I still get very prompt reminders of my itinerary in my inbox : 361 days ago, you boarded a flight from Antalya; 363 days ago, you had an upset stomach after… Read more »

  • KALE, CUCUMBER & COCONUT WATER SMOOTHIE

    “The chill of a moderate frost or light snow improves the flavour of kale” states a popular website that I follow for advice on growing and caring for plants. However, as someone living in Chennai, I don’t think I could ever say that Kale is ‘in season’. It’s the peak of summer now, and the… Read more »

  • BASIC TOMATO SAUCE

    I may have inadvertently picked the perfect time to tell you about this recipe. It’s the beginning of the week and having this sauce on hand means that you can cruise through those weekday suppers like it ain’t no thing. We go through two jars of this stuff every week between the two of us,… Read more »

  • Banana bread

    I know it’s starting to look like a blog revolving around bananas around here. Stuffed banana peppers two weeks ago, and now it’s banana bread. I seem to be going bananas with this stuff! I know, not very ap-peeling and maybe we should split from this unplanned theme, but it’s almost as if someone’s plantain… Read more »

  • Stuffed banana peppers with tomato sauce

    When I started blogging, I seriously had no idea what would come out of it. I just knew that I really liked to cook, especially for my husband who, as it turns out, solely blames me for his having gained 7 kilos within 6 months of our marriage! And if I got lost in the… Read more »