Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bye Bye 2014 with a Delicious Tangy Oven Grilled Pomfret Fish




2014 is over. We still have few hours to go but some parts have already welcomed 2015 with open arms 

For us, it was mostly a good year with memories to last a lifetime. Like always we had our share of apprehensions, uncertainly, tears and despairs but it was also speckled with faith, hope, love and laughter.
Hope 2015 brings the same joy, love, health and prosperity to everyone.

A very Happy New Year to all of you!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Give a Soup-a-holic an immersion blender and what she'll do?
She will go into a blended soup overdrive!

And that's precisely whats happening to me. So presenting today's soup echoing the color of the season: a bright red Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Roasted Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash Soup

It's that time of Year again!

Err... I am not talking about Christmas...

Yup! Christmas is almost here and so are the jolly spirits.  I have put up my tree, baked fruit cakes, bought gifts and prepared goody bags. Christmas is taken care of.

Now lets talk about another deliciousness that winter brings - Soups!

The only thing that keeps me going through the winters, is the thought of my kitchen, all warm and toasty, with me stirring my soup pot and feeling like a true blue Cancerian woman straight out of Linda Goodman's book!




This year I have gifted myself a Kitchen Aid Immersion Blender, way back in early November because they were on sale in Costco at a ridiculous price of $25... Yeah! you read it correct. A 3 speed Kitchen Aid Immersion bender with chopping and whisking attachment at $25! That's an offer you need to grab with both hands and feet, if required!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chana Jor Garam - A Tangy Spicy Oven Roasted Crispy Chickpeas

The summer vacation is over. Finally! 

I had hyperventilated at the start of the break as to how will we survive the super long vacation. But as I was getting the boy ready for his "first day of kindergarten", I knew I wasn't ready. 

All I wanted was one more day of sleeping in; just one more cuddling up and reading a book under the sheets; just another chance of messing up the kitchen together; one more dip at the community pool; one more after dinner ice cream treat and the list goes on. 

The boy was excited to go to the "big school" in a school bus. The entire preschool year I had a tough time dropping him off. He would cling to me and his teacher had to literally peel him off me. It ached my heart a little when he gave me a hurried hug and a careless kiss and marched into the big yellow bus and didn't even look back. I sighed.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Cooler 4: Homemade Ginger Ale



This is perhaps the most sinful cooler I made this summer. I had to summon all my will power to restrict myself to just one glass.

The moment I saw Yumiko Fujimaki Kon-no post on the Shared Meal page, I knew I had to make it soon. And I did. Its a different story that I took forever to post it on the blog.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Maach er Chop - Bengali Style Fish Croquette and yes they are BAKED!



Past few  days had been cloudy and gloomy with busts of thunderstorm and flash flood warning! Now where did all the summer gorgeousness go???

A few more weeks of summer vacations is still left and the we are almost stranded indoors. In this weather all I want to do is cuddle up on the couch with a piping hot cup of tea and a book, but the 5 year old always has other plans!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sweet Potato Oven Fries



We were having a general discussion on A Shared Meal regarding the health benefits of Sweet Potatoes. One thing let to the other and we started discussing my favorite sweet potato recipe - The utterly delicious Sweet Potatoes Oven Fries. That is when I realized that the recipe is not on the blog. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thai Inspired Noodle Salad with Lemon Ginger Shrimps



After a cold soup, a cool drink, its a cold Salad's turn to beat the heat. 

The summer vacation are on and my lunches are no longer a leftover affair. It now needs the meticulous planning and attention that my dinner usually gets. With the temperature so high, I hardly have any inclination to cook anything. Cold soup and salads often come to the rescue. But with a five year old who wants pasta for lunch everyday, innovation is the only solution.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Cooler 2: Strawberry - Pineapple Agua Fresca




Pinterest is overflowing with Agua Frescas. So much so, that I was finally tempted to try one, even though fruit juices are not exactly "my thing".

Sid, like any other 5 year old, is a total sucker for fruit juice and punches. The summer vacations are on and in addition to the outdoor activities, we are spending a lot of time in the kitchen together. Between my steadily rising blood sugar and Sam's increasing paunch, we are trying to keep the cookies, cupcakes and brownies to a minimum. Agua Fresca seemed a relatively less guilty indulgence for the family.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gazpacho: A Cold Cold Soup for a Hot Hot Day!




This week, Cincinnati was kinda gray. Cloudy and gloomy with busts of thunderstorms. 
But this couldn't deter me from posting is cold cold soup which we had on a rather hot hot day last week.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Cooler 1: Ayran - A Turkish Yogurt Drink



Boy! Its hot!!!

And its not a complaint. Just a statement.

After the bitter winter we had, I promised to myself that I'll never complaint about the heat. So don't get me wrong.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jordan's Cheesy Tomato Spinach Bites



If I know her well, Jordan would protest vehemently at the tittle of this post. She would point it out that this is NOT her recipe but she received this one from a family member via an email. 

This is how much she respects other's work, protecting and promoting all at the same time. But whenever I make these cuties, the lovely Jordan is always on my mind. For me, these would forever be Jordan's Cheesy Tomato Spinach Bites.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sharmila's Satwik Rajma Curry / No Onion-No Garlic Red Kidney Bean Curry




Sometimes you meet people at the weirdest of places but forge such a strong connection that they become a part and parcel of your life. I met my dearest friend Kate at the breakfast room of the hotel we were staying, when we first came to Cincinnati. And I met my other dear friend Sharmila at a Food Blogger's group on Facebook.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sid's Favourite Salmon Cakes


These "Salmon Tikkies" or "Salmon Cakes" as Sid calls them, is his favorite way of eating Salmon. 

He L-O-V-E-S these. 

Like me, Sid is also a fish addict. And perhaps this is the reason we end up eating fish three to four times a week.

There was a time when I had to make this Salmon cakes every week.

Seriously! I am not exaggerating a bit. Sam literally had to beg me to make some other salmon recipes. We still have it at least once a month .

Monday, May 12, 2014

Quinoa Pilaf or Cracked Wheat Pilaf - My Weeknight Staple


Cracked Wheat Pilaf


This post was long over due. I have noticed that things I cook most frequently are the one most neglected. This Pilaf that I cook either with Cracked Wheat or Quinoa is on our dinner menu for at least two days in a week. And the leftover are delicious for lunch the next day.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Shakshouka - The Bong way!

This was supposed to be my post for the Bengali New Year, which was on the 15th of April 2014.

I missed it.

Then again I thought of posting it as my Easter post.

I missed again.

So before I miss posting it again, let me hurriedly finish the post.



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pan Seared Salmon with Cajun Spiced Mixed Vegetables and Buttered Peas




I just realized that though I call myself and my family hard core carnivores and officially fish addicts, the blog has just nine fish recipes and nearly thirty-three vegetarian ones. 

I have made a conscious decision to eat and blog about more vegetables, beans n legumes and salads, but that does not mean I am going to ignore my first and true gastronomical love - FISH, especially when I eat them at least three to four times a week.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Vegetable - Tofu Burger Night - Another awesome treat from my Vegetarian Kitchen



Another beautiful offering from my Vegetarian Kitchen! Nowadays, I actually look forward to Wednesdays to challenge myself to whip up delicious yet nutritious vegetarian fare. When I first came up with the concept of "Vegetarian Wednesdays", Sam was pretty skeptical. He announced if I cook 'boring' vegetarian meal, he would go out and grab a KFC bucket! 

Its been five weeks now. So far so good. The KFC bucket is still at KFC and I pray that I can sustain my endeavor to try an incorporate a healthy vegetarian diet for my carnivorous family!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Basic Stir-Fried Asparagus, because Spring is finally here!


You know its Spring, when you spot those tiny green specs of new leaves on those gray barren trees you've been seeing for past five months.

You know its Spring when the happy chirping of birds accompany your morning tea.

You know its Spring when the Day Light Saving is implemented.

You know its Spring, when one day its gorgeous at 65 F and the very next day its back to low 20s. Or may be its just Cincinnati!

But I know its Spring, when I see abundant bundles of fresh green Asparagus, stock up high in my Farmers Market and at local grocery store!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cracked Wheat Tabbouleh - Leftover Rescue to Lunchtime Staple




Its not every day that I write a post munching on the dish, the post is about. But then, there's always a first time. I am pretty sure by the time I hit the 'Publish' button it will be way beyond midnight. At least in some parts of the world.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes - Indian Style




Everybody must have roasted a cauliflower, at some point in their life. Not me. Not until now.

Roasted Zucchini - Yes
Roasted Butternut Squash - Yes
Roasted Bell Pepper - Oh Yes!
But Roasted Cauliflower - Not yet!

There is no specific reason as to why I have never roasted them. Its just didn't happen. But when I did, Sam declared that he is never going to eat cauliflower in any other way. Sid seconded him.



Monday, March 10, 2014

A Forgotten Favorite - Simple Radish Salad with Lime and Ginger Dressing




There are certain veggies and recipes that I love, but have stooped making it (or buying), because the other members of the family are not so fond of it. 

Has it ever happened to you?

The moment I saw Soma's Radish and Mint Salad, I had this certain urge to rush to a grocery store to buy these reddish-purplish cuties. They brought back memories; memories close to my heart.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Saag Chole - Chickpea in a creamy Spinach Gravy



When it comes to food, almost five years old Sid, is not too fussy. He has a wide palate and is always ready to experiment. I am grateful that he loves his fish, meats and veggies as much as he likes his cakes, muffins and chocolates. However, the one thing that I really struggle to feed him is Spinach or any leafy green for that matter. I often add baby spinach to my soups. He will have that soup, but will meticulously avoid any piece of spinach that's floating around, promptly spitting any stray leaves that lands in his mouth. The only way I can get any spinach into his system is sneaking them in his Paratha (pan fried flat bread) or making this Saag Chole.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Whole Wheat And Oats Muffin with Raisins, Cranberry and Chocolate Chips



"I was sore... I was itchy... I had hives all over and a mild fever too."

This was couple of days before Valentines's day.

As I have told before, I am not too much into celebrating Valentines Day. But things have changes since last year.

Sid was very excited the entire week, talking non stop about the Valentine Day party at his school. He practiced his letters and numbers, wrote his names on all the Valentines Day cards for his friends, ate his meals without fuss and even cleaned up after himself. All because I promised him, "Heart and Cupid" stickers and a heart shaped Strawberry pancake for Valentine Day breakfast!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vegetable Soup to Soothe your Body and Soul


As much as I love my neighborhood Chinese restaurant Szechuan House, I hate it even more because its closed on Sundays. My Monday Blues sets in from Sunday afternoon. And nothing can be more uplifting for my spirits than a bowl of piping hot Chinese Vegetable Soup from that very restaurant. How I wish they would be open on Sundays too!!!

I have told you that I love Japanese food. And Mediterranean. And Italian. Not to forget Mexican, Lebanese, American, Middle Eastern, etc.etc.etc... But honestly the only food that comes closest to my heart apart form my own Indian food is Chinese Food. Indian-Chinese to be precise. Its like my soul food. I have grown up loving that kind of food the most. Its actually more Indian than Chinese but that's its main charm. Read more on this beautiful fusion cuisine here.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Smoky and Garlicky 'Baba Ganoush' and a Overdue Get Together



I love people. I love food. I love cooking. I love entertaining. And not necessarily in that order!

Its been quite a while I had friends over for dinner. I have always preferred casual get togethers over formal dinners. I love casual, laid back setting where my friends can just chill and enjoy good food and drinks and have great conversations. Food is usually laid on the coffee table and the side tables and drinks are aplenty and all you hear are loud, unadulterated laughter. That's what I call 'Entertaining'.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Dry-Run" Chicken Chili with Corn Muffins for Superbowl





I cannot still understand why 'American Football' or simply 'Football' as its called in North America, is so called when there is no connection between the "foot" and the "ball" during the entire duration of the play. For me 'Football' will always mean 'Soccer' (where the the ball and the player's foot are together for major part of the game). Lil Sid will vehemently protest. I guess that's the 'generation gap' that I'll have to live with, for raising my kid continents apart from where I was raised.



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Baked Falafel Muffins with Yogurt-Tahini Dip



Falafel???
Yumm!!

Baked Falafel Muffins
Cute and Delicious!!!


Though I am a hard core non vegetarian and cannot fathom the idea of having a meal without fish or meat, I must tell you that I am in love with these little bite sized  puppies. They are so darn cute and they taste phenomenal. Even better than their fried counterparts. 


Friday, January 24, 2014

Tofu Steak with Mushroom Sauce


I LOVE Japanese cuisine. I really do. But apart from snacking on steamed Edamame and the occasional Teriyaki sauce that I make from scratch, I usually don't do much of Japanese food at home. I usually let my favorite restaurant satisfy my soul, when I crave for Japanese food. 



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ranga Aloo r Pithe (Sweet Potato Dumpling in Cardamom Infused Syrup) for Poush Sankranti




Sankranti usually falls on 14th of Januaruy. This is one festival the whole country celebrates but with different names. Its Poush Sankranti in Bengal, Bihu in Assam, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujrat and Makar Sankranti in rest of India. It’s a harvest festival where Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth, is worshiped and thanked for the bountiful harvest. She is offered sweets made from the freshly harvested paddy.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Combating the Arctic Cold Wave with piping hot Chicken 'Pot Pie' Soup


These past two days has been insane, weather wise. The United States experienced it coldest weather in decades this week.  Some areas in the United States dropped to their coldest temperatures in years as a polar vortex flooded the country from the Arctic, spreading into the Midwest and expanding to other states from coast to coast.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year And Oven Roasted Tomato and Red Lentil Soup



A very Happy New Year to all.

Year 2013 was really hard on us. We were plagued by health issues and personal problems.
The good news: its over.
A brand new year and a brand new start.

I am glad we stuck together as a family in tough times and emerged as tougher individuals. The year actually ended on a positive note. I finally overcame my paranoia about driving. I had a near fatal accident in 2006, which led to my compulsive road phobia. Thankfully it is in past tense now.