Homemade Broth

Homemade broth

I had almost forgotten the taste of soups made from homemade broth. My mom came and stayed with us for a month after R was born. While she was with us, she made me soup with freshly cooked broth frequently.  There was no turning back after I remembered the taste of broth made from scratch. Ever since then, I stopped buying the boxed broth(I stopped buying the canned one long before), be it chicken, beef or vegetable.

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Kale Pesto with a twist

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Growing up, like many, I wasn’t big fan of leafy vegetables.  I used to tell my mom that leafy vegetables are food for four legged animals like cows, goats, etc. and clearly since I am not one of those four-legged animals, I shouldn’t have to eat them.  She off course didn’t pay much attention and continued offering leafy greens.  Though I’ve come a long way from the four legged animal thought, I do not necessarily explore too much of leafy vegetables outside of what I grew up with.  Kale is one of them I didn’t know about until I moved to USA. Continue reading

Shrimp in a blanket

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I love how versatile shrimp can be and how it always tastes great. These shrimp in a blanket sticks are wrapped in thin rice paper. They are crunchy on the outside, soft and spicy in the inside.  These are fun food on a stick and can be served as appetizer or snack but also great as sides with soups, stir fry or fried rice. Oh, did I mention that these are not your regular shrimp wrapped in a blanket but has an extra layer in between the blanket and the shrimp.  Curious to find out what the extra soft, fluffy and spicy layer is?
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Paya – Beef leg soup and a moment of silence

It is hard to fathom the Sandy Hook tragedy as a parent.  Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut has asked for a national moment of silence this Friday, December 21, 2012, exactly one week after the shootings at the Sandy Hook school. Church bells throughout Connecticut will ring 26 times at 9:30 a.m. EST in honor of the victims.  In times of tragedy, we all want to do something.  If you can, please observe a moment of silence tomorrow or honor the victims in your own way.

To those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you happy holidays! For others this time of the year is still special with the holidays away from school and work. This is a time we have a lot of family time. Many friends and family get togethers.

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Paya is Bangladeshi soup prepared from beef or goat legs. Cooking the legs slowly turns the meat into a delicious dish. The taste of this soup is divine and the meat, marrow and fat from the legs melt in your mouth. I love the soup as is or with paratha. You can serve with naan or any other bread as well.

 

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Ahh…Chutney..mm..good

Zesty, sweet, sour, spicy! Simple yet delicious. Chutney, with its variety of flavors and styles, is a pleasant addition to any meal. It is a dish that you can play around with flavors and textures and is extremely easy to make at home. Personal preference usually dictates the taste and texture of chutney. It can range from jam like sticky substance to smooth or chunky consistency. A small amount of chutney goes a long way because of the concentrated flavor that adds a burst of excitement to any dish be it a curry or grilled meat, fish or vegetable.

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The radish chutney is tongue tickling spicy, sweet and sour with a hint of sweetness. Panch foron, tamarind, vinegar, dry roasted cumin and coriander give radish chutney a piquant and tangy flavor. You can taste a contrast of flavor due to the sour taste of vinegar and tamarind and sweetness of sugar.
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Truffles – fungi or sweets?

Do you know your truffles? At a dinner table, if you hear truffles will be served, would you expect the pungent scented expensive mushroom or delectable round, confection?

Natural truffle is a subterranean mushroom found growing near tree roots and thought to be an aphrodisiac by the ancient Greeks and Romans. I am not talking about these sensual, mysterious and one of the most expensive natural food. I am talking about the other kind that resembles the fungal namesake, the quintessential luxury confection of the modern world. Traditionally, this other kind is made with velvety smooth chocolate ganache filling. The Latin term truffle means “swelling” or “lump”. Both the mushroom and sweet gets the name from the unusual shape they hold. Just as the natural truffles, the sweet truffles are synonymous with luxury and finest delicacies.

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