Appetizers & Salads

Appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, salads from around the world

Lemon & Mint Couscous


A delightfully light and citrus-y Moroccan recipe to serve with sweet & sour Moroccan stew. This mint-y couscous is a perfect match with the stew. Couscous is a dish made from semolina that is cooked by steaming. Couscous is lightly seasoned and served with any stew spooned over it. 
 
Couscous is one of the popular dishes from a wide variety of Moroccan specialties. Moroccan dishes are known for variety of aromatic spices used. Cumin being one such spice that is extensively used in almost all dishes. Cinnamon, paprika, dried ginger, turmeric, saffron, cloves are other spices extensively added to Moroccan dishes and give the dish wonderful flavors the cuisine is so popular for!
 
 
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Crispy Sesame Fried Tofu

 
 
Ever noticed how one ‘aspect’ is ‘compromised’ in order to gain another ‘point’ or ‘aspect’? A speeding vehicle may assist you in reaching your destination early but….the mileage is reduced. Ahem…one line dad says each time we hop into the car for a long drive, besides a few .…no plenty more.
 
 
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For an instant gratification, a quick bite at a fast food place may satisfy your hunger for a while. But does it guarantee a healthy meal?While pondering on this thought last week I remembered this simple, quick recipe I had come across and had bookmarked to try.  What made me delay in trying this out was the fact that it hardly had many ingredients, flavorful, fiery ones that is. We are so used to eating spiced-up dishes or foods loaded with herbs or sauces. In this only sesame is used to lend flavor and taste!
 
 

Char Grilled Veg Salad

 
Feasts, lavish vacation meals, celebrations & festivals call for elaborate meal & indulging in rich & scrumptious dishes.  And then after that comes a session of staying away from all the sinful foods and a vow to eat all things healthy from then on!  Salads & soups often make their appearance in your everyday menu. So now care for some healthy recipes? And this without making them look and taste any less appealing than all those huge feasts your body is slowly getting accustomed to? Sounds good huh? If yes, then read on!
 
Whenever the topic of low cal & healthy eating arises, mention of salad is never far behind! To be honest, I am NOT fond of salads. For me its just something to be taken just before starting a 3-course meal! Somehow cold fruits and vegetables drizzled with some oil and vinegar never draws my attention but makes me turn away from them.
 
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An attempt at Fusion – Corn Salsa

 
An attempt to create a quick fusion recipe was underway. Created and the attempt turned out to be successful!
 
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On that day it was cloudy outside & showing signs of rain showers. So any plans of going out is temporarily suspended. And the hunger pangs made us crave for something new & interesting. I was a bit lazy to go for too complicated dishes & that was when I remembered this recipe I had sometime back filed away in my memory as a must-try one!  With no second thoughts, this dish was created within minutes & finished off even sooner! Try it out & you will know why!
 
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Baby corn Satay

 
 
 
“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow, suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken” ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
 
Some people you meet in the journey called ‘life’, you will take a little while to get acquainted to. And then with some its an instant connection! You go on and on chatting with this newly met friend all about your past, your dreams maybe or your opinions and anything about you find interesting. And in the end you say it was like a reunion with an old friend!
 
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I now know that distance cannot act as barrier between friendship, nor does difference in culture or language. This reminds me of my grandmother who by conversing in  Kannada and very few words of English thrown in between made good friendship with a German lady. And this lady simply adored my grandma! Essence of  a good friendship leans more towards feelings, emotions and the bond we share with the other person.
 
I have no idea what plays a role in this ‘instant connection’ between two strangers – is it the positive vibes or similar interests or fate?? Whatever the reason, this stranger is now your new found friend, a treasure worth cherishing for ever.

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A Quick Starter : Grape Crostini

 
 
 
The summer calls for meeting up with friends for a barbeque, having friends over for tea etc. Its the season of meeting & catching up with friends & family. Not to forget unexpected visitors during the summer holidays. All this always finds us rummaging through our recipe collection to find something quick & easy!
 
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Corn Tartlets

 
 
 
Having assumed that the  making of the Short Crust Pastry itself would take a lot of time ( and I was not even sure if the experiment would be a success mind you) I chose a simple filling. After browsing through pages & pages of savory tarts recipe, I finally came upon this recipe – a mixture of the  various recipes I came across! If  the base fell apart, i could at least use the filling as a topping for toasted bread or baked bread moulds or for canapes etc..Well…you get the point..
 
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Tip of the Week
Eating Bananas can help fight depression.
Food Facts
Nachos, the Mexican dish, were invented in 1943 by a guy named ‘Ignacio Nacho Anaya’. The original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers.