Saturday, January 19, 2013

EASY SHMEEZY CHICKEN SOUP

 
Winter Flue season worries? Well, stay hydrated; clear liquids, turmeric, vegetables... in short CHICKEN SOUP, PEOPLE!
Here's how I make it in my kitchen.
Take:
2 chicken drumsticks
1/2 cup ginger chopped coarsely
Fresh turmeric, 1/4 cup, (can use 1 tsp powder if you don't have fresh)
1 medium turnip, (1 cup)
1 medium beetroot, (1 cup)
1 medium onion, ( I cup, coarsely chopped)
2 cups of Kale, coarsely chopped
1 tsp fresh lime juice or lemon juice
1 tsp of sea salt, (any salt is fine)
1 tsp. black pepper
Boil all the above for 1/2 hour on medium in a 6 quart pot of water.
If you are using a pressure cooker like I do, I turn down the heat after I hear the pressure being built up, and let it cook for another 10-15 minutes on medium heat.
While the soup cooks, chop 2 cloves of garlic and 1/4 cup cilantro and mix it in your cooked soup and enjoy!

My tid bits:
  • Add the minced garlic in the end to get it's maximum health benefits.
  • Puree the vegetables with a hand blender to make the soup creamy.
  • The citrus added during cooking helps leech out the calcium and minerals from the chiken bones.
  • I like to serve this for evening supper only because garlic smells strong and turmeric can stain teeth, so brush before you go to bed dahlins :-)
  • Have a cup every night, if you have the flue, I would have some every 2 hours, with rice, toast, crackers, noodles, pasta, what ever U like dahlins!!

Do this for your family and friends, if you don't have the root vegetables, you can use absolutely any vegetables you have, bell peppers, celery, celeriac, tomatoes...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

"FOOD-ILLY" SPEAKING, "IN" FOODS FOR 2013


Citrus-based and peppery flavors are coming back for 2013, says who? Moi, ur's truely! “Anything hot—like habanero, green chile and ginger!
 
So lets do the THAI SOM TAM ON SALMON, CHICKEN, TOFU OR ANY PROTEIN OF YOUR CHOICE! Recipe? Look below :-)
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups any shredded or julienne'd raw vegetables.
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/c cup chopped or quartered tomatoes.
  • fish sauce 1 tsp. (Vegetarians can use salt to taste)
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup for us Vermonters, u may use any sweetener u like :-)
  • Make a kinda sorta paste with your motar/pestle with chillies, garlic, lime, tomatoes, fish sauce and maple syrup or sugar. 
  • Mix with the juliened vegetables and voila!

There's your fusion som tam, now not all of us can get raw papayas in this part of the world, so I do som tam with any juliened veg.
Go ahead folks, give it a try and top it on your fish, meat, burgers, tofus or I just eat it like a local thai with sticky rice. Yummmmy!
Theres your healthy marries delcious cooking in minutes......
 

QUITEO PHAT BAI KAPHAO

RECIPE FOR QUITEO PHAT BAI KRAPHAO

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup rice noodle sticks
  • 3 oz chicken breast.
  • 1/4 cup shallots chopped lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup red bell peppers chopped lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons veg oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (fresh)
  • 1 green chilli (fresh)
  • 1/4 cup thai basil leaves (fresh)
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1//8 tsp fish sauce
  • lime juice to taste
METHOD
  • Soak rice noodles in a pot of hot water till "el dante".
  • Chop garlic and green chilli and set aside.
  • Slice shallots and bell peppers and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok and add garlic and chicken and green chilli cook till done.
  • Stir fry into it the bell peppers and shallots to a gentle crunch.
  • Now add basil, sugar and fish sauce.
  • Lastly, drain the rice noodles/Quiteo sen and genly mix into the chicken stirfry.

OH! DON'T FORGET TO SQUEEZE SOME LIME JUICE INTO THE PHAT!

Enjoy your Quiteo phat Bai Kraphao, nice and hot!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

LEMONGRASS uses & benefits!

LEMONGRASS,  calming herb!
When life hands you lemongrass, make lemongrass tea & feel a whole lot better!
Lemongrass is said to help with anxiety, epilepsy, fungal & yeast infections.
It was used to scent baths in ancent Rome. In Southeast Asia, it's most commonly used as a paste in curries and the leaves are tied and dropped into hot soup and water to make tea. The leaves are discarded before eating.
Although the whole plant has a beautiful aroma, only the lower part is tender enough to eat. Cut to thin round pieces it is added to savory salads and stirfry dishes.
Lemongrass pairs well with : Corriander/Cillantro, Chili, Onion, Garlic, Galangal & Coconut !
These days you can find Lemongrass cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, lotions, candles as well.
It is very easy to grow, just buy a healthy stock even from a supermarket and plant it in good soil in a pot and when it seems to be rooting you can plant it outside.
HAPPY SPRING 2012 !

Thursday, March 22, 2012

FEEL GOOD FOOD POST!

So I just read a friend's blog on how she coped with her caotic life the past 2 months. Loss of any kind is difficult, be it any age, gender, plant, animal, human, material things.
My 2 cents worth with food!
There is a reason why some food is called comfort / soul food.
The kind that reminds you of home, whatever home means for you.. Be it, where you were born or where you are now, the meals you enjoyed with friends, family or even by even by yourself sitting by the ocean waves in the sunset or early dawn... maybe with a book or with your pet and some music of choice.. For me, it has got to be the Indian Instruments with some piano in the background, ya, Sitar, Tabla, Flute & Piano....I'm in heaven!

Comfort food for some it is fried chicken and for some it is Tom Yum Kung/ Thai, hot n sour soup.
Some, plate of home made cookies with chai spice...

For others, a glass of cold milk and for some a rich smoothie.....for others a slice of chocolate Mangosteen Cake.

Whatever Works for You Dahlins!

Food is a great way to get our yaa yaa's out, our knoted muscles ease with a gentle massage of Almond or Olive oil with some turmeric and honey!

We connect & reconnect with our feelings, we communicate friendship, prayer, love, passion, culture, traditions,..... great satisfaction often comes from nourishing food and good company!

So folks... in this difficult love/venus wave..lets cope with all the available techniques and reach out to whoever/whatever works for us..

 Life .... has a lesson for all of us, I am trying to learn it, I slip, I fall, I get off of my butt and try again.
My life lesson: IS TO SERVE, WITH LOVE!

Thanks for reading... I welcome all comments.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

TURMERIC / HALDI / TUMERIC

TURMERIC (Curcuma longa) is a perennial plant of the ginger family. It is a rhizome or an underground stem.
 A kitchen staple in Indian kitchens, it is found in just about any dish that crosses the dining table.
Research suggest that Curcumin, a compound that gives the turmeric it's yellow hue is rich in antioxidants and anti - inflammatory actions.
The Turmeric Spice is used in most curries, Indian or otherwise. It can be used to Stirfry vegetables and tofu, also commonly used in deserts like "kheer and laddus" .
Turmeric is a crusader against diseases like Alzheimers, Cancer, Asthama, Blood Pressure, Blemishes, Depression, Psoriasis and Eczema etc.
It is commonly used in anti aging face packs, and blemish reduction masks, in India.
 Curried Gobi/ Cauliflower
1 head of Cauliflower floweretts.
1 tbsp. chopped ginger
5 cherry Tomatoes
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Classic Masala
1/4 tsp or more of TURMERIC POWDER.
Add turmeric & ginger to heated oil in a pan for a few seconds, str fry your cauliflower and tomatoes untill it is 3/4ths cooked.
Enjoy with traditional Roti, in a Panini Sandwich or even as a side dish.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CLOVES

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Cloves have a distinct aroma, woodsy and kind a pungent.
They are said to love all of U :-)
Here's why:
1. It fights Infections.
2. TLC for gums.
3. May help relieve Herpes Simplex
4. May help anti Hepatitis C
5. It acts as a decongestant
6. Banishes Blemisher
7. An eco cleaner as well.

 Cloves pair well with Allspicae, Cocoa, Cardamomm, Ginger, Chile, Cinnamo, Turmeric, Ginger, Cumin, Cillantro.
It compliments Meats, Pies, Cookies, Cakes, Curries, Ham, Mincemeat, Red Cabbage .....

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CHOCOLATE SOUP FOR LOVERS

CHOCOLATE SOUP INGREDIENTS
1 cup Skim Milk
1 cup low fat 1/2 n 1/2
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup bittersweet choc. chips
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
Topping:
1 tablespoons marshmallow creme
METHOD:
On a medium flame in a saucepan, stir together the skim milk, half and half, condensed milk, vanilla & bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
Reduce heat & add the chocolate chips,whisk gently till the chocolate starts to melt.
Add cornstarch and water and then add it to the milk solution till the soup is thick and smooth.
Dollop the marshmallow creme on soup.
Enjoy with your loved ones on this beautiful Valentines Day!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

SAAG PANEER/ MUSTARD GREENS

 Sarso Ka Saag /Mustard greens!
** Add Chicken or Paneer to the saag to make it even more nutritious and yumritious!

1 lb mustard greens
1 lb spinach greens
1 lb broccoli florets
1/4 Cup tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped Onions
1/4 cup finely chopped ginger
1 big clove finely chopped garlic.
Salt to taste, Deva naturals Classic Indian Masala
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp red chili pepper powder.
3 Tbsp. veg oil of your choice, I use Mustard oil to make the "SAAG" more "MUSTARDY"
1 Tbsp.  all purpose flour or wheat flour. ( I use wheat to keep the taste robust)

Method:
  • Wash and cook the greens thoroughly in its own juice, approximately 25 minutes on medium to low heat & Blend well, add the flour to the blended greens.
  •  Heat oil in a pan and saute garlic, ginger and onions till they are transparent, add tomatoes and cook till tender. 
  • Add Spices and the greens all in one pan and cook till the liquid almost dries up. 
  • Now add the paneer / cheese and cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Serve with warm corn tortillas and homemade yogurt.

You've got yourselves an authentic "PUNJABI MEAL"

1-2-3 FAST & EASY THAI VEG PHAT

Thai food is yummy and oh so very easy to make. Our trick to ANY "Phat/Stirfry"
is garlic, agavae, soy sauce & hot chili peppers.
As you can see to make this Bean & Tofu Phat:
  • Saute garlic and chili in olive oil, to a light golden brown.
  • Add tofu & soy sauce, Agave or sugar or maple syrup.
  • Mix & cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add washed green beans and mix.
  • Let it steam for about 3-4 minutes till the beans are cooked.
  • Makes about 3 servings.
  • Serve Hot n fresh with brown or white jasmine rice, Brown or white noodles.
You can substitute any meat for tofu and a lot of different vegetables for the ones I have used.



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