Month: February 2016

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Celebrating Black History Month and my 100th post

I’ve been working on this post for quite sometime now, and seeing as we are almost nearing the end of February, when America celebrates “Black History Month” I thought of speeding it up before the month came to an end.

When we lived in Texas, we visited Louisiana often.  I had always wanted to visit a plantation home and experience a swamp tour on some of our visits there, but we never quite made it.  However, this past Fall, some of our British friends were visiting parts of the USA and invited us to join them on the southern tour.  We were able to visit 2 plantation homes and of course a swamp tour was on the itinerary.  There was a lot to take in on the plantation homes, it truly gives you an idea of what life was like and takes you back in time.

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Devilishly Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes.  They are the culinary rage now aren’t they?  Just about everywhere you go, you see them.  They aren’t just for kids parties anymore, adults crave them just as much.  The great thing about cupcakes, is that you can adorn them in your own special way,  thus personalizing it to one’s own unique creation and theme.  Cupcakes are perfect for all seasons and occasions, I’ve even seen them at wedding receptions and formal functions.  I guess they are pretty versatile and can be eaten straight from the cupcake liner without the need for silverware.  It is much easier to transport to a picnic, birthday celebration or bridal/baby showers too.  Now that we’re all sold on adult cupcakes, let’s take a peek at these cupcakes shall we?  It is topped with a fudgy buttercream layer, the chocolate cake just melts in your mouth.  Do take my word for it, say hello to the ultimate, devilishly decadent chocolate cupcake!  My camera did get a workout, so I hope you will enjoy these  images.

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Goan Pan Rolls (Happy Pancake Day)

Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday.  It’s the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  I thought of presenting these savory pancakes that are pretty popular in Goan kitchens.  You can choose to make them with a spicy ground beef mixture, chicken, lamb, mutton or shrimp.  You can also make them as a dessert. I remember growing up with these wafer thin pancakes encased with fresh coconut and jaggery.  Whichever way you choose to make these, either sweet or savory, you can bet you won’t be stopping at just one.  It is pretty labor intensive, but the results will be worth it in the end.

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Veggie Stir-Fry

Here’s another quick meal that you can put together in less than 30 minutes.  No, I’m not in competition with Rachel Ray, but just trying to emphasize that when serving fresh, wholesome and tasty meals to our families, we don’t need to toil over a hot stove for hours on end.  Like crock pot dishes, delicious stir-fry dishes can be prepped ahead of time and the sauce can be made the day before too like this recipe recommends.  The bold flavors of fresh ginger, soy, siracha and sherry, are robust and rich.  Grab a wok, some peanut oil and you’ll soon have an appetizing meal ready to serve over some brown rice, or whole wheat noodles in under 30 minutes.

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Crock pot Thai chicken with spicy peanut sauce

There’s no dearth of ethnic recipes in my menu repertoire when winter rolls around.  What is it about the cold weather that draws us to these comfort foods?  The advantage of this dish is the crock pot method.  It’s a boon for busy families that don’t have time to fuss about dinner during the work week, or perhaps even on a weekend when all the activities get in the way.  I’ve been recently cooking Indian curries in the crock pot for a few months now, and honestly I’ll have to say I’m just chuffed with the results.  I seldom cook a curry in the summer time as I don’t wish to heat up the kitchen, but the crock pot method should definitely change that.  I did not even have to brown the chicken before putting it in the pot.

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