Cooking

Rogan Josh (Indian lamb stew)

A roast leg of lamb with all the trimmings for our Easter lunch did not go to waste 2 weeks ago.  I decided to reuse the leftovers to make Bert’s favorite Indian dish, Rogan Josh.  It is a spicy, and succulent slow-cooked lamb curry.  Indulgent, and flavorful, with a spiciness that transforms into a rich and thickened sauce, this lamb curry would be a great dish to entertain with; I know I’ve had rave reviews from guests and have passed on this recipe many times over.  The recipe is taken from Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cooking cookbook.  Madhur Jaffrey is one of the world’s leading authorities on Indian cuisine.  Born in Delhi, she gained distinction as an actress in England and hosted the popular BBC television series on which the book is based. 

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Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies with Sea Salt

Remember my last post when I made those yummy chocolate mousse cups with the liquid from a can of chickpeas?  Well, I saved the chickpeas and made these vegan, gluten-free and healthy chickpea blondies.  You might think I’m switching to a vegan or gluten-free diet?  No I’m not, I’m just trying to make some healthy desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth without the loaded calories.  I think I can safely say, I succeeded.  They are fudgy, chocolatey and oh so moist.

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Three years and counting – Happy Blogiversary to me!

Yeah, three cheers for me!!  I was just notified that Safari of the Mind turned 3 a couple weeks ago.  Wow, how did that happen so quickly?  I’m pretty chuffed with myself as I did not think it would last this long.  I can still remember the very first post on the site.  We had just returned from a 3 week trip to Brazil, I had taken a ton of pictures like every tourist does, together with some notes on the various places visited.  So the light bulb went on, maybe I could start a blog?  I wanted one of the categories on the blog to feature travel, the other gardening, and probably the most popular one today is, cooking!   So how did it all come about?  Why a blog?  Why those 3 different categories?

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Baked Sweet potato with a Mexican twist

Nothing quite like a sweet potato to bring some wonderful flavors to your palette.  The regular potato makes us shudder  at the thought of all those carbs.  But not so with the humble sweet potato.  This root has a slightly lower carb rate than the regular potato.  Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber than the regular potato.  Did you also know that sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of potassium?  A medium sweet potato has at least 28% more potassium than a banana.

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Healthy Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

So what’s all the buzz about using cauliflower in low-carb dishes instead of rice or potatoes?  I’ve even seen pizza bases formed with grated cauliflower.  Cauliflower can shine in many forms as I’ve recently discovered, so I set out to find out for myself.  From my kitchen today, I’m bringing you a pilaf chock full of nutrients and flavor, but yes you guessed it, it’s made from cauliflower florets.   I’ve seen the method and have come across many recipes, but I decided to add my own spin to it and make it spicy and wholesome with some Indian flavors.

A rainbow of colors, a perfect matrimony of flavors!  I served the riced cauliflower pilaf with Grilled Goan Chicken Cafreal, and a salad.

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Goan Prawn and pumpkin curry

Do you ever give up anything for Lent?  Chocolates, alcohol, music, desserts?  I believe I did in my youth as we followed a very strict Catholic regimen, but these days I don’t have the will-power nor the drive to sustain these traditions.  However, I do try to adhere to the Friday Lenten observation when Catholics do not eat meat on a Friday.  In doing so, I do try to come up with various fish or vegetarian dinners on Fridays during Lent. Here’s one example.

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