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Turmeric Rice with Garam Masala Root Vegetables and Chickpeas

Yes, you can almost smell Fall in the air……..I say almost because we’ve unexpectedly had temperatures climbing into the 80’s for the past week and we’re even expecting 90’s by the weekend.  Still, what’s lovely about this time of year are the cool nights.  Don’t you just love sleeping with the windows wide open listening to the cicadas and crickets calling in the night?  I know I do, they almost lull you to sleep.  So this is the countdown for Fall inspired dishes.

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Irish Pork Stew – bring on Fall weather

No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day, and by golly it’s not even Fall or Winter, but my taste buds were crying out for some comfort food.  I do love the simplicity of summer cooking, you know fresh veggies, using the outdoor grill etc.  However,  there’s nothing quite like a bowl of comfort and this Irish Pork Stew ticked all the boxes for my husband..  I’ve mentioned before that I’m happy with a fish and vegetarian diet these days, but I like to cook a good hearty man’s stew for hubby every so often.  This definitely ticked all the boxes for him 🙂

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Dum Aloo (Indian Potato Curry)

After trying this popular Indian potato curry in a creamy and delicious spiced yogurt gravy, I wondered why I had never tried preparing this dish at home….well that’s not until last week.  It is known to be popular in the Kashmiri region.  Knowing how much my husband loves potatoes, I knew this would be a treat for his taste buds.  The authentic way of cooking Dum Aloo is to cook it under pressure.  The edges are sealed with a dough to ensure that no steam escapes, but naturally I took a short cut 🙂

 

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Fajita Salad with Creamy Cilantro lime and avocado dressing

When August rolls around, I’m almost ready to switch to Fall like meals, you know those stews, soups and curries.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re still enjoying salads and lighter fare, but I can feel myself winding down and ready to switch seasons in the kitchen 🙂  But whatever you do, don’t let this summer go by without trying this salad that is sure to please all taste buds.

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Matar Paneer (Indian cottage cheese and peas)

When my lovely godchild asked me what I’d like from Goa on her most recent trip, I asked her if she could bring me back some of those gorgeous bowls that I’ve been on the hunt for.  They are made of stainless steel on the inside and copper on the outside.  They make such a beautiful presentation at the dinner table.  I wanted to use them the way they would be used in India, so naturally it called for an Indian themed meal.  We love all types of cuisines, but are partial to Indian meals.  Indian meals take a lot of prep work, so needless to say I only cook it about once a week. Also, as a pretty seasoned cook and now blogger, I’ll have to say there are no limits to what I try and explore with, provided I do the photo shoot first :)Here’s my Indian themed meal featuring my copper bowls.

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Greek chicken summer flavors

I wouldn’t tag myself as vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or specifically belonging to a certain food group, but every so often I go through spurts of trying it all out.  This gluten-free dinner was one of those times.  I guess I like to challenge myself when it comes to trying a certain food group.  I could easily cut out all carbs, well almost all, although there are times when I do crave rice and potatoes.  My husband Bert, on the other hand, is a potato-holic, so I have him just bake a potato for himself each time.

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Niçoise Salad

It is Bastille Day today (National French Day).  Presenting a refreshing salad for the occasion.  Traditionally made with local olives, tuna and anchovies, this protein rich salad from Nice has become a staple all over France.  I absolutely love this salad, not only is it flavorful and appetizing, it is deliciously light yet quite satisfying on a  hot summer’s day.  I ought not to complain though, as this summer has been relatively bearable, so what’s a few days when temperatures feel like 100 degrees F?  On days like these, who needs to be slaving over a hot stove anyway?  So this salad was created.

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