Hello blogger buddies and friends. It was an extra long hiatus from the blogging world for me, do pardon my absence. Our 3 week long vacation found us in England for 10 days and Switzerland for the rest of the time. Our trip to England this time was extra special as we celebrated my mother’s 90th birthday. My mother and family live in England, so it was great to have all the cousins and family together under one roof. Switzerland was just magical – I had often dreamed of going there and was absolutely tickled when that dream became reality. However, I’ll leave Switzerland for another post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’d like to share another low-carb recipe that I stumbled on the other day. In an effort to cut back on carbohydrates such as those found in sugary foods, pasta, breads, I’m trying to aim for a low-carb diet that is high in protein and healthy vegetables. Studies show that it can cause weight loss and improve one’s overall health. I’ve tried cauliflower in a few low carb recipes lately. I’ve tried cauliflower mash, riced cauliflower (recipe coming to the blog soon) and now this cheesy and oh so delicious cauliflower casserole with additional vegetables, leeks, carrots and spring onions. It does have a secret ingredient that sets it apart from the rest…..bacon, or leave the bacon out for a vegetarian meal.
When I first made this sumptuous chicken dish, it was just for my husband and myself. What was I thinking? I like to spoil him every so often, but I mean come on, this was a lot of work for just the two of us? So I set out to make Chicken Marbella again as the main course for an evening with friends. I can’t tell you how much they all enjoyed it, it was definitely a crowd pleaser.