My hunger pangs bring out the best of me in the kitchen. Abhisek doesn’t like mushrooms at all, but I love them. That leaves me with only a few opportunities to experiment with mushrooms. He won’t let me pick them from the grocery store unless I promise using them only in pasta or pizza. But, I generally use that as an excuse to sneak in the whole pack. So, I had them on the shelf waiting for me to experiment with them instead of throwing them into yet another pasta. And, then there were evening snack requests from my always hungry stomach. The result? Well, no prize for guessing, a yummy side dish that you will never stop making. It is super yummy and super easy.
Summers are here, well kind of. It’s still raining in Stockholm. Bad, bad, bad! Sun God, please come out of your hangover and send some sunshine. May be you should taste this coco-pineapple cooler to wake up, eh?
It’s almost a month when we went to Spain for a short vacation. I am still in awe of the beautiful architecture, Casa Batlo, La Pedraro, Sagrada Familia, etc. On the other hand the rustic feel of the southern Spain. The Andalusian region is my favorite, for its rustic and charming. The old European and Mediterranean mix makes it quite a special place. The best place of our trip was Ronda, a Pueblo Blanco (aka White Village). It is a small town built on a gorge with a fertile terrain all around. Calm and serene, beautiful and rustic. Not only the town itself, but the train ride to Ronda and the bus ride on the way back to Seville is something I will cherish for life. Have a look at the picture and you will know why it is so special.
A simple yet delectable cake this is. Brings back my childhood memories of Britannia fruit cakes. I have been on a cooking spree today after days. This is the second post in a row, so I am not going to talk a lot and get straight to the recipe. 🙂
Mr. Dhokla goes to Europe!
He took a flight from India, picking up gram flour and semolina. Had a connecting flight from italy, so it decided to spend some time in the food market. Picked some rosemary and olive oil. Then took the flight to Stockholm and met Bhawna. She had some mustard, broccoli and tomatoes.
Now, because both of them met after a long time and were hungry, they wanted to make something that depicted how well they gel together, so did some brain scratching and made this Dhokha.
And, voila it was so much fun hanging out together.
Do you believe in angels? I never did, until I met Barbro, my extra mother. I met her in 2010, a few months after my dad passed away. May be it was God’s way of balancing things in my life.
Back then, she met me in the capacity of my onsite trainer. Little did we know then that we would have such a strong connection that would last forever. I think it is her love that brings me to Stockholm every now and then. Since, I am in Stockholm right now, we get to meet as many times as we can. We chat a lot about different things including food. We exchange our ideas and try them.
This is a toast to my love for olives and cheese.
I like olives and I absolutely love cheese. Anything that has cheese attracts me. Any recipe that mentions cheese is more interesting for me to try. All my friends are well aware of how to make me gain weight 😛
Enough of the cheese music, now lets get onto what I did with cheese 🙂 I saw this pin on pinterest, which had the best of two worlds – cheese and olives. And, I decided right away that I am going to try this one for sure. I had that image printed on my mind.
Finally, today when I stopped by the cheese aisle to pick some hard cheese, I picked cream cheese too. Then, I moved further and saw the kalamata olives. Till date, I tried usual black and green olives, but not the Kalamata variety. Wanted to taste the difference, so off they went in my shopping cart.
And, then started the magic. It literally is a magic finger food. It is creamy, salty, bright, and yummy. I don’t know what to call these, so I named them as Fetolivas – Feta wrapped olives.
Leftovers are becoming the aunt of innovation! A lot of times, I end up innovating some dish just because I had some leftovers. This pizza is a result of one of those experiments.
I had made poha (rice flakes) last night but ended up soaking more than required. While I was storing the poha, an idea struck my mind. I thought this could become the crust of a pizza. So, the next day, I was looking for something to mix with poha that could bind it and I didn’t want gluten. Looked up the refrigerator and found half sweet potato left from my navratra fasts. And, here is the result – a healthy pizza:
Simple, quick, desi, lip smacking, delicious, etc, etc. I can add as many adjectives to this humble dish. It was never on my hit list until I made it once for Abhishek. And, voila he loved it. And, this is my brahamstra to please him. He is angry? Make aloo poori. He is depressed? make aloo poori, he is busy and not listening, make aloo poori…ha ha..the list is endless. And, the best part is he never gets bored of it and I can make it in a jiffy.
With the sweet tooth that I and Abhisek have, we need quick fix desserts a lot of times. But, we just cannot do with the ordinary. I mean like always!! Naaah!!!
So, I keep surfing different blogs for yummy desserts and stumbled upon this wonderful yet quick Greek dessert. And, it was love at first sight. It is simple yet exotic. The name says it all 😉