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Traditional Pizza Dough

Traditional Sicilian Olives and Onion Pizza

This love affair has been going on for a long long time! Even Before I started cooking seriously!! I have said this before and I am saying it again.I can have any pizza you put in front of me! Whether its from a small little bakery in a tucked away in an unknown corner of india or Naples! I plan my trips around this Pizza! So it’s a given that you will see more than one recipe of this particular food. I am not ashamed to say that when we were kids we used to make pizza out of cheese spread and tomato ketchup. In fact I love a nice pizza made out of our regular roti dough. But enough …

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Baked Chicken Wings

Baked Wings three ways- Tandoori , Jalapeno Chipotle and Honey Sriracha

Cooking is a learning curve.I learn new techniques and flavour pairings everyday.I have recently started buying cookbooks(thanks for the initiation Gopika Bashi!) and there is sooo much to try and experience! I bought this amazing cookbook called “The best Recipes in the world” by Mark Bittman.This book is like dipping your little toe in each culinary realm one by one.It’s not an exhaustive book but it does try and introduce you to different cuisines and the ingredients that make those cuisines.It’s so interesting that I have sleepless nights about food now! Inspired from this book,I have tried three different flavour pairings loosely based around Indian,Mexican and Asian flavors. The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t have to be …

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Super Food Salad

Super Food Salad

This is how my brain worked for this salad Criteria : Be a Super Food (or be decadent and Hopefully Crunchy!) What do you get? Kale, Quinoa, Avocado, Apple. Remember an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Put them all together maybe add some feta or cashew cheese or plain old Paneer and add some crispy ham for extra love! There is your salad! Dressing you ask? Fine put some of my herb oil, salt and Red wine vinegar and take it and go now! Here is your high nutrient healthy Super Foods Salad! For all you Kale non believers -I can’t even begin to tell you how nutritious these humble greens are! One thing I have noticed is …

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Grilled Eggplant Salad

Grilled Eggplant Salad

If you have been following me on instagram you would know that I have started a new food regime. I am going to take this a week at a time by following the paleo diet during the weekdays and maybe go a little crazy during the weekends. It would be the best if I could do the proper whole30 like last year again but it will be impossible with a baby. I can’t be too rigid with my food choices at the moment because one, I am providing nourishment to another human being and two ,taking care of that human being doesn’t let me have a schedule.Oh and there is a three..On days when he is cranky i can’t even …

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Herb Infused Dipping Oil

Herb Infused Dipping Oil

Ever tasted those fancy dipping oils at the supermarket and go wohoooo! Well that happened to me but they were so darn overpriced that I just finished the samples and skedaddled as fast as I could. On my morning jaunt to namdhari(our neighbourhood organic store) I found all kinds of fresh herbs and I bought them all on a whim. I got several bunches of fresh basil, thyme, rosemary & oregano ,with no idea of what I was going to do with them. I did make a litre of my versatile Italian roast tomato sauce but I still had a lot of fresh herbs leftover.I was still exuberant on my afternoon coffee and energized like a little bunny so I decided …

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Versatile Vanilla Cake Three Ways!

Versatile vanilla cake three ways

If you get your basic vanilla cake recipe right then you can make just about a zillion cakes with it.All you need to master is that one recipe. In this post I want to show you how you can tweak one recipe to create multiple cakes. This is my go to recipe for any celebration cakes now.I made two cakes and sandwiched them with an easy peasy fresh strawberry compote(strawberry+sugar+water-boil=Strawberry compote!!!) and decorated with buttercream frosting and voilà a beautiful delicate celebration cake.The buttercream recipe is here Add a fruit to this recipe and make the best tea time accompaniment.I made blueberry baked donuts and a strawberry upside cake using this same recipe.Both disappeared as soon as they came out of the oven. …

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Classic Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Classic Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting

This is the dreamiest cake I have ever made.Classic Vanilla  layered Cake with sea green vanilla buttercream frosting. Definitely not a skinny recipe so skip this post if that’s what you are looking for.I do have some healthy cake/bread recipes on the blog if that’s what you want.But if you want a classic vanilla cake recipe which can be moulded whichever way you want, then read on.It’s the moistest,tastiest vanilla cake I have made or tasted thus far.This recipe is definitely a keeper. This was practise cake for my baby’s upcoming 4 monthly birthday and also my husband’s first birthday as a father.I want to make the cake for both these special days myself.So I decided to go all out with …

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cake

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake

Introducing our son “Vansh” to all you guys! This burst of cuteness graced us on 12 Feb 2017.I want to say it was the happiest day of my life but that’s not accurate.Everyday my happiness grows with Vansh. As much as my pregnancy was difficult (or annoying) because of my gestational diabetes,with having to take 4 injections everyday and extreme diet control ,his arrival was extremely fuss free .I want to say I actually had fun in the operation theatre but I will sound like a psychopath so instead I will say it was pretty chilled out (pun intended).I am sure it wasn’t me but the muscle relaxants they gave me but it was a wonderful experience! I went to …

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Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad

Paneer and Tomato Salad

I want to say that everyday is a struggle with gestational diabetes but it looks like I was preparing for it for a long time. My dad has  had diabetes since he was 35 so my parents are the biggest source of knowledge for me. Knowingly or unknowingly they have imparted knowledge and inculcated habits which don’t make this as difficult it would be for normal folks. The biggest example being that we have never had milk with sugar or any other additives so my morning glass of milk or the occasional coffee I allow myself is not an ordeal it would be for normal folks. If there was one rule for folks with GDM(with insulin) is to feed your …

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Foxtail Millet Salad

Foxtail Millet Salad

It’s been so long since I posted but believe me when I say ,things have been action packed and full of surprises! Life seems to have come a full circle and I find myself back at my whole30 program.(almost) Life threw us a curveball , which was expected but also unexpected.I should have suspected something when I couldn’t stomach coffee anymore! Appearance of a faint second line was not enough confirmation for somebody as paranoid as us so an unnecessary blood test proved that we were indeed expecting! Looks like the whole30 program created the best possible environment for this to happen and we couldn’t be less ecstatic about it. What we didn’t expect was the all time sickness (there …

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Authentic Greek Salad

Greek Salad

If and when you visit Greece you will be bombarded with greek salads everywhere.Even if you don’t want it you will see people ordering it on the next table and you will salivate all over the floor like a dog for it. What Pizza is to Italy Greek salad is to Greece.(my personal opinion) We ate this for lunch,breakfast and at pubs! Have you ever imagined a salad as a finger food?Well..We ate greek salad like that but I think that happened only cause we were in Greece. Let me first tell you what it doesn’t have.No lettuce please! No green olives and definitely no cabbage!An authentic greek salad has a nice slab of feta cheese drizzled with the olive oil and …

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Crispy Crumb Baked Chicken

Crispy Crumb Baked Chicken

Do you guys like KFC? I only like the spicy chicken strips.Everything else is too oily or too bland or too battery(too much batter?:D) I do have a beautiful childhood memory of KFC though.I was probably 8 or 9 years old and my dad took us to this new burger place in town and I remember having the best burger on the planet!I still remember that orange color sauce in the burger which definitely beat the shit out of any Nirulas Burger.I am talking about the vegetarian burger guys..so I still don’t understand the hankering for a whole bucket of that oily chicken. I especially don’t understand it when you can have a spicy crumb baked juicy chicken instead.I originally …

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Tamarind Chicken Wings

Spicy Tamarind Chicken Wings

My friends are hogs.They might be hoity toity with their clothes,languages and holidays but when it comes to chicken wings they are definitely completely boorish.I am not just hypothesizing here,I have good solid proof.I had 15 guests home for brunch (including me and Abhishek) out of which 2 people didn’t eat chicken so thats just 13 people..who finished 48 wings between themselves in one afternoon..and thats just half of my point…This small mountain range was consumed in conjunction with vietnamese summer rolls,nachos,mutton sliders and chocolate pinwheels. Amm and lunch, which was Mexican rice with tequila chicken and a red sauce pasta and..two kinds of cheese cakes. Believe me when I say ,I had no leftovers! I won’t claim to have come …

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Paleo Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters

Its been a great day so far.I bought the food photography book recommended by charlotteslivelykitchen  called Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young.Just reading the synopsis has helped me so much imagine the wonders(I hope) the whole book will do.Though I have studied crazy technical stuff during my engineering and MBA , photography was till date was mostly overhead transmission.This book explains stuff in real terms and definitely doesn’t explain one jargon with the help of other jargon! I don’t know if the pictures are better but I have played around with the camera setting much more. Today’s recipe is Zucchini fritters.These are easy peasy if you don’t have restrictions on eating grains but if you …

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Trail Mix Stuffed Chicken Breast with Sauteed Asparagus

Stuffed chicken with Crispy Skin

I have recently become addicted to nuts(dry fruits dude!).Before I used to snack on bread or desserts(Yeah I know!) But nowadays I make trail mixes at home which contain all kinds of nuts and seeds. My husband once was so hungry in his office that he ate his own bag!Ok he ate chocolate,but it might as well have been a bag cause in his mouth, chocolate tastes like cardboard.It’s good for me cause I don’t have to share..:D..Anyhow, to stop such future atrocities from happening,I pack him a jar of trail mix every week. My trail mix is usually a mix of almonds,cashews,walnuts,pumpkin and sunflower seeds and raisins or dried cranberries.It’s simple and it utilises all the dry fruits you get during diwali.Keep this …

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Quick Raw Papaya Salad

Raw Papaya Salad

One warning before you go on to make this dish ,till I am still smarting with the chillies I put in the salad.This salad absorbs everything you put in it and enhances the flavours many fold so don’t be trigger happy with the red chillies like I was! My usual foray into Star Bazaar to buy tomatoes ended up with me spending Rs 700.But this time I was smart.I saw a raw papaya tagged as Rs 350 in the “exotic” aisle and just as I was reaching for it I decided to curtail my budget,after all I have already spent this month’s budget last month so I am literally a pauper at the moment.Well , as in the typical hindi movie …

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

The first time I heard about Ratatouille was through my brother.I don’t know where he tasted it but he was so awed by it that he came back home and tried his hand at making it.It was funny when he discovered that the dish contained brinjal cause he used to always fight with my mom whenever she made the traditional Baigan Bharta at home(Aubergine). The second time I heard about it was in the movie Ratatouille in 2007.The movie is about a mouse who wants to be a chef  ,whose signature dish is a Ratatouille.What better dish for a Rat to make than a “Rat”atouille. It tickled me something funny when I first saw the promo of the movie! Let …

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Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Rice Paper Rolls

Its hilarious when you overdo at the gym and walk out a second later fall on your ass and make a twisty out of your leg.And just like that you are cloistered for 3 weeks with a ligament tear! I had to cancel a number of my commitments for those weeks but still ended up attending a  youth camp(for not so youthful me) in Pune as a chaperone to my husbands 15 year old brother. The universe is shoving the fact that i am old now literally every two days on my face!Otherwise how do you explain the ligament tear when that’s pretty standard fall of mine.Give me 3 steps and watch me fall..but this time just to prove a point..take …

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