October 31, 2007

Peach Pancakes


Two breakfast posts in a row! Is that what you are thinking? Well, pancakes and omelettes are on our favorite weekend breakfasts lists, but I had no intention of posting them one after the other. Infact, I wanted to make peach crumble and even had everything ready for it. But having the ingredients is not enough. You see, my oven went kaput!

I put my oven to bake and nothing happened, so I waited, and waited... But after some time I couldn't stop smelling the sweet peaches. It was hard to resist, so I searched for an alternative.

We settled on peach pancakes. With some organic maple syrup from farmers market, this was our midweek indulgence.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 cup organic pancake mix (we bought this batch from Whole Foods bin and is really great)
1 cup milk
1 tspoon oil
1 medium peach- peeled, and chopped fine

Method:
Mix the pancake mix with milk and oil. Add some water if you need to.
Add in the peaches and set it aside for 10 minutes.
Heat griddle and pour the batter to make pancakes. Once you see bubbles, turn it over.
Serve warm with butter, whipped cream, maple syrup or honey.

This goes to Manasi of Fun and Food who is hosting A Fruit a Month:Peach this month. Thank you for hosting Manasi!

More fruit pancakes:
Berry Pancakes

October 29, 2007

Turkish Omelette


Recently we went to Cafe Zola for our weekend brunch where I tried Turkish eggs. It was an unusual combination of spinach, feta, eggs, and olives. I was intrigued. So when Kanchana announced Omelette as the theme for Weekend Breakfast Blogging, I searched for Turkish Omelette and came across the recipe in Almost Turkish Recipes blog. It is called kaygana and the recipe dates back to the Ottoman empire.

There are various ways of making Kaygana - savory ones with vegetables and sweet ones with honey.

I tried the similar recipe on Burcu's blog and reduced the flour in the Kaygana to one tspoon for every couple of eggs and added chopped onions as well. The combination of onions, cheese and parsley in the omelette was delicious and flavorful.

Ingredients: Serves 2
(Recipe Source: Almost Turkish Recipes)
4 eggs
2 tspoon flour
2 tbspoon water or milk (I added milk)
1 tspoon olive oil
bunch of parsley - finely chopped
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 medium onion - finely chopped
freshly ground black pepper
red pepper flakes
Salt to taste

Method:
Mix the flour with the eggs. Whisk well. Then add the milk and whisk some more.

Then add parsley, feta, onions, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to this mix and stir till it all mixes well together.

Now heat oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot, add the mix and make a round omelette, much like a dosa. Cook till it is brown on each side and serve warm.


This was our weekend breakfast and our entry to Kanchana's WBB#16: Omelette.

October 23, 2007

Baked Tilapia with Onions, Mushrooms & Peppers

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I first had a taste of this recipe at Red Lobster. While a friend was visiting Ann Arbor from Buffalo, we went out for dinner and Aswin ordered the Tilapia in a Packet (or something like that). It came in a little packet filled with fish and veggies cooked together and seasoned well. It was quite delicious. And being the experimenter that I am, I decided to give it a try at home, or a version of it.

So I got the fish fillets, cut the veggies and seasoned everything. When I was ready to put it in the oven, I realized that I did not have the packet material! So I put it in a casserole. And it turned out perfectly delicious. I know I'll be making it again soon.

The fish is lightly flavored with mint and lemon which gave it a refreshing taste and went well with the baked fish.

Ingredients:
2 fish filets
1 medium onion - chopped
1 medium green pepper - chopped
6-8 mushroms - chopped
1/2 lemon
spring of mint leaves
1/2 tspoon turmeric
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon minced garlic
salt and black pepper to taste
bunch cilantro - for garnish

Method:
Wash the fish fillets and marinate it with half of the chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, lemon juice, garlic, mint leaves, salt and black pepper. Marinate the fillets for 2-3 hours.

Chop the onions, mushrooms and peppers and marinate it with the rest of the spices, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In the meantime, heat the oven to 350 deg f. Now take a dish and layer it veggies and fish. The first layer was onion, the second was mushrooms, third was green peppers and the fish was put on top and covered with a glass dish.

Bake it for 30-40 minutes till the fish is completely cooked. Serve it in a similar way with the fish on top. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve warm.

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This is my entry for this week's Weekend Herb Blogging which recently celebrated two years! Kudos to Kalyn for this fabulous event. It's being hosted this week at Nami Nami.

October 19, 2007

Click: The Remains of a Meal

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Click is a great new event started by Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi.

This event did challenge me. Not only is egg a difficult subject to shoot, but the pictures I had in mind were already in Jai and Bee's entry list! So I had to think hard and quickly, and then think some more...

And then I finally had this idea to craft the frame with egg shells in the forground and part of the yellow and white (cooked) of a egg in the background.

The Picture Setting:
  • Two Eggs Eaten
  • White Sheet with pattern for the background
  • Natural Light coming from Left
  • Clicked with .017 s exposure time and f/1.8 aperture time.

October 17, 2007

Clay Pot Tofu Curry

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I
heard about the clay pot cooking few months ago. I've seen it in my childhood but never cooked in one myself. So when I came across a clay pot in a garage sale this summer I grabbed it. After reading and getting the clay pot ready for cooking, I recently made tofu curry perfect for the fall weather- with carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and pumpkin.

Ingredients:
1/2 block Tofu - cut in small pieces
1/2 pumpkin - cut in medium pieces
2 green onions
1 floret broccoli chopped
2 medium carrots - chopped
2 tomatoes - chopped
2 celery sticks
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon soy sauce
1 1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
cilantro to garnish (optional)

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Method:
Cut all the veggies and keep it aside.
Take a tspoon oil and lightly saute the tofu. Keep it aside.
In the meantime heat the oven to 300 degF and heat the claypot in the oven for 10 minutes before adding the veggies. Soak the clay pot in water for 24 hours prior to cooking in the pot.
Put all the veggies, tofu and the spices in the clay pot and close the lid tightly.
Put it in the oven and let it cook at 300 deg F for 30 -40 min till all the veggies are cooked. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with rice.

This turned out so good, I can't wait to try biryani in the clay pot next!

October 08, 2007

JFI:Banana Roundup Part 2

This is Part 2 of JFI:Banana and features all the Banana Recipes. I have been careful to include raw banana entries with the banana, separate from Plantains.

Read about the goodness of bananas and other stories here:
  • Banana beer and other banana information at PuSiVa's

BANANAS


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Manisha's (Indian Food Rocks) Glazed Bananas


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Indira’s (Mahanandi) Banana Biscuits


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Suma’s (Veggie Platter) Sapaada Bhakshya


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Meeta’s (What’s for Lunch, Honey?) Banana Brioche


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Sudha’s ( Cypress Vine) Banana & Strawberry Milkshake


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Aarti’s (Aarti’s Corner) Kolar Boda


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Linda’s (Out of the Garden) Chapati Ya N’dizi Tamu


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Vandana’s (Eat Well Live Well) Banana Blueberry Muffins


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Asha’s (Foodie’s Hope) Banana and Coconut Raita


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Swapna’s (Swad) Kelyacha Sheera


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Mahek’s (Mahek’s Kitchen) Banana Raita


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Sushma’s (Cookspot) Banana Dosa


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Vandana’s (Eat Well Live Well) Vazhaikai Podimaas


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Suman’s (My thoughts, My Space) Raw Banana & Yam Curry


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Rina’s (Rina’s Recipes) Raw Banana in Mustard Sauce


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Shuba’s (Chutki Bhar Pyar) Raw Banana Bonda


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Asha’s (Foodie’s Hope) Baked Banana


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Puspha’s (PuSiVa’s Culinary Studio) Banana Pancake


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Deepa’s (Letz Cook) Fruit Kebabs with Banana Yogurt Dip


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Madhu’s (Ruchi) Banana Soji Bath


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Suman’s (My Space My Thoughts) Banana Halwa


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Menu Today’s (Menu Today) Banana Chapati


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Mahek’s (Love 4 Cooking) Banana Muffin


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Pooja (Masala Box) Banana Nut Cake


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Shubha’s (Chutki Bhar Pyar) Banana Fritter Delight


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Ashwini’s (Food for Thought) Mangalore Buns


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Bee Yin Low’s (Rasa Malaysia) Banana Nut Muffin


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Sheela’s (Quick and Easy Recipes: Delectable Victuals) Spiced Banana Shakes


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Shuba’s (Chutki Bhar Pyar) Banana Coffee Mocha Smoothie


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Helen’s (Fuss Free Flavors) Banana Chutney


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Sailaja (Sailu’s Kitchen) Banana Halwa


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Tigerfish’s (Teczcape) Tutti Frutti Salad


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Rajitha’s (Hunger Pangs) Banana Pudding


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Lissie’s (Salt and Spice) Kerela Banana Pulisseri


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Madhuli’s (My Foodcourt) Kelchi Shikran


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Roopa’s (My Chow Chow Bhath) Banana Dosa


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Pearlin’s (Purl Up and Crochet) Banana Halwa


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Sig’s (Live to Eat) Banana Colada


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Padma’s (Padma’s Kitchen) Banana Chocolate Muffin


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Indy’s (Adhi Potoba) Shrikran


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Latha’s (The Yum Blog) Pancharutham


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Devi’s (Devi’s Kitchen) Valakkai Varuval


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Saju’s (Chachi’s Kitchen) Raw Banana & Beans


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Srivalli’s (Cooking 4 All Seasons) Banana Raisin Buns


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Viji’s (Vcuisine) Banana Pal Payasam


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Deeba’s (Passionate About Baking) Banana Walnut Choc-Chip Muffins


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Dhivya’s (Culinary Bazaar) Banana Walnut Bread


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Seema’s (Recipe Junction) Balehannu Appa


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Keerthi’s (Esculent Cuisine) Banana Pancake


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Bindiya’s (In Love with Food) Banana Bread


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Namratha’s (Finger Licking Food) Rasayanna


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Namratha’s (Finger Licking Food) Banana Custard


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Sharmi’s (Neivedyam) Banana Walnut Bread


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Prajusha’s (ICook IPost) Banana Samosa


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Vini’s (Mavila Kitchen) Banana Bread


Jayashree’s (My Experiments with Food) Neyyappam


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Seena’s (Simple and Delicious) Unnakkai


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Kamini’s (Bubbling Cauldron) Avakai & Banana Halwa


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Kajal’s (Kajal) Raw Banana Curry


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Swapna’s (Tastes from My Kitchen) Banana Nut Bars


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HC’s (My Kitchen Treasures) Chocolate Banana Cake


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Praveena’s (Simply Spicy) Wheat Payasam with Fried Bananas


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Mansi’s (Fun and Food) Thai Fried Banana with Ice Cream


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HC’s (My Kitchen Treasures) Kerala Banana Chips


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Sia’s (Monson Spice) Rasayana


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Nags’ (Cooking and Me) Ghee Fried Bananas


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Nags’ (Cooking and Me) Ethakka Thoran


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Shyam’s (Food in the Main) Nutty Curranty Banana Bread


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Sushma’s (Cookspot) Banana Idli

My entries:

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Bengali Raw Banana and Papaya Curry

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Banana Blueberry Milkshake
(For full disclosure, I should add that Chandrika sent me a note that she had also blogged about the same recipe a month earlier which I had somehow missed.)

If I have missed anyone's recipe and entries, please leave me a comment with the link and I will add it to the roundup.

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