July 30, 2009

Fresh Cherry Tomatoes


Finally, finally I get my first batch of cherry tomatoes. The good news is the squirrels here don't eat tomatoes. Yippee!

I have been picking 1-2 cherry tomatoes from the pot every week, but today when I was watering the plants, Aswin noticed that we have couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes ready to be picked.

I cannot resit the urge to show the red and green pearls off. The picture is going to Jugalbandi's Click. This month's theme is Bi-color.

July 28, 2009

Spicy Whitefish Curry


I recently picked up a couple of fresh whitefish fillets from Whole food recently. And on Sunday afternoon after cleaning brick patio of some moss, I decided to make some spicy fish curry. Who knew there's so much to do around the house?

The fish curry was quick and satisfied us after the yard work. The fish was lightly sauteed with turmeric, chilli powder and salt. And the curry was spicy with chillis and tangy with tomatoes. We had ours with hot brown rice that afternoon and leftover the next day with hot chappatis.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 fillet whitefish cut in 5-6 pieces.
1 medium red onion
1 tspoon ginger paste
1/2 can steamed tomatoes or 2 medium tomatoes
1/2 tspoon kala jeera (nigella seeds)
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon cumin powder
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
2 green chilles slit
4-5 curry leaves
3 tbspoons oil
Salt to taste

Marinate the fish with turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Heat 2 tbspoon oil and shallow fry the fish on both sides for a couple of minutes.

In a pan, heat the rest of the oil and temper it with nigella seeds, green chilles and curry leaves. Add in the ginger and let it cook for a minute, then add in the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Then add in the tomatoes and cook with closed lid till it all mixes well together.

Add in all the spices, 1 cup of water and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Then add in the fish pieces, adjust salt and cook it all together for another 2-4 minutes.


Serve warm with rice.

July 20, 2009

Honey & Mango Frozen Yogurt


A month back I received an e-mail from Kristina at Stonyfield Yogurt's launch of Oikos. I have used Stonyfield yogurt for a while now, but was excited to try some of their new Greek yogurt. Soon, I got coupons for the Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt (along with a nice yellow bag.)

After the move, I picked up the coupons and went to the local grocery store. I was happy to see that it is readily available in stores, unlike Fage which we get at Trader Joe's. I picked up couple of plain and a couple of honey-flavored Oikos.

Before trying Oikos, I have used Fage greek yogurt and Oikos tasted similar - creamy, delicious, smooth. The only difference I found is Oikos has less calories without cutting on taste. From the website: oikosorganic.com
"called “yiaourti” in Greece, Greek yogurt is creamier than regular yogurt. Authentic Greek yogurt like ours owes its extra creaminess to a centuries-old straining process that removes the whey (liquid) from the yogurt.

I liked the plain flavors and we used it in raita, and a bunch of various dishes. But I couldn't wait to try the honey yogurt. I had fresh mangoes in the fridge and decided to make frozen yogurt. I tried it two ways.


The first one, I chopped mango into small pieces and Aswin didn't like the texture too much. I also didn't add much honey, so decided to make another batch, this time with pureed mango, more honey and result was stunning. The mild notes of mango, and honey brought out the slight tartness of the yogurt and made it a unique flavor.

1 Oikos honey yogurt
2 slices of mango
3-4 tbspoon honey

Puree the mango and then mix it with the yogurt and honey. Once it's mixed well, it was ready to be chilled. Since I don't own a ice-cream maker, I did the David Lebovitz way - chilling it for 45 minutes and then mixing it, whisking it and putting it back in the chiller. I did that a few times and froze it overnight.

The yogurt is ready.


Serve when it's not melting.:) I forgot to serve after I took it out, and then rushed around to click a picture before it all melted away. Soon after the picture, the yogurt was gone in no time :)

July 15, 2009

My first friday morning@SELMA

Mandira and I had heard of Friday mornings@SELMA, a "local foods breakfast salon" here in Ann Arbor, but never had a chance to visit. Last week, thanks to a couple of friends - one of whom was the guest chef for the day - I had a chance to be part of a truly remarkable community working towards re-connecting our bodies and lives to regionally produced food. And SELMA - Soule-Eberwhite-Liberty-Madison-Affiliation - is much more:

So Friday mornings often involve breakfast, which at times attracts over a 100 people. It's all volunteer run and the food, needless to say, is delicious! The chef for the morning was Olivia who runs the blog From the Kitchen of Olivia. Here are a few pictures.

Breakfast Menu

My Breakfast

July 13, 2009

A-2 Farmer's Market #13


Like my previous Farmer's Market posts, I can show you a picture of the radishes, cabbage, cherries and chicken I picked up this past weekend. Instead, let me tell you about my new discovery!

I noticed a new vendor- Pilar's Tamales - with a big queue outside her store. Tamales? We were intrigued. So, we stood in line and picked up a couple to go. It came with small salad pickled in apple cider vinegar and fresh salsa.

Aswin picked spinach and feta tamale, which also had banana peppers and whole olives. And I picked up chicken tamale with had potato and cheese filling. With a fresh salad, it was scrumptious lunch!

July 07, 2009

Another move, another year...


It's been a busy few weeks. Between our sporadic posts, we were going to open houses, meeting with agents and visiting houses, yes, we were house hunting!

After seeing countless places, just when we thought we weren't going to find something, we saw a house that we liked. The next few weeks were a blur - painting the house, closing on paperwork, packing, moving and now unpacking.

We are now in the new house, unpacking and getting all the services back. I hope to be back full swing in a week. The picture above is of our new living room. :)


But before I go, another big announcement! Ahaar turned THREE :) Here's to another great year and thank you for your support, encouragement and friendship!


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