Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pistachio Goji Berry Bars

It's been too hot to bake lately so the oven has been cool. That in conjunction with being sick for over a week and no grocery shopping, doesn't mean I haven't made some tasty snacks...They've just been of the raw, vegan variety. This is also traditionally the time of year when me and my college age brother test out snacks for his return to school. Requirements include they have to be tasty, healthy, portable, no need of refrigeration, and not loud (I'm looking at you brittlely hard granola bars).

These sweet, slightly tart, nutty raw chocolate laced bars have just enough crunch and plenty of energy boosting ingredients to get you through your day. 

Here's my recipe for Pistachio Goji Berry Bars:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to Tuesday - Dahi Mirchi (Yogurt Chilies)

As I'm sure you know from reading this blog, we are quite fond of our spicy foods and we grow quite an assortment of hot peppers each for it's own purpose. These year we've lucky had an abundance of green chilies which Kishore uses in his infamous '25 Chili Chicken Curry' among other recipes. Since we are going through a beautifully sunny heat wave it seemed prudent to take advantage of the weather, and our chili crop to make Dahi Mirchi aka Yogurt Chilies. Dahi Mirchi is known by various names through out South India (Majjiga Mirapa, Challa Mirapakayalu), are a great accompaniment to rice, and grain dishes.

To make them, green chilies are soaked in a yogurt mix and dried in the sun repeatedly. The entire process takes about a week, but the transformed chilies are worth it. The burning spiciness goes away, leaving a mildly cheesy, salty, almost smoky spice flavor; that definitely adds depth to any meal.

Here's my recipe for Dahi Mirchi (Yogurt Chilies)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pomegranate Lemonade

We are officially having a heat wave... Daily temperatures have hit over 90F more than 3 days in a row and while it does mean we've had beautifully sunny weather, it's also been oppressively hot. The danger in this weather is that you become dehydrated so quickly doing the simplest things. This morning watering we were already sweating buckets to the point we put off any other yard work till later! So what better way to stay hydrated and refreshed than some cool, delicious, tartly sweet Pomegranate Lemonade.

This refreshing fruity lemonade is the perfect combination of sweet and tart; great for relaxing and rehydrating on a these hot summer days.

Here is my recipe for Pomegranate Lemonade:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Oatmeal Milkshake - Batido de Avena

Oatmeal is often served hot with deliciously fragrant cinnamon on cool autumn morning, a comfort food most in the Northeast USA associate with cooler seasons. So what do you do when you have a hankering for oatmeal for breakfast, smack dab in the middle of summer... Why you make a batido de avena, an oatmeal milkshake of course! Nutritious, filling, and tasty; it satisfies the craving for oatmeal without the heat.

This simple oatmeal milkshake is perfectly cool with just the right amount of cinnamon for hot summer mornings. 

Here is the recipe for Refreshing Oatmeal Milkshake:

Friday, July 8, 2016

Chili Lime Salmon Skewers

Yesterday was incredibly hot! Definitely too hot and humid to cook in the house and risk overheating. With temperatures reaching over 90F/32C and humidity at 77%, it was definitely a fish and salad type of dinner day, preferably cooked on the grill outside. So, I stopped in at HK Supermarket on the way home and asked my favorite fishmonger for the beautiful salmon steaks that were calling my name.

Quick, tasty and easy were the requirements of the day and this recipe proved to be perfect on all three. I had already planned to make it again sometime next week for dinner, when Kishore asked if we could have it again this weekend, so I'm sure it'll be a hit at our next BBQ.

These tasty Salmon Skewers have just the right amount of sweet, spice, and tart to give a well rounded flavor without overpowering this delicious fish. The sharp spring onions, herby cilantro and spicy ginger garlic meld beautiful and are tempered by the addition of honey and flavors balanced by the tart lime juice while preserving the flavor integrity of the salmon. 

Here's my recipe for Spicy Chili Lime Salmon Skewers:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Blackberry Blue Corn Muffins - 'Black n' Blue Muffins'

This past weekend our blackberry bush went into overdrive, and by Sunday we had about 2 pints of sun ripened sweet blackberries. That's 2 pints after eating a bunch of them right off the bush. While we do usually just eat them fresh, when I have enough I'll make jam, drinks,  or baked goods. One of my favorites is what I like to call 'Black n' Blue Muffins.' 

These Colorful Summer Muffins are full of fresh fruity flavor and crunchy blue cornmeal. Sun-kissed sweet blackberries mix with the earthy sweet blue cornmeal giving them just the right amount of crunch and a wonderful blue hue.

Here's my recipe for Blackberry Blue Corn Muffins:
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