Cream of Mushroom Soup

A bowl of warm mushroom soup is the perfect antidote to bracing weather and nipping winds during the cold winter months. It’s velvety texture and delicate tone convey comforting reminders of childhood for many, and serving this simple soup in a glass mug with some Parmesan makes it a sophisticated part of any meal. According…

SODA BREAD

After watching the amusing film Walking Ned, (which I would highly recommend if you haven’t seen it yet) I was feeling a bit Irish. Being in Pakistan with no Irish Pub or Restaurants in the city, my only option was to scour around the trove of recipe books to find a recipe which I can easily whip…

Oven-baked pasta

Pasta al forno often appears on my table at Sunday brunch fiesta that at times I used throw for my friends during my time in malaysia. Its smell used to wafts through the moment I open the door to the guests. After pasta followed by fruit and dessert, everyone is ready to lie down for at…

Sour Cream Pound Cake

The British colonization of India left us with many positive such as modern technology, education and apart for many revolutionary technology it also introduced their ingenuity in culinary arts, specifically their patisseries. One recipe that left a lasting imprint is pound cake, due to easy of making and to remember. The concept of a pound cake…

Southern Italy lasagna

Whenever the word lasagna is called out it brings out the found memories of dinner time with family usually cooked by my dad (no wonder i ended up being a chef), the lingering aroma of herbs and the nuttiness of the melted cheese in the kitchen that could be get a whiff off from miles by…

Italian Tomato Sauce

Tomato is a very versatile fruit, and is used in numerous way through out the culinary world. It is an ethos of the Italian cuisine, and in Italy a chef is judged how well he can concoct a Tomato sauce. Every Italian would recognize it as the mother lode of pasta sauces. Within Italy the ingredients used…

Fruity Granola Bars

Homemade, Easy-to-Pack Goodness, my breakfast on the go.Homemade granola can be a healthy and delicious meal.A simple and easy to make energy pack meal on the go which I usually have as breakfast as I am running off to work in the morning and rarely get time to make breakfast for myself. Most of the pre…

Banana Walnut Loaf

The word banana comes from the Arabic word “banan” which means finger. Bananas were first found in Malasia now know as Malaysia and migrated, with the help of travelers and traders, to India. The banana can be traced down to the Buddhist writings as far back as the sixth century B.C. Alexander the Great is said…

Moroccan Lemon Chicken With Mango Chutney

Fresh lemon, chickpeas, and a dash of spice combine to create the Moroccan flavors in this one-skillet meal. The chicken, combined with its seasonings, actually improves with time, so don’t worry about preparing it a day in advance if the need be. Tagine, the Moroccan stew, shares its name with the terra-cotta pot. It’s traditionally…

Spicy Mango Chutney

A staple of South Asian cuisine, chutneys are often made with unripe or dried fruit; with many variants and flavors but they always include vinegar, sugar and spices. This recipe, with ripe fruit, offers a two-toned flavor: sweet and tropical, offset by acidity with a hint of chili. Ingredients Yield 1 3/4 cups 2 cups mango,…

Spice Blend- Ras-El-Hanout

Ras-El-Hanout is a spice blend commonly used  in North African cooking, and features especially heavily in Moroccan cuisine. Ras-el-hanout in Arabic means “roof of the store,” and literally refers to the best spices the store has to offer, upon which the reputation of the merchant rests. Arik de Vienne calls this blend “perfume for the kitchen.”…

HUMMUS

Serve this with strips of fresh bell peppers in as many different colors as you can find and a basket of freshly made pita chips for a simple and satisfying hors d’oeuvre. Ingredients Ingredients Makes 2 cups hummus 1/3 cup tahini 2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice, plus more…