Lamb Koftas with Leek and Mint

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lamb kofta with leek1

The best thing about these lamb koftas is also their worst thing – they’re so darned tasty that however large a batch you make, there’s only going to be these three wee balls left (and I had to hide them) as evidence of your labors. (more…)

March 30, 2014. Tags: , , , . Asian, Indian, Mains. Leave a comment.

My Grandmother’s Keralan Fish Cakes

fish cakesI don’t often post the recipes of my maternal grandmother, being as they are, gold. Gold because she is the biggest influence in my life and in the kitchen, and because she was the best cook ever.

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January 30, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Asian, Festive, Fish, Indian, Mains. 8 comments.

Stuffed Focaccia

Here’s an easy focaccia you can mostly knead in your food mixer (with a dough hook). I like to fill it with herbs and cheese or vegetables and cheese to make half of a meal with soup or salad. (more…)

November 18, 2012. Tags: , , . Baked Goods, Brunch, Dinners, Italian, Mains. Leave a comment.

Turkey Burgers with Zucchini and Ginger

How does a parent play breakfast maker (and tidier), office worker, homework helper, project assistant, activity chauffeur, and chef extraordinaire – without feeling like jumping off the George Washington Bridge?

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October 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , . American, Asian, Barbecue, Dinners, Grill, Mains. 4 comments.

Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Asian Salsa Salad

Fish is perfect on week nights. It takes half the time of meat to cook, and there are no worries about cholesterol or saturated fat content.  (more…)

August 28, 2012. Tags: , , . Asian, Dinners, Fish, Mains. Leave a comment.

33 Passover Meal and Lunchbox Ideas

The family lunch boxes are lined up, water bottles are filled, and fruit is ready to jump in. Now what? Forget the usual lunchbox candidates like sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, and leftover fried rice over the coming days.  Unless you’re on a no-carbs diet, the week of Passover can loom long and laboriously in terms of meal planning. (more…)

April 5, 2012. Tags: , , . Dinners, Festive, Jewish, Lunch, Lunchbox, Mains, Passover. 7 comments.

Sardines with Zucchini and Carrots

So I fell off the much-touted (by me) WW wagon. It was a wobbly wagon to have clambered onto just before going away on vacation and during the holidays anyway.

I’m trying to get back on it now, despite the discouraging news from my doctor that all the podge I gained during those four months on steroids, for a still-mysterious allergy, will take twice as long to come off because the flippin’ steroids are still in my system. Gee, thanks, Doc. (more…)

January 25, 2011. Tags: , . Dinners, Fish, Mains, Vegetables. 4 comments.

Memorial Day BBQ: Salmon with Ginger and Cumin

This salmon, sitting there on a burntish plank which I didn’t soak for as long as I myself have specified below, looks unassuming and not particularly enticing. But it has converted the salmon-averse to salmon avariciousness! (more…)

May 30, 2010. Tags: , . Asian, Barbecue, Dinners, Fish, Grill, Mains, Summer. 4 comments.

Noodles with Vegetables and Lemongrass-Peanut Dressing

Another favorite of the kids (and us, too). This is a dish that can be purely vegetarian, or fishyterian. We go meatless 3 or 4 times a week and I find these are the meals the kids can demolish in minutes, possibly due to the lack of chewing?! They’re perfectly content with wholegrain pasta with a homemade tomato sauce, into which I bung a few other veggies too, plus lots of cheese, or wholegrain chapati (an Indian flatbread) and dhal and chickpeas with tomato, or noodles done any style, like this one with Asian spicing.  Of course I couldn’t hold back and added chillis to the peanut sauce, but you don’t have to. And yes, the entire family gobbled it up!

Those with nut allergies may easily substitute the peanut content for a few tablespoons of sunbutter or no-nut pea butter.

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April 14, 2010. Tags: , , . Asian, Dinners, Kids Cuisine, Mains, Sauces and Dressings, Vegetables, Vegetarian. 5 comments.

Chicken Soup With Asian Twist and Matzo Balls (Plus Bonus Chinese Rice Dish)

Is there a fragrance more enticing than that of a home-brewed chicken soup? Everyone I know attests that their own mothers and grandmothers make the best chicken soup (top prize in my case goes to my mum-in-law). I grew up having lots of chicken soup, although much of it was the sort that goes into, and with, a dish called Hainanese chicken rice  – a big hit with my family from our days in Southeast Asia.

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April 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Asian, Chinese, Dinners, Jewish, Kids Cuisine, Mains, Passover, Soups. 7 comments.

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