These pinwheels are super easy to make if you have puff pastry and olive tapenade on hand. I know that I've mentioned this before, but puff pastry is super versatile and itès such a simple way to throw together dozens of varieties of appetizers and sweets. For this recipe you can either make the tapenade at home, or as a shortcut you can always use store-bought tapenade as well. The amount of tapenade in the recipe below leaves plenty leftover to be used elsewhere.
Defrost, roll out, and then cut the puff pastry using a pizza cutter or a knife. I cut my sheets into squares then cut in diagonally towards the center of each square from the corners, leaving a bit of uncut space in the very center.
Fill each square's centre with a tablespoon full of the olive tapenade.
Fold in every other corner to give the pastries a pinwheel shape.
Olive Tapenade Pinwheels
Defrost the puff pastry according to package directions.
for the tapenade:
1/3 cup olive oil
1 (8oz) can black olives, drained
1 (8oz) can green olives, drained
2 tbsp capers
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 lemon, zested and juiced
for the pinwheels:
1 packet of puff pastry, defrosted
This is a traditional punjabi vegetarian curry recipe that's made with deep fried gram flour fritters in a yogurt and gram flour sauce, topped with a tempering of cumin and dried red chilies. This recipe is for onion pakoras or fritters but people commonly add fenugreek (methi) or spinach to the pakoras as well. We ate kadhi at home with naan or chappati however a lot of people like to have their kadhi served over rice. I personally love kadhi as is- eaten straight up with a spoon. If you want the fritters to remain crispy then don't add them until serving the kadhi, but if you like them a little on the softer end cook them in the kadhi for a few minutes.
I deep fry the fritters in vegetable oil and then let them drain on a few sheets of paper towel in order to soak up the extra oil.
Before cooking the liquid kadhi mixture a few ingredients have to be sauteed in oil to bring out their aromas, do not brown the onions, only cook them for a few minutes until they begin to soften.
If you want the pakoras to be crispy then add them to the sauce at the end, if you like softer pakoras then cook them in the sauce for 8-10 minutes on low heat.
for the pakoras:
a few cups of oil for deep frying the pakoras
2 medium-sized onions, thinly sliced
1 cup besan (gram flour)
1/2 bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro) coarsly chopped
1/2 to 1 tsp salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup water, add more as needed
for the liquid mixture:
2/3 cup gram flour (besan)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red chlli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala (store-bought or home made)
1 1/2 cup full fat yogurt (yogurt that's a bit sour is best)
4 cups water
for the kadhi
2 tbsp oil (mustard oil if you have it)
1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
a pinch of asafoetida or hing (optional)
8-10 fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 tbsp ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp garlic, crushed
2 green chilies, finely chopped
8-10 curry leaves
2 red chilies, broken into pieces
sprinkle of garam masala for serving
This recipeis adapted from Veg Recipes of India
This is a recipe I've been using for a few years now. It's a great appetizer at parties. These can be made ahead of time and frozen without the egg and breadcrumb coating. When you want to fry the frozen chicken balls just defrost them a little before coating them and then deep fry. Since the quantity of chicken and potatoes isn't exact, and it depends on the size of the potatoes and chicken that you're using, be sure to taste the mixture before forming it into balls. The level of spiciness in this recipe is very mild so you can always adjust it to your taste.
Mix everything together until well combined.
Make evenly sized croquets and then coat them will beaten eggs followed by breadcrumbs.
Deep fry the croquets until light to medium golden brown, turn them frequently so that they color evenly.
Cheesy Chicken Balls
For the ball mixture:
1 cup cooked chicken breast (boiled with a tsp of haldi/turmeric in it)
2 medium sized potatoes (boiled, drained, and peeled)
1/2 cup grated cheese ( I used mozzarella)
2 tsp fresh coriander/dhaniya (finely chopped)
1/2 bunch of green onions (chopped)
2-3 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tbsp fresh mint (finely chopped)
2 green chilies (finely chopped)
2 tsp corn starch (or in the UK and Europe- corn flour- the white stuff)
1 tsp red chili flakes (adjust quantities to increase or decrease heat)
1/2-1 tsp black pepper
salt (to taste)
coriander/ dhaniya powder
For the coating:
1-2 eggs, beaten
oil for deep frying (do not use olive oil or any other oil with a low smoke point)
Note: If you want to freeze these then put them in the freezer without the egg wash and breadcrumb coating, when you want to use them remove them from the freezer and thaw for a couple of hours before coating them with egg and breadcrumbs and frying as per ususal.
This recipe is a little bit of a life saver for me because I LOVE gnocchi and trying to make fresh gnocchi with potatoes has proven to be super difficult for me at times. I usually end up with a watery mixture to which I have to keep adding flour... as a result, I end up overworking the dough which makes it become rubbery. Enter a recipe for ricotta gnocchi and BAM! Perfectly fluffy, easy to make, super delicious pillows of goodness. Gnocchi works best with a light sauce, this version is made in a burnt butter sage sauce. I have also posted a pomodoro Sauce recipe in the past which can be found here.
Adding a few different herbs and spices to the ricotta cheese gnocchi makes it so much more flavorful than basic gnocchi. I usually work the dough on my counter top, make a well in it, crack the eggs into the well and then beat them with a fork while I start working the flour into the eggs.
Make soft balls of dough, do not overwork the dough because it will become rubbery, stop mixing it as soon as it comes together. I don't own a gnocchi board and other recipes suggested rolling each individual piece on the back of a fork to give it some grooves for the sauce to stick to, but a shortcut method is to use a zig-zagged cutting knife to chop the dough into little bits and voila you just saved yourself a tonne of work and effort.
To cook the gnocchi you have to boil it in some water. As soon as the little pillows float to the top they're ready. While the gnocchi is boiling, I prepare the butter sauce and then add the gnocchi to it and let it cook for a while without mixing it too much so that it crisps up and browns a little.
Once done, sprinkle the gnocchi with some Parmesan and enjoy.
Ricotta Gnocchi in a Burnt Butter Garlic & Sage Sauce
for the gnocchi:
225 grams ricotta cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp dried mixed herbs (optional)
for the sage-butter sauce:
1 tbsp olive oil
3-4 tbsp butter
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
8-10 sage leaves
I love olives, the funny thing is that when I was younger I never used to eat them and then about a decade or so ago I discovered how amazingly they go with just about anything. I love the fancy little jar or bowl of marinated olives that you can get at a lot of restaurants, so I thought to try and make some for myself. These turned out delicious. The best part is that they can be stored in the refrigerator for a month. If I'm short on time I eat them the day that I make them but the longer you let them sit the more flavorful they become.
The recipe calls for a number of aromatic ingredients, the first step is to dry roast the coriander and fennel seeds until they become fragrant before adding in the rest of the ingredients.
1½ lbs mixed olives, drained
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon rind
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
½ tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp dried thyme
3 bay leaves, broken into pieces
1 dried red chili, membrane and seeds removed (optional)
Recipe from The Daring Gourmet
This recipe can be made either in the oven or on the grill. The directions that I've provided here are for baking these in the oven but in the summer I usually grill the chicken skewers instead. Be very careful not to overcook chicken breast meat though because it becomes very dry.
Methi Murgh Malai Tikka
2 pounds boneless chicken, cubed
2 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp lemon juice, plus extra for garnishing
1 tsp chopped green chilies
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp dried fenugreek
3 tbsp oil, plus extra for basting
250 g yogurt
300 ml cream (optional)
1 tsp chaat masala
This is a nice, healthy and easy breakfast to make. I love hollandaise sauce on my eggs and asparagus but that's a very rich sauce full of tonnes of butter which is ok occasionally but today I opted for something on the healthier side. I like my eggs poached over easy and then I don't miss the sauce.
Asparagus with Poached Egg
1 bunch of asparagus, woody ends removed
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 tbsp vnegar
Recipe from Taste.com
Paneer is a type of cheese made from curdled milk and it's used in South Asian cooking. There are many different ways to use paneer in curries, this is a recipe for Paneer Jalfrezi. It's a dry curry which goes well served over rice or with some chapati.
1 packet of Paneer (about 400g)
2 tbsp of oil
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
2 small onions, cube one, dice the other
1 bell pepper, cubed
1 tsp red chilli pepper
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp (zeera powder) ground cumin
1/2 tsp (dhaniya powder) ground corriander seeds
Serve with rice or chapati
The flavor of kale is complimented really well by the tartness of the apple along with the sharpness of the cheddar and the wonderful crunch of almonds add another level of texture to this salad. Kale can be tough to digest in large amounts, something that really helps to tenderize the prickly edges is to literally massage the kale with your hands until it gets softer, turns a deeper shade of green, and releases fragrance.
Kale Salad with Apples and Cheddar
4 cups kale
2 tbsp toasted almonds, chopped
1 green apple, diced
1 oz sharp Cheddar cheese, diced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt, to taste
1 very small garlic clove, puréed
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp Parmesan, grated
Recipe from NY Times
The name says it all, this soup is a a little bit sour with a kick of spice in it as well. I caught a cold again and wanted some chicken soup so I opted for a more flavorful version of it instead. The veggies in this recipe can be substituted, you can toss in any veggies that you have at home in your refrigerator or pantry. This is a perfect way to warm up and forget about nasty weather outside right now.
Hot and Sour Soup
1 kg boneless chicken, cut into small cubes
1 floret cauliflower, cut into small pieces
4 leaves of cabbage, cut into thin strips
4 small carrots, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced
1 green onion, sliced
2 tsp soya sauce
2 small green chilies, crushed
salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 egg, beaten
4 tsp cornflour
for serving: soya sauce, red chili sauce, and vinegar
Lemon is one of my favorite flavors and these tarts are super simple if you use pre-made tart shells that you can find in the freezer section of the grocery store. The tart shells are super versatile and can be filled with just about anything sweet or savory. I filled this bunch of shells with lemon curd and topped them off with some frozen berries before popping them into the oven.
Lemon Berry Tartlets
12 frozen tart shells
1/2 cup of lemon curd (store bought or use the recipe here)
1 cup of frozen berries
This is a great way to prepare moist and flavorful chicken that goes well with any type of grain or rice. The sealed packets keep in all the moisture and the chicken steams inside each little packet.
Sun-dried Tomato and Olive Chicken Cooked in Foil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast (1/2 pounds)
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
10 Kalamata or other black olives, pitted and finely chopped
8 sun-dried tomato halves in oil, cut into thin strips
3 tbsp sun-dried tomato oil (from the jar of tomatoes) and/ or olive oil
2 tbsp finely shredded fresh basil or minced fresh parsley
Recipe from Joy of Cooking
This recipe is from a recipe book from my bookshelf called meals in minutes easy vegetarian. The mushroom broth here makes enough to use for this recipe as well as have some left over to use in other recipes as well. You can enjoy the pilaf as is, I personally I love having mine with some yogurt.
Mushroom, Chickpea & Broccoli Pilaf
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large chopped yellow onions
1 1/2 pounds white button mushrooms (750 g), sliced
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 tsp peppercorns
2.5 L Water
2 1/2 cup mushroom stock
2 tbsp salted butter
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 cup Basmati Rice
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
1 small head broccoli, cut into 1-inch florets
1 cup canned chickpeas
1/2 cup roasted cashews, coarsly chopped
pinch of red pepper flakes
This is a recipe for super creamy smooth hummus that honestly tastes better than the kind you buy at the grocery store. It's really worth the extra time that it takes to skin the chickpeas because it helps give the hummus a smoother texture. There is tahini in this recipe but the original post says that you can leave it out if you want. I personally love the nutty flavor that it gives to the hummus.
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup resh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1/4 cup well-stirred tahini
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 tspground cumin
Salt to taste
2 to 3 tbspwater
Dash ground paprika, for serving
This recipe is from Inspired Taste
Home made tortillas taste amazing with any type of filling. These ones are made with Masa Harina which is a finely ground corn flour, which is different from corn meal. I found some at a local large chain grocery store. I used a tortillia press but you don't have to have one to flatten the dough, you can use a rolling pin to do the same thing.
I filled these tortillas with scrambled eggs, avocado salsa, and some cheese.
Use some plastic between the sides of the tortilla press to prevent the dough from sticking to it.
Corn Flour Tortillias
2 cups masa harina
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups hot water (hot tap water is fine)
This recipe is from http://www.thekitchn.com/
A super simple and quick chicken dinner option that can be served with any grain or had as is. The fresh salsa is nice and tangy and pairs really well with chicken.
Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped plum tomato (about 2)
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 avocado, peeled and finely chopped
This is a creamy chicken curry that's been cook in a rich mogul style. If the number of chilies is too spicy for you can adjust the amount for heat. I like kadhai style dishes best served with either naan or chapati.
1/4 cup ghee (or vegetable oil)
2 tbsp garlic and ginger crushed, or finely chopped
1/2 kg chicken pieces (with bones)
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 bunch green coriander chopped
1 tbsp cumin seeds, crushed
1 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 kg yoghurt, drained1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp red chili flakes
1 capsicum (cut in rings)
1 onion (cut in rings)
4-5 green chilies (whole and one cut in center)
4 tbsp cream
Salt to taste
I bought a pasta machine almost a decade ago now ; however, I've been too intimidated to actually try pasta on my own. A couple months ago though I took a making pasta from scratch class with some friends and it was honestly so easy to make I don't know why I waited so long to try it in the first place. This recipe uses white flour, however the teacher recommended using '00' flour for the best quality. Making pasta from scratch requires some thinking ahead of time because you need a day for the noodles to rest before preparing them to eat.
The recipe requires only two ingredients- yes two! I don't think ANY other recipe on this blog has just two ingredients. On a clean counter, you have to make a well in some flour and then crack the eggs directly into that well on your counter top.
The next step is to knead the dough until it all comes together, the dough should be fairy tough and hard but still malleable. I then split it into 3 balls so that it's easier to work with.
After letting the dough sit for about a half hour (covered and at room temperature) I used a rolling pin (along with some flour for dusting) to get the dough started before putting it through the pasta machine. You want to roll the dough at the widest setting on the machine at first and then fold it together in thirds and dust it with some flour before putting it through the machine a second time (still at the widest setting).
After folding the dough and rolling it through the widest setting another time (3-4 times total) you do not need to fold the dough anymore. Set the machine to a narrower setting and keep rolling the sheet out until it becomes almost paper thin. Once the dough is thin enough, let it sit on the counter to dry for a few minutes and then put it through the angel hair pasta setting to get some nice thin noodles. Do not let the pasta dry too much otherwise it will become brittle and crack.
Dust these strips with a generous amount of flour before curling them into loose 'nests'.
The prepared pasta should rest overnight in the refrigerator in an airtight container before boiling it in salted water for 2 minutes. I recommend using a very light sauce with handmade fresh pasta because the noodles are very delicate. The texture of fresh pasta will be less rubbery than store-bought pasta.
The same steps can be used for fettuccine, you just have to cut the noodles at that setting. If you wanted to make lasagna then don't cut the noodles with the pasta cutting setting but just cut them with a pizza-cutter or a knife into noodles the size of your lasagna tray.
Fresh Egg Pasta from Scratch
6 large eggs
600 grams "00" flour, or all purpose flour
Baked eggs are delicious- actually eggs in any form are delicious! This is a super quick recipe for baked eggs. If you’re only making one or two you can pop this into your toaster oven instead of your conventional oven. The recipe below indicates the amounts required for one ramekin. You want to bake these until the whites are set and the yolks are still a little runny
Saucy Baked Eggs
A few tbsp of chunky tomato sauce
Sprinkle of your favorite cheese
Some herbs or chives to garnish (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Add a few tbsp of tomato sauce to the bottom of the ramekin
3. Sprinkle some of your favorite cheese overtop the sauce
4. Crack an egg into a separate bowl and then make a small indentation in the cheese and sauce and carefully lower the egg into it.
5. Bake for approx. 20 minutes until the whites are set
6. Garnish and serve warm
These are great with toast!
Summer for me means loads of time outdoors and plenty of food on the grill. This recipe is all vegetarian for those of you looking for something a little lighter to eat. It was inspired by a restaurant that I love to stop at in Banff when I go out to the mountains. It's so simple yet packed full of nutrients and deliciousness. The dish is very filling in spite of the fact that it's all vegetarian and contains no bread. The asparagus here is completely optional as are any of the other veggies- you can simply substitute in any veggies that you currently have in your refrigerator and still have a mouth wateringly delicious meal.
Grilled Veggies and Halloumi Salad
handful of mixed greens
1 zucchini, cubed
1 eggplant, cubed
1 onion, cubed
1 red bell pepper, cubed
a few spears of asparagus, woody ends removed
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 inch thick slice of halloumi (I used herbed halloumi)
I love potatoes...and not until a couple of years ago did I realize that there was such a thing as potato soup. I also love garlic so naturally the two combined are just magic in my mouth.
Roasted Garlic Potato Soup
For the Roasted Garlic:
1 bulb of Garlic
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
3 dashes Smoked Paprika
For the Potato Soup:
3 tablespoons Butter
1 cup chopped Onion (white or yellow onion)
4 Russet Potatoes (medium size)
2 tablespoons Flour
2 cups Chicken Broth
½ cup Milk
¼ teaspoon Salt (or salt to taste)
½ teaspoon ground Black Pepper
½ cup grated or chopped Swiss Cheese
2 Green Onions – chopped (for garnish)
For the Crispy Onion Topping (optional):
¼ of a whole Onion
1 tablespoon Flour
¼ cup Canola Oil
For the Roasted Garlic:
I got this garlic-potato soup recipe from: http://www.couponclippingcook.com/roasted-garlic-potato-so…/
Asparagus & Egg Pastries
I sheet pre-made puff pastry dough
flour, for dusting
milk, for brushing
slim asparagus spears, woodey ends removed
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp hot smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
This is a delicious little canapé recipe made on crostinis isn't a recipe so much as a method of putting a few simple ingredients together into delicious little bite sized morsels. They're super simple to put together and they pack a bunch of flavor into miniature open sandwiches.
Start by spreading some butter over the sliced pieces of crostini and then topping it with basil pesto.
A few more toppings finishes these off.
Crostini, thinly sliced
butter, at room temperature
soft buffalo mozarella, thinly sliced
fresh basil leaves
roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
This raw kale salad is made with kale, cilantro, avocado and cranberries then dressed in honey, lime and jalapeño dressing.
Kale, Clementine, and Feta Salad
For the Salad
1 bunch kale
1 avocado, diced
handful of dried cranberries
4 clementines, peeled and sliced into rounds or small strips
Handful fresh cilantro, chopped
⅓ cup crumbled feta
¼ cup pepitas (AKA pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds
For the Dressing
3 tbspfresh lime juice (about 2 small limes)
3 bsp olive oil
1 medium jalapeño, membranes and seeds removed, finely chopped
2tsp honey (or agave nectar)
1 tspDijon mustard
¼ tspchili powder
⅛ tspfine grain sea salt
This recipe is adapted from the Blog Cookie and Kate
This is a simple side dish, which can be prepared even more quickly if you use a mandolin to slice the potatoes. I added some chili flakes to each layer to give the potatoes a little kick. The chili is completely optional. The potatoes taste great served with sour cream or any other sauce/condiment of choice.
Slice the potatoes and the sweet potatoes.
Add a layer of the sweet potatoes topped with salt, pepper, butter, parmesan and a pinch of chili flakes.
Repeat the layers until you've used up all the potatoes. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
Sweet Potato-Potato Bake
1 large sweet potato, thinly sliced
2 red potatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2-3 tbsp butter
I love to eat! I've been baking since before I was a teenager and exploring more with cooking for the past decade. This section of the site is dedicated to my experiments in the kitchen.
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