Kale Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Apple and Baby Radish

Is there a thing such as ‘Blogger’s Block’, you know, like writer’s block? Essentially, I too am writing, but just online and on a blog, so does that make me not a writer? I’m not so sure about that hypothesis, but what I am sure about at this hot, humid, sticky moment in the beginning of what threatens to be a horrendous summer, is that I have a case of whatever block you may term it. So now coming to the crux of my irrelevant public analysis of what block I am being plagued by – I am basically looking for an excuse to not continue tapping my fingers feverishly over the keyboard, as if it is a mission which I cannot fail.

But today, I am going to delve right into this beautiful, summary and fresh salad recipe. I know I’m (fashionably) late to join the Kale Revolution – but better late than never! This salad first came together as a beautiful mish-mash of ingredients in the fridge plus a big bunch of kale that was incredibly inviting at the supermarket, I had to get my hands on it. I started with apple, to add a bit of sweetness to the otherwise bitter kale, but this batch of american kale was far from bitter! Adding some thinly sliced baby radish, plump ruby red cranberries, toasted pecans, white & black sesame seeds and a few tablespoons of garlic scented cheese (you can easily substitute cheddar or crumbly cheeses like feta or goats cheese) with a basic and effective honey mustard vinaigrette to tie it all together!

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Iceberg Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Sometimes, stinky cheese is just what the doctor ordered. Well in my case, any doctor that ordered me (any kind of) cheese would become my new favourite person. While I love adding cheese to salads, very rarely will I made a dressing, whose entire flavour profile is derived from the cheese. I also find that of all cheeses, it is blue cheese that most people shy away from, not due to lack of an acquired taste, but more due to preconceived notions. And the fact that it smells. Last evening, I just wanted a salad, without fuss and too much effort. So begins the birth of the Iceburg Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing.

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Brown Butter Apple Crisp

I can never imagine having reached where I have in my culinary journey without having simple and effective recipes like this one, in my arsenal. My Brown Butter Apple Crisp has been labelled an apple crumble, has been made with peaches, with almond & strawberries, and with mixed fruit. It’s gone through a bevy of avatars, adding some cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, brown butter, almonds, hazelnut, walnut, raisins. You get the gist.

The reason I love this particular version is not only because it is simple (it is, really simple!) but also because I adore crumbles/crisps that use oats in the topping, and not only flour. The texture and wholesomeness of flavour that the oats adds, is rather lovely, and needless to say, it is a whole lot healthier than flour. For the gluten intolerants out there,  Read more…

The Locavore Diaries: Locally produced BomBrie and CamemBay

The Locavore Diaries is a new series launched by Joie De Vivre, with the intention to highlight locally created outstanding produce, and to show it being used in an original Joie De Vivre recipe. I feel very strongly about supporting local entrepreneurs, about eating food that I purchase locally, and to encourage new ventures that improves the quality and calibre of products available locally. This is not only a sustainable and eco-conscious move, but also one that promises the maximum flavour and freshness of produce.

To kick off the series, what better than some artisanal cheese, made right here, but tastes as good as its French inspiration.
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Tea Tasting

  There has been a significant amount of undocumented baking over the last month, including the best apple crisp, with vanilla bean and bourbon, good ol’ red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, made green for Xmas cheer, and some spiced gingerbread cookies, with lemon butter-cream frosting. Before all this, was a nearly week long […] Read more…

Apple Mosaic Tart with Salted Caramel

I am smitten. When I read that one of my favourite blogs, Smitten Kitchen, had launched their first ever cookbook, I couldn’t sit still until I had ordered my very own hardbound personal copy of the pure genius that goes into each and every fabulously well balanced and perfectly seasoned recipe. In that honour, and due to plentiful leftover diwali fruit by the dozen (I blame my grandmother), and not to forget, plentiful time on my hands due to the City being literally locked down, I used my powers for good (well, and gluttony) to patiently roll out the pastry, slice them apples, bubble the salted caramel and eat it with a big scoop of purely indulgent velvety vanilla ice cream. Not a wasted Sunday in the least!

On a side note, is anyone else obsessed with puff pastry? It somehow manages to uplift my mood and make the world a happier, butter-ier place. Everyone who travels with me thinks I need a bit of, well, *help*, simply because I can’t resist purchasing a truck load of goodies  Read more…

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