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Umami Chickpea Open-Face Sandwiches

That pleasant and almost delicious savoury taste that embodies umami is exactly what elevates this humble protein packed lunch into the fantastic Umami Chickpea Open-Face Sandwiches. And might I add, incredibly quick and easy to whip up! The fundamental steps are: go purchase a gorgeous loaf of bread, sourdough and seed speckled works wonderfully, no doubt. And second, either soak some chickpeas in water overnight, or have a can of organic chickpeas handy.

Most of the work is done by the food processor – all I had to do was add the ingredients and press the button! My kind of cooking 🙂 For a textural contrast to the creamy chickpea mixture, I garnished the sandwiches with a crunchy and spicy addition – some mortar and pestle pounded sriracha peanuts…

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Vegan Pound Cake

I do realise that when I say vegan pound cake, it sounds like a major oxymoron – a hoax, almost like saying a vegan macaron or a vegan meringue. But this time, its legitimate. The butter most obviously is substituted by margarine or any other vegan dairy spread. But the real richness and that solid heaviness typical to a pound cake batter is courtesy of the tofu. I used a half packet of the 12oz firm variety, so approximately 6oz, and processed it until smooth and lump free before adding to the batter.

Now like many pound cakes world over, there are many additions, flavours, and other confetti that you can throw in, based on your personal preferences. But this cake is a great great one to keep in your repertoire, and it is genuinely one that I wasn’t initially sure would actually result in a pound cake consistency and texture.
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Mexican Quick Fix: Mango Salsa & Guacamole

After reading this article, the opening words struct me:

“It won’t be surprising if cultural historians look back on the first two decades of this century as The Era of Crazed Oral Gratification. I’m speaking of the fetishization of food, of cooking and eating, of watching other people cooking and eating, that has become omnipresent across all platforms, all media, all screens and all palates in our great nation.”

It really is so true! And in light of the quest for ‘Oral Gratification’, the journey comes to a standstill with my favourite 2 bowls of goodness. Think about it – there are few things in this world as satisfying as a bowl of salsa, guacamole and a bag full of crispy corn nachos. The ultimate treat! Now while I am not the largest fan of the ‘fusion’ movement (although it has actually been with us for centuries), this combination of mango and Mexican flavours does some serious magic – and that just cannot be ignored. For the last year or two, pretty much ever since I made the first batch of it, mango salsa has become a staple party snack, and a regular on our dinner table whenever we have a Mexican meal.
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Thumbprint Cookies

Monochrome has recently ignited my interest. I can’t put my finger on why it has, but it has. And such a phenomenon is surprising for me, as I love colour, colour pop, colour burst, and well, colour. Not to insinuate that black or white are not colours, of course they are, but my palate is […] Read more…

Som Tam

This book has managed to captivate my palate. It is one of those unassuming basic looking books- none of the fancy hardcover or glossy photographs shebang- plain old words on paper, followed by more words on paper, bound neatly in an almost unattractive red and blue cover with a drawing of a pious Thai lady, […] Read more…

Intense Chococcino Cake

After 5 long years, I finally took the plunge and decided to change careers. Co-incidentally, on the weekend that I finished my last working day, I got an email from BlogAdda for a Canola Oil Cookout Event. The event included a nutritionist, a cardiologist and a chef, all talking about the benefits and uses of […] Read more…

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