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Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

This Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry leaves has a lovely aromatic sauce that can be poured over rice or noodles. The combination of butter, curry leaves, onion and bell peppers flavors the tender beef in such subtle but effective tones. At our place we love this over rice or crispy noodles with a fried and oozy egg on top!

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Charmoula | Coriander Parsley Dressing / Marinade

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Charmoula

Charmoula |  Coriander Parsley Dressing/Marinade

 

Charmoula ( شرمولة‎‎) is a North African Herbal Marinade, an all purpose dressing used a lot in Tunisia and Morocco. It is often used for seafood but works with meats as well as vegetables.  When you are looking for a different kind of marinade, something less Masala-ish and more Herby… it is a good choice. It is also great when you have lots of herbs, wanting to be used up 🙂 . We like this marinade with baked chicken wings and  grilled shrimp a lot!

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Dill Pickles | Easy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

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Dill Pickles – Quick and Easy!

Dill Pickles | Easy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles (with slideshow)

 

These dill pickles are my favorite instant pickles..  They may be used just after 24 hours. It’s no doubt that home made products, usually beat the flavor and reliability of store bought.  Pickles are no exception!  And the dill pickles from the store usually contain too much sugar and artificial coloring!  Make your own fresh, crunchy dill pickles, that require no special pickling equipment and temperature control.  You will be surprised how easy they are to make.  First time I made these, I was amazed at how good they were.  Fresh and crunchy, retaining the nutrients of the fresh cucumber.

Obviously, Dill weed is essential in making the pickles.  Fresh is always preferred but the dried herb may be used if you can’t find it!  And when it comes to pickling cucumbers, they say the the kind of cucumber that make you burp, are best for making pickles, due to the higher lever of cucurbitacin.  You can use whole cucumbers, spears or slices.  I tried a few varieties and I found these snacking baby cucumbers to be the best for my pickles.  If I want to use them for burgers, I simply slice them up after pickling.  We use these pickles in salads on a regular basis.

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Asparagus Dip | Creamy Simple Asparagus Spread

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Asparagus Dip

Asparagus Dip | Creamy Simple Asparagus Spread

 

This Asparagus dip, is extremely quick and easy to make! Quite tasty and even kids will enjoy this vegetable in spreadable form!  I am always looking for ways to get the kids to eat certain veggies.. Sometimes, a dip is the easiest way to achieve this. Creamy and tasty, its super, served with toasted pita wedges.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family and has been found to be an aphrodisiac, since ancient times.  It is packed with nutrients. High in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, beta -carotene, vitamin E, zinc, manganese and selenium.

It’s also especially rich in detoxifying compound, glutathione, which can help destroy carcinogens. For this reason, asparagus may help fight or protect against certain cancers.

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Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

 

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad is  one of the most popular and traditional foods served in Tunisia.  If you love dips and are always looking for something different, this is excellent. The combination of peppers, once grilled gives a unique and delicious flavor as well as enticing aroma. Slata Mechouia, pronounced ( S-lata Meshweeya) means ‘Grilled Salad’ in Arabic, but it is more of a grilled salsa than a salad.

Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita. According to the variety of peppers used, it can range from mild to spicy, however, the milder ones are more common and preferred.  It is customary to top the salad with flaked tuna, olives and boiled egg.. I was skeptical at the addition of tuna but it actually works with the spicy, grilled sweetness of the peppers. Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita.

An extremely popular appetizer in Tunisian homes and restaurants.. this is one of my posts honoring all the people I have met from across the world and their wonderful cuisines. Thanks to my high school friend Nadege, for some lovely Tunisian Recipes.

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Lamb Chops with Cherry Sauce

lamb chops with cherry sauce

Lamb Chops with Cherry sauce

Lamb Chops with Cherry Sauce

Lamb Chops with Cherry sauce.  These savory chops with sweet and sour sauce are perfect for entertaining or on special occasions. I used lamb loin chops. Quite the ‘Fancy but Simple meal’, as I call it; served with a Mesclun Salad and Mashed Peas.

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Harissa | North African Spice Paste

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How to make Harissa

Harissa | North African Spice Paste

 

Harissa is a North African spice paste, a condiment found everywhere in Morocco and Tunisia. It is also widely used in the Middle East. Popularly used in dips and marinades and can add a spicy kick to just about anything! In mayonnaise, hummus, burgers… the list goes on.

Although there are variations to Harissa, according to region, it is basically a red chilli paste. Fresh chillies or peppers may be roasted and used as well. The type I prefer however, uses only dried, rehydrated chillies. Since not all varieties of dried chillies are available everywhere, I recommend using your favorite. New Mexico and guaijillo chilies are good options. I love these long and mild dried chillies, that I use in most of my cooking. It’s the slightly crinkled type as opposed to those deep red shiny dried chillies. Harissa, made with these smells great too!

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Thai Grilled Chicken and Arugula Salad

Thai Grilled Chicken and Arugula Salad

Thai Grilled Chicken and Arugula Salad

Goodbye to boring old salads … This Thai Grilled Chicken and Arugula Salad is pleasingly delicious with various layers of flavor! A complete meal. We all love incorporating more salads into our meals. It’s no secret that while food is meant to be enjoyed, you have to keep it well balanced with the occasional indulgence. After all, what’s life without the ability to indulge in things you love – once in a while! With regular salads like these you can be happy and content at the same time PLUS you will be able to indulge more often in those guilty pleasures.

So we have chicken and we have arugula, in this delicious duet of a salad. The chicken is first cooked in a fresh aromatic and herby paste. A little coconut milk is added to keep the chicken breasts succulent.  The chicken is then grilled , while reserving the gorgeous, exotic sauce in which it was cooked. This forms one of our two dressings. The other, is made from half the arugula into a dressing with a kick from some added horseradish sauce and mayyonaise.  The fresh ingredients are simply tossed in olive oil, lime juice and salt. The grilled chicken is cut up and tossed in just before serving and the duo of chilled dressings is dolloped over the top. Sprinkle some sunflower seeds and your easy peasy delicious salad is ready!

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Coconut Chutney for Dosa / Idli

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Coconut Chutney for Dosa / Idli

 Chutney for Dosa / Idli

 

Crispy, Tasty Dosas and Soft, Spongy Idlis require the essential accompaniments, Sambar and Coconut Chutney to make for a perfect Breakfast. Here is my recipe for a very simple but perfect Chutney

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

homemade BBQ sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Homemade BBQ Sauce is great to use in your burgers, burritos or with your grilled meats. If you find the store bought BBQ Sauce, too strong or pungent and sometimes bitter for your taste, try this home made recipe. Great as a sip for nuggets and fritters too.

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