Friday, September 27, 2013

Central Asian Beef Pilaf

This recipe was given to me by my friend Yulia she grew up in Tajikistan a small land locked mountainous country in Central Asia, it was governed by Russia at that time. She learnt this dish while there it would be made as a big communal dish and shared as a family. Here's a nice little article on the country from a group of travel bloggers who drove across Asia and their views A rallying cry. Its a tasty dish that can be made with vegetables, I did one loaded with veggies and a mixture of red and white Thai rice, beef or chicken, a great one pot meal.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Shrimp Empanadas

One of the foods I love from Puerto Rico and South America is Empanadas or little meat pies, the fillings can be endless from meat, veggie, seafood and even sweet. I remember once visiting a little place in Miami dedicated to them. I made a more British style pastry and made a shrimp filling. Our sweet girl and I really enjoyed rolling the pastry and filling these and to make them a little healthier we baked them. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fruit and Nut Bars

This easy recipe was inspired by Anncoo's hobby one of my favorite blogs from Singapore, great food, and amazing mooncakes. I loved that Ann used milk and honey in place of condensed milk. Its another fun recipe to make with kids and makes a great snack.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Irish Soda Bread

We made this soda bread recently, I love getting the kids in the kitchen and simple recipes like this one are great, easy to follow and they can get stuck in mixing and kneading its also healthy. Remember little kids make a mess take a deep breath its so worth it, as its priceless if they grow up with a desire to cook and eat healthy food. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Arroz Con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

This was a dish we enjoyed in Puerto Rico, I remember once chatting with a man fishing on the beach and asking him what are those small things you add to your rice? his wife helped out and I got a couple of cans in the grocery store, dried also work. The small things are pigeon peas also known as gandules or whole toor dal. On reading I discovered that the toor dal came to the Island via West Africa through the spice trade. The plant thrives in the warm weather and the little peas, or lentils come from a pod. In India these are mostly dried out and used to make dal, but in Puerto Rico they are used whole. They are high in protein, fiber and other nutrients. 


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