Shrimp Scampi and Success in the Kitchen

If I have shrimp in the house and ask my dad, “how he would like me to make it,” – he will always say Shrimp scampi, without fail. Then he will tell me how in 1964 some famous chef taught him how to make scampi, which is by the way exactly how I make it. …

Mussels with Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Sparkling Wine

I love mussels. They are like a blank canvas and come to life from so many types of flavors. Sometimes I will ask my mother, who also loves mussels, “which country would you like to go to? It could be Asian, French, Italian, Indian – the choices are endless really. This time my assignment was…

Spicy Shrimp Curry – Simple and Healthful

I have been making this curry for many years. It is so simple and satisfies each time. It is also very low in fat and healthful.  Substitute other seafood if you like. Don’t get scared with me calling it spicy – you can control the heat level of any dish. As a rule it is…

Simple and Spicy Chana (chickpea) Masala

Chickpeas are a delicious and nutritious protein to add to your meals. You can use dried chickpeas which I do often, or use the ones from a can – either is fine really as long as you cook with them. Last weekend I had the yen for a traditional Indian breakfast which included these chickpeas,…

Technique: how to use tomatoes simply in a stew or curry

July 20, 2017Edit Today I want to talk technique – specifically something very simple that I learned from my mom. It is a time saver in the kitchen, especially for Indian cooking. Often when people ask for starter recipes for Indian curries – I find myself telling them to saute onions, ginger and garlic –…

Simple Yellow Daal (lentils)

July 19, 2017 July 19th, 2017 – an update: Yesterday I posted a picture of a simple bowl of lentils that I had as soup for lunch. Many people asked for the recipe and so here it is. I am surprised that I haven’t blogged the recipe for Lentils – maybe because they are so…

A Review of Dirt Candy in NYC

“You are going to pay $75/- to eat vegetables? You are crazy!” exclaimed my father when he learned that I am going to Dirt Candy for a special event on Canada Day. “They are not just vegetables dad. They are cooked in a unique way – in ways we could never imagine.” “They are still…

Tofu with Ginger, Soy and of course Sriracha sauce

Sometimes I innocently post what I made for dinner and a ridiculous amount of people as for the recipe. Luckily, I took some pictures of this dish to make the post interesting and lets hope informative. Before I give you the recipe – which is hardly a recipe, let me share a tip. Whenever I…

Steamed Salmon with Bok choy over Brown Rice

I have neglected to share any of my healthful recipes for some time now. I apologize. I really have no excuse. This past Monday, like millions of people I decided to start eating healthfully. I am not a fan of the word diet. Anything we eat is our diet. I prefer to call it eating…

Simple Dinners: Seared Salmon over Spinach and Mushrooms

I really enjoy cooking as is probably evident to any one who knows me or reads my blogs. But I also like to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as I can because I have another love – TV, Netflix, just sitting on the couch 🙂 This is a simple recipe that…

Shrimp in a Charred Hatch Chile Salsa

Hatch chile refers to varieties of species of the genus Capsicum which are grown in the Hatch Valley, an area stretching north and south along the Rio Grande from Arrey, New Mexico, in the north to Tonuco Mountain to the southeast of Hatch, New Mexico. The soil and growing conditions in the Hatch Valley create…