Macaroni with Spinach Sauce

Macaroni with Spinach Sauce

Today I made a resolve to get back to blogging, if only for the sake of writing, an exercise like all others, that needs to be kept up, if I don’t want to stagnate…which is pretty much what I’ve been doing in this department. And that calls for time-managements and less over-committing of my time to other far less useless pursuits – by this i mean my recent addiction to angry birds friends – an online game that is exciting because you are playing against somebody, but also stressful because each time your high score is beaten, you want to up it and in this way end up spending good time that is better spent writing about how I waste it Oh well, like a writer’s block, I have suffered from a blogger block – We grew so many veggies in our garden this past summer and I have cooked like the dickens but somehow have not felt enthused to sit and blog them or crop my pictures. Did I mention to you among other things, I have also started working at the market, selling crepes, aka masala dosas. This has been a awesome outlet for me and I get to do this with my older kiddos, an icing on the cake! And I have been traveling to exotic Espana The most wonderful experience with the dance and the spanish Guitar that I have fallen in love with verily-  AND…folks of all the countries I have visited in Europe and elsewhere, including the US where I live, I have never seen cleaner public restroom anywhere but Spain. Impeccable until...
Presto Pesto

Presto Pesto

Homemade is always good. Homegrown even better – My mantra for this summer for those who have been tuning in. This is another of those beautifully satisfying posts of a most popular Italian Spread. I have tried to keep it authentic in that I added absolutely no “spicy hot stuff” and I want to say it tasted perfect – of course only judging by the gusto with which the kiddos spread away My basil plants are still fledglings and while I got some of my basil from there, I have to thank my friend for allowing me to pick some from her wonderful garden. The recipe without much further chitchat. Ingredients About 4 cups of basil leaves 1/2 cup of pine nuts 4 tbsp grated parmesan 2 tbsp grated Romano 1/4 cup of olive oil +1 tbsp 2 cloves of garlic 1/4 tsp salt Method Wash basil thoroughly Remove basil leaves from the stem Add all the ingredients to the food processor and blend until you get a coarse texture Transfer into a serving dish – Add more olive oil and stir in. Spread on french bread, have it in pasta or any which way you like This is my green dish for Independence Day And stay tuned for my Garden Fresh Gonkura Chutney. Some pictures… It turns dark as soon as you make it – stir to see the green...
Raspberry Coulis

Raspberry Coulis

This is an easy peasy recipe that can be used over pancakes (Trader Joes Multigrain Pancake mix), as cake fillings, in pies, as ice-cream toppings, on yogurts and parfaits – I made this with an intention to use in a tart recipe, but the yield with a 12 ounce box was not much we ended up using it over pancakes – trust me when I say it was terrific! Here is the recipe 12ounce box of fresh raspberries 1/4 cup of sugar 2tbsp honey 1tbsp Lemon juice (not required it you like to err on the side of sweet over tart) Preparation Blend the raspberries In a tsp of water, mix the sugar in a saucepan and heat to liquefy Add the honey and the raspberry puree Allow it to bubble before turning off Add the lemon juice and stir in Set in refrigerator to cool and thicken Use as needed  Sending this off to Smitha’s Berry Event...
Macaroni Verde

Macaroni Verde

We all know about the torrid love affair between Mac& Cheese- I am the ‘evil’ fairy (paradoxical because evil and good are in the eye of the beholder) who has a scheme to break them up!What’s more, it is my intention to bring Mac to her senses and make her a match made in heaven for the handsome and charming Signor Verde, a multi faceted, multi-talented bloke – mwahahaha or muahahahahaha (my evil laugh) As a part of my event, I am putting out another favorite fast food that children and adults alike, like to indulge in.You know that this Mac&Cheese comes loaded with fatty, often processed cheese – We want to modify this and make it a dish, as interesting, but HEAPS healthier – Seriously, did you know that a bowl of mac and cheese at Panera is about 900 calories!! A BIG bowl of this is roughly 300-350 calories! Point to be noted. We are leaving tomorrow on our big trip to India (please send up a prayer for good weather for me) and I had a few veggies in my fridge that I wanted to cook- hate buying as throwing as much as the next person – Now that my head is literally buzzing with ideas, I decided this will be a good one for my event and probably a couple of other events happening now. Prep time – 30 minutes Bake time – 25 -30 minutes In Words Ingredients 2 Zucchini Squashes, sliced round 1/2 head of broccoli cut into florets 1 green pepper (capsicum) 1 pack of Elbow Macaroni 3 dry red chillies (optional) 3...