Asian Tuna Salad.

Ingredients:
1 can Tuna in spring water – drained
1/2 cup Lettuce – chopped
1/2 cup Cucumber – chopped
4 baby plum Tomatoes – chopped
3 Radishes – sliced thin
2 Thai red chillies – chopped fine
1 Spring Onion – sliced thin
5 – 7 Almonds – toasted and roughly pounded.
1/2 teaspoon Fish Sauce ( Nam Pla )
Juice of half a Lime
Dash of white pepper powder
Sesame seeds
Method:
Mix all ingredients. Garnish with toasted almonds and Enjoy!

Basa Fillet and Avocado Salad.

Pesto Fish Recipe

1 Basa Fillet ( or any white flesh fish )
1 tablespoon Red Pesto ( I used Jamie Oliver’s)
Dry Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon Fennel powder
1/2 teaspoon Paprika powder
1/4 teaspoon White Pepper powder
Pinch of salt
Tortilla wraps – 2 small or 1 big
Method :
Baste one side of the fillet ( the upper, fleshy part) with the pesto. You can use green pesto if you prefer.
Mix all the dry ingredients and gently coat both sides of the fillet.
Oil the pan and cook each side of the fillet for 7 minutes.

 

Avocado Salad Recipe:

1 medium riped Avocado – chopped
2 baby plum tomatoes
1/2 Onion – diced
1 red or green chilli – chopped
2 sprigs fresh Dill – chopped
2 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
Salt and pepper – just a pinch
Method :
Mix all the ingredients to come together.
Garnish the wraps with lettuce, place the fish and salad. Serve with lemon or lime wedge.

 

 

 

Vegetarian Mince Stew.

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1 cup Vegetarian / Soy Mince ( i used Quorn)
1 cup Green Beans or String Bean – sliced
2 sticks of Celery – sliced
5 Baby Plum Tomatoes – wedged
1 large Red Onion – diced
2 pips of Garlic – finely chopped
1 cup Vegetable Stock ( alternatively use a stock cube)
1 tablespoon Tomato Puree
1 tablespoon Paprika Powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Method:
  1. Heat a soup pot with olive oil and fry garlic and onion till soft and fragrant.
  2. Fry the mince, beans and celery and fry for 2 – 4 minutes, in a medium heat.
  3. In a separated bowl, mix in the stock, puree, paprika. Pour this mixture into the pot and bring to a gentle simmer. 5 to 7 minutes.
  4.  Add the wedged tomatoes and ground black pepper. Let it cook for a further 5 minutes. Turn off heat and stew is ready!
I like it just on its own. But I am pretty sure it tastes delicious with some buttered crusty roll! 🙂

Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square.

 

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Bustling with tourists.

 

Your carriage awaits..

 

Charles Bridge.

 

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Letna Park view of the Bridges and Prague.

 

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Orange, Apple and Kiwi Smoothie.

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2 Large Oranges – juiced

1 Red Apple – chopped

1 Kiwi – Peeled and chopped

1 Celery Stick – chopped

1/2 teaspoon of grated Ginger

100ml Cold water

Just blend all the ingredients and enjoy!

I love adding ginger to my smoothies. It’s great for blood circulation and helps to rid off toxin from the body.

So, if you are one to suffer from headaches and migraines, try this smoothie or your favourite version with some ginger! Miracle in a glass!

 

Rice – the sweet fruits of labour. An immeasurable owe to the Asian Farmers.

A staple of the Asian community.

It is known by many names; Beras in Bahasa Melayu, Riso in Italian, Kome in Japanese but my favourite – Arisi in the Tamil language, my mother tongue. I love how it sounds almost similar to the word Arasi, which means, the Queen in the Tamil language.

We only pay attention to the outcome but most of us ignore the hard work that has gone into the preparation of a creation.

Everything is easy these days. We go to a local supermarket, pick up a bag of rice, come home, cook and eat. Some even have it easier – just pick up a cooked packet of rice, heat it up and eat. Work is done!

Have you wondered where the rice you eat comes from? The painstaking labour that has gone into putting that polished white gems on your plate. It tastes good, correct? The many transformations it takes and the dishes it could be cooked into, from the pilau to biriyani, to puffed rice and pudding. Even widely used in cosmetics and the beauty industry.

The actual process begins in a village, thousands of miles away from our comfortable couches and air-conditioned rooms. In the fields of India, Thailand, Vietnam, Madagascar, Philippines, Japan and Malaysia. In scorching heat – planting paddy or rice, the crops then harvested and dried, threshing; a process where rice is separated from the straw, then distributed and milled and polished, packaged and sold. Months of sweat and blood that we conveniently acknowledge to ignore.

As I wrote my first recipe on my blog today, I realised the fond memories of having rice with my meals. It was not the eating but the appreciation to hundreds of farmers across the world who made it possible for me to still take a handful of rice which was first introduced to me by my Mother, as food.

And I remember my late Father always reminded us not to waste a grain, not to step on rice, not to throw food. But also a bit of cooked rice on a plate was kept aside and ate with a short prayer before the start of the meal, to say thank you. Was it a Thank you to God for bringing this food to us? I haven’t seen God but I believe what they meant by God as those who made it possible for you and me to have what we have, considered the works of greater humanity. The presence of God or something more in this Universe felt through gratitude. To leave aside one’s own pain and discomfort as a service to humanity for the comfortable lives of others.

You see, what we can easily take for granted is something that another works hard for, and most times just for the same handful for them and their loved ones. Something that we should all be grateful for, especially where people are chasing after material gains rather than what matters most.

So, here I am sharing a bit of love and a lot of gratitude for the Asian farmers for keeping me alive and the memories of my cultural background to go on.

I hope you appreciate them as much as I do and try the recipes.

Lots of Love XX

Cod Kedgeree.

Khichdi – I remember my mum cooking Khichdi when I was a young child.

The combination and aromas of basmati rice with split moong dhal and ghee just brings fond memories of my childhood. This dish often cooked when someone at home is unwell, the mix of herbs and spices such as turmeric, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, black peppercorns and coriander are believed to enhance the medicinal values of this simple dish.

For me, the Khichdi was not just comfort food which was easily prepared and served in a bowl or a plate, but it was a way my Mother showcased her love in order to heal us when we fell ill. Inspite of the conventional medicines prescribed by the doctor, my Mother believed that her cooking has greater healing properties because it was cooked with thoughts and love.

Thank you, Ma. As I haven’t been feeling well in recent times, your cooking brings me comfort thoughts and I believe I’m healing.

For the first time, I cooked Khichdi or Kedgeree as it’s famously known in England with the nations favourite fish, Cod! I made it my own recipe and the outcome was absolutely fantastic! This recipe will be my go-to comfort, one pot, one bowl meal that is easily enjoyed at all seasons!

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Ingredients:
1 cup Brown Basmati Rice – washed and presoaked for 2 hours, drained
1/2 cup Split Moong Dhal – washed and presoaked for 2 hours, drained
1 cup of Cabbage – shredded
1 cup of Carrots – shredded
2 fillets of Cod ( or any fish of your choice ) – seasoned with salt and turmeric powder.
1 large Tomato – chopped
2 tablespoons of Ghee or Clarified butter
Hot water ( enough to cover the rice and lentils to cook )
Salt to taste
To fry:
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 teaspoon Coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon Hing / Asafoetida
Thumb size Ginger – chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic – chopped
2 dried Red Chillies – chopped
1 medium-sized Red Onion – chopped
Serve with
Hardboiled Eggs
Greek Yogurt or Pickle
Method :
  1. Melt the ghee in medium heat in a non – stick saute pan. Fry the cumin and fennel seeds till it begins to splutter.
  2. Add the chopped onions, ginger, garlic, chillies to this and fry till the onions soften.
  3. Then add the rice and moong dhal to this mixture.
  4. Now add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, hing and stir until well incorporated. You want to fry this for a further 2 minutes in medium heat just to allow the spices and flavours to work its’ magic.
  5. Add the shredded cabbage and carrots and mix in.
  6. Now you pour enough water, just to cover the top of the rice and lentils. This has to cook in medium heat with the lid on for 20 minutes. You can half season it with salt and add later if needed. But allow it to cook and just keep an eye that it needs water to cook.
  7. 20 minutes later, remove the lid and add the fillets of cod and chopped tomatoes. You want to cover it, give it a gentle burial into the rice. Cook it further for 15 minutes.
  8. Taste for salt before you turn off the heat.
  9. And your Cod Kedgeree is ready to be served with any salad of your choice. I enjoyed mine with hardboiled eggs, yoghurt and red chillies!

 

Almost – All – Green Smoothie.

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1 cup Broccoli Florets

1 Green Apple – chopped

1/2 cup Cucumber – chopped

A handful of Parsley

Juice of half a Lemon

1/2 cup of Cold Water

Add all the ingredients into your favourite blender, ( mine is a Nutri Bullet, it’s amazing, versatile and bullet fast) and enjoy a super fast and super yummy drink!