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Curried Crisp Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Peanuts- South Indian Style

 

Curried Crisp Pan roasted Brussels sprouts with pomegranate and peanuts- South Indian Style |foodfashionparty|

 

The Autumn of 1996, cold and lonely.

I could not step out without the loud chatters of my teeth and my numerous layers of clothing.  I was cooped inside for those three months, and do remember, I live in beautiful California, where the temperatures are pretty perfect.

I remember the beautifully decked malls, and the grocery shops filled with ingredients I hadn’t seen or tried or heard of.  A new world, new friends, a new life.  I never really understood the sitcoms.  I continually complained about Seinfeld being dry humor.

My best friend (my only friend then) and I enjoyed our funny moments together.  Our apartment was ten minutes away from the grocery store, so we would walk to it. Those trips were always quite interesting.  We would go with the intention of getting only one bag and come back walking with two in each hand, weighing a ton. Continue Reading

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Butter Bean Walnut Hummus and Broccoli-Spinach Butter Bean Pasta

Butter Bean Walnut Hummus and Broccoli-Spinach Butter Bean Pasta |foodfashionparty|

Life is Perfectly Imperfect.
 
The last three weeks have been blurry, chaotic, rushed, and imperfect in a way.  My car is messy, it looks like my garage has been hit by a mini torpedo, and my carpet, in a few places, looks muddy.  While folding laundry, I noticed my teen’s pants have rips…. I had to be careful that my little human boy has not been bitten in his private area ;).  I am more jittery, forgetful and haven’t got the time to spend a cozy huggy time with my human boys.
 
WE GOT A PUPPY.  Waffles.  He is a doll, a sweet sweet baby who turns rowdy for just a few minutes a day.
 
Yes, my laundry doesn’t get done fast enough.  My to-do list has been growing a little bit too fast, nothing gets ticked off.  As I drive off to a meeting, I have puppy hair on my pants.  My hair smells like Waffles, our home suddenly smells like a puppy.
 
I haven’t had anyone cling to my feet in 10 yrs.  All I do now is send pictures of Waffles shake hands, behave and just his cutest little pointy ears to everyone who shows the merest interest.  I’m like this crazy mamma.
 
As crazy as life sounds and looks right now, isn’t it what it is all about?!  Life is a learning process.  Sometimes, small simple struggles are exactly what we need in our life.  I had a period when everything was calm, and life was always quiet and peaceful.  Now, I appreciate the peace and silence, even if it’s for an hour a day.  When we have it all, we don’t miss it.  Why do we only miss something when it’s taken away?
 
I like my chaos.  I love my Waffles, the energy and endless kisses and love he gives us.  I like that my boys feel responsible for someone.  I feel COMPLETE.
 
Loving life in all it’s imperfections is the best.  Don’t you agree?
 
 This pasta, in a way, is what I call my accidental recipe gone good.  A bit of this, a touch of that, and some cheese, and it’s perfect in all it’s hotchpotch mess.

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Butter Bean Walnut Hummus and Broccoli-Spinach Butter Bean Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer Lunch
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
For the Hummus
  • 2 16 oz cans butter beans rinsed and drained or 1 cup dried beans soaked in water overnight
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro(optional) or parsley
  • 1 tsp toasted and crushed cumin
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp of freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp water
For the pasta
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 head of broccoli chopped to small 1 inch size
  • 1 cup of chickpeas/garbanzo cooked(use canned or cooked)
  • 1 cup packed spinach finely chopped
  • ½ cup of the hummus
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • 4 cups cooked wheat/semolina fusili pasta
  • Pepper jack cheese to top the pasta with or flavored hard cheese
Instructions
For the Hummus
  1. If you are using dry beans, soak it in water overnight. Cook with 4 cups of water with NO SALT. After about 15 minutes, check if it is cooked. Then add some salt, let it sit in the salted water for few minutes and drain. This way you will ensure that the beans are lightly salted and it does not get tough or rubbery. Cool before making hummus.
  2. If you are using canned, it's very easy, just drain and rinse well before using.
  3. Add everything for the hummus in a food processor except for the water and whip and grind it under a coarse paste is formed. If you want add a few tablespoons of water to make it slighly thinner. The thicker consistency is great for dips with crackers or bread sticks.
For the Pasta.
  1. Cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes in salted water or until al dente. Drain it, keep some pasta water aside.
  2. In a saute pan, add a tbsp of olive oil, let it get hot and add the fennel seeds and let it splutter. Add the chopped broccoli and salt it, saute and cook for a minute. Then add the chickpeas and the spinach and saute until the spinach wilts. Add the hummus and add hot pasta water to water it down and mix well. Add the cooked pasta, mix through and turn off the heat.
  3. Add the cheese and serve immediately.

Butter Bean Walnut Hummus and Broccoli-Spinach Butter Bean Pasta |foodfashionparty|

 

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Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan)

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Spicy Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan) |foodfashionparty|

The love of food the four of us shares is quite intense.

We all love to try different things, quite tough critics, and we might enjoy one more than the other.  We enjoy a good hearty Lamb chop meal as much as we enjoy a loaded salad with some dressing.

Trying to balance out the carnivore loving boys with a lighter fare which suits our taste is a challenge I take on happily and love.  I try not to fall into the routine of recipes and when variety is there, it makes it so much more fun.

This was one such thing.

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Appetizer, Dinner, EGG, Entertaining, Entree, Fusion, Indian, Party Ideas, Spicy, Starter

Garlicky Spicy Egg Fry – Egg Masala Bruschetta

Garlicky Spicy Egg Fry - Bruschetta with egg

There are some dishes we make when there’s nothing in the refrigerator. There are some dishes we make when you have no time at all.  There are some dishes we make that are purely comfort food and remind you of home.  This  dish is all of those things for me………

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Red Rice Sweet Paniyaarm/fritters stuffed with Coconut and Palm Sugar

Red Rice Sweet Fritter/Paniyaaram stuffed with Coconut and Palm Sugar |foodfashionparty| #foodphotography #holirecipes

It’s that time again for Indians to slap colors on each other.  A festival which brings people together, a festival of camaraderie and jollity. Holi – the festival of COLORS.

India does have a lot of festivals, and the whole country turns into a colorful atmosphere.  Among these festivals, some are religious, some are based on seasons, and some are of national importance.  I consider this festival in particular to be a more free spirited, joyous occasion for the young and old and everyone in between.  It’s a festival where people forget anger, sadness and join in for a day of fun, food and become kids at heart.

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Lentil-Radish Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing (Guest Post)

Lentil-Radish Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing |foodfashionparty|Guest post by @boxofspice
 
With the rain and winds, the Bay Area is filled with pollen too.  The only way I can communicate now, without messing my vocal chords completely, is to whisper.  For some reason the husky and sexy voice(as someone called it) doesn’t seem to suit me and I’ve had a few people feel bad, laugh and make fun of me all at the same time :). It’s one of the worst sore throats I have ever had, and I refuse to go to the doctor.  Trying to have green tea with honey, fresh turmeric and everything to soothe my poor little throat.  I am so very thankful and grateful to Rakhee from boxofspice to fill my space today with one of her impressive salads.
 
As Rakhee puts it, we’ve known each other for the longest.  I fell in love with her gorgeous photography and this post in particular Chaat Salad, and now we are great friends and I am in love with her personality too.  She’s all ears when I want to and makes me feel like a million bucks (what more can anyone ask).  Her artistic eye for dreamy and moody photography requires a standing ovation and her salads all belong in a magazine.  Without further ado… Here’s Rakhee.  Take it away my dear…..

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Taro/Arbi Spicy Stir Fry

Taro/Arbi Spicy Stir Fry. A healthier alternative to potatoes. Tips and tricks for less oil. |foodfashionparty|

She comes home and finds an empty container, which, only a couple of hours ago, had the very best tangy-spicy, oily, fried taro.

A year is a long time to be away when you’ve stayed with someone for 21 years.  A trip to India after I came to US was an in-explainable feeling, and an exciting one.  There were a lot of things I wanted to enjoy, first being the food.  All the things I was overwhelmed to cook or plain didn’t know how to cook were the things I asked mom to make.  Sometimes we just have a mind block, don’t you think?  You believe it’s hard to cook something, just because.  This was one of those things. Continue Reading

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Vegetable-Tofu Wrap with Spicy Almond Cream

Vegetable-Tofu Wrap with Spicy Almond Cream @foodfashionparty

Happy February!

The only thing that comes to mind during January is Downton Abbey.

We watched or let’s just say binge watched all 6 seasons under 3 weeks.  I know..I know..it’s crazy.  We did though.  For a month I spoke in an accent new to me, and I felt quite posh.  Now that fancy accent is fading away as fast as the memories of Downton Abbey are.  I enjoyed it so much that I pretty much have withdrawal symtom now.  I’m looking for another period drama. If you have suggestions, please do let me know.

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Garlicky Mung/Moong Bean-Dill-Pomegranate Spicy Warm Salad

Garlicky Mung Beans-Dill-Pomegranate Spicy Warm Salad @foodfashionparty

 

After a couple of years of pretty severe drought in the Bay, the wet weather for the past few weeks is a welcome change.  I definitely am happy to hear the pitter-patter of the rain and rumble of the leaves. The deep brown soil turning brown and the dry brown grass on the mountains turning green are some very pretty sights.

Waking up to dark gray clouds, the sounds of rain, the trembling trees all makes us want to snuggle a bit more.  Turning and struggling to wake up, going down for a hot cup of coffee and to a silent almost ‘pin drop silence’ except for the rain was an ideal start to my perfect day.

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Spicy Chicken Pakora/Fritters

Spicy Chicken Pakora/Fritters @ foodfashionparty

We are thoroughly spoiled by where we live.  Right in the middle of the bay, there are farmer’s markets every week, people with light casual clothes all year around.  There are strawberry picking, the cherry festival, the peach trees, and garage sales which will close down the streets.  Apple orchards filled with the most delicious ones to pick, tangerines and oranges everywhere.  We are greedy every season and try to hold on to the harvest preserving it bottle by bottle.  When there are snow and storms everywhere, we are trying to preserve the water because of the dry weather.  Craving for exotic food, we have options: we can either make them because the international grocery stores carry everything and the restaurants here are amazing. There are mountains to one side and sea to the other.  Ski resorts are a couple of hours north and Disneyland a few more to the south.

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