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Garlicky Tomato-Vegetable Chickpea Orzo/pasta soup with a touch of heat

We are still in soup season.  It’s raining, and it’s still cold around here.  Our umbrellas are in full use, and so are our scarves. Our weekend evenings are filled with soup under blankets on the sofa.  Mornings are dark, with no peeking of sunlight, and I want to sleep in more.  Sometimes, the best things can happen in dark moments on a rainy day.  I wake up, bake a batch of muffins, and put on a kettle of water to brew some coffee.

There are some quiet moments before the boys get down. No one to talk to, just me and my coffee with little Waffles (our puppy) by my feet.  Silence sometimes is healing.  Kind of a rehab. That feeling cannot be explained to the fullest.  Silence is about feelings.  I go out for a small walk with my large polka dot umbrella with frills, and it’s still drizzling.  That moment, when there’s not a worry about anything that’s happening around.

I open the door after my walk, setting the umbrella down, I get a jump from my puppy and a hug and kiss. One by one the boys come down to hug and kiss me “Morning!”

Yes, sometimes I don’t want to think of what’s happening around.

On that note, there are many things happening right now, and there will always be.  Let’s do something about it.  Do what you believe in, go for it, fight for it. Speak your mind, or write what’s in your mind.   We spend way too many nights thinking if everything would get alright. In the end, though, there’s nothing given up and nothing to quit as yet.  In the end, love will always win.

 

Garlicky Tomato-Vegetable Chickpea Orzo/pasta Soup with a touch of heat |foodfashionparty| #soup #wintersoup

Soups are not my thing, but this is one of my favorite soups.  There are so many variations to make with this.  You can add any vegetable you want, and the base for the soup can be made to your liking.  It’s a hearty and a delicious soup which is great any time of the year.

This is a take on a chutney I make and the recipe was an accident, a very happy one.  I love adding beets to it; not only does it add color but also lot of flavor and the slight sweetness.

Hope you get to try it out sometime.

Sending hugs!!
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Tomato-Vegetable Soup with Orzo
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 5 roma tomatoes or vine tomatoes
  • 2 whole garlic
  • 3 carrots
  • ½ Beet
  • 1 red onion
  • 10 dried red chilies
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly crushed black pepper
  • 2 cups low sodium or no sodium vegetable stock
  • ½ cup orzo pasta(use more or less)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans or canned(rinsed and drained)
  • 10-12 basil leaves
For garnish
  • chives, toasted pine nuts and thinly sliced jalapenos
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half, cut the garlic in halves, carrots and beet cut to 1 inch size, 1 inch onion. Put all this in a baking tray, add the red chilies, drizzle oil, add the salt and pepper and toss well. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Take it out and grind with 2 cups of vegetable stock or water. Transfer in a soup pot, add the orzo, onion and garlic powder. Let it simmer and cook for about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, add the chickpeas, tear the basil leaves and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with chopped chives, jalapeno and toasted pine nuts.

Garlicky Tomato-Vegetable Chickpea Orzo/pasta Soup with a touch of heat |foodfashionparty| #soup #wintersoup

 

CURRY, Dinner, Entertaining, Entree, Indian, Paneer, Side, Spicy, tikka, VEGETARIAN

Paneer Tikka Masala – Restaurant Style

Paneer Tikka Masala- Easiest 30 minute Restaurant Style Curry |foodfashionparty| #paneertikka #indianfood

Late fall brings excitement over the return of soups, spicy meals, desserts, pies, and the opportunity to fill the kitchen with the heat and heady smells of herbs and spice. Winter follows with spectacular holiday celebrations, with friends talking around grand feasts.

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Appetizer, Dinner, Entertaining, Indian, Pomegranate, Salad, Side, Spicy, Thanksgiving, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

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

Baking, Breakfast, Christmas, Entertaining, Thanksgiving

Apple Cake-Pancake with Candied Walnuts

Apple Cake- Pancake with Candied Walnuts |foodfashionparty| #applecake #pancake #applecakepancake

Happy November!!!  Happy Fall!

Fall is absolutely my favorite season, for its beautiful rich dense colors and the chill in the air. While summer has its own glory, this time of the year brings out the warmth, coziness, and hospitality in all of us.  The plethora of colors we see when we go for a walk is unmatched, although living in the Bay, the fall colors are not easily seen.

Weekend comes and I always almost have waffles, muffins or pancakes.  The thought that comes when I make these is that, they would come handy on the weekdays too.  Guess what, I make 10 or 30, they are gone by Sunday evening.

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Breakfast, Cheese, Dessert, Entertaining, Fusion, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Party Ideas, Thanksgiving

Malpua (Sweet Pancake) Stuffed With Ricotta-Coconut Rum Cream

Malpua(sweet pancake) stuffed with Ricotta-Coconut Rum Cream |foodfashionparty|

“Alcohol and desserts are pretty great on their own.  When combined, the results are often epic”. – Ash

Diwali is right out the corner.  Colors, lights, fireworks, clothes, family, friends, parties, dancing, and, of course, we can’t forget about the food.  There is so much food and sweets.  I love the spirit of this festival.  It has the spirit of coming together, laughing over mugs of coffee and tea, snacking, and just relaxing.  One of the specialties of Diwali is the snacks that are prepared days before the actual festival…

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Appetizer, chickpea, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Pasta, VEGETARIAN, Walnut

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.

5.0 from 1 reviews
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|

 

Dessert, Entertaining, Icecream, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Nuts, Uncategorized

No-churn Pistachio-Coconut Cardamom Ice Cream with Chocolate

No-churn quick Pistachio-Coconut Cardamom Ice Cream with Chocolate |foodfashionparty| #no-churn Pistachio icecream

It’s summer here, and it’s monsoon season in India where I am right now.  Monsoon in Bangalore is beautiful.  The weather is quite perfect, not too cold or chilly.  It rains, but not crazily.  Being here, travelling around, and trying different foods is an amazing feeling.

There’s a huge selection of food here.  From the authentic Karnataka Ragi Roti (finger millet tortilla) to a Belgian waffle flavored with rich Indian spices, everything is easily accessible.

The palette right now is wide.  The ice cream flavors are numerous, with wine ice cream, cherry-mango ice cream, and butterscotch pistachio ice cream.  Throughout my childhood years, I don’t remember having fruit based ice creams or desserts at all.  It wasn’t that popular then. The ice cream that were fruit based were probably artificially flavored, so it was a natural instinct to go for the nutty cardamom or saffron ones. It’s all so different now.

Although I do like the fruit ones, I still have a strong bond to the ones I grew up with. This is one of them.

Who wouldn’t like a luscious, smooth, sweet nutty ice cream?  We Indians have a strong relationship with cardamom.  The no churn was a popular method to make ice cream, since regular households didn’t have an ice cream machine then.  I stuck to that method with slight changes after seeing Nigella Lawson’s Popular No-Churn Ice Cream.

This is one of our favorite flavors and it works so well together.  I made cones using my recipe for Pizzelle.

No churn, quick Pistachio-Coconut Cardamom No-churn Ice Cream with Chocolate |foodfashionparty| #no-churn Pistachio icecreamPistachio-Coconut Cardamom No-churn Ice Cream with Chocolate |foodfashionparty| #no-churn Pistachio icecream

Have a lovely week my friends!!

Asha

5.0 from 3 reviews
Pistachio-Coconut Cardamom Icecream with Chocolate
 
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The easiest no churn icecream is perfect for the summer days and these flavors are classic and delicious.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 4 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream chilled
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup pistachio coarse paste
  • ½ tsp green cardamom powder or powder for 3-4 cardamom pods
  • Semi sweet melted chocolate
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Cones to serve in
Instructions
  1. Clean the whipping bowl and the whisk very well and dry it. You can leave the bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes before whipping the cream.
  2. Add the condensed milk, coconut cream and the chilled whipping cream and whip it on low speed, around 3 for 3 minutes so it can slowly whip. Then whip it on medium high for another 5 minutes at high speed until it is almost to a stiff peak stage. Stop the machine and add the pistachio paste and whip it for another 30 seconds to a minute until stiff peak and stop immediately. Pour in a ice cream pan or box and chill overnight.
  3. Melt the chocolate on double broiler, add coconut oil in it and drizzle on the icecream once it is completely chilled.
  4. Enjoy

 

Pistachio-Coconut Cardamom No-churn Ice Cream with Chocolate |foodfashionparty| #no-churn Pistachio icecream

Baking, Cake, Dessert, Entertaining, Fusion

Nectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake / Tart

Nectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecake

Happy Summer my friends!!

I am looking forward to those summer cool night walks.

The foraging we do on our hikes.

The warmish sea that we can dip our feet in.

The late mornings.

The late nights.

Movies, Books and Cooking with boys.

We really do have so much to celebrate.  The beautiful shining sun, the cool shade, the long talks with friends.  Vacations and  family.

The fresh bounty in the markets.  The trees all showering us with their fruits.  All the summer picnics, the gallons of lemonade, and beautiful summer cakes.

Let’s celebrate summer with this beautiful cake/torte/tart.

 

Nectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecake

This definitely is a denser tart kind of a cake because it is baked twice.  It’s quite an easy cake, but packs a huge presence.

The frangipane makes it rich, while the fruits make it fresh and summery.  The cake base is my basic Orange cake that I used, and it works great every time.

Hope you get to make this beautiful cake this summer.

I will be in Indian this summer and can’t wait to write about it in future posts.  I might do a post dedicated to Bangalore..

What are your plans?

HAPPY SUMMER!!  Sending you all hugs.

Ash

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Orange-Nectarine Cake with Pistachio Frangipane
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp Orange Juice
  • Zest of one whole orange
  • pinch of salt
for the pistachio frangipane:
  • 4 ounces shelled raw unsalted pistachios
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (½ stick)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
to top the cake
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Garnish with berries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the base and sides of a 20cm square or round baking tin.
  2. Sift All Purpose Flour+baking powder+salt+ powdered sugar
  3. Beat egg whites to soft peaks
  4. Mix oil+yolks+orange juice+zest.
  5. Add the dry ingredients, all purpose flour and everything with the oil, yolks, orange juice and zest. Mix well to incorporate everything.
  6. Then fold in the egg white in 3 parts to incorporate well.
  7. Pour in round pan and bake for about 30 minutes in a 325 degree oven or until it golden brown, will be not be cooked through. Let cool for 20 minutes until you can proceed.
For the Frangipane.
  1. In your food processor, grind the pistachios, flour, salt, and sugar to a powder (or as fine as you can make it!). Add the butter and process until no longer visible. Add egg and vanilla, blending until it forms a smooth paste.
  2. Spread the filling over the cooked base. To decorate like I have in the photos, cut the nectarines/apricots into diagonal strips, then slide each half onto a knife and fan over the pistachio frangipane. Alternatively, you could put the halves straight on or cut the stone fruits into slices and decorate as you wish.
  3. Bake the cake in a 325 degree oven for 45- 50 minutes, or until they are golden and a skewer inserted into the pistachio comes out clean.Around mid point of the bake, turn the cake pan and sprinkle some sugar for the extra caramalised bits.
  4. Leave in pan to cool.
  5. Decorate with more berries and serve with some Ice cream.

 

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Appetizer, chickpea, Dinner, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, International Cuisine, Party Ideas, Spicy, Starter, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

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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Bake with Kids, Baking, Banana, Bread, Cake, Coconut, Dessert, Entertaining

5 Deliciously EASY CAKES for Mother’s Day

5 BEAUTIFUL and Easy Cakes for Mother's Day |foodfashionparty|

Hi my friends,

Some parts of the world celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend.

“What do you want for Mother’s Day?” asked my little one.  To that I thought for a few minutes, and responded, “Nothing, I just want to sit at home, on my couch, in my pajamas, all day, watching movies, eating junk, and most of all, no one asking me anything. Lastly, I don’t want a messy kitchen!” I added quite sternly.

He looked at me like, I just wanted to know what to make for you.  Oh, well.

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