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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.

 

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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, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, Lentils, Lunch, Non Vegetarian, Uncategorized, VEGETARIAN

Healthy Creamy Kale-Lentil Daal

Cremy Healthy Kale Lentil Daal -Indian style, Vegan #indiandaal #vegetarian

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wishing you all a very wonderful 2017!!

I woke up on NYE, reflecting on how it was a wonderful 2016.

When I say wonderful, it was, with some complexity.  It had its ups and downs.  And when I say wonderful, I meant that I chose to focus on the wonderful things.  I tried to focus on the positive things.  I learnt how to heal myself and look at what I had in front of me.  I learnt that there’s no right way of life, no right way of living, or a perfect life.  Perfection is a perception.  It’s what we make of it. Continue Reading

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The Power of Relaxation

For the love for tea and relaxing . Thanks to  Pure Leaf and feedfeed for sponsoring this post.

Not a recipe or food post, but something which is very important in my opinion.

My amma/grandma had the most beautiful, longest, thickest hair with hints of silver touches.  Carefully and painstakingly, using the best homemade shampoos, she air dried her hair on the front porch. Combing and detangling her hair was so pleasant and soothing.  It was just so remarkable how her hair touched the top of the knee. Finally, a face mask made out of milk cream and sandalwood powder completed a Friday schedule.

Did I mention her skin was impeccable?  It was.  Her face oozed a sense of calm even while she managed six sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a little kid who held her saree.  Each one had a different demand that she always fulfilled.

When I think of how calm, relaxed, and in the moment she always was, I hoped and fantasized that I would be like her one day. Now, as an adult, I realize it wasn’t the hair mask, the face mask, or the help she got from her loving sons, although it helped. She had stress for sure, and a financial crunch, but nothing got to her.  It was her choice to be happy. But how did she do it?

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Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing

Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty|

Hello there my friends!! Long time, no see.

Boy, is it hard to get to a routine after a fun 2 months of no cooking, no photography, and just lazing around.

Hope your summer went well. Any interesting things you did during summer, would love to hear.

It’s quite appropriate to say that we traveled the whole globe in the last 2 months.  It was one heck of a fun summer, travels, family, lots of food and more food.

I have a post coming up soon on my travels, with pictures of monuments, food, and all the colors.  Well, before I could jump into that post, life happened.  School and routine began, and what to pack for school lunch is now always on my mind.  This is one of my go to lunches for the boys and makes for a colorful and healthy meal. Pack the sauce separately and add any veggies you like.  It’s a base and tastes absolutely good even when it’s only slightly warm.

 

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Healthy and a perfectly balanced dish, with an amazing sauce.  Hope you get to try it out!

Have a wonderful week!  All the best for all the kids who start school this week.

Hugs,

Ash

Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty| Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty|

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad with Peanut Curry Dressing
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry pasta(any pasta with some
  • 8 oz of canned chickpea or cooked chickpea 1 cup
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • basil - 15-20 leaves
For the dressing
  • Toasted Peanuts - 2 tbsp
  • Almonds 2 tbsp
  • sesame seeds -1 tbsp
  • Lime juice from ½ lime
  • ⅓ tsp red chili flakes
  • sriracha- 1tsp
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 garlic
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp curry powder
  • Olive oil -1 tsp
  • cumin seeds- ½ tsp
  • roasted fennel seeds -1/3 tsp(optional)
  • 1 stalk green onion/scallion
  • Water to thin the dressing
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta till al dante and run it through cold water to take away any starch. Set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, you can make the dressing.
  3. Grind everything required for the dressing to a smooth paste. Add a tablespoon or so of the hot water to thin it down. It should be of pourable consistency.
  4. Take a pan, add a tsp of oil and ⅓ tsp fennel and add the cooked chickpeas. If you are using the canned, drain it very well and then use.
  5. Toss them well and add the cherry tomatoes and toss for 30 seconds to a minute. Take it off the heat.
  6. Add the pasta and veggies in a bowl and top it with basil.
  7. Add the dressing 15 minutes before serving.
Enjoy

 

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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.

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Have a lovely week my friends!!

Asha

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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

 

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Appetizer, Entertaining, Entree, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Party Ideas, Party TIPS, Salad, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Endive Boats with Beet-Carrot-Fennel-Pear in Asian Dressing

Endive Boats with Beet-Carrot-Fennel in Asian dressing

I’ve always been picky about my salads.  I will eat a salad only if it is spicy, crunchy, and made with some peanut butter dressing :).  Well, it changed.

I was invited to a clothing boutique opening a few winters ago.  That’s when I fell in love with these endive boats after avoiding it for about 20 minutes.  As we walked in, our coats were taken.  The wine was served and the conversations were on full swing, when a very prim and proper server walked by us bringing these beautiful salad boats.  I excused myself politely to walk across to the left of the room where the cocktails and desserts were.  After a few minutes, the guy comes again with this beautifully arranged platter of these boats, and I picked out a boat just to be nice to the guy.  He smiled because I had been avoiding him for at least 20 minutes.  I stalked him for the next 15; I am sure I would’ve eaten at least 10.

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Appetizer, Baking, Entertaining, Jams and Chutney, Pumpkin, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized

Quick Pumpkin Butter with Cardamom and Ginger – Pull apart Bread

Quick Pumpkin Butter with Cardamom and Ginger |foodfashionparty| #pumpkinbutterPumpkin Butter with Cardamom - Pull apart Bread

It is the season of festivals for Indians.  Starts around September and goes on till mid November.

‘Ayudha Pooja’, that’s what we celebrate in the Southern Part of India this week.  It is a very interesting festival.  Ayudha means weapons/instruments.  On this day, we pay our respect to all the regular household items we use.  Knifes, screw drivers, hammer, calculator, you name it, if we can keep it for prayers, we will.

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Appetizer, Baking, Bread, Jams and Chutney, Uncategorized

Pesto with Candied Balsamic Cashews on Focaccia

Pesto with Candied Balsamic Walnuts on Focaccia

We still are wearing our open toed sandals and sundresses.  I think we are going to jump to Winter, skipping Fall.  There is not a lot of foliage here.  The only sign of fall are the squash and pumpkins.
I miss the chill, we need some rain.

On the bright side, I found some beautiful tomatoes in Cali and it’s crazy 91 degrees.

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Baking, Dinner, Entertaining, Entree, Pizza, Uncategorized, VEGETARIAN

30 minute Broccoli Pizza with Roasted Garlic Pesto and Feta Cheese

30 minute Broccili Pizza with Rosted Garlic Pesto-Feta Cheese

“Who puts broccoli on a pizza?!”  If you have seen Inside Out, you probably know exactly what I’m referring too.

We finally got to see the movie Inside Out.  As I was munching on my popcorn, I was oblivious to what was coming next.  I literally spit and started laughing when the broccoli scene came.  It just seemed so surreal.  I don’t want to give away too much in case you plan to watch.

I’m not the biggest fan of animated movies.  I got dragged into this.  I have to say the imagination maestros outdid themselves.  Ah!  The way that the Inside Out writers chose to tell the story is gorgeous, complicated, and crazily imaginative: inside the control room of the protagonist’s mind.  It covers a whole range of emotions and feelings.  It makes you think.

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Dessert, Entertaining, Uncategorized, VEGETARIAN

Coffee-Marzipan No Churn Icecream

Coffee-Marzipan No Churn Icecream

Hi my friends! Hope all of you are doing great.  I apologize for not visiting your blogs regularly, which I truly miss.  It’s been crazy busy here with a bit of traveling and taking care of the things that got left out for a year.  Spring cleaning turned into Summer organizing.

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