August 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kumato tomatoes Bruschetta

Prep time:  5 minutes
Bake time:   10-12 minutes
cooking level : very easy
Recipe Type AO = Anti-Oxidant ,
                        V = Vegan
Serves: 2-4


2 kumato tomato chopped
one small red onion chopped
2tsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
one bunch fresh basil washed and chopped
2 cloves of minced garlic
one french baguette
  1. sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  2. Directions:
Kumato  tomatoes  are truly exceptional. Try it and you will experience authentic tomato flavor. It has a mild clean flavor and once sliced, it then ripens to a dark brown skin with a sweet spicy aroma, ideal for salads. Here is a quick recipe of Bruschetta . I am sure You will enjoy this.
  1. Mix everything in a bowl. set aside for ten minutes.
  2. Cut the french baguette into oblong shape.
  3. Spoon the mixture on top of bread. Leave the juice on side otherwise bread will get soggy.
  4. Toast the bread in toaster oven for 5-7 minutes till it is golden brown.
  5. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Smart Food: Mediterranian Pickles

I would like to begin a series on "Smart Food."  I would love it if you would comment at the bottom, "like" the recipe on Facebook and/or "tweet" it!


"Condiments" are called "Kachumber" in my native language. They are a must to any meal and can enhance a dull dish in an instant. The homemade variety will always have your own personal touch. Economically, those made from your own kitchen are cheaper than those bought at the store. And, of course, they are very flavorful. Personally, I am a big fan of condiments that are made at home because they have less sugar, salt and preservatives. Homemade pickles are a great example of this.

Here is a quick recipe for Mediterranean Pickles:


2   Medium Raw beets, washed and cut lengthwise
2  Medium Turnips, washed and cut lengthwise
2   Cloves Garlic, peeled and cut
2-3 Slices JalapeƱo Peppers and/or Red Peppers, whole
Salt to Taste
1/2 Tsp Sugar and 1/2 lemon or White Vinegar
1   Medium Onion, cut lengthwise or a few very small onions
1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds, roasted

Mix them together and refrigerate it.


  • These will last for two weeks. 
  • Great with sandwiches or regular meal.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stir Fry Noodles

I am always ready to try something new in my kitchen.
Recently I found a package of ready-to-make "Simply Asia" soy ginger noodles at my local grocers.
It is easy to make per direction, but I did make some changes.
I saute' broccoli, scallion, cabbage, carrots, and cubes of firm tofu in a wok.
Then I added some Sriracha (or any spicy sauce can work) and one teaspoon of lemon juice to make it sweet and sour.Cilantro and bean sprouts are good garnishes.

Simply Asia  Stir Fry noodles

This recipe is very easy and takes few minutes to make it. I recommend highly to students and to those who wants quick fix and does not want to sacrifice the taste. Enjoy as a meal. Thai restaurant sometimes sell bean Ice cream. Bean or green tea flavor Ice cream will be a good dessert to treat yourself on a hot summer day.

Sounds like a great recepie. The hot sauce you get in Chinese(Or Valli) store is Sambal Olek -very good Try it

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Indian Spice Starter Kit

Spices are a integral part of Indian cooking.
spices have to be fresh and they have to be used  in the right proportion so it enhances the flavor of the food you're cooking.

It's important to store your spices in an airtight container, and you shouldn't keep them for more than two years.

As Indian food grows in popularity Indian spices are becoming more and more popular.
There are about 70 different spices commonly used in Indian cooking, some of which can be hard to find. Fortunately, there's an easy way to jump-start your Indian spice collection.
My friend Sushma has started a simple kit of 12 widely-used Indian spices.  The kit is affordable and you can order it through her website
I am sure this kit will be very helpful for new chefs. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Watermelon cooler

This hot summmer has me thinking about ways to cool off, such as cool watermelon juice.  Watermelon is available everywhere this time of year, and it's affordable too!.  Here is a quick recipe for watermelon juice.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes:
Recipe style is easy
Serves 2-3


2tsp of crushed ice
2tsp of watermelon crushed
2tsp of 2 rose syrup available in ethnic store
pinch of salt and black pepper

Take the seeds out of fresh water melon and use a hand blender to make juice.
No need to strain.
Mix everything in a tall glass and you have a delicious watermelon cooler that will help you beat the summer heat.