One bite into these delectable burgers and you’ll know you’ve made the winning touchdown!
“I bit into my burger and the juices ran down my arm.” Have you heard this before and stared at the perpetrator in disbelief before walking away with a feeling of sadness, usually accompanied by the shame of not experiencing that ever! Well I felt the same until I figured out the secret to making these juicy mounds of madness!
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Thanksgiving is a holiday we absolutely adore! It’s my son’s favorite! We have for several years now celebrated it in our home with the whole shebang. I brine the turkey for a couple of days and then dry rub it with loads of spices just before shoving it into the oven for several hours. As it leaves it’s warm cocoon, the golden bird is greeted with all the glory of a coronation, with many eyes feasting on its magnificence. Continue reading
Methi (fenugreek) Mango Pickle
Summer, Oh wonderful Summer!! We wait endlessly for summer to roll on by and when it does… It seems we get busy pickling, jamming, bottling and stuffing summer into containers to savor in the winter months that lay ahead.
This weekend I picked up a bag full of green mangos, available at this time of the year. If you’ve never had one, maybe this summer will be a first. Green mangos are quite unlike their yellow counterparts. They are quite tart and crunchy to munch on. Basically, they are the raw version of the voluptuous yellow orbs that frequent most grocery stores.
My mum, the best damn cook I know, would cut the unpeeled green mangos into long slivers. Sprinkle them with cayenne pepper and salt, and serve it as a condiment with our main meal of the day. My sister and me, would later make mango pickle sandwiches and eat it as a snack. The pillowy softness of the thick slices of bread slathered with butter and layered with the mangos were absolute perfection… I’m drooling right now! Continue reading
As a child, my grandmother made this syrup with fresh roses from her garden, when roses actually smelled of roses. She simmered the freshly washed petals with the sugar syrup. The roses infused the syrup with their soft scent and tinted the syrup a bright ruby red.
A favorite treat she made in the summer was homemade popsicles. She crushed the ice and molded it into balls on a stick and poured the sticky ruby red liquid all over it. It was such fun, sitting in her garden amongst her flower pots, indulging on what was once growing on the shrub next to us.
Well with summer around the corner, it’s time to bust out the ideal recipe for a cool refreshing drink. My take on the perfect drink is a homemade rose syrup that’s been infused with cardamom pods, complimented with a hint of licorice flavor, from the fennel seeds and a bit of a zing from the ginger. I seldom use organic red roses to add to the syrup as they cost ‘an arm and a leg’ but if you have access to them, a handful of red petals should do. In my recipe I’ve used a good quality rose essence to infuse this syrup instead.