Again… it has been a tad bit too long since I wrote to you last. As I mentioned in my previous post I was working on “Project Ghee”, well I don’t think I called it that exactly … but it sure does sound good right now 🙂
Anyway, let me tell you what I’ve been up too. I’ve been preoccupied with ‘GHEE’, now I’m sure you shaking your head and thinking, “Really Shamim, like you had to tell us that!” (sarcasm intended) Well, of course it’s ghee. Ghee all the way baby!
I craved something sugary but not cane sugar sweet. I had an idea, maybe something with a little more depth – a sweet treat with coconut sugar. Already my mind was swirling and I began tampering about in my kitchen experimenting. I thought to myself, “Well, if I was to use coconut sugar I might as well make it gluten free AND add ghee as its base.” A few days later I came up with this recipe. This revelation happened months ago and I have since, made it umpteen times and it’s practically begged to be showed off.
I was wondering if I could entice you with this recipe for juicy mejdool dates, slowly melted in ghee until thick and syrupy. I toss in some brown rice crispies, dried coconut and a bunch of chopped almonds resulting in a slightly gooey, moist, ghee-ey, crunchy and not overly sweet treat.
My date bars will hit every level of any sweet craving you may have and guess what? It’s not too bad for you. With no refined sugars or flours and made with just a few natural ingredients you will be laughing your way into Valentines day!
Whilst perusing the grocery store aisles lately, I’m sure you’ve been inundated with rows upon rows of gleaming chocolate wrappers hiding there treasures within, and begging to be slipped into your cart to be devoured shamelessly later. Continue reading →
Adapted from Baking, From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan
With a hot cup of chaa in my hand, I stared out my window into the winter wonderland before me. The snowflakes gently floated from above in a steady haze of cool white. Slowly, ever so slowly they whisped side to side eventually settling atop a mound of snow. We had our first real snowfall a couple of weeks ago and it has been gradually accumulating ever since. I could have sat there forever, watching this delight but alas I knew the kids would be home soon and I really should’ve been baking something for their afternoon snack. Continue reading →
Ghee is the true essence of the food I grew up eating as a child.
Being of Indian heritage and growing up in Zimbabwe, I am proud to say I have stayed well connected to our indian culture, tradition and most importantly the food.
a bowl of fluffy rice dowsed in ghee and a spoonful of sugar. Pure heaven!
a square of perfectly made barfi, an indian sweet confectionary made with milk.
a delicate biryani doused in ghee. Taking days to make with the utmost attention to detail and made with the finest ingredients.
hadur waro keer – a warm milky concoction, an antidote to a cold and cough, made with ghee and turmeric, sweetened with jaggery. Perfect on a cold wintery day before bed time.
However, I’d absolutely devour a good steak and kidney pie in a heart beat. That’s the great thing about growing up in Zimbabwe, I ate as much homebound indian food, as well as, tonnes of food influenced along the way by british cookery.
Hot, yummy and crispy fish and chips made to perfection.
A moist sausage roll made with the flakiest pastry
and let’s not forget Shepherds pie, just to name a few.
As an Indian who grew up in Africa, I have a unique twist on classic Indian recipes. As well a bounty of European and now American recipes to share. Please join me in my epic adventure in jotting down these glorious finds. Enjoy, comment, and let’s make ghee!! All recipes and photos on this blog are the copyright of fortheloveofghee. Thanks