Turmeric and Cumin Spiced Potatoes

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The potato craving usually hits hard in the winter when I need some good ol’ comfort food that will stick to my ribs and satisfy my need for warmth… if only for a while. These potatoes, spiced with turmeric and green chilis does just that.

I would have to agree, sweet potato is the healthier option as it contains a tonne of good stuff, especially vitamins A and C.  I cook with these naturally sugary potatoes often, but for this recipe only a good old fashioned potato will do.  I occasionally cook potatoes much to my husband’s dismay, as he loves them in his curry.  Every now and then I make a potato dish I call ‘batata fry‘. Continue reading

Turmeric and Lemon scented Crunchy Anchovies

Anchovies sprinkled with turmeric and paprika

Growing up in Zimbabwe I ate little fish called ‘kapenta’ – basically a fesh water anchovy.  My mum would marinate them in lemon juice, sea salt and turmeric and Continue reading

Masala Eggplant in Jersey City

Conjuring up this dish brings back fond memories of living in a highrise apartment in Jersey City, right along the Hudson River. The whiff of the nigella seeds toasting in oil, reminds me of floating blocks of ice gliding across the river in front of me as I peered out of the large windows framing the Manhattan skyline.

Masala Eggplant Close up

Usually in the evening, with my pots simmering away in my awesome little kitchen – I’d sit near the window and gaze across the river into the city, waiting patiently for my husband to come home. Now, now, don’t get carried away with your imagination, it was not like an Indian movie…and I was surely not wearing a sari. Well not on that day anyway 😉 Continue reading

Moroccan Sausage Rolls

Moroccan Sausage Rolls have become an all time favorite in my household.  My first encounter with these moist, crumbly and crunchy lamb sausage rolls was at Bourke Street Bakery in Sydney, Austrialia.  Literally, one bite into these delectable goodies and I was hooked, I know, I know it does seem rather cliche but really they were sooooo damn good!

Moroccan Sausage Rolls

The harissa, a moroccan spice blend, in this recipe gives the sausage roll a warm bite and the added raisins, a gentle sweetness.  I cheated a bit in this recipe, yes I did, and bought a jar of harissa instead of making it from scratch as stipulated in the original recipe… and they taste just as good. I would sincerely suggest you try this recipe, you’re going to thank me you did cause these crunchy puffs of savory goodness are so worth it!

My love for ‘meat pies’ ignited when I was a wee little one. My mum made delicious chicken pies that I loved dunking into ketchup, then and now too. Another favorite, was the ever popular ‘steak pie‘ a local favorite in Zimbabwe.  Every cafe claimed to have the best steak pie. My favorite was a little cafe near my home in Harare – they made a flaky, buttery pastry that housed the juiciest chunks of beef, dotted with fat, in a peppery sauce.  Alas, the bakery is no more but I’m left with fond memories of peering through the glass counter and salivating at the glory that laid before me.

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Dhokri or Dhokla – Steamed Savoury Cake

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Dhokri is my comfort food… I ate a lot of it whilst growing up and could count on there being a plateful of dhokri at any given event.  Apart from being a delicious mouthful Dhokri does make for the perfect finger food.  The lemony yellow snack would shine away as if peeking out from behind a cloud – heavy with rain. The tangy sponginess accompanied by the snappy crunch of the sesame seeds, laced with the herby aroma of the cilantro will have you salivating unapologetically.

Dhokri is a slightly spicy and tangy savory snack mostly made in Gujarati homes.  It has the texture of a light sponge cake.  The bulk of the recipe is made with chickpea flour and the dough is tied with either buttermilk or yogurt, along with several spices and left to ferment overnight.  It’s then steamed in trays, cooled, cut and garnished with fresh cilantro, sesame and black mustard seeds.  It does seem kind of daunting at first, but believe me once you get the hang of it, it’s ‘putsy peasy’. Continue reading