No Marmalade Orange Pudding Cake!

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No Marmalade Orange Pudding Cake – Wow, what a mouthful it is, but such a worthy title!  Let me tell you a little secret, there really is not a speck of marmalade in it.  Yup you got that right!  Although I must say I had to boil an orange for it.  This citrusy treat is loaded with the rich, orangey, sticky sweet sensation that a orange marmalade pudding cake would deserve if there ever was one.  This cake is unbelievably moist, dense and bursting with fresh citrusy notes.

 

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Who would have thought boiling an orange would be so much fun!  First of all, simmering the orange in a huge pot of water was an experience it itself.  The beautiful orb of bright orange, simply floated about bouncing ever so gently around the pot as if suspended by some invisible thing.  It was a sunny day as I set to my task, and the water glinted with golden hues in the surreal pool of orange. Continue reading

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Quinoa Ladoos – a Healthy Treat!

“Quinoa Ladoo! You can’t be serious!” I’m asked in disbelief as I serve the little brown malty balls of delight with an afternoon cup of chaa. Yes, my friends, you heard that right, Quinoa!

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Let me tell you a little story…

A couple of months ago I stared wide-eyed in disbelief at a recipe before me. I was excited at first, then immediately I slumped back into my seat and thought to myself, “Really?!”

Okay, I am exaggerating just a little… but if you’ve donned the gluten free hat, you know what I mean.  “What if… what if it was another gluten free disaster like so many before?”  Although the question loomed before me, Continue reading

“What Is Ghee?”

 

Ghee in its solid state

Ghee in its solid state

“What is Ghee?” and “Is it bad for you?” Two questions I’m asked, over and over and over again.

I love talking about ghee and it makes me happy.  So…

“FOR THE LOVE OF GHEE!”

I’m finally able to share with you what I know about it.  Without further adieu, I introduce to you, my GHEE FACTS page.

 

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Cumin in My Spice Cupboard

Cumin, can be added to many curries as a seed or ground into a powder. In fact, one of the popular spices in most curries IS cumin, believe it or not.

Cumin Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds are slightly crescent shaped with ridges appearing lengthwise around them.  Don’t let the seeds fool you, they may look dry and dusty but the magic is all inside.  In seed form they taste earthy with pungent undertones.

Cumin seeds are used either at the initial stage of cooking a curry or they are popped in hot oil and sprinkled at the end as a garnish.  The hot oil enhances the deep and nutty aroma of the spice. The flavor of the cumin really kicks in when it is cooked.

The most dramatic of techniques, to intensify its flavor, would be to fry it in a little oil or ghee, at a really high temperature until it starts popping. Becareful not to burn them at this stage. If you do, it is best to throw it out and restart with some fresh oil. Continue reading

Indian Spices 101 Cooking Class

Recently, I was fortunate enough to teach a class on Indian Spices to a bunch of very enthusiastic participants!  It was such a fun class to teach.  After sharing my knowledge of the various Indian spices with everyone, they made a curry in class and were confident enough to experiment with the spices at home too.

Here’s a couple of photos from the class.  Some photos are courtesy of the participants.

 

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A sample of spices

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