As someone who loves a good meal, cooking one, came to me as a natural passion. I belong to a family where meal times consisted of not just food, but also noisy conversation centered around the events of the day and discussing the menu for the next. (ah yes, we are a greedy lot! )

For the most part of my life so far, my contribution in the kitchen was assisting mom and my duties were limited, to chopping veggies and laying the table. Then along came the great Indian wedding, and I was suddenly the queen of my very own kingdom. My curiosity about this magical world, coupled with an enthusiastic sous-chef (my husband, Vineet), led me to take on the challenge of preparing meals on a daily basis, and not succumbing to the convenience of hiring a cook.

This blog is a product of my experiments with food (not all are life threatening :D) for my fellow culinary enthusiasts - especially the newly weds and hungry bachelors and is dedicated to the women who've inspired me in the kitchen;
Aji (s),Ma and Nigella Lawson.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Roast Corn & Black Bean Salad with Avocado

Salads are one of my most favourite things to make. They're healthy, packed with flavour and come together so quickly! I made this roast-corn salad to go alongside a simple grilled chicken breast for dinner a couple of weeks ago. Strongly recommend this festive looking salad for your next potluck party / BBQ party! :) Bon appetit!

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Baked Fish with Pesto and Olive Tapenade

Like most of us at the end of a tiring day I simply want to zip in and out of the kitchen and instantly have something fabulous to eat. Although regular weeknight dinners in our home are usually an Indian vegetarian affair, there are times when we just need a good change. I was keen to attempt a baked fish recipe inspired from a restaurant I ate at recently that baked a fillet of Dory with some Mediterranean herbs. I had some home-made pesto in the freezer so decided to use that along with some marinated kalamata olives to flavour the fish. Basil Pesto+ Olives = a combination that can NEVER fail. Feel free to use store bought basil pesto if you do not have access to fresh basil to make your own at home. You can season the pesto- olive mixture with some red chili flakes - I left those out as Keya would be eating this too.
This is only the second recipe I am posting in the new easy-to-download format. Do let me know how it's working for you! :) Bon appetit!

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