Drunken Noodles

May 12, 2016 by

A couple of weeks ago, I made “Drunken Noodles”. Why drunken? There’s no flambéing , no vodka – no alcohol at all...

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A NYC kind a Christmas –...

Dec 16, 2015 by

Being from England, our x-mas meals are very similar to the American Thanksgiving dinner. There’s turkey, Brussels Sprouts, parsnips...

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Carrot Salad – Taking Sl...

Jun 26, 2015 by

  I have made so many different types of carrot salads. Moroccan, Coleslaw, sesame-tossed ribbons. If I had to pick a winner it...

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Butter Chicken – The Mah...

Apr 29, 2015 by

India. A feast for the senses. Not sure if life will ever be the same. I know, I sound like a bloomin’ tourist – but I...

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Saagwala Lamb – Spinach ...

Jan 9, 2015 by

  Saagwala gosht – or rather, lamb and spinach curry is an absolute must on bone-chilling days. We ate this when we were kids...

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Fall Cosy-Up: Chicken Tagine W...

Nov 12, 2014 by

I will be teaching a class on a Moroccan dish; chicken Tagine. What a great braised dish this is! There are so many variations out...

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Labor Day Addition – Pap...

Aug 25, 2014 by

Photo By Saodarly I am still in London but this post has to be shared before I comeback. Discretely tucked away on some street in...

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Slippery Vermicelli Noodle Sal...

Jun 24, 2014 by

  It’s hot and whilst salads are the go to meals, Arugula ‘this’ and Romaine ‘that’ are getting so boring .To get over...

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Move over KFC – JFC is way bet...

Apr 21, 2014 by

Japaese fried chicken is a quiet Powerhouse in the fried chickens community. Infact, other fried chickens are in need of pulling...

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File this recipe! Parmesan-Roa...

Apr 1, 2014 by

When a kid asks for more cauliflower, note down the recipe and keep it in a safe place forever. Last month I taught parmesan-roasted...

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Vegan Channa Masala

Feb 27, 2014 by

  Apart from chicken tikka masala, another popular dish at the Indian joints is Channa Masala. Whilst the former dish can be a...

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Beef Wellington For Stormy Nig...

Feb 17, 2014 by

  Storms, storms, storms!  Enough already. Time to bust out some goodies that are justified on days like this and what could be...

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Trending for 2014: Cauliflower...

Jan 24, 2014 by

Set featured image     Move over Kale, cauliflower took your spot. Yes, the vegetable that tormented my younger years with...

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Chicken Pastry – My Cornish’is...

Jan 14, 2014 by

I was in England for the hols. It rained the whole bloody time. When this happens, don’t complain, just tuck in to something ...

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Pupar Ji’s b’day w...

Dec 15, 2013 by

  It was the  Pupar Ji’s birthday – a title given in Hindi, to an uncle married to your father’s sister. Since we get a...

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Cognac Braised Lamb And Pearl ...

Dec 4, 2013 by

Emotionally, what this dish did to me needs no explanation. How could it not. The sweet and savory scent of rosemary and cognac...

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You’re HOT! Salt Cured M...

Nov 11, 2013 by

  There’s always that one stand at the Farmers market that intimidates me. This time it was the chili stand. I love fresh...

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The Famous ‘Aloo Gobi...

Oct 16, 2013 by

Espresso shot with sprite, cottage cheese with finely-diced ginger and chili, chips (or crisps depending on which side of the pond)...

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Mie Goreng – Love From B...

Sep 6, 2013 by

  We were in Bali this summer and that island packs a punch when it comes to flavor.  We were surrounded by lemongrass, kaffir...

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Charmoula BBQ Chicken And Wate...

Aug 1, 2013 by

We hit the 90’s consistently for 2 weeks. It was time to take the bags and leave this town where the heat was trapped-in by...

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Trudie Styler and Sting’...

Jul 9, 2013 by

  A few weeks ago, I met Trudie Styler at the launch of her product line ‘Il Palagio’, sourced from her garden in Tuscany....

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Sunny Side-Ups On Potato Chips...

Jun 6, 2013 by

A few months ago, I came across Monica Bhide’s post on  ‘Once Upon A Story’ where she provides a glimpse on Parsi food and a...

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Shrimp Sizzled In Marcona Almo...

May 13, 2013 by

Not every good meal needs to be complicated. A well-stocked pantry and a couple of fresh ingredients can work wonders on any given...

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Branzino Stuffed With Thai Red...

Apr 26, 2013 by

  Last week, the Branzino whispered from its crushed-ice bed, ‘take me home and you’ll be happy’. Branzino is such an...

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Roasted Eggplant With Bulgar

Apr 12, 2013 by

Last month, I taught a class on vegetarian meals. Whenever I approach vegetarian food, it is always through my omnivore perspective....

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Chicken Tagine Without The Tag...

Mar 15, 2013 by

It’s a no brainer. When you head to your local Moroccan joint, one of you is definitely is ordering the tagine. Right? To the...

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DIY Shrimp Dumplings

Mar 6, 2013 by

The whole dim sum experience is a culture in itself. Glazed eyes that push carts around a room, stacks of bamboo steamers, drizzle...

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Slow Cooked Potato Curry Dum A...

Feb 19, 2013 by

  The Upper East Side is kicking it up notches. Within the last couple of years, eating and drinking locales like, The Arlington...

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Hash Pepperoni Browns – ...

Jan 31, 2013 by

Last Sunday unintentionally, the morning was calm. No kiddy birthday parties to run to, no soccer practice to get ready for. As the...

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My Adapted Fried Rice – Part C...

Jan 25, 2013 by

When it comes to Asian cuisines, in my home, we are equal opportunity eaters – Indian, Thai, Japanese, Malaysian – you name it...

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Shrimp Burger On Challah Bread

Jan 11, 2013 by

  In our home, making a quick meal often involves some ground meat, a pinch of herbs, diced onions, ginger or garlic and finally...

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Home-Made Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Jan 5, 2013 by

  The kids are off still off from school. Last night I needed to make dinner whilst keeping my little guys entertained. I...

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Pastrami Rolled Endives ‘Au Gr...

Dec 18, 2012 by

As the holiday decorations are brought out of the attic, so are those relentless annual holiday recipes, which invariably include:...

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Curry Club 4, Series 1 – Sayin...

Dec 5, 2012 by

Time flies when you’re having fun. A few months ago, the Curry Club was just an idea. Now 4 curry nights later, here we were saying...

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Curry Club 3, Series 1: Lamb B...

Nov 27, 2012 by

  Similar to a mother’s discomfort when asked ‘who is her favorite?’ I feel the same way when asked which of the 4 Curry...

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Curry Club 2, Series 1: Bring ...

Nov 19, 2012 by

Last week was the 2nd Monday of the Curry Club. After much deliberation, we decided that it was time to introduce patrons to a true...

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The Curry Club makes headlines...

Nov 7, 2012 by

THE CURRY CLUB SEASON 1, DAY 1 Being a British born Indian is not something I ever thought about until I left it’s...

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Banh Mi Sandwich – Spicy...

Oct 12, 2012 by

  In recent years, the Banh Mi has claimed its stake in the sandwich world. Enclosed in a crisp baguette lie Vietnamese treated...

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Pastitsio – Greek Love, One La...

Sep 26, 2012 by

Next month, I will be teaching an intimate group of people a class on a winter warmer dish and transporting them to a place far...

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Hotchpotch Pasta With Veggies

Sep 16, 2012 by

 Monday being Monday always leaves me in a state of anxiety. If you master Monday, the rest of the week falls into place, but if...

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Thai Chicken Salad – Lar...

Sep 6, 2012 by

I am not sure when we first had it, but when we did, it became a favorite. Let us say that where Thai food is concerned, this dish...

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Rice and Pine Nut Pilaf

Aug 31, 2012 by

This summer has been quite eventful. The plan was to spend three weeks in London, but known for his spontaneity, the hubby decided to...

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Meatballs and Magic with Artis...

Aug 21, 2012 by

It was Friday night and there was a tumultuous roar in the air. As we descended from our yellow taxi, the clouds collided only to be...

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Sweet Mango Chutney – Ju...

Jul 27, 2012 by

 Grandmothers could fill books on practical measures for sustainability, respecting ingredients and getting mileage from having very...

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Wheat Berrys – My latest...

Jul 19, 2012 by

Last week, I was invited by Haven Havens Kitchen to take part in their cooking class. For those of you who live in New York City,...

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Moulin A Cafe’s Bastile ...

Jul 12, 2012 by

France is getting busy. And why not? After-all, this Saturday is one of the most important national holidays of the year for them. It...

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Three Root Salad with Split Yo...

Jul 6, 2012 by

This past Monday at the famers market, I let my instinct choose the produce and not my weekly menu plan. When the balance of power...

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Goat cheese and asparagus quic...

Jun 27, 2012 by

Like many areas of our life, different foods trend at different points of time. Part of this comes from a shift in awareness,...

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The Belgian Machine Gun at Pet...

Jun 14, 2012 by

Like people, nations also possess personality traits. Some are exhibitionists, others are guided by ‘joie de vivre’ and some are...

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Fattoush – Salad Of The ...

Jun 5, 2012 by

The coming summer months beg for crisp and watery. Salads built with the freshest of farmer’s market greens and vegetables, lemons...

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Paella And In Conversation Wit...

May 24, 2012 by

In walked a man with curly locks and a long beard. His presence is Biblical only to be betrayed by his uber posh English accent. His...

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Alu tikki -The Indian Croquett...

May 3, 2012 by

As many of you know, I have begun my apprenticeship at Michelin-starred, Indian fine dining, restaurant ‘ Tulsi NYC’. The French...

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Butterscotch Tart – Memo...

Apr 25, 2012 by

Anyone that grew up in the U.K. would attest to how the school dinner hall was the birthplace of mastery in how to avoid eating. The...

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Fresh Zucchini Parmigiana

Mar 27, 2012 by

Lately, I have run into a lot of Europeans who in some fashion or another work in the arts. The interactions have left me both...

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British Toad In The Hole

Feb 13, 2012 by

It was a bone chillingly damp day and all I could think of was comfort. After a full on conversation with my friend from London, her...

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Warm Potato & Bacon Salad

Jan 22, 2012 by

Bacon seems to have experienced a tipping point in recent years. As many would agree ‘everything tastes better with bacon’. Does...

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Spiced Chai Tea Latte

Dec 27, 2011 by

Growing up, I never understood the fascination of spiced tea. Whilst I enjoy a ‘good cuppa tea’ as well as spice in my every bite,...

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Detox: Tokyo Hotpot

Dec 2, 2011 by

Last weeks Thanksgiving festivities were a complete binge for most of us and frankly a little scary since it was just the holiday...

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Habanero Savory Cheese Cake

Nov 16, 2011 by

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. The very thought of this holiday prompts us to scribble away our mental menu items: Turkey, candied...

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Mumbai Street Egg

Nov 7, 2011 by

Since my mum has been in New York, she has been insisting on making her new dish for me. Apparently I would love it!! That wouldn’t...

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Ferran Adria on Peru at the NY...

Oct 15, 2011 by

This month was electric in the Big Apple as New York City opened its doors to the New York Food and Wine Festival. The city became a...

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Stuffed and Roasted Eggplant

Sep 28, 2011 by

Tomorrow will be year 5772 for many people all around the world. It will be the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Whilst the holiday...

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Unsworn! Moroccan Lamb Burgers

Sep 20, 2011 by

Over the summer, Passport Pantry’s Unsworn went through the kitchen doors of Le Souk. There was a lot of buzz around this North...

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Fava from Santroini – Ma...

Sep 15, 2011 by

I have been out of touch for a few weeks and would like to say that I really missed writing the blog. The reality, I sheepishly...

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Fish En Papillote

Aug 16, 2011 by

So here I am, it’s that trip that I bianually pent myself up for..LONDON!!! Representing all things indulgent, such as food,...

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Paneer – The Brick and M...

Jul 26, 2011 by

In one of my classes at the French Culinary Institute, I needed to offer a vegetarian entrée option for L’ecole (the school’s...

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Bachelor’s Black Book &#...

Jul 6, 2011 by

The Bachelor’s Black Book emerged from a conversation with my brother inlaw “Arjun”. He was visiting from San Francisco and...

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Salt and Pepper Squid

Jun 25, 2011 by

Few Saturday’s ago, we decided to walk around the farmers market. My level of enthusiasm to spend hours walking around,...

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Braised and Beefless Spaghetti...

May 18, 2011 by

Since it was a rainy Sunday, I decided to make a family favorite ‘Braised Spaghetti Bolognese’ made with ground chicken. Why...

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Skirt Steak with Chimichurri S...

May 9, 2011 by

For men, the 80′s was a period of buff and brawn. The 90′s dotcom guy was somewhat geeky and overall non-descript but...

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Skin Deep – Monkfish with Cape...

Apr 24, 2011 by

Unlike its contemporaries, The Monkfish has never been known for its good looks. In some parts of the world, this poor fish had to...

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Falafel Poppers – The He...

Apr 17, 2011 by

Today I saw a lady eating a purple yam on the train. My initial reaction was to find this odd and a little disgusting. Surely there...

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Biryani – Just Like My G...

Apr 5, 2011 by

Every family has a grandma, nonna, nani, dadi, abuela, generally a cute and plump ball of love with a collapsed smile when the...

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Goujonettes, Fancy Fried Fish

Mar 26, 2011 by

My 6 month period of culinary revelations has intensely begun. Since commencing classes at the French Culinary Institute, I have...

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Pizza Party – Tapas Styl...

Mar 3, 2011 by

Most NYC moms will confirm that it has been a grueling few months with college applications for their 5 year old kids (college being...

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Wok Fried Lamb

Feb 1, 2011 by

Jared, an old and dear friend of my brother’s, spent many vacations at our house in London during their college years (trekking...

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Momos – The Tibetan Dump...

Jan 23, 2011 by

My family and I have spent many evenings feasting on Tibetan potstickers: Momos. This is one dish that does not discriminate between...

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Secco – The Peruvian Curry of ...

Jan 17, 2011 by

Since we are still at the turn of the New Year, many of you had sent me requests for tasty, healthy options, after all, one good...

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Cottage Pie

Jan 11, 2011 by

It is a popularly held belief that the British cannot cook. Whenever I mention British food amongst my most favored cuisines, I...

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Dec 27, 2010 by

The festive season has unleashed an insatiable appetite. Will I ever locate that tiny amount of restraint, once safely guarded in my...

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Madame Likes To Wake Up With A...

Nov 28, 2010 by

Spending a few months in Poitiers, France, was like being in food heaven. My excessive food indulgences would have made Emile Zola...

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Chicken Curry

Nov 22, 2010 by

Whenever my mother asks my husband and my brother what they would like to eat, the answer is always the same..Chicken Curry. Knowing...

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Aristotle’s Chicken and ...

Nov 14, 2010 by

This week, my family and I were subject to the Fall’s not so pretty side – ‘germs’. When GERMS strike, I lose sight of...

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Harrira – Mama SadiaR...

Nov 7, 2010 by

A few years back, I worked with this a gorgeous, charming and extremely talented lady called ‘Kamar’. A mentor, big sister and...

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Fish and Chips – The Bee...

Nov 2, 2010 by

Friday night for a while was fish and chip night at our house. Why? Because fish and chips, gastro sovereignty of Great Britain, has...

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Risotto with Pancetta & G...

Oct 24, 2010 by

Today I made a risotto. I have always contemplated making this dish as I peruse the grocery aisles and then ‘incorrectly’ remind...

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Kung Pao Chicken

Oct 17, 2010 by

So there I was on this gorgeous Friday afternoon last week at the food magnet of an event: the NY food and wine festival. I was...

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Asian Inspired Sea Bass

Sep 27, 2010 by

I have always admired a friend of mine called ‘Juhi Singh’ for her many talents. Achieving so many things in a day, I am...

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Simple Sweet Italian Sausage P...

Sep 19, 2010 by

I write today’s entry with much restraint. There is so much I want to share with you about a discovery I made this week but am...

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Quick and easy Tiger Prawn Sal...

Sep 12, 2010 by

The weather is beginning to crispen in NY and whilst many of us have had enough of this heat, the thought of the summer coming to an...

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Shiso & Scallion Tapenade...

Sep 5, 2010 by

Somebody at the farmers market recently introduced me to Shiso leaves and scallion micro greens. Breaking off the respective leaves,...

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Mint & Honey Lamp Chops

Aug 30, 2010 by

Last Monday I decided to swan around Union Square farmers market. It was a magical afternoon surrounded by the gifts of nature. With...

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Southern Indian Corn on the Co...

Aug 23, 2010 by

Walking around NY, one can’t help but notice all the ‘corn’ sold at the various fruit and vegetable stands. As a child, I...

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Repentless Exotica – Cev...

Aug 16, 2010 by

In another couple of weeks the weather will cool down and we will take the warm welcoming hand of high calorie comfort food to get...

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Causa…. The Peruvian Sum...

Aug 9, 2010 by

Last summer, my brother got married to Alexandra. He made us wait for many years and finally the day came when he decided that he...

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‘Pasta Al Fresco’

Aug 1, 2010 by

                        The past few days, I have felt like my palate...

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More Than Burgers On The Barbe...

Jul 25, 2010 by

Who likes barbecues here?? No, really, apart from the social aspect, who really likes what they are eating?? Throwing down a few...

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Soiree Sikanderi Raan (Roasted...

Jul 11, 2010 by

Last week, we finally had Fran and Stephania over for dinner. It was a special evening honoring a couple of things: integrity and how...

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