food Archive

  • Hummus – the essential Mediterranean dip has now become a universal dip, widely accepted across countries and cuisines, and Mediterranean cuisine always remains special to me, close to my heart. It is not the cuisine of particular country but of entire region which basked in its exotic landscapes or the food is so fresh here and vibrantly spiced, or may be its glorified past which still fascinates me today. Ancient Sumerian or Babylonian civilization has offered a lot to mankind, […]

    Hummus in different flavours

    Hummus – the essential Mediterranean dip has now become a universal dip, widely accepted across countries and cuisines, and Mediterranean cuisine always remains special to me, close to my heart. It is not the cuisine of particular country but of entire region which basked in its exotic landscapes or the food is so fresh here and vibrantly spiced, or may be its glorified past which still fascinates me today. Ancient Sumerian or Babylonian civilization has offered a lot to mankind, […]

  • With a brilliant blue sky and deep Prussian blue sea dotted with exotic landscapes, Mediterranean region is as vibrant as its cuisine which has evolved through ages and has been greatly influenced by the Arabs who introduced many things here from spices to fruits and nuts. Morocco sitting atop in one corner of west North Africa, offers perhaps the most exotic cuisine of the region. When it comes to Morocco, the exotic lamb tagine with dried figs comes first in […]

    Moroccan sweet couscous

    With a brilliant blue sky and deep Prussian blue sea dotted with exotic landscapes, Mediterranean region is as vibrant as its cuisine which has evolved through ages and has been greatly influenced by the Arabs who introduced many things here from spices to fruits and nuts. Morocco sitting atop in one corner of west North Africa, offers perhaps the most exotic cuisine of the region. When it comes to Morocco, the exotic lamb tagine with dried figs comes first in […]

  • Once again I am here with another chocolate dessert, before you labeled me as a chocoholic, let me tell you, am not the one…, I can assure you that, but who can resist a chocolate. The sweet and bitter chocolate, yes that is my flavor, as soon as it melts in your mouth, you begin to feel happy … almost instantly. The rich flavonoids and anitoxidants work their way up to your mind and heart, and bring smile on your […]

    Chilli spiced chocolate cherry tartlets

    Once again I am here with another chocolate dessert, before you labeled me as a chocoholic, let me tell you, am not the one…, I can assure you that, but who can resist a chocolate. The sweet and bitter chocolate, yes that is my flavor, as soon as it melts in your mouth, you begin to feel happy … almost instantly. The rich flavonoids and anitoxidants work their way up to your mind and heart, and bring smile on your […]

  • The holiday season is over …is it ? or are you planning for your next trip ? For the avid travelers, life is a long holiday, where everyday is a vacation, whether you enjoy your daily chores, explore some new taste or simply relaxing in your patio, playing guitar or reading a book soaking the warm sunshine that filters through the tall pine trees. Or let yourself lost in the warm and cozy memories of your last vacation, leafing through […]

    Pad Thai – Thailand in a bowl

    The holiday season is over …is it ? or are you planning for your next trip ? For the avid travelers, life is a long holiday, where everyday is a vacation, whether you enjoy your daily chores, explore some new taste or simply relaxing in your patio, playing guitar or reading a book soaking the warm sunshine that filters through the tall pine trees. Or let yourself lost in the warm and cozy memories of your last vacation, leafing through […]

  • Slices are crunchy, gooey, sticky, fruity, fudgy, chewy, chocolatey and nutty – whatever your heart wish to and can be a great accompany to your evening coffee or you can have the freshly baked one with your morning tea. They always satisfy you, nomatter what their flavours are, easy to bake and delicious to taste. Chocolate coconut slice, is a heavenly combo of richness of chocolate mingle perfectly with the sweetness of coconut and the thinly sliced almond lends a […]

    Chocolate coconut slices

    Slices are crunchy, gooey, sticky, fruity, fudgy, chewy, chocolatey and nutty – whatever your heart wish to and can be a great accompany to your evening coffee or you can have the freshly baked one with your morning tea. They always satisfy you, nomatter what their flavours are, easy to bake and delicious to taste. Chocolate coconut slice, is a heavenly combo of richness of chocolate mingle perfectly with the sweetness of coconut and the thinly sliced almond lends a […]

  • Sandwiches or bread slices are excellent and quick way to make some yummy appetizer or snacks and all you need is just few minutes to prepare an appetizing platter. For accompanying the afternoon tea snacks or for your book club, bruschetta are great way to fill up your guest, it is easy and universally popular and can be literally topped with anything under the sun, just run your imagination wild. :)In Italy, where it is originated bruschetta is a popular […]

    bruschetta with pesto and sundried tomato

    Sandwiches or bread slices are excellent and quick way to make some yummy appetizer or snacks and all you need is just few minutes to prepare an appetizing platter. For accompanying the afternoon tea snacks or for your book club, bruschetta are great way to fill up your guest, it is easy and universally popular and can be literally topped with anything under the sun, just run your imagination wild. :)In Italy, where it is originated bruschetta is a popular […]

  • Tofu is something which I am very fond of, because of its versatility, its ease of preparation and extremely friendly nature, it easily mingle with any dish and adds texture to any kind of dish. Tofu has no flavor or taste as such but it readily absorbs the flavor and taste of the dish in which it is being used. In one of my visit to Bangkok, I had these silken tofu dunked in some fruity flavoured syrup and I […]

    baked tofu triangles with crunchy peanuts and sesame

    Tofu is something which I am very fond of, because of its versatility, its ease of preparation and extremely friendly nature, it easily mingle with any dish and adds texture to any kind of dish. Tofu has no flavor or taste as such but it readily absorbs the flavor and taste of the dish in which it is being used. In one of my visit to Bangkok, I had these silken tofu dunked in some fruity flavoured syrup and I […]

  • “Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.” — Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples The best apples for baking always has that tart and sweet taste and they do not break down as they cook. Macintosh being one of my favorite, other variety like gala apples are also good but Macintosh get cooked very easily. As I was planning to have some quick snacks which can be prepared in a jiffy, and should taste good, I thought of wrapping the […]

    apple pecan cigar rolls

    “Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.” — Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples The best apples for baking always has that tart and sweet taste and they do not break down as they cook. Macintosh being one of my favorite, other variety like gala apples are also good but Macintosh get cooked very easily. As I was planning to have some quick snacks which can be prepared in a jiffy, and should taste good, I thought of wrapping the […]

  • Wishing everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving day” Some of the recipes that you might like to try for Thanksgiving are : Apple cinnamon rolls or buns for breakfast or anytime you like Spicy chicken wings with barbecue sauce  any time or for your barbque nights Grilled shrimps with thousand island dressing quick appetizer Three herb roasted Cornish hen with honey and maple glaze  for dinner or lunch, which you can always substitute with whole turkey.   Some vegetarian Thanksgiving menu could […]

    Thanksgiving menu ideas

    Wishing everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving day” Some of the recipes that you might like to try for Thanksgiving are : Apple cinnamon rolls or buns for breakfast or anytime you like Spicy chicken wings with barbecue sauce  any time or for your barbque nights Grilled shrimps with thousand island dressing quick appetizer Three herb roasted Cornish hen with honey and maple glaze  for dinner or lunch, which you can always substitute with whole turkey.   Some vegetarian Thanksgiving menu could […]

  • I have this penchant for hot and spicy foods, so it is natural that I have affiliation towards chilies, I admire them in all sizes, colors, flavors and taste. And the thing which I loves about them most is that they can be a great appetizer. Feeling the heat already ? Well, not before you tried this delectable Indian curry of chillies which we fondly called mirchi ka salan or curried chillies. The red, yellow, orange and shades of green, […]

    stuffed chillies with roasted eggplants and olives – mediterranean style

    I have this penchant for hot and spicy foods, so it is natural that I have affiliation towards chilies, I admire them in all sizes, colors, flavors and taste. And the thing which I loves about them most is that they can be a great appetizer. Feeling the heat already ? Well, not before you tried this delectable Indian curry of chillies which we fondly called mirchi ka salan or curried chillies. The red, yellow, orange and shades of green, […]

  • From instant noodles to thick and greasy chowmein India laps it all in the name of Chinese cuisine to maintain the status quo of “hindi chini bhai bhai” though we had several incursion in our homeland from across the borders like a daily dose of gobi manchurian peppered with Indian spices. In early 60’s or 70’s it was quiet fashionable to have Chinese cuisine almost a status symbol and many fancy restaurants took pride in their sizzlers and noodles greased […]

    fried rice and veg manchurian for the desi chinese

    From instant noodles to thick and greasy chowmein India laps it all in the name of Chinese cuisine to maintain the status quo of “hindi chini bhai bhai” though we had several incursion in our homeland from across the borders like a daily dose of gobi manchurian peppered with Indian spices. In early 60’s or 70’s it was quiet fashionable to have Chinese cuisine almost a status symbol and many fancy restaurants took pride in their sizzlers and noodles greased […]

  • Saffronstreaks wishes its readers a very happy Independence  Day and on this beautiful day, what is better than the plate of piping hot samosas to celebrate such a ocassion. If food has that power to bind the people, then I believe samosas has that unique and divine power. It is being loved by every one, from rich to poor, across all the religion, caste and creed, on street foods to gourmet tables, it is everywhere with endless possibilities of fillings that never fails to bring smiles […]

    imperfect samosas for monsoon medley

    Saffronstreaks wishes its readers a very happy Independence  Day and on this beautiful day, what is better than the plate of piping hot samosas to celebrate such a ocassion. If food has that power to bind the people, then I believe samosas has that unique and divine power. It is being loved by every one, from rich to poor, across all the religion, caste and creed, on street foods to gourmet tables, it is everywhere with endless possibilities of fillings that never fails to bring smiles […]

  • A soothing and comforting combination of rice and lentils simmered in a pot on slow heat for hours, flavoured with spices is how we describe Khichdi, the meal for poor and gourmet delicacy for rich. Khichdi is definitely a great comfort food for Indians as we resort to it on every occasion, be it on monsoon nights or on a gloomy days when the spirit needs a little pep up. We Bengali went an extra mile to make it more […]

    broken (bulgur) wheat khichdi – a wholesome experience

    A soothing and comforting combination of rice and lentils simmered in a pot on slow heat for hours, flavoured with spices is how we describe Khichdi, the meal for poor and gourmet delicacy for rich. Khichdi is definitely a great comfort food for Indians as we resort to it on every occasion, be it on monsoon nights or on a gloomy days when the spirit needs a little pep up. We Bengali went an extra mile to make it more […]

  • 100th post and 20,000 unique visitors ! Does this milestone means anything? Nothing if you are looking at it from a SEO perspective but for me it meant a lot. I was blogging for a while, but was progressing at a very snail pace. There were times when it was lying dormant for months, work, home and travel kept me busy and it was becoming very diificult to continue further. It was the passion for cooking and travel which brings […]

    100th post and an introspection

    100th post and 20,000 unique visitors ! Does this milestone means anything? Nothing if you are looking at it from a SEO perspective but for me it meant a lot. I was blogging for a while, but was progressing at a very snail pace. There were times when it was lying dormant for months, work, home and travel kept me busy and it was becoming very diificult to continue further. It was the passion for cooking and travel which brings […]

  • Sometimes it is really interesting to know that how the two distinctly divergent culture shares a similar cuisine or how a particular dish which has evolved independently in two distinct country shares a common lineage. And the dolma is exactly the point in case. For generations after generations people in Bengal (East India) relish dolma which they love to prepare on special occasions. Potol er dolma is a classic dish in Bengali cuisine whereby the stout pointed gourds are stuffed […]

    dolma – the far east tradition

    Sometimes it is really interesting to know that how the two distinctly divergent culture shares a similar cuisine or how a particular dish which has evolved independently in two distinct country shares a common lineage. And the dolma is exactly the point in case. For generations after generations people in Bengal (East India) relish dolma which they love to prepare on special occasions. Potol er dolma is a classic dish in Bengali cuisine whereby the stout pointed gourds are stuffed […]