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Coconut Okra

“Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans … are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.” ― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential I’m going to forgive Anthony Bourdain his hatred of vegetarians because he’s so good looking and because people with a sense of humour are so easy to forgive. Mostly […]

Breakfast Banana Loaf

“Baking is like washing–the results are equally temporary.” ― Patricia Briggs A moist, spicy, nutty bread to uplift the gloomiest winter breakfast. If you don’t have a loaf tin you can always bake it as a cake and cut out slabs in the sizes you want. Try to use overripe bananas, yes the ones with […]

Breakfast Pizza

“Those pizzas I ate were for medicinal purposes.” ― Amy Neftzger Happy New Year! May our new year be as simple, satisfying and stress free as this breakfast pizza recipe. Ingredients: What you’ll need: Pre-baked pizza base 4 tbsp tomato puree ½ cup cheese (grated) ½ cup spinach (washed and chopped) 1 egg 1 ½ […]

Roast Chicken with Brown Sauce

We are what we repeatedly do. [Barbecue], then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle* Even though this recipe isn’t a barbeque let’s start with a short history lesson, the word barbecue has attracted several inaccurate origins from folk etymology. The word is derived from the French language, the story goes that French […]

Yoghurt Chicken

I recommend this recipe for the reasons I recommend any recipe – it’s easy, it tastes good, you don’t need to raid a gourmet store to find the ingredients and mostly (though we don’t think about this enough) because it’s good for you. Ingredients: What you’ll need: 1 kg boneless chicken (there’s no reason for […]

Cilantro Pesto Dip: “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody,…

…even one’s own relatives.” — Oscar Wilde I wasn’t really big on the idea of dips and pestos. They seemed like frippery but I’ve really started to come around as evidenced by this Dip Week. Make a pile of the stuff and put it aside – use it as a sandwich spread, salad dressing, mix […]


“A cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education” – Mark Twain As you line up your winter parties, we’re going to help you out with a week’s worth of simple, (relatively) healthy dip recipes and make your life a little easier! Ingredients: What you’ll need: 1 head of cauliflower 2 tbsp garlic 3 […]


It’s fat free, flavourful and like all my favourite recipes more of a concept than a fixed, structured recipe. There aren’t any specific quantities to the ingredients. Just bung them all in and then adjust depending on how sweet or mustard-y you like it Ingredients: Any fresh seasonal fruit with pulp – my favorites are […]

Chickpea Salad

“People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.” ― Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto It’s the end of November and the middle of party season in Delhi. If you’re regretting all those kaybob rolls and malai […]

Rosemary, Cheese and Ham Omelet

A recipe for the most important meal of the day. I love eating omelets but I hate when they end up hard and flat. Here is my very own foolproof rendition of a fluffy rosemary, cheese, mushroom and ham omelet recipe. Feel free to replace the stuffing or rosemary with any combination of ingredients you […]

Spiced Cottage Pie (Vegetarian)

I’ve been meaning to try a shephard’s pie for a while but I found this interesting vegetarian version I wanted to try. I’ve never cooked soya before and I have to say I’m not a fan of it per se but this is probably one of the nicest ways to eat it. This is a […]