Category Archives: Budget Friendly

Sweet n’Sour Pork

This is my dad’s recipe that he’s used for as long as I remember. It’s a unique twist to the Chinese classic and when you use chilies, has a great bite! From the original site: He cooked his version of Sweet and Sour Pork, which is my favourite version (I guess it just goes that […]

Easy Cheddar Cheese Scones

I recommend this recipe because even a newbie like me can make this! It’s so easy and doesn’t take a lot of time to make which is perfect when you’re on the go. From the original site: I have a block of cheese sitting in my fridge. I don’t know how long it’s been sitting […]

Bok Choy and Beef

I love this recipe because it is so simple and when you’re in a hurry to make dinner, it’s an easy pick. You get the healthy green bok choy and the savoury taste of ground beef. From the original site: As you could probably tell by now, I love easy recipes. The easier, the quicker […]

Spaghetti with Bacon and wine + Italiano Grilled Peppers

One of my all-time favorite dishes has been the Penne with Bacon at one of Delhi’s first few Truly Italian restaurants- The Big Chill. Not only does the place hold a lot of special memories for anyone who has been in the age group of 18-26, during that time, but till date, it serves some […]

Sweet Tomato Basil Bisque

It’s the dead of winter, but I am craving tomatoes. I have a full-on tomato jones going. Best way to fix that is with this tomato soup, made more fanciful by calling it bisque. A bisque (say it bisk) is a rich, smooth, creamy soup often made with shellfish, and thickened with said shellfish including […]

Tamales!

Tamales are a special treat reserved only for three holidays in Latin households – Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve. Tamales are delicious and are also surprisingly cheap and easy to make as well. Every country and family has their own version of tamales. Because my husband is from El Salvador, my version is typical […]

Quesadilla Salvadorena

Salvadoran quesadilla refers to a type of pound cake, not a hot cheesy filled tortilla. Quesadilla, in El Salvador, refers to a fluffy and moist pound cake that is made with a cheese called queso fresco. Parmesan cheese is the closest American counterpart to this cheese and works great in Quesadilla. Give this pound cake […]

Screaming For Frozen Desserts, Lemon Sorbet!

The Lemon Myrtle in this recipe, combined with the sweetness & sourness of the sorbet, was ethereal. A pinch of the scented herb from Gryphon Tea gives this dessert an exotic feel, perfect for the festive season & leaves you yelling for more!

Soup with meatballs, mushrooms,spaghetti and cheese

This is a great warm winter soup. It takes only 30 minutes to cook, but it vanishes even faster than it took you to cook it. Ingredients: 1 pound(s) minced pork, people 1/2 piece(s) white onion 3 piece(s) medium potatoes 8 piece(s) button mushrooms 2 piece(s) sprouts green onion 1/2 cup(s) chopped dill 1 teaspoon(s) […]

Turkey soup with tomatoes and herbs.

Great soup, if you have turkey leftovers from holidays or if you just wish to have a rich, hearty soup for lunch. Any part of turkey will be good (I cooked mine from turkey neck and some leftovers). It takes 30-40 minutes to cook and the taste is amazing. The key to great taste are […]

Snowman Pancakes

It rarely snows in southern California, so we have to get our wintery groove on some other way. Snowman Pancakes seem like a great way! These would be wonderful as Christmas breakfast, or any day. From the original site: Snowman Pancakes are charming, whimsical and perfect for wintery days or Christmas breakfast. Who can resist?

Best Ever Simple Lentil Soup

Meaty without containing meat, thick, rich tasting without being fatty, this is fill-you-up-but-not-out stuff. From the original site: Let’s humbly subtitle this “Lentil Soup of the Gods.”

Hummus and Tabbouleh Salad

Simple and Easy Mezze Food! From the original site: The Tabouleh salad is a traditional Turkish salad that has a strong flavour of Parsley and is served cold. Derived from the Arabic word tabil, that means seasoning, the salad has a variety of most flavours that are easy to find and I personally love. The […]

Balado Sambal – Indonesian Chili Sambal (sauce)

this type of sambal is the most “helpful” dish for every housewife in Indonesia, because with only one sauce we can prepare a different kind of dish everyday! From the original site: Balado sambal have a rich taste of flavor. A slightly sour taste from the fresh tomato, a sweet one from sugar and a […]

Pumpkin Peda/Truffles

It’s Diwali today and I am feeling a little homesick. Not that we had lavish celebrations for Diwali but it was still a great time to decorate with lit oil lamps, light fireworks with friends, get gifts and eat tons of deliciously rich food. Now that I live in the U.S., I do not get […]

Button Mushrooms stuffed with minced meat with lemon basil and grapes.

This recipe is really amazing and fast to cook, considering the fact that button mushrooms contain 17 different vitamins, the benefits from this dish increase dramatically. This dish has a long history in my house, it was cooked without cheese and grapes, but I decided to add the sweet twist to it. THe bitterness of […]

Vegan Filipino Eggplant Omelette

Tortang Talong or Eggplant Omelette is made by frying eggplants dipped in egg batter. Many Filipinos love it because it’s tasty and convenient to cook, especially if they’re on a budget. Originally, Tortang Talong consists of eggplants and eggs. To veganize it, I replaced the eggs with a mixture that has squash, specifically, kabocha squash. […]

Moist & Tender Rice Pancake

About a month ago, I was on a month of detox diet to reduce Candida (a type of yeast) symptoms. The first 3 days following this diet almost drives me nuts because it’s crucial to eliminate sugar and refined foods to reduce Candida growth. Sugar (even honey and fruits) and gluten filled grains is a haven for the […]

Squash Yogurt Soup With Panko Crusted Chicken

An Asian inspired Squash yogurt based soup served with Panko fried chicken. From the original site: This week’s soup was inspired by Marc Matsumoto of [No Recipes]. Not only are his recipes easy to prepare and delicious but his skills with the camera make his blog an alluring treat. His most recent post on the […]

Quick & Easy Korean Bimbimbap

Remember Winter Sonata? OMG! Every girl I know was talking non-stop about the drama, the love story, the heartbreak, the tears and of course the handsome BAE YONG CHOON (which I had a crush on too!). I remembered it was Winter Sonata that created the whole Korean drama craze in Malaysia. Since then, I had […]

Drunken Prawns & Jackie Chan’s Drunken Fist

Watch these prawns dancing in the liquor; they too, are practising their kung fu in the container, enjoying the alcohol till they get drunk. The tonic will have the sweetness of the prawns & the aromatic scent of the alcohol!

Apple Kheer

I had a huge bag of red gala apples staring at me saying “use me soon”. Several thoughts flipped through my head on what to do with them but I kept going back to one of my favorite desserts as a kid. Okay, so it even passed off for breakfast one several occasions. I love […]

Eggless chocolate Mousse – divine !!!

This is Eggless chocolate mousse using Tofu, easy to make and satisfies your chocolate craving for sure. From the original site: Eggless Chocolate Mousse!!! Yummy:) You will not find out single trace or smell of tofu in this, extremely delicious and I bet you will end up eating healthy without sacrificing the taste of rich […]

Eggplant Parmesan with Meat Sauce

Taste of crispy eggplants and cheese with the tartness of the tomato blended perfectly. From the original site: I’ve never cooked Eggplant Parmesan before but I love eggplants, tomato sauce, and pasta, and her pictures made me super hungry. However, I had one problem: my husband wants meat (or any kind of seafood) with all […]

Cinnamon flavored apple preserves/jams/jelly

Enjoy the delicious homemade cinnamon and vanilla flavored apple jams with a slice of bread. You will enjoy the freshness of fresh apple. Ingredients: Apples – Used 7 medium sized apples Lemon juice – juice of 1/2 lemon or citric acid 2 cups of water Sugar – 11/2 cups Optional Ingredients – Skip all these […]