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It's a rare occasion indeed when I make something this rich and decadent, but I do enjoy cheesecake occasionally and I happen to adore peanut butter, and when you put the two ideas together, it's a heavenly combination. What I especially like about this cheesecake is how well it all comes together and also, while it is incredibly rich, it isn't actually sickeningly sweet as are many cakes that can be had from bakeries and grocery stores. Be warned, you really only need a small slice and you may want to wait awhile after you've had dinner in order to enjoy the full goodness of this dessert. I might add that it really happens to be good for you if you don't overindulge as it is full of protein and one wouldn't even need feel guilty if served...
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Since I started getting more experienced in the kitchen, I have relied more and more on my own homemade spice blends and always try to get the best quality herbs and spices when possible. So I tend towards being a little mistrustful when it comes pre-made spice blends purchased from grocery stores and even from smaller stores that specialize in particular cultural cuisines. However, I was recently offered a chance to try a few blends from RawSpiceBar. This company offers high quality whole and ground toasted spices from around the world. Free of additives, many of the spices are organic and most of the blends are salt-free, gluten-free, paleo and vegan friendly. You can get a spice subscription, and they also offer gift subscriptions and...
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I'm always on the lookout for ideas for homemade treats to indulge my occasional craving for something sweet. I consider myself more of a savory girl than a sweet one, but I admit there are times when my mind is consumed with the idea of chocolate — especially if it happens to be good for you too. That's a bonus, as sometimes my craving is more than occasional and since my obsession with essentially raw sweets has grown, there is no shortage of ideas. Making homemade fudge not only gives you the opportunity to control the amount of sugar and the quality of ingredients that goes into your creations, this rich and creamy fudge happens to be ridiculously easy to make too — no baking required. It lasts a long time in the...
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When it comes to Indian side dishes, I don't often think of Brussels sprouts as they are not native to India and I don't think prominently used there. Yet it is such a versatile vegetable that, when cooked properly, is a pleasant addition to any meal and even simple seasoning such as a bit of butter, salt and pepper and perhaps a splash or two of lemon juice is usually really a fine side with a variety of meals. Brussels sprouts can be steamed, boiled, roasted, sautéed, baked or grilled. They key to perfectly cooked Brussels is to remove the rough outer leaves and trim the stem. To avoid mushy, smelly sprouts, take care to cook just until fork tender or crispy on the outer edges depending on the cooking method you use. You'll want to...
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It's pumpkin season and that means I am awash in orange. If only I had more time in a day and more energy, I would be making everything with pumpkin. But no reason to despair, because any pumpkin I don't use fresh, I bake and mash and save in portions in the freezer so I have pumpkin purée for a good many months to add to my dishes. In addition, I save and roast my pumpkin seeds for a very special treat that can only be enjoyed during pumpkin season. Pumpkin is not only delicious when served up as part of a savory meal, but wonderful in baked goods too. I decided to satisfy a craving for chocolate cookies and so these pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies were born. This is a fine way to use up some extra pumpkin purée. Soft and chewy, as a...
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Palak paneer (or saag paneer) is a very popular North Indian dish that regularly appears on menus throughout the world. Succulent pieces of paneer cheese are served up with creamy cooked spinach and a blend of spices. I adore this dish and as with most dishes that can be enjoyed at restaurants, there is nothing finer than making your own version at home. There is a subtle difference between the terms palak and saag, though this dish is sometimes served as palak paneer and at other times as saag paneer. Palak means spinach, whereas saag can mean any mixture of greens, which can include spinach but also mustard greens and fenugreek leaves for example. There are many variations of the dish and I've provided a straightforward one that takes...
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