For many, Easter comes with many traditions. And Hot Cross Buns are as synonymous with Easter as chocolate eggs.
HOT and cross. Remember the nursery rhyme? “One a penny, two a penny. Hot cross buns.” The rhyme and the word bun always creates an inner child like excitement that conjures memories of yeast smells oozing from baking.
Posted in Bread, Scones, Muffins & Biscuits
Also tagged baked, baked goods, baking, buns, cardamom, chai, childhood, childlike, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, cross, delicious, easter, family, flavour, ginger, good friday, holiday, Holiday spirit, holidays, hot, indian influence, indianinfluence, jessie, nostalgia, pagan, spices, sugar, sweet, white chocolate, youth
Meal Type: Seasonal
I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE: I’M AFRAID OF THE VEGETABLE GRATER. I have Gratophobia.
I know, it’s silly. It’s true. I avoid grating anything. I leave it as the last task in the kitchen. I have been known to bribe others, namely my niece and nephew to grate things on my behalf. Or I use the grating attachment on my food processor.
Posted in Salads, Vinaigrettes & Dressings
Also tagged bold, carrot, carrots, chili, cumin, delicious, east west, family, food, garlic, ginger, grated, gratophobia, greens, growing up, hockey, india, indian, indian influence, magic sauce, masala, miso, mustard seeds, nostalgia, rabbit food, rai, redwings, rice wine vinegar, salad, shredded, south asian, soy sauce, spinach, vegan, vegetarian, yzerman
Meal Type: Sides
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to talk turkey and side dishes. Most cooks are loyal to their turkey recipe, so scene-stealing vegetable side dishes can offer an opportunity for adventure. This new approach to corn invests ordinary ingredients with extra significance, boldly overturning traditions and juxtaposing flavours. Coconut confetti corn is a dish delectably satisfying that will make vegetarians and non-vegetarians feel loved and looked after.
Posted in Holidays, Sides, Vegan, Vegetarian Dishes & Vegetables
Also tagged bold, charred, coconut, corn, corn on the cob, family, flavourful, goodness, grilled, indian, niblets, sauce, spicy, summer, sunshine, thanksgiving, vegan, vegetarian
Meal Type: Vegetarian
I have clear memories of barbeque season. You see, growing up, we lived in a city with scorching summer heat — barbequing was a necessity. It was a newfangled way to spend time, especially with the cousins, aunts, and uncles always dropping by on weekends. My parents were consummate hosts, so using our backyard for entertaining, helped break up the monotony. I have to give them credit for trying their best to emulate Canadian traditions (within reason) – they wanted us to experience some form of Canadian normalcy.
Posted in Bacon & Pork, Favourites
Also tagged barbeque, brown sugar, browned, charcoal, cumin, flavour, garam masala, glistening, ground mustard, indian, rai, ribs, siracha, smoky, spicy, tamarind
Meal Type: Party
Seven years ago, my sister Ajit and I travelled to PEI for a friend’s destination wedding. Really though, our whole focus was to honour our unrequited love for everything Anne of Green Gables. We are life-long fanatics for Canada’s darling fable and movies.
During a touristy day trip around Charlottetown, we stopped at PEI Preserve Company for lunch. This well-known island gem is famous for its delicious homemade jams, jellies, and honey. Along with a sandwich, Ajit also ordered a slice of Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie. It was out of this world and made her smack her lips. Refreshing and creamy. The perfect balance of tart and sweet. She was smitten. Even after getting home, she spoke often of the delicious slice of heaven. Wishing she could go back for seconds or thirds.
Posted in Cakes, Pies & Tarts
Also tagged cardamom, cream cheese, ginger, indian, pastry, PEI, raspberry, shell, sister, spices, tart, tartlet
Meal Type: Desserts & Treats