Category Archives: Experimental

New ingredients, methods and recipes.

Random Thoughts – Life

Swans - peace

Swans – peace

War, crimes, destruction, killings, hatred..
That's all you seem to hear in the news these days. It's just so sad and it has kept me puzzled as to why humans are capable of such terrible acts? If only we can go back to simplicity.. oh how I wish.

I'm twisting and turning again
I just cannot sleep
My mind is going in all directions
The thoughts getting deep Continue reading 
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Radish Leaves Trial 3 – Green Chicken Curry

Radish, coriander green chicken

Curry – a word so commonly misused; thought off as the greasy thick paste so heavy on the stomach, that heartburn becomes only inevitable. Well.. not so the case if they are home-made from scratch with fresh ingredients and only using a fraction of the oil usually used for its’ preparation. This recipe is no different, and in fact is very fresh, light and summery. I wish I could claim the recipe to be my entire creation, however, it is a skill best left to the masters of spice, and me, only to learn and follow instructions. The dish reminded me of my university days, the days when I began experimenting the wonderful and exciting world of culinary creations. Being a student and obviously slightly broke, I used to browse second-hand book shops for something enticing, often leaving the shop empty-handed. Continue reading

Radish Leaves Trial 2 – Green Radish Pasta

Green radish pasta

Although I do love a long list of ingredients and spices in certain recipes, there are days when only simple stuff will do, and by that I mean downright humble simple. A slice of cold watermelon, bunch of strawberries, plain soup, buffalo mozzarella, plain salad leaves and a simple bowl of rice and yoghurt are but a few examples. There is something totally comforting in simple food, and if you’re fasting and wanting to give your digestive system a rest, then maybe that’s just what you should do.. uncomplicated. Continue reading

Radish leaves Trial 1 – Radish Laban

Radish laban

Green smoothies have become very fashionable these days. Try searching it and you’ll probably get a million hits, each one claiming to be the best.  Would I claim this radish laban to be the best green smoothie ever? No, because I know every single one of us have their own preferences when it comes to food. Whether sweet or savoury smoothie, if there is such thing as a savoury smoothie!!, it all depends on one’s desire on that day. Continue reading

Radish, braod bean, quinoa salad

Avocado, quinoa, radish and broad bean salad

If you’ve ever experienced growing your own humble selection of vegetables in a small patch, then you’ll know that radishes are the easiest to start with. They are the vegetable to grow if you are a novice gardener, yielding a satisfying crop in less than 4 weeks. In fact if you forget to pick the tender leaves soon enough they grow so fast that it feels as if they are taking over your garden, preventing the sun rays to reach other tender seedlings. For a bowl of pink bright radishes, you’ll get almost trice or quadruple amount of leaves, slightly hot, stingy and bitter. The first time I picked them, I had a really bad rash for a couple of days; I now know to use gloves! Continue reading

Kale, Cannellini and Quinoa Pilaf

kale and quinoa pilafThis is a quick post about this simple meal which I can’t seem to get enough of at the moment. I was going through Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast  and thought I’d give the recipe a try. Two days later and I’ve made it 3 times already, and becoming addicted to it. It only takes about 20 minutes to make too. Continue reading

Rhubarb and Lamb Casserole

rhubarb and lamb casserole

I usually associate rhubarb with sweet things, either in a pie, pudding, jam, compote and so on; loaded with lots sugar to balance its sour flavour. Going through a magazine the other day I found a savoury recipe which immediately got me dying to try it, so you can imagine rhubarb was the first thing I bought the next day. After patiently waiting for it too cook, and then photographing the final dish, I was blown away by how delicious it was, really really good! Savoury rhubarb, no added sugar, sour casserole, well.. I’m a new fan! Continue reading