Indian meals are always a special treat when served with homemade flat breads. One of my favorites are flaky and substantial parathas, a griddle-fried bread often made with whole wheat flour and folded over a few times during the kneading and rolling process to create a layered bread that puffs during frying. They tend to be somewhat rich, especially if you use ghee or butter, as they are brushed several times during rolling and drizzled with butter or oil while cooking. Sometimes they are stuffed with vegetables and chutneys. Whether stuffed or more basic, they are always delicious as a snack or meal accompaniment.
Asian and Indian flavors come together here for one nourishing and stunning bowl of soup. White shiro miso nestles up with tender plump golden brown cubes of fried paneer cheese and loads of vegetables — snap peas, mushrooms, bean sprouts, red pepper, corn and kale. To fill it out even further, rice noodles make an appearance for an extra creamy bowl of bliss. My husband asked if I used coconut milk here, but it wasn't even necessary, as much as I adore adding coconut to soups and grains.
Raw and healthy homemade treats are pretty much a staple in my house these days. Sometimes you want a sweet that is satisfying, without the guilt, and these little truffles certainly fall into that category. They come together in hardly anytime at all, and with a bit of patience, as they are best chilled in the fridge before serving, these little bites will provide a nice dose of protein and most importantly, satisfaction to the palate. Decadence in this case is good for you.
Holidays are a low key affair with me, and although they are often an opportunity to celebrate with more elaborate food spreads, I really need no excuse to fuss around in the kitchen for hours to create unique and special meals. This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and I went with something easy, preferring not to spend too much time cooking, but as humble as these little burgers might sound, they are actually an exquisite way to celebrate pumpkin season with the company of friends. Just because.
Packed full of protein, these spicy patties with a moist and meaty texture are a perfect vegetarian substitute when the craving for a "burger" hits. Chickpeas provide the base and the addition of quinoa and tahini adds a pleasant undertone of nuttiness to accompany the sweet pumpkin. The mingling of flavors is hard to resist, as is the fragrance that fills the kitchen while they are baking, and an experience your palate won't soon forget. Yes, they are that good.