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Gourmet Asparagus Toast

I have this spice drawer in my kitchen that I’m in love with. It’s a wide drawer but very shallow with strips of wood running parallel to the door forming rows perfectly sized for the spice jars I can’t resist buying. Everything is organized alphabetically. Pretty much though, thyme, is where the drawer runs out of space. So I have another smaller one that contains the remaining alphabets. And then in another wide drawer I have spices in ziplock bags which I’ve bought in bulk. So yes, I love adding some spices to my cooking.

I think the reason I have so many spices is because when I don’t have a recipe to follow, I often cook by taste. Trying to recreate a powerful memory about the essence of the dish when I ate it last. Often this means I’m throwing in spices to see if it brings the dish any closer to my memory. Often this results in really odd tasting dishes.

This is how I normally cook: Cook by taste and Cook by recipe.

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is a completely new technique for me: Cook by picture.

While traveling over the Memorial Day vacation, I Read More

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Sesame Tofu Asparagus Stir-Fry

This is so exciting! Only about an hour and half to go before we randomly choose a winner for our beautiful Sur La Table giveaway. Don’t miss out – read all the details here.

I live in a beautiful location. A place where people flock in the winter to ski, snowboard and build snowmen. Yup – my place is definitely a place to have a white christmas. So when summer comes around we try to get maximum sun time.

Last weekend we decided to head out to an air show. I felt a little odd given that the entire even was advertised as “fun for the kids”. Yeah – I don’t have kids.. nor were any kids visiting. But I tend not to let things like age stop me too often. 😛 So the decision was made that an air show would be a perfect way to spend some fun time in the sun while discovering some really cool metal birds.

Before we headed out I made this recipe because it’s relatively quick, filling and just tasty. I could have probably simplified the recipe further by leaving out the tofu – but when a girl craves tofu – a girl craves tofu. Plus Read More

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Quick and Easy Cream of Asparagus Soup

Sometimes I really can’t think of what to cook. And honestly I don’t even want to think about what to cook. To solve this dilemma I do this weird thing of picking out a cookbook and opening it randomly to a page. Often this doesn’t work so well because I end up with a recipe that I don’t even have the ingredients for. But sometimes, sometimes it works like a charm! I don’t have to think AND I have something tasty I can make. Wonderful!

Today was definitely one of those days. You see, I’m in the middle of a wonderful new feature for Velvet Aroma. Wish I could tell you what – but you’ll see soon enough! Anyhow, when I’m in the middle of programming it’s really hard for me to interrupt myself for anything – let alone food. You’d think this would mean that I could just go on without food. Nope – if I do that I know that I’ll transform into a toddler. Cranky for food and ready to throw a tantrum.

This recipe is adapted from one of my first cookbooks – “The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking” by Tarla Dalal. It was given to me when I Read More

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Sesame Asparagus Salad

So I have a confession to make. In case you hadn’t noticed, asparagus has become my go-to vegetable for the season ;)! I’ve made a cheese dip with it, a pizza (yet to be perfected :P), even given it an Indian treatment and now an Asian take on it to add to the list! As I mostly do, I started out trying to make a Spring Asparagus Salad. but ended up with something quite different. Again, because I was missing a few ingredients! 🙂

I made this salad on a lazy Sunday afternoon when H & I had worked through lunch. We weren’t really in the mood for lunch and a simple snack would not have been enough. You’d think this salad isn’t filling, but the nuts(sesame, peanuts and sunflower seeds) in the recipe, really fill you up nicely! Granted you might want to do dinner sooner, but hey! it is better than doing 2 lunches which tends to happen when you skip a meal like lunch.

Now swap steps (2) and (4) when you cook. Einstein-y me boiled it first and then tried cutting it into smaller pieces. Since it had become a bit soft, it was harder to cut at Read More