Flip Cookbook

Girl geek foodies making healthy cooking fun and easy.

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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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Spiced Grilled Tofu

The best thing about Indian spices is that a little bit really packs in a big punch. I find tofu, much like paneer (Indian cottage cheese), makes a great base for really showcasing spices. That’s really what this dish was for me. A way to really highlight the spices that are used on a daily basis in Indian cooking. Or as my husband says – “It’s a delivery mechanism of spices”. 🙂

Today I’d like to talk about what these “daily” indian spices are… If you ever have the opportunity to cook in an Indian’s kitchen you may come across the following:

This is a spice box. It almost always looks just like this. Small removable metal containers within one large round metal container which has a lid. No, the small metal containers within don’t have lids of their own. Why would they? Remember, in Indian cooking, all these spices are used nearly on a daily basis. Which means, they finish quick and need to be replenished often.

So what are these spices you see in the magic box? Starting with the container with the spoon and moving clockwise it’s:

  • gaaram masala
  • cumin seeds
  • mustard seeds
  • coriander powder
  • cumin powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • and turmeric powder in the middle

The two other Read More

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Simple Yellow Rice

I called this recipe Simple Yellow Rice but frankly, it’s not really simple. Simple and quick to make, yes, but the aroma and flavors that you achieve are so flavorful and comforting… and that is why I called it simple! Some of the simple joys of life are so very comforting now, aren’t they?

I grew up in Pune a town close to Bombay (Mumbai, as it is now known) and we are pretty close to the South of India. For the North Indians we are already in the South and for the South Indians, we are in the north, geographically. As I write this, I remembered a funny conversation I had with someone a while back where we argued for a good few minutes about where Pune was on the map of India and it was hilarious now when I think about it, because we were both passionately going at it about the geographical location of Pune.

So, the point of that little story was that growing up *close* to the southern states of India, I was exposed to a lot of South Indian food. Funnily enough, even though I saw “Yellow Rice or Lemon Rice” on menus in restaurants, and ate Read More

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Rajasthani Gatta

There comes a point in your life when you decide to change your diet in some way for health or social reasons. It could be as small as drinking more water or as big as cutting out gluten completely. Either way it feels like you’re venturing off the beaten path. That suddenly you have to figure out a whole new way of sustaining yourself. Often the stress of figuring out how to make this change is what leads many to go back to their original way of living. I’d like to propose to you that the change you’re trying to make is in fact not off the beaten path. The problem of figuring out how to live with the new changes in your diet has been solved and all you need to do is apply the existing solution to your life.

I decided to have a gluten-free diet after having some serious health issues. The motivation to change my diet was pretty high — yet initially the change was really difficult. Every day I’d come home from work and stand in front of my refrigerator just wondering what in the world I could make for dinner. The worst part was everything that Read More