Posted by admin | Just Food Articles - writers invited | Friday 19 March 2010 12:14 am

strawberry, orange, yogurt smoothieHadn’t had breakfast because my stomach had been acting up a bit last night. But by 10am I was ravenous, and just happened to find myself outside the newly opened Juice Lounge on Dhole Patil Road. I stopped in to look at their menu and finally ordered a orange-strawberry smoothie – ‘California Fun’. The menu said “All smoothies are blended in low fat yogurt” – sounded good to me.

9/10 marks to the smoothie, the only minus being perhaps that it took just too long. Though I’d ordered the regular serving, possibly because I was there alone that early and was carrying it away with me, I got a larger amount than I expected, very substantial though perhaps 69 bucks is a bit steep. On the other hand fruit is getting really expensive these days.
Must remember to try them out more often at home. I used to regularly before, and I’ve got some super recipes here, but lately, just gotten out of the habit.

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Chocolate Banana Crepes

Posted by admin | Desserts,Eggs,Just Food Articles - writers invited | Saturday 2 January 2010 4:00 am

The house has been looking so beautiful all decorated for Christmas; the small tree, the fairy lights and the wreath. It was my 3 year olds idea, but yes, we just had to have a Christmas party, and we had the extended family over.
Here’s the menu, we had a rather un-Christmas meal – Potato Mayo salad, Chicken Farchas, White rice and Spicy Prawn Curry with Kachumber and easy Chocolate Banana Crepes for dessert.
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Chocolate Banana Crepes Serves 6
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INGREDIENTS
5 bananas at least 6 inches long
2 tablespoons drinking chocolate powder
1 tablespoon coffee
3 tablespoons cinnamon powder
Hershey’s Chocolate Sauce

For the crepes
4 eggs
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 banana

PREPARATION
– Beat together all the ingredients for the crepes except the bananas. Mash one banana smoothly and mix in only just before making the crepes.

– Slice the 5 bananas down the center and then chop into 1/2 inch pieces. (more…)

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Savoury Crepes

Posted by admin | Eggs,Just Food Articles - writers invited,Recipes,Vegetarian | Thursday 31 December 2009 2:18 am

I don’t think there’s any doubt about how much I love crepes and pancakes. But I usually eat them sweet and on their own.
Last Saturday, I looked into the fridge and didn’t see any very interesting stuff, I decided to jazz up our lunch. The lucky vegetable of the day turned out to be the lone cauliflower. Here how it went. For a change I thought to take step by step photographs. Enjoy!
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Savoury Cauliflower Crepes Serves 4
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For the crepes this recipes is perfect but leave out the sugar.

For the mixture
1 Caulifower – broken into small florets to fill 2 cups.
1 small onion, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic
1 small tomato, chopped small
1/2 tsp chilli powder

For the sauce
1 cup milk
1 tsp butter
2 table spoons all purpose flour (maida)
1 cup grated cheese
1/2 tsp pepper
salt to taste

Also mix together in a cup
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon soya sauce
1 teaspoon chilli sauce if you want to add some bite!

PREPARATION
Set the cauliflower to boil in adequate water and a teaspoon of salt.

In 2 teaspoons of oil start sauteing the chopped onions. As they brown, add the garlic after crushing.
Now add the tomato, salt and chilli power and half a cup of water. Let it cook well on low heat.

Meanwhile start making the crepes. Don’t forget to leave out the sugar. Keep them thin, no bigger than about 6 inches in diameter. Set them aside on paper the drain the grease. (more…)

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Kerala fry

Posted by admin | Just Food Articles - writers invited | Wednesday 23 December 2009 1:12 am

My parents visited Kerala, – God’s own country, as they claim. Mom picked up some packets of “Ann’s” mixes – for fried fish, and an assortment or curries. I just tried the one for fried fish. All that had to be done was add a very little water, coat the fish slices – I used pomfret, keep for an hour or so, and then fry. My usual quick marinade for fried or grilled fish is a mix of salt, chilli powder and turmeric powder, in a tablespoon of brown vinegar. That’s always worked well enough. Occassionally, I add a tablespoon of chickpea flour (channa atta). Unbelievable how this packet of masala transformed the fish! A lovely red, slightly spicy crust formed over the fish. Delicious, it definitely has my thimbs up. Cant wait to try the other mixes!

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more Tofu-Specials

Posted by admin | Diets & Dieting,Health Facts,Just Food Articles - writers invited | Thursday 17 December 2009 3:34 am

tofu-crackerAnd another breakfast, and another picture of what I had with the left-over Tofu. Tofu on crackers ( Britannia Cream Crackers, by the way – if you haven’t tried them, do) with tomatoes, cucumbers, salt and pepper and topped with black Kalamata olives and a tiny dollop of Weikfield’s Sweet Chilli Sauce.
While I was confirming online the paneer vs tofu fat content I came across this site. I’m going to take Yasmeen’s info as correct because I couldn’t really find any other clear comparisons, and it’s shocking to me. paneer-tofuShe calls herself a ‘health nut’, but really, looking at these figures, even though I agree Tofu’s lower on the protein and calcium, you don’t need to be a health nut to make a better choice. At least that what it looks like to me ! Wheeeew! I feel half a kilo lighter already.

Actually there’s still a lot of Tofu left, you’re going to be hearing more.

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