Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuscan Tomato and Bread Soup

Tuscan Tomato Soup (01) by MeetaK

It’s going to be a one way ticket this time. While we’ve flown that direction several times and I’ve even spent my childhood there, this time it’s different. Life plays funny games, takes you up and down paths that are different and exciting. It’s been almost 16 years – 16 grand years here in Germany and now the time has come to say goodbye – for a while at least.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Lasagne Verdi al Forno

Spinach Lasagne (01) By MeetaK   

This month’s Daring Bakers challenge was very different to the usual challenges we’ve had in the past. This time the challenge was not really the baking but more learning a technique – of pasta making. I love making homemade pasta ever since my in-laws bought me a pasta machine for my birthday last summer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blog Under Construction

Under ConstructionI’m still waiting for Spring to come around the corner! It seems to have gotten distracted somehow, because we’ve had cold and snow the last few days. But I still have hope.

While it’s keeping me waiting, I decided to bring Spring to WFLH anyway with a new blog design.

For quite a while I’ve been wanting to have a fresh, new and unique design and with Hannah Craner of Sherbet Blossom Design I seem to have found the right person to realize my ideas.

I have often mentioned my rugged and very much used scrapbook in which I have been collecting recipes since I was about 20! It’s a cherished scrapbook because it contains recipes from mostly my mother and grandmother but in the past 10 years I have added recipes from Tom’s mum and grandmum too! It’s falling apart and has notes, pictures and sticky notes inserted all over the place. That is exactly the reason I started WFLH over three years ago – to try and get a systematic organization into my recipes.

I wanted the new blog design to mirror this. An impression of recipes written on notepaper, held together with paperclips and sticky notes.

Hannah is patient! She heard all my ideas went away and came up with this! I like the direction it’s going in and although the entire design is not complete and there is a bit of tweaking and fixing to do, maybe color changes etc., we thought we could go live with it to see what your reaction is.

In the next few days there might be a few changes so please excuse us while we play around – however I hope that by next week we will have more or less the fixed design.

In other news – I have so much to tell you! 40th birthday parties, renewing vows and a big move – oh there is so much indeed. But one step at a time. Today enjoy the blog design!

Hugs!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Is Spring Around The Corner?

Runucula 01a framed 

I can feel it – but it’s not quite here yet! Although there is a slight chill, there is a warmth about it.

In the meantime I am getting ready to greet it with open arms, when it does come around the corner!

Have a great start to your week!


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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bollywood Cooking: Punjabi Aloo Gobi – Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes

Alu Gobi (02) by MeetaK 

One of the staple dishes at our house, while growing up, was the wonderful yet simple dish of aloo gobi - gently sautéed cauliflower and potatoes tossed in a aromatic melange of spices. It's certainly has got to be one of the most popular Punjabi vegetarian dishes, which rose to international fame in Gurindar Chaddha’s cult film Bend It Like Beckham. The film does not need any introduction as I am sure almost everyone has seen it.

Monday, March 16, 2009

MM Caribbean Cooking Roundup and Monthly Mingle 31 Announcement

I am clapping my hands in absolute pleasure. Although it was a slow start, things picked up along the way and each one of you rose up to the challenge I presented, with perfection. The result: an awesome, colorful buffet of delicious Caribbean cooking spread out for all to indulge in. Cynthia you can be proud of us!

I got entries from all over the world and was excited to see so much variety and for me I personally was excited to see a few come out of their box and cook something they generally would not. That is what I love about these mingles.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quark Cheesecake Squares topped with Tart Lemon Curd

I do not know who started this tag, but undoubtedly everyone on Facebook has certainly been tagged at least once for the "25 Random Things About Me" Facebook note. It seems to have spread across the social networking sphere like wild fire. I am surprised at the way people are prolifically passing this note along with such intimate details about their lives. Apparently Facebook reported that nearly 5 million notes were created by its users in one week!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Cooking School: Fresh Homemade Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd (04) by MeetaK

Something sweet and sour for this session of Cooking School - a delicious creamy lemon curd. At this time of year when citrus fruits are plentiful I often cannot resist the plethora of flavors and recipes one can create with lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, satsumas and co.

One absolute must is a lemon curd - a rich, tart spread made with lemons and although one can use other citrus fruits like limes or oranges to make curds, lemons are the all time favorite. Why is lemon curd a must for me? Because from this as a basis I can make literally dozens of exciting creations. Having said that, I am giving you a heads up - go get your lemons and make this lemon curd - as later this week I will be sharing a great recipe, which uses lemon curd in a exciting and refreshing way.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Corn and Bacon

Jamaican Jerk Chicken (01) by MeetaK

In my fantasy world I live in a beautiful house on the beach. I love the ocean air - always have - and while I have lived in many places where the ocean was within sight of our place, it was not directly on the beach. In my fantasy I wake up in the morning to be greeted by the warm sun streaming through the large windows and swaying lush green palm trees dancing in the gentle warm breeze.

The ocean is not blue it is turquoise and emerald and the sands are pure virgin white. On the weekends we have picnics and barbecues on the beach with the children building huge sand castles and the adults laughing enjoying the carefree atmosphere.

Monday, March 02, 2009

My Late Cheesy Click!

Cheese (03) by MeetaK

We love our cheese. What you see in the photo above is a supply for about 2-3 days! Although we do not indulge in such treats often, but when the craving for nicely aged and full bodied cheese gets to us, I can't resist the huge variety offered at the cheese counter at our store.