Hari Chutney (Mint Chutney)

Hari Chutney (Mint Chutney)

Chutneys have the power to make or break your food. I don't mind buying ready made chutneys, but there are two that I make the effort to make, especially during Ramadan, because I like my version the best and also because they make me feel a little closer to home! They have such deep and concentrated flavors that a little goes a long way and there's nothing like a well made chutney that instantly transports you back home. Hari Chutney, or mint chutney, is such a classic...

Shrimp Linguine

Shrimp Linguine

...We were aimlessly walking around until I came across an empty restaurant with a barely visible menu plastered outside. I squinted through the snow (yes it had started snowing at that point) and saw they had pizza and pasta, and that was enough for me. We walked in on that cold winter afternoon, and we never looked back. It became our little haven, our happy place, and boy do I miss going there ever since Covid hit. Everything on their menu is "chef's kiss" but my favorite is their shrimp linguine. I've been missing it so much that I decided to recreate it at home, and it turned out pretty darn amazing...

Chicken with Almonds

Chicken with Almonds

This recipe is one that I have been after for many years. It was written in a cookbook by my mom, then ripped out and placed in another, then it was misplaced and lost forever. One day, I was in the kitchen, about to fix up some Spicy Chicken Manchurian, when I decided I was going to attempt making Chicken with Almonds from memory. I vaguely remembered my mom making it, and with just half of the ingredients in mind, I began mixing and experimenting with sauces until I had my "Aha!" moment, and it was definitely worth the effort.

Classic Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

There's a lot to be said about a cheesecake. For one, there's nothing else like it. It's so rich in flavor, with the cream cheese slow cooked in the oven. It's lightly sweetened, as in my opinion, the best desserts are. The crust is just hearty enough to hold it together, but it doesn't over power the flavor one little bit. But most importantly, it's down right delicious! I love a classic cheesecake. And this one is good enough to be eaten all on its own. No berries or coolis in sight. As classic as this cheesecake is, I've tweaked it just a bit, obviously, to make it a little lighter. It still packs amazing flavor and texture, it's just on the fluffier side, and who doesn't like a fluffy cheesecake?

TexMex Lasagna

TexMex Lasagna

I love adding tex mex flavors to just about anything, like my Zesty Veggie Enchiladas, and this lasagna is taken over the top with all the flavors added to it. The corn and beans add such different textures, and my special secret ingredient adds a delicious earthy crunch you will go crazy for! I've been making this version for about a year now, and thought it was time to share it with you all. I use oven ready lasagna sheets which take a lot of prep time out, which is just added to the baking time, but as long as I don't have to do anything while it's in the oven, I'm happy:)

Chicken Corn Soup

Chicken Corn Soup

I love how the way we eat changes with the seasons. Light, fresh ingredients in the summer, and hearty, warming bowls of comfort in the winter. This Chicken Corn Soup is said warming bowl of comfort. I love the pops of corn and silky ribbons of egg nestled in a comforting bowl of yakhni (chicken stock). It's so beautifully balanced with robust vinegar and hints of sesame. This fool proof, quick version of soup is ready in under 20 minutes, which is perfect for a cold winter evening, isn't it?