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Roasted Vegetable Biryani

Oh, BBC Good Food — everything you tell me to make is delicious, so I love you.  I first discovered you when Louise made your Gluten-free Chilli Cornbread… and ohhhhh that’s a delicious cornbread.  Now, anytime I need new recipes (especially as I’m learning to cook meaty meals for the first time), I come to […]

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India: Kochi, Kerala

Kathakali is the traditional dance of India, and tells the stories of the epics.  Usually Kathakali dances last all night, and take place at the temples for religious festivals.  The cultural centre has set up a show perfect for tourists: you get to see the dancers put on their makeup, they explain the traditions, give a little demo, and then do excerpts of a dance.

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Kumarakom houseboat

India: Kumarakom, Kerala

Our adventures through Kerala (in South India) continued to Kumarakom — land of the backwaters and the houseboats that serenely glide down the waters.

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Madurai Mandala

India: Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Ah, Madurai – my favourite city in Tamil Nadu!  Madurai was also the halfway point in our tour of South India, and our last stop in Tamil Nadu before we moved into the state of Kerala. We started our day at the glorious Palace of Thirumalai Nayak, with our elegant guide, Meenakshi: The palace is […]

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Indian lunch

India: Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Our next stop following Chennai on our tour of South India was Mahabalipuram (formerly Mammalipuram) in the state of Tamil Nadu. We needed to power up with a good breakfast for the drive, and so started with an incredible plate (clockwise from the top: masala uttapam, coconut chutney, roasted tomato chutney, sambar (lentil soup), idli, […]

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Jaipur, India: Lentils & Lattices

Mahara Jai Singh built the city of Jaipur, in 1727.  In the city, he built the Jantar Mahal, an observatory using astronomical instruments for astrological readings.  It’s now a World Heritage site, and I think you can see why: This is a sundial — and it’s really impressive (at about 4 stories high!): And it’s […]

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Veggie Fried Rice

We ordered in Thai food a few days ago, in the middle of a ridiculously busy week, and they sent along some extra rice.  Well, instead of letting it go to waste, I thought it was high time for a stir-fry, and what better way to use up leftover rice and a fridge-full of veggies […]

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So I have to share another foodie find in San Francisco: Samovar Tea Lounge.  I discovered Samovar through two recommendations: Heidi’s San Francisco List at 101 Cookbooks, and a tweet my favourite local tea shop — David’s Tea.  And I am so glad I did! This was my amazing view for two of my lunches.  […]

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Brown Rice Congee with Shiitakes and Cilantro

Ok, less fun around here today — I’m at home on the futon with a chest cold.  Ugh. I must have known I was coming down with something last night when I went for one of my go-to super-quick meals: Miso with Dumplings. Traveling Asia in my mind, and still needing sick food today, lots […]

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Daring Cooks: Risotto

It’s time for another Daring Cooks challenge — and this one was the ultimate comfort food: risotto! The 2010 March Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Eleanor of MelbournefoodGeek and Jess of Jessthebaker. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make risotto. The various components of their challenge recipe are based on input from the […]

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