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French Style 2 Bean Sorrel Soup

French Style 2 Bean Sorrel Soup

Red Veined sorrel leaves are the base for this delicious Bean Sorrel Soup, made in the French style. Nutritious as well as having the cancer fighting properties of the sorrel, this is actually a 2 Bean Sorrel soup as it is made from fresh sorrel […]

How to Soak Fruits for Christmas Cake

How to Soak Fruits for Christmas Cake

Christmas Plum cakes are my favourite eats. A trip to Kerala is not complete if I don’t stock up on the rich cakes available at the numerous bakeries, after first checking out from locals as to which one is the ‘best’.   I have been […]

Christmas with Natasha

Christmas with Natasha

Have you soaked the fruits for the Christmas cake yet? There is still time to do this! This will be my first Christmas  with my granddaughter Natasha, and I want it to be really special. One of the best ways to the hearts of my […]

Lemon Thyme Rasam

Lemon Thyme Rasam

A recent visit (my first) to First Agro Farms at Talakkad near Mysore, was a day well spent walking through fields of greens and vegetables all grown without the use of pesticides. It was an enriching experience – but more about that, coming up, in […]

Black Rice Salad, Cranberry Orange Dressing

Black Rice Salad, Cranberry Orange Dressing

100 Healthy Recipes Challenge: Recipe 1 This Black Rice Salad has to be the most fun salad I’ve made so far. If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that I use several ingredients in each recipe, to bring together a variety of textures, […]

Easy Healthy Pudina Rice fragrant mint rice with capsicum

Easy Healthy Pudina Rice fragrant mint rice with capsicum

A deliciously tasty rice, made by mixing cooked rice with a spiced mint sauce. Nutritious and so easy to make!

Vanilla Apricot Black Rice Kheer (Payasam)

Vanilla Apricot Black Rice Kheer (Payasam)

An Exotic yet healthy Payasam / Kheer of Black Rice, Vanilla and Apricots. Soaking the rice for 3 hours reduces the actual cooking time. The rice is soft and chewy in texture, with a nutty taste and a heady aroma and the kheer is delicious. The cardamom is optional as the rice has enough flavour on its own.

Kesar Badam Halwa -Almond Saffron Dessert

Kesar Badam Halwa -Almond Saffron Dessert

An easy and delicious sweet to add to a festival platter. Ground almonds sautéed in ghee, sugar and milk and flavoured with saffron and cardamom – this Badam Halwa is a rich and tasty sweet. Serve it hot, garnished with slivers of toasted almonds.

Watermelon Salad with Bocconcini Arugula & Basil Oil

Watermelon Salad with Bocconcini Arugula & Basil Oil

A simple and delicious salad for warm humid days or when you just want a quick light lunch. The basil oil and peppery arugula perks up the bocconcini and sweet watermelon to give a tasty easy dish.

Peruvian Kiwicha (amaranth) & Roasted Fig, Broccoli Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Peruvian Kiwicha (amaranth) & Roasted Fig, Broccoli Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

A rich, nutritious salad of heirloom Kiwicha grains (a form of amaranth), with a delicious buttermilk dressing, and with honey roasted figs, charred broccoli, herbs and pistachio nuts. Kiwicha was a staple food in Peru 4000 years ago. With disease fighting properties and great health benefits, Kiwicha is the new Quinoa!


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Christmas with Natasha

Christmas with Natasha

Have you soaked the fruits for the Christmas cake yet? There is still time to do this!

This will be my first Christmas  with my granddaughter Natasha, and I want it to be really special. One of the best ways to the hearts of my grandchildren, Tamma and Tasha, is definitely through their little tummies. Both of them take a healthy interest in food and are well on the way to becoming junior gourmets.

The plan now is to bake Christmas goodies for Tasha, starting with a Christmas Fruit cake.

I have been wanting to make a traditional plum cake and this year have actually organised everything. Yesterday I finally soaked the dry fruits for the cake.Here’s the link to my recipe on How to soak fruits for  Christmas cake: http://www.pepperonpizza.com/how-to-soak-fruits-for-christmas-cake

I will be making 2 cakes – one with the fruits soaked in rum, and another small cake for Tasha with the dry fruits in a non-alcoholic soak. I have been reading up a lot about how to soak the fruits, what dry fruits would be suitable, when to start the process, how to nurture the fruits till cake is ready to be baked. I will be sharing most of my new found knowledge with you through this Journal post and the Recipe for the Cake.

Cookies are the next part of the Christmas Bake Plan. Tasha of course, loves Cookies (who doesn’t?). A cranberry orange tea cake is also scheduled. The recipe for this tea cake is already available in the recipe section of my blog, and it is  truly delicious as well as having the great health benefits of cranberries. My recipe for the tea cake needs some better images, and I hope to add them once I make the cake.

One more item I would like to bake are the little biscuits which we would call ‘animal biscuits’ during our growing up days. You know the ones I mean – thin flat crisp biscuits, shaped liked different birds and animals. It has not been easy finding the right cookie cutters for these. I have been able to get one with a few animal shapes.

Muffins and cup cakes are also on the list, and I will be trying my hand at icing – which is not something I am totally comfortable with. Tasha has been asking for macarons and that will be a big baking event!

Christmas with Natasha-PepperOnPizza.com
Helping to decorate the Christmas tree

What are you baking this Christmas season?


Soup's On!

French Style 2 Bean Sorrel Soup

French Style 2 Bean Sorrel Soup

Red Veined sorrel leaves are the base for this delicious Bean Sorrel Soup, made in the French style. Nutritious as well as having the cancer fighting properties of the sorrel, this is actually a 2 Bean Sorrel soup as it is made from fresh sorrel […]

Fennel Soup – with Turmeric Walnuts Mango

Fennel Soup – with Turmeric Walnuts Mango

Healthy Nutritious Soup of Fennel, Turmeric, Walnut, Mango and Apple. The addition of dry fruits such as walnuts gives a creamy body to the warm and comforting soup, while the fennel and turmeric produce a unique flavour. The raw green mango adds just the right level tartness for a tasty finish! Garnished with edible Basil flowers, honey and toasted walnuts.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup

A bountiful supply of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes : in all shades of yellow and green, were the inspiration for this really tasty soup. I had not seen, leave alone used, these tomatoes earlier, and they are so so tomatoey ( if that’s a word), you really have to taste it to get the difference from the

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Herbs, delicately Spiced

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Herbs, delicately Spiced

The first time I tasted this flavoursome soup was at Panera Bread, at Danbury in Connecticut. I super loved it, and naturally tried to make it once back in India. There are many recipes for this soup online, and several of them are Panera Bread copycat recipes. My favourite version is the one on thi

Tangy Green Tomato Lemongrass Corn Soup

Tangy Green Tomato Lemongrass Corn Soup

Delicious and Easy to make, Hot Soup of firm green tomatoes, with ripe red ones, corn and the flavour of lemongrass.