Prawn and Mango Salad

I made this salad when Ben’s family came to visit – it was light and refreshing, but boy, there is a lot of prep-work involved here! Julienning the vegetables will take you a while, so I would advise conscripting some minions to assist. The sauce is pretty punchy on its own, don’t panic, just wait… Continue reading Prawn and Mango Salad

Mangomisu

Ben’s grandfather, Ken, Aunt Gwyn and Uncle Pete came down to Canberra to visit us recently. It was so lovely of them to visit, especially Ken, who is about to turn 90 in January! They drove down on Friday from Erina, in the Central Coast. I made a quick dinner on Friday, featuring seafood and… Continue reading Mangomisu

Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun is an indian dessert. It is basically a fried doughnut that has been soaked in sugar water. It starts out as a fairly small fried ball, and then expands to about 3 times it’s original size, chock-full of sugar water. YUM. Can you say heart attack? It’s not as bad as jalebi. This… Continue reading Gulab Jamun

Lamb Biryani and Raita

In the past, when I have a dinner party, I have a tendency to over-cater. I almost always regret it. Over the last 10 years, I have come to realise that the overwhelming amount of food does tend to put people off, and that’s why I am left with so much leftovers. So for this… Continue reading Lamb Biryani and Raita

Palak Paneer

Our Deepavali Dinner guests loved this dish! Palak Paneer is a spinach and cottage cheese dish – it’s got a building chilli flavour, and is un-apologetically spinach-y – with paneer (indian cottage cheese) dotted through it. I had to go to the Indian grocery store for the paneer. The store had some pre-packaged paneer from… Continue reading Palak Paneer

Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower)

Everyone at our Deepavali Dinner could not stop raving about the Manchurian Cauliflower. This is a popular Indo-Chinese appetizer recipe, it is crunchy but soft, and the cauliflower is the perfect carrier for all that batter and spicy flavours. It is not an Indian dish, but I chose to make it because it was not… Continue reading Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower)

Fish Cutlets

Ben and I had our annual Deepavali Dinner recently. FYI, Deepavali = Indian Festival of Lights. It’s like an Indian Christmas. In keeping with my Indian theme, of course, we had a full Indian dinner. This time, I was careful not to over-cater, I am proud to say, I made just enough food for everyone!… Continue reading Fish Cutlets