Spiced Parsnip Cake with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Parsnip Cake with Citrusy cream cheese frosting

I am a big fan of carrot cake with a cream cheese icing on top. And every year, I bake it once around the end of winter. This year I thought I change things around and bake parsnip cake instead. They are cousins to each other, after all, so it makes sense to swap them out for each other in recipes. The cake is tender, springy, soft and warmly spiced. What make it really tasty is the citrusy and spiced cream cheese frosting. It really makes the cake stand out.

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Baghare Baingan / Tempered Eggplant, hyderabadi style

baghare baingan

In honor of National Heart awareness month I am sharing a heart healthy recipe today which your family will enjoy and your heart will love. When I say heart healthy, the ingredients you use, the way you cook and the portion size make a big difference. Baghare baingan or tempered eggplants is a classic dish from the city of Hyderabad that contains healthful nutrients from seeds and nuts. It is made with baby eggplants and is cooked twice, first shallow fried and then later cooked in fragrant and delicious gravy. I didn’t fry the eggplants prior as recommended but simmered them directly in the gravy, creating a healthier version of the traditional dish.

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Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with Cape Velvet Ganache

Dark Chocolate Lava Cake

Sometimes you get the urge to make a dessert again and again with in the span of few days even when it is extremely rich and there is no special occasion. This was one of those times. A friend brought us a liqueur gift basket and, in there was a small bottle of cape velvet. My husband told me it was a brandy based cream liqueur. I had never heard of this brand before but it was very tasty, smooth and creamy. We don’t buy and keep cream liqueur in the house so the idea hit me to use it in chocolate lava cakes. A little liqueur always spices up a decadent dessert. And now, that we are all adults in the house I don’t have to think twice to make alcohol based desserts. When I was about to make these cakes for the third time I realized I barely had enough liqueur for one try. So I made the Sunday evening Super bowl and Valentine special!

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2 Delcious and Healthy Seasonal Smoothies

Anti-inflammatory green smoothie and Persimmon mandarin Bliss

I am sure you all agree with me that eating seasonal food is good for health. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that we get the best tasting seasonal produce at great price. When it comes to smoothies, nothing beat quality seasonal produce and I know I am not the only one who can drink smoothies during winter. In fact, keeping your body well-nourished is more important in winter months to prevent weight gain from eating comfort foods and to ward off the nasty germs that cause cold and flu. Smoothies are the nutritious way to stir things up, if you have a good blender and quality ingredients handy in the kitchen. So, today I have two smoothies for you, one is the anti-inflammatory green smoothie and the other is persimmon mandarin bliss, for those readers who can not gulp down green smoothie.

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Thai Chicken Laksa

Thai Chicken Laksa

Laksa is a popular noodle dish from south east Asia. There are many variations of this dish and each regions’ version has slightly different spices or ingredients. The one that I first had and adored was in a Thai restaurant. Ever since then, I have been an addict. So, here’s my version of chicken laksa with Thai flavors. It tastes delightfully refreshing and light, yet nurturing and filling at the same time.

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