December 31, 2014

Best of 2014 - a look ahead for the next year.....

As the new year 2015 unfolds in a couple of hours (it has already begun in several countries east to where I live), its that time of the year (perhaps forced, perhaps reflective, perhaps both) – to ponder upon how the year was the last 364 days. I will let my food pics do most of the talking.  I have selected Top 7 8 (don’t ask me why not top 5  or top 10) –8 just happens to be a fancy number right now – that reflects the changes / new ideas I brought In my kitchen this 2014

Quinoa, unbleached Bread flour, Instant yeast (yes!) – these were major new additions I cooked with. Also, the Indian Food odyssey & ABC World Food Marathon gave me ample research data into how food is perceived in various parts of india and the world. With a few ingredients different here and there, a new recipe evolves. There is a saying that in India every 200 km, the language (dialect atleast) and food changes. So true that !

So, to sum up : I am much more confident with yeast than I was before, and baked quite some during the past few months. Wholewheat is definitely replacing Maida (APF) – atleast by 90% in my kitchen, as are brown sugar / jaggery in place of refined sugar. Olive oil and ghee (yes!) are to replace fatty butter / margarine.

And to quote Julia Child “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” While I am not there yet, I am sure many more myths and fears will be broken as I steer my family’s health and eating preferences into tastier and healthier territories..
I leave you with some healthy and family favourites of 2014. Wishing all my readers and well wishers a healthy and enriching 2015 ! Happy new year....

Cheers
Kalyani

Colombian Quinoa Mango Salad - my first foray into using quinoa in a salad

Hungarian Potato Salad -Potato lovers would love this :)

Moroccan Harira - Spicy Chickpea Soup - a super delicious soup that was licked clean !

Gujarati Oondhiyu - - my personal favourite ! 

Delhi style Dal Makhani - Need I say more ?

Dahi Ke kabab - a kabab that we would all love to dig into, again and again :)

Cabbage Dhokla - an experiment that turned out surprisingly well

Sajjige Rotti - Top marks from my mom for making this :-))
Linking this to Valli's Best of 2014 event . Thanks to all my Blogging Marathon friends for a stupendous year ! 

7 comments:

  1. Lovely recap, Kalyani. Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year!

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  2. Wish you and your family a great year ahead Kalyani..it was wonderful to read your recap!..

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  3. Wonderful post with super eight recipes...though you could have put in some more...I have book marked a few from these eight...a very happy. New year to you all as well.

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  4. I love all of your pics.. That's a wonderful post.Wish u a very happy new year.

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  5. Lovely recap Kalyani.Must try the cabbage dhola.And wishing everyone at home a very happy and healthy year ahead

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  6. glad you are having so much fun with the new ingredients in your kitchen. Happy New Year!!!

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  7. Lovely recap Kalyani. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead.

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hi there ! Thanks for stopping by. Would love to hear what you thought of this post.. your support is invaluable for this blog..

Cheers
Kalyani

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