a few pics from Kochi

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Tibetan Thukpa


Last Year, when Jac and I were at the end of our month in India, we spent a few days in Kochi. We’d had a great time, but we were so exhausted, and so treated ourselves to a Hindi Movie, an Ayurvedic massage and dinner at wonderful Tibetan restaurant, owned by a lady from Gangtok . I’ve been wanting momos and Thukpa ever since. So here is my attempt after putting togther some obscure Internet recipes. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any Szchwan pepper, which is really essential for the flavour. And I found that although this was yummy, the leftovers the next day were even better because the flavours had been infusing. So if you want to make it, I advise making most of it, (or all of it!) the day before. I’ll definately make it again it was very easy.  Serves 4-8.

 1. Make about 4-6 cups of vegetable stock (or buy it!)

2. In a large saucepan lightly fry an onion, add a few bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of cumin, a few teaspoons of garlic and ginger, some chilli (according to taste) and about a teaspoon of szechwan pepper and some asafetida powder or star of anise or any other complementary flavour.

3. If you desire meat, add chicken or beef in thin strips (about 400g) and cook until just brown- about 2 minutes.

4. Add 1-2 cups of chopped or cherry tomatoes, the broth and some salt and pepper. Then add about 1/2 cup of red capsicum, 1/2 cup of celery, 1/2 cup of thinly chopped carrot, 1/2 cup of green beans, 1 cup of chopped spinach ( I used frozen). [ it would be fine to omit some of these veges]

5. Add about 1/2 packet of rice noodels. Although if you are going to let the soup stand over night I’d suggest adding these the following day when you heat up the soup.

6. Serve and garnish with coriander.

Anzac Biscuits

Yay, I love Anzac Biscuits. Have to say its nice to have something very Australian that I can actually be unashamedly proud of. Anzac day isn’t far off around the corner, so here isa recipe that I improvised with the other day.These biscuits are the sweet, chewy kind, they have a lot of texture and are best eaten within a few days of making them.

100g wholemeal flour, 100g rolled oats, 80g coconut ( a mix of dessicated and flakes), half a cup of white sugar, a sprinkle of brown sugar, a pinch of salt. Mix.

40g of butter/marg, 2+ tablespoon of golden syrup, melt in saucepan, take from heat and add half a cup of boiling water with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Stir in with dry ingredients, add a tiny handful of chopped nuts. ( I used almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts and macadamias) Cook at 180-190 for about 20-30 minutes. Very yummy.

sorry, for some reason I can’t get my pictures to come through 😦

 (yay! the pic works now… I had to learn to make them small for loading on the net.)

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog. Not sure how commited to it I’m going to be, life is pretty busy and all… But I love creating things ey? And this is great because its like a scrapbook that I can’t stuff up because I’m not neat enough with the sissors! The general idea is to upload variations on recipies and pictures of the food I cook, but ideally I’d like to put some posts on a few other interests outside cooking, who knows>? 😛

 p.s. In case you are wondering if you have the right blog, take a look at the pic of me drinking Papaya Juice on Anjuna Beach, Goa, India.