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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Beer Cake

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When you see a recipe like this, it’s hard not to try it. I used a pilsner. The cake had a very moist crumb but tasted like a pound cake otherwise. The streusel topping sunk into the cake as it baked, so there wasn’t much of it left on top. I didn’t have any cream of tartar but it worked just fine without it – I added a pinch of ground agar agar instead.

I thought the cake matured overnight, and tasted better the second day.


Baked Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Cheese

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As an adult, I sometimes find myself craving pasta and cheese. But I prefer a slightly more complex taste than when I was a child, and therefore like to add tomato. To make this I fried minced garlic and then added a tin of diced tomatoes, along with marjoram, salt and thyme. I cooked the pasta while the sauce was simmering. After the pasta was cooked, I mixed it in with the sauce and mixed in some grated Turkish cheese. I put it in a baking pan, topped with a bit more grated cheese, and baked it for 20 minutes. I topped it with fresh basil leaves (I actually used Thai basil, as that was what I had) and served it with a salad.

This is the kind of cooking I do when I’m not in the mood to cook.

Creamy Curried Swiss Chard

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I used this recipe.

Matki Curry

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Here’s a recipe for a simple moth bean curry.

Green Peas Sabzi

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I left out the ghee in the original recipe to make it vegan, but you could also substitute vegetable ghee. I didn’t think it was needed.

Mushroom and Sour Cream Pasta

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A friend who cooked a meal at my house left me with most of an open container of sour cream. To avoid wasting it, I prepared pasta with mushrooms in a sour cream sauce. While the pasta was cooking, I cooked mushrooms and garlic gradually with a bit of oil, then I added some marjoram, thyme, salt and pepper. I added the sour cream to the mushrooms and let it simmer on low to thicken, before adding the pasta and mixing it well. I topped it with chopped parsley.

Vegetarian Keema

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This cauliflower mince does not taste much like cauliflower, and I kept sneaking tastes when I was meant to be preparing other dishes.