Saturday, November 29, 2008

Broccoli Salad

SOURCE: Coworkers recipe
I took this for Thanksgiving Dinner at Mel & Morgan's this year. It is easy, unique and quite yummy. This recipe also won the salad contest at our work recipe judging competition so enjoy! After I made this, I saw a version of this salad on Food Network: Paula Deen. Her version has halved grape tomatoes which I don't use in mine.

Ingredients (for 4-6 people):
1 large head or 3 medium fresh broccoli stalks cut into bite size pieces (yields about 2 cups)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup red onions chopped
2 tblsp white sugar
3 tblsp white wine vinegar
1 cup mayonaise
1/2 cup sliced almonds
6 slices of bacon (Oscar mayer already cooked bacon works and is easier)
Place bacon on skillet. cook on medium until evenly brown (4 mins for "already cooked bacon"). Place on paper towels. Crumble.
In a salad bowl toss broccoli, raisins, red onions. In a seperate bowl whisk white sugar, vinegar and mayonaise. Pour over brocolli mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle almonds and bacon before serving. Toss again and serve.
Optional (Some variations of this recipe on the internet will have frozen peas and/or halved grape tomatoes. Haven't tried that version but sounds pretty awesome)

Sunday, November 23, 2008


SOURCE: Smita's own. Perfected after a few tries. This is also one of my specialties

Ingredients (This recipie is for a very a large pitcher; Half it if using size of pitcher as shown in photo):
2 bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignion); Doesnt have to be a very expensive red
1 bottle Red Grape-Cranberry juice
1 can Seven Up (lemon lime soda)
2 lemons
2 oranges
Peaches optional

In the pitcher, marinate Red grape juice, juice of one lemon and one orange overnight.
Next day add Red Wine, Lemn-lime soda and Slices of Oranges & Lemons (cut in circles).

Dal (Lentils)

SOURCE: Inspired by Nameeta Premkumar's recipe with some twists
1/2 cup masoor dal (orange lentils)
1/2 cup toor dal (yellow lentils)
Cumin seeds
Mustard seeds
Garlic 2 pods chopped
Half onion chopped
Cilantro handful
1 green chilli
1 lemon
1 tomato

In a glass container add dal and 2 and 1/2 cups water and put in microwave for 10 minutes. Make sure the dal is boiled and pasty.
In a saucepan, add oil, cumin seeds, mustard seeds. Wait until mustard seeds pop. Add green chilli, hing (asefotida) garlic, onions and cilantro. Optional -- add little bit turmeric, red chilli pwd. Squeeze half fresh lemon. Add 1 tomato chopped. Add salt and a bit of sugar. Cook. Add boiled dal. Boil together for 10 minutes till oil seperates. Garnish with cilantro.