Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Squash on Toast at ABC Kitchen

I recently went to lunch at one of my favourite eateries – ABC Kitchen, at one of New York City’s most beautiful stores ABC Carpet & Home.

The menu offered many seasonal dishes of which one I just could not get enough off. It was their roasted kabocha squash toast w/ fresh ricotta and apple cider vinegar”. The flavors and textures of this creation were simply divine. Thoughtfully layered with crunchy bread, salty cheese, sweet and earthy squash, topped with chili and mint – it was divinity in each bite.

I recreated this dish in my kitchen using Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s recipe and though I could not get it to taste exactly the same but it was still par excellence.

 

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You must use good quality bread and you can use any cheese from ricotta, goat cheese – I even tried it with a herbed cream cheese and it tasted so good. I would try it with butternut squash the next time around.

 

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This makes for a wonderful snack, appetizer or even a lunch dish!

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Gobhi-Moolee Paratha (Cauliflower-Radish Filling)

I just love parathas – but then again who doesn’t.

A paratha is an Indian flat bread which can be stuffed with just about any filling. The most popular is Aloo (potato) but it can range from anything from ground meat (keema) to mixed combination of vegetables. My favorite parathas are made in my mother’s kitchen.

I love my parathas stuffed with a combination of cauliflower and radish (Gobhi/Moolee). Here is the recipe.
 

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Aloo Paratha (Potato)

I just love parathas – but then again who doesn’t.

A paratha is an Indian flat bread which can be stuffed with just about any filling. The most popular is Aloo (potato) but it can range from anything from ground meat (keema) to mixed combination of vegetables. My favorite parathas are made in my mother’s kitchen.

 I love my parathas stuffed with a combination of cauliflower and radish (Gobhi/Moolee).

 A paratha is a meal in itself. I love to eat it with homemade mango pickle and yogurt.

 Here is the recipe for the most popular “Aloo Paratha”.

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Maldivian Roshi: A Recipe from Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Roshi is very similar to Indian rotis (flatbreads).

The secret to making soft dough is using warm water whilst kneading the dough. You can add a few tablespoons of shredded coconut to the dough whilst kneading it to add flavor.

 


 
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PURIS

There is nothing like eating a piping hot, fluffy puri.

We don’t make puris very often except for when we have certain ceremonies at home or when the kids demand it. My kids love it and can tuck away multiple puris with no problems. This summer I decided it was time for me to learn how to actually make puris myself. To my surprise and my kids delight I found it was actually quite easy!

Make sure the oil is really hot and that you don’t keep the puris in the oil for very long. Puris must be eaten hot and have to be made then and there. For the dough you can either knead it by hand or if you have a food processor, you could use a dough blade. Whilst kneading the dough, you do have to judge how much water to put in the dough by making sure the dough is not too wet and sticky and not too dry either.


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Brown Butter Banana Strawberry Bread

One of my favorite food blogs is Joy the Baker. I spend endless hours drooling over her fabulous creations and after many months of just being a voyeur on her blog, I finally used one of her recipes.

It was perfect as I had overripe bananas and strawberries that had to be consumed within the day to save them from being relegated to the trash. Here is the recipe I used to make a really nice banana strawberry loaf.

 


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Custardy Popovers

Popovers can be eaten as a part of just about any meal. It makes a great breakfast food or goes really well with soups or salads. The list goes on and on.

I remember when I was going to school in Amherst, MA; there was a great little cafe called Judies’s that was famous for its popovers.

The best popovers I’ve ever eaten are at Eleven Madison Park in New York City.

Here is a recipe I found in one of my favorite cookbooks – The Moosewoood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen.

It’s a really simple, rather low-fat recipe.


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