My Mother’s Chocolate Cake

I am telling you right now that this recipe is impossible to replicate.

My mother has always baked the best darned homemade chocolate cake ever and if any professional bakers ever saw how she did it they would keel over die.

She throws in a little of this and a bit of that into the batter as if she were tweaking a chicken curry and yet it works as each time she makes this cake it is simply outstanding.

 

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This past summer after several decades of my life…I am finally attempting to blog her recipe. Beware – the finer the ingredients you use – the more you will fail at this cake. Please us good old supermarket brands – like Cadbury cocoa in India and perhaps nestle in the US. All I can say is good luck!

PS: It helps if your tongue hovers over your upper lip whilst you bake this particular recipe!

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Spicy Mutton Curry

I don’t eat much red meat at all but when I am in India I really do enjoy the occasional dish made with mutton. The flavor that mutton imparts onto whatever it is being cooked with is just so deeply satisfying. Here is a superb spicy mutton curry recipe I tried this past summer, which must be eaten with piping hot basmati rice. This dish can be made with chicken too.

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Plantain Kababs (Kachha Kela ka Kabab)

Plantains are a really wonderful source of fiber and vitamins C and A. They taste especially good when spiced up and pan-fried to make a yummy meal that can be served with pretty much anything.

 

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Peter Paniccia’s Stir Fried Hot Peppers w/ Bread Crumbs

I can’t stop raving about my favorite organic CSA farmer Peter Paniccia of Pietro’s Coop and his hot peppers. This past year, he showed me a really great way to cook these peppers.

It was so yummy that I pretty much ate the whole pan of peppers myself – don’t ask what happened to my stomach the next day! Next time I will show some restraint (or maybe not)

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Chadachadi – a Bengali Mixed Vegetable Dish

Chadachadi is a Bengali dish that is made with a hodgepodge of leftover vegetables. There is a strong flavoring of mustard seeds and mustard oil that gives this dish a distinctive tangy, depth of flavor.

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A Very Green Soup

Sometimes I have so many greens in my fridge I don’t know what to do with them – so I make soup. You can vary the vegetables you use in this recipe.

In this case I combined broccoli with spinach and arugula and it was really yummy!

 

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Peter’s Hot Pepper Preserve

My awesome organic CSA farmer Peter Paniccia of Pietro’s Coop comes bearing baskets full of wonderful produce. One of my very favorites is his hot peppers.

I just love the vibrant kick these peppers add to pretty much every dish I make. Here is a recipe where I actually manage to preserve these hot peppers so they will last me through the winter months. I use a spoonful of this is so many dishes from pastas, to sandwiches or in dips and so on.

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