New Things…

It’s been a while (like 25 months, NBD) but I’m back. I’ve been working on a new project over at Orange Tiffin.

As some of you might get from the name, it’s a blog aimed at filling those tiffins. But not with the usual suspects of daal, chawal and roti. Instead, you’ll find comfort food alternatives and simple solutions to make eating well sustainable and enjoyable, with South Asian flavour.

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Roasted Garlic Green Bean Almondine

Roasted Garlic Green Bean Almondine

For the last almost-two years I’ve been obsessed with the Garlic and Blue Cheese Green Bean Almondine by Chef John of Food Wishes. Although traditional green bean almondine is plenty of awesome, Chef John’s take on the holiday classic takes it a step further. The green beans are tossed in a mellow sauce made of roasted… 

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Autumn Fruit Explosion Muffins

Autumn Fruit Explosion Muffins

Since summer’s end I’ve been having a hard time sticking to Paleo. More or less everything has gone down the hatch and it’s taking a toll on me. I desperately need to hit the reset button. For most people this means a round of a sugar detox or Whole30. Instead, I’m taking it in strides… 

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Lamb Sausage Spaghetti (Squash) with Almond “Pangritata”

Lamb Sausage Spaghetti (Squash) with Almond "Pangritata"

I’ve been in the mood for pasta these days, real deal pasta. I think it’s my body wanting to put on some insulation for the winter. I’m not one to go all pumpkin crazy in the fall but this one was obvious. Making zucchini noodles in the fall would be a heinous crime against the… 

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Fruity Massaged Kale Salad

Fruity Massaged Kale Salad

I never would’ve thought I’d be posting a recipe for kale. It’s not exactly my vegetable of choice, except in chip form. No amount nutritional facts and statistics will change that. BUT! I do make this massaged kale salad from time to time. Whenever I find myself with excess kale in the fridge (that I’d… 

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Cilantro-Poblano Marinated Flank Steak

Cilantro-Poblano Marinated Flank Steak

As the weather is starting to cool down and we approach summers’ end I’m desperately trying to juice it for all it has. For the most people this means lounging under the sun. For me this only means only one thing: food. I’m using the grill as much as possible, because you know, you can’t… 

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Paleo Nasi Goreng [Indonesian Fried Rice]

Paleo Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)

So… I don’t actually like cauliflower. For one, it doesn’t have the most appealing smell or produce the most appealing smells upon digestion, if you know what I mean. But at the same time, I think cauliflower is too easily overlooked. In the paleo world, this humble cruciferous vegetable is highly regarded by some as… 

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Peruvian Chicken with Aji Verde

Peruvian Chicken with Aji Verde

Hey, I’m back! I got lost in summer for the last few weeks but the recent cold winds has me running back inside. It’s funny that as the end of summer approached I’m actually excited. I start to miss my winter layers (the clothing type) and using the oven for roasts and things. It might… 

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Eid Eats Recipe Round Up

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This weekend marks the end of Ramadan and the end to the Real Food Ramadan series. Monday will likely be Eid to celebrate the end of the month and the feast at the end of the fast. For most, this usually means food overdose. But Eid doesn’t need to be a bread and rice overdose… 

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Paleo Banana Cream Pie

Paleo Banana Cream Pie

Edited to add: I’m participating in the Eat Eats link-up hosted by Asiya of Chocolate and Chillies. Go check out the link-up on her page to see what everyone else is making for Eid. Thanks for hosting, Asiya! It’s Part 10 and the final part of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part… 

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Watercress, Fig and Pistachio Salad

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It’s Part 9 of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8 over here!) Did you know that watercress is the new kale? Praises, because kale was really not my thing. Growing up, we’d always have watercress at the dinner table. It… 

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Slow Cooker Lamb Fricassee

Slow Cooker Lamb Fricasee

It’s Part 8 of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7 over here!) Ramadan is coming to a close soon and I’m looking to cut down on time preparing meals even more. The only problem is that I think I’m over quick-to-prepare grilled… 

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Watermelon Salad with Fried Halloumi & Basil

Basil Watermelon & Fried Halloumi Salad

It’s Part 7 of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 over here!) We’re more than halfway through the month and I’ve miraculously avoided indulgence of the usual Ramadan suspects. They’re coming after me in full force too, with their proponents whispering, “one won’t do any… 

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Breakfast Cabbage Stir-Fry

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It’s Part 6 of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 over here!) Whenever I tell people that I often have a salad for breakfast the initial response is usually mild disgust. Vegetables for breakfast? What they expect to hear is that I eat some sort… 

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Moroccan Awesome Sauce

Moroccan Awesome Sauce

It’s Part 5 of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 over here!) Last summer I discovered one of the most delicious condiments ever. I was introduced to it by my amazing friend (we’ll just call her Nabila) that was inspired to make it after a… 

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Keftedes with Tzatziki

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It’s Part 4 of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 over here!) I always love to have an abundant supply of ground meat on hand. It’s easy to pull out of the freezer, defrost, flavour and cook up, all in a flash. It’s also really easy to… 

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Grain-Free Banana Pancakes

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It’s Part 3 of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1 and Part 2 over here!) We’re one week in and I think everyone is a little tired of eggs. It’s becoming more tempting to reach for bread or convenience foods just for some change. While I’m a big fan of eating leftovers… 

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Frittata, Four Ways

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It’s Part 2 of the Real Food Ramadan series! (Check out Part 1 over here!) So you’re in one of two situations for breakfast. You wake up and have the same thing everyday because it requires no brain power or you just don’t eat anything at all – maybe a banana. How about something that… 

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Real Food Ramadan Starts With Papri Chaat

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“Are you breaking your diet in Ramadan?” The first question my mom asked me when we started talking about preparing for Ramadan. Unfortunately, Ramadan is a time where most of the 2 billion Muslims in the world throw health and nutrition out the window. It’s too hard, we tell ourselves. Or it takes too much… 

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Mango Kulfi

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My name is Asima and I’m an ice cream-aholic. Like a true addict, I hide all evidence before it gets a chance to be noticed. But it’s time to rectify my wrong… by making more ice cream. But not just any ice cream. It’s 6-ingredient paleo mango ice cream that’s dairy-free, refined sugar-free and sweetened… 

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Pan Fried Spiced Mustard Trout

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I used to be a mustard hater. Ketchup, on the other hand, I could’ve bathed in. It was ketchup with my eggs, sandwiches, rice and samosas (sometimes I wonder if my mom thought ketchup was a vegetable). Things have changed. I still love ketchup. But I’m equally obsessed with mustard. It’s mustard-on-everything around here. That’s not to… 

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