Not quite like mom’s..or mom-in-law’s as the case may be

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We all have that weekend breakfast that mom used to make for us that we crave and associate with home and comfort..for me it’s omelettes. Hearty omelettes with sautéed vegetables turned into sandwiches. Also, occasionally more Indian things like idli and sambar (soft rice cake patties with lentil vegetable soup) or upma (I have no idea how to translate this grain that’s sorta like a courser couscous)

For MTT, the breakfast dish is pohe. It seems simple enough ; a sautéed flattened rice dish with some potatoes in it… And yet, I failed.

The first step of soaking the dried flat rice–turns out I soaked in way too much water and made the rice soggy. The addition of potato–I may have gone potato happy and added way too much. Also, I boiled them first … Making the final texture of my pohe a weird Indian mashed potato.

Strike one.

I will try again in a few weekends. Next weekend it’s all about the omelettes! And that I know I can knock out of the park!

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Italian feast…courtesy of Harry and David…and my MOH

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My MOH’s wedding present was an amazing gift basket from Harry and David…and so I set about making an Italian feast of sun-dried tomato flatbread and tri-color angel hair with an amazing pasta sauce that I enhanced with turkey meatballs.

It was such an easy basket … It came with high quality evoo which will last me a while.

The mix for flatbread which included yeast and only needed 30 minutes to rise, coupled with the bottled bruschetta topping, made an excellent first course.

The tricolor angel hair claimed it needed 45 seconds to cook… But I ended up cooking it for several minutes. Maybe that’s a crazy thing to do if you’re a die hard Italian , but I’m not 🙂

The bottled sauce was yummy. I didn’t change it at all, just heated meatballs with it.

The most amazing shortbread cookies were provided for dessert … MTT asked me why I never made cookies that good… Now I need to search for a Great vanilla shortbread recipe to compete with Harry and David!

The basket also has a risotto mix … Haven’t made it yet because MTT doesn’t like risotto … But one day when we aren’t newly weds I will make it anyway!

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My first post as a married woman!

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I was busy in the final stages of wedding planning followed by wedding and honeymoon.

One of the traditional parts of Indian weddings is when the bride returns after the wedding to the groom’s parents’ home, she cooks a sweet dish for the family. I made suji halwa, a semolina based sweet dish where the grain is mixed with ghee and then a sugar syrup and has a polenta-like texture. I added nuts and raisins to the dish.

I was a little nervous to make this dish because I don’t usually make Indian desserts…I had my mom text me a recipe and snuck a look at my phone before going to my mother-in-law’s kitchen…

It turned out very very rich. Good. But very very rich. Though I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be!