September 05, 2015

Chocolate Para Churros (Chocolate sauce for Churros - Vegan recipe)

This recipe for hot chocolate is much thicker than the standard hot chocolate. It is almost like a smooth, thin pudding and is designed to dip the freshly made churros. Make this while the dough for churros is cooling, keep it covered in a pan on the stove and give it a good whisk just before serving.
Chocolate Sauce for Churros
This recipe makes about 4 ½-cup servings of chocolate sauce. Store the leftovers in the fridge and use within 2~3 days.

Vegan Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Buffet on Table: Week 1 -- Combos from Countries
Day 5: Mexico -- Vegan Churros with Chocolate Sauce
For the last day of this week's Combo meals, I made a addictive dessert from Mexico -- Churros with Chocolate Sauce. Churros are fingers or loops of sugar coated fried pastry dough that is usually served with cups of hot chocolate.
Mexican Churros with Cinnamon
Churros have a light crunchy outside and an airy inside. They are quite easy to make at home. They can vary from country to country in shape and size: in Venezuela, they are shaped as dainty loops whereas Mexican churros are quite long and spiked with cinnamon. Many Latin countries like their churros with just a dusting of granulated sugar.

September 04, 2015

Cast-Iron Skillet Pita Bread

Pita bread is a quintessential element for any Middle Eastern meal. I already have a recipe for pita bread that is baked in the oven. This one is made on the skillet and the pitas turned out soft and delicious.
Wholewheat Pita Bread
These pitas involve quite a bit of work, read the recipe thoroughly and plan accordingly. I don't usually add cooking and prep times to my recipes, but I thought it is important to add them here because I miscalculated the time and it took me past dinner time to make these pitas.
A 'Sponge' made by mixing some of the flour before preparing the dough is the secret to the success of these homemade pitas. Try these and I'm sure you'll love them.

Classic Hummus

I love hummus. I use it as a spread on sandwiches, wraps and even made a bread with it. But never made hummus myself at home -- I wonder why!! All it needs is 2 main ingredients -- chickpeas and tahini and that's all you need to make this creamy and delicious dip.
Hummus is known as the poor man's food in the Middle East and it is a versatile dish. It can be served as a snack or with any meal of the day -- it is served for breakfast for Israel. It is an easy and delicious way to add protein to the diet.
Classic Hummus
This recipe is from Vegetarian Times magazine. The recipe is a little unusual in that it uses warm chickpeas -- the author says the heat helps cut the garlic's acidity. It is best to make the hummus from scratch using dried chickpeas (instructions on how to cook chickpeas from scratch are included at the end of the post).

Tabbouleh, Hummus and Pita Platter

Buffet on Table: Week 1 -- Combos from Countries
Day 4: Middle East -- Tabbouleh, Hummus & Pita Platter
Our next stop for an amazing International Combo meal is in the Middle East. This Tabbouleh, Hummus, pita and falafel platter has been something I have planned to make for a very long time. Finally I made them all for the Mega marathon :-)
Lebanese Tabbouleh with Herbs & Pistachio
Tabbouleh is a traditional Middle Eastern dish. There are many versions for this bulgur wheat salad. This recipe is from Vegetarian Times magazine and I'm assuming it is from Lebanon since it is more about the herbs and less about the bulgur grain itself.

September 03, 2015

Indian Style Tomato Soup

This tomato soup is the perfect accompaniment to grilled cheese sandwich. It is also great to serve warm with crusty bread on a chilly day.
Indian Style Tomato Coconut Soup
I added Indian flavors to the soup along with some coconut milk to make it thick and tasty. Substitute ginger with garlic, omit the cumin seeds and red chili powder. Use cream or half-n-half instead of coconut milk and make a American style thick tomato soup.

Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

Buffet on Table: Week 1 -- Combos from Countries
Day 3: US -- Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
We are stopping in the United States for a hearty and comforting combo of grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. This is a such a classic combination; crunchy, buttery bread and melted cheese just begs to be dunked in a big bowl of hearty tomato soup.
Indian Style Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
One good thing about this combo is that both the sandwich and the soup can be customized to ones palate. So I took the liberty and made them both with Indian flavors. Skip the green chutney and caramelized onion in the sandwich and you have an all American sandwich.

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