Growing up, I loved the sound of okra (or bhindi as we call it in Hindi) sizzling on the stove and it perhaps was the only vegetable that caught my interest at the time. Okra is traditionally served with roti (an Indian flatbread) and most commonly a lentil soup. Neal also loves to roll it up like a burrito and chow down. Enjoy my momma’s okra however you like!
It is still very much summer in Northern California and so if you are looking to beat the heat like us, homemade ice cream is ALWAYS a great idea! Kulfi, originating from South Asia, is a creamier and denser version of ice cream made by boiling and reducing milk in volume. And of course, since fusion cooking is my favorite, I have incorporated Matcha (ground green tea leaf powder) to blend two beautiful historic cuisines. Enjoy!
I could have a Snickerdoodle cookie at any time of the day---it is my favorite and perfect as we go into fall. What's even better? Having the cookie in breakfast form! Enjoy my Snickerdoodle Muffin recipe!
The recipe I have for today is inspired by a fresh Pineapple Mint juice we had our first morning in Africa! This smoothie is distinctive from the others on our blog and you will just have to taste it yourself to know why.....
These 30-minute skillet shrimp fajitas are perfect for a weeknight no-fuss dinner that is so easy to prepare...it may just become a weekly tradition.
This awakening fruit smoothie is so simple that it does not even need a recipe card! Sometimes, we have moments where we rummage through our fridge and whip up an easy concoction that will fuel the rest of our day. Our Peach Mango Smoothie is exactly that---a speedy, sweet, start to your morning!
I particularly enjoy Hyderabadi style biryanis because of its spicier personality incorporating a vast spectrum of characters such as star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom. For today’s post, I opted to modify my favorite chicken recipe to cook with shrimp. It is a simpler option if you do not have as much time on your hands to prepare a meal, but still long for the Indian delicacy. Enjoy our Shrimp Hyderbadi Biryani recipe below.
As I was walking down the aisles of Berkeley Bowl during a quiet morning (which rarely happens), I let my eyes wander to discover something new. My aim was to work with an ingredient I hadn't before and that is when I stumbled upon the piles of grapefruit.
When I embarked on the journey of strength-building in 2015, I began to incorporate supplemental protein into my diet and struggled with how to do it in a way that was delicious and not substituting an entire meal. Being a coffee lover, I thought to add protein into my daily fix with some ice on a hot summer morning for my commute to work. Over time, I have refined different variations of this creation and ecstatic to share the original on the blog!
I have a confession to make...I am an avid carb lover. If I don't have my once-a-day allotment, Neal can attest to my very obvious change in demeanor which consists of pure grouchiness and transitions into a grieving cycle. With that being said, you can imagine how much I love pasta. So, take it from me that jumping on the zoodle train was accompanied by some initial hesitation and skepticism.
On a week night, preparing dinner can be challenging and you may be tempted to just stick a frozen meal in the microwave and call it a day! Lucky for you, our one pan baked salmon recipe asks for only 22-25 minutes of your time and tastes like heaven! The sweet and semi spicy mango glaze adds flair to the fresh salmon and complements the tossed lemon garlic vegetables. Easy, healthy, and very satisfying!
Recently, we had stuffed jalapeños with crab at a sushi restaurant in Palm Springs! As Neal and I were blissfully feasting, we started chatting about jalapeño poppers and wondering what happened to the beloved appetizer of the 90's! I remember as a child, grabbing as many as I could at dinner parties hosted by my mother and sneaking up to my room. I loved the duo of hot, melted cheese and the crunch of the jalapeño. During this trip down to memory lane, I asked myself if we could create a variation with our mark on it. And that is exactly how Jalapeño Poppers with paneer was born!
On the weekdays, many of our friends opt for breakfast on the go (quickly grabbing a protein or energy bar on their way out) or skip it altogether in order to savor those extra precious moments of sleep. After all, who has the time to cook a lavish breakfast every morning? Well, we created a delicious and healthy frittata for you and all you need is ten minutes on a Sunday.
Nothing says summer quite like a chilled glass of lemonade to beat the heat! Since we always have a crazy amount of fruit in the fridge during this season, we thought to put it to good use! This very simple recipe will have you abandoning the lemonade pulp or that powder stuff forever. All you need is a few fresh ingredients and you're on your way to bliss...
One thing you will learn about Neal and I in this blog is that we believe that healthy food can be ridiculously delicious! Growing up, our families did not consider salads as a meal on its own. Perhaps, it was the nature of Indian cuisine or the lack of fresh and locally sourced ingredients at the time. However, we have set out to show how delicious a gourmet salad can be while keeping you feeling energetic and satisfied.
When I started Furbaby and Foodie, I had no idea I would start to enjoy the intricacies of baking and creating fusion desserts. Neal and I have primarily spent our time in the kitchen cooking dinners and sometimes experimenting with craft cocktails. I suppose when you practice a skill everyday, new doors open up for you and sometimes even new passions.
This post was inspired by an episode of Chef's Table featuring Christina Tosi, founder of Milk Bar. The cinematic storytelling combined with Christina's background swayed me beyond words and I instantly thought Panna Cotta. For those of you that haven't viewed this episode, Christina Tosi is known for starting the cereal flavored milk ice cream craze that can now be found in chains all over the country. My favorite cereal growing up was Cinnamon Toast Crunch and our favorite family dessert was Apple Pie with Ice Cream....eventually leading to this recipe!