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Labneh cheese balls

Labneh cheese balls

I first tried Labneh in the desert town of Deir-e-zor in Syria some 18 years back. At that time I was used to just Mozarella and Cheddar and the Indian cottage cheese called Paneer. So, this was a whole new experience for me. The sour tangy taste coupled with spices intrigued me. Basically it had the consistency of cream cheese with the sourness of yogurt. It was served with their Mezze, or with their chargrilled meats. In some restaurants it had coarse salt and garlic pounded into it giving it a very unusual kick. Raw garlic in cheese? It was a flavour I would never forget!

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Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney

This is one of my favourite chutneys. Fiery red and tangy. It goes with any savoury snack and of course best with Indian fermented savoury pancakes called Dosa. I think I have been eating this for as long as I can remember. It used to be too tangy for me but as years...

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Banana Stem Juice

Banana Stem Juice

It isn't everyday that one gets to drink a banana stem juice! But if you grow a banana tree you would make the best use of it. Every part of the banana tree, from its stem to its flower and leaves  are used. Ofcourse you eat the bananas as well! Nothing goes waste....

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Polenta Bites

Polenta Bites

Polenta was something I had never bought or used. I would see it on the shelves and always wondered if I should get some and try. It always looked lovely, yellow and bright like sunshine. Once cooked  it turns even more yellow, really like a beautiful day!  Other...

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