Mark Cooks: Christmas Dinner

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Stir fried Brussels sprouts mushroom and onions

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And quicker steamed the asparagus

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Cheese ravioli with tomatoes and pesto

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Salad was mixed greens – arugula – tomatoes
Bonapetit

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Mark Masselli

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Plant Patty vs Beef

Came across this interesting article on the future of vegetarian foods. This new process seems to work great, if the taste-testers are to be believed. Hopefully this will hit the market next year, and then we can see what comes next.

Read the article here: Savour the future: how to make a plant patty that tastes just like beef

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Mark Masselli

The History of Pepper

I rarely get into the history of the vegetables and other foods we eat, but this was just too interesting to pass up. It is an article on the cultural significance of peppers in western society, and how it affects a person’s biology. Really fascinating stuff.

Read the whole article here: Peppers: Can You Take the Heat?

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Mark Masselli

Savoury Rice for Organic September

Did you know that this past month was “organic” September? The author of Give Me Some Spice provided us with this great rice recipeusing only organic ingredients. Any lentils will do. When you make this, buy organic and buy local!

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Mark Masselli

Chocolate Barfi

Maybe you aren’t a big nut person, or maybe dessert isn’t really dessert for you without chocolate, and so the Kaju Katli I posted a week ago did not appeal to you. Good news; there is still an Indian dessert for you! Chocolate Barfihas a great texture and that satisfying, chocolaty taste so many of us crave.

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Mark Masselli

Kaju Katli

This cashew fudge, called Kaju Katli, is one of my favorite desserts. Cashews were brought to India by the Portuguese, and the area around Goa still uses cashew in their cuisine the most. The next time I am in Goa, I’m really looking forward to a big plate of these for dessert one evening.

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Mark Masselli