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Posts tagged “Turmeric

West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #vegetarian #stew #recipe

I ran across this stew when Cotter Crunch posted hers … and it immediately struck me as something I just HAD to try! I pinned it on my “Recipes I Want to Try” board and vowed to make it sometime soon. Well, then last month I did an event where I served soups and sandwiches. […]


Cardamom Curry Eggplant Tomato Soup

Cardamom Curry Eggplant Tomato Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hearty #healthy #spicy #soup #recipe

Can soup be sexy? I think this one is. Silky and velvety, rich and lightly spicy and laced with exotic flavors, this curried eggplant tomato soup is so enticing, I found myself licking the bowl to get every last drop. Can you tell I’m a little smitten with this soup? I came up with the idea after […]


Indian Creamed Spinach with Cheese (Saag Paneer)

Indian Creamed Spinach w Cheese (Saag Paneer) ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Indian #spinach #recipe

Adapted/lightened from Food Network I have to teach an Indian cooking class … which made me realize I’ve been slacking on Indian recipes on my blog. I’ve got lots of curries, yes, but not so many other Indian recipes. Perhaps many Indian recipes ARE indeed curry recipes, but I think I tend towards the Thai […]


Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad

Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #deconstructed #hummus #salad #eattherainbow

with a rainbow of colorful veggies, feta cheese, toasted pine nuts (pinons) & a cucumber tahini yogurt dressing. It’s like hummus, deconstructed, in salad form, with extra color, feta and a little crunch. Mom and Dad gave me a big beautiful eggplant from their garden the last time I saw them and despite all the […]


Summer Garden Curry Baked Eggs

Summer Garden Curry Baked Eggs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #garden #tomato #spicy #curry #breakfast #recipe

It’s harvest season … a time of year I absolutely love. I personally don’t have much of a garden (other than the massive container garden on my patio which is mostly flowers and herbs this year), mostly because I find myself too busy to tend to it and partly because I live in a forest. […]


Baharat Beef with Zucchini

Baharat Beef with Zucchini ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #groundbeef #recipe

Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen My little garden is producing mint like mad and I’ve been looking for fun new ways to enjoy it. This marvelous Mediterranean dish is one of my recent discoveries that I found on my search for good uses for mint.  It’s spicy, but in a warm, pleasant sort of way. It’s super-flavorful from the […]


Nepalese Cauliflower Curry {Misayeko Tarkari}

Nepalese Cauliflower Curry {Misayeko Tarkari} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Nepal #Cauliflower #Vegetarian #Curry #recipe

It’s hard to explain all the sensory satisfaction you get from this eating dish–it has a little creaminess, a little exotic spice, a tingle of heat that dances on your tongue, a touch of sweetness and so many wonderful textures and flavors all mingling together beautifully. The color is so vibrant too, it’s even a […]


Crockpot Chicken Shawarma

Crockpot Chicken Shawarma ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #chicken #shawarma #recipe #avengers

I’ve been wanting to try Chicken Shawarma since I saw the movie The Avengers … yeah, I know it’s been a while since The Avengers was popular, but it’s been haunting me all this time. Did you see it in the theater? Did you stay until the end of the credits? There was a scene at […]


Biswa’s Winning Chicken Curry

Biswa's Winning Chicken Curry ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #amazing #chicken #curry #recipe

We had a little soup/chili competition at work a while ago and Biswa, one of my coworkers, brought this ah-mazing chicken curry … he won first prize at the competition. EVERYONE (and I mean every single person who tasted it!) was raving about it, so he wrote up and shared his recipe. The only problem […]


Potato & Eggplant Curry

Potato & Eggplant Curry ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #vegetarian #curry #recipe

with coconut milk, cardamom and mint … Adapted from The Bojon Gourmet A hearty, meatless dish with comforting potatoes to balance out the exotic spices in the curried coconut sauce and meaty roasted eggplant. Serve with yogurt if you need to tame it a little. I would typically serve a curry like this over basmati rice … we had it […]


Minted Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf

Minted Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf ~ Sumtpuous Spoonfuls #healthy #exotic #Mediterranean #pilaf #recipe

I’m so excited, you guys! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing with you a review of a cookbook written by one of my very favorite foodie friends. I’m sure you’ve seen many others reviewing her cookbook lately. She is well loved by sooo many food bloggers and her adventurous dishes are incredibly popular. I hear her cookbook […]


Coconut Chicken Stirfry Soup

Coconut Chicken Stirfry Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #soup #recipe

Inspired by What a Girl Eats I love a good Thai soup, but it’s difficult to find all the authentic Thai ingredients to make it … this soup has an exotic Thai taste, with ingredients that are pretty accessible to us in the middle US. I also like to transform my leftovers into new creations, […]


Shakshuka {Eggs in Moroccan Tomato Sauce}

Shakshuka {Eggs in Moroccan Tomato Sauce} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #breakfast #recipe

Adapted just slightly from my good friend Melissa at ChinDeep You know what? I have a foodie love. I’ve never met her, but I love EVERYTHING that she does. She writes books and makes beautiful drawings, takes gorgeous photos, makes the most delicious dishes and elegant appetizers and treats, she drinks lots of tea and […]


Velvet Spice Red Lentil Soup

Velvet Spice Red Lentil Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #soup #recipe

Soup is more than food to me; it’s a survival technique in the winter. When days get cold and dark and the holiday baking begins and tempts me with empty sugar-y calories, I turn to soup to nourish my body and my soul. In soup, I find a bowl of comfort and warmth, a treat […]


Sneaky Gypsy Pumpkin Chili

Sneaky Gypsy Pumpkin Chili ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chili #recipe

On Halloween week at work, we had a week of fun activities … we had a pumpkin carving contest and a comfy day (which I totally missed cuz I forgot), a breakfast potluck and of course, we were invited to dress up for Halloween. My team dressed up as bats (because we drive the developers […]


Gypsy Stew with Ham, Lentils & Chickpeas

Moroccan Ham Lentil and Chickpea Stew

I am re-posting this stew recipe because this post got messed up when I transferred it over from the old site–and it’s a REALLY good stew. I love the Morrocan seasonings with the ham, vegies, pretty red lentils & chickpeas. I could curl up with a bowl of this lovely Gypsy Stew anytime. To me, […]


Hearty African Lentil & Vegetable Stew

Hearty African Lentil & Vegetable Stew

A long time I found this cookbook on a clearance table and looking through it, I just couldn’t believe my luck. There are so many recipe treasures hidden in this book … I snatched it up and took it home and it’s one of those cookbooks that I pick up and browse through every once […]


Fabulous Baked Felafel

Baked Felafel

Felafel is a traditional middle eastern food: usually deep fried little balls of spiced chickpea batter. Crunchy, delicious, and actually healthy for you, even if you fry them. These felafel are baked, though, so they are even better for you. Packed with protein and vegies and all kinds of good herbs and spices. Don’t even […]


Sweet Hot Habanero Ham & Gruyere Sandwich

Sweet Hot Habanero Mustard Ham & Gruyere Sandwich

My friends and family take such good care of me. The other night after yoga, we went out for a glass of wine and my friend says to me “I have something for you.” … I got really excited because she KNOWS me well. It was a little jar of habanero jelly. Someone had given […]


Cranberry Habanero Chutney

Cranberry Habanero Chutney

My friend had an antelope roast to cook, and I suggested we make a cranberry roast, remembering one my sister made years ago for a Christmas dinner, but of course I didn’t have the recipe she used. So I googled it, found one I thought would be good, and emailed it to her. She cooked […]

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