Birth of a new Blog
CoconutChutney is now at: WWW.COCONUTCHUTNEY.ORG
I'm a big fan of traditions, passed down from one generation to another, from mom to daughter, from the past to the future - tradition serves as a memory of a different time and of people and is much more than a just a sequence of actions - it is a bridge to the future.
Fast food doesn't always have to be a bad thing, the popular connotation for fast food now has come to be what is served at chain drive-throughs or something that is fixed in a jiffy at a grease-spoon. Traditionally, food-on-the-go was something that took forever for the cook to prepare but was easy for the consumer to handle in a rush. Empanadas, Spanakopitas or Samosas are something that take time and patience but the end result is delicious and easy to handle - hence, good fast food!
Sometimes, the most simply prepared food is the most memorable - pasta tossed in butter and parsley for an easy meal, a perfectly ripe mango in the peak of summer or peach-ice on an overbearingly hot day, life's joys sometimes is in the small things. Not fussing with complex recipes or hard-to-find ingredients spares time for a lazy afternoon nap, re-reading a forgotten novel or sharing a laugh with loved ones. As summer crawls to an end, the need to capture every last bit of summer sets in, and with it, a craving for everything summer - fresh vegetables, bright colors, breezy blouses and flip-flops.
I love GAHLIC !! I have a tendency to almost double the amount of garlic in everything I make ..correction- everything other than 'chicken with forty cloves of garlic' - that I don't want to mess with. Garlic doesn't leave your breath smelling like roses - but the way I think about it - that can be fixed with some mint! In addition to the various health benefits that garlic has to offer ranging from mitigating and resisting the common flu to some cancers, it is the centerpiece of my repertoire. Chopped garlic sauteed in olive oil is the first step to a delicious meal. The base for sauces, marinades and dresssings, this is something I inadvertently always always have in my kitchen.