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Honey Dijon Hummus with Zaatar Pita Chips | Playful Cooking #hummus #foodphotography #honey #dijon #zaatar #pitachipslink to Honey Dijon Hummus with Zaatar Pita Chips

Honey Dijon Hummus with Zaatar Pita Chips

Making appetizers for holiday parties is one of my favorite things. I feel it’s easy to grab a bite, walk around, sip some wine and come back for another bite. There are a few favorites and humus is definitely one of them. I usually pair it with a bunch of assorted veggies and crackers to dip in. If you want to uplift your regular hummus, add a little smack with Maille Honey Dijon and pair it with zaatar toasted pita chips. Of course, you could keep adding few other sides like radish, cucumber or whatever you like and turn it…

Spiced Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried | Playful Cookinglink to Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried

Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried

Quick, easy and bursting with flavor, this Spiced Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried could be your busy weekday meal. You can toss it with some leafy salad or you could wrap it on tortilla/roti with extra drizzle of yogurt on top. We enjoyed this Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried with rice and daal with salad on the side. Simple everyday healthy meal, ready in 15 minutes!

Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew | Playful Cookinglink to Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew

Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew

This is one of those utterly simple hearty stews with tidbits from fridge cleaning day. Even though I like to keep my refrigerator as ordered as possible, I still land up in situations where it calls for immediate action. Things like finding half a head of cauliflower at the back of the shelf or few completely forgotten about half-filled cans of beans. Fridge cleaning day can be scary at times and at other times, it can be rewarding. It was the latter for me this time as I wasn’t too late. So, I used the leftovers to make this spiced…

Orecchiette With Sausage, Broccoli And Goat Cheese | Playful Cookinglink to Orecchiette With Sausage, Broccoli And French Goat Cheese

Orecchiette With Sausage, Broccoli And French Goat Cheese

Broccoli can create a pesto like effect without the extra work of making a pesto. You add the goat cheese to the sauce and it gets creamy. You add sausage for that crunchy bite in between and fresh sage leaves for that earthy flavor. This Orecchiette With Sausage, Broccoli And Goat Cheese will be your go to weeknight meal. It’s flavor bang, with a good balance of meat, veggie, carb and dairy. The best part is that this meal gets ready in just 10 minutes.

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Soba Noodles With Salmon

Soba Noodles with Salmon in Ginger Sauce, one of those super quick meals that get ready in less than 15 minutes of cooking time. I have quite a few soba noodles recipes up on the blog. But, it’s never enough for me. The nutty buckwheat flavor, the gorgeous hew of brown and that firm texture makes soba noodles my absolute favorite of all. I prepare soba noodles quite often and always keep it simple. Tossed together with some greens or proteins in a zingy sauce.

Garlic and Pepper Chicken | Playful Cookinglink to Garlic and Pepper Chicken

Garlic and Pepper Chicken

When it rains back to back, giving you that terrible cold and the medicine just wrecks your taste buds to the core, you need something with a smack! I always go for spicy, warm and comforting meals. Sometimes soup and sometimes, a hearty chicken stew. This garlic and pepper chicken came to our rescue with the warmth and spice, helped us to boost our palate and bring our tastes buds back on track.

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Spicy Egg Curry

I was singing to our baby ‘humpty dumpty sat on a wall…’ and Arvind goes “papa grabbed it fast enough, so it doesn’t fall …” Eh!! I looked at him with an exclamation mark hovering up my head. He as usual smiled, gave few eye gestures and ultimately gave up. ‘Egg curry for lunch?” he said, “Ohhh now I get it…” What can I say guys; I can be really dumb at times. We laughed out loud and our baby stared at us in utter shock! His big eyes turned bigger, mouth wide open; two tiny baby teeth in lower…

Lamb Chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous by Playful Cookinglink to Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chop with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous

Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chop with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous

Growing up, mutton was my preferred choice of meat. Most Sundays, Dad would rush to the market early morning so he didn’t miss the chance to buy the best quality of meat and later, mom would prepare a rich mutton curry for lunch. We would always be extra hungry on that day. It was only after moving to US that I learnt the difference between lamb and mutton. It surprised me when I realized how rare and hard it is to find mutton in any store over here. After missing my special Sunday lunch for a while, I finally decided to…

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Lemon Shortbread Bars and Carrot Pistachio Truffles

My favorite season is finally here with longer daylight, beautiful sunshine and pretty flowers! Now, all I ask from the weatherman is not to predict anymore frequent showers, storm or anything that takes away the Spring. Last week was pretty dull and boring with non-stop rain and cold winds, but what kept me excited was seeing Arvind finalizing the new design for blog. In between all the crazy workload, my sweetheart somehow managed to find time for planning, writing, fixing bugs and creating this new look. I feel SO proud and yes, I know :) I am one lucky girl!

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Khandvi (A healthy finger food from India) – Guest Post for Tamara @ Bite My Cake

It's amazing how I like to challenge myself in the kitchen these days. It's like a fun workout for me. Sometime the exercises ends in a fabulous result which makes my day a whole lot brighter and sometime, there are those bad times when I cry...almost like a kid! The unsuccessful experiment creates a disaster and mess in the kitchen that makes me really mad! But thankfully it makes me more curious and stubborn. Call it attitude if you may, but it helps me to finally nail the dish!

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Bruschetta with Arugula Pesto – Donna Hay Styling and Photography Challenge #6

After participating in the last month's DHSPC, I was looking forward to see what challenge would Simon get for us this month. The idea of recreating someone's work is not easy specially when that person is best at what they do. It is intimidating and definitely challenging but there is always a lot of learning involved in the process.