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Natural Vinegars- article in the hindu-metroplus edition

  A large cane hamper filled with crusty bread, a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh fruit and cheese is my idea of picnic fare.   I have used vinegar many times and in many ways. It adds not just a sour note, but also carries the muted flavours of fermented sugars, […]

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Adhalakkai – a forgotten vegetable ! – article in the hindu – metroplus edition

The Adhalakkai       Most of us can identify an olive, a caper or even a raspberry. But, mention adhalakkai and most folks go, “Huh? What’s that?” My aunt Mallika sent me some adhalakkai recently, and my help at home thought they were baby bittergourds. I was utterly dismayed and I decided to write […]

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Balamurali Snacks -Coimbatore -article in the hindu ,metroplus edition

  Roadside eateries can surprise you with some really tasty, like crisp and golden samosas, writes SHANTHINI RAJKUMAR   How many of us can resist biting into a hot flaky samosa? Especially one that was bought by a thoughtful brother! Certainly, not me. This treat doesn’t really need an occasion. Our biking buddy Deepak Samuel […]

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Boiled egg and soldiers-article in the hindu newspaper-metroplus

When boiled perfectly and served with fingers of buttery toast, the everyday egg can be a gourmet experience   A cup of morning joy Boiled egg and toast   Holiday food need not necessarily be fancy or complicated fare. Even the humble boiled egg can turn out to be a tasty treat. As kids our […]

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Silicone rubber bakeware

            Hues in the kitchen   May 21, 2015 08:49 PM , By Shanthini Rajkumar     Brands are tripping over each other in trying to add a fun quotient to mundane baking paraphernalia. Photo: Special Arrangement   Shanthini Rajkumar finds the eye-popping colours of the silicone baking-ware range irresistible […]

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Coconut blossom sugar- article in the hindu metroplus

It may have the same calorific count as refined sugar, but in nutrition the prettily-named coconut blossom sugar is far healthier   I like sugar in my mug of coffee. I can’t bear the thought of drinking the brew unsweetened. Hence, I am always on the lookout for natural sugars to use in place of […]

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Soursop fruit

http://www.thehindu.com/features/an-experiment-with-fruit/article7134270.ece On a windy evening at the Coimbatore Golf Club I was introduced to M. R. Chinnasamy. And he asked me if I had heard of the Soursop fruit. I actually had and so he offered to send me one from his next yield. Soursop is the fruit of the Graviola tree. I was curious […]

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Cold pressed oils- article in the hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/cold-comfort/article7109236.ece Cooking oils come with a variety of benefits and flavours. And if they are cold pressed, they are even healthier. A little over a decade ago, there was a shift in the use of cooking oils. Traditional oils were passed over for the then new entrant, sunflower oil. It jostled for space on the […]

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