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Cauliflower Cutlets

Spiced Indian Stlye Cauliflower Cutlets

I love this simple recipe that requires very little time.

Ingredients
4 eggs
1/2 cup ground pork rinds or almond flour (if using almond flour, add 2 tablespoons of water)
6 cups steamed and mashed cauliflower (entire head of cauliflower)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1⁄2 teaspoon garam masala
1⁄2 teaspoon ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly cracked pepper
4 tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped
4 green chillies, finely chopped
6 green onions, chopped
1 lb of sugar-free cooked bacon, crumbled
Bacon grease or any fat of choice for frying

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the eggs on high until they are nice and fluffy. Add the ground pork rinds and continue beating the mixture.

Add the remaining ingredients, all expect for the bacon grease.

Cover your hand in grease and form patties that are 1 inch thick and 3 inches in diameter. This should make 16 cutlets.

Fry 4 at a time in a pan heated to medium- high. It will take 1-2 minutes per side. Set on a paper towel for the excess grease to come off. Serve plain or with greek yogurt, my spicy yogurt sauce or spiced jalapeno sauce.

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Father’s Day Brunch Ideas

Best Dad!Father’s day is right around the corner! Are you excited?? I always say that everyone goes all out for Mother’s Day but what about our dad’s? They deserve as much love and attention, so let’s try to make this Father’s Day the best yet!

Brunch out at a nice restaurant is always nice but I find that on holidays like this, everything is booked, solid. Also, do you really want to fight the crowds (love the traffic) to wait in line for 30-60 minutes for a reservation you made for sub-par food? On crazy days like this, restaurants are trying to push out orders so fast that sometimes the quality of food isn’t as great. Not only that, but you are stuck listening to kids cry, it is so loud you can’t hear yourself think and you feel rushed so the next person can be seated for their reservation. YIKES!

Why not avoid this all together and take dad and mom out the night before and then spend Sunday at home? Plan a great family brunch/bbq and serve dad his favorite foods. Lucky for you, I have compiled together a list of my favorite dishes for dad! Visit my Pinterest Page to see all of the recipes that I have compiled for this special day!

Now that the meal is planned, what about dad’s gift? If you still haven’t found dad the perfect gift, no worries! I done the leg work for you already and compiled together a list of great gift ideas any dad would love.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Three days until Mother’s Day and every decent restaurant in the tri-state area is fully booked. What are you going to do?You don’t want mom to think you forgot (even if you did) or that yo don’t appreciate her (because that is the farthest thing from the truth.) It is time to pull out all the stops and make this day, a very special one!

I prefer to make mom a homemade meal with her favorites, give her the presents that I put thought and care into and just spend some quality time with her watching movies or doing something she would love. We spend Mother’s Day at home treating mom like a goddess and then pick another day (where you can actually go outside without being stampeded over by everyone else in the country) to celebrate the day.

What are you going to cook for mom?? No worries, I have compiled together a list of items that will make mom thankful to have such an amazing and thoughtful child. Check out my board of recipes dedicated to mom on Pinterest.

Now that you have the menu planned, what about the present? Keep Calm & Call MomDon’t worry, I have a few idea that your mom will love, check out my post on Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.

No matter what happens, just spend the day with your mother (if it is feasible), if not shower mom with your love. Instead of just making the one customary call to wish her a happy Mother’s Day, call her a few times to tell her how truly loved she is and how much you appreciate her. Something I love to do is celebrate Mother’s Day and then two weeks later, do something out of the blue and tell mom that I appreciate her every single day. This always makes her smile.

I hope you have an amazing time together!!

Cooking 101: The Perfect Cup of Coffee

Cooking 101: CoffeeI am a coffee addict. This just happened recently and I wanted to share how to brew a perfect cup of coffee. I know that it sounds simple: add the coffee grounds, boiling water and tada, you have coffee.

No, there is actually way more to it than that!

1.) I can’t emphasize enough the importance of buying well sourced beans and whenever possible, organic coffee, it really makes a huge difference in the taste.

2.) Buy fresh beans and grind them yourself. I know that sounds like a lot of work but it is so worth it, the flavor just bursts open!

3.) Never buy from the bulk bin, light and air changes the flavor of the coffee. You might as well just drink mud.

4.) Storage is so important, keep them in an air-tight container that is away from light and moisture. I store them in my cupboard.

5.) 100 percent means 100 percent. Never buy blends, you don’t know what is in there. They usually substitute cheaper beans to balance the price. Buy 100% and I prefer something that is mountain grown, less chance for mold.

6.) Clearly we have done a lot before this step, do not use tap water. You have worked too hard to ensure a great result, use filtered water.

7.) Watch the temperature, when you boil the water, let it cool for a minute or two. This will ensure that your the water is hot enough to get the most out of the beans without giving you that burnt taste. They say that the best temp is between 195 and 200 degrees, I don’t take the temp every time and prefer my easy tip.

8.) To press or not to press? I prefer a coffee press, it is the purest form. Coffee filters tend to get an odd taste after a while and when using filters, it add the bleaching chemicals to your coffee, not really a flavor I am looking for.

9.) Clean, clean and clean. Keep your press, coffee maker and everything else included in the process clean. If you don’t, you will get added flavor that you never intended for.

10.) For every 20 ounces of coffee, use 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds for strong coffee (I use 2 tablespoons because I value my ability to sleep at night.) Play with it until you find what truly works for you.

 

 

Crepes Ala Harini

CrepesIngredients
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk, cream or coconut milk
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 cup flour
Butter for cooking
Strawberries
Chocolate Ganache

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients together and pulse in a blender for 15 seconds. Allow the mixture to cool in the refrigerator so the bubbles will disappear, this will take at least an hour.

Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-low heat and allow the butter to melt and cover the bottom. Pour a tablespoon of the batter and move the pan around to have it coat the pan as thin as possible. Swirl the pan around until it is covered, cook for 30 seconds then flip to allow it to cook for an additional 10 seconds.

This recipe makes 18-22 crepes. Refrigerate up to a week or freeze up to two months.

Top with strawberries, chocolate ganache and powdered sugar.

Topping and filling ideas:
Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg
Spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms and herbs
Peaches with brown sugar
Berry compote
Cream cheese with sugar and vanilla