Thoughts on the 31st December, 2007

Thoughts on the 31st December, 2007

It's that time of the year again when we think about the year that was and the year that will be. I'm glad that this love for food blogging has sustained its second year well. There have been the recent lows due to my regular broadband connection going AWOL, and google taking a full minute to load on my standby datacard. But that's history now. The broadband has been restored to its earlier glory and so will food blogging.

To capture all the action on Saffron Trail in 2007, I'd like to index all the recipes, category wise. The WBB round ups are all there on the left column. Saffron Trail had the honour of hosting Jihva for Ingredients in the month of July. Chillies were the chosen ingredient and the round up had 65 entries to make your mouth and eyes water!

Index of recipes blogged in 2007

Healthy Eating Living

How to snack and lose weight

Detox diets – an overview

Weekend Detox plan

Vijaya Venkat's all natural lunch box ideas

14 ways to reduce your kitchen's carbon footprint

Breakfast

Breakfast Pancakes

Savoury pancakes with mushrooms and onions

Poro – Parsi Omelette

Onion Rava Dosai with spicy tomato chutney

Oats for dinner

Oats and mango in a glass

Farka – a Tunisian porridge

Vattayappam – steamed rice cakes from Kerala

Vegetables

Cauliflower and fenugreek greens in spicy peanut gravy

Bhindi Masala

Potato in Tamil Brahmin cuisine

Spinach mash or Keerai Masiyal

Bottlegourd in gravy or Dudhi ki sabzi

Snakegourd with lentils

Mushroom tikkis

Kovakkai Paruppu Usili

Bittergourd in spicy gravy or Pavakkai Pitlah

Chargrilled eggplant in yoghurt

Potato wedges

Potato for pooris

Ratatouille

Instant mushroom methi currry

Cabbage curry with Bengali spices

Steamed vegetable manchurian in gravy

Thalagam – Winter vegetables Tambram style

Green beans poriyal

Soups and salads

Red Soup

Cauliflower soup

Herby tomato salad with cheese and pine nuts

Yellow lentil and raw mango salad

Gobo inspired mango salad

Breads

Whole wheat pita bread

Beet milk bread

Zaatari parathas

Poori

Rice, Pasta, Noodles, Starches

Crispy bulgur patties

Cauliflower – Spinach – Pasta casserole

Thiruvadirai Kali

Fried rice with mustard greens

Onion rice

Lentils

Black eyed peas burgers

Instant green moong curry

Sambar with freshly ground spices

Sauces, Chutneys, Dips and Pickles

Homemade Marinara sauce

Mushroom bell-pepper chutney

Tomato salsa / Instant tomato chutney

Eggplant dip and Red bean dip

Spicy yoghurt dip

Cakes, bakes, desserts

Carrot cake

Eggless beet cakes

The all Indian Strawberry Cheesecake

The easiest Brownies

Quick mango sandesh

Mango coconut icecream

Banana coconut semolina cake in 15 minutes

Seven cup cake

Cocoa ripple ring

5 minute besan laddoo

Eggless mava cake

Eggless banana cake

The most popular section week after week has been the Tamil Brahmin recipeswhere I jot down notes, taken over the phone (held between my shoulder and ear), while I'm hovering over the stove with a strong craving to eat food my genes are made up of. 2008 will see more of the rarer Tam-Bram recipes find their space on the blog. The piece written about Bhut Jholokiaalso seems to be on the top 5, at most times. This makes me wonder how many chilli obsessed people there are in the world.

Weekend Breakfast Blogging, the event started in 2006 to popularise breakfast as a meal and to get inspirations from food bloggers all around - found a different home each month from Feb 07 onwards starting with Eggs at Live to eat. The themes ranged from green leafy veggies to summer fruits, spices tooats. Breakfasts then went through Ethnic twists to leftover revivals, the most recent ones being omelettes and cornflakes.

A big vote of thanks to all the lovely hosts who spared time and effort to keep the WBB wheel moving. The event took a break in December, only to start afresh in Jan. (Watch this space!)

Here are some of my personal favourites from 2007

Black eyed peas burgers–Something so interesting from something seemingly boring

Dudhi ki sabzi– One of the best tasting zero-oil recipes ever made in our kitchen

Eggplant dip(Badenjan Dip) – Inspired from Nigella Lawson's show

Cauliflower spinach pasta casserole –my first attempt in casserole making and we fell in love with this dish

Strawberry cheesecake – First attempt and last attempt (by the time we'd eaten all of it, there was an extra inch on our waist)

Nupur of One Hot Stove has beautifully captured the year that's gone by and has asked fellow food bloggers to share the same - this section of my post goes to her

Plans for 2008

With the Applied Nutrition degree that will be mine in the beginning on the year, the focus will be on healthier, more nutritious food. Through the blog, I hope to share info on healthier foods, cooking techniques and nutrition fundamentals with all the health conscious folks.

The focus will also be on lesser known Indian regional cuisines. I'd love to discover newer healthy ingredients to cook with, making them more adaptable to Indian palates. Another thing on the agenda is to explore the vegetarian recipes from the cuisines of the world. I've also promised myself to better my photographic skills. Any pointers towards books and websites that help one do so are welcome.

A user-friendly index of recipes blogged so far is on the cards for long now. It should be up and running by end of Jan.

I'd like to thank all my readers for their continued support, the encouragement caring from friends I have made in the food blogging world and of course my husband who has been super encouraging about any wild combinations I've come up with or anything new I've made him try, never making me feel foolish about something gone wrong or not tasting that great. He's been a huge positive influence for this blog. After all, every cook needs patient tasters right!

We'd like to wish all of you a wonderful 2008, that brings you tons of joy, love and good health and everything else you wish for.

Signing off and see you in the new year

Nandita

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