Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Russian Salad

Recipe No: 149
This is my version of the Russian Salad that I ate from the restaurant Oasis in Kedaram Shopping Complex in Thiruvananthapuram. The thing I love most about this salad is the presence of a fruit along with the other Vegetables, which makes it one of those dishes that have both sweet and savory elements. I had this same dish from the same restaurant with different fruits like Orange and Pineapple (only one fruit at a time), but I should say my favorite is always the one with Pineapple.
Ingredients                                       Serves 2
  • Carrot cut into cubes……….....1/2 Cup
  • Beans cut into cubes……………1/2 Cup
  • Potato cut into cubes…………..1/2 Cup
  • Pineapple cut into cubes…..….1/3 cup
  • Hard boiled Egg…………….……1, quartered
  • Mayonnaise……………………….2 ½ Tablespoons
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Bring Carrots, Beans and Potatoes with ¼ cup water to a boil and then lower the heat to low and let it cook. The Vegetables should be just cooked. Drain if there is excess water.
  2. Let the Vegetables cool down a bit and mix Pineapple, Mayonnaise, Salt and Pepper.
  3. Transfer it to a serving dish and arrange Egg on top.
  4. Serve warm or cold.
Notes:
  • Don't over cook the Vegetables or it will mash while mixing.  It should be only just cooked.
  • Don’t mix Mayonnaise when the Vegetables are very hot or Mayo will lose its consistency.
  • If you are on a diet, please use low fat Mayo. (Don’t substitute Mayo with Yogurt in this recipe.)






Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love…

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