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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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cucumber and Lamb Soup

Recipe No: 101
The inspiration for this soup is from a cook book by Linda Doeser.  Lamb and Cucumber are some how considered as a real good combination especially in Middle Eastern cuisine.  The quality of this soup depends entirely on the quality of Chicken Stock. So please make your own or use a good variety from your super market. Please don’t use Chicken broth which is milder than Chicken stock.
Ingredients                                     Serves 4
To Marinate
  • Lamb thinly sliced……….1/2 Cup
  • Soy sauce……..…………….1/2 Tablespoon
  • Rice Wine…………..……….1/2 Teaspoon (Optional)
  • Sesame Oil……..…………..1/2 Teaspoon
To Make the Soup
  • Chicken Stock……….…….3 Cups
  • Cucumber Slices…..……..1 Cup
  • Rice Vinegar……………….1/2 Tablespoon (If not use ¼ Teaspoon White Vinegar)
  • Soy Sauce………………...…A Dash
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Marinate the Lamb pieces with the ingredients mentioned in the Marinade section and keep aside for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes drain the excess marinade if any.
  2. Bring the Chicken stock to a rolling boil and add the Lamb pieces. Mix well to separate the Lamb pieces.
  3. Let it boil for 2 minutes and add the Cucumber Slices.
  4. Once boiled add Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Salt and Pepper.
  5. Serve the Soup while it is piping hot.
  • Don't cook the Soup for too long after adding the Cucumbers or they will disintegrate. 
  • As the Lamb pieces are really thin it will cook within minutes.

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


    Sarah Naveen said...

    perfect for the weather... looks so yummy and delicious..

    Pushpa said...

    Flavorful and yummy soup...awesome

    Pushpa @

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