December 9, 2013

50 Sweet and Savory Holiday Recipes + Add yours to win a $25 Amazon gift card Giveaway!

"There is only one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't, and that's a wife who can't cook and will". This cheeky quote by Robert Frost always manage to bring a smile on my face. It just shows how perseverance can will help and play an important role in the kitchen and elsewhere.

Learning and experimenting on my own in a tiny kitchen (Why do I end up with tiny kitchens, always! Sigh.), I learnt many tips and tricks. Most of them were a 'trial and error' process, except for my mother's recipes which I follow to the tee even today. Sometimes I swooned at a bread that came out perfectly and at times completely dismissed a recipe which I have been working for a few hours. I believe that a fair & square attempt is all it needs to get anything right.

As time passed, many of my recipes became half-remembered songs which I seldom hum. As the holiday season has already begun, I wanted to look back and share my recipe recommendations that I enjoyed making the most. There are many more (over 500 recipes) but these are a few favorites, if I may say so. Scroll down the list and choose what you want. Make some to entertain your friends & family, this holiday season.

Happy Cooking!

Holiday Giveaway -  a 25$ Amazon gift card!

To give a befitting goodbye to the year 2013 and welcome 2014 in style, am inviting all of you to add your favorite holiday recipes to the linky tool at the end of this post. Just copy-paste the URL of any holiday recipe (it doesn't necessarily have to be from any/your blog; Non-bloggers are welcome to share theirs too!) and you are good to go. A randomly chosen winner will be announced on New Year's Day (January 1st 2014) and will win a 25$ Amazon gift card.

(Updated on January 1st 2014) ..And the lucky winner who won a $25 Amazon gift card is - PJ from Seduce Your Tastebuds. An email will be sent notifying the giveaway. Hearty Congratulations to PJ. :-) 

1. Vegan Carrot Potato Soup
2. Creamy Tomato and Carrot (No Cream) Soup
3. Brown Rice Ratatouille Salad
4. Black-Eyed Pea and Stewed Tomato Salad
5. Sprouted Moong Dal and Babycorn Salad

6. Potato Smile(y)s
7. Roasted Pinto Beans
8. Indian Tater Tots
9. Cornmeal Crusted Potato Wedges
10. Black eyed Pea Fritters
11. Raw Plantain Chips
12. Curried Egg Tea Sandwiches 
13. Roasted Cauliflower with Whole Cumin Seeds

14. Black Current Jam French Toast
15. Egg in a hole | Egg in the basket | Gashouse Eggs | One-eyed Jack with Roasted Vegetables 
16. Savory Vegetable Egg Bread Pudding 
17. Breakfast Pizza with Eggs, Potatoes, Onions and Tomatoes
18. Home-made Fruit (Plums) at Bottom Yogurt 
19. Sweet Coconut Bread
20. Vegan Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes)
21. Mango Green Tea Smoothie
22. Basic Home-made Granola Mix 

23. Vegan Christmas Tree Pie
24. Cherry Tomato Focaccia with Garlic and Basil
25. Rosemary Cheese Biscuits 
26. Peanut Butter Cookies
27. Black and White Heart Cookies
28. Banana Blueberry Butterscotch Pudding Cake 
29. Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Cake
30. Tutti Frutti Cake | Indian Plum Cake (with an option of making eggless)
31. Margherita Tortilla Pizza
32. Dried Blueberry and Banana Muffins

33. Spaghetti with Breadcrumbs, Garlic and Olive Oil
34. Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas) with Herbs, Garlic and Chillies 
35. Noodle (Pasta) Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing 
36. Homemade Orecchiette with Roasted Tomato Sauce (Caribbean Style Tomato Choka)
37. Easy Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Fried Egg
38. Spaghetti Aglio Olio

39. Arroz Verde (Mexican Green Rice)
40. Pickle Spiced Chickpea Rice 
41. Indian Style Five Lentil Curry
42. Three Bean Tomato and Spinach Stew
43. Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffin with Easy Vegetarian Bean Chilli
44. Tofu Butter Masala
45. Chile Relleno with Home-made Tomato Sauce
46. Eggplant Parmigiana 

47. Strawberry Balsamic Basil Soda
48. Watermelon Ginger Limeade
49. Spiced Almond Milk
50. Ginger and Honey Iced Tea

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  1. Such a beautiful post, Siri. I love your choice of photos and of recipes. I have added my favorite recipe to the collection. The post is from two years ago: I hope it is ok.

  2. Beautiful collection, just saw the announcement on the FB page and have added my post. Wish you a very Happy New year!


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