Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fusion Spice Fried Tilapia

I bought some beautiful Tilapia filets at the store the other day and on the way home I was trying to figure out how we were going to have them. I decided on using a light batter of chickpea and rice flours since tilapia is a light fish, and to flavor it with a mix of five spices...some staples, some new flavors, some revisited! This is not Panch phoron...no, no this is Fusion Spice! It takes a inspiration from around India and the Middle East giving a mixed flavor of Oniony, Sweet Tart, and Spicy; perfect for the light tilapia. The blend includes: Chili Powder, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Nigella Seeds, and Amchoor Powder.  
This dish has just the right amount of heat. Tasty fresh fish cooked in a light crispy spiced batter accentuated with a squeeze of lime juice; and served with a bright spring salad of radishes, carrots, golden beets on a bed of romaine.

Here's my recipe for Fusion Spice Fried Tilapia:

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fluffy Banana Coconut Flour Pancakes

These past few months have been very hectic and I have neglected my blogging but not my cooking and kitchen experimenting! So after a bit of a break I've returned with a fun creation. Awhile back I picked up some Coconut Flour to play around with.  I tried using it for muffins, scones, pancakes, and it just needed some fine tuning of the 'back of the bag' suggested recipes before I felt comfortable posting any of said recipes. Well, yesterday's Easter Sunday Brunch was test day and it was a hit! 

These fluffy pancakes are full of tropical banana-coconut flavor with just the right amount of sweetness mixed with warm cinnamon and vanilla; Mr. Banana Pancakes himself, Jack Johnson, would approve. Using Coconut flour means that these pancakes are rich in protein, high in fiber and healthy fats, they are gluten free and are exceptionally filling! Truly filling, 3 silver dollars with a side of fresh cut fruit were more than enough for brunch. This is a great healthy, quick, and tasty breakfast dish, only a few ingredients and gluten-free.

Here's my recipe for Fluffy Banana Coconut Flour Pancakes:

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jackson Square - New Orleans, USA

I’m excited to join up again this month with fellow blogger Fiona Ryan's  A-Z Guidebook Travel Linkup over at Tiffin Bite Sized Food Adventures. This travel tale link-up goes from March 15th - March 22th, this time travels with the letter "J".

"J" is for Jackson Square, New Orleans, USA

Jackson Square is a historic park on the site, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where in 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory. It was designed after the famous 17th-century Place des Vosges in Paris, France. 

At the center of the square is a statue of the rather controversial Andrew Jackson, for whom it was named, was erected in 1856. It is a tribute to his victory over the British at New Orleans in the last battle of the War of 1812. While this victory can not be denied, many do not think he deserves any honors giving his policies regarding removal of Native Americans from the Southeast, ultimately leading to the 'Trail of Tears.' There are also four other statues near each corner of the square, they are beautiful neoclassical representations of the Four Seasons.

I went down, one humid and foggy morning, to Jackson Square to take in the Saturday open air market. The square is famous as a gathering place for painters, artists, musicians, and street performers. I was not disappointed, the air was filled with music and the hum of people talking. Wandering from artist to artist, I came across one whose work I absolutely loved...Mr. Olsen Nash. He paints Jazz scenes on 200 year old slate roofing tiles from old French Quarter's buildings. His paintings epitomized my time in the French Quarter...the music, the spirit - soul, the colors, the mood lighting. Thank you Mr. Nash for allowing me to bring home a vibrant piece of New Orleans.

For more Letter "J" travel stories, visit A-Z Guidebook Linkup. Stay tuned next month for more travel, centering around the Letter "K"!
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If you're curious here is a picture of one of Mr. Nash's slates that I purchased:

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