Month: March 2015

Quick Fridge Jalapeño Pickles

Quick Fridge Jalapeño Pickles | The Full-time Foodie

Picklessssssssss!!!!!!!!!   Can you tell I love pickles?  I love pickles of all kinds, I hardly discriminate unless they’re sweet (I’ll spare you yet another rant on my lack of a sweet tooth with certain things).  I grew up on Indian pickles and most specifically my mom’s deeeeelish Konkani and Andhra style pickles! When I moved to the U.S., I was introduced to a whole new world of pickles.  I grew to love dill pickles, pickled olives and peppers, kimchi, sauerkraut etc.  If we have a jar of those at home, they wouldn’t last more than a few days.  Yeah, I kind of have a problem! A couple of years ago Suril tried his hand at homemade dill cucumber pickles and they were actually pretty yummy!  He even succeeded in canning them at home (something that still scares me).  But for some reason we didn’t attempt pickles after that time.  Then recently, at Rooting DC, we attended a pickle-making session and my interest in pickling was renewed.  I also discovered that some of my favorite kinds of pickles …

Tamarind Coconut Chicken Curry

Tamarind Coconut Chicken Curry || The Full-time Foodie

You know you’re still new to this whole blogging thing when you hit “Publish” accidentally and send your subscribers an incomplete blog post.  Apologies for those who got lured into thinking there was a new recipe yesterday!  But perhaps on some very small level you were excited about this post? A little? Anyhoo, let’s talk about onions today! When it comes to onions, I have mostly found two types of people exist in this world: those who really really LOVE onions to the point where they must have them with every meal and those who LOATHE onions with every fiber of their being.  I used to be in the “loathe” category for most of my life.  This probably wouldn’t have been a big issue if onions weren’t so integral to Indian cooking.  So when I first started my cooking adventures a few years ago, I decided that I would try my hand at recipes with onions and hope for the best. I don’t know if this holds true for everyone, but I find that when you start cooking your own food, your taste buds …

Beet Orzo Risotto

Beet Orzo Risotto | The Full-time Foodie

There are some vegetables I have made peace with never loving, like eggplant or sweet potatoes.   Beets were also part of this group, until very recently.  They always seemed a bit too (naturally) sugary for me.  Growing up, my mom used to make beets Indian style- sauteed with Indian spices, chili peppers and salt.  I just could not get myself to enjoy that and trust me I TRIED but the sweetness just got in the way.  Beets have amazing health benefits so I was a little bummed that I couldn’t get myself to love them. Thankfully I got into a morning smoothie regimen since last year and through that beets made a comeback.  They are amazing in smoothies!  Which makes sense since they have a little sweetness and go perfectly well with fruits.  But there are times when I have too many beets and mostly the kind that have beet greens attached to them.  So I thought- what else can I make with them that I won’t hate?  Thanks to a leftover box of orzo pasta, I had a brain wave: Why not make a faux …

Tortilla Samosas with Green Chutney

Tortilla Samosa and Green Chutney | The Full-time Foodie

Happy Spring Forward!!! Just kidding, this is probably the worst part of daylight savings.  I woke up this morning to my alarm feeling quite exhausted and realized it was because my internal clock was still an hour behind.  Yes, I’m one of those people who feels like even an hour of sleep is precious!  But on a happier note, it was a beautiful day out today!  I can’t remember the last time I was outside and felt like my jacket wasn’t necessary.  Very soon it’ll be down to cardigans and light jackets- can’t wait!!!!! On to today’s recipe!  Samosas!!!!!!  Who doesn’t love samosas?  Seriously if someone tells me they hate samosas, I will give them a weird look.  How can you not love a fried flaky dough filled with a spicy potato filling?  The only thing about samosas I’m not a fan of is how tedious they are to make at home.  I’ve actually failed at making samosas in the past because something went wrong with the dough and they were impossible to eat.  Perhaps if I attempt again …

Baked Apple Crisp

Baked Apple Crisp | The Full-time Foodie

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and to those who live around the DC area- hope you got through yesterday without slipping on the side walk.  I really think I’ve hit my limit with winter.  Spring needs to get here already!  Despite the blah end to the weekend, I had a rather wonderful one!  I attended Rooting DC this past saturday and it was such a great experience! If you don’t know what it is, it’s an annual gathering where you can learn more about urban agriculture, community gardens in the DC area, growing and eating locally and much more.  The workshops and sessions were informative and engaging.  It was so enjoyable being around like-minded people and those making a difference in our community by combating hunger in schools and shelters.  My description probably doesn’t do as much justice, so if you’re in the area and interested in volunteering, gardening and DIY-ing, you should check out their website.  I definitely plan to go next year! Now for today’s post!  It’s funny how literally a post ago I mentioned how I …