All posts filed under: Condiment, Dip or Spread

“Green” Hummus

"Green" Hummus | The Full-time Foodie

Late last year, I had purchased a brand new electric pressure cooker for one main reason:  to cook chickpeas from scratch.  For one thing, I’m a little wary of eating canned foods on the regular.  No scientific reasoning behind this, but it was just a matter of eating fresh food as often as I could.   After I pressure cooked my first batch of chickpeas from scratch- I was hooked.  It was so much more affordable to buy dried beans in bulk and I don’t know if it’s a psychological thing but everything I make with freshly cooked chickpeas tastes so much better!   This hummus recipe was inspired by, well I should actually say the main reason I made this hummus was because I have a super sweet co-worker who grows a ton of vegetables and herbs and regularly brings me things from her garden.  This past week she gave me, no joke, a 13 gallon bag filled with mint.  I had mentioned to her that my local grocery store has a weird shortage of mint i.e. they …

Zucchini Fritters & Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Zucchini Hash Browns & Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Happy Thursday y’all!  First and foremost, shout-out to my parents for finally getting around to reading my blog! Hi guys! *virtual hand wave*  Hope that reading my posts proves that I’m able to feed myself    While on the subject of the blog, I’ve thought about adding more posts that aren’t just recipes but recommendations on kitchen items, suggestions on what to purchase for your pantry and maybe even dedicated posts to food I consume when I travel or at note-worthy restaurants.  I was struggling with this idea because: A) I’m not an expert cook or a food critic with a refined and discerning palette like, oh say- Tom Sietsema.   B) I don’t want to deviate from sharing recipes that might come in handy to someone out there looking for an easy recipe, like me. Then I thought maybe a few product reviews, travel/restaurant recommendations etc. might not be soooo bad and maybe even be somewhat helpful to anyone who wanders over to my blog.  So as a heads up, you might see a few non-recipe food posts here and there!  But to stay true to …

Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema

Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema | The Full-time Foodie

Happy Friday everyone!!!  I have to say that I’m looking forward to my weekends more now that summer is ACTUALLY here.  Perhaps it’s not here to stay just yet but I’m going to enjoy the 80 degree weather this weekend, thank you very much!   I’m also excited to be in DC this weekend since I’ve been traveling literally every weekend- though all of my travels were for fun and I got to see a lot of friends and family I haven’t seen in ages, so I’m very thankful for that Pardon the posting of so many seafood dishes of late!  Traveling on weekends definitely makes it harder for me to meal prep and cook during the week.  I’m usually pretty tired to grocery shop after a trip.  Sometimes even with groceries at home, I’m too tired to make anything because I’m still reeling from the flying and the break from my routine.  So the recipe I’m sharing today is actually quite awesome for those weeks where I want to put the least amount of effort without compromising the quality of and …

Crispy Kale Chaat

Crispy Kale Chaat | The Full-time Foodie

Happy friday everyone!  I’m so glad the weekend’s almost here! You know how some weeks you just feel a bit… off your game?  I’m having one of those weeks for sure and for no reason in particular.  So this weekend I plan on recharging the ol’ batteries and it coincides with a trip to see my best friend in Canada!  So excited On to today’s recipe!   If you’re unfamiliar with chaat- it’s a type of Indian street-food that traditionally involves layering different types of spicy and sweet chutneys, fresh veggies like onions and tomatoes and on top of different vehicles ranging from samosas to small puris (crispy hollow puffed circles of dough).  There are hundreds of variations when it comes to chaat and people are still inventing new concepts! Today’s recipe was originally inspired by the whole palak chaat craze.  Palak chaat has been a phenomenon, particularly in DC thanks to Rasika (one of the most sought after Indian restaurants in the area).  I’m not remotely obsessed with Rasika, I’ve only been there three times since I moved to …

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 …

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 …

Harissa

Harissa | The Full-time Foodie

As promised in my last post, I’m sharing the recipe for Harissa that I found in Marcus’ book, ‘Marcus Off Duty’.  I don’t know if I’ve ever had harissa, it’s possible that it was mixed into a dish I’ve had.  But this was the first time I truly had harissa and it was amazing!  I googl-ed harissa and realized that there are a number of variations.  I think that’s kind of the best part about this condiment, you can have different kinds of harissa and tailor it to your taste-buds.  The biggest key to any recipe though is to use a mild chile powder, else it can be quite difficult to incorporate into a dish or use as a condiment.  I didn’t have aleppo pepper and the only true chili powder I did have was an Indian one my mom gave me that is insanely spicy. So I decided to use a mix of cayenne and paprika.  Cayenne is pretty spicy, but mixing it with paprika was actually perfect.  It had a little kick but didn’t overwhelm …