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Food Allergies, For Thought

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Image Credit: Tookapic (via Pexels.com) Hi! It’s been almost 3 years since my last post.  Thought I’d start with that, if you’re still reading my blog 🙂  While one of those years was busy due to travel and just plain ol neglect of blogging, the other was busy with the birth of my most adorable daughter and subsequent learning of how to be a parent.  Yeah just that tiny little thing that happened, no big deal.  The full-time foodie is now a full-time mama to a vibrant little toddler!  I spent the better part of the first year making sure I ate something, anything, in between feeding, diapering, rocking, comforting my little girl.  Of course I have to say, even if it’s something you might’ve heard a billion times and is cliche as heck, that the chaos was all worth it.  Being a mom is the hardest thing I’ve done, but also the most rewarding.  As you can imagine, the foodie-ness had to take a bit ‘ova backseat until my daughter reached her 8th/9th month, when routine finally started creeping back into our lives and …

“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 …

Quick Rice Dosa with Garlic-Coconut Chutney

Quick Rice Dosa with Garlic-Coconut Chutney

Ok.. do I even need to go there? Maybe a little so I can feel better: it’s summer + I’ve traveled every weekend + I have had MANY MANY fails lately.   Phew, that felt better 🙂  On to today’s post! So this recipe might raise a lot of eyebrows of the seasoned dosa chefs, but what I was after was a quick dosa recipe that did not require fermentation or waiting for the batter to be done overnight.  I have never made a traditional dosa and the batter-making process seems pretty intimidating.  Luckily I found this recipe, authentic or not, and it was pretty darn delicious and QUICK.  Most dosas are made with a combination of rice, lentils and dal.  But this one uses just uses rice and shredded coconut.  So for those days where you’re really craving dosa and don’t want to go through the pains of fermenting and what not- this one will do the trick 😉  The chutney recipe I found is equally quick and suuuuuper delicious!  Perhaps the only “catch” in …

Zucchini Fritters & 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 …

No Bake Nut & Chocolate Granola Bars

“I’m aliiiiiiiivvvvvvveeeee!!!”, says I while imitating Frankenstein.  My facebook page tells me it’s been 22 days since I last posted.  Wow that’s kind of crazy, because in my head it feels much shorter than that.  In my defense, I spent one week being a total nerd- migrating site files from one host provider to another.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand this!  It’s just a lot of technical gobbeldygook.  Then I had this no big deal trip to Iceland-   Instead of writing a looooooong post on how amazing Iceland is (which it SO is), I hope the photos I chose for the slideshow above can showcase the amazingness. If you love the great outdoors, hiking and camping- Iceland is for you.  You’ll enjoy the gorgeous changing landscapes made up of mountains, waterfalls, black sand beaches and so so much more.  It is one of the most breath-taking countries I’ve had the pleasure of visiting so far.  I also tried to share most of our food/drink experience to keep with the theme of my blog and in all …

Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema

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 …

Shrimp Fideuà

Hello hello!  I’m happy to report that my batteries are completely recharged and I’m back feeling quite excited to cook again.  Not that I wasn’t cooking before, but I was struggling on the “what do I share on the blog!?!” front!  Sometimes I forget that the blog isn’t meant to be a stressful thing I HAVE to keep up with.  I just love cooking and trying new recipes out. The blog was created as a way for me to chronicle the recipes I enjoy and the photos are just an excuse for me to keep exercising my photography muscle.  Note to self- post only when inspired 🙂 So I came back this week with renewed interest and new ideas! I also came back with a new resolve- to make practical choices with food.  Not that I was so impractical with food before, but sometimes I found myself wanting to make insanely complicated things that took way too much time and with ingredients I had a hard time finding use for again.  This just meant that I need to plan my meals better, budget better and find recipes that …