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July 14, 2010

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So many exciting things have happened the last couple weeks, I felt like they deserved their own blog post. Now before you get all bored on me, I must tell you that they’re all to do with food, food and more food! And not just Indian food, mind you. So here goes:

1. OneLifeToEat had its first official cooking class:

Yes, the day finally arrived. And I was beginning to think all my promotion efforts were going to waste!

Last week, I had the pleasure of teaching 4 wonderful ladies – Eileen, Marci, Tara & Janet – how to make Restaurant style chicken curry, Palak Paneer & Raita (a yogurt based condiment). Over the 2 hour demonstration class, I started with a brief explanation of commonly used Indian spices, their usage and their qualities. Marci enthusiastically took over my cook-top when we moved into the kitchen, following my instructions perfectly. Step by step, I taught them how to make delicious Indian curries, using simple techniques that can be applied on any type of meat or vegetable.

OLTE's first cooking class

OLTE's first cooking class

We ended the class enjoying the fruits of our labor. We sat down to a delicious dinner that I served up with some store-bought naan and cumin rice. It was wonderful being in the company of 4 amazing women. The food on the table slowly disappeared as we talked about generations, social media and of course, food!

I hope I get a chance to teach many more classes. This experience was not only thoroughly enjoyable for me, it was also a huge learning experience. I never thought I’d be doing this and least of all, I never thought I’d be even a little bit good at it.

2. I’m invited to talk at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market Fresh & Local Radio show:

I’m really really excited about this opportunity and truly thank Susan Berkson for discovering OneLifeToEat and getting in touch with me. It will be great to talk about the importance of using fresh vegetables in Indian cooking. Back home, my mother buys fresh vegetables from local producers everyday and I know how much of a difference it makes to the flavor of a dish.

If you live in the Twin Cities area, tune-in to AM 950 on Saturday, Sept 18th morning. A recording of the show will be posted online so anyone outside the Twin Cities can also listen in afterward. More details on this later! You can read more about upcoming guests here (scroll down to see me!).

And now, back to food and cooking

Last week, the hubby and I decided to make our second trip to our local farmer’s market. On our first trip this season, we loaded up on several assorted veggies and some really nice Butternut Squash Ravioli. Last week, we decided to stock up on fruits. Despite my husband’s warnings, I picked up a large batch of strawberries. He warned me because he knows I’m greedy – I get so tempted when I see strawberries that I get greedy, buy too much, forget about them in the fridge, and then feel miserable having to throw them away a week later when they begin to rot. I know… I’m mean no?

But this time, I was determined not to waste the precious fruit. I kept a small amount away for munching and was wondering what to do with the rest, when I came across good blogger friend Jenn Sutherland’s simple recipe for Sour Cherry compote. As soon as I was done salivating after reading her recipe (and this was at 9pm on a weeknight), I decided I had to make a Strawberry compote right away.

The result was a truly delicious, not-too-sweet gorgeousness of a compote that me and my husband together managed to polish off in 3 days flat! I followed her suggested ratio of sugar to fruit. The vanilla adds an interesting layer of flavor to the compote. We topped it over waffles for breakfast, vanilla ice-cream after dinner, and even over store-bought Belgian cream puffs! YUM! And did I mention I had 2-3 spoonfuls as is, several times a day?

Jenn's strawberry compote over waffles

Jenn's strawberry compote over waffles

Can’t wait to try this recipe with another fruit. Peaches maybe.

How have you enjoyed your strawberries this summer? Which fruits have you gorged on this season? Any interesting fruit recipes to share?

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2010 8:17 am

    Fantastic stuff Sabera! Here’s wishing you tons of success.

  2. July 14, 2010 8:38 am

    Looks fabulous! I’d like a spoonful or two of that compote right now! And I’m thrilled to hear about your first (of many) cooking class success! Good luck on the radio, and if the clip is posted online somewhere – be sure to link to it so we can all listen!

    And there is nothing wrong with summer fruit greed! I’ve got about 10 gallons of fruit in ziploc bags squirreled away in the freezer. Some I individually quick freeze (IQF) on sheet trays then tumble the frozen fruit into bags for any use. Some, I slice and toss with some sugar and seal into bags for use in compotes/jams/ice cream…the sugar really helps in long term storage preservation, and some I turn into freezer jam. Enjoy the fruits of the midwest – they are not here long enough!

    • July 14, 2010 3:15 pm

      I’ll certainly send out a link as soon as the clip is up. And you’re right. I crave fruit so much right now because there isn’t any in the winter! And I must say I’m super impressed with your fruit preserving techniques! WOW! I should come visit you in the winter just to steal some of you stash 😉

  3. July 14, 2010 2:22 pm

    Yay! This is all so exciting… and delicious! It’s so fun to hear the excitement in your words and I’m looking forward to the next update post. Your energy is contagious! And I am craving some serious fruit now!

    • July 14, 2010 3:13 pm

      🙂 Thanks for stopping by Rebecca. And thank you for the support. I never thought I’d enjoy teaching someone how to cook so much. It’s an epiphany.

      Isn’t it sad that all the glorious fruit will go away in a few months? I’ll miss eating fresh, ripe fruit in the winter.

  4. July 14, 2010 4:49 pm

    YAY!! Awesome news for you! I’m so glad you get to do all sorts of neat things for your blog. I know I’ve been doing a lot of cooking here. Sadly, I’m afraid to unpack my cutting boards, knives, and other fun things because my mom my start integrating them into her own kitchen. I guess that’s what happens when you stay home for a little while!

    • July 14, 2010 11:44 pm

      Thanks for visiting OneLifeToEat Emily! Hope you get a chance to resume your cooking once you have a place of your own. And I so know what you mean about your mom – my mother is visiting here right now and she hijacked my kitchen! Control freak that I am…

  5. Stacey permalink
    July 14, 2010 9:30 pm

    This is so perfect! I bought two pounds of discount nectarines at the store for a galette, but I will have a ton of left over, super-ripe fruit. This compote recipe is a lifesaver!

    • July 14, 2010 11:45 pm

      Glad you liked the recipe Stacey! All thanks to my friend Jenn Sutherland.

  6. Farida Harianawala permalink
    July 14, 2010 9:53 pm

    Congrats on the cooking class & your interview on the upcoming radio show!! Great going. It’s wonderful to see you follow this so passionately and take it to another level! Good luck!

  7. farah permalink
    July 15, 2010 12:44 am

    oh yum!
    well done sabera. your class sounds like it was fun!
    i know, i know, i still have to send you mum’s firni recipe. i’ll do it this weekend.

    • July 15, 2010 11:14 am

      Yes yes the class was super fun. And I eagerly await the firni recipe… 🙂

  8. Parizaad K permalink
    July 15, 2010 7:34 am

    Sabs I really really love your blog and what you’re doing with it and Indian cooking. congratulations on the cooking class, it sounds like you had fun! the pics on the blog are fab too. and despite what u said about earning off the blog, i’m still keeping my fingers crossed! and yes, pls link the radio show when its up.. hugs and take care..

    • July 15, 2010 11:15 am

      Thanks for the support Pari! It means a lot 🙂 Will keep you posted on the radio show…

  9. July 23, 2010 10:34 pm

    Oh my gosh! the radio! Congratulations. Now I REALLY wish I was in MN!

    • July 23, 2010 11:24 pm

      🙂 I’ll send you a link to the show if and when its up.

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