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Swiss rosti

Whether mashed, baked or roasted, people often consider potatoes as comfort food. This sentiment probably inspired the potato’s scientific name, Solanum tuberosum, since solanum is derived from a Latin word meaning “soothing”. The potato’s name also reflects that it belongs to the Solanaceae family whose other members include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and tomatillos.

Unfortunately, most people eat potatoes in the form of greasy French fries or potato chips, and even baked potatoes are typically loaded down with fats such as butter, sour cream, melted cheese and bacon bits. Such treatment can make even baked potatoes a potential contributor to a heart attack. But take away the extra fat and deep frying, and a baked potato is an exceptionally healthful low calorie, high fiber food that offers significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Â

More on benefits of potato over here.

One such healthy recipe by potato is Swiss Rosti!!!!! With hardly a tiny bit of oil used to make rosti, it becomes a very healthy breakfast!!! 🙂 Â

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Sweet Potato Tikki

Hello from India………..!!!!!!! D
Hope you all are doing great!!!!!! And blogging some wonderful dishes. ) I will visit you all once I get some time here……… )

I am writing this in a bit of a rush and so let me come directly to the point……. This is my entry for MBP Finger Foods and Starters!!!! ) I made these wonderful….. yummy…… delicious tikki’s from here. )
Like all my other posts I am not including any step by step pics since this guy (Yeah, its a guy!!!!! ) )  has done enough justice with his post. 🙂 So without much ado here I present to you these wonderful Sweet Potato Tikki’s. )

                                      

Let all your entries come in!!!!! I will be doing the round up sometime at the end of this month. ) So dig out those wonderful bloggers recipes which you might have tucked away in some folder in your favourites and start cooking!!!!! )

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Beetroot Halwa…

{Updated: My lovestory was up for grabs only for a few days……. Sorry if you have missed it. 😦 }

Never mind…….. Kuch meetha ho jaye….???!!!! 🙂 (How about something sweet to eat now???)

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Chimichanga…..

Over the weekend I will usually make a list of ‘things to make’ for the following week and then accordingly shop for the groceries and veggies over the weekend. This way I found out that I saved a lot on the grocery bill and it also resulted in less wastage of food stuff. So far I have worked according to the list more or less except for one of those days when I get late from work and then in no mood to cook anything. Thats when I dig in for a pizza hut number!!!! 😉

And when that happens, the menu/dish listed on that day goes in for a toss!!!!! I will sometimes completely forget that I had bought something to make a particular dish and ‘that something’ is nicely sitting in some corner of the fridge waiting for its turn to come.

The same happened with my poor tortillas 😦 . I got them over the weekend thinking that I will make something over the week. And that day happened to be one of those days when I came home late from work…….. So what happened on that day????….. Correct- pizza hut !!!!! 🙂

After a few days when I was digging in my fridge for something I saw the poor tortillas looking expectantly at me!!!! “Is it our turn today???” YES!!!!! So out I got them and started one my tours to Mexico…!!! 😀

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Everyone knows that February 14th is officially the most romantic date of the year, but do we know why?
Here are eight Valentines Day facts for you to amaze your loved one with.

  • Long before St Valentine lived, February 14th had strong links with fertility. The date traditionally is known for when birds choose their mates.

  • February 15th was the date of the Roman festival of Lupercalia – the Wolf – where young men held a lottery to decide which girl would be theirs.

  • In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.

  • In the Middle Ages, they also believed that the first unmarried person of the opposite sex you met on the morning of St Valentine’s Day, would become your spouse.

  • Elaborate handmade messages, cards and gifts became popular during the 17th century.

  • During the middle of the 17th century even married people took a Valentine – not always their legal ‘other half’!

  • By the 19th century printed Valentine’s cards were on sale and extremely fashionable – in 1825 the Post Office handled more than 200,000 letters more than usual on St Valentine’s Day.

  • No one really knows who St Valentine actually was. There are two men who could be responsible for the traditional association with love and marriage, but the most likely theory is that Valentine was a priest during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II.
    The story goes that Emperor Claudius had issued a decree that Roman soldiers were not allowed to marry – because marriage would inhibit their ability to fight.
    But romantic Valentine continued to marry soldiers in secret, until eventually his clandestine activities were discovered and he was jailed. Before being beheaded he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, for whom he left a note signed ‘Your Valentine’ before he was led away to his death.

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So how does that look!!!??? Are all your new year resolutions to loose weight going down the drain???!!! hihihi….. just kidding!!!!! 😉

Forget the low cal food and indulge into rich delicious foods with your family and loved ones in this season of LOVE!!!!!

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You guys know what to do right??? BROWSE….. COOK ….. and take PICS!!!!! Its that simple. )

For the simple rules:

1. Based on the theme of the month, you have to cook something from the fellow bloggers posted recipes.

2. Post a pic of the final recipe on your blog linking it to the blogger (whose recipe you made) and to this event. Whether to make it a post or no, is entirely your choice. You can just put a final pic or put step by step pics or if you have made any variations you might want to highlight that or post the whole recipe. Its entirely upto you. But one final pic and a link to the blogger and this event is a must.

3. Email me your
name,
the pic,
permalink of your recipe/pic only and
a permalink of the blogger from whom you made this dish

to blogcoffee[@]gmail[dot]com

with ‘MBP (current month) 2007′as the subject line.

4. Theme of the month will be announced during the first week of the month. You have to email me your post by the 20th of the month and the final round up will be done in the last ten days.

5. There is no limit to the number of entries that you might want to contribute. If you don’t have a blog, you can email me the post and I will do it for you. )
So the theme this month is Finger Foods and Starters”!!!! 

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