David deSouza

David deSouza

David deSouza

David deSouza

Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.

Panama

Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.

Canada

Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Batata Vadas

Batata Vadas recipe

Ingredients:-
  • 4 medium size boiled potatoes  
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 green chilies minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil

For Batter
  • 3/4 cup gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1//4 teaspoon red chili powder

Preparation:-

For the Batter
  • Mix gram flour, salt and cilantro. Add water slowly to make a thick but smooth batter.

Make the Potato balls Vada
  • Boil potatoes till 80% cooked. They should be firm yet cooked
  • Peel and coarsely mash the boiled potatoes.
  • Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Add mustard seeds and as the seeds crackle, add mashed potatoes, ginger paste, minced green chili, turmeric, and salt.
  • Stir fry on medium heat for 2 minutes and then add cilantro and mix well. Turn of the heat.
  • After this mixture cools off, start making small balls the size that will easily fit in your fist.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Make sure there is about 1 ½ inch of oil.
  • Dip the potato patties into the batter one at a time, making sure the patties are completely covered by the batter. Then, slowly drop them into the frying pan.
  • Turn them occasionally until both sides are just done and light brown.
  • Serve in bread with a chili and some garlic chutney or even tamarind sauce

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Prawn Koliwada

I absolutely love Koliwada prawns! Here's a quick and easy way to make them and it tastes as good!

Prawn Koliwada



Ingredients:-
  • 16 large prawns/shrimp,
  • 3 Tbsp Sambal ground fresh chilli paste,
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce,
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch,
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour,
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper,
  • 1 tsp chat masala
  • salt.
Preparation:-

Marinade:-
  • Mix the soy sauce, ground black pepper and salt. Marinate the shrimp for at least 20 minutes in this marinade.
Making the batter:-
  • Mix the Sambal  red chilli paste, corn starch, all-purpose flour and add water to get a nice thick consistency
Deep fry the shrimp:-
  • Heat up olive oil in a deep pot.
  • Coat each shrimp with the batter and fry for about 3 mins

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Vegetable garden

This year as we attempt to grow our vegetables at home we hit a couple of snags before even starting off. We've done pretty well the last two years and learnt a lot along the way. But somehow with the excitement it's always hard to be patient and not start off too soon.

This spring we picked up our plants two weeks too early. Being longer in their tiny containers, quite a few thinned out and some didn't even make it to the raised bed.

Over the course of the coming weeks let's see if we can turn this around..

Once again we will follow some basic square foot gardening techniques to maximize our yield. Join us on our journey growing vegetables at home. Hope this will in turn encourage you to grow your own vegetables.



Week 5: Our vegetables have started to grow very well despite having accidentally thinned them out by keeping them longer in their containers. I think the new rich soil and compost has definitely boosted healthy growth. We harvested our delicious lettuce this week.
Week 5: Our lettuce makes it's way to the table 



Week 1: We've filled in the raised beds with new triple mix soil and home made compost. Our saplings have been planted. New for this year are potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini.
Week 1: The beds are prepped and the saplings planted.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Toronto Christmas Market at the Historic Distillery District

Christmas is around the corner and despite the fact there's no snow yet, we're getting into that festive spirit! We took a trip down to the Christmas markets in the historic distillery district and were quite pleasantly surprised by the scale of the celebrations.