What we Chow Wednesday - Okra

 I wanted to dedicate this blog to a vegetable which is a bit unusual and not so commonly used in most households, Okra. Okra is known by several different names; bhindi, lady fingers, gumbo, etc. Growing up,  okra was cooked in a slightly different way, it was sort of stir-fried until it is crispy and did not have the typical slimy texture. The trick is to wash it and then spread it out on a towel to dry before slicing it. Here is a traditional Okra recipe which I think you will end up going to time after time, enjoy!!

Crispy Okra
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon whole cumin
2 dried red chilies
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 pound okra, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Warm up a saucepan on medium heat, add oil. Add whole cumin and dried chilies once the oil is warm. Add the onions and let the onions get light brown. Add okra and continue to stir everything together on medium heat. Add salt. Continue to stir everything until the onions and okra are brown and crispy. Serve warm with basmati rice. 

What we Chow Wednesday - Brus'ketta or Bruschetta?

It is always fun to learn how people around the world pronounce the same items in different ways. There has been a lot of debate around the very popular appetizer- Bruschetta. I would love to hear what our fans think!

There could be hundreds of different combinations used to create a delicious bruschetta recipe. With that said, here is one of my favorite recipes, the combination of whole cumin with the melted Sajji BBQ Gouda on top of the tomatoes is exquisite....enjoy!!

Bruschetta-with Olive Oil and Whole Cumin

1 fresh Italian bread, sliced
4 tablespoons Olive oil
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon whole cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
½ cup green onions, chopped
2 cups White Jasmine Sajji BBQ Gouda, grated

Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and evenly drizzle olive oil. Place the bread in the oven for 1-2 minutes until the edges turn golden brown, remove from the oven. In a bowl, add tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, whole cumin and salt. Mix well. Place the tomato mixture on each bread slice and top with White Jasmine Sajji BBQ Gouda. Place the bread back in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese melts. Serve hot.   

What we Chow Wednesday - Top 5 Super Foods

There has been a lot of discussion lately about including 'Super Foods' in our diet. What are 'Super foods'?

Super Foods help build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp, very much like nutritional powerhouses. 

Here are my top five choices of Super Foods:

Black Beans- great protein source and has absolutely no saturated fat
Oats: very rich in fiber and consists of healthy carbs helps boost metabolism
Salmon: lean source of protein without fat
Pears: High in fiber and delicious
Almonds: Healthy fat - essential for a balanced diet