When it comes to eating cheese it is always a new experience for me. I like cheese and always love to serve cheese platters. I have served cheese platters on various occasions from holiday party to casual summer get-togethers. Most of the time I like to serve combinations of cheeses such as hard cheese, semi-soft cheese and soft cheese. The thing is I always make sure that there will be something for everybody. It is really up to you to put the number of cheeses on the platter that you and your guest(s) will enjoy.
This time I served Parmigiano-Reggiano, White Stilton with blueberries and fresh goat cheese with lemon and thyme drizzled with good extra-virgin olive oil. I also served fresh fruits and dried fruits along with the variety of crackers. My guests really enjoyed this platter. If you like cheese I am sure you will enjoy this cheese platter too!
White Stilton with blueberries in the lower right corner
Don’t forget the crackers
Grapes, apples, peaches, and dried figs
Goat cheese with thyme and lemon drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil
The update we mentioned in our latest post is here, just in time for the holidays. In this update, we have added five new recipes for you to enjoy. Here is a link to Cook With Me app on the Apple app store.
The beetroot rice recipe summary.
Enjoy the holidays!
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I am back designX6 blog fans, and I have a delicious recipe to share with you. I like to add some flavor to the food I make. Sometimes it is different herbs, sometimes it is vegetables. There will be always some spices in it. This time I have used mustard to prepare this chicken. I use mustard seeds regularly in the cooking, but not the paste. In this recipe yellow mustard is used as a main ingredient in the marination. Mustard gives the chicken a sharp taste and a nice color after the roasting. Basically, you add everything in the marinade and roast the chicken with the marinade.
I like to serve this chicken with a warm butternut squash and peas salad. Enjoy!
Ingredients: Servings: 2
- 1 lb chicken breasts, thinly sliced cutlets
- 2 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon or as per your taste salt
- 1 big white onion peeled and then cut in big chunks
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- Clean the chicken and pat it dry before putting it into the marinade.
- Cut the onion in big chunks and cut the lemon in half.
- In a gallon size ziplock bag add olive oil, mustard, cayenne pepper, and thyme.
- Next goes in salt and freshly ground black pepper. Combine all the spices together.
- Add onions and lemon juice to the marinade along with the leftover lemon pulp and rind. Lastly add the chicken cutlets into the marinade and mix everything together.
- Keep the chicken in the refrigerator for half to one hour to marinate.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer the chicken in roasting pan with the marinade, onion, and garlic.
- Finally, roast everything together for 12 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked completely.
Butternut Squash and Green Peas Salad Servings: 2
- 2 cups diced butternut squash
- 1/2 cup frozen green peas
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Chopped cilantro
- Fresh thyme
- In a skillet, heat olive oil on a medium heat.
- Add chopped garlic and diced squash. Sautè it for 2 minutes. Pour water over the squash and put the lid on to the skillet. Let the squash cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
- After the squash is cooked add paprika, salt and black pepper to squash. Mix it well.
- Next add green peas to the squash mixture and sautè it for a minute. Let it cook for another minute.
- Garnish the salad with cilantro and thyme before Serving.
Mustard, paprika, olive oil and thyme for the marinade
Next goes in onion, garlic and lemon
Chicken in the marinade
Today we are celebrating the festival of Narali-Pournima. During the monsoon season fishermen stop sailing and fishing in the sea. Pournima stands for the full moon day of the month. People offer coconuts (Coconut = Naral in Marathi) to the sea in the “Shravan” month on this full moon day. Hence, the name of the festival is Narali-Pournima. This festival also marks the beginning of the new fishing season. To celebrate this occasion, a sweet rice and coconut dessert is usually made in every home. Here is the delicious recipe for folks who are nuts about coconut.
This is the original recipe from designX6’s “Cook With Me” App. Enjoy!
Total Time Required : 25 to 30 min. Servings : 2
- 1/2 cup white basmati rice
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoon unsalted butter (Or coconut oil)
- 2 tablespoon chopped cashews
- 7-8 saffron strands (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Rinse the rice at least 2 to 3 times and drain well.
- Take a small cooking pot with high sides and tight fitting lid. Put the pot on the stove.
- Turn on the stove to medium setting and put teaspoon of butter (or coconut oil) in the pot.
- As the butter (or oil) starts melting add chopped cashews, cardamom powder, cloves in the pot.
- Add drained rice and stir the rice to coat each grain with butter. Toast the rice for about 1 minute or until fragrant.
- After the rice is toasted add unsweetened coconut flakes, water and salt to the pot. Stir it together.
- Cover the pot and let the rice cook. Keep stirring the rice in the intervals. About 2 to 4 minutes.
- After all the water has been absorbed by rice add the sugar and brown sugar, and coconut milk to the rice.
- Add the the saffron now if using it.
- Stir the rice carefully (make sure not to break the rice kernel) to melt all sugar.
- After sugar has been melted put the lid back on the pot, turn off the heat and let it set for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes stir the rice again, discard the whole cloves in the rice and serve hot.
Coconut, cashews and cardamom makes it delicious
For years, me and my family have enjoyed this coconut rice. I hope you enjoy as well!
Finally summer is here. However, we get hot and humid days here in Ohio. The best way to beat these hot days is to make cool drinks. I like to use different fruits to make drinks. Peaches are my new favorites after moving here. I use them all the time to make cobblers, cakes and other desserts when they are in season. Most of all I like to use them in sangria.Sangria is a spanish alcohol based beverage. It is wine based drink mixed with chopped fruits, fruit nectars and sometimes adding different alcohol mixtures. My recipe of sangria is a lighter version. Fresh peaches gives it beautiful orange color. Here is how I make sangria:
- 2 Cups white wine
- 1 Cup peach green tea ( I use Tazo iced peach tea )
- 1 Cup lemonade
- 3 Peaches, sliced
- 1 Lemon, sliced
- Ice for serving
In a big pitcher mix the white wine, peach green tea and lemonade. Stir them together to mix.
Slice Peaches and lemons. Add them to wine+tea mixture in the pitcher. Let the fruits steep into the mixture.
Cover the pitcher with a plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 8 hours or overnight.
Before serving, fill the glass halfway with ice and pour the drink over it. Garnish it with a lemon or peach slice and serve.
When it comes to cooking chicken I am always looking for no-fuss recipes. This zesty chili-lime chicken recipe is one of them. It is a winner recipe for me. All you need is few spices and fresh limes to make this chicken. You can adjust the spice level as per your taste. It does not need whole lot of time to marinate. I think it tastes best when you grill it. Here is the recipe:
Ingredients : Serves 2-3
1 lb. chicken tenders
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cooking oil
- Mix all the spices and salt together in a small mixing bowl.
- Add the lime zest and lime juice to the spice mixture and make a thick paste.
- Marinate chicken pieces well with the prepared spice mixture.
- Keep it in the refrigerator for half hour to marinate.
- Preheat the grill before you grill the chicken. You can use a cast iron pan as well.
- Brush the grill with the cooking oil. Put the chicken tenders on the grill. Grill them about 3 to 4 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Garnish it with lime slices and chopped cilantro before serving.
We at our home love eating salads for lunch. It is light, yet satisfying. We make salads using a variety of food like grains, mixed greens, lettuce, nuts, veggies and fruits. This one is one of our favorites. It is versatile and is easy to make. You can add as many or as little veggies as you like.
Roasted Veggie Salad: (Serves: 2)
- 4 Cups washed and dried mixed greens (I use shredded boston lettuce and baby mixed greens like chard, spinach and kale)
- 1/4 Cup red onion, sliced
- 1/2 Cup butternut squash, julienne
- 1/4 Cup red bell pepper, julienne
- 1/4 Cup yellow bell pepper, julienne
- 1/4 Cup carrots, julienne
- 2 Tablespoon sunflower seeds (Optional)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon agave syrup or honey
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt and freshly ground pepper as per your taste
- Line a baking sheet with a aluminium foil and spread
all the veggies on it. Sprinkle little olive oil, salt and
pepper on it. Mix well so veggies are well coated with
oil and seasonings.
- Preheat oven on 400 degree F and after it is
preheated put the veggie tray in the oven. Roast the
veggies for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
- After the veggies are done roasting keep them aside
to cool down a little.
- Meanwhile take all the ingredients for the vinaigrette
in a small mixing bowl. Whisk them together to
emulsify the oil and vinegar.
- Mix all the greens and cooled veggies in a salad
bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over and mix lightly into
- Serve, and enjoy the salad!
Veggies ready for roasting
Shredded boston lettuce, baby kale, baby chard, and baby spinach
Greens and Vegetables mixed together with the vinaigrette
I first tasted guacamole dip with tortilla chips years back and I am a big fan of it since then. Mild tasting avocados mixed with different vegetables makes it so flavourful. I like to add some hot chilies too. This gives it some kick. I have tried different recipes from others as well several attempts to make my own. Below is my best attempt which has received kudos from family and friends; Enjoy!
Guacamole, my way: (Serves 4 to 6)
- 3 avocados
- 1/4 Cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 Cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 Cup corn kernels (You can use frozen or from freshly grilled corn cob)
- 2 Hot chilies finely chopped (I use serrano or fingerhot chilies)
- 1/2 Cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
- Juice of 2 limes (Do not skip the lime juice as it prevents the avocados from turning brown)
- Salt as per your taste (about 3/4 teaspoon)
- 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds
- In a large bowl place chopped onion, red bell pepper, corn kernals and cumin seeds
- Add chopped chilies and cilantro to the vegetables.
- Scoop avocados in the bowl. Squeeze the lime juice and salt over the scooped avocados.
- Use a potato masher or fork to mash the avocado pulp and mix it together.
- Serve immediately with tortilla chips of your choice.
Prep work for great guacamole
Corn, green chili, red bell paper, and onion
Cilantro and lime
Star of the show avocado
Ready to eat guacamole and chips
Yes, I’m talking about cooking rice. Though this is a grain we’ve been cooking for thousands of years, how we cook it hasn’t changed much.
There are two ways to do it. The first is to steam the rice, where you would keep the rice with water in a pot with the lid on. When the water evaporates your rice is ready. The boiling method is done simply by rinsing the rice and bringing it to a boil. The rice will be very soft when ready, and then strain and serve.
Mrunal will share how she cooks the rice for her recipes included in the Cook With Me iOS app.
“I use the absorption method. To do this rinse the rice with water to wash out excess starch. Next add water, which measures twice the amount of rice. Put the water and rice in a pot on the stove on medium or low heat. Make sure to put the lid on. Once the rice has absorbed all the water, it is cooked. Let the rice sit for five minutes. After that, you can use it for whatever recipe you want.”
Thank you Mrunal. And to our Cook With Me customers, happy cooking!
In the past two months Mrunal, cook of the recipes you are enjoying, and sales tracker has noticed app store views going up from hundreds to thousands. She also noticed increased sales in the European region. We really appreciate all the users who spent some time to view and then buy Cook With Me from the app store.
It all started in February 2016, selling 102 units in a day. For the rest of the month customers like you bought 6 units per day.
In March, Cook With Me sales went up even further. Customers in Sweden and Denmark placed our app at the top of the paid Food&Drink category on the iPhone and iPad app store. As of writing this blog post, Cook With Me app is still in the top 5 in many countries on both the iPhone and iPad app stores. Thank you. We hope you are enjoying our app.
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PS: We are diligently working on an update. New things include tweaks to the UI, new recipes, fast loading time, and more. Our promise is still the same, tried and tested recipes by Mrunal in a clear and simple, easy to read format. Enjoy cooking!