FEATURED RECIPE: ‘ BATATA BHAJI – SPICED POTATOES ‘


#AceRecipeNews – Featured Post:April.25: Batata Bhaji is to an Indian what roasted potatoes is to an American. The potatoes are spiced to give it flavor. It is a vegetarian and a vegan recipe. In Goa there are a few variations one where curry leaf and cumin are the bold flavors, the other is ginger and cumin. This potato recipe can be made with or without coconut also with gravy or dry. The dry version can be used to make a favorite Indian snack called Batata Vada. A deep-fried potato dumplings coated with a garbanzo bean flour batter.

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Interestingly "Batata" in portuguese is "Potato" and is a word used all over in India but there is a difference in the pronunciation and you can tell the difference if you are familiar with both. This recipe was made mostly on Fridays at our home. The leftovers are used to make kids popular grilled sandwich for snack. The bread is stuffed with potatoes and a little ketchup….yummy! You can also make potato fritters by mashing the potatoes, forming into patties and coating them with rava (cream of wheat) and shallow frying till golden brown.

batata-bhaji-aloo-potato-subzi-ingredients-recipe-vegetarian-veganServing Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

3 russet potatoes peeled and diced in 1/2" cubes

1 medium onion diced

1 jalapeno

1 cup grated coconut

1.5" of ginger

1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

2 cups water

1/4 tsp of mustard seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1-2 sprigs of curry leaf

salt to taste

batata-bhaji-aloo-potato-subzi-ingredients-recipeDirections:

Wash, clean and cut the potatoes in 1/2" cubes. Soak them in light salted water.

Grind the coconut, ginger, 1/4 tsp of cumin with 1/3 cup water to a paste.

Heat oil in a pot add the mustard seeds till it splutters, add the onions, cumin seeds, jalapeno and saute till the onion is translucent.

Next add the turmeric, coconut paste, curry leaves and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining water, season with salt and cover till the gravy simmers.

Finally add the potatoes, check on salt, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15-20 minutes till the potatoes are soft. Do not over stir lest the potato get mashed.

batata-bhaji-aloo-potato-subzi-recipe-goan-coconutEnjoy with hot rice, bread, puri (poori) or dosa.

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BUNNY&PORKBELLY REPORT: ‘ FOCUS ON THE SHAKESPEARE NYC NOW SERVING TRADITIONAL BRITISH FOOD & GREAT BEER ‘


#AceFoodNews – Featured Report:NEW YORK:April.25: Welcome to the Shakespeare, a small sorta "gastropub" near Bryant Park in NYC. They offer great beer and "traditional British Food". On this night, I met up with my friend from college. This bar is his bar, like the kind of bar you see on Cheers, it’s a place that everyone knows his name….. He comes here like 3 times a week, even more when the week isn’t going his way. I met up with him for some after work beers and food.

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They Offer many interesting beers on tap
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I believe this is the owner. I was able to talk to him for a quick moment, the bar is called the The Shakespeare because he is a distant relative of the man himself….
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Inside it feels like a cozy English home, or at least what I would imagine one to feel like….
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After a few beers, we decided to order food….

Bangers and Mash:
Myers of Keswick bangers, mashed potatoes, onion gravy

A very hearty meal consisting of sausages on top of mashed potatoes dressed with savory Onion Gravy. The kind of meal that fills up your heart and arteries with warmth.

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Chicken Tikka Masala:
Basmati rice, toasted almonds, ginger steeped raisins

Chicken Tikka Masala made for English taste, even though this dish is like the General Tso Chicken of Indian food. It’s not as spicy as most Indian restaurants, my friend can’t handle spice at all, so this was perfect for him.

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Banoffee Pie:
“Jones Wood Foundry”
Banana, vanilla cream, shaved chocolate, candied almonds

For dessert my friend got a banoffee pie. It’s a creme pie with a very crumbly rust, topped with chocolates and candied almonds as the sweets. When you cut into it with a fork it comes apart perfectly. It’s the perfect compliment if you ate something savory like the Bangers and Mash or drank a lot of beer with a sweet tooth….

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The Shakespeare is a good pub in NYC. If you are staying near Bryant park or even Times square, I would definitely recommend this place. Try their very extensive collection of interesting English beers + English pub food that isn’t fish and chips.

The Shakespeare NYC
24 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016

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BIRDS, BEES & BUSINESS: ‘ Protecting Our Environment, Flora & Fauna from the Ravages of Business ‘


As an ardent florist and with my brother being very involved in gardens and growing everything from seed,also protecting our pollinators.

I thought this was a wonderful post well worth sharing:

On a recent walk from my country home I counted 25 different species of wildflower in under an hour and I suspect that many people in France — even those living in more urban environments — would not be hard-pressed to find a similar display.

Spring seems to have moved in with unusual speed this year and certainly in rural areas, flowering plants are responding with considerable vigour.

Many Maries (local Mayors) have opted to allow village verges to flower before they mow them and the result is pretty spectacular though we wanderers and walkers are mere spectators to an enlightened approach clearly beneficial to wild bees and other all-important insects.

Last year saw the ban in Europe of many pesticides containing neonicotinoids, mainly in response to fears that they might be related to large scale colony loss disorder presently affecting honeybee colonies throughout the European Union.

Two of the major pesticide producers, Syngenta and Bayer Cropscience, are presently suing the EU in an attempt to have that ban overturned.

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