2011...what a year it's been! For me personally, it was filled with busy times and political turmoil at work as well as lots of travel (within France, this included two trips to Reims, Burgundy and Nice...outside it was Barcelona, New York, Lisbon twice, Prague, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St Paul, Cameroun and Gabon, London, Marrakesh and Essaouira and Brussels). We celebrated our first wedding anniversary and saw two couples who met at our wedding get married themselves. And of course the biggest news of the year...our upcoming move to Thailand, for which we are now busily preparing (less than a month to go!).
It goes without saying of course that throughout it all, I've been busy cooking and eating some yummy, spicy food! One of the biggest joys of the year has been sharing some of this food via this blog and learning from and exchanging with my fellow bloggers, many of whom have become friends. What a wonderful, talented and supportive community it is! I hope that you've all had a wonderful year as well and are enjoying the holiday season. Here's a few images from ours here in Paris...
As we celebrate the year's end, please enjoy my top 10 recipes. And here's to an even more delicious and spicy 2012!
TOP 10 RECIPES OF 2011
(The 10 most viewed and/or commented recipes)
10. Indian-Style Seven-Layer Dip
This recipe comes from my uber-creative mother, who first inspired me to start cooking and who is the undoubtedly the biggest supporter of this blog! The Tex-Mex classic gets an Indian twist here with a spicy chickpea paste (replacing refried beans), a coriander and cashew chutney (guacamole), tomato chutney (salsa), Greek yogurt (sour cream), grated paneer (grated cheddar)...you get the idea. Try this ASAP!
Pea and Mint Risotto or my Pea and Mint Pesto too!
Suvir Saran, the chef at NYC's amazing Devi restaurant is, like everything created by Chef Saran, marvelous! Crispy fried okra slices seasoned with chaat masala, chili powder, salt and lemon juice and tossed with tomato, red onion and coriander is off the hook! Recipe adapted from Chef Saran's American Masala: 125 New Classics from My Home Kitchen.
FoodBuzz Top 9. Spinach and mint from the market with a bit of chili, potato, crème fraîche...and finished off with some additional heat from red chili flakes. Yummy and great for these cold winter nights!
6. Corn Pomegranate Chaat
I absolutely love pomegranates and I absolutely love chaat, which refers to a vast category of Indian snacks, often sold at roadside and beachside stalls. This particular one - spicy, sweet and tangy - was a definite winner! My fellow FoodBuzzers thought so too, voting it into the Top 9.
5. Tom Kha Phak (Thai Coconut Vegetable Soup)
I fell in love with tom kha at a wonderful little restaurant in Koh Phi Phi, off the coast of Phuket in Thailand, and was surprised and delighted that this version tasted exactly the same! Thus began a year-long obsession with cooking Thai food. Maybe it was a premonition of things to come!
FoodBuzz Top 9.
FoodBuzz Top 9 as well. Perfect as a starter for a Mexican, Southwestern or any other meal!