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Cucumber Salad

I wanted to make something refreshing and light to go with the Indian lunch I prepared. So I made a cucumber salad which is easy and light. It makes a wondeful cooling accompaniment for the spicy Indian curry.

1 Japanese cucumber or normal cucumber (de-seeded), cut into 0.5cm thickness
3/4 to 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted and crushed
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp lemon juice
salt & coarsely grounded pepper to taste

1. Mix all the ingredients well.
2. Chill at the refrigerator for at least 30mins before serving.

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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

My cell group decided to come over for a Saturday afternoon tea and also boardgames time. During my recent trip to Italy, I bought sun-dried tomatoes, some good olive oil and balsamic vinegar and I was excited to try it out on some recipes. To really get the taste of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, I thought pasta salad might be a good choice. So here’s a super simple recipe from me 🙂

300g fusili pasta
200g mixed leaf salad
a handful of cherry tomatoes
6-8 sun dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
10 olives, thinly sliced
1 clove of garlic, thinly sliced
1 tsp capers
1 handful of basil, finely chopped
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
sea salt & pepper to taste

1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drained and put aside.
2. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Add the pasta and toss well.
4. Chill for half and hour before serving.

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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

As my basil is growing faster than I can use, I decided to tap on the internet to find the best way to use it faster. And the websites inspired me to make Basil Pesto Pasta Salad. It’s a wonderful meal if you want something light 🙂

Serves 2

Basil Pesto

1 cup fresh basil, packed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/6 cup pine nuts (optional)
2 garlic cloves
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Place the basil and pine nuts in a food processor. Pulse a few times.
2. Add the garlic and pulse a few times.
3. Add half of the olive oil and pulse a few times. Then, add the balance of the olive oil. Pulse a few times.
4. Add in the parmesan cheese, salt and ground pepper. Pulse a few times.

Pesto Pasta Salad

2 cups spiral pasta
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 tsp of sun-dried tomatoes pesto (optional)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3-4 fresh basil, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 lemon, juiced
1-2 lugs of olive oil
basil pesto (according to the recipe above)

1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add a bit of olive oil and 1/2 tsp of salt.
2. Add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions.
3. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water to cool down.
4. Put the pasta in a large bowl.
5. Toss the pasta with the basil pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto, pine nuts, oilve oil and cherry tomatoes.
6. Add the lemon juice and garnish the pasta with the chopped basil.
7. Chill for 10mins then serve.

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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Tuna Pasta Salad

Another recipe which I wanted to prepare a day earlier. I read a few tuna pasta salad online and came up with my own recipe. It’s really easy, quick and delicious.


250-300g macaroni or fusilli
1 can of tuna (150-185g)
2 tbsp of mayonnaise
2 tbsp of cream fraiche (optional)
1/2 tbsp of lemon juice
a few sprigs of fresh parsley, finely chopped
a few fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook macaroni according to packet instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2.  Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
3. Chill and serve.

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in Uncategorized


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