I started this blog in July, took a hiatus in August, and leaped back into the blogging wagon on January 2 of this year. I’ve been posting every day since, and I’m pushing myself, and just hoping I won’t stop. (Oh the backlog guilt! I still have 2 series that I haven’t finished!)

I’ve also been exploring the WordPress Site Stats section, and have been quite amused with the posts that have generated the most hits.

So, here goes–

10. Mumbai Scribbles, Day 3 — My Mumbai Scribble photos are inspired by WordPress’s Project 365. My goal is to catalog images every day that tell the story of Mumbai, a place I’m visiting, or something I’m engaged in. Cataloging images has sparked wonder in me, and it’s inspiring me to appreciate what I have every day.

9. Flounder Flops — It’s funny how this entry seems to pop up on the “how to not make flounder mushy” Google search. I haven’t found the answer, but since misery loves company, I hope that some cooks out there have discovered that they’re not the only ones with flounder flops.

8. Broccoli-Mushroom Curry and the Rat Race — I’m glad that many people have found this quick recipe. It’s a healthy no-brainer for busy people.

7. From Louie’s Kitchen: Lemon-Pepper Tilapia — I’m sure Louie would be happy to know that people have been browsing his recipe and hopefully trying them out! I’m surprised that quite a number of my recipes are on my top 10 posts. Maybe it’s time that I go back to trying at least one new recipe a week that I can share!

From Louie's facebook status update on July 14: Todays menu via the garden and friends. Tomato soup (Thanks Sacha) with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (Thanks Simon and Garfunkel). Maple Glazed Lemon Squash (Thanks Sacha), Cucumber/Scallion/carrot Salad, grilled Green Squash / Eggplant Sandwich on fresh Sun dried tomato/Parmigiana cheese bread (Thanks Laurie for my French bread pan, I really like it), and lemon pepper grilled talipia (Thanks fish farmers)

6. Greek Garbanzos Salad — Another healthy eat! I also bought these dishes to make my food pop out in photographs. It’s a sign! Time to generate healthy eats again!

Students representing South Africa!

5. Mumbai Scribble, Day 18: International Day — My favorite special event in school!

4. Pig Roast in Nancy’s Graduation — The fourth of July last year was one of the most beautiful days I’ve seen and experienced. This was a happy memory with B, my honey, and his family. Nancy tragically died in a car accident a few weeks before Christmas. But she didn’t die in vain. Her smile, kindness and love have left and indelible impact on thousands of lives.

Louie, Anne Marie and Nancy in the Lapp's breathtaking farm

3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready / Mumbai Scribble, Day 28: Kala Ghoda Festival — I love doing the Weekly Photo Challenge. It’s another venue for bloggers to share their creative ideas. I find that many of my followers discover Scribbles through this page.

2. 10 Things I Learned from Dilip D’Souza’s Travel Writing Workshop — I scribbled this entry in less than an hour. It was based on a workshop I took a couple of days ago. Little did I know that it would generate so many hits. I’m still happy to have found Dilip and the group. We’re meeting next month in either Bandra or Thane, and we need to work on our first assignment–pick two travel experiences and write an essay that connects them. What a challenge!

DD's Travel Writing Bus in Elphinstone College

Silent Noise by Saini Johray

1. Mumbai Scribble, Day 27: Kala Ghoda Festival — Never in a million years would I have thought that this photo would generate so many hits. It pops up in Google Images when you type in “Kala Ghoda Festival 2012”. I accidentally tapped into something called “Search Engine Optimization”. Thank you, Google!

In the meantime, I’m on the 10% mark of my blogging goal this year, which is to post every day.

I’m trying. Persevering. Writing. Taking photos. And posting. One day at a time.

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In the non-veg section of Hypercity, I was about to buy my usual handful of prawns when I saw fresh sardines. As far as I can remember, it was my first time to see fresh sardines. I’m used to eating the 555 ones in a can, drenched in tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Cans dug out of the cupboards on a rainy Manila day, poured on top of fried eggs and fried garlic rice.

But that’s not what this post is about :). Here’s a recipe for one that takes around 30 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:
2 medium sized sardines
olive oil
salt and pepper
6 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1/2 cup of lettuce (chopped)
1 medium sized tomato (chopped)
1 teaspoon of anchovy
1 teaspoon of crumbled feta cheese
balsamic vinegar

Rub salt and pepper onto the sardines. Pan fry the garlic and sardines for ten to fifteen minutes.

On a salad bowl, lay a bed of lettuce. Place bits of the sardines on top of the lettuce. Add the garlic, tomatoes, capers, anchovy and feta cheese. Sprinkle balsamic to taste.

Bon appetit!

If Scribbles were a book, Louie would have one whole chapter! I love how he innovates. I love his spirit of fun! Louie is larger than life and is quite contagious!

Louie in Tommy's Inn, New Jersey about to gobble up his seafood pasta. But nope, that's not what I'm blogging about today.

Last December, he experimented with poaching salmon in his dishwasher. As usual, I was fascinated. Here’s the recipe for those who would like to try.

Rub olive oil, and season the salmon with salt, pepper and dill if you like.

Seal the fish tightly in foil.

Add to your dishwasher load, turn your dishwasher on to poach your salmon! (And wash dishes.)

Unwrap the foil. This batch was poached to perfection!

Let’s eavesdrop on an fb conversation about this recipe 🙂

Do you have an unusual healthy eat to share? Let me know and I’d love to feature your recipe in Scribbles!

It’s been quite some time since I featured a healthy eat.

This is grilled garlic chicken in balsamic with Alfez Tahini dressing on top of lettuce. I sprinkled some green olives after taking the photo. Oooohlala! It was delicious!

Louie Noftsier: B and L’s loving father. Devoted, sweep-her-off-her-feet husband. Chicken breeder. Organic gardener. Zip-line provider. Cooking adventurer. Scrabble dark horse. Photographer of traveling hat.

Last December, Louie and his wife, Ann Marie, saddled their pick-up and whizzed off to Atlantic City. Ann Marie’s sister had extra tickets to the Viking School at Harrah’s Resort where they learned some new recipes. Louie replicated the recipes in his New Jersey home.

Crab “Martini”

Ingredients:
4 oz. Jumbo Lump crabmeat (around 4 oz.) marinated in a mixture of
1/4 cup tomato juice
1 tsp horseradish
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
A pinch of celery salt
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon
1/4 tsp Old Bay seafood seasoning
1 tbl vodka

1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh chive

Wet the rim of a martini glass with lemon. Put Old Bays seasoning on a flat plate, and swirl wet glass rim in it. Place marinated crab in a glass and sprinkle fresh chive on top.

Tiramisu Trifle

Ingredients:
Coffee syrup
1 tbl Amaretto
1/2 tsp espresso powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbl sugar
1/4 cup water

Mix all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil while stirring. Let it cool.

Mascapone Cream

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Mascapone
2 tbl confectionery sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp espresso powder
3 tbl sweet Marsala
2 cups of cubed pound cake
2 tbl almond slivers

Mix Mascapone cheese with confectionery sugar and 1/4 cup cream until smooth and set aside. Dissolve espresso powder in Marsala, then add mixture to remaining cream and beat until they’re shaped into soft peaks. Fold whipped cream into Marscapone mixture.

Put small cubes of pound cake into a bottom of a wine glass, about 1/4 full. Add a drizzle of coffee syrup. Add Marscapone mixture to cover. Add another layer of cubed pound cake and a drizzle of coffee syrup and Marscapone to cover. Sprinkle slivered almonds on top.

Wedding Soup

2 cups bok choi
1 cup lentils
1/2 cup sliced carrots
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 medium onion, minced
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup beef stock
2 cups water

Pour all ingredients into a pot and let the soup simmer for 2 hours.

Make meatballs that are around 3/4 inches in diameter using the following mixture:
1 small onion minced
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg
1 tsp minced garlic
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 oz ground beef
4 oz ground pork
4 oz ground veal
Salt and pepper to taste.

Saute the meatballs and drain off the fat, then add to the soup mixture.

Yummy! Thank you once again, Louie, for sharing! The next recipe I’d like to steal from you is salmon poached in the dishwasher!

Bon appetit! 🙂

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Email me at sacha@jordanac.com. Happy cooking!

Grilled Tilapia from the Philippines

Tilapia is a popular fish in the Philippines. In high school, after our day ended, I would hang out in my best friend Claire’s home. We devoured deep fried tilapia, which we ate with our hands, dipped into a Silver Swan and Datu Puti mixture as we chased away the saltiness with spoonfuls of hot steaming white rice. We never thought of tilapia as health food. It was the food of the common Filipino. It was the fish we grilled on the beach and ate in sidewalk carinderias, which littered the traffic-filled streets of our metropolis.

Imagine my surprise when years later, as I flipped on my TV to watch Oprah, I saw Dr. Oz, Oprah’s sidekick doctor and expert on health and food, tout tilapia as a miracle fish. According to Livestrong.Com, tilapia is rich high quality protein, low in fat and a good source of vitamins.

Louie, a regular contributor to Healthy Eats, would like to share his Lemon Pepper Tilapia recipe! I really wish WordPress had a virtual taste button so I could try these. Perhaps next time I visit, Louie will grill some of these for me and B, and bake us cheesecake :-D.

From Louie's facebook status update on July 14: Todays menu via the garden and friends. Tomato soup (Thanks Sacha) with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (Thanks Simon and Garfunkel). Maple Glazed Lemon Squash (Thanks Sacha), Cucumber/Scallion/carrot Salad, grilled Green Squash / Eggplant Sandwich on fresh Sun dried tomato/Parmigiana cheese bread (Thanks Laurie for my French bread pan, I really like it), and lemon pepper grilled talipia (Thanks fish farmers)

This recipe serves 6-8 people.

Ingredients:
8 tilapia fillets
2 lemons
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
fresh dill weed
fresh ground pepper
salt

For the marinade:
Zest and juice 2 lemons. Add the juice to 1 cup of water and the EVOO. Whisk the mixture. Lay the tilapia fillets in a flat pan and add the marinade. Do not cover the pan. Lightly salt and sprinkle dill weed and lemon zest on top of fillets. Grind fresh pepper over fillets. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Grilling:
I use disposable grill covers but fish baskets can be used too.

Lightly oil grill basket and lay fillets on it.

Grill for about six minutes, flip basket, and grill for six more.

Serve and devour! Yum!

I stumbled upon The World’s Healthiest Foods (TWHF) website, while doing research for my entries. It became a useful resource for me because the author, George Mateljan, and his team have done extensive scientific research on different types of food and are able to articulate why these are good for our health.

The website has a list of 130 foods and some recipes that go with these. Here is a summary of their criteria for choosing the 130:

1. Their nutrient dense, which means that the level of nutrients is high in relationship to the number of calories the food contains.

2. Their whole foods. They are not over-processed and they don’t contain synthetic and artificial ingredients.

3. You’ll be able to find these foods in most grocery stores in the US. I’ll need to modify my list of the world’s healthiest foods for my local setting, which is India. I prefer local ingredients that don’t go through long journeys to get to my grocery shelf.

4. These foods are affordable.

5. They taste good, otherwise it would be challenging to eat them!

I adopted the following recipe from their website and it was deee-li-cious! This recipe serves two!

Ingredients:

1 cup chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1 cup shredded lettuce
2 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2 TBS parsley, chopped
4-5 squeezes of fresh lemon juice
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Optional:
1/4 cup feta cheese
6 sliced olives
1 tsp rosemary

To cook the chickpeas:

Soak them overnight and boil for 30 minutes until soft.

For the salad:
Plate the lettuce. Put the chickpeas, garlic, tomato and onions on top. Sprinkle the olive oil and drizzle with fresh lemon. Add salt and pepper as you wish. Sprinkle the feta cheese, olives and rosemary on top. Bon appetit!