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Tomato Tortellini Soup

Tomato Tortellini Soup Tomato tortellini soup is loaded with delicious flavors and is a family favorite. I came across some beautiful heirloom tomatoes at the farmer's market, and the first thing that came to my mind was tomato soup. My favorite tomato soup is pretty straightforward. Customizing your soup is fun, and adding chicken, meatballs, lentils or, pasta makes it more filling and delicious. It is a feel-good delicious soup, and tortellini makes it wholesome and a full meal!. Soups are the ultimate comfort food-light with delightful fresh flavors and can be served as the first course for a casual gathering. Sometimes I like to pair it with a delicious salad, crusty bread, or fresh baguette, to soak up all the deliciousness. If you are looking for a lazy day meal, with pantry staples, then look no further. The luscious creamy tomato soup is absolute comfort food. You will be surprised at how easy it is to put together this home-style tomato soup. I have to admit that I w

Sri Lankan Prawns Vada

Sri Lankan Prawn Vada/Isso Wade Deep-fried lentil fitters are addictive snacks. It has a taste all to its own- crunchy, delicious, and mildly spicy. It is a perfect accompaniment with piping hot tea. The Sri Lankan Prawn Vada/Isso Wade is very similar to the parippu vada served in tea stalls in South India. Adding shrimp takes this snack to a new level. Sri Lanka has an extensive collection of  Short Eats  or snacks that are eaten anytime at bakeries, restaurants, and tea stalls.   The book  Sri Lankan Cooking: 64 Recipes from the Chefs and Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Douglas Bullis, Wendy Hutton  was my first introduction to Sri Lankan cooking. It has several unique recipes, and this vada was one among them. There are some similarities with South Indian food. The close physical proximity between Sri Lanka and Southern India explains similarities in culinary practices. But the island nation has its unique touch.  Isso Wade is a distant cousin of parippu vada, and with shrimp stickin

Cherry Turnovers- Easy Puff Pastry Recipe

Cherry Turnovers- Easy Puff Pastry Recipe Turnovers are crispy golden, buttery pastries with a sweet and tart filling. Cherry turnovers are homemade fruity treats and taste like the ones you get at bakeries or coffee shops. Store brought puff pastry sheets to come in handy, and you can make it in no time. Do you like flaky layered pastry? What is your favorite filling? Imagine biting into layers upon layers of buttery goodness, with a sweet and tart fruit filling. This delectable fruit treat is a perfect tea-time snack. You can sprinkle some sugar on the top or drizzle some glaze if you want it, extra sweet. Cherry turnover is my personal favorite. But you can use apples, strawberries, or whatever your heart desires. I made these turnovers last weekend. I brought a package of the puff pastry sheet to make some spicy puffs that are so popular in Kerala. Indian bakery puffs are a spice version of turnovers with meat, vegetable, or egg filling. Some people have a sweet tooth, so b

Victoria Sandwich- British Afternoon Tea Cake

Victoria Sandwich- British Afternoon Tea Cake Today's recipe is my first post of 2018. Happy New Year to all my friends and readers. Wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year! Victoria Sandwich or the Victoria sponge is a very traditional British afternoon tea cake .There is a nothing fashionable about recipe,it is a simple sandwich cake.But if you can make this basic sponge cake than you can make hundreds of adaptions and it is perfect for parties or picnics.These sandwiches are popular English teatime treats.Spongecake's are sliced and sandwiched with jam and topped with another layer of butter cream,vanilla cream or whipped cream and sprinkled with sugar .This tea time sandwich is named after Queen Victoria and reminds us of the era of tea parties and the practice of inviting friends to come over for tea in the afternoon. This recipe calls for equal proportion of egg,butter, sugar and flour. The egg and baking powder gives it the light airy texture. The k