middle eastern grilled lamb kafta with tahini yogurt sauce & whole wheat pita bread

grilled lamb kafta & tahini yogurt sauce | conifères & feuilllus

One of my son’s closest friends happens to be of Lebanese descent. The first time he went over to his house, he returned home and exclaimed rhetorically “Why can’t you make food like theirs?” I didn’t have much a choice; this one question set into motion the quest to add a few more recipes to our arsenal.grilled lamb kafta & tahini yogurt sauce | conifères & feuilllus Continue reading

mango lassi and two berry variations

mango, blackberry and strawberry lassi recipes | conifères & feuillus

I’m no expert on the matter, but from my visits to India I’d bet that the mango lassi is the most popular variation of India’s favorite yogurt drink during the summer months. I suppose this is in part due to it being mango season during this time. Lucky for us, here in Canada, we get a healthy supply of mangoes from mango producing countries throughout the world.

I’ve already shared my recipes for the standard salty lassi, as well as the sweet rose lassi. So it’s time for a mango lassi recipe today along with a few variations.mango, blackberry and strawberry lassi recipes | conifères & feuillus Continue reading

cinnamon layer cake

celebratory cinnamon layer cake | conifères & feuillus

Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders,
These twists & turns of fate
Time falls away,
But these small hours,
These small hours still remain

– Rob Thomas

Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated and nothing says “celebration” more than a gorgeous layer cake. celebratory cinnamon layer cake | conifères & feuillus Continue reading

indian-spiced grilled chicken with cucumber raita

Spicy Indian Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Raita | conifères & feuillus

Grilling season is in full swing! Here is my simple and flavourful Indian grilled chicken recipe… the one everyone always asks for!
Spicy Indian Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Raita | conifères & feuillus
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rose lassi

Rose Lassi | conifères & feuillus

If there be thorns, there shall be roses.

When we first made our journey from India to Canada, packed in our suitcases among our humble belongings was a small treasure trove of what always seemed to my younger self as magical potions and such. Having grown up in India, my parents were well versed in homemade ayurvedic remedies. We brought with us such things as eucalyptus (nilgiri) oil, sandalwood oil, churna and rose water to name a few.Rose Lassi | conifères & feuillus Continue reading

sprouting and growing fenugreek (methi)

methi or fenugreek | conifères & feuillus

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.  -Hippocrates

Fenugreek, known as methi in Hindi, is an important flavouring ingredient in Indian cuisine. It’s used as a herb (fresh leaves), spice (seeds or dried leaves), and vegetable (sprouts). It has a very distinctive, slightly bitter taste (acquired if you ask me) and is best known for its therapeutic properties. I grew up hearing all about its medicinal and nutritional benefits and now, digging around on the internet, I see that my parents knew well. methi or fenugreek | conifères & feuillus

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thyme and lilac posset

thyme and lilac infused lemon posset | conifères & feuillus

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.  ―Meister Eckhart

Unknown to me, at this time last year when my lilacs were in bloom, I was shooting some of the first photos that would appear here on this blog. This blog, as you may or may not know, is a labour of love for my children, a collection of recipes of the foods that grace our table, meant for them to use later on when they are old enough and on their own. Before I started this blog, I knew I wanted to put this collection together for them but I was hesitant about doing it in such a public manner.thyme and lilac infused lemon posset | conifères & feuillus Continue reading