This colorful and healthy Heritage Barley Pilaf is a great way to replace a fast carb (rice) with a slow carb (barley).
I love good stories, relevant information, and flavorful recipes. When the three coincide, I am thrilled. Such is the case with today’s cookbook and review of Deepa’s Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine by Deepa Thomas.
In response to her husband’s Type 2 diabetes and her own struggle with weight, Deepa responded with “What if I reinvented Indian food without the carbs”?
So she did, and after six months of cooking and eating “Slow Carb New Indian,” Deepa lost twenty pounds and freed her husband from a ten-year routine of insulin shots. How, you might ask? The secret is in the book, along with the story of her life’s journey and discoveries she made along the way. Continue reading
Now that the holidays are over and I have cooked my fill of complex and fattening recipes, I am taking a break to cook simple and healthy foods. Today’s inspiration comes from one of my favorite chef/teacher/cookbook authors, Susan Herrmann Loomis. Her roasted eggplant with fresh local cheese recipe fits the bill. While I was at her school in Normandy I had the privilege of watching her “throw” this dish together for dinner.
Some of my favorite meals she made were very simple. They were as easy as finding a vegetable, picking some herbs from her garden, and a dash of this or that. She works with such grace and flair it makes me believe I can cook with such style someday. Continue reading