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First trimester food blahs

Hoping all you kind and creative CHers will be able to help me out!

So I'm a food lover who is now 6 weeks pregnant and suddenly I can't seem to eat everything I'm used to cooking (and buying), need to change things around all of a sudden. From loving spicy Indian, Asian food I'm leaning towards simpler things, like really light and simple pastas (not creamy - shudder....not intensely tomatoey - shudder), casseroles etc. And of course being pregnant I am eating for two and want to get the right nutrients in...

Other than myself I cook for a food lover husband, so we are both in need of some mutually appreciated new options....!

Any suggestions would be welcome - light, healthy, not very spicy options for us....looking forward to reading some of your ideas :-)

Jul 24, 2011
moily in Home Cooking

multi-course indian meal - different spices?

When I'm planning a north Indian meal, one of the things I focus on is getting a range of different colored dishes. Example, a yellow daal, paired with a rich red/brown lamb, or maybe a chicken in a thick white sauce, a spinach-cilantro-fenugreek based green dish...etc. I balance that with a kachumber salad, and a raita of whatever I have handy. Doing it this way, I find, helps my meal look more interesting at the table and has the added advantage of getting a good range of flavours in the meal as typically he cooking method and spices are nicely varied and I'm not repeating the browned onion-tomato base.

Jan 10, 2011
moily in Home Cooking

Fruit in main courses

The chicken sounds great, tempted to try it out right away! Would it still work if I removed the skin, or would I end up with a too tough dish?

Dec 13, 2010
moily in Home Cooking

Fruit in main courses

Thanks sasicka. The spinach with orange sounds lovely, light and unusual and yet easy enough since the ingredients would always be on hand. I'll def try this one out asap!

Dec 13, 2010
moily in Home Cooking

How Does Your Ancestry/Background and Home Country's Background Affect Your Cooking/Eating?

I'm of northern Indian descent and I'd say that is a heavy influence on my family's food choices. We eat home made Indian food about 50% of the time, broadly speaking. That aside, I'd say the international repertoire at home is also influenced in some way by our heritage - namely,, our preference for bolder, spicier flavours...we lean towards the more robust, less subtle Italian, Mexican, Szechuan etc recipes. having said that, when eating out we are happy to try out anything...

Dec 12, 2010
moily in General Topics

Fruit in main courses

Hello! New here, just came across this site - very exciting as I'm a sahm of one who loves to cook and eat!

I've always loved the use of fruit in main dishes, they add an interesting sweet/savory flavor, texture, an element of surprise in a dish. On the lookout for recipes that involve fruit...so far I'm stuck on anything sweet n sour (pineapple), various tagines and pilafs with raisins etc.

Would love to hear about others' preferences, ideas and recipes....

Dec 12, 2010
moily in Home Cooking