Well, I am half way through this Chicago venture, and would you believe I really have not explored much food? This trip is all work, and no play….BOO!!
To make me happy, I am excited to share one of my favorite blogs with you! Helene from Masala Herb is truly a beautiful soul, so kind, AND she shares some pretty fantastic treats too! Since I became a food blogger, I have made a lot of discoveries. One discovery is friendships, the friends you can make are immeasurable! These friends are everywhere, India, Australia, England, Canada, and so many more places….I love that!
When I came across Masala Herb, I was immediately drawn in. She shares dishes that are unique to India, along with sharing dishes from her home country in Austria. Everything she makes, I seriously want to make that moment. One thing I love, she has finally convinced me to start cooking with curry more. I really have not made any dishes with curry, yet love the spice.
Here is the lovely Helene – Enjoy!
Foremost I want to thank Terra for the opportunity to guest post on her amazing blog. She knows I was excited and eager to be here!
Terra is such a sweet person, we became friends quickly. I met her through Twitter a few months back and since that we have been staying in contact. The first time I visited Cafe Terra Blog I was charmed by her style and the blogs character. Her blog is very Welcoming and her little food adventures are hilarious. When Terra discovers something, like the time when she discovered Lemon Curd, then I discover it for myself with her. That is the spirit I enjoy here, that we all learn new knowledge together. It is fun if you can share your passion with others, isn’t it?
Now, little about me…
I am Helene, originally Austrian/French and I am living and married in Goa, India. My blog Masala Herb is my food project, where I write about my passion for the eatables. I love to cook and write about world food cultures and I have a hang on keeping an eye out on rare and unknown ingredients. The tastiest dishes are posted on my blog and quite some tempting pictures along with it. I studied Hotel management in my native country Austria, right after that I decided to travel a bit in my life, that’s how I ended up in Goa, a paradise on the west coast of the Indian continent. Interestingly I used to hate to cook in my college years. I dislike industrial kitchens; you know what I mean those plain uncreative places? A point came where I was missing my beloved European food, it was a torture. Sooner or later I started to cook again and with time I learned to love Indian food too.
Today I thought of a light French dish I used to make occasionally when summer was starting in Goa. Summer starts now soon, in fact I think so we are half in it because I am boiling while I am sitting and writing here. Summer is torture, its humid it’s sticky, you can’t think straight and move. So Duxelles stuffed tomatoes are a great way to satisfy your body’s needs, including some great flavours. Duxelles is a mushroom farce which is known and common in the European kitchen. In my recipe I use it to stuff tomatoes and cook it all in a rich tomato sauce. You can either serve it as Appetizer or as Main course, accompanied with either Polenta or Rice. Enjoy! =)
- 6 Tomatoes
- 125 ml Tomato Puree ( I use homemade)
- Pinch Salt & Pepper
- For the Duxelles stuffing:
- 1 ½ Tbs Olive Oil
- 1 Onion or Shallot - chopped
- 250 g Button mushrooms - chopped
- 25 g chopped Parsley
- 100 ml White wine
- 3 clove Garlic – chopped
- 30 g Bread crumbs
- Pinch Salt & Pepper
- Start by peeling and rinsing the Onion, cut of the stem of the mushroom and rinse too. Chop the Onion, the Mushrooms, the Parsley and Garlic and keep aside separately.
- Heat up a Pan with the Olive Oil and fry the Onion pieces translucent on low heat. Then add in the mushroom pieces and occasionally stir through the mixture. The mushrooms will lose water which is what we want. When only little liquid is left throw in the Parsley with the salt and pepper and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add the wine and allow it to reduce the liquid and add the chopped Garlic. Fry all for another 3 minutes and stir in the bread crumbs at the end and let it cook for a few minutes so that the mixture thickens and gets a bit sticky. Sit the stuffing aside.
- Now take a Tomato into your hand and cut the top part off, keeping it aside, since we will be using it as tomato “hat”. With a spoon or knife remove the inner flesh of the tomato, keeping the tomato flesh aside for later use. Take the Tomato “shell” and stuff it with the mushroom mixture, so that it is properly over filled and closed with the Tomato “hat”.
- Heat up a pot with some Oil and fry the Tomato flesh for a short while. At this point add in the tomato puree and a bit of water so that it doesn’t stick on, stir well and keep on low heat. Place the stuffed tomatoes so that they are standing straight and so that they are not going to fall. Close the lid and cook it on low heat for 10 – 15 minutes till the Tomatoes are cooked but not too soft. Check every few minutes to turn the stuffed tomatoes so that they can cook better evenly. In case it’s getting to dry add some water but not too much, so that it doesn’t stick on.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
I am always looking for new ways to enjoy stuffed tomatoes or peppers! Remember, I am all about variety, and trying something new.
Thank you so much Helene!!!! Be sure to stop by Masala Herb and say hi for me, and a bonus, she has her first giveaway going on this week. She also shares pictures of the street markets in Goa India, I love that!!! Since my dream vacation is to go to India, I love enjoying pictures!
The one curry dish I need to try first is Drumstick Cashew Curry! What is your favorite curry dish?
Thank you so much Helene! You are so wonderful, sending hugs your way!
Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,