May 17, 2013

Friday Chat With Bloggers - Linsy Patel From Home Cook Food

Hi all….

Sorry for the delayed Friday Chat Post.... Am travelling to my native and finding very difficult to connect internet so taking break for a week... Gonna miss u all and blogging :)

OK let us meet our today’s guest…. Linsy Patel from Home Cook Food in our blogging world!!!

Lovely blogger and known as kitchen queen in our blogging world has lots of unique and interesting recipes in her blog...  And also her blog filled with lots of awards... Congrats dear :) Simple, neat and perfect blog with clear explanation..

So ready to know more about her favorites....    
Before that let me share my favorite recipes of her...

Offlate I started craving vada pav and started eating almost every week with icecream.. . Hot and cold…yummy right :) And guess what.... the very first recipe I viewed in her space was vada pav.. What a timing :) Her recipe method is also very interesting..not like the regular one… Excited to know?? Click Vada pav…  

And her blog has few nutella recipes too like Nutella Baklava
 shellsNutella coke brownies and Nutella Coffee Frappe… 
Sounds yummy and tempting right :)

My other favorites are…..

My list never ends… So click HERE to check all her yummy 

mouthwatering recipes.

Now let’s see what Linsy shares with us….

Priya : Love to hear few words about you n your blog and who is your greatest support?

Linsy : Hi, My Name is Linsy Patel and I go by Kitchen Queen because That is what I am.  I started my blog Home Cook Food, last year in July. Before that also I used to go to various blogs to see recipes and my sister also have a blog so I know about it but I had a very bad incident with one of the senior blogger so thanks to her I started my blog too. My family and all of you my virtual friends are my support and strength without you guys I wouldn’t survive, so from bottom of my heart Thank you all.

Priya : Your Favorite chef, favorite cookery show and favorite cookbook.

Linsy : From the beginning I watch SanjeevKapoor’s show here and in India too. After coming to USA , Food Network become my favorite channel and in that I love Chopped, Mexican Made Easy by Marcela. Frankly I don’t follow any rules so no favorite cook book. I just cook with my heart.

Priya : Can you share us about your first cooking experience and the recipe which you tried first?

Linsy :  Being a younger one in my family I never enter in to the kitchen before marriage but after marriage when I landed here, I have to make everything , that time by practice , some errors and above all with my dear husband’s help I reach here today. My first dish was Egg Masala. It is easy; just grind onion, tomato, khaskhas, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin coriander powder, ginger, green chili paste. Cook till raw smell go and add boiled eggs and potatoes in it, add enough water to make gravy and salt and you are done.

Priya : When your house filled with sudden guests...What would be your quick menu?

Linsy : My pantry and freezer is always full so to cook something for guests its always easy.

, for Main Paneer and vegetable korma, MethiMatarMalai, Hyderbadi Soya Biryani and Whole Massor Dal with parathas , for sweet Chickoo and Almond Kheer and Mango mousse

Priya : What’s your family’s most favorite recipe which you cook?

Linsy : Pls share with the link if you had posted in blog. They like everything I make but mine vegetable pizza is all time favorite.

Priya : Please share some kitchen tipsor secrets of yours…

Linsy : Don’t throw away leftovers, you can make something out of it and everyone love it, if you have dals or any gravy dish or rice, add them in flour and make parathas for breakfast or tea. If you have thick gravy add boiled potatoes in it and make cutlets out of it. Use your time and freezer wisely. Don’t overcook vegetables, that way you are losing all the nutrients from it, Stir fry them so its stay crunchy.

Priya : What do you like in my blog and please share your suggestions to improve mine.

Linsy : You are the goddess of blog world. All your recipes are so unique and easy I told you before also you should publish your book. Just one word keep up the good work.

Ma Po Tofu

A famous Szechuan recipe - the name Ma Po Tofu is roughly translated as "pockmarked grandmother bean curd " named for the old woman who supposedly invented the dish. Today this dish, known as Mapo Tofu, can be found in almost any Chinese restaurant around the world with hundreds of variations adapting the piquant original to suit local tastes. And do I need to tell you, its spicy so its my favorite too. When we go to out favorite Chinese restaurant  We ordered two dishes always. Hot n Sour soup and Ma Po Tofu.

And its been a while we had this and I was craving for this for so long so when I went to Chinese store, my aim was to pick up ingredients for this dish only and I made it and we enjoyed it. It has to make it on high flame and fast. so prepare everything and keep it near so it will be done in no time.

Ingredients :
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves grated on a micro plane grater (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated on a micro plane grater
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, finely ground in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle
  • 1 tbsp fermented chili bean paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic red chili sauce (sambal oelek)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch combined with 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 block of silken tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup frozen green peas

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large wok over medium heat until shimmering.
  • Add garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly sizzling, about 1 minute.
  • Add chili bean paste and red chili sauce and cook, stirring constantly, until incorporated, about 15 seconds.
  • Add vinegar, soy sauce, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add starch mixture and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for until liquid has thickened, about 30 seconds.
  • Add tofu and fold in, being careful not to break it up.
  • Stir in peas and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and Serve with white rice or Fried rice.

Thank you so much Linsy... It's my pleasure to have your recipe n
interesting chat in my space. Thank you so much for spending your valuable time to participate in my event. Am sure that all our friends will also enjoy this interesting chat with delicious recipe....

And thank you so much for your valuable f

                                 Thank You Linsy !!!

Happy Weekend Friends :) 

Will meet you all next week..after a short break !!!


  1. healthy dish n nice chit chat from both of u..

  2. Thank you so much Priya for this wonderful experince.

  3. Simply delicious, Linsy Patel...
    It was really nice to read about you...

  4. Glad to know more about you Linsy!!
    Hey Priya, this a great idea...
    And you have a nice space!!

  5. Linsy and priya thanks for sharing this recipe. good guest post. nice yum yum Ma po tofu

  6. really lovely post... glad to know more about linsy... :)

  7. Beautiful chitchat and glas to know more about Linsy patel.Droolworthy Ma po tofu.

  8. Thanks for sharing this post Priya.. Dish looks yummy Linsy.. Glad to know more about you dear :-)

  9. Simple way to enjoy Tofu: Cut tofu in small pieces and add Achhar Masala...and taste yammi achhari tofu...
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  10. Simple way to enjoy Tofu: Cut tofu in small pieces and add Achhar Masala...and taste yammi achhari tofu...