Our Latest Food Fusion

Kalo Jeera Goat Cheese

As you know, my husband and I like to cook a variety of foods at home. We like to experiment with different types of cuisine and to mix things up a bit. Our latest food fusion combines two really great items into one really really great item.

Item Number One: I think my favorite Indian spice is kalo jeera, also known as kalonji or black cumin. I especially love this little black seed in vegetable dishes.

Item Number Two: One thing we have been eating in our salads recently is goat cheese. We’ve had it plain with no other flavors added and we’ve had it with garlic and herbs.

The idea to mix up the two things came about this week when we were shopping for groceries and decided that plain, unflavored goat cheese was a better bargain than buying the pre-flavored kind. We could buy twice as much cheese for the same price if we chose the plain one and we could split up the cheese and make our own flavor combinations. We like to be creative in the kitchen and we also have a pretty well stocked spice cabinet (which I love!).

When we made it home with all our groceries, it was goat cheese flavor time. We really enjoyed the garlic and herb flavored one we had before, so on one half of the package I recreated that flavor without the garlic because we usually make a garlic and lemon dressing for our salads. I thought this goat cheese could live without it.

For the second half, I wanted to use something a little more Indian inspired. I thought about all the wonderful spices in our cabinet and decided to try kalo jeera. I tasted one of the seeds without frying it and realized the flavor is much better after being fried. So I heated up a little bit of mustard oil, fried my kalo jeera, drained the excess oil, and added the kalo jeera to my goat cheese. After mixing and adding a small bit of freshly ground black pepper, it was perfect! I wrapped up both flavors of goat cheese so they could set up in the fridge.

After a couple of days of letting the flavors really sink into the cheese, we tried the kalo jeera one on our salad last night. It was so good! The combination of the kalo jeera and goat cheese was on point. And since the kalo jeera are small seeds, some get stuck in your teeth and become the gift that keeps on giving! 🙂

The Food We Eat

I’ve only been married to my husband for a little over three months, but there have already been people who have asked me about the food we eat in our house. Apparently it’s a subject that people have concerns about, probably because most of them are picky eaters and aren’t open to trying new things. Apparently, the fact that two people from different parts of the world live together and cook is very strange…

My answer is: we eat whatever we feel like. There is no hard-and-fast rule in our house about what type/genre of food we will or will not consume. In the year or so that we have been cooking together, we have cooked (or tried to cook) a lot of different things. We’ve dabbled in American, Indian, Italian, Mexican, African, Greek, and Chinese cuisines. What happens when we try to cook something new is:

  1. We decide it tastes good or that it seems like it would taste good.
  2. If we don’t already have a recipe in mind, we look up one, or five.
  3. We cook the darn thing.
  4. We eat it and decide what we would change if we made it again. Or we decide to not eat it again.
  5. Usually we make a recipe card so we don’t have to re-find the original recipe/s we used for our dish. Done.

I was born and raised in the American South. This usually means we deep-fry everything and use a lot of butter (i.e. the now infamous Paula). My Bengali husband likes a lot of veggies and rice. However, neither one of us is so attached to what we grew up eating that we won’t try new things. Granted, the majority of dinners made in our kitchen tend to lean toward the Indian side, but that’s because we really like Indian food. We usually cook with less oil than traditional recipes call for, but that’s just a choice we’ve made.

I guess if I had to put the food we eat into a few categories, I’d say we eat mostly Indian, a lot of fusion, and occasionally global foods. That sounds like fun, right?

By the way, my husband says the Indian food I cook is really nice. And he eats a lot of it, too, so I believe he’s telling me the truth. Haha.