Crispy green beans with potato sabi by Priya

1 tablespoon neutral oil or olive oil
1 medium russet potato, diced into ½-inch pieces
½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt (such as Morton)
8 ounces green beans, trimmed and halved
½ tablespoon ground coriander
½ tablespoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (½-inch) piece ginger, minced
1½ tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
Lime juice, to taste
Chaat masala (optional), for garnish
Rice or roti (optional), for serving

Step 1
In a large (lidded) nonstick skillet over high heat, warm the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the potato and half the salt and let cook, undisturbed, until the cubes develop a golden-brown crust on the bottoms, 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 2
Lower the heat to medium, give the potatoes a toss and add the green beans, the remaining salt and ¼ cup of water. Cover and let cook for about 3 more minutes, until the beans are starting to soften but still a little crunchy, and the potatoes have a little firmness but can be pierced with a fork.
Step 3
Add the coriander, cumin, pepper, garlic and ginger. Toss to coat the potatoes and green beans, then let cook until you can smell the strong fragrance of the spices, ginger and garlic, about another minute.
Step 4
Turn the heat down to low, stir in the almond butter, and as it melts, toss it with the vegetables to coat. Cook the sabzi for another minute or two, just to let the almond butter dry out a little and form a crust on the vegetables.
Step 5
Remove the pan from heat, and sprinkle the top with lime juice and a light dusting of chaat masala, if using. Serve by itself, or with rice or roti alongside.

Messy Shrimp from foodie Helen

1476540722 whole bay leaves, crushed fine
2 teaspoons dried rosemary (or fresh if you have it)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne or to taste
2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 whole garlic pod, minced

Melt two sticks butter in heavy cast iron skillet.  Add 3/4 cup olive  oil.  

Sir in above ingredients.  Bring to boil and simmer for 5  minutes.  Set aside.

When ready to cook, re-heat spice oil mixture and add juice of two  limes.  

Put shrimp (in shell) into simmering sauce and cook 3-4  minutes.  Let cool (so

your hands can handle the hot sauce).  Serve in  bowls with good crusty

French bread.  Be sure you put out an extra dish to  discard shrimp shells.