Curry Rice Pilaf with Pecans & Raisins

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Curry Rice Pilaf with Pecans and Raisins, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

I love making this dish as a quick and savory meal for dinner. Rice pilaf makes a great vegetarian meal. Also, both curry and turmeric have many health benefits.

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I serve this rice dish with my favorite chutney, Patak’s Major Grey Chutney-Sweet Mango with Ginger.

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You can find my favorite chutney here.

Curry Rice Pilaf with Pecans and Raisins

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 cup yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried sweetened cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground 
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbs ghee or olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • In a medium saucepan add, ghee or olive oil, with the chopped onions.
  • Brown the onions in the saucepan for about 5-8 mins. 
  • Add all the spices: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, curry, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamon
  • Brown for another 5 mins
  • Then add the rice and stir for about 2 mins. to infuse the flavors.
  • Add water and cover with a lid.
  • Reduce the heat and let the rice simmer for about 15 mins. 
  • Remove the lid, add the chopped peacans and raisins.
  • Then continue cooking for 5 mins. or until all of the water is absorbed.


You may use any pre-mixed spice of Indian Curry blend of seasoning.
Optional: Serve with yogurt, or your favorite brand of chutney.
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Debra Roinestad

Mediterranean & Spanish Baked Cod

Mediterranean & Spanish Baked Cod, (c)The Comfy Cabin, 2021

This recipe is a flavorful mixture of tangy and sweet.
As a child growing up in New York City, one of my favorite dishes was tomato-based salted cod fish, bacalhau. Once a week, I would always look forward to this dish with a side of french fries…yum!
I recreated this dish inspired by my Mediterranean and Hispanic heritage. It’s a fusion of flavors that makes this dish extra delicious! Plus, this dish pairs well with any side of rice, salad, or potatoes.

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Mediterranean & Spanish Baked Cod, (c)The Comfy Cabin, 2021

Mediterranean & Spanish Baked Cod

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Spanish


  • 1 1/2 pounds cod fish or frozen bag or cod
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped 
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes or tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of mixed olives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine or water
  • 4 tbs olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pad the cod with paper towels until dry. 
  • Add olive oil and cod to a  9”x13” baking dish.
  • Add all the spices, chopped onions, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, and olives. 
  • Pour water or white cooking wine in the dish.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins. or until the fish is opaque (depending on the thickness of the cod fish).
  • Add extra olives if desired


For extra flavor: add the spices to the cod ahead of time and place back in the fridge for about 30 mins so the flavors can set in.
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Debra Roinestad

Visit The Swamp Rabbit Trail-South Carolina

Walking the Swamp Rabbit Trail for Health and Fitness

Lovely day today…60 F degrees outside. I took a short walk at the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile multi-use (walking and bicycling) greenway that traverses along the Reedy River, an old railroad corridor and City parks to connect Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville, South Carolina.

Swamp Rabbit Trail, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

If you plan on visiting South Carolina be sure to check out the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

The Swamp Rabbit Trail, SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail Information:

“Walking can be as good as a workout, if not better, than running.”
—Dr. Matt Tanneberg

The Proclaimers- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Debra Roinestad

3 Great Reasons To Love Cabin Living

Table Rock Mountain, SC
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

In early 2020, I packed my stuff onto a moving truck and was headed to the woods.
My husband was offered a new job opportunity and we decided to move to a cabin in the woods since we are both nature lovers and enjoy hiking. Two years later, I can guarantee that cabin living is worth it! 

We have a breathtaking view of Table Rock Mountain here in South Carolina. The wildlife is extremely fascinating! Plus, I have experienced serene sunsets and magical twilights. I’m very excited to share all these adventures with you! 

With Gratitude,

Debra Roinestad

Debra and Kurt ,
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

Here are 3 Reasons To Love Cabin Living

Slower Pace Lifestyle 

Faster doesn’t always mean better. A slower lifestyle helped me find more mindful moments. I don’t have to be fast anymore! The slow and steady rhythm of nature has helped me heal.

Slow Living Is Healthy Living by Michael Finkelstein, MD


Living in the woods has a way of awakening your senses. Fresh clean air, a crisp cool breeze, and the warm pulsating sun on your face have a way of making you feel alive again. There is a sense of realignment and a restoration of peace. There are many opportunities for meditation and enjoying all the sounds and stillness around you. In the woods, I found the best version of myself. I soon began to discover that nature and the self are one.

“Going inward will awaken. True change starts within. —Unknown

Better Health and Wellness

Studies have shown that living in the woods has many health benefits. There is a healing power of the forest. The frequency in nature vibrates at a higher level and washes away our fears. We begin to develop unity with nature. Also, we foster respect for the elements within nature and truly, ourselves.

Why Forest Bathing Is Good for Your Health by Karin Evans