Thursday, 17 April 2014

Pumpkin and Date Halwa~An Indian sweet dish.

Halwa an Indian sweet dessert that is served with a main meal and can be made from a variety of fruits and vegetables. The sweetness from the dates and raisins makes this halwa delectable.


180 grams/ 6 oz grated pumpkin
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
2 tablespoons sugar
6 ripe majdool dates chopped finely
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
12  raisins
Few almond and pistachio flakes for garnish
1 teaspoon dessicated coconut.


1. Place the grated pumpkin in a microwaveable bowl, add 4 tablespoons of water and cook the pumpkin for 6 minutes until well cooked.
2. Remove the pumpkin from the microwave and mash it up using the back of a spoon.
3. Heat the ghee in a pan and add the pumpkin, cook the pumpkin on a medium heat for 7-8 minutes, stirring continuously to stop it sticking to the pan. Cook until all the moisture has evaporated and pumpkin starts to leave sides of pan.
4. Add the sugar and the dates and the raisins and cook the halwa for 3-4 minutes longer again keep stirring it to stop it sticking. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
5. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with grated coconut, almond flakes and pistachio slivers.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Lemon Drizzle Cake ~Eggless

Moist and citrussy lemon drizzle cake that is delicate and delectable.


Dry Ingredients

300 g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
250 g sugar

1 heaped spoon lemon zest

Wet  Ingredients:

100 ml water
140 ml Rachels lemon yoghurt
75 ml sunflower oil
1 tablespoon  apple cider vinegar 
1 teaspoon vanilla

For lemon drizzle:

juice of I lemon
1 tablespoon sugar


1.Line 2 loaf tins with parchment paper.
2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
3. In a large bowl sieve together the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
4. Stir in the sugar gently.
5. In a jug whisk together the yoghurt, oil, water, vanilla and apple cider vinegar and lemon zest
6. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with very light folding action(You want to keep the cake airy over mixing will cause it to go dense)
7. Divide the batter into the two prepared loaf tins so that they are half filled.
8. Tap the tins gently on the work top to distribute the batter evenly in them.
9. Bake in middle shelf in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until cakes are golden brown.(Do not open the oven door during this time the cakes will sink) After 25 minutes open the door and insert a skewer into the centre of the cake if it comes out clean cakes are cooked if skewer is wet cook for another 5 minutes.
10. Remove cakes from oven and keep aside to cool.
11. Mix together the lemon juice and sugar and using the skewer poke holes in the cakes you have baked.
12. Pour over the warm cakes the lemon syrup and it will sink into the cakes.

I was recently sent some Rachels Organic Lemon Yoghurt to try. I used the Rachels Lemon yoghurt to make this Lemon drizzle cake. The Greek Style Bio live organic yoghurt gave the cake the added moistness and a delicious citrus flavouring.

I would like to Thank Rachels  for sending me the yoghurt to samples.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Kheer ~ Indian rice pudding with Date compote and Lékué microwave rice and grain cooker giveaway

Rich and creamy rice pudding with fragrant cardamom and a delicious date and nut topping.

60 g short grain rice
250 ml water
400 ml  full cream milk
60 g sugar
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
few strands saffron
4 almonds for garnishing
6 pistachio nuts  for garnishing
6 medjool dates
60 ml boiling water


1.Wash the rice in cold water and soak it for 30 minutes.
2.After thirty minutes drain the rice and place it in the Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker together with 250 ml water and cook on high for 20 minutes until rice is mushy and all the water is absorbed (alternatively you can cook the rice on the stove top.) (The rice needs to be overcooked and very soft)
3.While the rice is cooking , take a heavy bottom pan and pour the milk in it and bring it to a gentle simmer, continue simmering the milk to thicken and reduce it  for 20 minutes.
4.  Once the rice is cooked transfer all the cooked rice to the hot milk, add the sugar and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring the rice pudding every couple of minutes as not to scorch it.
5. Once rice pudding has thickened add the cardamom powder and saffron and mix it in.
6. Take the pan off the heat and transfer the rice pudding to a bowl. Keep stirring it every few minutes until it cools this will stop any skin forming on it.
7.To make the date compote chop up the dates finely and place them in a small bowl. Add boiling water to the dates and leave for 30 minutes.
8.After 30 minutes mash up the dates in the liquid using the back of a spoon until thick and pulpy.
9.Slice the almonds and pistachio nuts in to thin slivers and keep aside.
10. To serve spoon the rice pudding in serving glasses .Add a spoonful of date compote on the top and garnish with the almond and pistachio slivers.

I precooked my rice in the  Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker, it is very useful to have as it cooks rice without any fuss and the container is sylish so you can cook and serve the rice straight from the microwave to the table.

The  Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker is a neat little cooker, a white microwaveable pot with a green silicon lid with holes in it to let the steam escape. Since it has a unique lid water doesn't overflow and the microwave stays clean. The rice and grain cooker can be used to cook a wide variety of other grains such as couscous, wheat, barley, oats and buckwheat . It is dishwasher safe and made from plastic and 100% platinum silicone. The Lékué microwave rice cooker retails at  £ 27.50 and is available to purchase from many high street retailers and also on line from Lékué.

I have been very fortunate and have had the opportunity to try out some wonderful  products from the Lékué range of kitchen ware such  the microwave kit pasta the pasta cooker, which  is elegant in design and you can cook and serve the pasta straight from the microwave to the table.

I also tried the cutting board which is neat and very handy  and is very durable since its  made from pp plastic and trp rubber. The cutting board stores easily in any kitchen drawer and is double sided.

Finally one of my favourite items that I have tried is the kit decomat. This is a lovely kit perfect for those cake decorating fans. It comes with laminated design templates and a special chocolate piping pot that allows you to trace the patterns with the chocolate to make beautiful chocolate decorations.

I would like to thank Lékué  for sending me all these wonderful items to review.All the opinions and views expressed in this post are my own.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Colori Cucina Green frying pan from Kuhn Rikon review

I was recently sent the new 28 cm Colori Cucina Green frying pan from KuhnRikon is the perfect frying pan for a modern kitchen. It is sturdy, easy and handy to use, it is very well suited for everyday cooking. This is an everyday durable non-stick frying pan. It is suitable for omelettes and the braising of vegetables. It can also be used for frying fish and meat. The pan is suitable for use on all types of cooking devices such as radiant ring, solid plate, ceramic, halogen, gas. Although the pan is not dishwasher safe it can be easily cleaned by hand and any stubborn deposits can be removed by soaking prior to washing.

The pan comes in 5 lovely colours in red, fuchsia, blue, yellow, green and also three sizes 20cm, 24cm, 28cm. 

The Prices are as follows:
20cm in all colours: £29.95
24cm in all colours: £34.95
28cm in all colours: £39.95

The pans are available to purchase on line from Cookability  and also on the high street from many cook ware shops.

 I found the pan was sturdy with a strong handle and it was very stable on my gas cooker.I also liked the fact that the pan was fairly deep. I cooked pancakes in it and they glided off perfectly. I also sautéed some mushrooms and vegetables in the pan and they cooked extremely well using very little oil. I love the vibrant colour of the pan its fun and very eye catching. The 28 cm size pan was perfect in size to cook for a family of four. I would give the pan a score of  4/5. I only wish it was dishwasher safe.

Thankyou to Kuhn Rikon for sending me this pan to try out in my kitchen. All the views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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