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Friday, 3 July 2015

Round Up~Lets cook for DAD

Thankyou to everyone who sent some lovely dishes that they created for their Dads.
Here is the round up

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Vegetable Samosas

Samosas are a traditional Indian snack, that are very popular in all Indian households. They are delicious pastry parcels usually filled with a spicy vegetable filling and deep fried until golden brown and crispy. Samosas are commonly served with tangy tamarind chutney and green coriander chutney.

Samosas sizes and their fillings differ from state to state of India. Where as in the state of Gujarat samosas are dainty little pastry triangle filled with peas and potatoes,carrots they will differ in the state of Punjab where the Punjabi samosas are larger and primarily filled with a potato filling only. In other states cabbage, paneer-Indian cheese, fried fruits and nuts and also lentils are used as a filling too.

There is a very precise art in folding the samosas which although can be tricky is not too hard to master as practice makes perfect. I remember as a child my mum and aunts used to fold some 300 samosas for our family gatherings It was almost like a production line.Samosas are also commonly sold by street vendors and its a favorite street food for all Indians.

This month I created a step by step pictorial on how to make the perfect samosas. You can read all about my samosa recipe at the Foodies 100 site where I have written a guest post all about making these delicious samosas.
You can read the recipe for my Gujarati Style vegetable samosa here. Please do drop by the Foodies 100 website to check out the easy recipe with step by steps pictorial instructions.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Giveaway Tickets to Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace

Foodies Festival Brings Outdoor Summer Feast to Alexandra Palace, July 3,4,5

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, comes to Alexandra Palace for the first time this summer, transforming the grounds into a foodie heaven 3,4,5th July with celebrity chefs, new food and drink theatres, artisan producers and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at. 

Highlights will include:

·         A New Tasting Theatre 
·         The Cake & Bake
·         The Street Food Avenue 
·         Artisan Producers Market 
·         BBQ Arena 
·         Childrens Cookery Theatre,
·         Live music and entertainment

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 0844 995 1111

Friday adult day ticket £12.00 (£10.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £15.00 (£13.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £25.00 (£18.00 concession)

Friday VIP ticket £45.00*
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £48.00*
*VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
Open times:
Friday 3rd July: 11am – 8pm
Saturday 4th July: 11am – 8pm
Sunday 5th July: 11am – 7pm

As always Foodies have given me three pairs of tickets to give away to three lucky readers here.   

How To Enter:
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  • Leaving a blog comment is mandatory and failure to do so will void any other entries.
  • Closing date - 30th June 12.00 am

 *Terms and conditions
1. This competition is open to UK residents only who are over 18 years of age .
2. Complimentary tickets are valid for one day only at the Alexandra Palace Show
3. Tickets are non transferable. One pair of tickets per winner only.(Winners will be able to pick up tickets at the venue from the ticket office on the day of visit.)
4. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated.
5. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show

How Rafflecopter works:

·        You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box.Please note your comment will not show immediately as it needs to be moderated however rest assured it will appear on the site, so carry on with rest of entries.
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·        Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

In April I had the opportunity to collaborate with Onken yoghurts to create a simple and quick recipe video using Onken natural Yoghurts. I made simple chocolate chip pancakes with strawberry sauce that are not only easy to make but they are low fat and taste absolutely delicious. This is my first video experience and I had a very exciting time filming it. I am sharing the recipe below with the video as it would be the perfect Father's day treat to make for Father's day this Sunday.

 Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce Video

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce
Light fluffy chocolate chip pancakes with a lovely summery strawberry sauce.
  • 180g Plain Flour
  • 60g Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 handful Chocolate chips
  • 240 ml Natural Onken Yoghurt
  • 160ml Skimmed Milk
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Sunflower oil spray
  • 400g Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

1.Sieve the flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir in the sugar.2.In a jug add the egg, vanilla essence, yogurt, milk and butter and whisk together.3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to form a dropping consistency batter. 4.Reserve a few chocolate chips for garnish and stir in the remaining  chocolate chips into the batter.5. Spray a pan with oil and heat it on medium heat, next spoon some pancake batter into the pan to form a 3 inch pancake. Wait for small bubbles to form. 6.When the batter starts to set, flip the pancake and cook under side.7.Repeat for the remaining batter, spraying the pan with oil in between pancakes as required8.To serve, stack the pancakes and spoon over the strawberry sauce and sprinkle some more chocolate chips.9.Dust with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of Onken yoghurt and remaining strawberries
Strawberry Sauce
1.Reserve 6 strawberries for garnish and hull the remaining strawberries and chop them into small pieces.2.Add the sugar, strawberries and lemon juice to a pan and simmer for 10 minutes until the liquid thickens. Remove from heat and cool.3.For a smooth sauce, blend the sauce, or alternatively you can use it as it is with chunks.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12-15 Pancakes

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