Saturday, 27 August 2016

Chilli Garlic Mogo (Cassava)

Mogo or more commonly known as Cassava or Yuca is nutty flavoured starch Tubor. Cassava or yucca is a very common vegetable eaten in South America, India and also African countries. In East Africa cassava is a staple just like potatoes are in the west.

Cassava root is long and tapered, the vegetable has a thick outer brown skin and a white flesh. The tough outer skin/ rind  has to be peeled before cooking. It can be eaten boiled, fried, mashed or dried made into flour too. It is also known as Tapioca. Cassava roots are high in starch and contain lots of calcium. It is high in vitamin C, folic acid and potassium.

We love Cassava and I cook with it on a regular basis. On this blog you will find my Chilli Mogo (Cassava ) recipe and also Mogo (Cassava) Bhel .One particular recipe we love is Chilli Garlic Mogo. The recipe is simple but the main process is to marinate the cassava prior to cooking. I have found a fool proof way to marinate  using my Instant marinater made by Tomorrows Kitchen. The Instant marinater is a container with a vacuum storage . It extracts the air out of the container enabling the marinade to seep into the pores of the food giving the food more flavour. Marinating the cassava in this way added real flavour to the cassava and made the recipe extra tasty.

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Chilli Garlic Mogo (cassava)
Mogo baked in garlic infused flavours with  aromatic spices .

  • 480g Frozen Cassava Chips
  • 10 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 4 stalks Fresh Coriander
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil

1.In a large pan add the cassava and 2 teaspoons of salt. Add 2 litres of water and boil the cassava until its fully cooked but not mushy.2. Drain the boiled cassava and cut it into 2 inch long pieces. Discard any tubors 3. Peel the garlic and chop it coarsely.4. Slice the chillies into round thin slices.5. Extract the juice from the lemon and keep it aside.6. Finely chop the coriander.7. In a jar add the garlic, chillies, coriander. lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt and the olive oil and stir together.8. Add the boiled cassava in to the marinater and pour over the marinade and mix it into the cassava. Vacuum seal the container and leave the cassava to marinade for 30 mins.9. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.10. After 30 minutes, release the vacuum and transfer the marinated cassava to an oiled baking dish.11.Bake the chilli garlic cassava in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until it turns crispy and starts to brown slightly. Half way through cooking time, give the cassava a turn to ensure even cooking.12. Remove the chilli garlic mogo from the oven and transfer to a serving dish. Serve with mint chutney and tamarind chutney and lemon wedges.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 4

I was sent the Instant Marinater to review by tomorrows Kitchen. The Chilli Garlic Mogo is served in the beautiful copperwareplate and spoons  by Sass and Belle and Kitchen Craft

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Peach Milkshake

I love peaches and since they are available in abundance at the moment I am making the most of them. I particularly love the white flesh peaches, they seem to have a sweeter taste and are great in recipes too. For this recipe you do need the ripe ones however for salads the slightly semi ripe peaches work better.

I made this simple tasty Peach milkshake in a jiffy and it tastes absolutely delicious. It also looked gorgeous served in the tropical summer glass tumblers from Sass and Belle. The tumblers come in four different designs and are really pretty.

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Peach Milkshake
Refreshing and delicious peach milkshake.
  • 2 Peaches (white flesh peaches)
  • 2 scoops Vanilla ice cream
  • 100 ml Skimmed Milk
  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla essence
  • slices for garnish Peach

1. Destone the peaches and cut them into chunks.2. Add the peaches, milk, vanilla essence, ice cream and ice to a blender jug and blend until smooth. I used Optimum 9400 blender which is super powerful and crushes ice in a jiffy.
3. Pour the milkshake into pretty glasses and garnish with peach slices and serve immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: none Total time: Yield: 2 glasses

NB- You can use any type of peaches although I used the white flesh ones in my recipe. If you are using another blender, make sure that it is capable of crushing ice like my Optimum 9400.

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Master class with Antonio Carluccio and Celebrating 160 years of Cirio

One of my favorite cuisines is Italian food. I love pasta and pizza and I absolutely adore tomato based sauces with oregano, garlic and herbs such as basil. This sort of food is my firm favorite. I also use lots of tomatoes in all my Indian cooking, one particular brand I adore is Cirio. I buy it in bulk from the cash and carry. There is a whole range of tomatoes available in the Cirio brand, passata, plum tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, Pomodorini cherry baby tomatoes, pizza sauce and Filetti tomatoes too.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Dinner at The Gate Restaurant London Islington

The city of London is a haven for dining out, you will find all the cuisines of the world in every nook and cranny. I do enjoy eating out but I am fairly choosy with where I eat as being a vegetarian it's sometimes difficult to get a large choice of dishes on the menu, usually you are limited to  3-4 dishes where my carnivore friends have the whole menu to choose from.

On my recent visit to London with a food blogger friend Heidi from Heidi Roberts Kitchen Talk, we visited The Gate Restaurant, a vegetarian restaurant near Angel station. I had heard a lot about the The Gate Restaurant so I was very excited to actually get the opportunity to visit. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and has a nice lively ambiance. It was pretty busy even though it was a Tuesday night, there was a steady stream of diners which is always a good indication for a restaurant.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

India Travels

Last year we were attending a family friend's wedding in Delhi. The wedding functions were spread over 3 weeks so for convenience we rented an apartment in Delhi.  It was going to be our base so that we were not moving our luggage around and were free to explore the wonderful country between all the wedding functions. 

Delhi is the capital city of India, it’s the hub of India, a large cosmopolitan city with lots of malls, fine dining and beautiful sights. On the other hand we loved the local places like Chand ni Chouk , the local eateries and the street vendors.

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