Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Announcing Event ~Lets Cook with Green vegetables


After the christmas and New year festivities we have all indulged in rich fatty foods and lots of carbohydrates. The month of January is the perfect time to start eating healthy once again. This event is all about cooking with green vegetables.

To Participate:

1. Prepare any  vegetarian recipe  using green vegetables  (eggs allowed) please link your dish using the linky below by entering your Dish Name and Post URL
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Sunday, 29 December 2013

A word of thanks and a Chocolate cook book giveaway.


2013 has been a wonderful year for simply.food. I have had much recognition in the virtual food world with interviews and features on various sites. The site has seen a substantial growth in its twitter followers, google plus followers and goggle friends connect followers. Each and every reader is very precious to simply.food and I appreciate all your visits, comments that my visitors leave. Each and every visitor has motivated and inspired me to continue creating great recipes to share with everyone. It is this love that finally made 2013 the best year for simply.food. This is because in October my dream of finally publishing two cook books Easy to cook potatoes and Easy to cook snacks came true.

Thankyou to each and every one of you who has been part of simply.food I really appreciate your support and request that you continue to drop by, comment, inspire and motivate me.

To celebrate this success and to start the new year I would like to host this giveaway to thank all my visitors.
The prize is a book Chocolate by Gina Steer containing an assortment of chocolate recipes.

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Coconut delight snowballs



Delicious coconut and mint treats perfect for christmas presents.

Ingredients:

White balls

100g coconut flour
5 tablespoons  sweetened  condensed milk
60g mixed tutti frutti fruit (papaya, mango, pineapple and cherries)

For covering balls

30g coconut flour
1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk

Chocolate balls

100g coconut flour
6 mint crisp chocolates crushed
2-3 drops green  food colouring
5 tablespoons condensed milk

For covering balls

100g milk chocolate
50g mint chocolate aero crushed
1 tablespoon coconut flour


Method:

White balls

1.Mix together the coconut flour, condensed milk and tutti frutti and form a dough.
2.Roll walnut sized balls from the mixture  and chill for 10 minutes.
3. After 10 minutes dip the balls individually  in condensed milk and roll them in the coconut flour. Chill the balls for half an hour.

Chocolate Balls

4. Mix together the coconut flour, condensed milk, green food colouring and crushed mint chocolate crisp and form a dough.
5. Roll walnut sized balls from the mixture  and chill for 10 minutes.
6.Melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler, when it has melted stir in the crushed chocolate aero and  stir until it has melted.
7. Dip the individual chilled mint  balls into the melted chocolate and then roll them in coconut flour.
8.Chill for half and hour.

Submitting to:

Lets cook Christmas party food  event by simply.food

Spotlight -Continental by recipe Junction.


Four seasons food December event by Delicieux & Eat Your Veg 

Christmas no croutons required event by Jac at Tinned tomatoes
Christmas recipes by Zesty south Indian Kitchen
UK Rasoi christmas and new year giveaway.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Sweet potato Halwa



Aromatic and  rich a royal dessert to tickle your tastebuds

1 large sweet potato
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon ghee(clarified butter)
Pinch saffron (from Alchemic larder)
Pinch nutmeg (from Alchemic larder)
few flaked Almonds


Method:

1. Cut the sweet potato into 4 and place in a microwaveable dish with 2-3 tablespoons on water.Cover and cook in microwave on high for 7-8 minutes until sweet potato is cooked.
2. Remove from microwave and peel the skin off and mash the sweet potato, ensuring there are no lumps.
3. Heat the milk in cup and add a few strands of saffron to it and keep aside to infuse the flavour.
4. In a pan add the ghee(clarified butter) and heat it up.Add the mashed sweet potato, the saffron milk and cook on a low heat for 6-7 minutes.Keep stirring the halwa.
5. Add the sugar and nutmeg and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until all the sugar is has melted the moisture has evaporated. Keep stirring the halwa at all times.Stir in a pinch of nutmeg.
6. Transfer the halwa to small serving bowls and garnish with flaked almonds and a couple of strands of saffron.
The spices used in this recipe were from the Alchemic larder that was sent to me by Harvey Nicholls.


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Pumpkin pudding

Submitting to:
Lets cook party food for christmas event by simply.food
Javelin warriors -Cook with love
In my veg box ~Potatoes event by citrusspiceuk guest hosted by Give me some spice

Submitting to:
In my VEG BOX ~Sweet Potatoes event by citrusspiceuk , guest hosted By Heidi Roberts Kitchen Talks

The Alchemic Larder- Review


Having Indian roots I grew up with an abundance of spices. I love the smell, aroma and the fragrance each one exudes, so when I was asked by Harvey Nichols if I wanted to sample an Alchemical Larder containing 16 little colourful jars with unique spices, salt, rubs and dusts, all beautifully boxed how could I turn down the offer?
Now you may ask if my larder is full of spices why I would want more. The Alchemical Larder is very unique  and it has an assortment of spell binding flavours with the  most unusual names and blends that I have ever come across. The spice kit consists of 16 little colourful jars with unique spices, salt, rubs and dusts, all beautifully boxed with suggestions for their uses. The jars are rainbow coloured and almost like a magical spice kit.



There are jars of:
  • Persian rose petals
  • Mediterranean lavender
  • Carnal sin made with Persian rose, magenta beets, sumac and hot peppercorns
  • White mischief - smoked china tea blend with jasmine and Orange flowers, chilli and Sichuan peppercorns
  • Nutmeg
  • Devil's penis chilli- fiery small chilli from hell
  • Grains of paradise-similar to black peppercorn
  • Saffron
  • Salt of the earth- made with wild flower petals and sea salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cacao Nibs-Roasted cacao beans
  • Bitter Orange-sun burnt orange zest
  • Renaissance stardust- a blend of salt, sugar and cinnamon
  • Bay rose peppercorns-berries from Baies rose plant
  • Furikake- a blend of black and white sesame seeds, shiso and nori
  • Sumac
A few of the spices I have already used in my cooking but some are very new to me and I am very excited to try out the many unusual rubs in the spice kit.
The Alchemic Larder by Laura Santtini is available at Harvey Nichols and retails at £ 29.95. It is a very unique collection of spices and beautifully gift wrapped. They would make the perfect foodie gift for someone who loves cooking.Harvey Nichols also offer beautiful christmas hampers and gifts that would make Ideal Christmas presents. You can check their range here.

I would like to thank Harvey Nichols for sending me the Alchemic Larder to review. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and are my own and they not influenced in any way.


I created my sweet potato halwa recipe and used the saffron and nutmeg from my Alchemic larder.You can see the recipe here.






Friday, 6 December 2013

Autumn Fruits Chutney and Ideal Home Show seasonal cook book review and giveaway.



On Thursday 14th November I attended the VIP press event at Ideal Home Show at Christmas at Earls Court -London.The event was to launch the Ideal Home show seasonal cook book. 



This cook book has over 100 recipes covering all the four seasons spring, summer, autumn and winter. Recipes range from simple weekday suppers and leisurely weekend treats, to food for friends and swanky dishes for big occasions.Together with mouthwatering recipes the book has a section on simple how to section on simple preparation techniques,easy cooking methods,what equipment should be used and finishing touches advice.


There are useful sections on how to choose meat and fish and preparation techniques.There is a section on pulses and grains and how to buy, select and store fresh produce. I particularly found useful the section on preparing basic sauces which can be the base of any dish and a section on food plating and finishing touches. 

The selection of recipes are good and would be perfect for an amateur cook or advanced cook as the recipes are simple and easy to follow with beautiful photography that is mouthwatering and inviting.
Although the majority of recipes are non vegetarian there are some vegetarian recipes in the book and a lot of the non vegetarian recipes can be adapted for a vegetarian or vegan diet.
The book is a perfect keepsake book, it would make an ideal christmas present for a foodie and is available from the ideal home show website at a special price of £ 15.00.




The book launch was wonderful and I really enjoyed the drinks and the canapes and meeting all the persons behind the book launch. It was a very enjoyable evening. I would like to thank Ideal Home show shop for inviting me to the wonderful VIP event where I met the celebrity chef Mark Lloyd who signed my copy of the book. 




 I love my signed copy of the Ideal home show seasonal cookbook which is proudly sitting on my recipe shelf in the kitchen.



I have already tried a few recipes from the Ideal Home show seasonal cook. Some of the recipes I cooked are cherry tomato and onion tartlets, carrot and parsnip rosti, the strawberry cupcakes and the chocolate truffles.I also made the apple, tomato and plum chutney from the book and it has become my favorite recipe out of the book.



I made this amazing Autumn Fruits Chutney from the book:

Ingredients:

500 g cooking apples peeled and diced
500g tomatoes diced
250g plums stoned and diced
250g  red onions finely chopped
100g sultanas
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
350 ml white wine vinegar
250 g demerara sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon chilli flakes(optional)
1 stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander

Method:

1. In a large pan add the chopped tomatoes, apples, onions, plums, sultanas, cinnamon stick and mustard seeds.
2. Cook the mixture on a low/ medium heat for about 30 minutes until all the fruit has softened and turned to pulp. Stir the mixture intermittently to avoid it sticking to the pan.
3.Add the vinegar, sugar, chilli flakes, ground coriander and salt and bring the mixture to a simmer. 
4. Reduce the heat and cook the mixture for a further 10 to 15 minutes until the mixture has thickened and when you draw a spoon through it no access liquid remains.
5. Remove from heat and leave to cool. 
6.Sterilise some glass jars and fill them with the chutney once it reaches room temperature.

NB- I followed the recipe from the cook book but have adapted it by adding chilli flakes, cinnamon and ground coriander.

As a christmas gift for simply.food readers I have a copy of the Ideal Home Show season cook book  to giveaway.

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Christmas no croutons required event by Jac at Tinned tomatoes
Christmas recipes by Zesty south Indian Kitchen
UK Rasoi christmas and new year giveaway.
Javelin Warriors Cook with love

Monday, 2 December 2013

Oreo Cheese Cake


Italian mascarpone with a delicious crunchy base and creamy topping makes this delicious cheesecake irresistable.

Ingredients:

Base

100 g digestive biscuits
50 g butter (melted)
75g oreo biscuits
30g  butter (melted)

Topping

250 g Mascarpone cheese
100 ml Double cream
100 g Icing sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence

Garnish

12 chocolate stars
6 oreo biscuits whole
2 oreo biscuits broken into crumbs


Method:

1. Crush the digestive biscuits and add them to 50g melted butter, mix to form a sand like texture.
2. Spoon the mixture into 6 small glasses and flatten out with the back of a spoon to form a thin layer (about 2 cm thick) Chill for 10 minutes
3. Crush the oreo biscuits and add to the 30 g melted butter, mix to form a sand like texture.
4. Spoon the mixture on top of the digestive biscuit layer and smooth with the back of a spoon to form an oreo layer. (about 1 cm thick) Chill for 10 minutes.
4. Whip the double cream until its stiff..
5. Add the mascarpone, vanilla and icing sugar to a large bowl and mix together until combined.Fold in the whipped cream.
6. Fill a piping bag with the mascarpone mixture and pipe a layer on top of the biscuit base.
7. Chill the cheesecakes in the fridge for 2 hours.
8. After two hours sprinkle some crushed oreo and chocolate starts on top of the mascarpone cream layer and serve with a oreo biscuit.


Submitting to:
Christmas recipes by Zesty south Indian Kitchen
Lets cook Christmas party food  event by simply.food

Spotlight -Continental by recipe Junction.


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Round up of Lets cook Preserves, Jams and Chutneys.


Thankyou to every who participated in this event , here are all the entries.

Round up Flavours of USA and Canada



Thankyou to everyone who took part in this event.Here is around up of all the lovely entries.

Announcing event ~ Lets cook Christmas Party Food


The month of December is upon us and the Festive season  has started. Its time to spend time with family nad friends and have lots of fun and arty. This event is all about Christmas Party food.
Create any festive party food and link it to this event.

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1.Prepare any  vegetarian recipe as part of the Ingredient   (eggs allowed) please link your dish using the linky below by entering your Dish Name and Post URL
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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Featured November Blogger of the month at Foodies 100


The Foodies 100 is the UK’s largest and most exciting network for food and drink bloggers, with more than 2,500 members reaching 5m readers a year.

Foodies 100 provide a platform for bloggers and give them opportunities to share and grow their blogs through their website. They host events for bloggers to meet, learn and share their knowledge with each other and connect. Through Foodies 100 bloggers are able to get in touch and work with brands and build relationships for product reviews, giveaways and much more. Foodies 100 also provide very informative posts on technical help for blogs, seo workshops and much more. They also help bloggers to share their experiences and posts through guest blogging. I am proud to be a member of Foodies 100.

This month I am very proud and excited to be featured as November 2013 blogger of the month at Foodies 100 site. It is a great honour to have such a wonderful space to showcase my blog and share my blogging experience. Thank you so much Foodies 100 for reaching out to me and giving me this wonderful opportunity.

You can read my feature here.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Farmers market soup ~Secret recipe club challenge-18th November 2013


This is my assignment with the Secret Recipe Club.The aim of the club is that you are allocated a blog from which you have to select a recipe and try it and blog about it. My assigned blog was teaandscones. I had lots of fun looking through the blog and finally settled on a soup recipe. I liked the sound of  Farmers market soup as it was the type of soup that you can make with any thing you have in your fridge and produce a hearty bowl of soup.The only changes I made were that I swapped a couple of the vegetables in the original recipe for what I had in my fridge.

Delicious and hearty veggie soup packed with protein.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small white onion finely chopped
1 small red pepper finely diced
1 clove garlic finely chopped
2 small carrots peled and finely diced
1 small potato peeled and finely diced
1 zucchini finely diced
14 oz / 400 g precooked lentils
14 oz / 400 g chopped tomatoes
handful chopped baby spinach
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
500 ml water

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a pan when it is hot add the onions and the garlic and saute until onions are soft and translucent.
2. Add the carrots, pepper, zucchini, potato and the chopped tomatoes and saute for 3-4 minutes.
3. Add the water and the lentils and bring the soup to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 10-15 minutes util all the vegetables are cooked.
4. Stir in the lentils and the chopped spinach and season with the salt, pepper and chilli flakes.
5. Remove soup from stove and serve in large bowls with bread and butter.

You may like:

Pumpkin and apple soup



Monday, 11 November 2013

Tesco christmas chocolates review.



With Christmas coming up soon we are all looking for stocking fillers and Tesco have some really good chocolate selection that not only is delicious but its realistically priced too. They recently sent me ChokaBlokcracking Christmas Pud Chocolate tree. The chocolate tree was rich and creamy with Christmas pud flavour chocolate. It contained raisins and wafer golden flakes coated with a swirl of dark chocolate. The chocolate trees came in a pretty gold and blue packaging and retails at £ 5.00 each and they are currently on special offer priced at 2 for £ 8.00. The ChokaBlok trees also come in Santastic Cinnamon, and Cherry Merry Christmas flavours.

Gingerbread and Christmas go together hand in hand and no Christmas is complete with it. Tesco collection has introduced Milk chocolate gingerbreadstars. These cute little milk chocolate stars are topped with caramelised biscuit, ginger crumble and drizzled with white chocolate. The pretty blue and orange box looks very luxurious but the best thing is that they are reasonably priced at £ 4.00 for a box. In this range there is also the dark chocolate raspberry brownie buttons box. In the box you will find dark chocolate buttons with swirls of white chocolate, brownie pieces and freeze dried raspberry pieces.


I loved both these chocolates and would like to thank Tesco for sending me the Christmas Pud ChokaBlok tree and the Milk chocolate Gingerbread stars. All the views and opinions in this post are my own.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Moong Beans ( green lentils) cooked Gujarati style



Gujarati Moong-Moong beans (green lentils)cooked with onions, ginger and garlic . Flavoured with aromatic spices in a rich gravy.Full of protein and very healthy.

Ingredients:

240 g / 8 oz dried moong beans
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3-4  curry leaves
2 pieces cinnamon
3 cloves
1 small onion finely diced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger paste
1 /2 teaspoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 tablespoon oil.
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tomato finely chopped
4 tablespoons passata (blended tomatoes)
2 green chillies finely chopped
some fresh ginger slices and chopped tomato for garnish.

Method:

1. Wash and soak the moong beans the night before.
2. In the morning boil the moong beans and cook till tender.
3. In a pan heat the oil, when hot add the mustard seeds, cloves, cinnamon and curry leaves.
4. Add garlic paste and onions and saute till onions are translucent, add the ginger paste and tomato passata and the chopped tomatoes.
5. Cook till tomato softens; add salt, chilli powder, turmeric, lemon juice and the finely chopped green chillies.
6. Add boiled moong beans and extra water if necessary to make a thick soup consistency.
7. Bring to boil stirring occasionally.
8. Simmer for 5 more minutes and then transfer into serving dish.
9. Garnish with chopped coriander.some slices of ginger and fresh chopped tomato

Serve with plain boiled rice or rotis.

Digital scales and measuring jug review and giveaway.




Digital scales are a must in any kitchen, especially when baking, as weighing the ingredients accurately is of the utmost importance in the success of any bake. I recently tested a digital measuring jug and scales that combines both a measuring jug and scales all in one handy device. The jug allows you to measure in grams, ounces, and pounds, cups and holds up to 1 litre of liquid, so if you're short of space in the kitchen, this is an ideal solution. This scale is perfect as it also allows to weigh multiple weighed ingredients by simply re-setting the scale with each new ingredient you add to the jug. 

The digital scales and measuring jug also allows you to automatically convert from weight to volume on 5 pre-set ingredients: sugar, oil, milk, water and flour. It is perfect for any cook .It is compact and only measures approx 14.5 cm x 12.5 cm x 14 cm so it does not take up too much space in your kitchen. It is available from Find me a gift and retails at £ 19.99. 
I would like to thank find me a gift for sending me this love digital scale to try out. All the views and opinions in this post are my own.

Find me a gift have also been very generous and have agreed to provide one more digital scale jug as a prize for one lucky simply.food winner.

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Review-20 cm Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan



I was recently sent a 20 cm Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan with Ceramic Non-Stick Coating . It is one of the world's first frying pans to achieve non-stick perfection while remaining absolutely free of PTFE, PFOA and other harmful chemicals. It is made in Germany and designed to cook food with minimal use of oil making cooking easy and healthy. It has a textured cooking surface to prevent food sticking and the special coating means that no harmful fumes are released in the foods at high temperatures. The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality anodized aluminium that allows for even cooking and browning without the risk of hot spots. It has  a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves, and a heat resistant silicone coated handle.



I really enjoyed cooking with the pan and found that it was easy to wash as well. I found the 20 cm size a little small and limiting for family cooking however it was perfect for cooking smaller portions and frying eggs and making pan cakes. The Ozeri range does come in larger sizes. The 20 cm pan retails at £ 24.95 and is available form Amazon UK
I would like to thank Ozeri for sending me this pan to review, all the opinions in this review are my own.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Giveaway and Review of Vintage cutlery set.


I love crockery and cutlery in all shapes sizes and forms so when I came across the Dotcomgiftshop website, I was thrilled. It is an Aladdin's grotto for people like me who want to purchase unusual and beautiful gifts for their friends.Dotcomgiftshop have gifts for all occasions such as birthdays, themed parties, christmas or just for a surprise gift for someone.The vast selection of  of gifts range from gifts for cooks, to hobbies, arts and crafts,cyclists, pet lovers, home and garden, weddings and many more occasions that you can think of. In fact within their range you can do all your christmas shopping without checking any other place out.

I particularly like their kitchen gifts and all the vintage and retro gifts.I love the cute little milk bottles in a carry case, the Moorish stoneware, tableware and many more gifts.When Dotcomgiftshop sent me the 16 piece Vintage pistachio cutlery gift set. I was thrilled with it. Consisting of 4 knives, 4 spoons,4 forks and 4 teaspoons, the set is perfect for a table setting for 4 persons.The cutlery is made from stainless steel with lovely Pistachio handles with a metal band of decorative metal design.The set came in a matching gift tube and is really pretty.It comes in other colours such as blue, red, pink and black also.The retail price of the set is £29.95.
I am really happy that I have come across this wonderful site and it is my one stop shop for all my gift purchases.Thank you to Dotcomgiftshop for my cutlery set .All the views and opinions are my own.

Dotcomgiftshop have been very kind and they have agreed to send one simply.food reader a 16 piece vintage cutlery set as a prize.

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Ghotma Ladoos Rajasthani Indian Sweet



 Wishing all simply.food readers a very happy Diwali


This recipe for Ghotma Ladoos, I discovered at Jagruti's cooking Odyssey, it is a ladoo recipe very unique to Rajasthan -Jaisalmer. Jagrutis recipe post can be found here and here is also a video showing how the Ghotma ladoos are made in the authentic way in Jaisalmer.
I have adapted the recipe slightly and added a few extra ingredients.



Ingredients:

Boondi

250 g chickpea flour
1 tablespoon melted ghee for batter
½ cup water
1 litre sunflower oil for deep frying

Mawa

175 g sugar
125 g condensed milk
60g clarified butter
30 g milk powder
30 g almond powder

1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg powder
30 g coarsely chopped pistachio nuts
30g coarsely chopped almonds
1 tablespoon almonds flakes
coloured red and slightly crushed

How to colour almonds red:
Put almond flakes in a zip lock bag and add few drops of red food colouring, shake the bag to colour the almonds red.Place a sheet of kitchen paper on a tray anddry the coloured almonds, once dry use them for garnish


Method:

1.Mix the chickpea flour and water with the melted ghee and make a lump free batter.
2.Heat oil in a large wok and using a ladle with holes pour the batter through it into the hot oil to form small droplets of batter.
3. Deep fry the boondis until crisp ad drain them on kitchen paper .Repeat for rest of batter.
4. Once all boondis are made weigh out 350 grams for the recipe and store rest away for future use.


5. In a microwaveable bowl add the clarified butter, condensed milk,milk powder and almond powder and mix well.
6.Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes stirring after 1 minute.The mixture should start to come together to form a semi solid ball. Cook for a further 30 seconds and remove from microwave and leave to cool.
7. In a food processor add the 350 g of prepared boondi and the sugar and blend until a fine sand like texture forms.
8. Add to this mixture the prepared mawa mixture made in the microwave, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder  and blend again until all the ingredients are combined.
9.Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the coarsely chopped pistachios, almonds and the red crushed almonds.Mix everything together.You should be able to form balls from the mixture, if the mixture appears dry add an additional spoonful of condensed milk, just enough to bind the mixture.
10. Make bite sized ladoos from the mixture freeform or using aladoo mould.


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