Friday, 7 December 2018

Thai Tomato Soup



Soups are a staple in my household we all love them especially when the weather is wet and grim. This Thai tomato soup is so simple to make and strangely the recipe works best with overripe tomatoes that are usually too soft for salads. Adding the Thai flavours just converts the humble tomato soup and makes it A class!!


Yield: Serves 2

Thai Tomato Soup

Simple tomato soup packed with Thai flavours of lemongrass and Chinese five spice.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

240 g ripe tomatoes roughly diced.
50 g bean sprouts
1/2 white onion finely chopped
1 inch piece lemon grass finely chopped.
1 clove garlic finely chopped
1 Celery stick finely chopped
1 small carrot finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/3 teaspoon Chinese five spice
1 tablespoon olive oil/
200 ml water


Instructions

1. In a large pan add the oil, when its hot add the chopped onions, garlic and leeks and saute them for 3-4 minutes until translucent.
2. Add the carrots and chopped tomatoes and lemon grass to the pan and the water and bring the soup to a simmer.
3. Cook the soup for 10 minutes.
4. Transfer the soup to the Optimum 9400 blender and blend until smooth.
5. Strain the soup into the pan and discard any residue left in the strainer.
6. Add the salt,  pepper, chilli flakes and Chinese five spice  and bring the soup to a slow boil. Turn off the heat and add the bean sprouts.
7. Ladle soup into serving bowls and enjoy with crusty bread.
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I used my tried and trusted Optimum 9400 to blend my soup. The blender is so versatile and powerful that it grinds, pulses, makes ice cream, soups and amazing smoothies and nut butters too. It is easy to clean and maintain too.

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Giveaway- 1 Terraillon Premium rolling pin kit and 1 Macaron scale in Liquorice


I recently tested the Terraillon bakeware range at simplyfood and I must say the rolling pin and the bowl set are the best items I have had in my kitchen. If you want to know more about them check out my previous blog post about Baking with Terraillon.

I am so pleased with the items that as aways I wanted my readers to get the opportunity to try them too. I have collborated with Terrallion who have kindly agreed to send one simplyfood reader 1 Terraillon Premium rolling pin kit and 1 Macaron scale in Liquorice just in time for Christmas baking.




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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Mango, Almond and Coconut Ladoos.



I have been travelling right up to the first day of the Diwali celebrations . Totally jet lagged I needed to make some quick and easy sweet recipe. With a maraton of Diwali preparations, I managed to make two sweets within a couple of hours. You can also check out my Pistachio barfi recipe here.

These Mango, Almond and Coconut ladoos are speedy to make and all the ingredients are store cupboard staples that I had in my pantry. They definitely were a hit with my family.


They are delicious with the tropical mango flavours which goes really well with the almonds and coconut. (Ladoo is an Indian name given to any sweet that made in around ball shape) .The mixture can also be set in a tray and cut into squares if you are limited on time.

Yield: 24

Mango, Almond and Coconut Ladoos

Decadent mango flavoured almond and coconut ladoos that are easy to make but taste delicious.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

200g Coconut flour
100 g Coarsely ground almonds
200 g Condensed milk
Mango essence few drops
Few drops orange food colouring (optional)

Instructions

1. In a wok add the condensed milk and gently heat it on a low heat.
2. Add the coconut flour, almonds, mango essence and food colouring and stir the mixture until it comes together to make a pliable dough consistency.
3. Take the mixture off the heat and let it cool down.
4. Pinch walnut sized balls of mixture and make balls . alternatively use a ladoo making mould to give it a different shape,

NOTES:

These ladoos can be made with desiccated coconut , however the texture of the ladoos will be more grainy.
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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Pistachio Barfi



Diwali is the celebration of lights, it's a Hindu celebration that spans over four day. The festival is to mark the return of Lord Rama from 14 years in exile and his victory of good over evil. Hindus all over the world celebrate by eating lots of wonderful sweets and savories, visiting family and friends and conducting prayers to the Lord Rama and Goddess Laxmi.

To celebrate Diwali this year I made Pistachio barfi (milk fudge) Barfi is my families all time favorite sweet and there is never an occasion when we do not make it. There are many flavours you can make but pistachio is an all time winner so below I am sharing the recipe for Pistachio Barfi.




Yield: 24 pieces

Pistachio Barfi

Delicious milk fudge make with ground pistachios.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins

ingredients:

360 g Milk Powder
70 g Ghee (clarified butter)
150 ml skimmed Milk (can use any type)
90 g Coarsely chopped pistachio 
30 g Pistachio slices for garnish

For Sugar Syrup
150 g Sugar
100 ml Water
Few drops green food colouring
1/2 teaspoon pistachio essence

instructions

1. Add the milk and ghee to a glass jug and microwave for 30 seconds to melt the mixture.
2. In a large bowl add the milk powder and add the ghee/ milk mixture and rub it into the milk powder to form a bread crumb type of mixture.
3. In a pan add the water and sugar and bring to boil, simmer the mixture until you get a  one thread consistency sugar syrup. Add the green food colouring and pistachio essence. Turn off heat.
4. Add the milk powder mixture to  a large wok and on a very low heat stir the milk powder for 5 minutes to get rid of the rawness. Keep it stirring on a very low heat as not to burn it.
5. Next add the sugar syrup to the milk powder  and mix until its all incorporated. If the mixture feels dry add 2 tablespoonful of warm milk. (This may not be necessary )
6. Once the mixture comes together. turn off the heat and add in the ground pistachios and mix.
7. Line a square baking try with cling film and pour the mixture in to it. Smooth it out using the back of a spoon and garnish with the pistachio slivers. Press them into the barfi.
8. Leave the barfi to set for 4-5 hours after which cut into squares.

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Friday, 21 September 2018

Baking With Terraillon



The country is currently enjoying baking fever with the start of the the GBBO series. I too love baking, I am not an expert and its not my strong point, never the less I do dabble and try my hand at simple bakes.

One thing I have discovered is that baking is a science. The measurements for the ingredients have to be precise for a recipe to work as does the oven temperatures and baking times. Obviously having the right utensils and baking equipment helps to create the perfect recipe. I am really excited to share my new baking equipment that I am testing currently by Terraillon. Beautifully designed kitchen utensils that are stylish to look at functional and excellent quality.

 Multi Functional Bowl Kit- This is one bowl with four extra accessories built in. 


The set comprises of a 3l graduated stainless steel mixing bowl with dual function lid that can be used as an anti splatter lid or non slip support to place the bowl upon whilst mixing.
A second 0.5 l small bowl in the set is suitable for microwave and comes with dual function lid that doubles as egg yolk separator. There is an additional transparent lid that can be used to cover bowl for food storage.The clear lid also fits in the middle of the larger lid to convert it to a full lid so the bowl can be used for storing food.



Additional Features:

  • Product finish: Stainless steel and silicone
  • Heat resistant 220°C
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Microwaves resistant: silicone bowl only
  • Product dimensions: 27x27x13,5 cm

Kit Range Utensil storage storage box set- A Utensil pot with a spoon rest, silicon spatula and mixing spoon with a  stainless steel handles and a stainless whisk.






The utensil base is removable so that it doubles up as a spoon rest whilst cooking. All the parts are stainless steel and dish washer safe.


The spatula and spoon are sturdy and has a good gripping handle.
The whisk is light and again has a good grip on the handle making whisking easy.













Terraillon rolling pin and pastry mat.- This two in one rolling pin is great as it has a removable end that allows you to store the silicon  pastry mat inside the rolling pin when not in use.






The rolling pin also comes with 3 changeable spacers enabling you to decide what thickness you wish to roll the pastry so that you can get uniform thickness whilst rolling it out. This is really handy when rolling out biscuits so that you can ensure all the batch are the same thickness.



I am absolutely loving my Terraillon range of baking utensils which have become my bestest buddies in my kitchen.






If you too like this range do check out the Terraillon website to order.



** I was sent a set of Terraillon kitchen utensils to try out in my kitchen. All views and opinions shared are my own.

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