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.



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Monday, 27 August 2018

Aubergine and Yellow Tomato Curry.


One of my favorite vegetables is aubergines and I always try and cook with them at least once a week. These wonderful purple aubergines used in this recipe are home grown from a friends garden. They are very young and tender with very few seeds inside them and they taste delicious.


I have paired them with these beautiful Yellow vine tomatoes that I picked up from the local farmers market. The tomatoes are sweet and juicy and are perfect in salads, although you can also cook with them by roasting them on the wine for pasta sauces or adding them to any curries dish too.


With these two lovely ingredients, I wanted to keep the recipe simple so I made this tasty Aubergine and yellow tomato curry which went really well paired with hot chapattis and rice.



Yield: Serves 4

Aubergine Masala with Yellow Tomatoes

Augergines sauteed in garlic and spices and cooked with baby Yellow tomatoes.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

2 medium Aubergines
2 cloves garlic
1 red dried chilli
12 Baby yellow Tomatoes
3 Springs fresh Coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil


Instructions

1. Wash the aubergines and cut in half length ways and then into thin 5 mm slices.
2. Peel the garlic and finely chop it.
3. Cut the tomatoes into quarters.
4. In a pan add the oil , when it is hot add the mustard seeds and red chilli and wait for the mustard seeds to crackle.
5. Add the garlic and saute for a minute, next add the aubergine slices and toss in the oil for 3-4 minutes.
6. Add all the spices  and toss the aubergines to coat them. Cover and cook the aubergines for 10 minutes  on a low to medium heat after which add the tomatoes and cook further for another 5 minutes.
7. Turn off the heat and transfer the aubergines to a serving dish and garnish with freshly chopped coriander.

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Top 10 vegetarian recipes for Al fresco dining.

The weather in the UK has been lovely and hot the past few weeks and I am enjoying spending time out doors. We relish Al fresco dining, barbecuing and eating healthy. Our meals mainly consist of light quick to prepare recipes that include plenty of salads. To beat the heat and to keep hydrated we are also enjoying refreshing home made mocktails, and smoothies too.

My current favorite go to recipes are:











































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Monday, 30 July 2018

Aubergine Bake- Keto Recipe


I am a big fan of aubergines and I can eat them everyday if I get the chance. I like cooking with the small baby aubergines, they usually work well with Indian Inspired recipes. The large dutch variety I tend to use more for continental recipes. This aubergine bake is a delicious keto friendly (lowcarb) recipe that can be made in advance and is delicious served with a green salad.  





Yield: Serves 2

Baked Aubergines

Thin slices of aubergines grilled and layered with Napolitana sauce and finished with grated cheese and baked in the oven.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 55 mins

ingredients:

For the Napolitana Sauce:

500 g Passata
1 clove garlic finely minced
1 red onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon Olive oil 
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)

Other Ingredients:
2 large dutch aubergines
2 tablespoons olive oil or use the light fry olive oil spray.
1 teaspoon salt
60 g grated mild Cheddar

instructions

1. Slice the aubergines longways very thinly 3 mm-5mm thick, and put them in a bowl with cold water and salt and leave to soak for few minutes.
2. Spray a deep baking tray with oil and keep aside.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C
4. In a saucepan, add  1 tablespoon olive oil and add the garlic and onions and saute until onions are translucent.
5. Add the passata, salt, chilli flakes, pepper and Italian serves and simmer the passata for 15 minutes on a medium head.
6. Heat a griddle pan(the one with lines)
7. Drain the aubergines and pat them dry with a tea towel.
Spray the aubergines slices with spray oil 3 at a time and cook them on the griddle for a couple of minutes on each side till the brown lines appear and aubergine slices start to cook a little.
8. Take them out of the pan and repeat process for all slices.
9. Add a layer of slices on the baking dish fand spread some Napolitana sauce on it, build the layers with the aubergine slices and the sauce.
10. Once all the aubergine slices are layered, sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.
11. Bake the aubergine bake for 30 minutes in the oven. Remove from the oven when cheese is browned and bubbling.

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NB- You can add more or less cheese according to your taste. To make it vegan use vegan cheese.



This bake can be make in advance and frozen and baked in the oven on the day.



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Monday, 23 July 2018

Tidbits in my Pantry- Kitchen Gadgets

 Since the last couple of posts you can see that I have been sharing some really lovely product samples that I received to test in the simplyfood kitchens. I am really enjoying testing them all out in my kitchen and this is part three in the homeware tidbits section.




The Furi Pro 13cm (5 inch) East/West™ Santoku-   This knife has a deep blade for larger cutting tasks, a sturdy handle for extra leverage and scallops naturally positioned on the blade reduce friction and make cutting fast and easy. The knife is available on line and in most good kitchenware shops.

Single Medium sustainable Bee's Wrap® food storage, they are perfect to wrap bread, cheese, vegetables, or cover a bowl with them. They are a natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage and will mould to any shape. They can be washed in cool water with a mild dish soap and air dried and then can be reused. 

The new Pro Sharp Twist ‘n’ Sharp is a 2-in-1 knifesharpener has a very simple single-handed pull-through operation which allows you to sharpen old and blunt knives, serrated blades and scissors.

big peeler™ is a really useful large peeler that  is perfect for peeling all types of vegetables and fruits. It’s great for tougher skinned vegetables. It is a good rubber grip handle and is food and dishwasher safe. It makes the perfect accompaniment to any kitchen preparation tools.

The 6cm Opinel spreading knife. It is made from stainless steel with a beech handle, it has a spatula shape blade that is perfect for spreading butter, spreads, chocolate.


These colourful ties by Kuhn Rikon  slider ties are made of long-lasting and durable silicone .The ties are fully adjustable and they are perfect for tying bags, bunches of herbs or even cords and wires around the house. They have a simple slider that makes adjusting them easy.

Savel is a food saver that bends to cover whatever shape of cut food is left and covers the cut side to keep it fresh from longer.

Do you have any favorite products that you have discovered recently??

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Friday, 20 July 2018

Tidbits in my pantry~ Kitchenware

The last couple of months I have had the opportunity to discover lots of new products, I featured afew in a previous post and today I am going to share some more that I am trialing at the simplyfood kitchens.


Barista and Co Brew It Stick Coffee Infuser-The perfect present for someone who just loves real coffee but doesn’t always have the time   to get out the cafetière or filter jug. This is a simple device which makes one cup of coffee straight in the mug. It retails at £11.99 and is available from most homeware stores or on line.

Melitta Original coffee filters have specially arranged aroma pores ensuring that your filter coffee develops its flavour perfectly. Available on line and in most home ware store.

If You Care Snack and Sandwich Bags – If You Care Sandwich Bags are grease proof un coated, they are not treated with petroleum-based paraffin wax, soy or any other type of wax. The bags are also suitable for use in the microwave.

If You Care Baking Cups are made from unbleached totally chlorine-free (TCF) grease proof paper. They are perfect for sweet and savoury baked goods




SMART To Go by Curver is composed of a wide range of handy boxes and accessories for your lunchtime needs. The range is divided with snack boxes, lunch boxes with cutlery, full lunch kits with sauce cups and separation trays and some accessories (cutlery sets, cup sets, etc).

Sistema Fresh vent storage containers are perfect to store fruits and vegetables. They help to keep the produce fresher longer with its built-in FreshVent™ lid filter. They are available in assorted sizes too.

The Vac Smarter food container is ideal to store different food items. It has a vacuum seal which is created to seal in freshness of food to lock in freshness, flavours and nutrition.

Set of two ramekin dishes by quick recipe, these are perfect to create those scrumptious desserts and souffles in the oven.

I love organising my kitchen and some of these products have been really useful to have. Are there any new products you have recently discovered, that you love?


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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Tidbits from my Pantry

The last couple of months I have been invited to many press events and it’s always a great way to discover new products that are on the market. In this round up I am sharing some of the lovely product samples I have received to try in the simplyfood kitchens.



Bodum Vacum travel mug, Stylish in black and copper this has become my best friend. I use it every day to take my tea to work. The Travel Mugs are made from stainless steel, plastic, rubber and silicone. It retails at £30.00

This Champagne flute from Strahl is perfect for enjoying some bubbley. It is beautifully handcrafted from glass and it is very stylish. A pack of four glasses retail at £45.00

Aladdin Active Hydration Tracker Bottle, this is the perfect bottle to fill and take with you to ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day. It retails at £14.99 and it is available from most home ware shops and on line.

Doulton Filter bottles -The Taste filter bottle lets you take Doulton® quality water with you on all of life’s adventures. Enjoy clean, healthy drinking water wherever you are. The bottles come with a filter and it retails at £14.95



OXO good grips dish squeegeeis a handy gadget to clear left over food off dishes with a simple swipe. It will be available on line from November in the UK so do watch out for it as its a great little helper in the kitchen.

Addis Dish Brush, made with firm bristles and a bamboo handle, this is really handy in the kitchen to clean off food leftovers  stuck to plate.

Colours Scrub Daddy, this smiley scourer is perfect for cleaning all your dishes. It is odour free and does not scratch your dishes.

These Andre Jardin nail brush anD scourer are great to have in your sink tidy to wash the pans and clean your nails with.


Do you have any favorite products you have recently tried that you would highly recommend??

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sesame Chilli Potatoes




One of my favorite cuisines is Indo Chinese, I am not even sure if this is a made up term or it actually exists but basically it means that the dish has a fusion of Indian/Chinese flavours. My two most popular Indo Chinese recipes on my blog are Chilli Paneer and Chilli Mago (cassava) They are super delicious and and family love them.


Taking inspiration from these recipes I have come up with another family favorite, Sesame Chilli potatoes. The key to this recipe is to use baby potatoes. I love using the Taste the difference British Gem Baby New Potatoes that are currently in season and are available in Sainsburys. The distinctive buttery flavour of these new potatoes, give this dish a lovely taste as they absorb the flavours beautifully. I always prefer to cook them with the skin on. Did you know that the British Gem new potatoes are British grown, collected daily, washed  and packaged and they are available in the supermarket within 48 hours of being harvested. You can't get fresher potatoes than these, unless of course you grow your own!!!


Yield: Serves 4

Sesame Chilli Potatoes

New potatoes tossed in a sesame chilli sauce with Indo -Chinese flavours of ginger, garlic, chilli and soya sauce.
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

750g Sainsburys British Gem Potatoes
1 teaspoon salt (to add to water for boiling potatoes)
6 spring onions thinly sliced
1 red chilli finely sliced
1 green chilli finely sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
1 inch piece ginger cut into thin julienne strips
1/2 tablespoon  dark soya sauce
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

1. Wash and prick the potatoes and put them in a large pan with 1 litre of water and 1 teaspoon salt. Boil the potatoes until cooked. This will take approx 15-20 minutes.
2. Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with tea towel.
3. In a large wok add the oil and when its hot, saute the garlic slices and remove them once they turn golden brown and crispy. Keep aside for garnishing later.
4. In the same oil, add the potatoes and saute them until brown and crispy. About 5 minutes.
5. Add  three quarters of the spring onions (reserve the remainder for garnish), red / green chilli and sesame seeds to the potatoes and saute for a further 3 minutes.
6. Add the soya sauce, sweet chilli sauce, salt and toss the potatoes for another 2 minutes.
7. Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish and garnish with the ginger juliennes and sauteed garlic and the remainder of the spring onions.

NOTES:

NB- If the potatoes are a large cut them in half as this recipe works best with small potatoes and also leave the skin on.

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I like serving my Sesame Chilli Potatoes with Hakka noodles and julienne sauted vegetables to make a delectable and tasty Indo Chinese Meal.



**In collaboration with Sainsburys.

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