Friday, September 21, 2012

Traditional Chicken Curry....

This was the very first(!) time that I've made traditional curry from scratch. I thought it will be quite complicated and will require a lot of different ingredients. Well, I was wrong. This recipe works really well. It gives rather thin consistency so if you prefer thicker curry just take the lid off. Hope you'll try it as it is one of our family favourites from now on!
The recipe was taken from a great(!) book 'Complete Indian Cooking' by Baljekar, Fernandez, Husain and Kanani. If you can buy this cookbook - made lots of thing from it and everything(!), always worked (review of the book soon).



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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Recipe for homemade Dulce de Leche...

This probably is one of my all time favourite sweet things! :) It's smooth, velvety, sweet... oh, so goooood. This was my second attempt during last week to make it. First time was a completely failure because I had the wrong kind of milk. So, not to make a mistake like me you need a proper, sweet (mine had 28 g of sugar for the 50 g of milk) condensed milk. There's really not a lot of work involved, just make sure you're in the kitchen all the time, as it takes minimum 3 hours to make. For your patience there's an amazing reward at the end :) It's great on a toast or when you reheat it as a sauce for ice creams, cakes etc. but it's also good straight from the jar, by spoonfulls :]



"Dulce de leche is a sweet prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a product that derives its taste from caramelised sugar. Literally translated, it means "candy of milk" (...) The most basic recipe calls for slowly simmering milk and sugar, stirring almost constantly, although other ingredients may be included to achieve special properties. Much of the water in the milk evaporates and the mix thickens; the resulting dulce de leche is usually about a sixth of the volume of the milk used. The transformation that occurs in preparation is caused by a combination of two common browning reactions called caramelization and the Maillard reaction." - by Wikipedia.org

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Flourless savoury quinoa muffins...

I got an inspiration for those flourless savoury muffins - although my Hubby calls them mini quiches - from Pinterest (which is a mine full of great ideas, not only regarding cooking and baking!). They were very quick to prepare and to bake. I have to admit that I grow fond of quinoa, it's very versatile ingredient - both in the terms of tastes and cooking/baking techniques. Those quinoa muffins will be perfect for a packed, light lunch (which is what I did) as well as a snack for the little ones - Baby J ate 3 :) I had them in my fridge for 2 days and they were perfectly fine, I wouldn't keep them outside the fridge though.
Hope you'll try and make them - as tastes, variations are endless. I was hoping I had some of the dried tomatoes left, but no... and they would be perfect here! Try and experiment with different ingredients like: peas, sweetcorn, sun dried tomatoes, grated courgette etc.





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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Sweet BBQ / grilled pork chops...

I don't have my own barbecue, but I still want to enjoy a nice, grilled meat - rather than a fried one in a pan full of oil or other fat... well I thought that maybe I'll be able to grill my pork chops this time rather than frying them but... but how to get a nice flavour without a real BBQ. Marinade is the answer! Thanks to the wet marinade chops aren't very dry when grilled and that smoked paprika gives it that little after taste, just like the BBQ would. So, for all those out there who doesn't have their own BBQ this is the recipe and a method of cooking for you! And for all those happy owners of the BBQ - try it too! This marinade is versatile and would also work great with other meats like beef or chicken.



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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Skinny cupcakes by Hairy Bikers, ugh, Dieters ;) ...

This is a recipe taken from Hairy Dieters.... Yes, Hairy Dieters not Bikers - although they're the same ;) I though I misunderstood when I first heard about their new TV series... but no. They lost a lot of weight - way to go guys! :D And they've inspired a lot of people to follow their footsteps. I admit - I'm still carrying a little bit of that baby wight, after both pregnancies... but you know I LOVE FOOD! So a diet, per se, is a little bit of a "no, no" for me... but still, I want to lose a little bit.

I think that making our favourite recipes 'healthier' and thinking about how/the way we cook makes a lot of a difference - Hairy Bikers are the best proof of that! So, as an inspiration, for myself and other out there, a delish cupcake,s but healthier than the usual we would bake.
The original recipe calls for a lemon zest and blueberries inside, but I've switched it to apple and banana. I aimed for a 'rose shaped' apple slices on top... well you be the judge if I succeeded... ;)




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