Archive for October, 2011

I’ve always loved Thai food and I have my favs like Pineapple fried-rice, Chicken Satay, Drunken Noodles & above all – the red/yellow/green curries & this peanut-based red curry with coconut milk – SO smooth ‘n creamy!     Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 25-45 minutes, SERVES 3-4 (with rice)       Ingredients: 1lb chicken pieces OR cubed beef (vegetarians can use paneer/cottage-cheese cubes or fried tofu cubes) or shrimps 1-2 potatoes, chopped into bite-size chunks 1/2 green capsicum – [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 12 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A vibrant quick dish of shrimps, that’s light on the palette yet so rich in flavor!  Lemongrass adds to the lemony taste, while lime leaf and lime zest add that extra zing!     PrepTime 5mins – Serves 2-3 – CookTime 20mins       Ingredients: 1 lb. (460 g.) raw shrimp, shells removed (tails can be left on if desired) 2 shallots OR 1/4 cup purple onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped 1 fresh red [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 12 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Its funny how I’ve always marveled at this delightful little Roman breakfast dish, but only recently got down to making some myself – And what a treat it was!! This is easily one of the simplest things you can whip up for a quick snack or appetizer, even for a party or a potluck.. and they look adorable too!     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 2 – CookTime 10mins.     Ingredients: 4 eggs 1/2 tsp mustard pwd – yellow [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 9 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Put this together this weekend, in a bid to make a unique fish curry with the fresh black pomfret that I’d just bought – something different from my usual Goan red or Kerala white fish curries.. Let’s just say the experiment paid off, BIG time!       PrepTime 15mins – Serves 5-6 – CookTime 15mins.   Ingredients: 2lbs or 1 large black pomfret cut into 1/2″ slices (or white pomfret, salmon or surmai/kingfish) 2 tomatoes – chopped 5 tbsp [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 4 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A veggie kabab made with all GREEN vegs, hence the part, ‘hara’ in the name (hara = Green in Hindi) – different, delicious, delectable!     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 5-6 – CookTime 10mins. Ingredients: 3-4 medium potatoes – boiled, peeled & smashed 1 cup green peas – boiled/cooked/canned/frozen 2 chopped green chilies 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves 1 inch piece ginger – finely minced 1 cup spinach – blanched in boiling water & a tsp of salt, then cooled [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Sweets for my sweet.. Sugar for my honey!! Yeah baby, this ones perfect for Valentine’s day, complete with romantic-rose & seductive-strawberry notes…Mmmm!!     PrepTime 30mins – Serves 2 – CookTime 15mins Ingredients: 4 tbsp rice a handful of nuts (cashews, almonds &/or pistachios) 5 cups full cream milk 3/4 cups sugar 1/2 tsp cardamom pwd 1/4 tsp nutmeg pwd (optional) 12-15 ripe fresh strawberries a cup of whipping cream 3-4 drops rose essence pink/red food color a handful of [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

 An Arabic snack  – deep-fried dumplings of a batter of chickpeas, parsley  & mild seasoning, served with the famous Arabis dip, hummus.     PrepTime 15-40mins – Serves 5-6 = CookTime 15mins.           Ingredients: 1 tin boiled chickpeas (or soak a cup of chickpeas over night & then boil with water & salt) few sprigs of coriander leaves – chopped few sprigs of parsley – chopped a few green stalks of spring onions – chopped 2-3 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

 A unique & interesting soup which can be had cold or hot – a perfect start to any meal – taught to me by Shef-the-Chef of the ‘Tiramisu’ recipe fame!       PrepTime 10mins – Serves 3-4 – CookTime 10mins       Ingredients: 1 cup chopped celery 1/2 bunch coriander 2 cups sour cream 2 tbsp butter salt to taste 1/4 tsp oregano or basil 10 asparagus sticks – tinned or boiled 2-3 crushed garlic pods 1 chopped [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

I’ve always wanted to make a cheesecake but feared it was a lot of work until I came about this super-quick method… truly awesome!     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 4-5 – Cooktime 35mins   Ingredients: 1/2 cup cashew nuts – coarsely powdered 1/2 cup biscuit crumbs (I use the dark chocolate bourbon ones!!!) 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter 1.5 cups cream cheese (Philadelphia or Kraft) 1 cup fine castor sugar 3 eggs 1/2 tsp vanilla essence or rose [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Perfect way to make a quick cheesecake at home – thanks to Philadephia or Kraft’s cream-cheese.. Make ur own right now.. its ‘EASILY’ the world’s most fav dessert!   PrepTime 10mins – Serves 4-5 – CookTime 40mins         Ingredients: 50g (5 oz) digestive biscuits 50g butter 125ml whipping cream 100g castor sugar 150g dark chocolate slabs – chopped, melted & cooled 2tbsp cocoa pwd mixed with a little hot water to a paste 1/2 tsp instant coffee [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

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