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Tres Leches stands for the ‘Three milks’ – Evaporated milk, Condensed milk & Heavy cream – used in making this super-moist Spanish cake. A close friend of mine introduced me to it today & I simply HAD TO learn more about this divine dessert & share with you all..     PrepTime 30mins – Soaktime 8hrs – Makes one 13X9 cake – CookTime 25mins Ingredients: For the cake: Vegetable oil 6 3/4 ounces cake flour, plus extra for pan 1 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Jan - 23 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Bobotie, that gets its name from the Indonesian “bobotok”, is a very old South African dish, which originated in Indonesia or Malaysia & was brought to Africa by Dutch traders waaay back in history! You can bake it in a regular casserole or the way I like it – in a ‘Moroccan Tagine’. Bobotie is typically served with geelrys (yellow rice) and a side of mango chutney or any sour-sweet chutney called blatjang.     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 6-8 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Jan - 23 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

So, what does this cold, rainy weather make me wanna do – sit on the porch with a huge mug of hot-choco or my special masala chai (& samosas or glucose biscuits, yummm!!!) or I could grab a quick warm desert at the local cafe.. Oooooh, I’m in heaven!       PrepTime 30mins – Serves 8 – CookTime 45mins Ingredients: 2 cups granulated sugar 5 large beaten eggs 2 cups milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups cubed [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Jan - 23 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

This is clearly one of India’s most popular dishes, served as tikkas (small bite-size chunks) or in a curry/gravy called ‘chicken tikka masala. You’ve probably had it in an Indian Restaurant or visiting Indian folks for a meal & thought – Gosh, I’d LOVE to make that! Well, now you can! PrepTime 5mins – MarinateTime 2-3hrs – Serves 4 – CookTime 20mins Ingredients: 1 kg chicken (breast or thigh) skinless and cut into 2″ chunks 1 cup fresh yoghurt (should [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Jan - 23 - 2012 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

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

 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

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

We have my chilled banana pudding recipe already, here’s a warm baked version, equally delectable & decadent!   PrepTime 10mins – Serves 2 – CookTime 35mins     Ingredients: 1. 6 vanilla wafers 2. 1 tbsp sugar 3. a pinch of salt 4. 3 tbsp butter 5. 1 ripe banana – finely chopped 6. a handful of chopped cashews, walnuts, etc. 7. 2 tbsp brown sugar 8. 2 tbsp mini-chocochips (optional) 9. 2 tbsp lemon zest 10. 2 egg yolks [...]

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

This recipe has been inspired by something I had at Bubba Gump – soft moist mixed-seafood & corn balls, with a Cajun twist, served with tartar sauce.     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 6 – CookTime 15mins       Ingredients: p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”,”serif”; }span.bodytext { }.MsoChpDefault { font-size: 10pt; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }1/2 lb. cleaned & peeled shrimp 1 can crabmeat (drained) 1 can salmon/tuna (drained) 1 [...]

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

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