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I’ve had the good fortune of traveling to many cities around the world & in my quest for various cuisines, I found that you get Chicken Curry in SO many forms – Indian, Thai, English, Jamaican, Mexican, Japanese & so much more! Here are some of my favs.. Feel free to add some of yours!         1. CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts  – cubed 4 tbsp cooking oil 1 large onion – chopped 2 cloves [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 11 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Here’s 10 things to remember when you’re preparing the turkey for thanksgiving & before you indulge in the very elaborate thanksgiving meal. 1. Have a bowl of light soup or salad to fill you up a bit before the actual Turkey meal. 2. Select a breast piece over the leg – it’s the leanest part. 3. If you’re cooking, bake or roast the turkey; don’t fry it. 4. Go for low-fat low-sodium broth, rather than your roast drippings. If you [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Oh no, you’re guests are almost here and your curry turned out spicier than you had expected! Here’s how you can fix it in 15 minutes.. You have the following options: 1. Peel & chop potatoes and boil them in the curry. 2. Add some coconut milk & simmer. 3. Add room-temp beaten cooking/fresh cream – 2tbsp at a time, stirring continuously so it does not break in the simmering curry. 4. Add beaten full-cream yoghurt/curd, at room-temp and in [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Just 4 ingredients, 5 simple tools & 10 quick steps to the perfect Black Forest Cake… Moist, Rich, Dark, Delicious & SO festive… A treat for any occassion!!! This is a super-quick recipe so you’re going to see ready/instant & canned ingredients; Here’s what you’ll need.. Ingredients: 1. A ready-made tall (about 6″ high) chocolate cake (OR) A freshly baked Betty Crocker’s dark chocolate cake. 2. A can of pitted cheries 3. A large tub of whipping cream 4. A [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Why bake a whole big cake & stuff it down when you really just have a craving for a LIL’Cake, don’t have company to share it with & just don’t feel like heading out to buy some? Do this.. QUICK! Hot-Cocoa Chocolate Cake-In-A-Mug Ingredients: – 9 Tbsp. hot chocolate powder mix – 4 Tbsp. self raising flour – 1 egg – 3 tbsp oil – 3 tbsp water – a pinch of salt Method: – Grease a strong thick large [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

How about a cake made without milk or eggs and is yet, moist, dark and delicious?? This recipe was invented in the great-depression era by some smart cooks who wanted to bake a cake without expensive and scarce ingredients. You’ll need (for an BxB cake tin) – 1.5 cups all-purpose flour – 1 cup white sugar – 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa pwd – 1 tsp baking soda – 1/2 tsp salt – 1 tsp vanilla extract – 1 tbsp cider [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Meatloaf is SO MUCH FUN, I can’t get enough of it, really!! Here are  some fun ways to improve your meatloaf & some interesting variations. 1. For more flavor and a juicier meatloaf, add about 1/4 cup of tomato juice, wine, or broth for each pound of meat. 2. Bake in muffin tins or mini-loaf pans for individual servings. 3. Use leftovers sliced in sandwiches, burgers or crumbled in sauces or chili. 4. Replace some of the liquid in the [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Ever wondered how the best fries you’ve ever eaten are so crisp on the outside & soft ‘n tasty on the inside? Here’s the trick.. Actually, there’s more than just 1 trick.. Trick 1. Soak the cut potaotes in salted water for 10-15 mins. This enhances the inner taste. Trick 2. Drain & pat-dry them before frying. Trick 3. Heat oil to almost-smoking, not VERY hot, say 300deg. Trick 4. Deep fry the fries on medium heat for 6-8 mins [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

This is for all my friends (& general people out there) who LOVE SEAFOOD, but dread buying or cooking it themselves.. This should get you going! Here are the basics of Selecting & buying fish, storing it & cooking it to perfection: Buying Fish: – Buy fish when its in season – it will be fresh, plentiful & hence, cheaper. – Buy fish from reputable stores or markets – where you know fish sales are brisk & so they get [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A fan from Dubai recently asked me a question that I’m sure, at some point in your lives, you all may have thought about too – How to make Biryani Masala? Well, here’s my take.. There are 2 types of Biryani Masalas I make – 1 basic & 1 a bit extravagant, and then, there are tips & variations to these to enhance the flavors in my biryani. Basic Biryani Masala Ingredients: 1. Cloves – 10 2. Green Cardamom -  [...]

Posted by admin On Aug - 2 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

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