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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

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

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

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

Orzo is rice-like pasta; Frittata is a baked omelette which rises like a moist creamy spongy cake of veggies & meat – more ‘brunch’ than b’fast!     PrepTime 8mins – Serves 3-4 – CookTime 30mins     Ingredients: 3/4 cup orzo 2 cups chicken stock/broth 6 eggs 1/3 cup ricotta cheese 1/4 cup sour cream 1 cup chopped scallions for a mild onion flavor (else use any onions) 1/4 cup chopped parsely 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers/capsicum salt [...]

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

I’ve always wanted to know how Tiramisu is made! My friend, Shef-the-Chef showed me how… For pictorial step-by-step instructions, go to my Gallery:  http://lilchefsworld.com/ImageGallery.php PrepTime 20mins – Serves 8-10 – CookTime 30mins     Ingredients: 8 eggs 1 lb. Mascarpone cheese 2 tbsp Espresso ground coffee powder 1/3rd cup Tia Maria 2-3 packs Lady Fingers (NOT the vegetables! Chk out pics in the Gallery) 4-6 tbsp cocoa pwd 1 cup sugar Dark chocolate slab for deco. Cooking Instructions: 1. Blend [...]

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

A traditional Italian meal of beef & noodles topped with a “Delisimmo” Stroganoff sauce.. This recipe is quick n easy… worth a try!       PrepTime 10mins – Serves 4 – CookTime 35mins   Ingredients: 800g boneless beef chunk 1 sliced onion3 tbsp butter 1/4 cup sour cream 2 cups beef stock 2 tsp Dijon mustard sauce 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pickles of your choice 1 tbsp EVOO (Extra-virgin Olive Oil) salt to taste pepper [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 29 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Yolly, my genius friend, created this master-piece 2 nights ago & tastefully served it with steamed asparagus, some buttered sourdough toast & homemade Non-alcoholic Mimosas – Sheer Genius!!   PrepTime 10mins -Serves 4-5 – CookTime 35mins       Ingredients: 1/2 cup of fine dry seasoned bread crumbs* 3 heaped tbsp Parmesan cheese 1 tsp Paprika 1 egg – lightly beaten 2 tbsp milk 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts thinly sliced into 3-4 slices each.** 2 tbsp Seasoning Salt 1 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 29 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Here’s a novel way to cook spinach.. You basically use the same idea as a dessert souffle, which is folding your base into stiff peaks of beaten eggwhites & then bake it.     PrepTime 5mins – Serves 8 – Cooktime 15mins   Ingredients: 8 baking cups – buttered on the inside 1/2 kg baby spinach leaves 3 tbsp oilve oil salt & pepper to taste 1 white onion – minced 2 crushed garlic cloves 1/4 cup all purpose flour [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 29 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

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