Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Honey Ginger Mackerel




























Ingredients:

1 big Mackerel cleaned and slit.
1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns crushed (but you can use it as per your taste or how spicy you want it to be)
2” ginger sliced
2 big cloves of garlic
1tsp lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon
1 tbs Olive oil
1 tsp Sesame oil
Honey 1 tsp (I added two as my kids like it sweet )
Salt to taste

Method

Mix the crushed peppercorns, garlic, sliced ginger, honey, lemon juice and zest, olive and sesame oil and salt together in a bowl and marinade the fish with this mixture. I left it overnight.

I used an electric griddle plate preheated. Grill the Mackerel at about 100 degrees for a half an hour on both sides each till the Mackerel is cooked through.

A simple salad of red, yellow, green bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, sprouts, coriander leaves and watercress dressed in lemon juice and salt to go with the Honey Mackerel.

Cheers!!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Potato with Apple Coleslaw























Ingredients:
Apple                                    1/2 cup Julienned
Carrot                                    1/4 cup Julienned
Cabbage                               1/4 cup Julienned
Vinegar                                  2 tsp
Mayonnaise                           4 tbsp
Honey                                    2 tsp
Sesame seed                        1 tsp
Salt                                        to taste
Medium potatoes                   2
Sausage                                1/2 cup cut
Frozen peas                          1/4 cup
Frozen corns                         1/4 cup
Red, Orange Bell pepper       1 tbsp  Julienned
Black Olives                           1 tbsp                   
Coriander leaves                    chopped
Mozzarella cheese                  2 tbsp
Fresh ground peppercorns     1 tsp






















Apple Coleslaw

In a bowl mix the julienned apple, carrot and cabbage, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey, sesame seed, coriander leaves, salt and keep aside.
 
 
 

In two bowls I added water and poured the frozen peas and corn separately and set the microwave on high for 8 mins and they were done. It could take more or less depending on the amount.

I guess everyone would bake the potatoes first but me being lazy as usual with no patience I just washed the potatoes well using a vegetable brush. Dried the potatoes with a paper towel and pierced them with the fork in a couple of places and used the microwave to boil them with their skin. I used two medium potatoes as I was preparing this for the kids. It took me about 6 mins.

While the potatoes are still hot cut them potatoes lengthwise from the middle with a knife but not separating them.

With a spoon just scoop the inside of the potato(but leaving it inside the potato) and mix 2 tsp of mozzarella cheese into the potato and mix well till you get the consistency of chewing gum.

Add the apple coleslaw, then top it up with the corn, peas, sausages, bell peppers, olives and coriander.
(The amount for the ingredients could differ as your preference like mine always does depending on my mood!!)

You can complement it with sliced cucumber, carrot and chopped coriander.

Serve it hot and since it was all healthy I though a little bit of chips could do no harm ;)

Cheers and have a great day ahead!!




Monday, April 25, 2016

Spiced Cumin Mackerel with Potato


 



















For all my fish loving friends!!

Ingredients

1 big Mackerel cleaned and slit.
1 tsp whole black peppercorns (but you can use it as per your taste or how spicy you want it to be)
2 tsp roasted cumin.
½ “cinnamon
2 cloves
½ tsp turmeric powder
5 big cloves of garlic
A handful of chopped coriander
Olive oil
Salt to taste


Cumin Potato
1 big potato boiled and cubed
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp turmeric
Salt to taste
 

Tomato paste
2 red onion sliced
2 tomatoes chopped
½ tsp sugar
Salt to taste

Garnish
Red, yellow, orange, green bell pepper sliced
1tbsp chopped coriander

Method
 
Wash the cleaned Mackerel and cut a few slits. Wipe it dry.

In a pestle I ground the cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and roasted cumin adding in the cloves of garlic last. Actually I like it a little coarse however if you like you can use a grinder to grind it to a fine powder.
 
Mix all the ingredients including the turmeric, salt and a handful of fresh chopped coriander with 2 tbsp of olive oil in a bowl and coat the Mackerel with the spice marinade  for a couple of hours.(I left it overnight )

I used an electric griddle preheated at 180 degrees. Grill the Mackerel bringing down the heat to about 100 degrees. Grilled for about 1/2 hour on both sides each till the Mackerel is cooked through.

Meanwhile heat oil in a pan and once it is hot temper it with the cumin seeds and once they splutter add the boiled cubed potatoes and the salt and turmeric and sauté it till golden brown. Keep it aside.

Heat oil in another pan and once it is hot add in the onion and the sugar and sauté till the onions turn transparent. Add in the chopped tomatoes and add salt to taste .Cook till the tomatoes turn mushy and you have a fine paste.

Transfer the Mackerel to a serving dish pour the tomato paste evenly over it. Place the cumin potato alongside the Mackerel and sprinkle fresh chopped coriander.

Slice bell peppers and place them on the serving plate and your Spiced Cumin Mackerel and potato is ready!!

This is a new found interest for me and still trying out presentation and photography...hoping it will get better with time :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pepper and Coriander Mackerel.


 
Ingredients
1 big Mackerel cleaned and slit.
2 tsp crushed black peppercorns ( but you can use it as per your taste or how spicy you want it to be )
2 tsp ground coriander
1tbsp finely grated lemon zest
Olive oil to drizzle over the fish
Salt to taste

Garnish
1 orange
1 tbsp each of red, yellow, orange, green bell pepper finely chopped
2tbsp chopped coriander
1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Mint
Seasame seeds

Method

Mix the black peppercorns, ground coriander,lemon zest and salt together in a bowl and marinade the fish with this mixture. I left it overnight.

I used an electric griddle preheated at 180 degrees. Drizzle olive oil over the marinated Mackerel and cook bringing down the heat to about 100 degrees for about 1/2 hour on both sides each till the Mackerel is cooked through.

Grate the zest from half an orange and stir into the coriander mixture and sprinkle over the fish along with the finely chopped bell peppers and seasame seeds.

Then slice the orange into segments and scatter sliced red onion, bell peppers, mint and coriander.Top with the grilled Mackerel and serve immediately.

Cheers and have a great day ahead!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Litchi-Strawberry-Blueberry fruit pudding.

The inspiration for this recipe (which was originally litchi pudding) comes from this amazing friend of mine Pooja Mohan. I knew her for about two years from my days in Muscat,but we were just hi and bye friends. Only after I shifted to Dubai did we became thick pals while chatting and realized we have so many things in common. She is another reason for me landing up in the kitchen the last place I want to be...LOL!!
I have this fascination for colours and layers... so I decided to add some more colours and flavours and of course layers to the pudding :)

























Ingredients I used:

Milk :1litre
Agar Agar (instead of gelatine) : 10 gms
Condensed Milk : 100 gms
Fresh Litchi : 10
Fresh Strawberries : 6 medium sized ones.
Blueberry topping : 150 gms.
Fresh Blueberries: 2
Sugar : As per taste

Method
 
I soaked the agar agar in sufficient water for about 10 mins.
Kept 1 litre milk to boil on the stove.
Blended the litchi and strawberries separately till smooth. (Initially I intended to do the same with the blueberries but had some leftover Blueberry topping so decided to use that instead :) )
 
Added the condensed milk  and sugar(as per your taste) and the drained agar agar to the boiling milk. Kept stirring on and off till the agar agar completely dissolved.
 
By this time I had my litchi, strawberry(since my girls like the strawberries sweet I added extra 2 tbsp of condensed milk) and blueberry topping ready in different bowls.
 
Divided the milk into the three bowls.
 
In a separate bowl first poured the blueberry mix, and as it set poured the strawberry mix over it and finally the litchi mix and let it set at room temperature.
 
I tried layering it out in glasses but I was a little slow and as it set quite fast and I had a few air bubbles :) However I thought it still looked good!
 
It had a mild flavour of all three and the kids loved it so nothing more rewarding for me.
 
Hope you enjoyed your visit here. Cheers and have a great day ahead!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Heart shaped cookies- Valentine Day Special !!

With Valentine's Day round the corner nothing can be better than sipping a hot cup of tea with some Heart shaped cookies.
 
I really can't get myself to enter the kitchen unless I really have too.
However, since I started developing an interest in baking and checked around the net for easy recipes, since I really don't have patience and like things simple and better still those I can prepare fast, I came across a blog Edible Garden written by Nags and have remained a fan ever since! I have tried quite a few of her recipes and they have always been a hit!
Today's recipe is taken from her blog and with of course a little twist of my own here and there :)
 




















Ingredients:
 
Icing sugar- 1/2 cup (you can alter as per your preference)
Butter- 60 gms at room temperature
Egg-1 lightly beaten, we will be using just half of this.
All Purpose Flour -1 cup
Red food colouring- a few drops
Vanilla Essence- I/1 tsp
Saffron Flavoured Essence










 



















Method :
Whisk the butter and icing sugar in a bowl until you get a smooth texture.
Add half the egg mixture and vanilla essence and combine it.
Divide the mixture into two bowls.
Add the red colouring to one.















 
To the other half add the remaining 1/4tsp of Saffron flavoured essence and mix well.
 
Divide the flour into equal halves and use your hands gently to make a soft dough.




















Then transfer one portion of dough between two pieces or parchment or grease paper and roll out 1/4"
Using both cookie cutters cut out hearts(or any other shapes you prefer).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Repeat the step with the other dough and gently swap out the inner smaller hearts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Bake them in a pre-heated over at 180 degrees(I use my convection microwave) for about 12 mins.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And here are your Heart shaped cookies ready!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Cool them completely before transferring them into an airtight container.
 
I tried adding cocoa powder to one batch as Diya(my elder one)prefers anything that is chocolate flavoured and Hiya(my younger one) likes them in pink. So when they saw the cookies they we happy with no complaints :)

Hope you Enjoyed your time here. Cheers!!
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