Monday, February 17, 2014

Rainbow Cake and Custard Trifle


Simplest dessert ever!



Ingredients:
Box vanilla cake mix (plus eggs, oil and water as required by mix)
3 tablespoon custard powder
3 cups water
1 can condensed milk
Jelly mix packed (prepare as per instructions)


How to:
1. Prepare cake mix batter as on box. Divide into equal bowls (depending on number of colors u want to use). Mix preferred colors into each bowl.
2. Pour onto greased pan one by one batter mix and bake.
3. After cake is done cool it and break it up into pieces (big chunks) and keep aside.
4. Prepare custard by first mixing condensed milk, custard powder and water in a saucepan and start to cooking on low heat until it thickens ("pourable" consistensy).
5. Pour a custard layer and add a cake chunks layer and repeat.
6. Top with chopped jelly pieces or you can set jelly directly on trifle as well.
7. And its done! I didnt use jelly on the one I made the other Friday and it was still delicious!

Monday, October 14, 2013

My Biryani

Everyhouse has a special Friday biryani or a special similar rice dish usually prepared for Eid and such occasions. This is the recipe for my biryani. Its not so complicated but just has different components. Some people make biryani using rice and gravy in separate layers but I prefer to make it the mixed style.

For rice:
3 cups rice
salt

For gravy:
Biryani spice mix powder (4 table spoon-you can adjust for preferred spiciness)
One medium chicken chopped into medium size
1 yoghurt (small)
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp turmeric dissolved into one cup water
2 tablespoon ghee


For garnish:
3 medium size onions chopped and fried till golden and crispy
1/2 cup cashew nuts (fried till golden)
1/2 cup raisins (fried till golden)
Hard boiled eggs (chopped into quarters)
handful coriander leaves.

How to:

First mix chicken, yoghurt, spices, tomato paste and salt and pepper.
Heat 1 tbsp ghee in pot (a big pot) and add chicken mixture. When chicken fries nicely add the cup of water and simmer on low heat.

At the same time cook rice until almost one third done. Not hard but not too soft. (i check by squishing with finger and when the rice grain just loses its hardness). Add the rice on top of the simmering chicken mixture and pour the turmeric water mixture and rest of ghee on top of rice.

Add half of fried onions and mix the chicken and rice once. (Dont over mix -Just so that all the chicken is not at the bottom). Cover the lid with a small towel and place the lid on top. Put heat on very very low and let the steam cook the rice.

Place biryani into serving tray or bowl and  garnish with the onions, fruit and nuts. I place eggs on top and finally add coriander.

And heres how it looks like ;)







BIRYANI IS BEST SERVED WITH COLD RAITA (YOGHURT, CUCUMBER, TOMATO, ONIONS AND CORIANDER SALAD)





Hope you all will enjoy with your families, Eid Mubarik! :)





Friday, April 12, 2013

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I made this using a vanilla cake mix because there are days when you want to eat something fancy but do not feel like measuring and sifting, and it was exactly a day like that ;) . So I thought I'd share this with you guys.

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe




Ingredients:

1 vanilla cake mix (plus eggs and oil as per the box)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 can pineapple slices drained (keep the syrup aside to use instead of water for the cake mix)
cherries (if you dont have thats fine coz it just gives a bit of color and a fancy touch)

How to:

Preheat oven and grease pan as per instructions on cake mix

Mix the cake better substituting water with the sugar syrup from the pineapple

Heat sugar and water in cake pan over the stove just like how you make the caramel for puddings.

When sugar syrup is a bit browned take off stove and arrange pineapple slices on it. If you have cherries insert them in the middle of the pinepple slices.

Bake as per cake mix and cool.

Flip the cake on the serving plate and voila! A fancy dessert for a lazy day.



Happy tea time guys :)

Nutella Brownies

I was browsing for some easy nutella brownies and a super easy recipe popped up which I just had to try. The only ingredients needed were eggs and nutella! How easy could this get.

It came out all chocolaty and delicious. If you have a jar of nutella and some eggs try this immediately :)

2 Ingredient Nutella Brownies Recipe



Ingredients

4 large eggs
1 cup nutella


How to:

Line a small cake tray (small because if you use a large tray the brownies will end up too thin) with baking paper and preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

Crack eggs into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer (easier but if you dont have you can always use hand power ;) ) until eggs become frothy and fluff upto almost double the size.

Warm nutella in microwave or double boil method (put the nutella in a small metal bowl and heat in a saucepan with hot water on the stove).

Pour warm nutella into the egg mixture and mix well until thoroughly combined.

Pour batter onto tray and bake for about 30 minutes or until when toothpick comes clean when inserted into brownies.

Take out from oven and let it cool. Cut into bars and start eating

You can eat it straightaway, sprinkle powdered sugar on top or top with icecream. The possibilities are endless :)


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kan Kun Beef Stir Fry

Green leafy vegetables can only get as good as Kan Kun and this recipe is pretty easy and tastes great :)

Kan Kun Beef Stir Fry


Ingredients:
 
1 cup beef cut into long thin strips (about 1 1/2 inch long)
2 handfuls of kan kun leaves washed 
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
1 medium onion chopped fine
2 tablespoon soya sauce
1 tbsp chilli garlic sauce
2 green chillies sliced in half
1/2 cup chicken stock
oil
salt n pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Pour about a tablespoon of oil on hot pan and fry the beef slices until browned well. Remove from pan and keep aside
  2. Fry onion and garlic in the pan. Mix soya sauce, chilli garlic sauce in the chicken stock and add to the pan
  3. Add chillies and season well with salt and pepper
  4. Add beef and coat the sauce well.
  5. Add the kan kun leaves and turn off the heat and put the lid on the pan. 
  6. Serve quickly because kan kun leaves tend to wilt really soon in the heat and turns brown when left too long


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mashed potatoes

Simple Mashed Potatoes


Ingredients:

6 medium sized potatoes quartered
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp milk
2 tbsp butter
salt and pepper for seasoning

How to:

  1. Put potatoes into a pot and add 1/2 tsp salt. 
  2. Add water until potatoes are covered and bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat and cook covered until done (Check by pricking with a fork - it should be soft enough to easily poke the fork through.
  4. Heat milk and butter until melted and warm
  5. Drain water from potatoes and put in a bowl
  6. Add the milk and butter mixture and mash well with a fork and mix well
  7. Do not over mix and season well with salt n pepper

:)



Spaghetti - Pesto

Its been ages since I had wanted to make pasta with pesto sauce. When I came across fresh basil leaf packs at Seagull Foods I just couldn't wait to try it. The recipes  I checked online usually call for pine nuts in the pesto. But I substituted it with peanuts and it tasted pretty to good to me and the family.

Spaghetti - Pesto Style




Ingredients:

Leaves from 2 bunches of fresh basil
2 tbsp peanuts unsalted
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated cheese (cheddar)
Salt and pepper
1 packet spaghetti cooked and drained




How to:


  1. Combine basil, peanuts, garlic and olive oil into a blender/food processor and blend till it becomes a puree and add cheese, salt and pepper and blend again till well combined..
  2. Add the pesto sauce to the spaghetti and mix well. 


Mmmmmmm!