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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pesto Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

450g/1lb dried spiral pasta such as fusilli
125ml/4fl oz olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped pine nuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
900g/2lb skinless chicken thigh fillet, cubed
125ml/4fl oz red wine
1 tomato, diced
2 small carrots, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

• Cook the pasta in lightly salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, retaining a little of the cooking
water to keep moist. Cool while you make the rest of the salad.
• To make the dressing, mix the olive oil, pine nuts, basil, onion and garlic in a bowl. Season with salt
and pepper. Refrigerate while you cook the chicken.
• Simmer the chicken cubes over a medium-high heat with 1 teaspoon salt and the red wine, stirring
constantly, for about 10 minutes.When done, drain off the liquid.
• Toss together the chicken, dressing,tomato, carrots and pasta to serve.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

450g/1lb penne
100g/4oz fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, crushed
50g/2oz Parmesan cheese,freshly grated
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
75ml/3fl oz olive oil
250g/9oz cherry tomatoes,halved
1 small red onion, sliced into thin wedges
150g/5oz pitted black olives

Preparation:

• Cook the pasta in lightly salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, retaining a very little of the cooking water to keep moist. Set aside to cool while you make the pesto.
• Blend or process the basil, garlic, Parmesan and pine nuts until roughly chopped. With the motor running, add the oil in a thin stream until well combined.
• Put the pasta in a large bowl, stir in the pesto and mix well. Add the
tomatoes, onion and olives. Stir gently. Chill for 1 hour, then serve.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Spinach Tagliatelle with Veal Recipe

Ingredients:

450g/1lb thin veal escalopes, cut into thin strips
plain flour, seasoned
50g/2oz butter
1 onion, sliced
125ml/4fl oz dry white wine
4 tablespoons chicken stock
175ml/6fl oz double cream
600g/11⁄4lb fresh spinach
tagliatelle
3 tablespoons freshly grated
Parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground
black pepper

Preparation:

• Dredge the veal strips with the seasoned flour. Melt the butter in a frying
pan. Add the veal strips and sauté until browned. Remove with a slotted
spoon, and set aside.
• Add the onion to the pan and sauté until soft and golden. Pour in the
wine and cook rapidly to reduce the liquid. Add the stock and cream,
and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the sauce again until it is thick
and creamy, adding the veal towards the end.
• Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle in a large pan of lightly salted boiling
water until al dente. Drain and transfer to a warm serving dish.
• Stir 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan through the sauce, then pour the
sauce over the pasta and toss gently to mix through. Serve immediately,
sprinkled with the remaining Parmesan.

Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

4 carrots, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
400g/14oz canned cooked kidney
beans, drained
400g/14oz canned cooked
cannellini beans, drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
2 x 400g/14oz cans chopped
plum tomatoes
50ml/2fl oz tomato purée
100g/4oz mushrooms, sliced
275g/10oz broccoli
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground
black pepper

Preparation:

• Sweat the carrots and onion in the oil in a large non-stick saucepan for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and sweat for a further 30 seconds.
• Add the kidney and cannellini beans, basil, oregano, tomatoes, tomato purée and mushrooms. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Add the broccoli and pepper, and cook for about 5 minutes until the broccoli is
tender but still with a bite.
• Serve hot over freshly cooked spaghetti.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Menudo Recipe

 Ingredients:

2 1/2 Pound Tripe
1/2 Calf's foot
1/3 Cup Vinegar
Cold water
2 Cloves garlic
1/2 Small Onion
3 Quart Water (approx.)
Salt
1−1/2 Cup Hominy
Red Chile Puree (see below) OR 1 cup canned red chile sauce
Finely chopped green onions
Chopped cilantro leaves
Lemon wedges
Corn tortillas, heated
Red Chile Puree:
8 California chiles (1/4 lb)
2/3 Cup Water

Preparation:

Scrape off any fat from tripe. Cut tripe into 1−inch squares. Place tripe
and calf's foot in a large bowl. Add vinegar and cold water to cover
generously. Let stand 3 hours. Drain. Rinse tripe and calf's foot
thoroughly. Place in a large pot. Add garlic and onion. Pour in water to
cover ingredients plus 1 to 1 1/2 inches, about 3 quarts. Add salt to taste.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 6 hours or until tripe
is tender. After 1 hour, skim foam from surface of soup. Skim again as
needed. Add more water if liquid evaporates. Prepare Red Chile Puree. Add
hominy and Red Chile Puree during last hour of cooking. Ladle into large
bowls. Serve chopped green onions, cilantro, lemon wedges and hot corn
tortillas separately. Makes 10 to 15 servings. Red Chile Puree: Remove stems
from chiles. Break chiles open and rinse out seeds. Place in a saucepan with
water to cover. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil until chiles are softened,
about 5 minutes. Drain; discard water. Place chiles in blender; puree. Add
enough water to make puree the consistency of tomato sauce. Press pureed
chiles through a sieve to remove bits of peel. Makes about 1 cup. Variation:
Substitute 1 1/2 cups nixtamal (cooked dried corn) for canned hominy.
Combine with soaked tripe and calf's foot, garlic, onion and water. Cook as
directed above.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pasta with Caviar Recipe

Ingredients:

225g/8oz fresh vermicelli
75g/3oz unsalted butter
100g/4oz good-quality caviar
8 fresh chives, chopped
8 quail’s eggs, soft-boiled and
peeled
1 lemon, thinly sliced

Preparation:

• Cook the pasta in lightly salted boiling water until al dente, then drain, retaining a very little of the
cooking water, and toss in the butter. Arrange in swirls on four small serving plates.
• Put a dollop of caviar in the centre of each mound of pasta, and sprinkle the chives over the top.
• Garnish each serving with two quail’s eggs and lemon slices.

Frijoles Charros Recipe

Ingredients:

1 to 2 onions, minced
2 tablespoons lard
3 cups cooked pinto beans
4 to 6 slices bacon, minced
1 slice ham, diced (optional)
½ cup chorizo or hot italian sausage
1 16−ounce can tomatoes, drained and chopped
6 serrano chiles, minced, or to taste
1 tablespoon comino (cumin)
salt to taste

Preparation:

Add onions and lard to pinto beans and cook over medium heat 5 minutes,
stirring occasionally. in another skillet, fry bacon, ham and chorizo. Add
to beans with tomatoes, chiles and spices. Heat thoroughly.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Enchiladas Recipe

 Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Shortening
1 pound Ground beef
3 Tablespoons Flour
1 8−oz. can Tomato sauce
Water
2 Tablespoons Chili powder
Salt, to taste
3/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
12 Corn Tortillas
1 pound Cheese, longhorn − coarsely grated
1 large Onion, chopped fine

Preparation:

Melt shortening in heavy skillet. Add the ground meat and brown. Sprinkle
meat with flour; mix in skillet. Add tomato sauce and 1 cup water. Mix 1/2
cup water with the chili powder to form a smooth paste; add to the meat
mixture. Add salt to taste and garlic powder. Cook over medium heat,
uncovered, until it is of gravy consistency. Cover and simmer over very low
heat. Add more water if the chili gravy becomes too thick.
Dip tortillas one at a time in the hot chili gravy with a wide metal
spatula. The tortillas will become pliable almost immediately, which will
make rolling the enchiladas easier. Soaking too long will cause the
tortillas to fall apart.
Place a good sprinkling of grated cheese and minced onion and about a
tablespoon of the meat mixture to one side of the center of the tortilla.
Roll tortilla tightly around the filling and place loose side down in a
glass casserole baking dish. For best results place the enchiladas in a row
with sides touching.
When all enchiladas have been formed, pour the remaining hot chili gravy
over all, and sprinkle generously with grated cheese, and top with chopped
onion. Bake at 350 degrees. F until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pani Puri Recipe

Pani puri is a very famous Indian and Pakistani food availabe at various food streets. It is very spicy food and the exciting part about pani puri is the way it is eaten. It is eaten in a typical fashion which makes it look even more interesting and tasty. To eat pani puri, make a small hole in the center of the puri and put few pieces of boiled chick pea and potato then pour 2-3 tbspn of sour liquid mixture in it and eat it in one whole bite. This is very interesting way of eating food with little bit of enjoyment.!

Ingredients:
For Dough:

1 cup semolina
1/3 cup plain flour
Pinch of salt
water as required
Oil for frying For Sour Liquid Mixture:
1 cup tamarind paste
Salt to taste
4-5 green chilies
1/2 cup coriander leaves
1/4 tspn dry ginger powder
1 tbspn black salt
2 cup water
1 tspn sugar
For Serving:
Boiled potatoes (cut in cubes)
Boiled chick pea
 
Preparation:
 
1. In a deep bowl, mix semolina, flour and salt. Add water gradually to knead the dough, don’t put much water at once because we want to make the dough slightly hard as compare to normal dough. You will have to knead it properly so that it would not become too much hard. Leave the dough for 30 mins. [ Tip : set 30 mins time on your digital timer so that you get notified immediately]
2. After that make very small pieces of dough like small lemon size and roll it to make circular shape flat bread but it would be very very much thin like paper. Otherwise it will not remain crispy after frying. After rolling each piece of dough pu it in a tray and cover with moisted muslin cloth (this is very important).
3. Now deep fry all the rolled pieces one by one. You have to fry in such a way that after dipping in pre heated oil, slightly press the bread using your strainer or spatula and when the bread comes on the surface turn it and take out from the oil just after getting it golden color. Make sure the flame should remain high while frying.
4. Now to make Sour liquid mixture, in a deep pan, add tamarind paste, black salt, water, sugar and green paste (make paste of green chilies and coriander using hand blender).
5. Boil this mixture and add more flavors according to your taste like crushed red pepper etc.
6. Serve the pani puri in a main serving plate, with boiled potatoes and boiled chick pea and put a small bowl of sour liquid mixture on the plate which looks very attractive and traditional.
How to Eat Pani Puri:
It is not necessary that pani puri is served with only chick pea and potatoes. It is served in various styles with many other sauces too. Here is a video which demostrates how pani puri should be eaten the right way..
 

Best Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is an Italian food which is cooked in a variety of methods. This is a healthy cooking recipe of lasagna and its cooking has to be done in slightly different manner.

Ingredients:

For Chicken Marination:
1/2 kg chicken boneless (cut in small cubes)
1/2 tbspn ginger paste
1/2 tsbpn garlic paste
1 tbspn red chili powder (or as you required)
1/2 tspn turmeric powder
Salt to taste
3 tbspn lemon juice
500 gm yogurt
1 tbspn hot mix spices powder
1/2 tspn nutmeg and mace powder
1/2 cup cream
For Lasagna Assembling:
Pizza sauce as required
BBQ sauce as required
Cheddar cheese as required
Lasagna sheets as required
Procedure:
1. Marinate chicken pieces in the ingredients mentioned for marination and leave the marinated chicken pieces for half an hour so that all spices are absorbed in the chicken.
2. On the preheated grill pan, put the skewed chicken pieces and cook them on slow heat until they become tender and brown in color. Keep brushing the chicken pieces while grilling otherwise they will become dark from outside.
3. Now its time to assemble the lasagna dish, first place the boiled lasagna strips on the base of the baking dish so that all the base is covered, then place grilled chicken pieces on the strips and spread some pizza sauce and cheddar cheese over it. In the same way again make layer of lasagna strips, chicken pieces, BBQ sauce. In the end, cover the whole dish with lasagna strips and spread cheddar cheese as much as you like and put the dish in the preheated oven for just 5 mins at 180oC.
Note:
Turn on the upper flame of oven which is used for grilling purpose because we don’t need to bake the dish all of the ingredients are cooked we only place it in the oven just to melt cheese and give the light golden color on the top.

Creepy Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

These are creepy Halloween cupcakes specially prepared for kids party. In this recipe some techniques of making different faces are given which you can apply for making rest of the faces as mentioned in the photo of this recipe.

Ingredients:

Cupcakes
Vanilla frosting of different colors
Chocolate frosting
Colorful sprinkles
Candies
Red or chocolate whip licorice

Procedure:

Mummy Cupcakes:
Fill the piping bag with white vanilla frosting and attach the flat shape nozzle to the bag. Squeeze the icing on the muffin in zigzag pattern leaving center portion, place the small red candy in the center to make eyes of mummy.
Spider Cupcakes:
Apply thin layer of chocolate frosting on top of muffin, spread chocolate sprinkles over the whole frosting. Place two red candies for eyes in the lower side of upper surface and insert 3 chocolate whip licorices on each side of eyes.
Spider Web Cupcakes:
Make thin layer of white vanilla frosting on the top of muffin, using piping bag of small nozzle tip make circles of chocolate frosting and pass the knife edge over these circles at equal distances. It will look like spider web.
Cat Cupcakes:
Take chocolate muffin and spread chocolate fudge frosting on it. Drop two spots of white vanilla frosting at upper side of the chocolate frosting and then place two red candies as eye balls of cat. Place different color of candy in the center for marking as nose and then apply orange vanilla frosting in thread like patterns for mustache around the nose. Similarly make mouth of cat using orange frosting.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chiles Rellenos Recipe

Ingredients:

12 Large Mild, green chiles w/stems
1/2 Pound Jack cheese cut into long narrow, strips.
BATTER:
1 Cup All purpose flour
1 Teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Yellow or white cornmeal
1 Cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs, slightly beaten

Preparation:

Parch and peel chiles leaving stems on. Cut small slit below the stem,
removing seeds if desired. Insert strips of Jack cheese being careful not to
split chile.
Prepare batter: Sift flour with baking powder and salt, then add cornmeal.
Blend buttermilk and slightly beaten eggs, then combine milk mixture with
dry mixture and blend together. Slightly moisten each chile with water dip
in plain flour, then in batter. Allow to drain slightly and drop in deep fat
which has been heated to 375 F.
Fry until golden. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm on platter in 300 F. oven
while completing frying and serve immediately.

Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

2 Chipotle Chiles;
2 Bacon; Slices, Finely Cut Up
1/4 Cup Onion; Finely Chopped, 1 small
3 Cup Tomatoes; Finely Chopped
1 Cup Beef Broth
1/4 Cup Carrot; Finely Chopped
1/4 Cup Celery; Finely Chopped
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro; Snipped
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper 

Preparation:

You can make this sauce as hot as you want by adding up to a total of 4
dried Chipotle chiles. Cover chilies with warm water. Let stand until
softened, about 1 hour. Drain and finely chop. Cook and stir bacon and onion
in a 2−quart saucepan until bacon is crisp;stir in chilies and remaining
ingredients. Makes about 4 cups sauce.

Chalupas Recipe

Ingredients:

Vegetable oil
12 Corn tortillas (the thinner the better)
6 Cups Refried Beans (or less)
1/2 Pound Cheddar cheese (sharp), grated
1 Large Tomato, chopped
3 Cup Lettuce, shredded

Preparation:

In a small skillet, heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil. Test the oil for
proper temperature by putting in a small piece of tortilla. When the oil
reaches the temperature where it immediately begins to bubble frantically
over the tortilla as soon as it is put in the oil and the tortilla piece
becomes crisp quite quickly, you are ready to cook the chalupa shells. This
is important because there is nothing worse than a soggy chalupa shell which
results from the oil not being hot enough.
Fry tortillas completely flat on both sides until very crisp. Drain and keep
warm on a newspaper covered cookie sheet in a warm oven.
Spread about 1/4 inch thick layer of refried beans on each fried tortilla.
Top with a generous amount of grated sharp Cheddar cheese and about 1 T
chopped onion.
Place assembled chalupas on a cookie sheet and brown under broiler until
cheese melts. Watch them carefully under the broiler, they can burn quite
quickly. Top with shredded lettuce and tomato and serve.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Baked Tamales Recipe

 Ingredients:

2 Pound Ground beef
1 Can Tomatoes (14 oz)
2 Tablespoon Chili powder OR
5 Teaspoon Ground ancho (pasilla) chile PLUS
1 Teaspoon Cumin AND
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Black olives
CORN MEAL DOUGH:
4 Cup Corn meal
2 Teaspoon Salt
8 Cup Water
2 Eggs, well beaten
4 Tablespoon Butter

Preparation:

In skillet, sauté beef in pan until brown. Add tomatoes, chili powder,
garlic, salt and olives. Cook 15 minutes.
Grease 9x13" baking dish and line bottom with 1/2 Corn Meal Dough. Add meat
mixture and cover with remaining 1/2 Corn Meal Dough. Bake 20 minutes at
325'F. or until browned.
CORN MEAL DOUGH:
Add corn meal and salt to water in pot. Bring to boil and cook over medium
heat until thick, 5−10 minutes. Add eggs and butter. Stir well.

Honey Spiced Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/4 Cup Catchup
2/3 Cup Salad oil
3/4 Cup Vinegar
5 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoon Dry mustard
3 Teaspoon Ginger, fresh grated
1 Lemon, sliced thinly
3 Tablespoons Butter

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to blend together.
Remove lemon peel before basting.

Carne Asada Recipe

Ingredients:

1 20 Ounce top sirloin steak
2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
1/2 Teaspoon Dried leaf oregano, crushed
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Coarsely ground pepper
1/4 Cup Orange juice
1 Tablespoon Lime juice
2 Teaspoon Cider vinegar
2 Orange slices, 1/2" thick

Preparation:

Place steak in a shallow glass baking dish. Rub with oil on each side.
Sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper. Sprinkle orange juice, lime juice,
and vinegar over the steak. Cover and refrigerate overnight for best flavor
or several hours, turning occasionally. To cook, bring meat to room
temperature. Prepare and preheat charcoal grill (or gas grill). Drain meat,
reserving marinade. Place steak on grill. Top with orange slices.
Occasionally spoon reserved marinade over steaks as they cook. Grill 3−4
minutes on each side, or until medium− rare. Cook longer if desired. Remove
orange slices to turn steak. Replace orange slices on top of steak.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Arroz Blanco Recipe

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ cups long grain rice
1/4 cup minced white onion
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups chicken, turkey or pork broth, or water
1 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

Place the oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, add the rice
and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 − 4 minutes. The rice should not be
allowed to brown. Add the onion and garlic and cook one minute more,
stirring almost constantly. Stir the salt intothe broth, add it to the rice,
bring to a boil, cover the pot, turn the heat to very low, and cook for 15
minutes. Stir the rice, carefully, replace the top, turn off the heat and
allow the rice to steam for 10 − 15 minutes.

Apple Cheesecake Recipe

CRUST:
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
Preheat oven at 350 F.
Beat together butter and sugar. Mix in flour.
Press dough on bottom and up sides of a 9" springform pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
FILLING:
3 large apples, sliced 3/8" thick
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cream 35%
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
Grated rind of a lemon
1 lemon juice
In a frying pan melt butter over medium fire. Add sugar. Cook apple in it for 5 minutes.
Add 2 tbsp cream and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not overcook. Put aside.
With Mixmaster at speed 8 beat cream cheese and brown sugar. When well mixed, add eggs, one at a time. Do not overbeat.
Reduce speed to 3 and add sour cream, zest and juice.
With slotted spoon place the apples on the crust, then pour filling.
Preheat oven at 350 F.
TOPPING:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
Whip with Mixmaster st speed 8 until mixture is in small lumps.
Sprinkle over cream.
Place pan over a cookie sheet and bake at 350 F for 1 hour.
When cooled, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Broccoli Balls Recipe

 Ingredients:

3 eggs beaten
6 oz shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
6 oz shredded Colby cheese
1 16 oz box frozen chopped broccoli thawed, drained and patted dry
2 1/2 oz bacon pieces
1/2 oz diced onion
1 oz flour
bread crumbs as needed.

Preparation:

Place all ingredients except bread crumbs in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Chill one hour.

Heat about 4 c of oil in a fryer to 350. Put bread crumbs into a pie plate. Scoop about 1/2 oz portion up and form into ball, roll into a ball and coat with breadcrumbs. Fry for one minute, drain on paper towels and serve with dressing below:

Honey Mustard Dressing
3/4 c sour cream
1/3 c mayonnaise
1/3 c dijon mustard
1/3 c honey
1 Tbsp lemon juice.

Whisk all together until smooth.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Veal Roll Recipe

This dish can be prepared the day before.

Ingredients:

1 veal flank
2 eggs
1 bag of washed spinach, cooked and squeezed by hand
4 or 5 slices of Italian mortadella
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt, pepper, garlic, carrot, celery, onion, sage, marjoram, parsley
White wine

Preparation:

Butterfly the veal flank, without dividing it fully.
Place over it a thin 2-egg omelette made with the cooked spinach. Make it large enough to cover most of the meat
Place the mortadella over the omelette.
Roll the whole like a log and tie with kitchen strings.
Place the oil in a fairly deep pot over the stove elements, and a bouquet of the listed herbs and vegetables (placed in some gauze, if possible).
Place the meat in the pot and roll it in the pot to coat with oil.
Over medium heat move the meat every once a while so that it is nicely browned all over ( it takes about 10-15 minutes). If the meat sticks to the bottom, add a little hot water or some wine, but not too much otherwise the taste will be that of boiled meat. Also you may have to put in a new bouquet if the first one burns too much.
Then reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook for 1 hr or 1 hr 15 min.
When at room temperature, slice 1/2" thick.
Before serving, make a gravy with the pan juices by adding about just 1/2 glass of white wine. Pass it to the blender, together with the contents of the bouquet. Pour this sauce over the meat before serving.

Beer Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup Prepared barbecue sauce
1 cup Ketchup
2/3 cup Beer
1/4 cup Honey or Molasses
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
2 Garlic cloves, minced
2 Onions, finely chopped

Preparation:

In large bowl, combine barbecue sauce, ketchup, beer, honey, lemon juice,
vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, pepper, garlic
and onions. Place food in marinade and let stand at room tepmerature for
up to 2 hours or in refrigerator overnight. When ready to cook, remove food
and place marinade in saucepan and cook for 10 minutes or until thickened.
Use as sauce for basting or serving with cooked food.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cook-a-leekie Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

450g/1lb prunes, stoned
1.3kg/3lb boiling chicken
2.4 litres/4pt chicken stock
900g/2lb leeks, well rinsed
1 bouquet garni
salt and ground black pepper

Preparation:

• Put the prunes in a bowl, cover with cold water and soak overnight.
• Set the chicken, breast-side down, in a large casserole dish. Pour in the
stock and bring to the boil, skimming off any scum from the surface.
• Using string, tie half the leeks in a bundle; thinly slice the remainder.
Add the bundle of leeks to the casserole dish with the bouquet garni and
a pinch of salt. Reduce the heat, part-cover and simmer for 2 hours.
• Lift out the chicken and keep to one side to cool slightly. Remove and
discard the bundle of leeks and bouquet garni. Drain the prunes, add
them to the casserole dish and simmer for 20 minutes.
• Shred the meat from the cooled chicken, discarding any skin and bones,
and add the meat to the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then
add the sliced leeks. Simmer for a further 10 minutes, then serve.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Clam Chowder Recipe

Ingredients:

8 celery sticks, chopped
700g/11⁄2lb onions, chopped
1.8kg/4lb red potatoes, diced
900g/2lb canned clams with juice
3 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
225ml/8fl oz fish bouillon
2 teaspoons ground white pepper
225g/8oz butter
250g/9oz plain flour
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1.2 litres/2pt milk

Preparation:

• Put the celery, onions, potatoes, clams, thyme, oregano, basil, bouillon and pepper in a large heavy saucepan. Gently cook for 30–45 minutes until the vegetables and potatoes are soft.
• To make a roux, melt the butter in a small heavy pan, add the flour
and garlic, and stir constantly with a wooden spoon for a few minutes
until slightly brown.
• Combine the roux with the vegetable mixture and add the milk. Stir well and cook for 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

900ml/11⁄2pt chicken stock
1 bay leaf
4 spring onions, sliced
225g/8oz button mushrooms,sliced
100g/4oz cooked skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
50g/2oz soup pasta such as orzo or ditalini
150ml/5fl oz dry white wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
salt and ground black pepper

Preparation:

• Put the stock and bay leaf into a heavy pan, and bring to the boil.Add the spring onions and mushrooms to the simmering stock.
• Add the chicken to the soup, and season with salt and pepper. Heat through for 2–3 minutes.
• Add the pasta, cover and simmer for 7–8 minutes.
• Just before serving, add the wine and parsley, heat the soup through
for 2–3 minutes, then check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Serve hot.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

1 roast chicken carcass with meat left on
225g/8oz chicken wings
1 onion, diced
1 leek, diced
1 parsnip, diced
6 whole black peppercorns

Preparation:

• Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/ Gas mark 2. Put in a large heavy saucepan with the chicken wings.
• Add the onion, leek and parsnip,and bring to the boil. While the water is heating, add the whole peppercorns.
• Once the stock has boiled, transfer to an ovenproof dish and cook in the oven for 2 hours. Skim off any scum from the surface using a slotted spoon, and strain the stock you have created. Discard everything except for the chicken.
• When cool enough to handle, take out the carcass and shred the chicken before returning it to the stock. Serve hot.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Spicy Coconut Prawns Recipe

Ingredients:

3 fresh red chillies, seeded and chopped
2 shallots, chopped
1 lemon grass stalk, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon groundnut oil
2 kaffir lime leaves
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
250ml/9fl oz coconut milk
700g/11⁄2lb large raw prawns, peeled and deveined
squeeze of lemon juice
salt

Preparations:

• Using a mortar and pestle, pound together the chillies, shallots, lemon
grass, garlic, turmeric and coriander until the mixture forms a paste.
• Heat a wok until hot, add the oil and swirl it around. Add the spice
paste and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Pour in 250ml/9fl oz water and add the
lime leaves, sugar and tomatoes. Simmer for 8–10 minutes until most of
the liquid has evaporated.
• Add the coconut milk and prawns, and cook gently, stirring, for
4 minutes until the prawns are pink. Season with lemon juice and salt to
taste. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Brinjal Curry Recipe

Ingredients:

300g/11oz aubergine, cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes
75ml/3fl oz vegetable oil
a little salt
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
20 curry leaves
1 teaspoon skinned and split urad dal
150g/5oz onions, finely sliced
200g/7oz tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1⁄2 teaspoon chilli powder
1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Preparation:

• Soak the aubergine in cold water for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry with
kitchen paper.
• In a large frying pan, heat 4 tablespoons of the oil over a medium heat.
Add the aubergine and a little salt, and cook for 10 minutes or until the
aubergine is brown and soft. Drain the aubergine on kitchen paper, and
set aside in a warm place.
• Heat the remaining oil in the same pan. Add the mustard seeds and, as
they begin to pop, add the curry leaves and urad dal. Cook, stirring, for
a few minutes or until the dal is golden, then add the onions and a little
salt and cook until the onions are starting to colour, stirring occasionally.
• Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, chilli powder, coriander and turmeric,
and mix well. Add the aubergine and cook for a further 5 minutes,
stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down. Transfer the mixture
to a serving dish, and serve immediately.

Grilled Stuffed Sole Recipe

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
25g/1oz butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves
50g/2oz fresh breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 small whole sole, gutted and cleaned lemon wedges, to garnish salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

• Preheat the grill. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan until it just
begins to foam. Add the onion and garlic to the frying pan, and cook,
stirring, for 5 minutes, or until just softened.
• To make the stuffing, mix together the tomatoes, thyme, breadcrumbs and
lemon juice in a bowl, then season with salt and pepper.
• Add the stuffing mixture to the pan, and stir to mix.
• Using a sharp knife, pare the skin from the bone inside the gut hole of
the fish to make a pocket. Spoon the stuffing into the pocket.
• Cook the fish, under the grill, for 6 minutes on either side, or until
golden brown. Transfer to serving plates, garnish with lemon wedges
and serve immediately.

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

This pumpkin muffin recipe is prepared with raisins and is best for Halloween treats. In this recipe canned pumpkins are used which you may replaced by fresh pumpkins but in that case you may need to add any kind of fruit juice like orange juice to make moist batter.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup flour
½ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ cup milk
½ cup canned pumpkin
¼ cup butter (melted)
1 egg (lightly beaten)
½ cup raisins

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Sift together dry ingredients including flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder. Mix raisins in the dry mixture.
3. In a large mixing bowl, put rest of the ingredients in the bowl and gradually mix the dry mixture in it until thick lumpy batter would form.
4. Take a muffin pan, place muffin paper in each cup cake area and fill each of them to ¾.
5. Place the pan in preheated oven for just 12-15 min until become done.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Batter-dipped Tofu Recipe

Ingredients:

225g/8oz firm tofu
125g/41⁄2oz plain flour
2 tablespoons toasted wheatgerm
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
1⁄4 teaspoon dried dill
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄4 teaspoon paprika
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons sunflower oil

For the ginger dipping sauce
100ml/31⁄2fl oz rice vinegar
50g/2oz granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornflour
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh root ginger

Preparation:

• To make the ginger dipping sauce, put the vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and
175ml/6fl oz water in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce the
heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
• Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cornflour and 1 teaspoon
water, and stir into the sauce. Keep stirring until the sauce is clear and
thickened. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the ginger. Keep
warm until needed.
• Cut the tofu into 2.5cm/1in squares about 8mm/1⁄4in thick. Set aside.
• Combine the flour, wheatgerm, thyme, dill, garlic powder, paprika and
pepper in a medium bowl.
• In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the egg using a fork. Add the milk and
hot pepper sauce, and whisk again to combine.
• Heat the oil in a large wok over a medium-high heat. Piece by piece,
dip the tofu in the flour, then in the egg mixture, and again in the flour.
Fry the pieces of tofu for about 3 minutes on each side until golden
brown (if necessary, cook in batches so that the temperature of the oil
does not drop). Drain on kitchen paper.
• Serve immediately with a bowl of the ginger sauce for dipping.

Asparagus Cashew Stir Fry Recipe

Ingredients:

225g/8oz raw cashew nuts
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
450g/1lb fresh asparagus
4 spring onions, chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
900g/2lb freshly cooked brown rice, to serve

For the sauce
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons cornflour
350ml/12fl oz water
1 tablespoon minced fresh root ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Preparation:

• Spread the cashew nuts over a baking sheet. Toast under a hot grill until
golden, turning them frequently. Set aside.
• To make the sauce, combine the soy sauce and cornflour in a small
bowl, stirring until smooth. Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients, and
set aside.
• Heat the oil in a wok over a medium-high heat. Stir-fry the asparagus,
spring onions, pepper and garlic until the vegetables are tender. Stir the
sauce mixture, pour it over the vegetables and stir-fry until the sauce is
thickened and glossy. Reduce the heat and fold in the cashew nuts.
• Cover and cook for 1 minute until the cashews are heated through.
Serve immediately with the hot brown rice.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Green Punch Recipe

This is one of a scary Halloween punch recipe, this green punch can be served at any occasion by simple putting the drink in glasses but if you present it at Halloween then do follow the presentation as given below to give it scary look.

Ingredients:

2 cup sugar
1 quart water
1 liter 7up
2 envelopes lime drink mix
1 can pineapple juice
1 quart ginger ale

Preparation:

1. In a jug completely dissolve sugar in water.
2. After that add rest of the ingredients to the sugar water syrup and stir well. Keep the punch in fridge to chill.
3. To serve this green Halloween punch, take two punch bowls of different sizes, fill half of the large bowl with dry ice and then place the second bowl onto the ice. Pour the prepared green punch in the small bowl which looks scary.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sherbet Punch Recipe

This sherbet punch recipe is prepared with orange sherbet you may also use other sherbet to give some color to the punch and present it beautifully as the cool Halloween punch.

Ingredients:

14 oz sweetened condensed milk
12 oz frozen orange juice (thawed)
2 liter frozen ginger ale (thawed)
Orange sherbet as required

Preparation:

1. Combine condensed milk, orange juice and ginger ale in a punch bowl.
2. When a uniform mixture form then add some small scoops of orange sherbet in the punch bowl and serve immediately.

Celery and Stilton Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

4 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
50g/2oz butter
45g/11⁄2oz plain flour
1⁄2 glass white wine
900ml/11⁄2pt chicken stock
300ml/10fl oz milk
225g/8oz crumbled Stilton cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

• In a heavy saucepan over a low heat, gently sweat the celery and onion in butter until soft. Add the
flour and remove from the heat.
• Pour in the wine and stock, stirring continuously. Return to the heat and slowly bring to the boil, stirring
until the mixture thickens. Simmer for 25 minutes.
• Add the milk, simmer for a further 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Whisk in the Stilton.
• Purée the soup in a blender or food processor, then push through a sieve into a clean pan. Season with salt and pepper.
• Reheat gently and serve.

Cauliflower and Walnut Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

1 medium cauliflower, broken
into florets
1 onion, roughly chopped
450ml/3⁄4pt vegetable stock
450ml/3⁄4pt milk
25g/1oz walnut pieces
salt and freshly ground
black pepper

Preparation:

• Put the cauliflower, onion and stock in a large heavy saucepan. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for
about 15 minutes until soft.
• Add the milk and walnuts, and stir through. Purée in a blender or food processor until smooth.
• Return the soup to the pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then bring to the boil – be careful not to
scorch. Serve hot.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Egg Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

8 eggs, hard-boiled and
chopped
50g/2oz butter
4 tablespoons chopped celery
2 tablespoons small capers,
rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons grain mustard
1 teaspoon chopped fresh
tarragon
salt and freshly ground
black pepper

Preparation:

• In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients thoroughly, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
• Serve on a bed of crisp lettuce.

Medium Balti Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
900g/2lb skinless chicken breast
fillets, cubed
1 onion, sliced
225g/8oz green beans, cut into
5cm/2in lengths
350g/12oz tomatoes, chopped
15g/1⁄2oz fresh basil, roughly torn
salt and freshly ground
black pepper
For the sauce
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh
root ginger
4 fresh green chillies, chopped
15 cloves
seeds from 10 green
cardamom pods
1 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
1 teaspoon mustard powder
400g/14oz tinned chopped
plum tomatoes
600ml/1pt vegetable stock
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed
lemon juice
pared zest of 1 lemon

Preparation:

• To make the sauce, heat the oil in a heavy pan, and fry the onions,
garlic and ginger for 2 minutes. Add the chillies and cook for a further
2 minutes. Add the spices and stir-fry for 30 seconds until aromatic. Add
the tomatoes, stock, lemon juice and lemon zest. Bring to the boil and
simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Discard the lemon zest.
• Heat the oil in a large balti pan or wok, and stir-fry the chicken for
5 minutes until golden. Add the onion and green beans, and continue to
stir-fry for 1 minute.
• Pour in the sauce and simmer gently for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the tomatoes and basil, and cook for a further 2 minutes or until
the chicken is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Catalan Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
900g/2lb beef mince
2 carrots, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
25g/1oz plain flour
1.2 litres/2pt hot vegetable stock

Preparation:

• Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat. Sauté the beef until it is just cooked, then remove and keep to one side. Sauté the carrots, onions and tomatoes in the same pan for a few minutes, stirring continuously to prevent sticking.
• Blend in the flour using a wooden spoon, and cook for a few more minutes. Return the cooked mince
to the casserole.
• Cover the mixture with the hot stock, and simmer the soup gently for about 45 minutes. Serve hot.

Chicken with Ciabatta & Parma Ham Recipe

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
800g/1lb 12oz leeks, trimmed and
cut into 1cm/1⁄2in slices
150ml/5fl oz dry sherry
200ml/7fl oz chicken stock
400ml/14fl oz cr?me fra?che
2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon chopped fresh
flat-leaf parsley
700g/11⁄2lb skinless chicken breast
fillets, cut into 1cm/1⁄2in strips
100g/4oz Gruy?re cheese, finely
grated
salt and freshly ground
black pepper
For the topping
200g/7oz ciabatta breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
75g/3oz Parma ham, roughly torn
2 tablespoons chopped fresh
flat-leaf parsley

Preparation:

• Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add the leeks and cook over
a gentle heat for 15–20 minutes until softened. Remove with a slotted
spoon and put to one side. Add the sherry and stock, bring to the boil
and bubble until reduced by about a quarter. Allow to cool.
• Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5.
• In a bowl, mix the crème fraîche, flour, mustard, sage and parsley
together with some salt and pepper,. Mix in the reduced stock and leeks.
• Put the chicken into a 2.3 litre/4pt ovenproof dish, and pour the sauce
mixture over. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
• To make the topping, put the breadcrumbs in a bowl with the oil, ham
and parsley. Toss together and sprinkle over the chicken.
• Cook the chicken in the oven for 50–60 minutes or until bubbling at the
sides. Serve hot.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Khara Masala Balti Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

3 curry leaves
1⁄4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1⁄4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1⁄4 teaspoon onion seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon crushed dried red
chillies
1⁄2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon crushed pomegranate
seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon shredded fresh
root ginger
3 garlic cloves, sliced
50ml/2fl oz corn oil
4 fresh green chillies, slit
lengthways
1 large onion, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
700g/11⁄2lb skinless chicken breast
fillets, cubed

Preparation:

• In a large bowl, mix together the curry leaves, mustard seeds, fennel
seeds, onion seeds, crushed red chillies, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds
and crushed pomegranate seeds. Add the salt, ginger and garlic.
• Heat a wok until very hot. Add the oil and, when the oil is hot, add the
spice mixture, then the green chillies. Stir-fry for a minute or so. Add the
onion to the wok and stir-fry over a medium heat for 5–7 minutes.
• Add the tomato and chicken pieces to the wok and cook over a medium
heat for 7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce
has reduced slightly.
• Stir the mixture over the heat for a further 3–5 minutes, then serve hot.

Crispy Cheese Balls Recipe

Ingredients:

250ml/8fl oz milk
250g/9oz plain flour
75g/3oz butter
250g/9oz Cheddar cheese,
grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 eggs, beaten
salt
vegetable oil for deep-frying

Preparation:

• Warm the milk in a large heavy saucepan over a medium heat,stirring constantly while gradually adding the flour.
• Add the butter and, once the mixture has thickened, remove from the heat and mix in the cheese.
• Add salt to taste, the cayenne and the beaten eggs.
• Allow the mixture to cool. It should now be thick enough to shape into
about 24 balls.
• Heat the oil in a deep heavy saucepan until very hot. Deep-fry the balls in batches of about six until they are golden brown.
• Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and
serve immediately.

Carrot & Coriander Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

175g/6oz onion, diced
50g/2oz butter
500g/1lb 2oz carrots, sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1.2 litres/2pt vegetable stock
2 teaspoons caster sugar
150ml/5fl oz whipping cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh
coriander leaves
salt and freshly ground
black pepper

Preparation:

• In a heavy saucepan, gently sweat the onion in the butter until soft and translucent. Add the carrots to the
pan, and cook, stirring from time to time, for a further 5 minutes.
• Add the garlic and stock. Season with salt and pepper and the sugar. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
• Pour the contents of the pan into a blender or food processor, and blitz to a purée. Pour back into a clean pan, and add the cream and coriander. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then heat the soup through gently, stirring. Serve hot.

Garlic and Nut Butter Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

225g/8oz roasted salted mixed nuts,
roughly chopped
5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
450g/1lb butter, softened
4 tablespoons chopped fresh
flat-leaf parsley
2 lemons
225g/8oz puff pastry
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
12 small skinless chicken breast fillets
900ml/11⁄2pt hot chicken stock
freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

• Combine the nuts and garlic with the butter, parsley and 2 tablespoons
of lemon juice, and season well with pepper. Cover and chill.
• Roll out the puff pastry thinly. Prick well and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
• Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Brush the pastry with
beaten egg and, using a small cutter, stamp out shapes. Sprinkle with
the poppy and caraway seeds, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
• Arrange the chicken breasts in a roasting tin, and half-cover with the hot
stock. Cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
• To serve, melt the nut butter mixture. Drain the cooked chicken breasts
from the stock, and put on a heated serving dish. Spoon the melted
butter over, and garnish with the pastry shapes.

Vietnamese Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry Recipe

Ingredients:

450g/1lb sweet potato, peeled and
cut into 2.5cm/1in chunks
4 tablespoons groundnut oil
1 tablespoon hot curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
450g/1lb skinless chicken breast
fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
300ml/10fl oz chicken stock
150ml/5fl oz coconut milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the paste
1 large onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 lemon grass stalk, tough outer
layer removed, finely chopped

Preparation:

• Put all the ingredients for the paste in a blender or food processor, and
purée to produce a thick paste. Set aside.
• Cook the potato in a pan of boiling salted water for 8–10 minutes until
tender. Drain and set aside.
• Heat the oil in a wok. Add the paste and fry over a gentle heat, stirring,
for about 5 minutes until softened but not coloured. Stir in the curry
powder, turmeric and chilli flakes, and fry for 30 seconds until aromatic.
• Add the chicken to the wok, stir to coat it evenly in the spice mixture and
fry, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then reduce
the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until most of the stock has
evaporated. Stir in the coconut milk, then season with salt and pepper.
Cook the curry gently, stirring occasionally, for a further 10 minutes.
• Stir in the cooked sweet potato, and heat through for 3–4 minutes. Taste
and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve hot with rice.