Saturday, 8 October 2016

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients for the meatballs:
1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 large egg
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped onions
2 tablespoons chopped basil
Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the tomato sauce:
10-15 large tomatoes
1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
1 large onion bulb
Bouillon cubes (maggi/knorr)
Salt and pepper

Mix all the meatball ingredients in a bowl and roll balls into preferred size.

Fry the meatballs in shallow oil. You will make the tomato sauce with the same oil so don't use too much oil or too little. (I used about 2-3 cooking spoons of vegetable oil).

After the balls have browned on all sides, take them out of the oil and set aside.

Now blend all the ingredients for the tomato sauce and pour into the oil.

Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Then season with salt, pepper, maggi and curry. Add the meatballs and simmer for another 3 minutes.

Add some freshly chopped basil leaves to the tomato sauce.

Serve over cooked spaghetti and finish off with some shaved parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Any bread of your choice (i'm using a French baguette)
½ cup of butter (1 stick - at room temp)
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
Freshly chopped parsley
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Make the garlic butter by mixing the butter, garlic and parsley together.

Cut the bread into about 1 inch slices and spread the garlic butter on each slice.

Load each buttered slice with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Finish off with a few sprinkles of parsley.

Bake for 5 - 10 minutes or till the cheese is well melted.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Home-made Ice Cream

Ingredients for the base:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
½ cup condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Add the vanilla and cream to a bowl and whip till you form stiff peaks.

Add the condensed milk and whip some more till it's well combined.

After making the base, add whatever you like to it...Play around with flavors.
To make cookies and cream flavor, add some crushed oreos and fold with a spatula.

To make mint chocolate chip flavor, add some finely blended mint leaves (or 1 teaspoon mint flavor) and some chopped chocolate. Add a drop of green food color to get the green color. Fold with a spatula till well combined

To make strawberry flavor, blend some strawberries and strain into the base. Fold in with a spatula but just enough so streaks of strawberries are visible.

To make nutella flavor, add nutella to the ice cream base and fold till well mixed.

Transfer ice-cream to a clean bowl and freeze overnight before serving.

Mint Chocolate Chip


Strawberry delight

Cookies and Cream

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Creme Caramel

Ingredients for the custard:
1 ½ cups evaporated milk
2 large eggs + 1 yolk
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for the caramel:
½ cup sugar
3 tablespoons water

Combine half cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of water in a pan and heat. Do not stir the mixture. Hold the pan by the handle and swirl gently till you get an amber color.

Divide the caramel evenly between 6 silicone cups and set aside while you make the custard. You can use 4 ramekins if you have those...or foils cups. (If you're using silicone cups (like me), have them in the pan they'll be baking in before you fill them. It'll be easier to transport into the oven).

Now add the eggs, vanilla and sugar to a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add the milk and whisk well to combine.

Divide the custard evenly into the caramel cups.

Pour boiling water into the baking pan till it's about half way up the sides of the cups.

Pop into the oven and bake till the center is set. Baking time will depend on your oven temperature and the size of your cups (mine baked for 20mins at 200C). When they are set, remove from the pan and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight before serving.

Enjoy the creamy goodness of the easiest dessert ever ;)

TIP FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE AN OVEN: This dessert is actually steamed and not "baked" per se, so you can totally do this on a stove. Just use a foil bowl instead and cover with foil. Add to a pot of boiling water(make sure the bowl isn't touching the boiling water), cover the pot and cook till the center is set. I tested it and it worked.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Coconut Fried Rice

1 lb chicken
2 carrots (chopped)
1 green bell pepper (chopped)
1 red bell pepper (chopped)
Spring onions (chopped)
Shrimps (de-veined and de-scaled)
1 large onion bulb
1 habanero pepper
1 can coconut milk
Maggi, curry, garlic and salt to taste
3 cups long grain rice (parboiled)

Wash the chicken and add to a pot. Blend the onions and pepper (or chop if you prefer) and add to the chicken. Season with maggi, curry, garlic and salt.

Cook till the chicken is done then remove the chicken from the stock. Add some water to the stock if you don't have enough. You'll need the stock to cook the rice in.

Add the coconut milk to the chicken stock and bring to a boil.

After the stock boils, add the parboiled rice and cover the pot. As soon as the rice starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook till the stock dries out.

Add some vegetable oil to a wok and heat. Add the shrimps and fry for 1 minute then add the vegetables*. Season with garlic, curry, maggi and salt. Fry for another minute or two.

Mix the rice in till it's well combined.

Enjoy your delicious meal ;)

PS: Instead of "parboiling" rice, I soak it in boiling hot water for about 10-15mins then strain. This helps prevent the rice from being soggy and sticky.

*Feel free to add whatever vegetables you like (e.g. peas, sweet corn, green beans etc).

Monday, 1 February 2016

Home-made Meatpies

Ingredients for the pie crust:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup margarine (NOT butter)
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Teaspoon salt
¼ cup cold water

Ingredients for the filling:
½ lb ground beef
1 carrot (chopped)
1 potato (chopped)
1 small onion (chopped)
Maggi, curry, salt n pepper to taste
½ cup water
1 tablespoon plain flour
Egg wash (1 egg + 1 tablespoon water well beaten)

Boil the carrot and potatoes till it's soft (not soggy), strain and set aside.

To make the filling: Season the meat with maggi, salt n pepper and cook till it's done. Mix in the cooked carrots and potatoes.

Mix the flour and water in a cup and add to the meat mixture (this step is to ensure the filling doesn't dry out while baking). Stir and cook for a minute or two and then set aside to cool while you make the dough.

Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a big bowl and mix well. Cut the margarine into small pieces and add to the flour. Use your hands to mix the butter into the flour till you get the consistency of wet sand.

Add the cold water one tablespoon at a time and knead till the dough comes together into a ball. Let the dough rest for about 10mins.

Using a rolling pin, roll out a chunk of dough to your desired thickness. Place on a meatpie cutter, add a spoon of filling and close the cutter. The cutter will cut the excess dough off and seal the pie ;)

If you don't have a cutter, you can improvise using anything with round edges. Add the filling to one side, fold the other half over the filling and seal the edges with a fork.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, arrange the pie and brush with the egg wash. Bake till the crust is brown.