There are a few kitchen staples that always come handy while you are at it! In my last post I mentioned how I ensure to have a few sauces and ingredients available in my kitchen always, some I use store bought and some I make at home from scratch. If you have kids at home then this particular recipe of a very versatile and tasty pizza/ pasta sauce will be super useful. Their hunger pangs /demand for fancy stuffs can be fulfilled easily. I have an 8 year old in the house and his sudden cravings for a cheesy pasta or a gooey pizza is met with in a jiffy. As a mother we worry about too many preservatives in readymade sauces, so it is just perfect that we make a fresh batch of this sauce and store it.
This recipe is by far the easiest version you can find. It has some vegetables to go with the tomato and is oven roasted, so double easy!. I added yellow and red bell pepper as it adds to the taste and texture of the sauce by adding a fresh sweetness in contrast to the acidity of the tomatoes. Season it with herbs of your choice, no hard and fast rule on that and use this sauce as and when you need it.
Weekdays are for quick cooking and if you are tired of the same old chicken preparation, try this Thai Chicken Curry.Thai cooking is fast,fresh and flavourful and that’s exactly what you need to satiate your palate after a days hardwork. One very important lesson I learnt from my past kitchen management is that its always better to plan a rough menu weekwise and I have been following that from the start of this year. I shop accordingly and that ensures there is no wastage. I definitely do not foolow a strict regimen and often work around the dishes according to what my heart desires on that particular day. I am mighty inspired by Jamie Oliver and always try to catch up on his show Save with Jamie, currently on TLC, every weeknight @ 9. His tips are awesome and I do follow them. Like its always good to stock up on some good quality ready made sauces for whipping up quick meals.
I am a stickler for everything fresh but this Thai curry paste is what I always have in my pantry. A few other stuffs that always find a place in my kitchen wardrobe is a good mustard paste, some cream,coconut milk, a pasta/pizza sauce and mayonnaise. These are my staples to work around with. Now coming to this curry. I tossed up the chicken with some fresh veggies like pepper, broccoli and pak choi , added some readymade curry paste and coconut milk and voila , what you have is a flavoursome healty curry that goes perfectly with rice. Vegetarians, pls omit the chicken and add mushrooms and baby corn, will taste just as awesome.
So the invite read “New menu Launch” at Smoke House Deli and I knew in my heart that I needed to go! Well, let me tell u straight up that SHD has been my favourite even before they opened in Kolkata. On my every trip to Delhi , I ensured atleast one meal there. Ever since they have opened in my city, there has been no looking back. Its unique , delicious and hearty dishes is what makes it as iconic as it is today. The doodle décor, the flavoured water, comfortable loungers is what add to its immense charm. Thus, on a weekday afternoon I found myself indulging in some SHD hospitality along with fellow food bloggers from KFB
The new menu retains all its old favourites but with the addition of a whole new range of dishes, including sizzlers. There is an entire list to choose from that is definitely going to please your taste buds. There is something for everyone, including your little brats! The additions are wonderfully imaginative and makes you want to try out each one of it. Vegetarians can try out dishes like the Shitake & Field Mushroom Stroganoff with Saffron Rice, Smoked Aubergine Parmigiana or even the Spicy Millets with Vegetable Stew. Each dish so innovative and bursting with flavours. For the non veg lovers, there is an exhaustive list too ,for instance, the Mustard Chicken Sloppy Joe is what will pep you up after a days hard work along with some refreshing cocktails and drinks.
It was a fun afternoon , where Chef Saurav rustled up a Penne in Tomato Vodka Sauce in a live demo. It was lovely meeting the two dynamic ladies , Manjri Agarwal & Abhilasha Sethia, the force behind the restaurant and the brain behind conceptualizing the new menu. So the next time ,you are in the mood for some lip smacking food, head over to the 5th floor of Quest Mall and indulge in some Smoke House culinary delights.
They are open from 12:00 pm to 11.30 pm 7 days a week. For reservations call – 033 – 30991012
So the husband is a huge meat lover and kebabs is something we both enjoy. This particular recipe has been on my do list for a while now. I scoured the net for recipes and then developed this easy version that tastes almost like the real ones. The thing is when you eat a particular dish many times, there is a lingering taste that remains and those taste help you develop the recipe in your home kitchen. Sometimes more than following a recipe to the T its best you go with instincts, it works I tell you. Atleast with me , except baking , instincts work best!
Like most of the recipes asked to use dessicated coconut, but I skipped that and it worked for this recipe. Just ensure that the mutton mince is fresh and tender. The softness of the kebabs depend on that. Also don’t skimp on the ghee part, its essential to the recipe!
Make hay while the sun shines! Make strawberry cake while you still get them here! Bad bad Pj but this cake is everything gorgeous. The baker in me loves using fresh seasonal fruits, the Apple & Raisin Tea Cake and now this, it turned out perfect for our tea time soiree.
Strawberries are available in abundance, every traffic signal has these guys selling them. But be careful when u pick up a box, there are always a few stale ones hidden under the plump luscious on top. Try and ask your local fruit seller for the Mahabaleshwar variety coz they are the real sweeter ones. This particular tea cake is made with oven roasted strawberries, the process is very simple, find out the recipe below. Enjoy the cake with your loved ones.
Not many of you would know that I have a little vegetable patch in my garden where I grow seasonal vegetables and great pride in. My Instagram followers would know that as I share pictures often of my produces.This winter I enjoyed cauliflower, loads of coriander and a some lovely spinach – free from pesticides, totally organic. There is also broad beans and beetroot that’s growing beautifully, more on that later. The idea was to do something fun and fresh with the home grown spinach and I finally turned them into a stuffing for buns. Mixed with cottage cheese and parmesan , it turned out to a quite a treat for the family.
Baking is so much fun, its just that I need to push myself a bit. And everytime I tell myself that I will do it more often. For now enjoy the Spinach and Cheese stuffed Buns. I made them with flour but it will work very well with half flour – half wholewheat flour as well. Next time I am going to try that.