Thursday, 23 June 2016

Curry Prawn (Scampi)



Simple dish with a lot of taste and Omega 3!





If you think it is difficult, then it is not. It’s ready quickly, tastes delicious and you can serve it easily to guests who love a bit spicy. The fact that you don’t have to stand in the kitchen all evening long is also an advantage. You actually can spend time with your guests :-)

It’s just a little bit expensive cause of the scampi (prawn), but for the rest you don’t need much.


INGREDIENTS (serving 2)


2 tbsp of sunflower oil
400 gr of prawn (scampi)
1 Onion finely sliced
400 gr can chopped tomatoes 
2 tbsp of Madras Curry paste
1 tsp of turmeric
1 glove of garlic
1/2 tsp of black cumin seeds
Large bunch of Coriander chopped

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Indian Veggie stew with Raita and Chapatis



I really like those one pot stews as there is nothing easier to make!




Who says veggie can not be tasty? Then you are wrong :)
I came across this recipe of bbcgoodfood.com. They have it from Good Food Magazine 2011...so i got it now. I just added cauliflower and therefore used a little less potatoes.
I also cook with Coconut oil, added less water and used 2 chillies instead of 3 :D

There is something about coconut milk you should now >> it takes the spiciness away, so in fact you can add more chillies than you are used to, if you like spicy. I wish i added all 3 like in the original recipe :)

This is the perfect dish for when you are drooling over the flavors of India + making chapati is so much fun now with my new Kitchenaid mixer :-)

I made a short movie of this recipe, so you can see me in action. Though i’m planning to make better movies, it’s my first one and doing things with 1 hand is really not easy hehe.
I also uploaded the movie to my youtube, cause i noticed Blogger does not show it large.




INGREDIENTS For the veggie pot

2 Tbsp of Coconut oil
1 Tbsp of brown mustard seeds
3 dried chillies chopped (don’t mind if it’s 3, you will not notice much)
About 15 Curry leaves (i got some dried)
2 Onions sliced
2 tsp of ground coriander
2 tsp of Garam Masala
2 tsp of Turmeric
500 gr fresh tomatoes cut in pieces
700 gr of potatoes, peeled and cut in about 2 cm pieces
TIP : The smaller you cut them, the sooner they will be ready.
About 2 cups of small cauliflower pieces
400 gr (1 can) of Coconut milk
100 ml of water
Maizena powder for binding


RECIPE for the veggie pot

Chop and slice all your ingredients beforehand, so you can just add one after another when cooking.
It’s the easiest and most fun way to cook :)

Heat the coconut oil in a large pot (i use a sort of Le creuset casserole). Add the brown mustard seeds, chillies and curry leaves. As soon as the mustard seeds start to pop, add the onions and fry until softened and starting to brown.

Now add the tomatoes and fry for another 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and stir to coat. Also add the cauliflower and add the spices >> 2 tsp of ground coriander, 2 tsp of garam masala and 2 tsp of turmeric. Keep stirring gently till everything is covered. 

Time to add the coconut milk and 100 ml of water. Bring to boil and simmer for about 40 minutes. depending on how large you cut your potatoes. It’s all depending on the potatoes.
Stirring occasionally, until all veggies are tender.

Season extra if necessary with pepper and salt. I also added some maizena for binding the sauce more. Not too much.....just till it’s more acceptable to be a sauce and not watery.

In the meanwhile i made my chapatis too and baked them one by one in a pan covered with a lid.
To make them fluffy and crispy it’s important to bake them with a lid on the pan. Just about 30 seconds each side. make sure you bake them at middle heat, so they don’t get burned!
At a specialized exotic store or indian store, you can find chapati flour, so you just have to add water, oil, salt and some stevia. Cause i don’t use sugar in any of my food.
Additional Chapatis and or Raita
You can make your own Raita very easily >> only 7 minutes work :)


INGREDIENTS for the Raita

200 gr of Low fat yoghurt
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cucumber (grated) or deseeded and fine chopped
1 handful of fresh coriander chopped
You can also add coriander powder or fresh mint
Pepper and Salt

* Just make the Raita in order of list above and set aside in fridge till use.










Sunday, 12 June 2016

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer



Baking is just the beginning




I can not be grateful enough for finally having my Kitchenaid Stand mixer in RED.
For years my eye always got pulled to those mixers, but everyone knows they are not cheap....but as i say, you buy something for life :)
Sometimes things are worth the investment and this is one of them......

With 10 speeds the legendary stand mixer can handle anything and till June 19, 2016 you can even have a free ice cream maker with it. That promises a wonderful summer!
The mixer i bought from Kookpunt.nl and they have some good prices and good combo deals as you can also buy a glass bowl together with your machine with -25 % discount + they offer free delivery within 1 day. The glass bowl i find very interesting to see how cream is whipping up or for egg whites etc and it’s something different to look at, i think it makes it more classy.


                             


These days you can choose from up to 28 colors! So that was really hard as i normally wanted another color to match my red machines, but i stayed true to my kitchen colors and bought a red one. But i tell you, when you have to decide on which color, it can make you crazy :D

De first Kitchenaid mixer appeared in 1919 in the USA. Since then they are constantly developing and being fine-tuned. They got better, faster and got more possibilities. That makes this stand mixer the most wanted robot these days that can do anything you want, an assistant next to you in the kitchen.. The look hasn’t changed in 90 years which i find remarkable and it means it stays true to itself. Thanks to it’s unique Retro design and features it’s the perfect help to your needs and skills. Which i’m planning to test out of course!And as the name says “Kitchen Aid”, it’s a real Aid in the kitchen. 



If you are interested in their accessories, you have to buy them separately and that can make a big cost. Think for yourself whether you need these accessories or not. I’m satisfied with what i got now and have all i need, cause i also have their Food Processor for making my pie crusts as you can see on the picture below.

So here it is >> my new pride.....I will incorporate this mixer in my recipe pictures or all the tools i use ‘when i have space between all the dishes around’ hehe.




Looking forward for making my first ice cream too, i just have to wait a bit to receive the bowl as i just registered the mixer at the website and it can take up to 8 weeks to receive it. well let’s hope it does not take that long. Will keep you informed :D





Happy Cook here.
Have a great sunday all!





Sunday, 5 June 2016

Chervil Pesto



That i didn’t think about that sooner!




I’m sometimes very chaotic and that’s something not normal for a perfectionist :)
When i think of having everything for my pesto, then i don’t have basilicum. So i thought what to do now and searched my fridge for a replacement and found chervil. Still fresh and ready to use.

Personally i don’t like chervil soup as it tastes rather ......well yes pretty tasteless hehe.
The thing i knew is that i have to use more pepper and add a little bit more cheese for more taste in it. The perfect tool for making my pesto i find is the Mini Bowl by Magimix. it has the right size for this tasty pesto.

With these ingredients you get around 200 gr of pesto. If you have some left over, just put it in the fridge for upto 5 days or so, use it in another dish for extra taste of simply make another pesto pasta.




INGREDIENTS :
 
2 hands full of chervil
3 tbsp of pine nuts
2 cloves of garlic (pressed)
140 gr of pecorino Romano cheese 
You can also use the traditional Parmesan
70 ml of extra virgin olive oil
Pepper and Salt






PREPARATION : 

First start with putting the chervil in the mini bowl, you can press it a bit. End with your fluids, as when you turn over the bowl, the fluids have to been at the bottom for mixing.
So add your dry ingredients first and the olive oil with salt and pepper at the end.

Shut the lid well and mix till nicely smooth. it can happen that you have to stop and stir in the bowl. Then try again and everything will mix well.
Don’t be afraid to use speed 4 on your machine. Add more oil if you need to. 
You’ll see, it will taste so much better than from stores.

I was surprised by the taste of chervil. It’s softer, however nicely cheesy and smooth.
Combine your pasta with the pesto >> if necessary add some of the water of the pasta pot. Not too much, just a tablespoon of 2. It’s more easily to combine the pesto this way. It’s good for all kinds of pesto. 

What have i learned?
Well, that you can make pesto with anything. Try it out, see for yourselfs and be amazed!

You will start like to use your blender :)







Thursday, 2 June 2016

Mexican Chili Burger




If you love Mexican food, then this is the burger for you!





I like variety and i like spicy. Every saturday i make a new burger with my airfryed french fries.
I use to make meat stew, but since i like to eat vegetarian, this is a good alternative.

Small note :
There is nothing wrong with being vegetarian......actually it’s healthier for being a vegetarian i believe. Imagine that you eat food that is dead....Yuk! Then not to mention the bad fats, bad cholesterol, hormones and i’m convinced that you take the vibes of the animals you eat and we all know that most animals who go to the slaughter are not being treated well. I feel so sorry for those animals! I hardly ate meat in the last 2 years, just now and then....let’s say 2 times a month or so. Recently i went to the doctor to have a blood examination and it turned out fantastic. My sugar is optimal, cholesterol is "on point".....and that with hardly eating meat and just by healthy cooking and baking without sugar.
I remember that 2 years ago my blood was totally different and i was warned to live healthier....or......
So i did and i feel fantastic ;-)

With this message i want to say that i started being 100% vegetarian now after having seen on how people are treating animals who go to the slaughter. I have a conscious and i don’t want to be part of that + i became healthier by eating less meat anyway.
At the end i also feel better not eating meat anymore and my skin became so much better now :)
Cheers to a Better Life!

So, about this burger.......It’s simply delicious and you can make it as spicy as you like. For me 1 red pepper with seeds is just the right amount of spiciness.


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