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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Murangatholhi Miruhulun ( Moringa bean Curry)

The first time I heard about this curry was through a friend of mine. For some reason we were talking about food and the topic turned to Muranga tholhi, ( also known as  drumsticks), the bean from the Moringa tree. She mentioned her mom makes this delicious curry, where she prepares a spice paste. I have had Muranga tholhi kiru garudhiya and mas-huni but never the miruhulee version, which in a way means with chilli.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Victorian Sponge Cake

Who is planning to watch the Royal wedding tomorrow? I know I am looking forward to it.  I remember as a  kid I had this Ladybird book  about Prince Andrew and Sara Fergurson Wedding. As any little girl , princes and princesses was pretty fascinating and a real one was like WOW!!.  So  to enjoy watching the big wedding, how about making a delicious Victorian Sponge cake. Of course I will be having mine after the Magrib prayers😋😉.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rihaakuru Fathafolhi

I love any thing with Rihaakuru, the salty fish paste  thats a big local favorite. I made rihaakuru boakibaa last year  so this year I decided to make something with rihaakuru again. This time I am making rihaakuru fathafolhi or savory pancakes using rihaakuru

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jasmine Water

I remember when I was small, my maternal grandfather would sometimes come home   from the mosque, I think it was during evening or early morning prayers, his handkerchief filled with jasmine buds. We used to put them in our cupboards to let  the flowers perfume our clothes. I love the smell of his handkerchief, he always had this big handkerchiefs that  he would keep rolling around his hand  and then again unroll it again.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fried Tuna and Potato Patties

Ok I know I have done the baked ones, but this one has a slightly different pastry unlike the baked one. I used the egg to make my pastry richer but its not really necessary to add it.  My mother in Law makes this kind of pastry and its also found in some of the Hedhika ( local snack) shops.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Tandoori Roast Chicken

This is my version of a tandoori chicken. I have seen a lot of recipes  and there are some that has dried fenugreek leaves which I believe gives the tandoori chicken its unique taste.  But since its something thats not easily available I choose not to include it in.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Chicken Fajita

I love making mexican dinners like these. The kids love assembling it and eating can get messy.  As I told you earlier I try to make most of my recipes the kind of recipes that anyone can make. So to make  these fajita's I made my own spice  mix , hopefully it tastes just as good.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Onepot Chicken And Chickpea Pilaf

If you are wondering where is the new blog she was talking about , well, it turned out to be a lot more difficult to make so I finally decided I will first have to learn a few tech stuff and just gave up.  I work alone so trying to figure out wordpress  finally took its toll and I  just stopped. Maybe someday I will get some nice techie to help me to make a beautiful blog. So for now, lets get back to my usual topic, food!

I love one pot recipes and this one is the kind of meal I make when I have left over  roast chicken.  I love to make this  for lunch , and serve with some raita or tzatziki sauce.  And best of all not much to wash later. So I am a happy mum. I always keep some precooked chickpeas in the freezer, the boys prefer this to the canned. You can use either.

Recipe: Onepot Chicken and chickpea Stew

For 2-3

1 cup chickpeas ( precooked ones or canned)
1 cup cooked chicken( shredded )
1/2 cup  baby spinach( or use regular spinach shredded ) or leave it out if you don't have any
1 small onion , chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp grated ginger
3/4 cups basmathi rice
1 tsp tomato paste
1-2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
1 chicken stock cube
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp cinamman
1 bay leaf ( or use curry leaf if you dont have, although its not the same but its ok)
 1 tsp ground cumin
salt to taste ( about 1 tsp)
2 cups  hot water
2-3 tbsp olive oil

Heat a large sauce pan, or deep frying pan, add olive oil. Once oil heats up add onion, and cook to soften.

Add garlic, ginger, bay leaf  and  cook for a  minute before adding the rest of the spices , tomato paste and a splash of water. Stir to cook the spices a little.

Dissolve the stock cube in  the hot water and set aside.  Add the rice to the pan and stir it around.  Stir in chicken and chickpeas and add the prepared stock.  Let the rice  cook , once the water evaporates from the top, put the lid on and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes.

Remove lid, add the spinach and coriander leaves and stir it around. Place the lid back on and then after a few mniutes, serve.  The spinach will be cooked but still green.

Serve with some yogurt sauce and tomato salad. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Steak with Black Pepper Sauce

I love steak but  very rarely do I come across a well made steak in restaurants here, most of the time I end up with tough over cooked piece of meat that leaves me regretting why I even ordered it.  It was until I tried the steak and taties at Newport that I was at least satisfied. NO I am not advertising the place I just enjoys their food!.
My cooking with steak is  not so good either,  so I usually stick to beef stews when cooking at home or a simple stir fry.  Fantasy store has some really good quality beef , pricey but tastes good. Anyway I saw this recipe on youtube , Steak au Poivre  made by Manu Feildel.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sauteed Mushrooms on Toast with a Poached Egg

I am not a big breakfast person, and weekday breakfast time is a real rush , like in any house. We usually sit down for breakfast at 6 in the morning, I always make sure the boys leave for school with a full stomach.  Its usually bread or toast with eggs ( eggs are occasionally as the older one gags) and  the regular spreads such as nutella  and a banana each along with  a glass of milk.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Passionfruit Meringue Roulade

I love meringue, whether its in plain mini ones , pavlovas  etc.  After making pavlovas I wanted to do something abit more challenging. Having seen this recipe on one of my magazine cut outs, I wanted to give it a try. It was a lemon curd meringue roulade.