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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Monday, December 10, 2012
I think even less that 5 minutes you need with ingredients and rest is done by the oven. The best part is the aroma of garlicky butter, the tangy taste added by lemon juice, light e.v. oil and the parsley call you to dig bread in juice to soak up all it goodness.
So, the first time i prepared it, when my sisters in law’s parents in laws were visiting us and i wanted to make starter which doesn't take my time yet delicious and filling! So, i stumbled upon this recipe on smittenkitchen.com.
1 tbsp capers, rinsed and chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive/vegetable oil
1 1/2 tbsp salted/ Unsalted butter, cut into pieces Add pinch of Salt incase using Unsalted Butter
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Tomatoes,Chopped carrot, basil leaves (tucked under the tomatoes, so that they don't burn. A very useful tip given by The Pastry Chef.), Garlic.. pealed and smashed by the knife, olive oil and topped with some Salt and Black Pepper.
I generally add carrots to hot tomato soups to add little sweetness to it.
Roasted the tomatoes for 20 Minutes at 180 degrees C.
Churned the Tomatoes with hand blender. Strained the mixture, added little warm water and cream to bring to the right consistency and and boiled.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Ruchi, (My Only Indian friend here in Rotterdam) pinged me over the chat and suggested a restaurant called Izkaya a Pan Asian restaurant and bar at lijnbaan, which she wanted to visit for its experience. From the name I guessed, it would be a Japanese restaurant so went on their website to check for the veg. options.
Well, the restaurant does offer quite a unique experience to order food and interaction with staff etc. There is a digital menu on your table. You don't have to wait for the waiter to come and take your order. The tables are normal but over each of them there are dedicated projectors hanging from the ceiling. On the right side of the table you have a small round mouse pad; your table becomes the screen. There is menu bar which has the options for drink, food, dessert, other fun stuff (which includes games, change the table background (tablecloth), call taxi or check how to reach to your next destination, see your meal being prepared in kitchen through the webcam and at the end the bill can be requested).
While browsing through each dish or drink the picture and description appears which makes it so easy to understand what to expect.
For drinks Ruchi and Hugo ordered a Japanese soft drink, Astrid had ordered Ice tea, Hubby had order Plum Sake and I ordered Nomi tea (which I later found out that it was the name of brand of tea and out of the box given to me with different flavours, I chose Orange Spice and White tea).
And then the first dish arrived- Chicken Yakitori! and rice on the side, which was ordered by Astrid. Being vegetarian i only tried the rice which were so aromatic and tasty. I could just have only rice.
The second dish arrived on our table was Salmon Sashmi, a stater ordered by Hugo. It was Salmon on the seaweed salad. As per him it was out of the world!
Third dish belonged to Ruchi, which was fish curry with rice. she loved it.
Then arrived the Grilled Green Asparagus Salad with Poached egg and Curry Mayonnaise, which was ordered by my hubby. Oh My God, I loved the wasabi added to the dressing.. It was just Yum!
And my order- Veg. Potato soup. It was presented very nicely with a soup dish having veggies and a scoop of light cream cheese and soup was given in a jar separately to be poured over cream cheese and veggies. Soup was very light. cream cheese added a unique taste and body to the soup. I enjoyed it.
Since Astrid and Ruchi had ordered their main couse in the forst course only so Hugo, Naren and me continued ordering!
For the next course Hugo had ordered Hotstone Beef Tenderloin ( beef tenderloin marinated in black been sauce served with eggplant in vintage vinegar) and rice on the side. The dish was a wonderful visual treat and as per Hugo it was equally tasty as well!
Naren had ordered Small Sushi platter ( 3 pieces each of Nilgiri and Maki Sushi with soy sauce and wasabi); According to him, this was the best sushi he had eaten so far. He could taste the fish unlike at other places where rice dominate. I am sure next time he is gonna order only Sushi there.
My second order was Moyashi Itame ( Stir fry with bean sprout, shiitake, ginger, chilli pepper, green asparagus and basmati rice) which was quite tasty as well.
For desert, Hugo ordered Lemon Parfait, which again he loved it and Hubby n i had shared Chocolate Mouse with Cherries, the mouse was good but there were alot cherries which neither I nor my hubby enjoyed.
We liked the experience and loved the food! but they only have three veg. options, i had the them all of them. I would only got for the salad again for sure :)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I saw the pack of raspberries puree at Albert Heijn in the chill section. the puree is made of fresh raspberries with no sugar and preservatives added. There was a buy one get one free promotion on it. So I just grabbed it. But then thought, what would i do with 2? but i bought them anyway!
I had initially picked one up to add in Cream Cheese Frosting for the cupcakes.
A friend after having cup cake, asked for just more of frosting in a bowl if i had in left over. And she just loved it. So i thought this could be the a dessert in itself.
I thought that it would be quite fattening as well. Then i thought to use hung curd instead of cream cheese.
I hung curd for 2 hours in Muslin cloth to get the waterless creamy texture while whipping it!
So here is how i made it.
1 packet Frombozen puree (You may puree at home also).
Hung Curd ( I used 250Gm Greek curd tub, strained the water using muslin cloth and twisted the clothe to take out as much water i could and hung it over the sink for 2 hours)
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
- Slice the chicken breast from the side to open it, but don’t cut till the end.
- Brush both the opened sides of the chicken breasts with oil, honey and Dijon mustard.
- Place the chicken slice. I had a wedge of 100gms Paprika Gouda cheese, so i put the cheese shavings on both side.
- Sprinkle the salt and pepper and fold the both sides of the chicken breasts back to the original shape.
- Brush the outer side of the chicken breast with oil and grill it in the oven for 20-15 minutes or until it turns white and grill marks appear and change the side first after 15 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan add butter.
- Add onion and sauté till it turn pink and then add mushrooms and cook it on medium heat.
- Add lemon zest, mix. Add lemon juice, mix and White wine , simmer it till it liquid remains half.
- Add milk and cream and cook it until slightly thick but don’t let it boil.
- Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, Chilli Flakes, Italian Herbs and Mixed Spice and Mix.