Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Family Trade Mark

Bread Mince

I drool whenever I think of this recipe.  The delicious smells wafting through the house and the scraping of the kitchen spoons against the pan filled me with anticipation of a wonderful meal cooked by my Mum or dad.  My Mum would always use this as a filling for mince patties for our birthday parties and other special ocassions and they had to be rationed out to the guests who greedily fell on them without exception.  To this day, there's no one who can cook like my Mum and whenever I make this recipe I think of long, long ago and the glorious birthday parties we had.

The Recipe:

1/2 kg mince; 2 onions, chopped; 2 spring onions, chopped; 3 flakes, garlic, minced; 1 inch ginger, minced; 2 green chillies, minced;  few coriander leaves, chopped; salt to taste; 2 tbsp oil for frying; a handful of green peas; 2 slices stale bread, crumbled; fried egg tofu - optional.

Wash and drain mince.  Heat oil and add chopped onion, spring onion, ginger, garlic, corriander leaves and minced chillies.  Stir fry on medium heat until onions are golden browm.  Add the mince and fry till brown.  Add peas and 1/4 cup water and cover and cook 5 minutes.  Add salt to taste and the crumbled bread.  The bread will soak up all the liquid.   Garnish with sliced tofu and serve hot with dhal and rice or chappathis.  This is a hot favourite and I love this recipe even today.  Enjoy.

Chicken With Soy Sauce

 Saucy Chicken
This is a recipe given to me by a friend.  I had this at one of her impromptu parties and the taste lingered on my tongue for days.  Quick and simple, this is one recipe that will keep you asking for more.

The Recipe:

1 chicken breast, without skin, deboned; 1/4  green capsicum ; 1/4 red capsicum; 1/4 yellow capsicum; salt  and pepper to taste; 2 flakes garlic, crushed; 1 tbsp dark soy sauce.

Rub the garlic over the chicken and marinade in soy sauce for 5 minutes.  Cut capsicum into strips, season with salt and pepper and keep aside.  Adjust oven to grill setting (highest setting) and grill chicken in pre heated oven for 5 minutes each side.  Remove and slice into bite sized pieces.  Grill capsicum for five mintes only.  Mix together with chicken and serve immediately.  

Friday, July 26, 2013

Grilled Jeera Chicken

Grilled  Chicken On A Bed Of Rice
Grilled Chicken is an easy recipe for a lazy weekend or party.  All you have to do is prepare the chicken and marinade it overnight and let the magic work itself into the pieces.  This is  delicious and one that will charm its way into your guests hearts forever.

The Recipe:

1 medium sized chicken, skinned and cut into medium pieces;  1 inch ginger, crushed; salt to taste; 3 tbsp vinegar; 1 tbsp jeera powder; 2 tbsp oil.

Mix all the ingredients together and keep overnight in the refrigerator.  Next day, set oven for grill setting and grill at highest option for 5 minutes each side.  Serve hot as a starter or on a bed of ginger rice or garlic buttered rice with a curds salad.  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ten Minute Cheesy Vegetable Bake

Cauliflower Potato  Duo

This is a recipe  that can be made very quickly.  In fact it takes more time to prepare the vegetables than the cooking time.  Throw in whatever you have in your vegetable basket and sprinkle some cheese on top and bake for 15 minutes until cheese melts in a very hot oven.
The Recipe :

1 large cauliflower broken into florets; 2 spring onions, chopped; 12 ready to cook potato quarters; 50 gm grated cheese; salt and pepper to taste; 1 inch ginger, crushed; 3 flakes garlic, crushed.

Cut and soak cauliflower  in salt water for 10 minutes.  Drain.  Boil in very little water for 5 minutes until dry.  Grill potatoes in oven at highest heat for 7 minutes.   Mix the cauliflower and potato with the crushed ginger and garlic and the seasoning.  Place in a heat proof dish.  Sprinkle the grated cheese all over.  Scatter the spring onions on top.  Bake at 175 C for 15 minutes till cheese has melted.  Serve hot with warm, crusty garlic bread.