Thursday, October 30, 2014

705. Chocolate Bomb Dessert


Admittedly, this dessert is not made from scratch. However, a clever and appropriate use of resources makes it a cinch to make and a delight to eat with fellow chocolate-loving friends.
It almost seems to be closely related to my friend's snickers chocolate bomb dessert of a while back, and brings to mind a kaleidoscope of possible variations.
Spoonable desserts do have a certain allure to them, perhaps it is the memory of childhood and a simpler time when we were perfectly satisfied with nothing more than a spoon.
It sort of reminds me of Moliere's Tartuffe where that man carried a spoon in his pocket at all times.
You do not need a whole cake for this dessert. At the quantity listed, the molten chocolate mixture is enough for a quarter cake and 5 to 6 regular glasses.


Ingredients:

300g milk chocolate
300g thickened cream
A quarter of a chocolate sponge cake


Method:

Cut the cake into cubes and place a couple in serving glasses; set aside.
Break up the chocolate and place in a saucepan together with the thickened cream.
Heat, stirring all the while, over medium heat until melted and homogenous.
Pour the molten chocolate mixture over the chocolate cake cubes until just covered.
Cover the glasses in clingfilm and refrigerate a couple of hours or overnight.
Top with an optional chocolate cube and serve chilled.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

704. Shrimp Curry (Diet)


One of the reasons why Indians are so smart is their daily consumption of spices. These spices unclog any arteries, liven up dull minds, and are excellent for the heart.
This shrimp curry I found on Pinterest is not only superbe because it is low in fat, but it is also absolutely packed in so many healthy spices which are very good for the brain, heart, and body.
You can add as much chilli as you dare, but do have the strained yogurt or Greek yogurt handy to put out any fires.
Eat it by itself for a light healthy meal or pair with rice or a naan bread for a more hearty one.


Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
thumb-sized ginger, grated
4 tsp turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp chilli flakes
2x400g cans chopped tomatoes
2 Tbsp brown sugar
400g prawns
1 tsp salt & pepper
1 Tbsp greek yogurt + more for serving



Method:

Saute in the hot olive oil the onions, garlic, ginger, spices, and chilli.
Fry together until the onions are soft and a fragrant spice paste is formed.
Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Bring to a simmer and let the sauce reduce and thicken for about 10-15 minutes.
Once the sauce has thickened up to your liking,  add the prawns. If raw, cook until they curl up and turn opaque. If frozen, cook until thawed and heated through. Five minutes in either case should suffice.
Stir a tablespoon of the yogurt through, this will make it a bit more of a "curry color".
Serve with cold yogurt. Eat by itself for a light healthy lunch or pair with rice or a naan bread for a more hearty dinner.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

703. Burger Hand Pie


These burger hand pies are a fun way to eat burgers.
Great as a lunch or for some serious snacking.
I used semi-whole wheat flour and oats in an effort to render it a bit more healthy than using white flour.
You can use any of your favorite condiments; I went all-out with the classics: mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, and hotsauce.
I also used a mixture of beef and chicken burgers according to the preference of the eaters, obviously.



Ingredients:

For the dough:
2 cups (whole wheat) flour
1 cup oats
3 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tsp powder milk
3 Tbsp oil
1 1/4 cup warm water
+ 1 egg for glaze
+ sesame seeds to sprinkle

For the rest:
6 burgers, grilled and cooled
6 slices square cheese
finely diced onion
finely diced cornichons
mayonnaise
ketchup
mustard
hotsauce


Method:

To make the dough: in a food processor, process the oats until reduced to a flour.
Add the flour, salt, baking powder, milk powder; blitz to distribute.
Whisk the yeast in the water and oil.
Pour the yeast mixture on the flour mixture and blitz until a dough ball is formed.
Form dough into a ball, lightly oil, cover, allow to rise 45 minutes in a warm place.
Divide dough in half; roll each half into equal sized rectangles (large enough to comfortably accommodate 6 burger patties: 2x3).
Cut each of the rectangles in half lengthwise, and into thirds widthwise, yielding six squares.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Into each of the squares, layer as follows: mustard, mayonnaise, onion, cornichons, burger patty, hotsauce, cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise, top with the other half of dough squares, crimp the edges, brush with eggwash, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake for 15 minutes, let cool on a rack for 10 minutes before consuming warm
.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

702. Slow Cooker Chicken Lemon Piccata


I love chicken piccata, but with all the batch frying of the chicken, it's almost enough for me to consider making something else.
With my slow cooker, no more!
I literally pop everything in the cooker, forget about it, and by the time I want it, it's done.
I do add just a tad of cornflour at the end to thicken the sauce, and presto.


Ingredients:

450g chicken breast
2 cubes broth
1 1/2 cups water
2 lemons, juice and zest
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp pepper
1 head garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cornflour



Method:

Put all the ingredients except for the cornflour in the slow cooker.
Set on low for 4 to 6 hours.
Just before serving, dissolve the cornflour in a couple tablespoons of water and stir in the chicken.
Continue cooking for a few more minutes until sauce is thickened.
Serve alongside rice or pasta.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

701. Chocolate Caramel Coffee Latte


Chocolate and coffee is mocha. What is chocolate, coffee, and caramel??
This hot triple-C drink feels almost like a hack!
Steaming milk melts and melds a symphony of chopped mars bar, nescafe coffee, and (optionally) caramel powder into a latte/hot chocolate. If you opt out of the caramel powder, the mars bar still has caramel, so you're still in the CCC club.
Feel free to adjust any and all the quantities to taste.


Ingredients: serves 2

1 (51g) mars bar
2 tsp nescafe
2 tsp caramel powder
1 3/4 cups milk


Method:

Heat the milk until just before boiling.
Meanwhile, in two cups, put in each cup half a chopped mars bar, a teaspoon of nescafe coffee, and a teaspoon of caramel powder.
Pour the milk equally in the two cups and stir until completely dissolved.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

700. Iraqi Chicken Fesenjun


One of the greatest misconceptions in food culture is that the inclusion of fruit in savory dishes is Persian. In fact, ancient recipes literally engraved in stone from Sammara, Iraq is all the proof needed that it is Iraqi. However, it is a natural misconception, seeing how Iraq and Iran are geographical neighbors one cannot but expect cultures to merge somewhat. Fesenjun ( الفسنجون) is the name for a meat (usually duck, but can also be any poultry, meat, or even fish) simmered in a pomegranate and walnut concoction that is so good, despite not being too pretty, I would not be surprised to see poems written in its honor.
Adapted from Tess Mallos Complete Middle Eastern and Tummylicious Treats.


Ingredients:

1.5 kg whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp ghee
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
3/4 cup pomegranate molasses
3/4 cup water
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 pieces cinnamon bark
1 Tbsp lemon juice


Method:

Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Sear the chicken on all side in the hot ghee in a pot until golden.
Remove chicken and set aside.
In the same pot, saute the chopped onion until transparent.
Add the walnut, water, pomegranate molasses, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
Return the chicken to the pot, spoon sauce over the chicken, cover the pot, and simmer on low heat for about 90 minutes.
Taste for seasoning, adjusting accordingly (if too sweet add a bit of lemon juice).
To serve, put chicken pieces over a bed of rice, spoon over the sauce, and garnish with fresh pomegranate and walnut pieces.

 
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

699. Cheesy Baked Risotto


Sometimes, all one craves is a single, steaming, cheesy bowl of rice. Risotto, to be specific.
However, the idea of standing for at least half an hour straight over the stove top might just be enough to put one off from making this comfort food.
In comes baking the risotto! Stir the flavors in a pot, pout over the broth and bake until absorbed.
I have used this method previously in the baked mushroom risotto to great success.
You could use most melty cheese or cheese combinations. I went for mature cheddar, parmesan, and a touch of mozarella. Gruyere and emmental would also work magnificently, and if you're a cheese enthusiast, why not take the leap and go for camembert or blue cheese?


Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup (50g) butter
1 cup short grain rice
3 cups stock
1/2 tsp salt
ground fresh pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups cheddar, grated
1/2 cup mozarella, grated
1/3 cup cream


Method:

Preheat oven to 350F.
Saute the garlic in the melted butter until softened but not yet colored.
Add the rice, saute, then add one cup of the stock, the salt, and the pepper.
Stir until the stock has been absorbed.
Transfer the rice to an oven-safe dish, and flatten the surface.
Pour the remaining two cups of stock over the rice, and seal tightly with foil.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, uncover, and stir in the cheese mixture and cream.
Seal and bake again for 5 to 10 minutes.
To serve, you can sprinkle with some dried thyme and more parmesan.


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