Sweet Chilli Pineapple Sauce

Sweet chilli and pineapple sauce

Ever since I saw Nigella Lawson whizz some pineapple and plump red chillies in a processor on TV to make chilli jam, I’ve wanted to make something close. Hey, if you can have pineapple on your pizza, you can sure get through this one. I made this sauce with fresh pineapple (hate cutting it though) and fresh red chillies. And boy were those chillies hot. This sauce can be used in stir-frys, salads, sandwiches and more. It’s a tad chunky but quite delicious. The heat from the chillies and the sweetness from the pineapple work great together.

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Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate chip brownies

Yes, another brownie recipe. It’s like any other dish that can be tweaked a tad and taste different from another kind. Every baking enthusiast has their own list of brownie recipes. From the recent peanut butter swirl mocha brownies to bacon brownies, I have mine too. Brownies are one of my favourite things to do with chocolate. The fudgier, the better. These have dark chocolate, dutch processed cocoa and chocolate chips, of course. It has a more deeper chocolate flavour than any other I’ve baked.

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Roasted Beetroot and Tomato Soup

Beetroot soup

One of the best things about winter is food in bowls and snuggling up on the couch or in bed watching a movie or read a book. Soups are definitely on top of that list. This beetroot and tomato soup is so good you’ll never order in soup again. Just look at that colour. Ruby red beets roasted in the oven for an hour and pureed with cooked down tomatoes is the base of this sauce. Add some stock – veg or chicken, and you’re good to go.

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Lemon Syrup Loaf

Lemon syrup cake

I’ve made lemon cake plenty times before, but this one’s a slightly tweaked recipe. I did want to do a fluffy orange cream cheese frosting. Unfortunately, the shop didn’t have any cream cheese last evening. The next best thing I thought was to turn it into a lemon syrup loaf. Sweet and lemony cake with a sweet and lemony syrup seemed like the perfect match. This cake is great when you want to take a break from all the chocolate ones.

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Peanut Butter Swirl Mocha Brownies

Peanut butter mocha brownies

There isn’t a kind of brownie that hasn’t been done before. I’d like to be surprised for a change. I’m certain even these have been made by someone somewhere before. But anyway, I made them on a whim and they turned out pretty damn good. I have no good reason why I baked them in a loaf tin, but I did. Please use a square tin for yours, it’ll look like brownies then.

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Chilli Basil Chicken Stir-fry

Chilli Basil Chicken

Sometimes you don’t want to spend even 20 minutes in the kitchen. But all you’re thinking is about a bowl of food that’s comforting and delicious. Something to pick your mood up, something to put a smile on your face and something to help you through the rest of the evening. This chilli basil chicken stir-fry is definitely that something. With a light chilli kick and freshness of basil, it sure will perk you up in no time. You know what the best part is, though? It can be done is less than 15 mins with 2-3 mins of prepping.

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Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie

Apple pie smoothie

Apple pie is one my favourite ‘comfort’ desserts. It’s hard to resist a slice when the aroma of caramelized apples and cinnamon waft through the room. I was going to make a simple apple smoothie but with a touch of cinnamon and addition of caramelized apples, this smoothie reminded me of an apple pie. I add banana to this for some body in the smoothie. There’s no refined sugar, but only a dash of honey. It makes for a great breakfast on the go.

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Grilled Cheese and Bacon Jam Sandwich

Bacon Jam Sandwich

My previous post was about bacon and onion jam. The one following it had to be something I made with the bacon jam, right? It’s a good old grilled cheese, of course. This is when carbs and fat hangout together to give you a piece of heaven. The bacon sandwich is just right with its saltiness from bacon and sweetness from the onions. I used regular cheese slices you get in the market. But if you have good cheddar or even mozzarella, your sandwiches would be even better. Alternately, you could just toast bread and top it with the jam and place the cheese just on top, broil it in the oven for 3-4 mins or till cheese has melted over the jam.

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Bacon and Onion Jam

Bacon and onion jam

Bacon caught your attention, didn’t it? I’ll take that as a yes. Crisp bacon strips with eggs sounds like the perfect hangover curing breakfast. Yes, bacon does make anything better. But even you know it’s not good for you (such a buzzkill). That’s why I rarely pick a small packet of it at the supermarket. This time around, I wanted to try my hands on bacon jam. Sweet, salty and sticky bacon and onion jam.

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Gingerbread banana muffins

 

Gingerbread banana muffins

After my ginger cookies became such a hit with friends and colleagues (and at home as well), I wanted to try my hands on muffins with ginger. The original plan was to make them with caramelized apples, but I switched to bananas at the last moment. I have other plans with the apples. Now there is a plethora of recipes online for pretty much any baked goodie you can think about. I found plenty of recipes gingerbread muffins. But what I saw was the proportions were varied, particularly the flour. Some asked for 3 cups, a few for 2 1/2 and some others just 2. Moreover, they all asked for milk and molasses to be added. I didn’t have either.

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