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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pancakes have to be the easiest, most delicious and comforting breakfast treats. These have bananas in them and topped with more bananas, syrup and a hot chocolate sauce. The sauce is simply hot chocolate with extra cocoa to give it more thickness and make it more chocolatey. What I did with this recipe is add an extra egg white. It made the pancakes more fluffy and gave it the lovely tan it needs. There’s nothing else I can say about these except, dig in!
It’s not always restaurants get pesto right. Not that they don’t know how to do it – because it’s pretty straight forward. But it’s probably because restaurants here are used to making pasta ‘sauces’ quite creamy. So they add a load of cream in their pesto and call it ‘pesto sauce’. That’s certainly not how I like my pesto. There’s nothing snobbish about it. Basil tastes great when it’s not cooked and diluted with cream. Just some cooked pasta tossed in pesto enough to coat it is perfect.
First off, I can’t believe I haven’t done a post on an old fashioned cheesecake. I’ve made it multiple times but I probably never had good pictures. So here it is – straight up with no distractions of toppings, I give you the New York Style Cheesecake. New York style is when you use eggs, egg yolks, fresh cream and cream cheese. I did use Philadelphia for this one. Adding the extra yolk does make the cheesecake extra creamy and smooth. I have referred to Joy of Baking for several baking tips and recipes. This recipe has been used as a base for mine. It wouldn’t have been possible to bake it with the kind of quantities the recipe asks for, so I had to adjust a lot.
Soba noodles are made with buckwheat and whole wheat. Definitely healthier than regular noodles. I came across Nigella Lawson’s recipe that called for soba noodles on my Twitter feed and figured I must try something out with soba noodles. Luckily, the grocer near home stocks all kinds of imported products and he had soba and udon noodles as well. You can also find it on Amazon. There’s no real distinct taste these noodles have, but I can say they’re less starchy and don’t feel heavy on the tummy.
Be it Koshy’s in Bangalore or Kyani & Co. in Bombay, the masala cheese omelette that these old school folks make is simply amazing. It’s just eggs, chillies and cheese. But the comfort it gives is what makes it so good. Add the nostalgia factor and you have a winner. The cheese slice sitting right in the centre of the omelette with little specks of green chilly scattered around..sigh. I wanted to replicate it, but instead turned it into masala cheese bhurji. Works brilliantly and made effortlessly.