Pizza disaster

This isn’t a recipe. 
I set up all the ingredients, ready to bake a delicious pizza, take a mind blowing picture and write this blog post. However, things didn’t really go how I planned. 

I decided on not writing this post, but then I thought, we all have failures in life. So why not share those failures. In case, you are feeling low, this might make you feel better about yourself.  

So let’s start, as you can already guess by the quality of the picture how disheartened I became. I didn’t even try capturing a decent picture. I was following a instruction on the internet about baking pizza which said put it in the oven for 10 minutes. I increased the temperature to maximum. Switched on both the top and bottom flame and thought it would be ready in 10 minutes. Because of this the toppings were cooked, but the dough wasn’t. And to cook the dough I had to keep it longer. As you can see below, how brown the cheese became. 

If you are wondering who ate the two slices, it was me, I didn’t want to humiliate myself you know. But the material did taste good. The dough wasnt that bad either, but it was so much worse than I wanted it to be. This pizza was at the top shelf of the oven. The pizza below was at the bottom, so was able to survive (kind of).

My mother kept telling me, our oven is old and messed up, so do as I tell you. But, thinking of myself as “Ms. Know it all”, I refused to listen. Lesson learned. The wedges turned out okay though, after spending about 40 mins in the oven. 

By the time I got all the things out of the oven, I lost track of time. So I don’t know how long a single pizza took. All thanks to my mother really. She used her genius brain, played with the temperature and saved it (almost). It’s not absolutely uneatable, so I hope it doesn’t go to waste.

In conclusion, the lesson we learned today was, listen to your mothers. 

And if you think you aren’t good at something, remember there are some who are worse.  

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Baked Potato with Creamy Garlic Sauce

Baked potato is one of the easiest dishes to cook. It is perfect for a simple lunch or dinner. Or you could just have it as a side dish, specially with steak. The procedure is lengthy but way easier than rice or potato chips.

I once saw a recipe of  creamy sauce, however it required three different types of cheese. My lazy self didn’t want to go grocery shopping so I decided to make my own with the ingredients in my fridge. I can guarantee it’s delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes.
  • some oil.
  • salt to taste
  • 1 Chicken frank.

Sauce:

  • 1/2 tablespoon butter.
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh cream.
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt.
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise.
  • 1 clove of garlic  chopped.
  • salt to taste.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar.
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce.
  • salt to taste.

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius before you start.

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Wash and clean your potatoes thoroughly. Prick the potatoes with the fork 2 to 3 times.
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With the help of a tissue coat them with some cooking oil.
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Sprinkle some salt, then place them in the oven. Bake for an hour. I baked them around 11:40 to 12:55. Or bake until  they are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. You can insert in a fork to check.
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Take a chicken frank. I used DOUX.
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Cut into  very thin slices. This way they will turn out crispy.
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Fry them in little oil until they become crispy.
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In a bowl, add butter, cream, yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, soy sauce, salt, chopped garlic.
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Melt the mixture in the microwave for 20 secs.
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Stir.
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It will look like this. So creamy. If you feel the sauce is too thin, add some mayonnaise.
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Take your baked potato out of the oven.
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Cut the potato only half way through. Don’t cut it completely till the bottom, or else the filling will leak out.
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Add the crispy chicken franks.
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Top it with sauce.

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And there you go! Your baked potatoes are ready! Hope you enjoy!

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Saucilicious pasta.

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If you have been following my blog, you must have noticed I try to keep my recipes as simple as possible. Food should be delicious but it should not become fussy. Therefore I bring you a very simple yet appetizing pasta.

Ingredients:
1. 250 grams Chicken boneless( cut into small pieces)
2. Half a packet Pasta.
3. 2 medium sized tomatoes.
4. 1 green chilli.
5. 3 cloves of garlic.
6. 1 tsp Chilli flakes.
7. 2 tsp vinegar.
8. Salt to taste.
9. 1 tsp hot sauce.
10. Green pepper.
11. Red pepper.
12. 1 carrot.

Method:
1. Boil the pasta.
2. Blend the tomatoes, green chilli and garlic cloves.
3. Add half of the sauce in a saucepan on medium heat and stir for 2 minutes.
4. Add the chilli flakes, hot sauce, vinegar and salt.
5. Add the chicken and stir.
6. Add the bell peppers and carrots and saute them for 2 minutes. Don’t cook them much to keep them crispy.
7. Add the boiled pasta and mix it thoroughly with the sauce.
8. Then add the rest of the sauce and mix it well.

Turn the flame off, dish it out and enjoy!

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Tacos with Spicy Red Sauce.

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So my mother asked my father to get pita bread so she can make shawarma. My father didn’t find any pita bread so he just got tortillas.

Now I have been making tacos at home so my mom asked me to cook.

I decided to go simple. I decided to cook the same way my mother cooked the fillings for her pastries. But then that didn’t satisfy me. So I decided to add a little twist by preparing a sauce to spread on the tortillas.

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Just in case you can’t get ready-made tortillas, you can make them yourself from this recipe.
http://www.annabel-langbein.com/recipes/fresh-flour-tortillas/419/
I have tried this recipe before so I can say they turn out amazing.

Anyway, moving on with the recipe.

Ingredients:
Tacos:
1. Chicken
2. Spicy Red Sauce
3. Mozzarella
4. Pickles
5. Garlic sauce.

Chicken.
1. 250 grams boneless chicken pieces
2. 1 tsp Chilli flakes
3. 1 tbsp Garlic paste
4.  2 tsp vinegar
5. 1 tsp chicken tandoori masala (for a nice flavor)
6. Salt to taste.
7. 1 tsp black pepper.

Method:
Add the chicken in a saucepan. Add all the ingredients. Stir fry until completely cooked on medium heat. Turn the flame off.

Spicy Red Sauce:
1. 2 medium sized tomatoes.
2. 2-3 cloves of garlic.
3. 1 green chilli.
4. Salt to taste

Method:
Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Then add the liquid in a sauce pan. Add salt to your taste. Stir and let it cook until it becomes thick.

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Now the tortillas:
I assume there will be instructions written on the packet on how to re heat the tortillas. But I will tell you anyway.

Just heat them on a non stick pan. Lay it on the pan heat one side for 5-10 seconds. Then flip them over and do the same on the other side.

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As you can see in the picture that they just have some light to medium brown spots.

Then Just spread some garlic sauce and spicy Red Sauce on the tortillas. Add your Chicken. Add some Mozzarella cheese and pickle. Warp it up and enjoy!

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Chicken Stuffed Puff Pastry

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So my mother and I decided to bake pastries for iftaar today. I made a commitment after the dawn prayer and slept. The issue is when I sleep,  you will need an armed force to wake me up. So I slept througout the afternoon and broke my promise. (Again)

Anyway, by the time I woke up she already got all the work done.

But then I did plan to bake it, capture some pictures and then post the recipe here. So even if I didn’t cook it, I decided to go with the rest of the plan.

The credits obviously goes to my teacher, who also happens to be my mother, and a marvelous cook herself.

So let’s get on with the recipe.

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Chicken stuffed Puff Pastry!
tsp: teaspoon, tbsp : tablespoon.

Ingredients:
1.  250 grams boneless chicken, cut into very small pieces.
2. 1/2 tsp ginger paste.
3. 1/2 tsp garlic paste
4. 1/2 tsp chilli flakes.
5. 1/2 tsp chicken tandoori masala (shaan).
6. 1/4 tsp black pepper.
7. 1 tsp hot sauce.
8. Salt to taste. (Chicken tandoori masala and hot sauce already contain salt so be careful)
9. 1 tbsp oil.
10. 1/4 tsp garam masala: it’s a mixture of ground spices specially used in South Asian cooking. If you don’t have it, don’t worry. But if you do have it, use it, will enhance the flavour.

Method Chicken:
In a fry pan add 1 tbsp oil.
Add chicken.
Add all the ingredients.
Stir and let the chicken cook.
Stir fry for 2 minutes.
Dish it out.

Puff pastry:
Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
Grab the best quality puff pastry and fill it with the cooked chicken.
Seal your pastries anyway you like. My mom folded it diagonally giving it a triangular shape.
Whisk one egg and add a tiny amount of water.
Brush your pastries with the mixture.
(Instructions are written at the back of the packet as well)
Pop your pastries in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

I am a South Asian, so we love to dip our fried and baked items in green chutney. And trust me it tastes delicious!

But it’s all up to you and you can combine it with any of your favorite sauce.
Do try it and enjoy!

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Peach and Mint Cooler

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When summer arrives, my family asks for different types of drinks every now and then. And now that we are in the month of Ramadan (AlhamduLillah) my mother and sister have become engrossed in creating mouth watering beverages for aftaar 😀

Peach and Mint cooler is completely my sister’s creation. But it was so delicious I could not help sharing it here. It was cool and refreshing!

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So here you go!

A very light drink. Great to have at aftaars.
Recipe:
1 peach
4-5 tablespoon lemon juice
Sugar (to taste)
2 cups chilled water
1 cup Mirinda orange or 7up (optional). she used Mirinda orange
1/4 teaspoon kaala namak (optional)
Handful of mint leaves
Ice cubes

Blend all the ingredients except for the soft drink. Add soft drink at the time of serving.
Makes 6-7 glasses.

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So simple! Also check out the beautiful shade of orange 😍

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Strawberry Shake

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With this scorching summer heat comes the yearning for chilled  beverages. Therefore, I decided to put together a creamy strawberry shake that is delicious, satisfying and irresistible.

Ingredients:

Strawberries, Yogurt, Milk, Sugar, Fresh Cream

Method:

Now there isn’t a particular measurement for evey ingredient. The quantity  changes with the number of glasses.

I took three glasses of milk in a blender, added 10 strawberries, three tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons yogurt and 1 tablespoon fresh cream. Blend the mixture until you see a pink hue. Or until you feel all strawberries are blended. Keep tasting the shake. Check if you need more sugar or more flavor and adjust the ingredients accordingly.

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Now if you want to alter the above recipe. Take, for example, 2 glasses of milk, then add 2 tablespoon of yogurt and 2 tablespoon sugar. If you like a creamy shake, stick with 1 tablespoon cream. If you want less creamy shake, make it 1/2 tablespoon cream.

I hope you love the recipe! Enjoy!! 😀

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Garlic Bread

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A very simple and quick recipe. According to my sister, the taste was very close to the taste of California pizza’s garlic bread. I myself found the taste very similar to Pizza inn’s garlic bread.

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I got this recipe from Rachael Ray. However she used a boiler to toast the bread and I used an oven.

Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1. 5 cloves of garlic crushed.

2. 2 tablespoon butter.

3. 2 tablespoon olive oil.

4. Grated Mozzarella cheese.

5. Chopped coriander/parsley. (Or any other herb like Rosemary, oregano etc).

6. 4-5 samoli bread.

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

2. Combine butter, olive oil, and crushed garlic in a microwave safe bowl and heat it in the microwave for 1 minute. If the butter is unsalted add salt to taste.

3. Slice your samolis in a slanted shape.

4. Using a spoon, spread garlic oil generously on the slices.

5. Place the slices in the oven and cook it until it becomes crispy.

6. When the bread becomes crispy, garnish it with cheese and coriander.

7. Place it again in the oven until the cheese melts. Keep checking, so not to burn the bread.

Notes:

1. If microwave is not available. Heat the ingredients in a saucepan for 2-3 minutes on medium to low heat.

2. I am new at using the oven. So I have written 150 degrees because that was the temperature I started with. I just increased the temperature a little bit towards the end. In short just keep a check on your bread to see if it is crispy. If you feel like the temperature is supposed to be increased then do so.

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