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Creamy Mushroom Pasta

5 Oct

I know its been really long since  I have got a recipe for you. I had a lot to do the past week as there was termite in my room and a bit of office work.  Termite treatment is  long, annoying but yet have to bear with it. Really wished so bad to get back to writing and updating you but I was stuck.

Anyways, all this while, I kept on thinking since its been long its important to get something really nice for you. So I looked around and I found my version of making easy creamy mushroom pasta. This is something I have all the time when I am bored of the normal routine food that I eat.

I usually start off with boiling the pasta. With 4 cups water, some salt and some oil. Let it boil for 7-8 minutes. Do not overcook it.

For the sauce:

Firstly, I put my good butter into the skillet and heat it.

Add aromatic garlic to it.

Now add the all purpose flour.

Some milk to make this creamyyyyyy!!!

Now season it well..!! with some salt, pepper!!

Not to forget the flavorsome oregano!!!!

Reduce the sauce till it starts to thicken.

Add the prepared pasta.

Mix well.

Now garnish with sun-dried tomatoes!!!

Your dish is ready!

So here is what I used for it:

(makes for 2 servings)

For Pasta:

150 gm Penne Pasta

4 cups water

1tsp oil

3/4 tsp salt

For Sauce:

1 tbsp butter

1 cup milk

2-3 cloves garlic (minced)

8-10 mushrooms sliced

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp oregano

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Sun-dried tomato pasta (garnish)

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Roman Extravaganza Pizza

21 Sep

Pizza’s Pizza’s Pizza’s….Pizza’s…& Pizza’s!! I have not come across anyone in my generation having not liked pizzas. These are actually from Italy but eaten around the world. From the youngsters in my family to my parents, everyone loves pizza. Ever since Dominos and Pizza Hut have come, atleast I lessened making pizzas at home.

What we love about the Dominos or Pizza Hut is the freshly baked pizza, right out from the oven. Hmmm…delicious isn’t it? Well, so I decided to make the pizza base at home. I am sure that after eating fresh pizzas in the restraurants we donot like to use the pre made pizza base for sure.

I really had to push myself to actually try out pizza base but surprisingly, it was relatively simple.

After attempting the base, I am sure you would bake your pizza fresh all the time!

So prepare yourself,

Get

Set

Go…

Firstly, we prepare the tomato sauce, then vegetables and then the pizza dough (for 2 thin crust). You could also do the dough first.

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For the tomato sauce:

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add minced garlic and stire on a medium heat till golden brown.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till mushy.

Add basil, tomato puree, oregano, salt, pepper, & chilli flakes.

Keep aside the tomato sauce.

For the topping:

Boil 3 cups of water with some salt and sugar. Add babycorns and brocoli, boil for 30 seconds.

Take them out and strain it.Keep aside.

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add onions, brocolli and babycorns. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

Add bell peppers and zuchini.

Season it with salt, oregano, pepper and chilli flakes.

Drizzle 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Remove the veggies from the pan into a big plate. Keep aside.

For Pizza Dough:

Take 1/2 cup water add sugar, salt & dry yeast. Cover it and keep aside for 20 minutes

Sieve the flour.

After 20 minutes, yeast should form a froth. This shows it is ready to use.

Add the yeast mixture to the dough.

Knead it well.

Make a log and divide into 2 with a knife.

Roll the dough.

For the Pizza:

Put it on Pizza plate. Spread it out.

Brush some oil on the base.

Make some holes with a fork.

Apply the prepared tomato sauce.

Put some mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

Now some vegetables.

Again some mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

Put it in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes at 220 degree celcius.

For 2 Pizza’s  I used:

Pizza Dough

200 gm flour

2 tsp dry yeast

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

Tomato Basil Sauce

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp minced garlic

5 tomatoes- blanched, peeled and chopped

1 tsp oregano

1 tbsp chopped basil leaves

1/2 tsp salt, pepper, chilli flakes each

5 tbsp tomato puree

Vegetables

8 babycorns

1 cup small florets of brocolli

3” of zuchini

1 onion

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

1/2 tsp red chilli flakes & oregano each

1/4 tsp salt & pepper

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp olive oil

Everyone relished the freshly baked pizza. My family had already had dinner. But they couldn’t keep themselves away from eating more and finishing it. Everybit was eaten.Not to forget, it was actually vegetarian.

You can also add olives or tomatoes to this pizza. It is absolutely to your own liking even to make it non vegetarian you could add sausages.

Terriyaki Chicken Wings

18 Sep

Being Indians all of us love to have tandoori chicken. I promise to get that recipe soon. But for today I have something from the Japanese cuisine i.e. terriyaki chicken. Terriyaki sauce is a sweet sauce. Usually, it doesn’t have garlic in it but I added some to this recipe. This recipe is from my book Barbecues & Salads. This meal is quick and easy to prepare.

servings 2-3 persons

marinate:  30 minutes or longer

cooking time- 25 minutes

Ingredients used:

2 garlics crushed

3 tbsp soya sauce

2 tbsp dry sherry

2 tsp clear honey

2 tsp grated fresh root ginger

1 tsp sesame oil

12 chicken wings

1 tbsp sesame seeds toasted

1 tsp salt

Combine all the ingredients for the marinade i.e gralic, soya sauce, dry sherry, honey, ginger, oil, and salt. Mix well.

Take the chicken wings and make cuts into it with a knife.

Add the chicken to the marinade and spread it well over the chicken using your hands.

                  

Cover the chicken and let it rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer.

Prepare the electric tandoor. Put the chicken in the tandoor for 20-25 minutes.

Toast the sesame seed in the meanwhile and sprinkle on the chicken when its hot.

Verdict:

This chicken is little sweet and salty. Great garlic and ginger flavours. You can add roasted ginger on top while serving. This can also be pan-fried or also done on a  barbeque. I did it in an electric tandoor which gave equally good results.

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