Monthly Archives: August 2016

Cauliflower Pasta with Red Bell Peppers

20151116_205828This is one of my favorite pasta recipes. Simple and few ingredients. The topping with the bread crumbs takes it to the next level. Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen.Try n enjoy

Ingredients

Olive Oil – 2 tbsp

Cauliflower – 1(chopped into small florets)

Garlic – 4 cloves (chopped)

Red Chilly Flakes – 1 to 2 tsp according to taste

Chicken Broth – 2 cups

Pasta – 2 cups

Fresh Parsley – 2 tbsp (chopped)

Butter – 2 tbsp

Parmigiano Reggiano – 1 cup

For the topping

Olive oil – 2 tbsp

Red Bell Pepper -1 (sliced)

Fresh Bread Crumbs – 1/2 to 1 cup

Parsley – 1 tbsp(chopped)

Method

  • Heat olive oil in a pan, add chopped garlic and saute well.20151116_190920
  • Add cauliflower to it and saute for ten minutes till it gets a golden brown color. Also add a bit of salt, pepper and crushed red chillies if you like it spicy.

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  • Add chicken broth to it and let it cook for ten minutes.

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  • In the meantime, cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

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  • Add the pasta, butter, parsley and parmigiano reggiano to the cauliflower and mix it well.

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  • In another pan, heat olive oil and saute the red bell peppers.

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  • Add the bread crumbs and parsley to the bell peppers and saute till the bread crumbs are golden brown in color.

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  • Add to the pasta. Serve hot. Enjoy.

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Blackberry Bars

20160807_225640One of my favorite little activity for summer is to pick blackberries and then include it in baking.

Here is a recipe I recently tried. Its really tasty and easy to make. Try and enjoy.

Found it on pinterest.

Ingredients

For the filling

Blackberries – 4 to 5 cups

Cornstarch – 1 tbsp

Sugar – 3/4 cups

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp

For the crust

All Purpose Flour – 3 cups

Sugar – 3/4 cups

Eggs – 3

Butter(cold) – 3/4 cup(cubed into small pieces)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

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  • Mix the flour, sugar in a bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter into the mixture really well.

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  • Stir in beaten eggs into the mixture with a fork.

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  • Press down half of this mixture into the baking pan so that it forms the bottom part of the crust. (Sorry, missed taking a picture)
  • Mix the blackberries, cornstarch, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl.

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  • Now add the blackberry mixture on top of the crust.

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  • Sprinkle the rest of the dough mixture on top of the blackberry mixture.

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  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or till lightly golden brown in color.

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  • Cut into squares and enjoy.

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Zucchini Chicken Stir Fry

20160814_185428A dish similar to the chicken and zucchini stir fry at Manchu Wok. Quick and easy.

Ingredients

Chicken – 250 gms( Sliced or cubed)

Cornstarch – 3 tbsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Sesame Oil – 1 tbsp

Zucchini – 2 (Cubed)

Soy Sauce – 1/4 cup

Rice Wine Vinegar – 1 tbsp

Sweet Chilli Sauce – 2 tbsp

Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp

Ginger Paste – 1 tbsp

Method

  • Toss the Chicken with the cornstarch.

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  • Heat the oil and sesame oil in a pan. Fry the chicken in the oil till golden on each side and remove from the pan.

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  • Stir fry the zucchini till lightly browned.

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  • Add the chicken back to the pan and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes.

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  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and stir fry.

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  • Add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sweet chilli sauce.

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  • Stir fry for another minute till well coated.
  • Serve hot with white rice.

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