All posts tagged: homemade

Strawberry sorbet and sugar free mango ice cream

Summer is here! Here are easy two ice cream recipes that help you beat the scorching heat. Strawberry sorbet (Slightly adapted from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop) Ingreditents: 1 kg. strawberries, rinsed and hulled 1/4 cup sugar Pinch of salt Directions: 1) Cut the strawberries in half and mix the sugar, making sure all strawberries are evenly covered. Let it sit for 1 hour. 2) Using a food processor or blender, blend the strawberries.  3) Use you ice cream maker as per manufacturer’s instructions. 4) If you don’t have an ice cream maker, just freeze the strawberries until desired hardness is achieved. Sugar free mango ice cream 1 kg overripe mangoes, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup milk Directions: 1) Blend the chopped mangoes, cream and milk until it becomes a smoothie. 2) Repeat steps 2 or 3 from the Strawberry Sorbet recipe **The only difference of using an ice cream maker is that it expedites the freezing time.  Advertisements

Recipe: Easy chicken popcorn

Cook a ton of these babies and freeze in a tightly sealed container or freezer bag. Just reheat on the stove, using a pan lightly brushed with oil or  in a preheated oven. Ingredients: 500 g minced chicken 1/2 tbs turmeric 1/2 paprika 1/4 tbs rosemary Pinch of cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp basil 1/4 pepper 1 tbs salt 1 egg 1 1/4 tbs cornstarch/corn flour 1 cup crushed plain cornflakes or panko bread crumbs or plain crackers ​​ Directions: 1. Mix the chicken, herbs, and spices well. 2. Add the egg and cornstrach and make sure it is evenly distributed in the chicken mix. 3. Add the crushed cornflakes/breadcrumbs and make sure it’s mixed well. 4. Heat about 1 1/2 cups of oil in a deep pan. 5. Drop about a teaspoon-size of the chicken mixture and fry until golden brown. *If you’re planning to bake it, add 2 tablespoons of oil into the mixture and shape them into balls. Lay them out on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven to 175 …

Soup Week: #3 Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

The fresh taste of broccoli and the sharpness of Cheddar create a beautiful gustatory combination that is sure to level up your soup game. Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup Ingredients:  3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 400g broccoli, roughly chopped 100 grams Cheddar cheese, cubed 2 cups stock or boiling water 3/4 cup milk 100 ml heavy cream Salt and pepper to taste 50 grams Cheddar cheese for garnish Equipment needed for pureeing (optional): Hand blender or stand blender Directions: 1. Heat about 2 tbs. cooking oil in a pot, add garlic and onions. 2. Once slightly cooked, lower heat to medium low and add cheese. 3. Once the cheese slightly melts, add the broccoli and stir for about a minute. 4. Add 2 cups of stock or water and milk. 5. Cook in low heat for 15 minutes or until broccoli’s cooked. 6. Stir in the cream, salt and pepper.* 7. Using the blender, puree the soup.** 8. Sprinkle with paprika, nutmeg and black pepper. Top it off with cheese and serve …

Qatar Eats Soup Week: #1 Mushroom Soup

Let us all welcome winter in Qatar. Unfortunately, it’s not the most wonderful time of the year with all the people getting sick due weather change. And because of this, I decided to dedicate this whole week to share my recipes for easy peasy soup recipes. I’ll have a live cooking show in Instagram stories (@qatareats) where you can save the snaps for future use and will also be sharing the recipes here in my blog. So, soup #1 is mushroom soup! An all-time favorite by many, this is a classic comfort food that has helped cure from a slight sniffle to a major heartbreak. Let’s start! Easy-peasy creamy mushroom soup Ingredients: Makes 4 servings 1 onion, sliced 1 slices ham, chopped 250 grams of sliced mushrooms (can be mixed or just one kind) 3 tbs. butter 125 ml heavy cream 1 litre of vegetable or chicken stock or boiling water Salt and pepper to taste parsley for garnish lemon for seasoning Directions: 1) Melt butter in medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. …

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkles

It’s just one of those many days that I want chocolate. Like really want it. But not just any chocolate will do.  I want the soft, sugary and soothing crinkles.  It’s like love when you see it. Smell it.  Taste it. *Drool* I have found many variations of how to make crinkles but this one that I’m sharing now has been formulated by yours truly (from my old blog) to make it quick and easy. It works, I promise.  The only tricky part here is mixing the dough (that is if you do not have an electric mixer) as it can get very, very sticky. Chocolate Crinkles Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder 2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup sunflower oil or any vegetable oil 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Confectioners’ sugar (for coating) Directions: 1. Mix the cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, …

Recipe: Easy vanilla-spiced cherry balsamic reduction 

Found my fridge with an over abundance of cherries. Now, what to do with them? As dinner was lamb chops, I decided to make a simple sauce out of it. This cherry sauce is so good with grilled meat as it contrasts its saltiness and smokiness. I didn’t really have a recipe, just a splash and dash of things that I have in my pantry so you can add more stuff in this sauce as you like! Ingredients A handful of cherries Water 2 tbs. balsamic vinegar Used up vanilla pod (or vanilla extract if you don’t have this) Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1) In a heavy bottomed pan, add cherries and just enough water to submerge the cherries. Bring to a boil in high heat. 2) Once it boils, lower the heat to medium low and continue boiling until water is reduced to half its original volume. 3) Add the vanilla pod (extract), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until the liquid is further …

Recipe: One-pan Salisbury Steak

This is one recipe that I always have at the back of my mind for those days when I don’t know what to cook anymore and can’t be bothered to think of any. This is my own version of Salisbury steak, with the ingredients simplified to make it easier to cook (if you still have the time!) especially during weeknights.  Ingredients For the patties: 1/2 kg. ground beef 1/4 cup bread crumbs (if you don’t have this, just use flour) 1 egg 1 onion, minced 1 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 tbs. of cooking oil For the gravy:  1/2 cup flour 3 tbs. milk 2 tbs. heavy cream 1 cup water 1 tsp. soy sauce (just for coloring) salt and pepper to taste Directions 1) Mix all the patty ingredients and roll them into a ball. 2) Heat 2 tbs. of oil in a big pan, medium-high heat.  3) Once hot, place the meatball and flatten them in the pan. Cook for 4 minutes on each side. Set the meat …

Recipe: Lemon and Monterey Jack Muffin Cake

I originally planned to bake a lemon cream cheese muffins but was faced with a sudden dilemna once I finished the batter, that 1) I threw away my rusty muffin tin and 2) I only had Monterey Jack cheese. Note to self: Follow the rule of cooking thumb;always prepare the ingredients first! Fingers crossed that it’ll come out edible. Weird but edible. Lemon and Monterey Jack Muffin Cake Ingredients 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup white sugar 1 large egg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon zest Juice from 2 medium-sized lemons 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup thick/heavy cream 1/2 cup of cubed Monterey Jack cheese Directions 1) Preheat oven to 175C. 2) Grease and line a square or loaf pan with greased baking paper.* 3) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy using a stand or hand mixer. 4) Add the egg, lemon juice, zest and vanilla and whisk until fully mixed. 5) Add the flour, baking powder, and cream. Mix until …

Recipe: Waffles with caramel sauce 

One of the perks of waking up early is that you get to have the house all to yourself. And because of the peace and quiet, I found clarity on what to make for breakfast; waffles!  The high maintenance cousin of pancakes, these little sweethearts are just a meal on their own or can be eaten as a dessert. Whichever way you eat it, happiness will ensue. Waffle with Caramel Sauce: *If you’re going to make the sauce, make sure you do it before the waffles. Ingredients Caramel sauce: 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Waffles: 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar a pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups milk 2 large eggs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled Directions: For caramel sauce: 1. Using a saucepan, combine sugar and water in medium low heat. 2. Once dissolved, increase heat and boil until syrup is golden brown in color.  3. Add cream, please be very careful as the …