Crepes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • Quarter cup soften butter
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nutella filling with cheeries,whipped cream and chocolate and caramel sauce,dusting of icing sugar

METHOD :

  1. In a large bowl beat all the eggs and sugar till nice pale.
  2. Add the milk and keep mixing it with an electric beater and add vanilla extract to it.
  3. Now add all the dry ingredients (i.e Flour,salt,baking powder ) and sieve it so there are no lumps in the mixture.
  4. Fold in all the batter,make sure there are no lumps and its a nice thin consistency
  5. Preheat a non-stick skillet,add a small nob of butter and swirl it around coating the entire pan(skillet).
  6. With the help of a spoon ladle pour in the batter and quickly swirl it around making a sheet.
  7. Once tiny bubbles appear flip it to the other side and cook for another minute till slightly golden.
  8. Repeat for the rest of the crepes

*You can serve these crepes with clotted cream,whipped cream,nutella,agave syrup,maple syrup or caramel sauce or chocolate sauce.And decorate it with sliced fruits like strawberries,cherries,bananas and raspberries.

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CHICKEN NUGGETS

Everyone loves chicken nuggets especially the kids.I have a 5 year old sister and she enjoys chicken nuggets more than anything else.You can easily get these at any departmental store but to be very honest we don't know what goes in those expensive processed package nuggets.I recently saw a video on how these processed foods are made.I will attach the video here aswell and I can promise you would never want to eat them again but hey you don't have to mess out on the yummy goodness cause its super simple to make and it take absolutely no time.



INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 kilo gram lean chicken mince
  • 1 stalk of spring onions- finely chopped
  • bunch of coriander leaves
  • 3 bread slices without the sides
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs or American garden Garlic bread crumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs

METHOD:

  1. In a bowl, add mince,salt,pepper,spring onions,coriander and mix well.
  2. Now add the bread slices and pour in all the milk and use your hands to mix well and squish all the mince together to combine.
  3. spread the breadcrumbs and flour in separate plates and whip the eggs in a bowl.This is for the breading
  4. With the help of a tablespoon(if you like them big) or a teaspoon (if you like them in small size),take one table spoon of mince and make the shape of nuggets on your palm.(Make sure your hands are dusted with flour).
  5. Then first dip the nuggets in flour then the egg and then the breadcrumbs.
  6. Then toss them in cold oil and let the oil heat up slowly,this way the inside of the nugget will cook evenly aswell as the crisp exterior.
  7. Repeat step 4 & 5 for each nugget.

You can easily make a large batch and pop them in the freezer and cook them whenever guests arrive or make a quick snack for the kids school lunch.

It will last for 2 weeks or up-to a month.

 

Video on how processed nuggets and other meats:

I bet no one will want to feed their children processed meat after watching this video.

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Roasters Review.

I have recently been dining out a lot so I decided to start reviewing all the restaurants and Fast foods that I visit and write about my experience .In Peshawar (where I live),we don’t have a lot of options for food but Islamabad has a lot of international fast foods and many famous restaurants.

photo taken from google.
photo taken from google.

Today I am going to review one of the most popular and one of my favourite restaurants in Islamabad.Popular for its burgers and steaks,Roasters (their facebook page) is located in F-7 Markaz Islamabad.The restaurant has an okay ambience,they need to increase their sitting area and change those leather couches(very uncomfortable) and should also increase the lighting its very gloomy and depressing.The staff is very cooperative(one reason why we liked the place).Our meal was on time and we didn’t have complaints regarding drinks,food or the seating.The place is a bit pricy so if you’re low on cash and have to go out with friends this is not a good option.

This time around Eid,my cousins and I went for a late lunch and we all ordered different dishes and we all had a different opinion.

I really enjoyed my meal!!!I ordered a seafood platter while others ate steaks and burgers.Despite the rave reviews of the steaks and burgers, my cousins were quite disappointed with their meal.My sister ordered Jalapeno steak and she absolutely loved it!!!!! On the other hand my other sister was completely disappointed with the serving size of her steak and its taste.

The burgers didn’t seem very appetising to me because of their huge size,it was literally the size of my face and for good 10 minutes everyone was trying to figure out how to eat it.They ended up eating it with a fork-knife.This was kinda a turn off for me because the charm of eating a burger is with your hands and not a fork. Anyhow,the beef patty was tender and scrumptious!!

Coming back to the seafood platter,it was extremely pleasing to the sense of taste!!! It consisted of a side of rice,shrimp tempura,fish fillets,crispy fried calamari,sauteed veggies and a tangy tomato salsa.

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The serving size was good enough and it was cooked to perfection.The tangy Salsa-dip complemented the rice and the fillets.The only draw back was that the calamari was overcooked which resulted in a chewy texture.

Besides their steaks and burgers, Roasters has a great variety of coffee.

Overall I would give this dish an 8/10 but it was worth the money.

Do check out the menu below, so you know what to order next time you go there.

roasters cafe&grill

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CHICKEN PIE

It all started from this recipe when I started experimenting with new and different recipes.This recipes was given to me by my friend who is an amazing cook and runs her own home based bakery.
So,we were at a party where my friend made this dish and we all just couldn't get over it.She gave me the recipe and I baked it,everyone simply loved it at my house.I thought I would share it with everyone.It requires a bit of technique but believe me you are all going to love it.

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Dough:

  • 2 n half cup flour
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 tea spoon oregano
  •  warm water to knead the dough

    Filling:

  • Boneless chicken(cut in strips)
  • 1 half medium onion (sliced)
  • 1 capsicum
  •  black pepper,
  • oregano
  • 1 tea spoon red chilli sauce,
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cream full packet
  • 1 table spoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 egg (whisk it well)

METHOD:

  1. In a large bowl,mix all the ingredients of the dough and knead it for 5 minutes with warm water and keep in in a bowl covered for 3 hours in a warm place
  2. Boil the chicken and then shred it.In a non-stick pan,add a tablespoon of oil,add the vegetables,and all the sauce and mix well till incorporated.in the end add the full packet of cream and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Once the dough rises,punch out all the excess of air and knead it again.Divide the dough into two halves,roll out the dough flat and lay it in an oven safe glass dish(greased with butter) rising the dough to the edges of the dish.
  4. Add the chicken filling and spread through out the dough,roll out the second half an cover and seal the filling.
  5. Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 180°C.Take it out and brush the eggwash on top of the dough and bake for another 5 minutes or till it starts getting the colour.

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FISH AND CHIPS

INGREDIENTS:

FISH:

  • 2 cups  bread crumbs(Romano cheese by american garden)
  • 1 packet fish fillet
  • 1 tea spoon Cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Parmesan cheese-optional
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 stalk of parsley finely chopped or dill

FRIES:

  • 1 tea spoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 large potatoes(washed,peeled and sliced in a typical french fries style)

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METHOD:

  1. Before you get into cooking,first make sure your fillet is nice and thaw and is soft enough to hold the batter
  2. In large open dishes put the bread crumbs in one dish,whisk the egg in the other and in the last one add the flour.
  3. Now is the part when you season everything,Start by seasoning the flour with salt,pepper,cayenne,paprika,garlic powder and mix the flour with a clean fork all over.
  4. Then season the bread crumbs with the Parmesan cheese and parsley or coriander.
  5. All you need do is follow 3 simple steps to form the crisp coating.Before you start coating the fish slightly season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper,be sure you don’t add to much salt cause there is already enough seasoning in the flour.
  6. Now start the coating,first rub the fish in the flour,making sure it coated completely so it holds the egg.Then the fish goes in the egg,rub it in the egg completely,then lay the fish on the bread crumbs,gently press it and with the other hand put the bread crumbs on top.
  7. Remember,we have to make this nice and crispy so we do a double coat,put the fish again in the egg and then back in the bread crumbs following the same procedure.
  8. We will follow step 6-7 the same way for all the remaining fillets.Once you have all the fillets coated well,put them in a clean tray and pop them in the fridge for 15 minutes.So the crumbs can stick in well!!!
  9. Heat a skillet with oil for deep frying,once the oil is nice and hot we will slide the fillet one at a time and decrease the flame to minimum.If the fillets are thick you would want to cook them for 4 minutes each side -8 minutes total.If the fillets are thin then you will decrease the cooking time accordingly.
  10. Once they are nice and golden brown serve in a dish on top of a kitchen paper to get rid of the excess oil.

Fries:

  1. In a large colander put the sliced potatoes and sprinkle a gentle amount of salt and wait for 5 minutes,this will help the potatoes release all the water.
  2. Squeeze all the water out and remember the more water you take out the crispier your fries will be.
  3. Now add cayenne paprika,salt and garlic powder and toss all over
  4. let them sit in the colander to dry.
  5. Heat a deep fryer and a skillet with oil,the oil should be very hot.Once the oil is hot and you can see tiny bubbles forming add the potatoes in.(Decrease the flame to medium)

Don’t move them around too much cause they get soggy ,once they start getting crispy golden take them out on a kitchen paper and toss them on top of your fish fillet.

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Cookies are great treats,be it for kids or adults everyone enjoys munching on them from time to time.This is a great recipe and you can prepare the dough ahead of time and store it in the freezer and bake it fresh.Great flavor rich and it will definitely increase your sugar levels.Be careful not to over indulge because these are high calorie cookies.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

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METHOD:

  1. Heat oven to 375ºF -190ºC
  2. Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet.
  5. Cool on wire rack.
    Note:when the edges start getting slight darker compared to the center slowly take the tray out and let them cool because cookies store heat and start cooking on their own.Once they are ready store in an air tight container to keep the chewy and moist.
    To freeze the dough : Simply take a baking sheet and horizontally add all the batter and roll it in a form of tube.twist the ends of the baking sheet tight and freeze. Before baking cut in circles 1/2 inch apart and bake following the above instructions.

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TRADITIONAL PAKISTANI BEEF PULAO. (RICE)

Pulao is a popular rice dish of south Asia.Its cooked in different styles in different countries.My personal Favorite is the typical beef pulao and kabli pulao(Afghani style).The pulao recipe I am sharing with you all is very special to me because I have spent my entire childhood enjoying this.This is my grandmothers recipe and this dish is a must in our dinner and Eid.I have always messed up rice but this time I followed her recipe for the first time,I was surprised how it came out so well.

NOTE: READ THE COMPLETE RECIPE A FEW HOURS BEFORE YOU GET INTO IT.THIS RECIPE CAN ONLY BE MADE FROM SAYLA RICE.

INGREDIENTS:

Beef stock:
  • Beef 1 kg ( cut in cubes)
  • Ginger (1 inch piece)
  • Garlic cloves -5
  • Black pepper corns -10
  • Bay leaf-2
  • Onion-1 (cut in halves)
  • water 4 litres
  • 1 teaspoon salt
    RICE:
  • 2 medium red onion
  • 1 table spoon Garam Masla
  • 1 table spoon ginger paste
  • 1 table spoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking oil 1/4 cup
  • Sayla Rice 2 mugs.(long grained rice,available in all indian stores)

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METHOD:

  1. Wash and soak the rice in cold water for 3 hours.
  2. In a pressure cooker add all the beef stock ingredients and close the pressure cooker. You need to give it a 30 minute pressure so the beef is nice and tender.
  3. Once your beef stock is ready,strain all the stock in a bowl separating the stock and beef in separate bowls.
  4. In a large open pan,heat the oil, add onions,garlic,ginger and cook till they are nice and translucent.Make sure your flame is not too high.
  5. Once the onions are translucent add the beef cubes,salt,garam masala.At this stage make sure your flame is high..stir well and cook the beef and onions together.
  6. Add 4 mugs of beef stock and bring to rapid boil.
  7. when the stock starts boiling,remove the water from the rice and quickly add the rice in the stock.cook for 5 minutes of high flame and cover it.
  8. keep checking on the rice,there should be about 1 cup water left in the rice,then decrease the flame!!!!
  9. Place a piece of flat bread on top of the rice on the other hand heat a coal. When the coal is red hot ,pick it with a pair of tongs and place on top ;quickly cover the lid and a kitchen towel place on top.At this stage decrease the flame to minimum.This ensures that maximum smoke penetrates through the rice.Make sure the pan is covered tightly.keep it covered for 25 minutes.
  10. After 25 minutes check if its nice soft then serve them in an open dish.

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