Saturday, October 25, 2014

My First Cooking Class Experience...

I have never before on this blog done any other posts apart from posts for Saturday Snapshots and some basic cooking posts. The only book review I have done was for Jehanne's cookbook. Though sometimes I think about reviewing restaurants just as a part of blogging, I somehow don't seem to like the idea. I may not be clear with my reasons but I feel it incorrect to influence somebody else's thoughts with my opinion. There are so many restaurants that people like and recommend, but when you go there for dining, you don't like it, and happens vice versa as well. So I prefer to stay clear of that. In case I get an opportunity for restaurant reviews, then that's a different case, but as of now, from the personal front, I guess it is better I stay away from it.

Now, this post is to enumerate the experience that I had at the cooking class that I recently won, thanks to a contest by Lurpak Arabia. This was the first time I am attending a cooking class, so you can imagine how excited I was when I got the call. The class was done at a very cozy place in Jumeirah, Top Chef Cooking School. We had a session on October 20 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm and we were a small group of 7.

The main purpose of the class was to show the uses of the new range that Lurpak has come up with - baking butter, butter blocks, cooking spray, cooking butter and clarified butter. Our Chef Alexandre did a fantastic job by explaining to us very clearly in the recipes of how to use all these ingredients. Yes, definitely an overload of butter but we enjoyed the experience. Some pictures that I have clicked from my Iphone to summarize the experience.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Peshawari Lassi

I am so excited about this lassi. Actually, why should I be? Imagine the scene - the whole house is sleeping. It's a tired me, cooking a heavy lunch for a big group of guests expected anytime. I had to push up my energy levels so that I could finish off the task within the time. That was when I remembered the Peshawari Lassi that was up on Aara's space sometime back. When you really want to look out, you don't find it, right? I was frantically searching on my phone not to find that link. Finally, I just read up a few pages and made this lassi. By the way, I am sure you all know that Peshawar is a city in our neighbouring country, Pakistan...

What word should I use for this - "refreshing" is an understatement!!! With those nuts, the taste is just awesome. I loved the creamy lassi, in fact drank both the servings that literally filled my tummy and my energy levels shot up, to say the least! Hehe... This isn't the only lassi on my blog... I am one lassi mad person, and would definitely keep trying more and posting as it succeeds...


For the time being, this will be the last one till summers again come back, but for me, for something cold, it really doesn't matter if it is summer or winter, as long as I don't have a cold!!! Hehe... Off to this awesome refreshing lassi...

Peshawari Lassi
Serves 2


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dates Ice-cream

I would love to know from all of you, my lovely readers - if you have kids at home, what is that one thing that they constantly request for? I mean in terms of food and nothing else... :) There are two things my kids ask - chocolate cake and ice-cream. They don't ask for anything else. Though I wouldn't mind making them some chocolate cake on and off, so that I also get to enjoy them (hehe...), I steer away from making ice-cream regularly. The main reason is that being school going kids, there is hardly a day when they are without running nose or cough. Once school starts, it is like their constant partner. No amount of medicines work. Therefore, I rely on steam and menthol oils to relieve them of any heaviness. When school is on, they kind of get used to having a clogged nose that when they have their vacations, an open nose is a big surprise for them! Hehe...

All ice-creams that I have already put on the blog are all without an ice-cream maker. I have bought one recently but it is still in its pack and I have no idea when I am going to open it up and start using it! This was one ice-cream that I totally loved - hardly any work and really soft serve that it looked like store bought ice-cream. I had a tough time convincing HD that it was indeed me who had made it. See, there is no point in saying that I am a food blogger, there are times when our family members would still give us such little attacks, especially when food turn out to be much better than expected! :)

Dates Ice-cream
Serves 4


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chicken Madras

My madness of collecting cookbook and cut-outs sometimes really gets on my nerves. But that still doesn't deter me from getting more or scanning my eyes on magazines for more recipes. Each time when the kids and I are walking and my eyes scan across the shelf at a book store, Rasha would retort sarcastically, "Ah, there... ummi is searching for new cookbooks!" Hehe... so now, in order to avoid that, I have started ordering books online, and guess what, that is even more addictive! As of now, I am trying hard not to order anymore till I sort out space in our new place.

Chicken is something that is so wholeheartedly welcomed at my place. That is clearly explained by the list of chicken dishes that I already have on the blog! Each time I look for trying out new varieties and variations, and definitely those that can be easily put together. This is one of them, from a cookbook that I purchased online a couple of months ago. All the ingredients are readily available and it is a nice mild curry that goes very well with rice or rotis. Off to the recipe...

Chicken Madras
Serves 4
Recipe adapted from "Indian Bible"


Monday, October 20, 2014

Avocado Coconut Milk Mousse

I am kind of addicted to quotes that make a lot of sense... sharing one with all of you today...


I love avocadoes and I love coconut milk, so this recipe was created to combine two of my interest! The result was this luscious dessert which you cannot stop at one serving. The main creaminess comes from the avocados itself and to make it mousse like, I set the dessert using gelatine. Otherwise, it would literally be like juice. Yes, if you don't fancy using a spoon and would love to gulp it down, then you can avoid the gelatin and serve it like a smoothie! That's what is called double use of the same recipe, right? Hehe... Off to the way I made this delicious stuff...

Avocado Coconut Milk Mousse
Serves 5-6