Sandwich

Sandwich

 

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Sanwiches are easy snacks that can be made with anything you get in your fridge or pantry.

Make it fun and easy by using your imagination as a key.

I am a cake and cookie decorator during my free time or when I crave to try a design so my tool box is filled with loads if cookie cutter in various shapes and patterns. Sometimes I feel like selling them but at times I wonder if i should really sell them and thise are the times I thing of different ways to use the cookie cutters.

That is how I began making sandwiches of different shapes and sizes. You can see a variety of sanwiches and many more to come in the near future on my posts of instagram. Check me on pinterest too for my sandwich feed.

It’s a new creativity in my mind that has turned into shape.

Ideal way to feed your picky eating kids and the best way to adore your party  tables.

Do share a picture on instagram if you do happen to make a sandwich inspired by me. Hashtag #sandwichEWM OR #sandwichwithmafaza

Ideas to fill the sandwiches,

Eggs go well in circle shapes or even ovals

You can make peanut butter or nutella for butterfly shapes

Make trains with vegetables and cheese

Use cheese to stick the wheels or anything to make your design.

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Food photography

20160807_104859-1024x768Morning

Mornings are very productive part of a food photographer like me. We are those home based food bloggers with a Samsung S7 camera and the sunlight with a few props and backgrounds mostly made of kitchen towels and store bought materials.

Morning is the hour when I run to the window

To open it wide before the sunlight leaves

The sunlight is all that brings some color

To my food photography

I run to grab an egg or even a few slices of baguettes

It can even be a few fruits or some dried roses

All I need is a good photo

Which is only possible when the sun is out

And mostly in the mornings

I cook at night and save a bit

So I can take a better image in the morning

Mornings are for coffee, lunchboxes, laundry, kids lunch and anything that comes on the way

But I mostly look forward to the photos

This is a homemade quick breakfast

Which I put together  in less than 10 minutes

The tomatoes were grilled

The baguette was toasted with a bit of olive oil and garlic salt

The chives were heated in the same pan as the baguette

The egg was made to be a bit runny

And the pasta filata was cut and served as a side

Serve English breakfast in a can

Here is  small inspiration from me to all my followers

We do love beans, bread and egg for breakfast or you do. Well yea it’s the English breakfast.  Well I don’t fancy beans but if it is served differently I do like to try. Now I decided to get my beans and bread Breakfast fix differently and with all those innovative molecular gastronomy around town in dubai and the restaurants serving food in cute tiny play containers and toy trucks or atleast they look so cute as toys. I decided why not reuse the bean can and serve myself some breakfast in it and make me feel like having at one of those fancy dinning outlets. Oh I sure have tried a few fancy places but not all of them. With the summer at it’s peak I find it tough to travel and experience much. Breakfast time on weekends is always late and it’s tough to drive somewhere and grab something with 2 kids under 3.

So thats a bit of jabbering done.

Ok grab your beans

Warm it.

Slice the bread and toast it.

Make your egg the way you like it.

Wash the bean can and stuff it with the beans.

Place the rest around and enjoy with a fold or spoon or just get messy with your fingers. We ain’t watching.

All that matters is you gotta enjoy it.

Breakfast done.

Oh I’ve got no ham or sausages as we have stopped consuming it much so yes you can add them too.

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BON APPÈȚĪŤË

Porridge

In our meals daily we have a variety of porridge, some are spicy and some are sweet. The easiest of them all is oats porridge which we usually have it sweet and sometimes dip a bread and eat.
Oats porridge is not only easy to prepare but cooks fast.
● Add a few sticks of cinnamon to give it a cinnamon flavor.

Kurakkan porridge know as white mullet flour is also another porridge which is prepared sweet and also eaten by dipping a slice of roasted bread.
We generally add a beaten egg and cook it for a healthier version.

Rice flake porridge is another yummy breakfast favourite also prepared sweet and often eaten by dipping a bread. It’s also prepared by adding a beaten egg for a healthier version.
Jaggery is added to give a color and kithul jaggery is often known as a rescue for those sugar conscious people. It tastes different too.

Rulang kanji also known as semolina porridge can be prepared sweet or spicy as you prefer. Add some juice of molakia or gottukolla for a green and healthy porridge and serve with dates or jaggery. The sweet version of this porridge is often thickened and presented as a dessert.

Payasam is very common in india and is served as a dessert after lunch. We prepare a sweet porridge with sago and often have it with some pittu or string hoppers for breakfast and sometimes with a coconut roti for dinner. Mainly its a festive porridge in my opinion and jaggery is added to give it a color while some cinnamon and cardamom act as flavor enhancers.

One other porridge often cooked plain and can be eaten spicy or sweet is the one and only rice porridge. Yes the rice is completely cooked and smashed, while thick and thin coconut milk is added to make it a porridge. Generally white raw rice is the main ingredient while a few cloves of garlic, ginger and some fenugreek is added to give it some flavor. This porridge is served with a spicy sambol, left over gravy or a devilled fish for a spicy version, while its served with dates or a piece of jaggery for a sweet porridge. Either way the porridge tastes delicious. You can add some gottukolla juice or molakia juice for a green porridge. You
Can mix in a tempered onion to create an appetite from the aroma and hide the garlic smell.

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Sooji Porridge

 

 

 

Sooji porridge

its sweet.

its delicious

its  a thick liquid porridge

we celebrate eid in sri Lanka with a breakfast of string hoppers or pittu or sometimes both and side dishes are basically milk gravy, chicken curry, beef curry, pol sambol and a sweet sooji porridge.

the sweetness of the jaggery and the aroma of the pandan leaves fill the dinning table leaving  us no patients to try it later rather encouraging to drink or eat it immediately by adding to a few extra string hoppers or pittu.

 

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Ingredients

1/2  cup sooji

½ a jaggery

2 cups water

1 tbsp sugar (add more if required)

3 cardamon

1 tbsp thick coconut milk

Pinch of salt

a piece of pandan leaf

Method

  1. In a medium sauce pan add water and mix the sooji and jaggery.
  2. Add salt, cardamon, pandan leaf and cook over low heat stirring occasionally till the sooji is cooked.
  3. Add sugar and coconut milk.
  4. Boil for a few minutes stirring continuously over a low heat.
  5. The mixture should be thick and the sooji should turn brown leaving no white uncooked sooji.
  6. Take off heat and serve with pittu or string hoppers.

Maldive fish devilled with eggs

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my memories with Maldives fish

I remember the days when I get back home after school and find the maldives fish sambol or the coconut sambol bowl is empty. I and my sister used to to make it and have our lunch. Yes, our lunch was basically just plain rice with a sambol of maldives fish or coconut. It was a time of difficulty. We call it the budget meal.
We used to place the Maldives fish in a motar with some salt, chillie powder and flakes and grind it to a paste by hitting with the pestal. Sometimes we add a few french onions which adds it’s flavor to give a bit of softness.
Lunch was delicious and we enjoyed eating while grinning over a few uncrushed salt crystals sometimes.
We also used to cook the maldives fish with some onions, capsicum and tomatoes which makes it more softer. It’s called devilled maldives fish and served with a hard boiled egg.

Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup maldives fish flakes
1 large onion (chopped)
2 medium sized capsicums
1 medium tomato
A handful of curry leaves
A small piece of cinnamon
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon chillie flakes
A pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
2 teaspoon oil
2 teaspoon coconut milk

6 hard boiled eggs to serve.

Cooking instructions

1. Head oil in a pan and sauté the onions and curry leaves for a minute or until you get the aroma of curry leaves.

2. Stir in the maldives fish with salt, turmeric powder, chillie powder and chillie flakes.

3. Add the cinnamon stick with a teaspoon of water and mix.

4. Leave the pan closed over a low flame for five minutes.

5. Open and stir letting the contents spread evenly and cook through.

6. Once the water is evaporated and the contents start to dry out pour 2 teaspoons of coconut milk and cook over a high heat stirring continuously.

7. Take of heat when the oil starts to seperate from the curry.

8. Hard boil the eggs and add on top.

tips

* dont like hard boiled eggs? break the eggs on top and leave it for a couple of minutes and take off heat.

* hate eggs at all? Never mind serve it as it is with your favourite curry.

* use this curry as a filling for buns.

* serve this curry with bread, rotti or rice.

*like pickles? At a small piece of pickled lime to this dish and mix while it’s hot.

* dont like too much maldives fish? Sway the quantity of maldives fish with the onions by adding 1 cup of chopped onions for 1 tablespoon of maldives fish.

* are you a vegetarian? Omit maldives fish and add only onions.

* like french onions? Never mind. Buy them and add a handful instead of a large onion for extra taste.
Shallots healthy aren’t they?

* doesn’t seem kid friendly? Add a tablespoon of crystal sugar to balance the spiciness
And
We call it seeni sambol with the swapped quantity of maldives fish with onions.

* we use this dish on our kidu rice and curry with some lime pickle.
my mouth is watering isn’t your’s?
Then go try it soon and serve for lunch or dinner or even breakfast.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

mafaza