My Weekly Food Diary

 

 I am a beginner in food styling but A pro in cooking

now how can i say am a pro in cooking?

well yes am not boasting but i do really know how to cook ingredients together. my week was so productive and i cooked up a few low carb meals while in the meantime did some food styling with my previous weeks leftovers.

 

Sunday Dinner

Its always good and healthy to have food with less oil. we all love french fries and backed potatoes but they do taste differently although both are from potatoes. i decided to grill the potatoes on a griddle and it turned out well.

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Monday Dinner

Low Carb meal for dinner

having a low carb meal is not something i fancy but my husband likes it which is why i was tempted to try my own ideas with some inspiration from online sites recipes which i hardly went through many months ago but had a quick glimpse at the photos. now i do agree images do matter alot. someone can be creative and recreate a dish by just looking at the image of a finished product. isn’t that marvelous. which is why am working on taking photographs with a good sense of food styling and bit of lighting with my 16 mp s4 mobile.

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dinner was vegetarian lasagna. it was so yummy will post  recipe soon.

Tuesday Breakfast

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I’ve herd people say they had pouched eggs, i even have seen Jamie olive do it on television but I’ve never tried it not tasted it. so my breakfast on Tuesday was pouched eggs. i wanted to video my pouching but decided against it due to my fear of ending up with a pot full of egg pieces floating on the water. finally i should say my pouched egg was such a success now who said you need to learn the how to poach and egg?

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Tuesday Dinner

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oh meat loafs are so easy to make and are simple yet delicious.

i see meat loafs as a substitute for steak. i served my very own version of meat loaf with some mash potatoes a left over from kfc meal 🙂

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Thursday breakfast

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Thursday mornings make me lazy cos the next day is a Friday and a weekend. i love weekends cos its always carb meals and my husband eats them with no objections. so Thursday breakfast was pancake with some kithul treacle and the left over batter went into these lovely bunt cups which I’ve been waiting to use for the past 6 months since i got it delivered from eBay. its microwavable and i love the shape.

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 something new

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so i decided to try the egg pie which my husband kept sending pictures of when i was in sri Lanka. its was like a tart filled with caramel mixture which my mum makes and baked. yea it was good.

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for the very first time in my life i tested a recipe for spinneys magazine in Dubai and this is my photo shoot for the recipe. await the recipe on their June issue.

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this was labelled as unniappam but tasted same as our sri lankan kevum. i love kevums its a sinhala new year special sweet.

 

food styling practice done last week, have i improved????

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Weekly Food Stories

From Dubai

Its been three weeks since I am back in dubai and I’ve had many different experience and experiments with food. I have taken loads of pictures and posted on my instagram but never got a time to write a proper blog post. After all the pampering and help I got in sri lanka for the past 10 months, living alone in dubai has made my life busy giving me no time to sit and write a nice blog post. I love blogging and thats what I enjoy in my free time so I guess my future posts would be short of words and more images.

my week in pictures

i won suzanne husseini’s when suzanne cooks from delna prakashan of disoverspice.com on the recipe contest. i was so looking forward to get my hands on the book and was eager to try some recipes out of it.

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it was a good signed copy 🙂

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so as i was looking for some low carb options this recipe attracted me having got all the required ingredients i started preparations and this is how it looked…

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having used pomegranates for the recipe i wouldn’t have if i dint try this wonderful way of deseeding the pomegranates. its such a wonder and make deseeding pomegranates easy as ABC. I bought a meat tenderiser from sri lanka and my husband said he dont like eating beef or mutton anymore, i was so worried how i am gonna use it but now am glad i brought it here instead of leaving back in sri lanka. i used it to deseed the pomegranates.

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made a sugar free sweet rice kichchadi with kithul treacle and raisins. it was good with those dates.

made a sugar free sweet rice kichchadi with kithul treacle and raisins. it was good with those dates.

am not a beans fan but i really liked fava beans better than baked kidney beans. i think it tastes better.

tried fava beans for the first time with paratha i say its a good low carb option.

tried fava beans for the first time with paratha i say its a good low carb option.

made some toast with home made bread, kithul treacle and cinnamon powder from sri lanka bought at the g

made some toast with home made bread, kithul treacle and cinnamon powder from sri lanka bought at the good market

Recipe

Ingredients-

1/2 a baguette or 4 slices of home made bread

1 table spoon kithul treacle

1/3 of a cup of low fat milk

1 egg

a pinch of cinnamon powder

butter to coat the pan

cooking instructions-

  1. mix together the milk, kithul treacle, egg and cinnamon powder.
  2. cut the bread into bite size pieces.
  3. coat the pan with butter.
  4. dip each piece of bread in the egg batter and cook all sides until golden brown.

serve warm as it is.

 

tried making some cakes on a macaroon sheet which i ordered o ebay long time back.

 

these organic cinnamon powder mixes by ma’s are so aromatic and just pinch is enough for an egg.

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tried making some cakes on a macaroon sheet which i ordered o ebay long time back.

these sponge cakes were made with flour which i dono the expiry date of but they tasted good.

the ones i made on macaroo sheets are still in my fridge waiting to be transformed into a dessert -)

the sponge cake ad macaroon cakes

the sponge cake ad macaroon cakes

 

making a kofta is made easy with these knorr kofta spice

making a kofta is made easy with these knorr kofta spice

i just enjoyed preparing them.

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using up those green that accompany the grilled chicken.

using up those green that accompany the grilled chicken.

 

recipe

Ingredients

a handful of arugula

a few mint leaves

2 tablespoons of feta cheese

half a cucumber chopped

2 teaspoons of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

4 slices of tomatoes

half an onion chopped

preparation instructions

  1. chop the basil and arugula
  2. sprinkle the chopped onions and feta.
  3. spread the cucumbers.
  4. season with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. place the tomatoes on top and serve with rice or bread.

Eating Healthy : DUBAI

Foodonclick

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Eating out becomes a routine when wife is out of country. when I came down to Sri Lanka on vacation I started worrying about my husbands diet. He is very conscious of what he eats and always prefers a low carb diet. I was introduced to foodonclick through twitter and I decided to try it out. Sending my hubby a few link and I asked him to order. I am really happy about their service. The food arrived neatly and on time. the price was moderate. There are many restaurants available in Dubai listed on foodonclick which offer order online services and you can get lost for choice as most of them offer at an affordable price. I definitely would recommend this site for anyone.

Subway

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The next place I recommend is none other than the very famous subway. The salad bowl is delicious with a mix of healthy fresh vegetables and yummy pickles. A prefered choice of meat to go with it is really a go for low carb diet.  Ask for less pickle when you want to avoid those extra saltines which can destroy the taste of fresh vegetables. Subway is available at many locations in dubai and offer delivery service which is just a phone call away.

Mantooshe

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mantooshe is my favorite place. Of course it’s not low carb but you can still try out some snacks for tea with their very delicious and unique toppings and fillings like spinach and potato. Try calling them and ordering in they do deliver.

 

MORE RECIPES ON HEALTHY LOW CARB MEALS TO FOLLOW.