In My Kitchen : part 1

I have been very bisy with practicals and experiments. This never stopped me from taking a few photographs and learning some food styling and photography. My phone memory reminded me that I’ve also got my very own memory full of words which need to be shared on my blog. So here i am typing while catching my one year old trying to pull every single item he sees at 11:30 pm.

My teddy bears

My teddy bears

Practical with parchment

Practical with parchment

Sri lankan traditional love cakes which i have fallen in love with.

Sri lankan traditional love cakes which i have fallen in love with.

Julia child has been one of my inspiration and to be precise it was a few months after i started blogging, I watched Julie and Julia.during which time i dint have an idea on which field i am.most interested on. This movie showed me the right path and enlightened my  blogging genre. This movie reminded me my passion for food, the love to experiment,  the anxiety to try new recipes which all came in to writing in the form of blogging.

Julia child has been one of my inspiration and to be precise it was a few months after i started blogging, I watched Julie and Julia.during which time i dint have an idea on which field i am.most interested on. This movie showed me the right path and enlightened my blogging genre. This movie reminded me my passion for food, the love to experiment, the anxiety to try new recipes which all came in to writing in the form of blogging.

Pouched Pear pie with a pizza dough  crust. A DIY cake stand yes i used up a barbican glass and a baklava tray to make this cake stand. It did look nice then and i need a proper stand soon :-)

Pouched Pear pie with a pizza dough crust.
A DIY cake stand yes i used up a barbican glass and a baklava tray to make this cake stand. It did look nice then and i need a proper stand soon 🙂

Refer my pouched pear recipe to follow next on the blog. I can't say how much i love the looks on those fancy cakes with a dusting on top and i enjoyed doing this to my pie.

Refer my pouched pear recipe to follow next on the blog. I can’t say how much i love the looks on those fancy cakes with a dusting on top and i enjoyed doing this to my pie.

I wish i could find some time to detail this breakfast muffins But time doesn't permit. Let me quickly give the recipe. A cup of Slightly roasted semolina, 1 cup fresh milk, 2 eggs, 4 sausages meat, some green peas, 2 tablespoon cheese, a cup of water and salt and pepper to taste.all mixed together and baked on a microwave for 3 minutes.  Later 2 teaspoon water poured on top and baked for further 2 minutes. Add your own vegetables and sauces to enhance the flavour as this recipe is not spicy.

I wish i could find some time to detail this breakfast muffins But time doesn’t permit. Let me quickly give the recipe.
A cup of Slightly roasted semolina, 1 cup fresh milk, 2 eggs, 4 sausages meat, some green peas, 2 tablespoon cheese, a cup of water and salt and pepper to taste.all mixed together and baked on a microwave for 3 minutes. Later 2 teaspoon water poured on top and baked for further 2 minutes. Add your own vegetables and sauces to enhance the flavour as this recipe is not spicy.

Food styling practice how do you like it?

Food styling practice how do you like it?

Freekah porridge 1/2 a cup freekah 1/2 cup white raw rice 1 cup meat (chicken or mutton) 6 garlic cloves 1 stick cinnamon 2 teaspoon fennel seeds 2 cups of vegetables (carrots, leeks and anything you like) 1 tomato chopped 1 onion chopped 3 green chillies A handful of curry leaves Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon tomatoe paste (optional) A pinch of turmeric 1/2 cup thick coconut milk Method Temper onions and curry leaves Add clean and washed meat  Stir in the freekah and raw rice with the fennel seeds and garlic In a minute add the vegetables Season with salt and pepper Pour some water and the coconut milk Add the cinnamon, tomato paste and turmeric Close and cook in a pressure cooker upto 4 or 5 whistles.

Freekah porridge
1/2 a cup freekah
1/2 cup white raw rice
1 cup meat (chicken or mutton)
6 garlic cloves
1 stick cinnamon
2 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 cups of vegetables (carrots, leeks and anything you like)
1 tomato chopped
1 onion chopped
3 green chillies
A handful of curry leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon tomatoe paste (optional)
A pinch of turmeric
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
Method
Temper onions and curry leaves
Add clean and washed meat
Stir in the freekah and raw rice with the fennel seeds and garlic
In a minute add the vegetables
Season with salt and pepper
Pour some water and the coconut milk
Add the cinnamon, tomato paste and turmeric
Close and cook in a pressure cooker upto 4 or 5 whistles

Once the porridge is cooked blend a bit using a hand mixer and serve warm.

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chicken muffins

20140805_184746Trying things without flour was tought 2 years ago and now I’ve taken it as a challenge and started creating my own low carb or flourless recipes of course inspired by reading online.

Yet i have learnt the fact that you need to be a bit of experimental if you want to build up your own line of recipes. A lesson learnt in 2 years.

So here is my version of flourless chicken muffins

 

Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cup minced chicken meat (cooked)

1/2 cup peas

1/2 cup corn

1/3 cup tomato paste

2 tablespoon butter

2 eggs

1/4 cup fresh milk

1 tablespoon cream cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions to cook

1. Combine the minced chicken meat,  green peas and corn together.

2. Beat in the 2 eggs, milk, cheese, tomato paste and butter on a separate vessel.

3. Incorporate the two set of ingredients into one bowl and season with salt and pepper.

 

Bake on individual muffin pans on a moderate oven.

I used my microwave and it took me 4 minutes to bake a batch of 6 chicken muffins.

So please bake on a moderate oven.

As all ingredients used are precooked i guess it takes less time to prepare.

 

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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