Pineapple Tiramisu!!

I am a tiramisu lover and i make it way too often. But bored with the regular one i have come up with different versions of it. Here’s the one perfect for summer.

Ingredients:

  1. Philadelphia cream cheese 200gms
  2. Thick Cream 500ml
  3. One large tin of pineapple
  4. Condensed milk to taste
  5. Italian lady finger biscuits 
  6. Caramel sauce 
  7. Candi biscuits (optional)
  8. Walnuts

Recipe:

  1. Whip cream cheese and add thick cream to eat and whip more.
  2. Add condensed milk to it  and mix well,  just enough to add sweetness as per your taste.
  3. Add pineapple chunks.
  4. Dip lady fingers in pineapple syrup and layer at the bottom of the dish. You may use sponge cake if you cannot find ladyfingers.
  5. Spread the mixture of cheese, cream and pineapple chunks that you prepared before over the biscuits layer.
  6. Break candi biscuits in small pieces and sprinkle on the top. You may use lotus biscuits if you cant find candi. (Optional)
  7. Sprinkle chopped walnuts and drizzle caramel sauce in the last, chill it well in the fridge and serve.

See how easy it is. You are surely going to love it. Try and give me feedback.

Note: I also make a spin off this version sometimes, which also tastes great equally. Instead of pineapple i use fruit cocktail. You can make it with cocktail as well. And i call it Tropical Tiramisu. So if you dont have pineapple you may use fruit cocktail. Enjoy.

The Tamarind Chuttney!

Ramazan Kareem everyone. Hope you all are having a blissful time. You must have done a lot of preps for ramazan or are you like me who dint do much. So when everyone around me was raving about ramazan preps, i was getting a little paranoid that i haven’t done much. A toddler in the house and living alone abroad isnt very easy sometimes. 

So to keep up with the ramazan preps what i did i ordered some home made aftari stuff and made this tamarind chuttney, which turned out amazing.

Before i start off with the recipe let me tell you a hack which may help you. On my last trip to karachi, i found this pack of tamarind paste at Motta’s which is free of seeds and the tamarind peel just strained clean tamarind paste ready to use. Tadaaaaa. So that means it will cut short the chuttney making time with no pre soaking or pre boiling required and the tedious process of getting rid of the seeds. Heres the pack that i got.

Here’s my recipe.

Ingredients: 

  1. Tamarind paste 400gms which is equivalent to 1 kg of normal imli you buy.
  2. Water 4 glasses
  3. Sugar 2 cups or to taste
  4. Red chilli powder 1 and a half tblsp or to taste
  5. Salt to taste
  6. My Secret ingredient: Chaat Masala 2 tblsp or to taste.

Note: i kept adjusting the spices until they reached my desired taste. So they may vary from the above stated quantity. Thats why i wrote to taste. You may start by adding less and build it up accoriding to your taste buds.

Method:

  1. Pour 4 glasses of water and tamarind paste in the pan and mix well.
  2. Turn on the heat and let it cook.
  3. Add salt, sugar and chilli powder, let it cook, keep stirring and you may adjust spice level according to tour taste. You may add more water if you like.
  4. Lastly add the secret ingredient thats the chaat masala. If you haven’t been adding it uptil now, add it and you will be surprised what zing it can bring to your chuttney.
  5. Check and adjust sugar and salt once again. Keep cooking until it has reached your desired taste and thickness.
  6. Cool it down, transfer to the jar and refrigerate.

See how easy it is to make a tamrind chuttney. You can easily find tamarind pastes in your super market. I have seen jars of tamarind paste in muscat as well. So if you havent made it uptil now. You may try making it this easy way. Happy Ramazan once again and remember me in prayers.

F for Frittata!

Last few days before ramazan means catching up with friends over breakfast, coffee mornings and brunches. So when i hosted a brunch over my place, i faced the dilemma to chose a breakfast dish to add to my duo.

After going through the recipes of several baked omelettes, shakshukas and breakfast quiches, i came up with my own version of Frittata. Luckily the experiment went great and it was a hit among guests. So here’s the no fail easy breezy recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Eggs – 12
  • Vegetables of your choice: i added Mushrooms, Capsicum all colours red, green, yellow and orange, Peas, Corns, Spring onion – Quantity as much as you like
  • Grated mozrella cheese – a hand full i took
  • Cheddar cheese slices – 4 ( you may use grated)
  • Milk – 100ml
  • Oil to grease the baking dish and to sautee veggies
  • Salt, black pepper, red chilli powder – to taste
  • Dried basil and oregano – a few pinches

Method:

  1. In a pan take a lil bit of butter, add mushrooms to it, sprinkle little salt and pepper.
  2. When mushrooms are toasted add other vegetables and just sautee a bit. For peas and corn, boil them first. Set aside the veggies to cool down.
  3. In a mixing ball crack 12 eggs and beat them up. Add milk and whip some more.
  4. Season the mixture with salt, black pepper and red chilli powder as per your taste.
  5. Add the sauteed vegetables and cheese.
  6. Add a few pinches of dried oregano and basil and mix it all up.
  7. Grease a dish and pour this mixture into it. 
  8. Refrigerate for an hour. I made it at night, refrigerated and baked in the morning.
  9. Preheat oven to 180 °C and bake for 30 mins or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  10. Serve with your choice of sides, i did with beans along with herbed and grilled chicken franks and veggies. Enjoy!

    Friday Lunch @ Cosmopoliton!

    Back than when i was working as a banker, i was told that “its a sin not to go outside for a friday lunch”. With time i understood the underlying meaning of this statement. Friday lunch break was like a blessing, a shinning star in your gloomy week and something to look forward to while you hang in there and wait for the weekend to come.

    Friday lunch culture is very common among work circles and if you religiously follow this norm you know already how important it is. Everytime me and my husband visit our hometown we still meet our friends over friday lunches. This time around we went to this ‘cosmopoliton’ in clifton. 

    Honestly i had little hopes of having good food when my husband initially told me about this place we were heading too. When you are hungry, you would rather try something old. But luckily i was wrong. The ambiance is quircky with catchy lines and scenes painted all over the walls particularly about karachi. The place had a good amount of lunchers when i entered. 

     
    I was thinking about the pasta first but when i saw the menu i opted for parmesan chicken with a side of steamed rice and sauteed vegetables and it turned out amazing. I loved every bit of it. The cheesy crusty roasted top of panko parmesan with an underlying layer of soft cheese and nicely done chicken fillet. This one was a winner for me. The drink that i ordered was strawberry pina colada and it was equally good. I really enjoyed my meal.

    Parmesan Chicken

     My husband ordered from “today’s special”, stir fried jalapeno chicken served with steamed rice. It was fine, chicken strips stir fried in a brown sauce with jalapenos and green bell pepper. The combination was fine but nothing over the top. The other drinks ordered were pinacolada, mint lemonade and strawberry banana smoothie which were equally good.

    Stir-fried Jalapeno Chicken

    The other friend ordered sicillian chicken, a chicken fillet topped with pepperoni, mushrooms and olives, very italian in its looks and taste, served with sauteed vegetables and mashed potatoes. It did remind of italian chicken that i eat at another place and was equally good.

    Sicillian Chicken

    Now i am not a beef person and would rather prefer chicken over beef options. One of us ordered stir fried beef and i fell in love with it. Crispy beef chunks in a slightly tangy and sweet sauce of soya sauce and seasame glaze served with steamed rice and sauteed vegetables. Usually when the beef is crispier from outside it gets harder to chew but this one was softer from inside. This was nice.

    Stir-fried Beef

    Overall the food was really good, the service was good, food was served hot, the ambiance was perfect, the drinks were nice, the food portion was big enough and reasonable price wise. Yes, i am going to visit this once again. If you haven’t visited yet. Go ahead and try it, you wont be disappointed.

    Weekend Vibes!

    ​Weekend is a time to unwind and relax, after a week long hustle and bustle. For me good food is way to de-stress. Food is like therapy to me. So among a few of my favourite eat outs is CHILLI’S. 

     
    The food is pure love. The taste is amazing and the best part is their serving size. Enough to settle a hefty appetite. Each and everything in their menu is delicious. From burgers to quesadillas, from pastas to steaks, from scrumptous starters to tantalizing main courses and the mind blowing desserts.They serve the best mashed potatoes in town and I completely adore their fries. My favourite repeat orders are monteray chicken and honey chiptole chicken crispers. Their salmon is also nice, just ask them to make it spicy. Their food is so colourful, tempting and absolutely yummy. You just cant go wrong with it.

    Comfort Food!

    After weeks and week of exhaustive routine me and my husband seek comfort food in a relaxing environment. To curb our stress levels we always head to Darcy’s Kitchen for a weekend brunch in the Muscat neighbourhood. The place is just perfect in every sense. It turns out such a stress buster everytime.

    The english country side vibes, serene environment and the perfect breakfast make this place our all time favourite. My staple order is their omelatte platter and to end it on a sweet their divine carrot cake or yummylicious oreotella and sometimes both. If any one wants to relax and enjoy a good meal. This certainly is the place to be.