Date & Banana Loaf Cake

This loaf cake is copy cat of a banana and date loaf I recently had in an organic coffee shop. It was really nice and warm with lots of butter.Before serving make sure to warm it for 30 seconds in the microwave with some extra butter. The butter goes through the warm bread and gives a nice taste to it.

If you are after a healthy option try with out butter. I only used 75g butter for the whole loaf. I love this loaf with out any butter too. I love dates. These days fresh dates are available due to Ramadan season. I really want to use them in my recipes. So I am working on several more recipes. If you are a date lover wait for more uploads.

Bon Appetit!

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Joq1OfENY&w=560&h=315]

 

Ingredients

  • 130g dates
  • 70ml Boiling Water
  • 75g Butter
  • 240g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Well Ripped Bananas
  • Vanilla
  • 70g Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Bi carbonate of Soda

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
  2. Prepare a 6x4inch loaf pan. (You can always halve this recipe)
  3. In to a pot add the dates and the butter and bring it to  boil. After add 1/2 Tsp bicarbonate of soda and mix well and leave aside.
  4. Add banana, brown sugar, vanilla, & eggs and mix well about 2 minutes.
  5. After add the dates and mix well. (Its all right to use slightly cold dates or medium hot)
  6. Next add the flour and mix really well scraping down the ends.
  7. Add the cake mix in to the loaf pan about 30 min to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Use with butter or as it is.

How to make Thin Pancakes

One day I made these beautiful thin pancakes for breakfast and it was a hit. After that when ever the kids request I make them at any time. Its so simple and easy to make and all the ingredients are easy to find. If you are a vegan try adding coconut milk instead of milk.

Instead of adding the corn flour you can  add potato flour to the mixture. Both flours are doing the same thing.

Can serve with a dipping sauce or even with cream and ice cream. If you like it as a sweet version add the sugar. It will be good to serve with cream too.

 

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These pancakes are a hit every time I make them,. These are the ingredients. I used 225g Plain flour, 85g Corn Flour, 2 Eggs, 500ml Milk, 30g Butter melted and some salt.

 

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Add flours in to mixing bowl.

 

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Then add eggs in to the mixing bowl.Mix well.

 

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Add milk little by little and after add the butter. Mix until no lumps.

 

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The mixture should like this. If you have any lumps pass it through a sieve.

 

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Put a pan on the stove.Add a little bit of butter.

 

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Use a paper towel to spread it.

 

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Add a spoon full of batter and spread evenly.

 

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Cook about 1 minute on one side.

 

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Then turn it to the other side.

 

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It comes very thin and nice.

 

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The pancakes are like a thin tissue. Serve as you wish.

Potato & Salmon Cups

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Peel 500g Potatoes. Grate them as fins as you can,

Always try to use  the potatoes with out leaving longer. Potatoes always go dark soon. Then the colours will not be nice.

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Squeeze the excess liquids

Squeezing the extra liquid is not that easy. But do as much as you can, or dry on a paper towel.

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Wash the green part of a leek and then slice finely.

When you wash the green part of the leek make sure to seperate the leaves first and then wash one by one to remove the mud or dust on it. leeks easily collect mud.

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I used 3 stock cubes, 1 tsp full curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon full with enough salt to the taste.

I always like extra taste. You can always reduce or omit stock cubes. I used the vegetable stock cubes.

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Add four eggs in to it.
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Add spices , green part of the leek on to the potatoes.
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Add 1/4 cup of flour.
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Next add 1 can skin & bone removed salmon in to the potatoes.
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Next add the eggs, If you are a vegetarian you can totally omit this.
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I used my stand mixer. Always you can hand mix it.
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Prepare a muffin pan or individual cups . Spray oil.
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Spoon the mixture. If you like add some cheese on top. Bake on 190c about 20-30 minutes.
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Serve with chutney or tomato sauce.

Creamy Chicken and vegetable Pasta

My meals are always simple and easy. I always try to prepare things before I go to work or during the week end. Even pasta can be cooked a day ahead. So I come home and assemble everything together in few minutes. Most of the time they are one pot meals. But I always try to give my family a well balanced diet.

You can always use the left overs from the Sunday roast to a meal like this. As it a creamy and a tasty dish kids will love this too. Try this and let me know too. I have written the descriptions with the picture for easy understanding. Always get this as an idea and create your own. Thats why I didn’t write the measurements.  I like more veggies than pasta. you can do it the other way with more pasta and less veggies.

Bon Appétit!

 

 

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Wash and slice several mushrooms, shred roast chicken (Left overs from a roast can used here), White part of the leeks. Prepare them on a plate . You can always do this before and leave in fridge to take when you want.

 

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I am using some fresh spinach. You can use kale or asian greens.

 

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Finely slice some onion (I used 1/2 of a large onion) and several cloves of garlic. I find that garlic gives a nice aroma to this recipe.

 

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I used two stock cubes for extra flavour, salt and pepper for the spices.

 

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Boil the pasta and leave to drain.

 

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prepare 11/2 cups of milk and 2-3 table spoons full whipping cream (Thickened cream)

 

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You need a table spoon full flour

 

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Add some oil in to a pan and leave to be hot.
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Add the onion and garlic in to hot oil and stir fry.

 

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Fry the onion and the garlic until it releases the aroma and slightly brown.

 

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add the stock cubes , pepper and salt.

 

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Nxt add the mushrooms and chicken .

 

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Stir fry few minutes until golden in colour . Mushrooms give enough liquid to cook.

 

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Next add the vegetables.

 

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After stirfying the veggies add the cream and cook about a minute.

 

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next add flour and cook with the flour 1 minute stirring continuously. This way it cooks the flour.

 

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Add the milk stir well.

 

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Next add spinach. Stir well. But do not over cook. That way it hold the nice greenish colour.

 

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Mix well.

 

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Add pasta.

 

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Stir. Take out.

 

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This is a simple and a beautiful meal.

Simple Cherry ripe slice

Sometimes I feel that we are working like machines from morning to night. I know its not only me we all are. What we were used to do before , I mean when we are kids is no more easy. So we all like to find short cuts or simple ways. I try to share simple recipes most of the time. This is one of them. So simple and easy to make. It looks very colourful and taste nice too.

When you crush the cookies for this recipe ,make sure to crush finely. So there are no lumps and it sets well too. The flavour of the cherries are so nice in this but I find the colour is not enough. So I added red food colouring or even pink.  If you love your sweets very sweet try adding a bit more sugar. if you find the slice is not dry enough always add a bit more coconut. It will set it properly.

The slice can be kept in fridge about 2 weeks in fridge, You freeze them in snack bags to take them when ever you want. The advantage is you can make them a day or two before to please a crowd. Enjoy!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_nfTkztris&w=560&h=315]

 

Ingredients

  • 150g Plain Cookies
  • 200g Glazed Red Cherries
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • 130g Desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 can Condensed Milk
  • Red Food Colouring
  • 180g Chocolate
  • 20g Butter

Method

  1. Once set, Melt the chocolate with butter and pour on top of the slice and put it back in to the fridge.
  2. Add desiccated coconut, vanilla, butter, cherries  and red food colouring in to the crushed cookies.
  3. Process the cookies until crumbles.
  4. Mix well and press in to a baking tray or any kind of a tray. Leave  in fridge.
  5. Cut in to squares and leave in an air tight container in the fridge.

 

 

 

Mixed Vegetable Couscous (Easy Meals)

Couscous is the best option when you are in a hurry to make the meal. So easy to make. All you need is to boil some water and add the couscous and wait for 3-4 minutes. Stir fry some veggies and mix the couscous. This tiny pasta is so versatile to have in the pantry.

Couscous can be prepared in many ways. This is one of them. If you are not a vegetarian try adding some meat to the couscous or fish. Couscous salads are popular too. Mushrooms and sun-dried tomato and olives in couscous is a good combination with a good salad dressing.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9klN22Qepg&w=560&h=315]

Mixed Vegetable Couscous

Ingredients

  • – 2 Cups of Couscous
  • – 2 Cups of Water
  • – Olive Oil
  • – Salt
  • – Pepper
  • – 1 Leek
  • – 1/2 of a Carrot
  • – Capsicum
  • – Tomatoes
  • – Garlic
  • – Onion
  • – 2 Stock Cubes
  • – Chillies
  • – Beans

Method

  1. Boil water adding salt and oil.
  2. Switch off and add couscous.
  3. Leave covered.
  4. In a another pot add oil and cook onion and garlic.
  5. Next add chillies and beans and cook that about 2 minutes.
  6. After add stock cubes and mix well and add beans.
  7. Next add carrots.
  8. Add cabbage after and cook few seconds.
  9. Next add sundried tomatoes and add the capsicums.
  10. Cook few seconds and add enough salt and pepper.
  11. Mix couscous and serve hot.

Meat & Vegetable Burrito ( Simple Meals)

We all are busy in this globalize world. I find it really hard and tiring to cook several dishes after work for our dinner. I really care about what my family eats and whether it is nutritios or not. So i always try to cook a balanced dinner. This is one of them. I through every thing around to make it a full meal. This is just an idea. You can alwys create you own.

When I do shoppin g I buy wraps for easy use and so simple to make too. you can fill with what ever you like. they are handy to have. You can buy several and freeze them for later use. If nothing around can defrost one and use like this.

This is a complete meal with less carbohydrates. With all the cheeses it gives nice creamier taste. I really love the mxican food. So tasty and loads of meat and vegetables. If I see a mexican restaurant I dont think twice to have one of their beautiful meals. Try making your kids eat lot of vegetables this way. they will love it. Its good for the lunch box too.

 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLMyMaoLb9o&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 12 tortilla wraps
  • 200g Minced beef
  • 1 cup of mixed cheese
  • Mexican spices
  • 1 cup Spring onions
  • 1 can chick peas
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 bunch coriander chopped
  • Garlic sliced
  • Onion chopped
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Chillies

Method

  • Add oil in to a pan and fry onion and garlic.
  • Next add the chillies and the minced beef in to it. Stir Fry several minutes.
  • After add mushrooms and tomatoes and cook about two minutes.
  • Add chickpeas and spices and mix well. Check the salt and add salt with pepper.
  • Next add carrots and half the amount of coriander and cook again two minutes.
  • Later add spring onions and finish it.
  • Spray a baking tray and pack the tortilla wraps as directed in the video. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and herbs and bake until golden brown on top.

 

 

 

Royal falooda (????? ?????)

Falooda is one of the most beautiful drink that you can find almost every restaurant in Sri Lanka. Almost every day is a warm day there and falooda has a good market every day. The unique taste to its own, make this drink a real time favourite to any one. The colour of the drink is very attractive too. Not only it helps stop the thirst it can stop your hunger too.

I have uploaded a recipe about falooda too. Its not only a drink its a dessert  too.. when you select fruit and dried fruits for the falooda think about the taste as well as the colour. Colours plays a major part of this dessert. So if you choose dates like me it need to be fresh or if dried needs to wash and soak before cutting.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kBxDmZmhS4&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • Milk
  • Soaked Basil seeds/ chia seeds
  • Sherbet syrup
  • 2 Different flavours of Jelly
  • Ice cream
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruits
  • Cooked & chilled vermicelli

How to Make the rose syrup/Sherbet Syrup

  • 100g sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1tsp rose essence
  • 2 Tblsp rose water

Method

  •  Boil water with sugar and rose essence and then add colouring. Simmer for 5 minutes and store in fridge.
  • Prepare all the other ingredients everything and leave in fridge to chill.
  • Take a tall glass and add ice cream.
  • Add sherbet syrup, milk, vermicelli and jelly.
  • After add basil or chia seeds, dried fruit and more milk.
  • After add fresh fruit, jelly, basil seeds and fresh fruits.
  • Finish with a scoop of ice cream.

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Oreo & White Chocolate Fudge

We find so many recipies include Oreo cookies as an ingredient these days. Kids love them I know. When I bring some for a recipe I have to hide them somewhere that my kids can’t find them.if not after I prepare everything Oreo goes missing. That happened to me so many times..

This recipe calls for only three ingredients and so simple and easy to make.  I have made this for special afternoon teas and functions so many times and I can promise you that this work really well. 

Only thing is when you melt the chocolate try not to over heat as it can go guey. The method for double broiling is to cook the chocolates in a bowl on simmering water until it melts. Good quality chocolates work really well in microwave too.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Q1kIJU-aw&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients 

  • 750g White chocolate melts
  • 390 g Condensed Milk
  • 4 Packets Oreo Cookies

 Method

  • Melt the chocolate on a double broiler or even in microwave.
  • Add a can of condensed milk in to the chocolate.
  • Break the Oreos in to Small pieces.
  • Mix with the white chocolate and the condensed milk.
  • Pour in to the prepared pan.
  • Decorate with the left over cookies.
  • Place in fridge overnight or several hours until it sets.
  • Cut as you wish.
  • Can freeze for several months.
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