Okonomiyaki (Cabbage Pancakes)

Okonomiyaki or the cabbage pancakes are really an easy meal to try when you are really busy.  The other thing is cabbage is less in calories. I am not a person who loved cabbage. Now I love to eat cabbage in these pancakes when ever I feel lazy to cook. As a full time worker I always cut my vegetables oduring the weekend. i store them in fridege for my one pot meals. I call this a one pot meal too.

To make the pancakes a full meal you can add several different vegetables and some meat in to the pancake mix.  Some people like a soft pancake texture when some  others like the fillings with less batter which is enough to bind the  ingredients together. There are no rules for  filling or the  toppings. Use what you have in the fridge.

There is one thing you should remember when you make these pancakes. Vegetables always gives extra liquid when you mix them all together with salt. So be carefull when adding more liquid. I always do several and add a bit more flour for the last few as you will get all the uices out from the mixture.

When making the pancakes try cooking onb a low flame to get the best look. Its served with diferent types of sauces. Add anything to your liking as the topping. If you are a vegetarian try omitting prawns and eggs.

This recipe will serve 4-6 people.

I am using half of a large cabbage . Shredd or grate or cut finely.

Add other flavours to it. I used leeks onions , prawns (I used cooked prawns)and green chillies. Chillies are always optional.

Add about a cup of flour with 3 table spoons full corn flour in to a bowl with salt and pepper.

Break 3 eggs in to a bowl and  whisk well. Pour on to the flour. Add 1/2 cup of milk to mix with flour. Make a batter.

Add the chopped vegetables and prawns on to the batter. Mix well.

Pour the prepared batter with cabbage on to a grill or a pan and cook on low flame on both sides until well cooked.

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Serve hot with your favourite sauce as the topping.

Chinese Chilli Paste from Scratch

Chinese chilli paste is really popular in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans Love this sweet, tangy  and spicy chilli paste to accompany with most Chinese and Sri Lankan dishes. I always make my own with scratch. You can keep this for a longer period. If you do a larger batch of chilli paste make sure to put them in serialised jars.

When you cook different rice dishes as one pot meals can add a spoon or two chilli paste  to  make it look  appealing and to give zing. I always use the fresh school prawns (Tiny prawns) in this. You can always use dried shrimp in this too. The chilli paste should contain pieces of prawns too. Never powder the prawns for chilli paste. The authentic Chinese chilli paste has a nice crunchy pieces of prawns.

To tell you the truth I even like the chilli paste on a piece of toast or even on a cracker.  Shh …… 😀

Buy any Kind of a prawns and clean well. After wash several times. I am using 500 g of school prawns

Deep fry the prawns.

Process the prawns

When processed it should look like this.

You will need a cup of chilli flakes.

Get about 250 ml oil for the paste and extra for deep frying the prawns.

Get 1/2 cup of vinegar.

get one onion or several shallots, garlic, 3 inches ginger

1/2 cup of sugar and enough salt to your taste

Add onion, Ginger, Garlic with vinegar and process until creamy

Put the pan on the stove and add the oil.

When the oil is hot add the process in gredients and stir fry well.

Afer add thechilli flakes and stir well. but make sure not to burn the chillies. Always the  pot should be on low heat.

Stir well and add sugar. Stir again. Make sure not to burn.

Add the deep fried and processed prawns in to the pan. Stir well.

Store in sterelized jars.

Yogurt & Mango Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is an easy dessert to try with fruits or with out fruits. This is a simple summery dessert. Normally panna cotta is made with  fresh cream or whipping cream. Adding yogurt in to it made it healthy as well as less in calories.

All the different types of fruits goes well with  panna cotta. Specially, mangoes, strawberries , blackberries or raspberries gives a nice and a beautiful colour to this dessert.

Doing this dessert in individual moulds works well too. You can make a coulis or puree fresh fruits to serve with this to give additional flavours and colour.

 

 

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Cream Cheese bread

Cream cheese bread is one of my favourite breads. So creamy and rich in flavour and will come out like cotton soft.My secret for a softer bread is always the kneading process and the correct measurements.

To make the bread softer you can always add softening agents as in bread shops. With out softeners you can make proper bread if you knead well. I never keep any secret to my self. Trust me , you are getting the 100% correct recipes.

 

 

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Fruit & Nut Biscotti from scratch

These beautiful cookies are loaded with lots of nuts and fruits. I really love the taste and also the texture of it.  I didn’t double bake these cookies as I loved the texture which gives  a feel  of nutty cake.

Normally biscotties are baked two times. If you do not the texture of this cake you can always double bake to leave longer.

If you like you can double bake these for keeping longer. It didn’t stay longer at my place. It will be a  real treat with a coffee or to give away for Christmas.

This recipe will make 25-30 slices.

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Slice the log in to thin slices. 

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Banana & Condensed Milk

Though banana bread can be done in different ways , one of the best ways is with condensed milk. To get the colour and add some sweetness I added molasses in it. But you can totally omit molasses from this recipe too.

This bread is not very sugary  as I didn’t add much sweetness to this bread. One way this bread is healthy with less oil and sugar. The other thing is you can serve this with a cup of coffee with extra butter or jam if you wish.

Where ever I go I order banana bread with my coffee. I always noticed that there is a huge difference from cafe to cafe. Don’t try from commercial type places as they put preservatives to keep longer.

I have so many different versions of banana bread types. Please browse in my channel or under the cake section if you like banana bread.

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Chocolate Eclairs From Scratch

Hamburger Rolls

Hamburger rolls are so simple and easy to make. From the money you buy 6 you can make 15 with out a problem. All you need is a bit of patience. I always do a larger batch and leave in freezer to use later.

Making bread at home is a good way of not having any preservatives and unnecessary amounts of sugar and oil. The other thing is tastes much better than a shop bought.

This recipe will do 12-15 buns. you can always multiply or divide this to get larger or smaller batches.

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Spongy Pillow Cake

No wonder why these beautiful cakes got this name. They are so spongy and very light like a feather. Its worth trying this recipe at least once to see how it looks like. I always add less sugar in my recipes. If you like to add more please feel frr to add more sugar.

I did this cake in small loaf pans. But you can always use a larger tray for this. This can be kept in a fridge for a longer time too. Other than that you can freeze the cake with out a problem.

 

 

 

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Condensed Milk Bread

My hobby is baking and gardening . I love experimenting bread every weekend. Its spring here in Australia and that means I am baking bread again. In winter its hard to proof. But still I used the warm oven  for proofing. So you can see more bread soon.

This bread sounds hard but very simple to make. Its worth putting the effort to bake this beautiful bread at least once. The bread is so light and soft. I prefer this just like the milk bread. So tasty with butter and jam. 🙂 Even you can use with savouries too.

This stays out two days with out a problem and also last about 4 days in fridge. Can freeze up to three months too. To get the softer crust add butter on top of the bread. Leave the bread covered with a clean tea towel about 5 minutes. You can get a glaze as well as a softer crust this way.

If you want to spoil yourself with more condensed milk add several spoons on to a slice of bread ………………. 😀   I did…..Yum…

 

 

 

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