Carnival Bows – Crunchy Sweet Snack

These tiny little bows are really yummy. They are not very sweet. Thats why added icing on top. They are just right to go with a nice cup of coffee.

When you make them make sure to pack them in air tight containers or in bags to keep them fresh and crispy.  You can keep them for about one week . If you like it more sweeter add some sugar in to the mix.

 

Ingredients

  • 280g  Plain flour
  • 70g Corn Flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Sour cream
  • 5 Egg Yolks
  • 60g Butter
  • 60ml Baileys Irish cream or fruit juice

Method

  1. Add flours, butter, salt and mix well.
  2. While mixing add sour cream and egg yolks. Mix until all start combining.
  3. Next add the  Irish cream and mix until a smooth dough ball forms.
  4. Divide the dough in  to equal size pieces. Roll each dough piece in to a thin layer.
  5. Using a pasta cutter, or a knife cut in to strips.
  6. Then again cut across in to small rectangular shapes.
  7. Press ends to make a  bow.
  8. Prepare and pack on a tray.
  9. Heat some oil in a pan or your deep fryer.
  10. When the oil is hot add a batch of bows in to it.
  11. Fry until golden brown.
  12. Drain on paper towels.
  13. After sprinkle some icing sugar on top.
  14. Serve with  a coffee.

Passionfruit & Marshmallow Slice

Passionfruit is tropical fruit that contains lots of vitamins and minerals. Though it is sweet and tarty in flavour when you add in to sweets it gives the best flavour ever. Adding the seeds in to the dessert gives a beautiful look to a dessert too.

You can buy passion fruit as a pulp. But it contains a lot sugar. If you are mixing it in sweets make sure not to add lots of sugar. But if you are using fresh passionfruit make sure to add sugar. I used sweetened passionfruit in this recipe.

When selecting marshmallows for this recipe try buying one colour. Once I did with several colours and came out with another beautiful colour.

When you add the passionfruit on to the base and leave overnight it becomes softer and melt in the mouth. Make sure to put in fridge all the time and also you can cut and freeze the slice with out a problem.

 

http:/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vuud_BXbVM

 

Ingredients

For the Base
  • 150g butter
  • 60g Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 125g Plain flour
  • 60g Self Raising flour
For the Topping
  • 100g passionfruit pulp
  • 200-250g  Marshmallows
  • 300ml Cream
  • 50g Sugar
  • 30ml Lemon juice
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
  2. Prepare a slice pan with a baking paper on for easy release.
  3. Add the butter, sugar, and vanilla in to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  4. After add the flours and vanilla and mix well until all combines together.
  5. Press the dough and prick with a fork and bake 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile whip the cream and leave in the fridge.
  7. Next melt the marshmallows in a pot with all the other ingredients and leave to completely cool down,
  8. After add the marshmallows in to the whipped cream and mix well.
  9. Pour it on top of the cooled base and leave in fridge overnight.
  10. Cut according to the size that you like.
  11. Can freeze the left overs in individual bags.

Oven Baked Salmon Patties

Salmon patties are one of my favourites. When we were in SriLanka we had the same with fresh tuna. My mum made them  small like the size of a plum. Coated the same way. I did the same here for the salmon. When you dip patties in eggs its really thin and always breakable and also looks bad too. But when you dip the patties in flour and water mix it helps to hold the shape and also give s a nice crust. This nice crunchy patties tastes better too.

The patties can be cooked in several ways. I prefer to use oven when I need a rest after. Deep fried patties are the best in taste. They are more crunchier too. You can pan fry them too. What ever the way you prefer it tastes nice and look nicer too. When you use panko crumbs it gives the nice crunch and a look to the patties. Serve them hot with a side salad or steamed fresh veggies.

Bon Appetit!

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Cut or slice some onions, several cloves of garlic and curry leaves or parsley. (Make sure to cut Finely)

 

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You need 1/2 tsp Pepper, Paprika, cumin powder and coriander powder with salt. Salt always according to your taste.

 

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I have an onion, garlic, carry leaves. Lime juice.

 

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I used one can pink salmon. I always clean the skin. Take off the bones.

 

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Boil the potatoes , strain and remove the skins.

 

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Add about a tablespoon full oil in to a pan. Wait until the oil is very hot.

 

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Add the sliced onions , garlic, herbs in to the hot oil and stir fry in hot oil.

 

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Add the spices to the onions. Stir well and cook about 2-3 minutes.

 

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This way it releases the aroma.

 

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squeeze lime or lemon juice. If you like can add zest too.

 

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Add the salmon.

 

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Stir the salmon on a high heat until no liquid left at all

 

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After add the potatoes. I normally crush the potatoes.

 

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When there are pieces of potatoes in patties it look nicer and when you eat you its nice to to have chunks than mashed potatoes.

 

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You will need flour to coat the patties

 

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I am using panko crumbs. They cook nice and golden in the oven.

 

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With out doing the egg wash I use flour, salt and turmeric powder. I used 5 table spoon flour with a pinch of turmeric powder and salt.

 

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Add about 375 ml water.

 

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Stir well. It shouldn’t be very thick or thin.

 

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Put the patties in flour.

 

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Coat well.

 

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Dip the patties in the flour mix.

 

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Coat the crumbs well.

 

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Lay them on a baking tray. Spray the oil well.

 

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Bake 0n 200c Preheated oven about 1/2 an hour. Serve with tomato sauce.

Vegetable Stack from Scratch

 

Recently I went out with some of my colleagues  from my former workplace.  We went to a very famous corner café in Melbourne. I got the chance to look at all the beautiful sweets and savouries. For a chef like me its always copy at  least one from each. I copycat a sweet which I will soon upload. This is the one my two beautiful friends ordered. The beautiful vegetable stack To tell the truth my imagination turned out 100 times better than the one I saw. One small size of a stack like 2x4x3 slice was $8.50.  The tray I made cost less than 15 dollars but worth like 100 dollars. Any way its all about labour cost.

When you do this slice , make sure to slice the vegetables thinly so you can have several colourful layers. First deep fry the egg plants and pat dry them well to take excess oil. You can do this step several days before and leave to absorb oil wrapped up in paper towels.

When you blanch the veggies make sure to do greens, pumpkins and carrots first. They don’t release colour to the boiling water. Next you can do the potatoes. If you wash  the potatoes well the water will not go thick with the starch. That depends on the variety of the potatoes too. Add the beetroot lastly as it releases the colour. Make sure to pat dry al of the on paper towels to reduce  releasing extra water in the slice.

If you are a vegetarian or a vegan omit the eggs and add like quarter cup of flour to almond milk or rice milk. As an option you can add fried tofu thinly sliced as a source of protein.

When you cool the slice completely it sets well and comes out nicely. This can be kept in fridge up to 4 days with out a problem.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDn-SVEl2_M&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2-3 Table spoon plain flour
  • 1 Cup Cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Large Egg plants
  • 2-3 Large carrots
  • 500g Pumpkin thinly sliced
  • 500g  potatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 large salad onions sliced
  • A bunch of greens
  • 1 Beet root thinly sliced

Method

 

  • Wash vegetables.
  • Slice  them thinly as you can.
  • Bring two litres of water to boil. Add a table spoon full salt in it.
  • Blanch all the vegetables. (Read the description above to get the tips)
  • Deep fry the egg plants
  • Make the egg mix by adding the eggs, flour, milk together with some salt, & pepper.
  • Spray a 12×8 inch baking tray.
  • Preheat the oven to 200c.
  • Start layering the vegetables. Make sure to add the cheese between with the egg mix.
  • Top with the remaining egg mix and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake on 200c about 20-30 minutes or until the eggs set.
  • Cool completely before cutting.

 

Simple & Easy Chocolate Pizza

Kids parties, school markets, or for a brunch…. try this beautiful pizza as a change. This comes so nice and beautiful. You can decorate this with anything chocolaty. When doing this try to mach colours. Different colours of M&Ms will do the job too.

The secret is the base. It has to be as thin as you can roll. So it gives this nice chocolate base in few minutes. If you have time try little individual pizzas for a change.

School holidays are another good time to practice cooking. They will not say no to this. Ask them to fill with what ever they like.Enjoy baking!

 

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Chocolate Pizza (Simple Baking)
 
Ingredients :
  • I cup bread flour
  • 75ml warm water
  • Pinch of salt 4 grams of yeast
  • 1tbsp of cocoa powder
  • Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup white choc chips
  • 1/2 milk choc chip
  • 1/4 of dark choc chips 
  • 1/2 flaked almond 
  • Nutella
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. 
  • Into a standard mixing bowl add the bread flour, cocoa powder, olive oil, yeast and salt.
  • Mix this for about 2-3 minutes, slowly add the water to make a smooth dough. You can always add more water if needed. 
  • Flour the bench and and kneed the dough until it’s not sticky anymore, then roll the dough into the desired pizza base. shape keep about 1-2cm thickness.
  • Fork the base to release the pressure and air when cooking.
  • Brush the top of the base with melted butter.
  • Bake this in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Using the nutella as a sauce or paste spread it over the base while it’s still hot, then add the desired toppings, such as the white chocolate chips and the dark chocolate chips. You could also you marshmallows. Place this in the oven for about five minutes until the chocolate chips are melted but still in shape.
  • Then let it cool down, best served with whipped cream.

Sri Lankan Fish pasties (Deep fried fish pasties)

Sri Lankan fish pasties are a very popular snack. The pastry gives it a real taste when its deep fried. The taste of the fish and potatoes with added spices gives it a awesome taste. I can remember my mum used to make them for alms givings and for as a snack for special occasions.
Its worth making them for snacking or as a finger food. If you don’t like to consume a lot of oil in your food add a teaspoon full baking powder in to the dough and bake them  on 180 about 20 minutes.
You can make several batches at once and freeze them for future use. You can freeze them for 3-4 months with out a problem. If you freeze after frying, just thaw them in the microwave or bake them for several minutes

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsOKO2rUWak&w=560&h=315]

 

Sri Lankan Fish Pasties

Ingredients

For the pastry………
  • 250 g Plain flour / or 2 cups of plain flour.
  • 115 g Butter (Chilled)
  • 60 ml of chilled Water
For the Filling
 
  • 1 can of Mackerel
  • 2 boiled & Mashed potatoes
  • Salt
  • Onions finely diced
  • Chillies
  • Curry leaves
  • Curry powder
  • Chilli powder
  • Pepper
Method
  • Add butter and plain flour in to a mixing bowl.
  • Add a little water make a smooth dough. (nearly 5-10 Min)
  • While kneading the dough make the filling.
  • Add oil in to a pan & add onion , Chillies and curry leaves.
  • Cook 2-3 min until onions are soft.
  • Add the spices ,salt and fish and cook it a minute
  • Add potatoes and cook another minute.
  • And leave it to cool.
  • Put the pastry in the fridge for 30 min.
  • Then divide the dough in to two equal parts and then each in to a circle.
  • Cut the dough in to circles.
  • Fill with the filling  and press with a fork.
  • Deep fry it until golden brown.
  • Serve with tomato sauce.
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