Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sweet potato pasta

Sweet potato pasta
Pasta is one of the dishes that both my kids will eat. My older one is usually not too keen on vegetables unless it is from a very small list of his favourites. I find pasta dishes an easy way to get the vegetables in. I make sauces using different vegetables so that when blended, he does not quite know what vegetable it is. This dish can be made using most root vegetables. I use sweet potatoes as it is one of five a day veggies and rather hard to get it into them otherwise and some days I also add carrots. As long as you can decide what colour what the sauce would be, choose vegetables accordingly. Here is the recipe

Boiled pasta, enough for two
1 medium sized sweet potato, cubed
1 carrot, cut into chunks
1 onion, cubed
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon butter
1 heaped teaspoon all purpose flour
1 cup milk
Oregano to season
Salt to season
Cooking oil

Heat some oil and add the onions and garlic 

Add the carrots and sweet potato and sauté for couple of minutes. Add enough water and cook the vegetables covered until soft

Allow it to cool and blend to smooth paste

To make the white sauce, heat a heavy bottomed pan and add the butter. Once melted, add the flour and keep stirring and do so until the flour gets a sandy consistency

Add milk and keep stirring until sauce consistency is reached (it will turn shiny)

Add blended vegetables, salt and oregano and then add the pasta. Allow to boil very briefly and serve!

1.      1. Make sure you do not brown the flour while making white sauce as you will end up making brown sauce

2.     2.   If you do not keep stirring the milk, it will form lumps and you do not want that

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Biscuit Pudding

Biscuit Pudding
While doing winter de-cluttering and organising, I found a few packs of biscuits. Although biscuits do not tend to get wasted, I wanted to try some dish with them. I chose biscuit pudding and when looking up recipes, I learned that it is rather popular in SriLanka. I have adapted Tarla Dalal’s recipe here...

1. some people who do not like coffee may prefer to have he biscuits dipped in milk rather than coffee
2. replace dark chocolate with milk chocolate if you prefer

12 Rich tea biscuits or Marie biscuits
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
5 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoon custard powder
1 ½ cups milk plus 3 tablespoon milk
100g dark chocolate, melted
Grated nuts for garnish

Dissolve coffee powder in hot water. You need enough water to quickly dip the biscuits in it. Dip the biscuits very briefly then break them into pieces and put in individual serving bowls

Dissolve the custard powder in 3 tablespoon milk

Heat the rest of the milk until it is just about to boil. Now add the dissolved custard powder and make sure you stir well. Cook on low flame until it coats the back of the spoon.

Now add the sugar and melted chocolate and stir well. It will thicken but still be of pouring consistency.

Pour this on the biscuit and garnish with chopped nuts

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Cornmeal Savory Bread

Cornmeal Savory Bread
My oven was literally gathering dust as I have barely been using it. Apart from roasting some veggies to make pasta sauce for the kids, I have just not been using the oven. So, this holiday season, I decided to bake like I used to, if possible, get better ;)

One of my close friends likes savory breads and I wanted to make one for her. I picked cornmeal bread and adapted the recipe from bonappetit.com. I smeared a piece with cheese and it went down well with my five year old so I guess it is job well done!

1. I have reduced the number of eggs so have used more milk and also vinegar. You can skip the vinegar and increase egg to two but you may not need the water in that case. 
2. I used a mixture of middle eastern herbs. 

1 heaped teaspoon dried herbs
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 1/3 cup cornmeal flour
2 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1tablespoon baking powder

1 egg
3 tablespoon oil
1 cup yogurt, beaten
¾ cup milk
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
A knob of butter

Grease an 8x8inch dish with butter (I used a rather rectangular dish but was fine with it) and preheat oven to 170degC
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl

Mix all wet ingredients in medium bowl

Pour wet ingredients into dry ones and mix. Add the vinegar and mix briefly. Scrape the batter into the greased dish. The batter may be slightly thick. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.