Thursday, September 29, 2011

Egg and Cucumber Sandwiches




My kids favorite after-school snack! They come home so hungry and much down on these with lightning speed. I personally like them too ;)

4-5 Boiled Eggs
1 cucumber
About 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1 pk Dollar rolls or Dinner Rolls


Slice the eggs and the cucumbers into thin slices. Please use the slicer if you can. I was too lazy to dig down my pile of dirty dishes in the sink.

Here are the dinner rolls but as I mentioned, I used dollar rolls too. Any rolls would work, I guess. Pre-sliced ones are better!


Slice them into half if they are not pre-sliced.


Squeeze some Mayonnaise on the bottom half.

Press on a few slices of eggs and a couple of cucumber.


Put the top half and push lightly.


Arrange them on a plate and see them disappear in no time..


You can make it ahead of time and wrap them individually in cling wrap and leave it in the fridge for later snacking. These would last a few days in the fridge if given the opportunity..

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Quicker Zeera Boti

For all my friends in Orlando/Kissimmee area.. This is what I found at Sedano's Supermarket! I have seen the stir-fry version of peppers and onions.. but these are diced!! I feel like I am on the seventh sky!

Little things like this makes me happy!

Do you know what this means? Zeera boti in a jiffy.. Here is how..


Diced Onions and Peppers

  + Petite Diced Tomatoes
 +  cooked petite diced meat..
 = Voila!!


Make it today! Or tomorrow! Or next week.. but do..
Here is the Step by step Recipe 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pina Colada

I am by no means claiming that this is the authentic Pina Colada recipe but this is how I make it and its something my whole family enjoys and ofcourse, its simple too. By now, most of you already know that 'Quick n Easy' is my middle name!

1 can Pineapple tidbits in Pineapple juice
1 pk Cream of Coconut Powder
1/2 cup of sugar (adjust to taste)
3-4 cups of ice cubes

Now all you need is a blender!!


Put ice into the blender jug so it fills at least half way. Don't skimp on the ice.
Pop open the can of Pineapples and pour it in the blender along with the last drop of juice.
Cut open a pouch of Coconut Cream and empty it in the blender.
Add the sugar only if the pineapples are in unsweetened juice.Start off by adding half of the sugar first. Check for taste and adjust sugar accordingly.

Hit the Blenderize button and see the magic.

Pour into glasses and enjoy on a sunny day! I prefer it right from the jug though.. to each his own :)


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Crepes

On request, I am bumping this recipe up. Also a few questions that you had addressed, I have edited in the recipe below. Enjoy!!


Crepes:
1/2 cup All purpose Flour
3 tbsp heaped Corn Starch
1 Egg
Pinch of Salt
Add water to make a smooth batter. Makes about 15 crepes
Oil spray

Filling:
1 can Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup frozen Veggies
1/2 cup Cooked Chicken
1/2 cup Broccoli Slaw or separately shredded carrots and cabbage

Topping:
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup grated cheese

Add together flour, cornstarch, salt and egg. Mix well and add enough water to make a smooth batter. The thinner batter you can handle the better. Don't be alarmed with the two eggs in the picture below. I have doubled the recipe.

 The batter should be easily pourable. I like to compare it to the consistency of whipping cream when you pour it from the carton.

In a non stick frying pan, spray with oil and pour a spoonful of batter and rotate the pan to cover the base. The thinner the crepes, the better it will taste. Experiment and feel free to munch on the first few that doesn't come out perfect.


Flip over and cook lightly on the other side.

Transfer to a plate and stack them up. Let it cool.

You can pretty much use any kind of filling. Let your imagination go wild :)

I am using a can of mushroom soup and the broccoli slaw.

Also frozen vegetable blend. It has corn, peas, carrots and beans.

And also a bit of Pepper stir fry.

Add it all in a bowl and add the cooked chicken shredded.

Pop open a can of Mushroom soup and add it to make a nice goey filing.

Check for taste. Add salt if needed. Lay a crepe flat and pour a tablespoon full of filling in the middle.

Turn over one side

And then the other and close it so no filling shows.

With the seam side on the bottom, arrange the crepes in a greased clear pyrex dish.

Now to prepare the topping, pour the heavy whipping cream in a bowl.

Add the Mayonnaise and the sour cream and whip it up until smooth.

Now pour it over the crepes to completely cover it.

Just like that!


Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crepes are heated through.

And of course I don't have the picture of the baked crepes.. Always in a hurry to serve..or eat ;)
Enjoy!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hot 'n Sour Soup

Having the advantage of cubed chicken stock and Cole slaw mix makes this soup ready in a jiffy. I usually have cooked and shredded chicken ready in the freezer for sandwiches and stuff but if you don't have any handy, just boil the chicken with ginger and garlic paste and a bit of salt.

2 pks Knorr Chicken Cubes or homemade stock
1/2 cup Broccoli slaw / Cole slaw mix
1/2 cup Shredded cooked chicken
2 Eggs, whisked
3tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
Few dashes Soy sauce
Few dashes Worcestershire sauce
Few dashes Hot chili sauce
2 tbsp Sugar


In a pot, add about 8 cups of water and 3 cubes of chicken stock.
 Add the shredded chicken.
 Add the sauces and salt and pepper and the sugar too.
 Chop up the coleslaw and throw that in as well.
 Dissolve the cornstarch in water and pour it in
 Use a hand blender or a whisk to get everything nice and even.
 Let it thicken and finally add the whisked egg.. make sure to stir the eggs right away to scramble it in the soup. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
 Chop up some more coleslaw and toss it on top.

Mix and pour into soup bowls and enjoy with bread sticks, croutons, or on its own..



Monday, September 12, 2011

Pan-Grilled Steaks


I don't have the luxury of grilling my steaks the traditional way anymore so I have tried the Pan-Grilled Method and it turned out quite nice and juicy. Ofcourse I wanted to share it with you. Here it goes..

8 Veal Steaks, Lean and 3/4inch - 1 inch thick
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Worchestershire sauce
Soy sauce
Mustard paste
Garlic Powder
Minced garlic
Knorr Demi-Glaze (If available)
Mashed Potatoes and Veggies for Side


Wash and pat-dry the steaks with a paper towel.


Marinate with salt, pepper, garlic powder and minced garlic and the soy sauce, worchestershire sauce and mustard paste. You could keep the seasoning simply by just seasoning it with salt, pepper and garlic as well. To each his own.



Leave it out at room temperature for atleast 1/2 hour upto 2 hours

I didn;t have a cast-iron skillet or a grilling pan at hand so I used a sizzler insert. Any cast-iron skillet/pan would do. If you are braver than I am, use a stainless steel pan..

Now heat the pan to medium hot and test it by flickering a speck of butter. If it sizzles and browns right away, you are ready for your journey.

Grease the pan with butter and slap a steak right onto the middle. DO NOT TOUCH the steak for the next five minutes. It wont burn, Promise! If you want the steak to have the pretty grill marks, I repeat, do not touch that steak! Put the timer on for five minutes and load your dishwasher.Or just empty out your dishwasher. Do anything but DO NOT touch that steak. I hope I have emphasized enough! PHEW!




Teeent Teeent!! Okay times up! Now flip your steak to the other side. Do not touch that steak for the next five minutes.. At this point, you should be able to see those grill marks!



In the meanwhile, prepare mashed potatoes the way you like it. I like the instant version where you just toss milk and butter into the potato flakes and whip it and microwave.. Easy!


Also prepare a veggie side if you like, I prefer the frozen veggies that are ready to steam in the bag. Listen, I am a busy (and lazy) Mom!! Don't lecture me on using fresh veggies..

Also, if you are fortunate enough to have the Knorr Demiglaze, prepare the sauce as well. If you don't, I will post a recipe soon (As soon as I am out of this good-stuff and won't have much choice to make my own)




Teeent Teeent!! Times up again to serve your steak.. If your steaks are thicker, it might need 6-8 minutes per side. If you are still unsure if the steaks are done, cut it into half while still on the pan and see if there is any redness. I prefer mine well-done but I know some prefer medium rare as well.

Ready to Serve! Plop some mashed potatoes on the side of the plate with a steak or two and drizzle the demi-glaze all over it.




And I prefer it with Sugar Snap peas (that's all I had in the frezer. If someones going grocery shopping, I can gladly handover my list)

Enjoy!!