Right by my office at my local Loblaws they make and serve a mean Thai Chicken soup. I love Thai flavors and this soup does not dissapoint. The main ingredient is Thai red curry paste that is mellowed down but not dorwned out by a delicious and creamy coconut milk. After paying about 7 dollars each time I had a Thai soup craving, I decided to experiment with different variations of the recipe till I finally got it just right. I added rice and veggies to this to make it very hearty.
You can use store bought Red Thai Curry paste, but there’s magic if you make your own and I have a recipe right here for you if you want an authentic taste. This soup will leave you KRAVING for more.
There’s nothing like the taste of an earthy pulled chicken to stuff a taco, enchilada, empanada or top a tostada! My boys simply love to prepare their own meals and snacks when I’m not around and every time I make a batch of this it disappears before I can say Jack Robinson, or should I say Jesus Gonsalves?
If you’re Goan( Goa is a state in India) there’s nothing more delicious than a Shrimp Vindaloo or Vindalho. This is an authentic recipe using the spice paste recipe from our family recipe books. While this dish may sound very hard to prepare, it’s really not. Follow my simple steps below and watch the video for more step by step instructions. Vindaloo is traditionally made with Pork, but these Chicken, Mutton Shrimp are very popular. Since Shrimp has a tendency to get rubbery if it’s overcooked, I will be sauteing this and then adding it back in at the end, you wouldn’t need to do this with Chicken, Pork or Mutton.
The very first time I tried Creme Brulee at a friends engagement, I was blown away. The cracked sugar and creamy cold custard left a lasting impression on my mind. Over the years, when given a chance, I would always order this heavenly dessert. I finally got around to trying and perfecting it for myself!
Turn an old favorite into a new creation. A creamy hot chocolate mixture is turned into a decadent dessert. This was an old recipe passed down by my Godmother and I realized that it was neither a mousse, pudding or souffle and hence the name was born.
If you ask anyone that grew up in India what they like to do when they are caught at home on a rainy day, I can almost guarantee that they would say they’d like to be curled up with a cup of chai(tea) and garma garam(literal translation – hot) pakoras. Now they are likely referring to potato or onion slices that are dipped in a simple chick pea batter flavoured with whole and ground spices and herbs and deep fried. The pakoras are fritters are crispy and should be eaten immediately.
I’m making a popular twist on this recipe which has a blend of Indian Chinese ingredients called the Chicken Pakora. Pakora is an Indian term for a deep fried fritter but pairing it with Asian ingredients makes this recipe uniquely Indo Chinese. If you haven’t heard about Indian Chinese cusinine before, I’m here to tell you that it is simply the best. India is home to generations of Chinese immigrants that brought their wonderful cuisine with them. Over time with the influences of their new adopted country these flavours got bolder and incorporated ingredients not typically seen in regular Chinese menus. The recipe for Chicken or Shrimp Pakoras likely evolved over time and is a wonderful blend of the two cultures. Although the population in India is predominantly vegetarian, there are plenty of people that love their meat, chicken and fish to enjoy these delights!
I use boneless Chicken boneless thigh in this recipe and coat it in a wonderful batter before deep frying it till crunchy. You can use Chicken breast if you prefer. Bear in mind that thigh meat, although more succulent, does take a bit longer to cook.
This meatball encompasses all the flavors of a stereotypical Christmas or Thanksgiving meal all in one bite. Ground Turkey is mixed together with spices, herbs, rice, nuts, rice and cheese and rolled in fresh breadcrumbs before it’s baked to a crispy finish. It’s the magic of the holidays all in one bite.
In this recipe I’m using lean Turkey because this is the only kind that was available, but dark meat would work well too. I’ve got one pound of minced Turkey and I’m going to be adding some crazy favours of Christmas to the mixture before I shape them into meatballs. I’m also adding small cubes of Asiago that will form pockets of melty cheese. These meatballs are rolled in a breadcrumb, herbs and grated cheese mixture before baking in a hot oven. If you use a mini ice cream scoop, you can make an appetizer size or a regular ice cream scoop size would make a great side to a creamy pasta.
Crème brûlée is one of those desserts that look super difficult to make, is a little technical but really easy to nail. Cream is simmered and then poured into beaten eggs and sugar to make a delicious custard base and then baked. Once cooked and chilled the magic begins, sugar is poured over the top and bruleed to perfection. This is not just a tropical twist, it’s also great for people that are lactose intolerant or just don’t want to eat dairy.
I’ve invested in some mini mason jars – they are the perfect size for this dessert and once they’re set I can close them and stack them up in my refrigerator. You will also need a blow torch – these kitchen versions are safe and very inexpensive.
I don’t know why but lately I’ve been thinking about my college days a lot and one of those memories was definitely hanging out with friends and enjoying all of the culinary delights Bombay has to offer. Of course one of them is the delectable Bombay Chicken. Bombay was officially changed to Mumbai in 1995 by the ruling political party, but the name of this snack never really changed. Similar to Chicken 65, this recipe is prepared dry and spicy a perfect accompaniment to a cold beverage. Like many others, there are many different variations to the the ingredients used in this recipe. I base this recipe sorely from my memory of how it should taste and the end result is pretty damn good!
This recipe is super easy to prepare. We first create the spice base and caramelize the chicken in it and serve it garnished with coriander and shallots. Boneless chicken is your best option as this is basically a bar snack. I prefer and urge you to use Chicken thigh instead as dark meat is more succulent, it’s also better as the masala takes time to thicken and the chicken cooks slowly at the same pace.
Jhinga Makhani is a very popular Indian curry where Jhinga or Shrimp is cooked in a well balanced buttery gravy. I learned how to make this gravy from the very talented Sanjay Thumma of vahrehvah.com. This base gravy is so delicious that you can use this to also make fish, crab or even chicken.
What I love about this recipe is that you can make your base gravy ahead and cook your seafood right before you serve it so it’s not overcooked. You can also make it and freeze it ahead and add seafood and finish off with cream when you’re ready. It’s great sopped up with some crusty bread or also served with long grained Basmati rice.
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, don’t worry you can make the same recipe on your stove top, it will just take a lot longer and require you to keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.