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Panna Cotta

Italian Dessert …… Very creamy, rich, smooth, sexy and silky!

I don’t like creamy sweet stuff much but this dessert is OK. My family loves it!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 500ml full cream (300 mL cream + 200 mL full cream milk – lite version)
  • 10g gelatine (You can easily find gelatine at any grocery store, baking isle. In Australia, you can get Halal gelatine from Coles baking isle. The brand name is “Davis” and it is certified Halal.
  • 40g Sugar (I use raw for flavour)
  • 1 tbspn vanilla extract or vanilla pod
  • Some fruits and berries to serve
  • 125 ml hot water

Procedure:

-Pour the cream and sugar into a saucepan. Slice open vanilla bean and remove the pulp. Add both the pulp and shell to the cream and sugar, and bring it to boil for 10 minutes. Take saucepan off the heat and let it cool slightly.

-Pour 125mL hot water into a container and add 1 sachet or 10g of gelatine. (Every package has different style of making gelatine, follow your package instructions)

-Stir briskly with a fork until dissolved.

-Remove the vanilla bean from the mixture and add the gelatine. Mix well and transfer to your dessert bowls. Refrigerate for 4 hours at least and serve.

Easy Mincemeat Pasta Bake

Easy and fancy for busy chefs ……

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms mincemeat
  • 500 gms pasta (any bite size pasta, penne, macaroni,) + some salted boiling water to boil the pasta
  • 1 kg pasta sauce/ 2 cans Italian diced tomatoes + ½ kg chopped fresh tomatoes + your favourite herbs + some seasoning + ½ cup grated romano/ parmesan + 2 tbspns olive oil + 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 chopped brown onion
  • 1 chopped capsicum
  • 500 gms chopped button mushrooms

FOR TOPPING

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup cheddar
  • Some romano cheese
  • Some veggies if you like

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a pan and fry onion and minced garlic until it is translucent.

-Add mincemeat and break it into pieces. When it begins to change its color add canned tomatoes and chopped tomatoes along with everything mentioned in sauce contents otherwise use 1kg leggos/ passata/ dolmio pasta sauce.

-Let it cook for about 30 minutes if making your own sauce otherwise 15 minutes on low medium heat.

-Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes and then at the end add capsicum and remove the sauce from the flame.

-Add boiled pasta and toss. Put the entire thing in a rectangular pyrex baking dish and top it up with the cheese and veggies.

-Broil in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 10 minutes or until the topping is hot, brown and bubbly. Take it out and serve.

 

Sichuan Chicken

My version of Sichuan Chicken, its hot and yummy….. Give it a try and I can bet, you will fall in love with this quick and tasty stir fry ….

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless cut into cubes
  • 1 can baby corn cut diagonally into pieces
  • 1 red onion cut into cubes
  • 1 capsicum cut into cubes
  • 1 red/ orange/ yellow bell pepper cut into cubes
  • 1 cup spring onion chopped
  • Oil 6 tbspns
  • 1 tbspn minced garlic
  • 2 tbspns red chilli paste
  • Some red chilli flakes (if you like hot)
  • A pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock (1 cup of warm water with chicken cube/ chicken salt)
  • 2 tbspns vinegar
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • 1 tbspn chilli sauce (hot sauce)
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

-Heat 4 tbspns of oil in a wok/ pan and fry garlic and chilli paste for 30 seconds. Add chicken and let it turn white on medium heat. Fry until the meat moisture evaporates and oil begins to separate.

-Add all the veggies except onion and baby corn and stir fry until the peppers get a nice golden color. Add the chicken stock and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.

-Now add all the sauces and seasonings and mix. Simmer.

-Meanwhile in a separate pan, heat 2 tbspns of oil and fry red onion cubes on high heat until it gets caramelised.

-When the sauce begins to thicken, stir in baby corn and fried onion.

-Give it a last mix and add spring onion.

-Serve with boiled rice.

Grilled Salmon with Sauteed Mushrooms and Baby Spinach

A good choice for lite, healthy, quick, easy and full filling dinner …..

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets with skin
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice
  • Some olive oil

FOR SAUTEED MUSHROOMS AND BABY SPINACH

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tomatoes chopped with seeds
  • 2 tspns oil/ some butter
  • 1 tspn Italian herb mix (parsley, oregano, thyme, onion powder & garlic powder)

Procedure:

-Combine chilli flakes, salt and lemon juice and apply on salmon fillets. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

-Heat grill pan and grill the salmon for about 4 minutes per side on medium heat.

-Take it out onto your serving dish.

-Heat oil in a skillet and fry mushrooms until they are a bit cooked.

-Add spinach and tomatoes along with the herbs. Mix, toss and stir.

-Serve on the side of salmon fillets.

Salmon with Apple Caper Salad

This is my favorite recipe for lite dinner, I like the flavor of Salmon, its different from other fish plus capers add an extra hit to it and olives of course, makes it more rich in flavor and health………

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon tail fillets
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • Some salt
  • ½ lemon squeezed
  • 2 tbspns olive oil

FOR SALAD

  • 1 cup green stuffed olives
  • 1 tbspn baby capers
  • 1 cup sliced cabbage
  • 1 cup julienned apple
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • ½ lemon squeezed

Procedure:

-Heat the grill pan and place the fillets on it with the skin side down.

-Let it freckle and crackle on low heat for about 5 minutes.

-Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt and red chilli flakes together.

-Now turn the side of the fish and apply the lemon mixture with silicon brush.

-Let it cook for 5 minutes. Then flip and apply rest of the mixture on the other side with the silicon brush.

-Take it out onto the plate with apple cabbage salad.

FOR SALAD

-Combine all the vegetables in a salad mixer and mix. Take it out in a bowl and prepare the dressing by combining red chilli flakes and lemon juice.

-Pour the dressing on the salad and serve with any grilled fish (specially Salmon).

Crisp Skinned Salmon with Greek Salad

A healthy and nutritious idea for dinner …..

 

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen


Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets (with skin)
  • Some salt
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 tbspn olive oil

FOR GREEK SALAD

Greek Salad Recipe

Procedure:

-Place salmon fillets on a plate and season with some salt. Make a mixture of oil and lemon juice and apply on the fillets.

-Take a grilled pan, place the fillets on it and then turn on the flame. (place the fillets, skin down, on a cold grill pan)

-Let the fillets warm up with the pan, this will stop the skin from bubbling and cracking.

-Cook for 2 minutes per side.

-Take a serving plate, put a generous serving of Greek Salad and place the fillet on the side with your greens.

-Serve.