Roasted Chicken

 

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Only three ingredients in this super juicy, super healthy and absolutely yummy roasted chicken.

Take a full bird with skin. Clean and pat it dry. Rub a lot of salt on it. You can use as much as three or four tablespoons without worrying about it. Squeeze in the juice of two lemons. Massage it into every nook and cranny of the bird.

Refrigerate it for at least a day.

Remove the chicken at least an hour prior to actually cooking it. It must be at room temperature. Using a kitchen napkin pat it dry and remove excess salt.

One hour inside an oven set to 180 degrees Celsius.

A thermometer reading of about 165 F is recommended. Do not go beyond that. Very very important that you don’t cross that temperature.

Also check the juices that drip from the chicken. They must be clear.

Let the chicken rest for about fifteen minutes. Carve it using kitchen shears.

Heat a girdle pan. Once it’s very hot, place the pieces skin side down for a quick sear.

The breast pieces are juicy. The legs absolutely divine.

Cement Mixer Cake!

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Every birthday we have a choice.

Contact some talented baker and get the perfect cake or make it a fun activity and involve the kids in baking their birthday cake.

My wife and I choose the latter option. Earlier this year we made this adorable Princess Cake for our daughter. This time we asked our boy what would he like. He chose his Cement Mixer Truck!!!!

Challenge Accepted.

We baked two cakes. One was round and the other is a rectangle. The rectangle forms the base of the cake and is left untouched.

The first cut in the round cake was along the red lines. The distance between the red lines was equal to the width of the rectangle cake.

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Kept the two semi circles on top of the rectangle cake as an ellipse.

The remaining cake from the now cut up round cake was cut into pieces to become the cabin of the truck, a wedge kept at the rear of the truck to hold up the ellipse. The remaining cake was placed on top of the ellipse to give it height. Every pieces was stuck to the other by using butter cream. Before that a little drizzle of sugar syrup to keep the cake moist.

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Once the crumb coating is completed, leave the cake in a fridge for a couple of hours.

For decorating the cake you can either go crazy with more cream or simply break small chocolates and arrange them like the windscreen and decals. The wheels are Oreo cookies.

A simple cake that tastes amazing and since the kids are also involved in making it…becomes a fantastic memory.

Cabbage, Lemon Chicken

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A super simple one pot meal with high protein and low carbs.

Squeeze the juice of a lemon on chicken pieces. Liberally apply pepper powder and some salt. If you have time let it marinate for some time. But its optional.

Heat oil and carefully place the chicken pieces in it. Cook covered for about 5 mins on the high heat. Open and carefully push the chicken to one side. Place chopped up cabbage beside the chicken. Cover and cook on low heat for about 15 mins. This is enough time for everything to get cooked.

Open and reduce the sauce by cooking it at high heat.

If you liked this dish, check out a similar recipe here.

Cream of Pumpkin

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Minimal Ingredients to a soul filling happy meal.

You need:

  1. A yellow pumpkin chopped into small pieces.
  2. One chopped onion
  3. One tablespoon Fennel seeds
  4. 2 dried red chilies
  5. Coriander
  6. Pinch of nutmeg
  7. 100 ml of fresh cream

Heat coconut oil and saute fennel and the red chilies. Add the onion and cook only till it softens up and turns translucent. Add the pumpkin and cook on medium heat till they soften. That should take roughly 7-8 minutes. Add coriander and mix well. Add fresh cream, stir and switch of the stove.

Let it cool and then run it thru a blender. If you want to dilute it, add some milk.

 

Masala Baingan

Heat a little sesame oil and lightly saute a teaspoon of cumin, four green chillies, some chopped garlic and a large chopped tomato. 

In most recipes tomatoes go in after all the other vegetables.

But for this recipe, the process has been reversed. Let them cook them on medium heat. Season with salt as that helps soften them faster. Use the back of your spoon to mash them up.
Add a sliced onion and cook till they lose the raw edge. Sprinkle and mix a tablespoon of coriander powder into it. Add about 300 to 400 grams of chopped brinjals and coat them evenly.

Cover and cook for about ten minutes on low to medium heat. Sprinkle some garam masala and mix well. If needed scrape the base to deglaze the pan.

Serve hot or cold.

Spinach with Crumbled Paneer

Heat about two tablespoons of ghee and saute some fennel, garlic and dry red chillies.

Add chopped spinach and let it fry in this fragrant ghee.

Once the spinach is cooked and this week take less than three minute on high heat, sprinkle the crumbled paneer.

 Stir and dry up the dish.

Always use high heat and do not cover the dish while cooking. This helps retain the vivid colors of the ingredients.

A Simple Pad Thai

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Heat coconut oil and saute in it a teaspoon of turmeric and a tablespoon of red chilly powder. Add in a lot of whole garlic cloves. Place chicken pieces and cook covered on high heat for 5 mins. Turn the chicken pieces and cook covered on low heat for 10 mins.

Add a whole eggs and stir it fast. The egg must crumble into tiny pieces.

Add chopped carrots and broccoli and cook covered for approximately 10 mins.

Season with salt and add 2 tablespoons of ground up roasted peanuts. Mix well.

Add rice noodles after following the steps given in the box they came in to soften them up. If you don’t have rice noodles, you can add anything else as well. Egg noodles, left over rice or even cooked pasta.

Mix well and squeeze in the juice of a lemon. Cook covered for about 10 mins so they all come together.

For more authentic taste you may want to add a little fish sauce.