Chicken Biryani

INGREDIENTS: 1.5 Kgs chicken (curry cut) 1.5 kgs Basmati rice 1 kg onions (finely sliced) 250 grams tomatoes (finely choppeds) 250 ml curd (plain yogurt mixed with water) 325 ml vegetable oil 50 ml ghee 4 pods cardamom 2 cinnamon sticks 3 whole cloves 2 green chili peppers (sliced in half) A small bunch of […]

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Pineapple Panna Drink

INGREDIENTS: 1 whole pineapple 3 tablespoons of whitle granuulated sugar (to taste) A pinch of salt 1 cup water (or more) 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (to taste) Fresh mint leaves for decoration

Chicken Roasted Under Bricks

Ingredients: 1 whole, fully-dressed chicken (mine was 3 1/2 pounds) salt and pepper to taste dried or fresh herbs on the inside only

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Ingredients for 2 large portions: 2 teaspoon vegetable oil 2 lobster tails (5-6 oz each) 2 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups cold milk cayenne to taste 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste pinch ground nutmeg few drops Worcestershire sauce 4 ounces grated sharp white cheddar cheese […]

Lauki & Methi Subzi

Ingredients: Bottle gourd (Lauki/Doodhi/Ghiya) – 500gms (approx 1lb), peeled and cubed Fenugreek Leaves (Methi Leaves) – 250gm (approx 1/2 lb), remove leaves, wash and chopped Oil – 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds (Sabut Jira) – 1 tsp Dry Red Chillies – 2-3, broken and to taste Salt – 1tbsp + 1/2 tsp or to taste Onion […]

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Ingredients: 6 Slices of White Sandwich Bread 4 Slices of Deli Turkey 4 Slices of Gouda 1 Tbsp of Mayo 1 tsp of Prepared Yellow Mustard 3 Eggs Splash of milk (a little less than 1/4 cup) Seasoned Salt, to taste 1 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil 2 Tbsp of Butter

Banana Bread

Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour ¾ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup mashed ripe banana (2-3 bananas) ⅔ cup brown sugar 6 tablespoons soft butter 2 eggs ½ cup plain yogurt or buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Galette Des Rois (King’s Pastry)

INGREDIENTS: 3.5 tablespoons (50 grams) unsalted butter 1 and 1/4 cups (150 grams) powdered sugar 1 and 1/2 cups (150 grams) almond powder 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract) 2 tablespoons orange blossom water 600 grams puff pastry Egg Wash: 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water 1 bean

MILO Drink Slice

Ingredients: 1 cup SR flour 1/2 cup plain flour 1 cup oats 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup milo 2 eggs 1/3 cup melted butter

Italian Struffoli

Shortbread Cookie

Ingredients: ¾ cup of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature 1 ¾ cup of All Purpose Flour ¾ cup of Confectioner Sugar ½ tsp of Salt 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

Prawns & Parmesan Cream

Ingredients: 100ml cream 250ml sour cream 1/2 tsp sugar 130g parmesan cheese 1 tsp garlic paste 2 tbls fresh parsley 24 cooked prawns/shrimp salt & pepper to season serve with rice

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Acorn Squash

Smoked Salmon Towers

Ingredients: 250g smoked salmon 350g cream cheese 1 tbls fresh dill 3 tbls white wine vinegar 10g powdered gelatine chives to garnish 1 cucumber 1 red capsicum juice of 1 lime salt & pepper to season

Festive Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients: Ice Cream Cake: Vanilla ice cream Ice Cream Cake: Raspberry sorbet Ice Cream Cake: Meringues, Belgian waffles, or other cookies Ice Cream Cake: unsalted pistachios Ice Cream Cake: fresh raspberries Whipped Cream: 1 pint heavy cream Whipped Cream: 1 cup powdered sugar Whipped Cream: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Raspberry Sauce: 8 oz fresh raspberries […]

Roasted Winter Root Vegetables

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Beans Chaat (Cold Beans Salad)

Ingredients: Kidney Beans (Rajma): 1 can (approx 1.5 cups) Black Beans – 1 can (approx 1.5 cups) Garbanzo Beans (Channas) – 1 can (approx 1.5 cups) Bell Pepper- 1/2 cup, chopped Radish – 1/2 cup, chopped Firm Tomato – 1, de-seeded and chopped Cucumber – 1/2 cup, de-seeded Carrots – 1/2 cup, shredded Onions – […]

Brie en Croute

Ground Lamb Meat Skewers

Ingredients 1 pound of ground lamb meat (preferably a piece from the shoulder of a lamb) 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt 1 nutmeg, to be freshly grated Slices of onions […]

Bell Pepper Subzi with Peanuts

Ingredients: Bell Pepper (Capsicum) – 3, cubed Jalapenos – 3, cubed (optional) Raw Peanuts – 1/2 cup Oil – 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – 1/8th tsp Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Lime Juice – to taste

Baby Potato Bites

Ingredients: 10 baby potatoes 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup bacon 1/4 cup chili 1/2 cup spring onion salt and pepper to season oil

Mugwort soup and mugwort rice cake

Ingredients: Mugwort Clams Dried anchovies Onion Soybean paste Flour Garlic Green Red chili pepper Perilla seeds powder

Tuscan Bean Soup

Ingredients: 2 15oz cans of Cannelini Beans, rinsed and drained 1 Large Onion, diced 4 Cloves of Garlic, minced 2 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive oil 1 Tbsp of fresh Thyme Leaves 3 ½ cups of Chicken Stock 2 Tbsp of Heavy Cream Salt and Pepper to taste 6 oz of Pancetta, diced 6 Fresh […]

Persimmon Salad with Moroccan Sweet Vinaigrette

Ingredients: vinaigrette: 1/2 cup olive oil vinaigrette: 1/4 cup white vinegar vinaigrette: 2 tablespoons argan oil (optional) vinaigrette: 1 tablespoon honey vinaigrette: 1 tablespoon dijon mustard vinaigrette: salt & pepper to taste salad: fresh spring mix salad: baby spinach salad: 1 cup pomegranate seeds salad: 1 fuyu persimmon (make sure you are picking a non-astringent […]

Stir-Fried Thai Noodles

Gluten Free Gulab Jamuns

Ingredients: Instant Non-fat Dry Milk Powder – 1 cup Cornstarch – 2 ½ Tbsps Baking Soda – ¼ tsp thick yogurt3 Tablespoons ghee2 teaspoons Oil for deep frying For the syrup: Sugar – 1 cups Water – 2 cups Ground Cardamom Seed (Elaichi) – ¼ teaspoon

How to Make Simple Donuts

Ingredients: 100g Cake Flour (3.53 oz) 1 tsp Baking Powder 1 Egg 2 tbsp Raw Sugar 2 tbsp Milk 1 tbsp Melted Butter Powdered Sugar for Regular Donuts 1 tbsp Powdered Sugar for Matcha Donuts ¼ tsp Matcha Powder

Brie en Croute

Slice Cucumbers for Sushi Rolls


Ingredients: 1 Unagi Kabayaki – Frozen Roasted Eel Sake – Unagi Sauce – 2 tbsp Mirin 1 tbsp Sake 2 tbsp Soy Sauce ⅔~1 tbsp Honey – Dashi Stock – 400ml Hot Water (1.69 u.s. cup) 2 pieces of Kombu Kelp (3x3cm / 1×1 inch) 4g Katsuobushi Shavings – Bonito Flakes (0.141 oz) ⅓ tsp […]

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