Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Overnight Chia seed and Oats Breakfast Pudding

This is definitely the easiest and healthiest breakfast and a favourite with my family. By now whoever has read my recipes must be aware that I always like the fast forward kinds where the lazy me is not tortured by being in the kitchen for too long :)

I have really started to enjoy chia seeds filled with goodness!! They are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to raise HDL(the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke) cholesterol. Chia seeds also are rich in antioxidants, and they provide fibre, iron and calcium.
Indeed they look a little strange specially when they absorb all the liquid and bloat up and enlarge (just like the basil seeds) and sure look funny! :)

Ingredients:
15gm chia seeds
4 tbsp. rolled oats
200ml milk of your choice
2 tbsp. rose syrup
2 tbsp. honey
Fresh strawberries

Method:
The night before place in different jars the chia seeds in about 100 ml of milk along with 1tbsp and oats in the remaining milk with another 1tbsp of honey. Mix well to combine. Leave it in the refrigerator (it's pretty cold here in Sydney so I just left it outside) overnight to thicken.

In the morning I  just layered it up starting with the oats at the bottom and alternating it with chia seeds in a jar or glass. Since my little one is very fond of rose syrup I decided to add two tbsp. into the chia seed layer for her. Added some freshly sliced strawberries and it was ready in no time and the best part is with no effort!!
This delicious breakfast really saves me a lot of time as my busy mornings are always rush rush...



Hope you will enjoy this breakfast as much as I do. Thanks for dropping by and have a great day ahead. Cheers!!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

DIY Popsticks Tea Coasters

We haven’t been able to find any tea coasters that we really liked for our new home.With the kids home during the Easter break we decided to try making some instead. So we landed up making these colourful popsicle tea coasters(this was my elder one's idea).

















Materials used:
Adhesive glue
Scotch tape
Popsticks (coloured or plain)
Jute string(you can use crochet or embroidery thread of any colour, completely your choice)
Scissors,
Embellishments.





















To start with, choose the popsticks of your favourite colours (or use the plain white coloured
ones).Place them together and run a scotch tape around the centre on both sides to keep them in place(but for people like me I prefer to do without it).
Use the jute string to interweave plain white coloured the popsticks. It should be tight enough to keep the popstickss in place .





















As you reach the last Popstick interweave it backwards the same way.




















We did three complete lines at a time. We finished it off by knotting the thread at the end.
Repeat interweaving the top, centre and bottom the same way. (The centre line is optional)

Add the embellishment to the corner of the tea coaster with glue and you have this beautiful,
colourful tea coaster ready!!





















It's really very easy and you may want to try it out :) Cheers!!




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Salmon Wraps

It’s been quite a while since I have been away from bloggerland…a little busy with our relocation (btw we have relocated from Dubai to Sydney) and still trying to settle down. Feeling blessed with the change as we are now closer to greenery and nature after the desert sands for so many years.
Kids are settling down fine and are happy with their school and it has been an awesome Easter break …with trekking to some of the most beautiful mountains around New South Wales .
In between trying to settle down and being lazy just wanted to try out these salmon(salmon being our favourite) wraps and take the kids out for a picnic. The kids and I loved the taste so maybe this will be in the menu for the kids lunch atleast once a week. Happy me...this makes life easier :)

Dedicating this post to my fish lover friend!!





















Ingredients:(the best part of this recipe is there are really no measurements you have to follow
seriously)

Salmon
Oyster sauce
Wholemeal/White Wraps(whichever you prefer)
Cucumber
Tomatoes
Any of your favourite salad ingredients.(I used spinach, rocket, red and green leaves)
Peri Peri Mayonnaise( I managed to pick up a spicy one this time)
Mustard sauce
BBQ sauce

I just fried the salmon in oyster sauce.

I used the wholemeal wraps and spread the Mayonnaise(but the kids find it a little to spicy so I just spread in half the wrap to reduce the spiciness and as usual Diya tells me " you are a crazy mom") and filled up the wrap with vegetables(since the kids don't really like them when they see them...so a wrap conceals the amount you stuff :) Placed the salmon on top and added the mustard and BBQ sauce.
Then folding the wrap bottom up and on both sides and it was ready to be eaten!!
And the kids wait patiently as I try to take the never ending shots (getting the wrap took me less time that getting a shot :) )...still not to happy with the shot though...
And Diya settles down with her favourite book and says "this is heaven"!! What better compliment can I receive?
Hope to see you soon again. Have a great day!! Cheers!!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Salmon with Lemon and Herb Sauce.


























This is a simple and easy recipe and loved by my kids :)

Ingredients:

3 salmon fillets
3 cloves (big) garlic crushed
4 tbsp Peri Peri Lemon and Herb Sauce (Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce)
2 tbsp Soy sauce
Salt to taste
½ tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion sliced
A few pieces of Red, yellow, green bell pepper cubed
Fresh coriander to garnish

Method:
Rinse the salmon fillets and pat dry thoroughly.

Mix the crushed garlic, herb and lemon sauce, soy sauce and salt together in a bowl and marinade the fish with this mixture. I left it overnight.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium/high heat.

Gently lay the marinated salmon into the hot oil and cook until the both sides are golden brown   ( 5 to 7 mins on each side).

Heat remaining oil and add the sliced onions with half tsp of sugar to caramelize the onions. Add the bell peppers and saute with soy sauce and peri peri sauce and transfer to a plate and serve along with the salmon garnished with fresh chopped coriander.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Honey Ginger Mackerel




























Ingredients:

1 big Mackerel cleaned and slit.
1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns crushed (but you can use it as per your taste or how spicy you want it to be)
2” ginger sliced
2 big cloves of garlic
1tsp lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon
1 tbs Olive oil
1 tsp Sesame oil
Honey 1 tsp (I added two as my kids like it sweet )
Salt to taste

Method

Mix the crushed peppercorns, garlic, sliced ginger, honey, lemon juice and zest, olive and sesame oil and salt together in a bowl and marinade the fish with this mixture. I left it overnight.

I used an electric griddle plate preheated. Grill the Mackerel at about 100 degrees for a half an hour on both sides each till the Mackerel is cooked through.

A simple salad of red, yellow, green bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, sprouts, coriander leaves and watercress dressed in lemon juice and salt to go with the Honey Mackerel.

Cheers!!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Potato with Apple Coleslaw























Ingredients:
Apple                                    1/2 cup Julienned
Carrot                                    1/4 cup Julienned
Cabbage                               1/4 cup Julienned
Vinegar                                  2 tsp
Mayonnaise                           4 tbsp
Honey                                    2 tsp
Sesame seed                        1 tsp
Salt                                        to taste
Medium potatoes                   2
Sausage                                1/2 cup cut
Frozen peas                          1/4 cup
Frozen corns                         1/4 cup
Red, Orange Bell pepper       1 tbsp  Julienned
Black Olives                           1 tbsp                   
Coriander leaves                    chopped
Mozzarella cheese                  2 tbsp
Fresh ground peppercorns     1 tsp






















Apple Coleslaw

In a bowl mix the julienned apple, carrot and cabbage, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey, sesame seed, coriander leaves, salt and keep aside.
 
 
 

In two bowls I added water and poured the frozen peas and corn separately and set the microwave on high for 8 mins and they were done. It could take more or less depending on the amount.

I guess everyone would bake the potatoes first but me being lazy as usual with no patience I just washed the potatoes well using a vegetable brush. Dried the potatoes with a paper towel and pierced them with the fork in a couple of places and used the microwave to boil them with their skin. I used two medium potatoes as I was preparing this for the kids. It took me about 6 mins.

While the potatoes are still hot cut them potatoes lengthwise from the middle with a knife but not separating them.

With a spoon just scoop the inside of the potato(but leaving it inside the potato) and mix 2 tsp of mozzarella cheese into the potato and mix well till you get the consistency of chewing gum.

Add the apple coleslaw, then top it up with the corn, peas, sausages, bell peppers, olives and coriander.
(The amount for the ingredients could differ as your preference like mine always does depending on my mood!!)

You can complement it with sliced cucumber, carrot and chopped coriander.

Serve it hot and since it was all healthy I though a little bit of chips could do no harm ;)

Cheers and have a great day ahead!!