Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Best Ever Banana Bread

1 large ripe banana or 2 medium ones
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water

Mix and let set for atleast 15 minutes

2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup shortening(I use vegetable oil)
1tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional but it tastes amazing with it)

Mix all together with a large spoon and add the banana mixture to it. Mix well and pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325 F for about an hour or until done.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Steak with mashed potatoes

Chicken Steak !

6 chicken breasts- sliced in two and pounded to a half inch thickness
salt and pepper to taste
2 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp chili sauce
21/2 tsp steak sauce
chopped garlic

Mix the breasts with the above ingredients and leave to marinate for a few hours.

Heat a grill pan on the stove and melt some butter and add some olive oil. when its hot place the steaks on the grill pan and do not touch them for atleast 10 minutes or until they ae cooked on one side. Then flip over the steaks and let them cook for another 10 minutes or until cooked through. This should be done over medium heat , it should not be too high or too low.

Mashed potatoes
Add about 5 boiled potatoes to a pot and add about 1/2 cup butter. On medium heat mash the potatoes and butter together until well blended. Add salt and black pepper to taste . Add 3 tbsp of light cream, 1/2 cup cream cheese (use the philly light version) and blend it togther. once done, dish it out and add some frewshly chopped parsely on top. Serve with steak and also some boiled veggies on the side.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Chicken Spinach and Veggie Pulao

Packed with nutrients and great taste, even the fussiest of eaters will hopefully enjoy my recipe. I came up with this recipe to somehow get spinach and chicken broth into my son, who does not eat meat or veggies. I hope you enjoy making this dish for your family and friends and of course the little bratz who turn up their noses at almost everything!!

3 cups rice
2 pound Chicken Drumsticks
1 packet frozen spinach-thawed
2 medium onions-thinly sliced
1tsp Zeera
1tsp garam masala
2 green chillies-whole
1tsp garlic paste- or finely chopped garlic
1 cup peas
1/2 cup corn kernels
Salt and Pepper to taste

Wash the rice thoroughly and soak it in water.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan add the chicken to boiling water. Add salt and pepper to taste. When the chicken has cooked , remove the pieces from the water and measure the remaining stock. Discard the bones and chop the chicken.
In a non stick pan, add about 1/2 cup olive and canola oil mix and fry the onions in it. Once they are golden brown add the zeera. Then add the chopped chicken and fry the pieces for about 10minutes or so until they too are a nice golden brown.Then add the chopped garlic. Add the measured stock and the entire liquid added should be about 5 cups. So if the stock is 3 cups add 2 cups of water. Add salt and garam masala and the green chillies. Leave them whole so as to avoid excessive heat. When the liquid boils, add the rice and put the stove on low -medium. Let it cook for 20 minutes , until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked through. Turn off the stove Leave the lid on for another 15 minutes.