Apple Pie

I learnt how to make apple pie on Tuesday. A 7″ pie oozing with sweet apple sauce. I made it in the afternoon and by night it was over.

Decided to make it again the next day, yesterday. Another 7″ temptation. Today I have only 2 pieces remaining. Over the past two days, two 7″ apple pies, devoured  by 8 people.

my apple pie

my apple pie

a piece of the apple pie

a piece of the apple pie

Apple pie served with vanilla ice-cream

Apple pie served with vanilla ice-cream

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Che Mato Pasta

Che Mato Pasta

Che Mato Pasta

I love this pasta. So does hubby and the entire family. Well, it’s also enjoyed by hubby’s office colleagues. What can I say – everyone loves this pasta – everyone has to! Its a pasta rich in tomato flavour and mounds of cheese…slurp….

Its the easiest tomato-based pasta to be made and so its surprising that restaurants don’t serve this! Is it because it is not authentic pasta (do we Indians really eat authentic Chinese food?) or because it has no elaborate technique to make it? So its not on menus because it is simply too simple to make?

Had it for dinner tonight and a hot mug of Mocha coffee. Bliss. All set for a good night sleep.

 

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Shakshouka

Shakshouka is a Tunisian / Arabic dish of poached eggs in a spiced sauce of tomatoes and onions. My hubby loves this. I usually make it for dinner for him and a bit extra for a one time breakfast. See the picture below and I know you would be salivating.

shakshouka

shakshouka

The dish is very easy to prepare. The only time to be careful is in getting the egg whites cooked completely and at the same time, the yolk should be firm but running when you break into it. Have it with any bread. I usually served it with garlic bread. This time it was a sliced herb-ed footlong.

shakshouka with sliced herbed footlong

shakshouka with sliced herbed footlong

 

Marble Cake

Marble cake is one of of the few sponge cakes I like. I’m totally a cake person with layers of thick chocolate icing. But this cake definitely is the perfect partner to tea. Actually, its an anytime cake

marble cake slice

marble cake slice

I made this cake for a friend as she likes only sponge cakes! I made it in a heart shape and then we sliced it up as we ate. I made this cake after about 4 years, but fingers-crossed, it turned up perfect. Yay!

Shan – Bombay Biryani Masala

Shan - Bombay Biryani Masala

Shan – Bombay Biryani Masala

Made mutton biryani recently with this. Turned out very good. Its easy to make and turns out really good. Like it mentions, it really does serve 6-8 persons.

Mutton Biryani - using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Mutton Biryani – using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

 

Brand: Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Net weight: 60 gms

Price: Rs. 60

Validity: 3 years

Rating: 4 on 5

Mutton Biryani

My hubby loves mutton Biryani – who doesn’t?

I took the easy way out this time. I used Shan’s Bombay Biryani Masala. (See following post to know more about the masala). The result –

Mutton Biryani - using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Mutton Biryani – using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

To cook the mutton, it took an hour but must say that the result was good. I got an 8 on 10 from hubby dear for this. What I liked about making with this ready masala was that it was easy to make and the biryani was not dry. It had a good thickened gravy-finish. Served it with kachumbar raita.

Mutton Biryani with kachumbar raita

Mutton Biryani with kachumbar raita

Bhee (lotus stem) Aloo

Bhee Aloo

Bhee Aloo

The above is a dish Sindhis prepare often. Bhee (lotus stem) is an ingredient used by both Sindhis and Punjabis, but Sindhi’s use it in many dishes and cook it in a variety if ways. Punjabi’s mainly make pakodas from bhee. Bhee needs to be eaten a few times to relish its taste. I enjoy the thick gravy dish with either chapati, rice or even pav!