January 12, 2019

Olive relish

If you have ever been to a authentic Italian restaurant then you have got a taste of the appetizer they serve the rustic bread with the olive oil relish . So yummy ! 😛
This  is a very simple recipe and equally delicious 
Here's what U need :
Olive Oil - 1 cup
Green olives - finely chopped 1/2 cup
Red chilli flakes - 1 tbsp
Salt - as needed as olives are salty 
Italian oregano - 1 tbsp
Dried basil - 1 tbsp
Dried Parsley - 1 tbsp
Mix all these ingredients together leave it for at least overnight and serve with rustic bread .Njoy !

January 5, 2019

Spicy thai basil fried rice

One of our favorite go to cuisine is for sure is Thai cuisine great food , great flavors sometimes when we just pick up we usually have to have a fried rice order so today decided to recreate the same at home , it is simple and delicious  . One of the crucial ingredients is the Jasmine thai rice I have tried this regular basmati rice but taste does not turn out the same so try to stick to the Thai rice :). Also make sure the basil is thai basil which can be easily found  in asian markets.  I used few online recipes and tweaked it to make it my own .

What U need ~

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar Optional 
  • Olive oil for frying (my preference)
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice, chilled
  • 6 large cloves garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 green chillies 
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups sweet Thai basil
  • 1 cucumber, sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro springs 
  • 1/2 lemon cut quarter size

  • Prepare the ingredients by finely chopping the garlic and green chili. Slice the chicken into thin,  pieces. Slice the red bell pepper, and onion into thin strips. 
  • Heat a wok until very hot and then add 1-2 Tablespoons of oil . Add the finely chopped garlic and chilis and stir fry until the garlic is golden brown. 
  • Add the chicken pieces and stir fry until it is cooked through. This should take 3-5 minutes, depending on how thick your chicken pieces are. 
  • Then add the red bell peppers, quickly followed by all of the sauces. Once the peppers are close to done, add the onion slices and stir fry for 30 seconds to a minute until they are translucent, but still slightly firm. 
  • Finally, add the rice and mix together with all of the other ingredients. Once the sauces have been mixed thoroughly with the rice, add the Thai basil and turn off the heat. 
  • Add the lemon on the side serve eat yourself and Njoy!

  • Lamb chops and mediterrean rice

    As we begin this new year 2019 the recipe that came to my mind was a delicious dish Lamb chops with Mediterranean rice as my youngest son has been expanding his palate and had recently tried lamb at a Iranian restaurant and so the little guy has now fallen in love with it so much so that now this dish is a regular at my dinner table.

    For the Lamb chops here’s the recipe ~
    Lamb chops – 1 pack fromm Costco usually has 8 pieces
    Crushed garlic – 2 tbsp
    Parsley chopped – 1/2 cup
    Black pepper – 1 tbsp
    Paprika – 1 tbsp
    Sumac – 1 tbsp
    Oregano – 1 tbsp
    Olive oil – 2 tbsp
    Turmeric – 1 tsp
    Lemon sliced – 1
    Cumin – 1/2 tsp
    Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
    Mix all the above ingredients and make a smooth paste , apply this to the lamb chops and marinate for at least 30 mins or overnight .
    Preheat the oven to 350 F and cook the meat for 30 mins do not leave it the oven as the meat tends to dry up also before serving let the lamb sit
    at room temperature for at least 10 mins , it will taste yummier 🙂 
    serve with some mediterranean rice 

    For the Mediterranean rice here is the recipe ~Basmati rice – 2 cups washed and soaked for at least 30 mins
    Chicken stock – 4 cups
    Black cardamon – 2
    Bay leaves - 4-5
    Sumac – 1 tbsp for garnish
    Olive oil – 2 tbsp
    Turmeric – 1 tsp
    Lemon sliced – 1 tbsp

    Heat the pan with olive oil add the spices sauce for a few minutes add salt turmeric and the lemon juice and the chicken stock . Once the stock warms up add the rice ( wash and soak the rice at least for 30 mins ) . Mix gently and let the rice cook for almost 18 minutes cover the rice , once the rice is cooked it will separate out add the Sumac as a garnish and serve with the Lamb chops 
    Njoy ! Have a happy healthy and prosperous new year 🎆🎉🎆

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