Tuna kabab

 

Growing up these kababs were one of the staple dishes made in our house. My mom would always ask me to help her with these as she made them in large batches. She would never let me go close to the stove but always involved me in shaping and handling food like this. There would always be a large batch of them leftover afterwards. These store in the fridge really well, I would suggest storing them in the freezer after you’ve fried them in oil.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Canned Tuna in Water – 4 cans
  • Russet or golden potatoes – 4 to 5 medium-sized
  • Garlic paste – 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper – 2 tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Egg
  • Green chillies – 1 Tbsp
  • Onions (thinly sliced) – 1 cup
  • Cilantro – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – as needed

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Firstly, peel and boil the potatoes cutting them in halves. On a separate bowl cool the potatoes and smash them.
  2. Drain the water out of the canned Tuna and saute it in about 4 tablespoons of oil. Add garlic paste and saute for another minute. Mix in turmeric, cumin, cayenne, coriander, ground black pepper, and cumin powder. Cook it in the oil for 10 minutes.
  3. On a separate bowl pour the mixture and let it cool. Add salt, egg, green chillies, onions, cilantro, and the mashed potatoes. Mix everything well so that it is homogenous.
  4. Make them into a round-shaped patty according to your preference ( i.e. big, small, thickness). In a deep set saucepan, deep fry the patties in medium heat oil, making sure that both sides are cooked equally.
  5. Serve with rice or by themselves as appetizers.

 

 

 

Sweet and savory all at once. The beauty of crepes is in playing a dual personality. It can be anything you want it to be. I’ve used the crepes to be sweet here but you can put meat, mushrooms, vegetables, etc.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Water – 3/4 cup
  • Melted Butter – 2 Tbsp
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Eggs – 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Take a ladle full of the mixture and evenly pour it into a pan that is on medium heat.
  3. Let the mixture cook, you can tell that its cooked when the mixture starts to come off the pan.
  4. Spread your choice of filling, in my case, I used Nutella and bananas.
  5. Fold the unfilled side of the crepe over and then give it another fold to make it look like a triangle.
  6. Serve it with some dusted confectioners sugar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vG9Ku7guDU

As we slipped into this self-quarantine at the beginning of March. The only meat we had at home was chicken breasts as usual. If anyone has similar ingredients at home, please give this one a try. It is so creamy and easy to prepare. I served it with bread at first but it is just as good with pasta. The recipe says it’s restaurant quality and it really is!

On a side note, I did not have parsley so I threw in some green onions on top with some cilantro. I also used beef stock instead of chicken but you can use water if you don’t have any of these. Feel free to substitute as you see fit.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chicken Breast (2 large), or chicken tenders – 1 1/4 lbs 
  • Salt or to taste – 1/2 tsp 
  • Black pepper or to taste – 1/4 tsp 
  • All-purpose flour for dredging – 1/4 cup 
  • Olive oil – 2 Tbsp 
  • Unsalted Butter – 1 Tbsp 
  • Brown button mushrooms halved or thickly sliced if very large – 8 oz 
  •  Onion Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic Cloves Minced – 2
  • Dry Marsala Wine (not sweet) – 3/4 cup 
  • Chicken Stock reduced-sodium – 3/4 cup 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – 1/2 cup 
  • Parsley Finely Chopped – 2 Tbsp 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make 4 even cutlets. Place between plastic wrap and pound until 1/3″ thick. Season chicken all over with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, dredge in flour (shaking off the excess), and then set aside.

  2. Add more oil to the pan if needed along with mushrooms and saute until excess liquid from mushrooms evaporates and mushrooms are golden brown (5 min). Stir in 1/2 tsp onion powder and 2 minced garlic cloves and saute another 30 seconds or until fragrant.

  3. Add 3/4 cup marsala wine, scraping the bottom of the pan. Increase the heat and cook until mostly reduced down (4-5 min) then add 3/4 cup chicken stock and while stirring add 1/2 cup heavy cream in a steady stream. Lower the heat to keep at a simmer and continue to simmer and reduce sauce another 4-5 minutes until slightly thickened. Season sauce with 1/4 tsp salt or season to taste.

  4. Return chicken to pan and sprinkle the tops with 2 Tbsp chopped parsley. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and keep on the heat until heated through and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency (2 minutes). Keep in mind, the sauce will thicken more as it cools.

https://natashaskitchen.com/chicken-marsala-recipe/

It’s been a while since I got any kind of a break. Now with this unique situation in the world. I have been able to catch up to things that I have been meaning to do but either did not feel like doing or was too busy to do it. I’ve stocked up the house with at least a month worth of food. I finally started looking for new recipes to make something with whatever I have. I came across this one. I ended up eating it with polau that was leftover and later on cooked some pasta and threw this in to mix it up and I was so surprised with the versatility that this offers. Here is the recipe, if you have the ingredients, give this a try.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Avocado (large, pitted) – 1
  • unsalted butter (room temperature) – 1/2 stick 
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (leaves and tender stems)
  • Garlic (minced) – 2 cloves 
  • Fresh lime juice (1-2 large limes, to taste) – 3 tablespoons
  • salt (to taste)
  • hot sauce (to taste)
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Shrimp (jumbo, 12-20 ct, peeled and deveined) – 1 pound 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine avocado, butter, cilantro, garlic and lime juice in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt to taste and add lime juice as needed. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet. Season shrimp with salt and black pepper.
  3. Place shrimp in the skillet and cook 1-2 minutes per side or until translucent and firm.
  4. Add butter to the skillet and melt over the shrimp. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Shrimp-in-Avocado-Butter-2171190#directions

Loaded cauliflower casserole

This past week was one of the most special weeks ever. I got to spend a whole week with my grandpa Maylon. I’ve made him so many different things for breakfast lunch and dinner. He enjoyed it as much as I did. This was one of the many side dishes I made.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into pieces, about 5 cups
  • Sour cream- 1 cup
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, divided- 2 cups
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided ( you can substitute it with turkey bacon)
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh cracked pepper- 1/4 tsp

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Steam cauliflower until just tender.
  3. Place cauliflower, sour cream, half of the bacon, half of the scallions, half of the cheese in a bowl and salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Transfer to a casserole dish, sprinkle with other half of cheese.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining cheese and scallions and serve hot.

https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Loaded-Cauliflower-Casserole-2442125#directions