Given the right situation, a person can find out his/her strength. They can learn what they are capable of and what they can do without. I always thought that I couldn’t cook anywhere except my own kitchen, with my own things, and most importantly my own privacy. It has been a while now that I don’t have my own place where things are my own to call and organize. But now I know that cooking is something that I can do anywhere as long as I have ingredients to work with. I made these sweet potatoes while I was helping someone house-sit. I looked around and found these sweet potatoes and got inspired and put together a meal within an hour for 6 people. Sometimes, it really takes one little spark to ignite an idea and you just have to run with it. I’ve made these a few times since then, they will not be crispy but they are delicious.
- Butter (melted)- 3 Tbs
- Olive Oil- 3 Tbs
- Rosemary crushed- Dried 1/4 tsp, fresh 1/2 tsp
- Sweet Potatoes- 3 lbs, (3-4 medium, peeled and sliced thinly)
- Shallots- 1 (peeled and sliced thinly)
- Kosher salt- 1 dash
- Black pepper- 1 dash
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine melted butter, oil and crushed rosemary in a small bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons of butter-oil mixture in the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish. Arrange potato slices vertically in the dish. Add a sliver of shallot between every few slices of potato. Brush top with remaining butter-oil mixture. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Cover dish with foil and roast for 1 hour, covered, until potatoes are tender (If your potato slices are thicker than shown, you may need to increase cooking time). Increase oven heat to 450 degrees F. Remove foil and roast another 10-15 minutes until tops of potatoes are browned and crisp.
Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
Chicken fry from my mom’s recipe
There are a few things that I know from just watching and being around my mom while she cooked. I never really tried to learn cooking from her. But when it came time to do it on my own. I relied on my memory for things that she would make and the rest sort of just happened. This is one of those recipes that I can do with my eyes closed. Her famous Asian inspired chicken fry. She only ever makes this with drumsticks and thighs but you can use whatever you want. You can adjust all these ingredients to your taste. My mom doesn’t have an exact measurement for all the ingredients. But just to give you an idea this is more or less what is required to make it.
P.S. I love you Ammu! Thank you for being you.
- Chicken Drumsticks – 12 pieces
- Flour – 2 cups
- Eggs – 2
- Soy Sauce – 1 cup
- Onions (Finely Chopped) – 2 cups
- Green Chillies – 1 Tbs
- Corn Starch – 1 Tbs
- Salt – 1 Tbs
- Vinegar – 1 Tbs
- Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
- Ground White Pepper – ½ tsp
- Oil for deep frying
- Make sure you wash the Chicken first and let it dry. Prick holes in it with a fork.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a huge bowl except for the oil.
- For best results, it is suggested to keep this mixture in a fridge overnight. The flavor develops increasingly if you let it marinate for a longer time. If you are in a hurry then you can marinate it for an hour and that should also be good enough.
- Take it out and fry it well in oil under medium-high heat. Make sure to thoroughly cook it well on all sides. 2-3 minutes on each side before turning it.
- Serve it while it’s hot.
This is sort of a throwback recipe. I have done this one a while back and they came out pretty nicely. I was very proud to have thrown this together for my parents.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small saucepan bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in the flour, reducing heat to low. Stir vigorously, over low heat for 1 minute, or until the dough forms a ball. Remove from heat.
Beat in all of the eggs at once. Continue beating until smooth.
Drop 1/4 cup of dough about 3 inches apart on a baking sheet.
Bake for 35-40 minute, until puffed and golden. Cool completely.
While they are cooling, prepare the whipped cream. Using a stand mixer whisk the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks.
Once the puffs are cool, using a serrated knife, cut the top 1/3 off each puff. Fill each puff with a scoop of whipped cream. Place the top back on.
Dust with powdered sugar
Woke up dazed feeling amazed. Wanted to do something new but quick and special too.
There isn’t really a set recipe to make banana pancakes. Basically, I used 1 large banana, 1/4 cup of flour, 2 egg and a bit of cinnamon sugar. Spread some confectioners sugar on top with some blueberries drizzled with Maple syrup.
Sitting in her solitude, she cried and laughed looking for answers to unasked questions, as the life slips away from her gaze of anticipating riddles. A new day will arise with new answers and questions, to sit in sweet solitude and simmer in gratefulness of life. This is how it has been for me for the past few months. I had a lot to think and reflect on and still doing so. One morning I woke up and felt the gratitude of life in my heart. And wanted to have a huge breakfast. So this is what I came up with. The link below also provides four other ways of cooking with peaches. Enjoy!
- Peach – 1
- Pancake Batter
- Pat of Butter or Cooking spray
- Whipped Cream
- Cut peach in half and sliced into rings.
- Spray pan with cooking spray or melt a pat of butter.
- Pour pancake batter to fit peach ring. Once you see bubbles forming on the pancake add the peach ring and flip.
- Caramelize the peach side. Remove and stack.
- Drizzle with maple syrup and top with whipped cream!