recipes

Hot Chocolate Croissant Pudding

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Ingredients:
6-7 mini croissants/3-4 large croissants
1 mug milky hot chocolate
1/2 cup double cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
Chocolate chips/white chocolate chunks (optional)

Method:
1. Boil the sugar and water together in a pan and let it cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes till it starts to turn golden and thick.
2. Meanwhile make the hot chocolate using only milk. As well as tear and place the croissants in a buttered oven-proof dish.
3. Once the caramel is formed from the sugar and water combination, take it off the heat and let it sit in the pan for a minute. Then add the hot chocolate whilst whisking continuously (expect it to act crazily).
4. Then place the pan back onto low heat and add the cream. Keep whisking till there are no more lumps.
5. Take the mixture and place into a bowl or dish and let it cool till its room temperature.
6. Then whisk in the two eggs till fully incorporated. Pour this caramel custard over the croissants evenly, trying to soak all the croissants. Sprinkle with milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chunks.
7. Bake the pudding in a preheated oven at gas mark 5 for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or custard ornslathered in maple syrup.

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Sausage Pasta Bake

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Ingredients:
8-10 sausages or kebabs cut into chunks
Onion sliced
Jar of pasta sauce (tomato and basil)
300g (1/2 -3/4) packet of pasta
Ginger and garlic paste
Green chillies to taste
Coriander powder
Cumin powder
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste
Freshly chopped parsley or coriander
Fresh basil
Whole mozzarella cheese ball
Vegetables (optional – carrots, courgette or peppers)

Method:
1. In a pot fry the frozen or fresh sausages in oil for about 4-5 minutes until brown.
2. Now add the chopped onions to the oil and cook till softened. Add the jar of pasta sauce, 1/2 the jar full of water and all the spices. Simmer on low heat till bubbles. Then chopped parsley or coriander.
3. Boil pasta separately, then drain and add to the sauce. Mix together. Empty into a ovenproof dish.
4. Dot the sausage pasta with chunks of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle some fresh basil. Grill for few minutes until cheese melts.

Note: For a healthier option cook the sausages or kebabs in the oven.

Sausages in a Blanket

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Ingredients:
2lb mince
Handful of coriander
Salt
Pepper
2 tsp garlic and ginger paste
4 tsp tandoori powder
2-3 tsp cumin powder
Green chillies to taste
1-2 onions (diced and water squeezed)

Method:
1. Put the mince in a blender for a few minutes. Then add the spices and further blend.
2. Take out the meat and make into sausage shapes.
3. Then place on a baking tray with a less than a few tbsp of boiling water.
4. Cook in a preheates oven for 15-20 mins. Leave to cool.
5. When cool wrap in puff pastry and now they are freezer suitable or bake fresh.

Nandos Chicken Strips

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Ingredients:
500g chicken breast (cut into strips)
Salt to taste
Red chilli flakes/chilli powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Nandos lemon & herb
1 tsp Nandos peri peri sauce
1 tsp Nandos garlic sauce
2-4 tbsp yoghurt

Method:
1. Marinate the chicken strips in the above ingredients and leave in the fridge for at least an hour.
2. When ready to cook, add 2 tbsp butter to a frying pan, less than a 1/4 cup of water and you marinated stripa. Cook till chicken is cooked and the water has evaporated.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha Kasu

Al Baik Chicken

Ingredients (Marinade):
1 1/2lb chicken pieces (whole, drumsticks or legs; whichever you prefer)
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp soya sauce
1 tsp vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
chilli powder to taste
1 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
1 tbsp paprika
salt to taste
½ tsp ground black pepper

Method (Marinade):
1. Marinate the chicken in all the above ingredients, cover and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours oe preferably overnight.

Ingredients (Coating):
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp chilli powder
A large plastic sealable bag

Method (Coating):
1. Mix the flour and chilli together and put in the sealable bag.
2. Then place a few pieces at a time of the marinated chicken to the bag and shake to coat it with the coating. Repeat till all the chicken is coated.
3. Heat oil on high, add the chicken pieces without overcrowding in 2-3 batches. Then lower the heat and fry again till cooked.

put few pieces of chicken in the flour bag and shake to make sure each piece is well coated with the flour. This helps give the chicken a perfect rough and crispy surface. Drain and serve with fries.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha Kasu

Sehri/Suhoor Smoothies

Tips to remember:
1. Best dates to use for smoothies are Medjool; pitted and sliced.
2. Soak dates in milk/water for few hours before use.
3. Substitute yogurt and milk interchangeably if desired.
4. Skimmed milk/ Low fat blends are better.
5. Add oat bran, almonds, flaxseed (linseed) etc for a healthier and energising kick.
6. Freezing the fruit before blending will provide a creamier texture.

Vanilla-Date Breakfast Smoothie:
• 1 cup yogurt
• 1 cup milk
• 4-7 dates (soaked in milk overnight)
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 cups ice cubes (optional)
Blend – 2-3 Glasses

Simple Banana Oat Bran Smoothie:
• 1 ½ cup milk
• 1 tbsp oat bran
• 1 banana
• 4 dates (soaked in the milk overnight)
• Vanilla extract (optional)
Blends –  2 Glasses

Banana & Date Smoothie
• 250 ml plain yogurt
• 120 ml milk
• 120 ml fresh dates
(soaked overnight in milk)
• 2 bananas (sliced)
• 8 ice cubes (optional)
Blend – 2 to 3 glasses

Strawberry & Date Smoothie
• ½ cup strawberries
• ¼ cup almonds, soaked
• 3 dates (soaked in milk overnight)
• 1 cup water or milk
Blends – 2 Glasses

Spiced Banana Date Smoothie
• 1 cup Milk
• 4 dates (soaked overnight in milk)
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/8 tsp nutmeg
• 1/8 tsp ginger
• 1/8 tsp garlic cloves
• 1/8 tsp chilli powder (optional)
• 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
• 3/4 cup banana (sliced)
• 3/4 cup ice cubes (optional
Blends – 2 Glasses

Dates &  Cornflakes Smoothie
• 1 cup milk
• 4 dates (soaked overnight in milk)
• 2 tbsp cornflakes
• 1 tsp honey (optional)
• Crushed ice cubes
Blends – 2 Glasses

Chicken & Potatoe Kebabs

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Ingredients for filling:
1/2 pound chicken breast cut into tiny pieces
1/2 pound potatoes boiled and mashed
1/2 mix vegetables boiled (frozen)
Green chillies to taste
Salt to taste
Crushed ginger/garlic
Coriander powder
Cumin powder
Fresh coriander

Method for filling:
1. In a pot melt some butter on the stove and then add the chicken with all the masala.
2. Then add the boiled mixed vegetables. Cook until the chicken is tender.
3. Finally mix in the mash potatoes and fresh coriander. Thereafter shape into kebabs. At this point you can freeze them to be fried in the batter at a later date.

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Ingredients for batter:
1 cup self-raising flour
Salt to taste
Chilli powder
Pinch of tumeric powder
Water as required

Method:
1. Combine all ingredients for the batter together. Add just enough water to make a smooth paste.
2. Dip the kebabs into batter and fry in shallow oil until crisp on both sides.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha Kasu

Griddle/BBQ Chicken Steak

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Ingredients:
Four thinly sliced chicken steak pieces
1 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp tandoori masala
lemon juice
1 tsp Aminas Spices Chicken Dust
1 tsp Aminas Spices Tandoori Paste (or any other brand)
1/2 – 1 tsp salt
1 heaped tsp coriander and cumin powder
oil for coating

Method:
1. Marinate the chicken in the above ingredients minus oil.
2. Warm the griddle pan on medium heat so it starts to radiate a little heat. Take a chicken slice and make sure its slathered in the masala, brush oil onto one side and place on griddle pan. Press down with a spatula until lines form on the chicken slice (3-4 mins). Then brush oil on the side facing up and turn onto the pan. Press down till griddle lines form. Repeat with each piece. You can put two to three slices at the same time depending on how big your griddle pan is.
3. Bake the chicken in the oven at gas mark 4 for another 15 minutes or so to ensure its cooked through. Do not cover when cooking. Serve in buns or on its own with chunky chips.

Enjoy x

Caramel Dessert

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Ingredients:
1 packet Sponge fingers
1 fruit tin
1 box caramel creme
Double cream
Flake
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Method:
1. Arrange the sponge fingers in a dish. 2. Add the syrup from the tin aswell as the fruit.
3. Make and pour the caramel on top and leave to set.
4. When set add the whipped cream and garnish with crumbled flake.

Note: you can create two layers of you wish.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Afifa Batan

Chicken Tikka Masala

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Ingredients for Chicken Tikka:
1 1/2 lb boneless chicken
1/2 chopped tomato tin
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 tsp whole cumin
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander & cumin powder
1 1/2 tsp crushed garlic and ginger
1 1/2 tsp tandoori powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 1/2 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp dry fenugreen (methi) leaves
Black pepper (pinch)

Method of Chicken Tikka:
1. Marinate the chicken with the above ingredients apart from the onions, fenugreen and whole cumin seeds.
2. Fry the onions in oil till golden brown. Then add the cumin seeds fenugreen leaves and let it cook for a few minutes.
3. Add the marinated chicken 1/4 cup water to the onions. Mix well and cook on medium heat till water evaporates and oil bubbles appear at the top. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Serve with the Chilli Ketchup Onions (below) and chappattis, rice, home made pitta bread or poppadoms.

Ingredients of Chilli Ketchup Onions:
1 large onion (diced or sliced)
5 -6 tbsp ketchup (more if needed)
Chopped corinader
1/4 tsp red chilies
1 tsp lemon juice
A pinch of salf
A pinch of red chilli flakes

Method of Chilli Onion Ketchup:
1. Mix all the ingredients together and serve with the Chicken Tikka.

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Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Aiysha Haji