Thursday, 21 July 2016

Eggless Cookies 'N' Cream Ice Cream #Britishsummer #heatwave2016 #summercoolers #icecreams #egglessdesserts

Eggless Cookies 'N' Cream Ice Cream is pure, unadulterated and sinful frozen indulgence not to be missed. It is deliciously thick, creamy smooth with the bites of crunchy chocolate cookies made with only handful of quality ingredients, tastes fabulous !!

The great British summer is right here, yes it's great as British summer is unpredictable, you won't know whether it's going to pour down or you are going to be roasted ! Well, not moaning but tell you the truth that this mini heatwave has arrived with a bit of an attitude, and scorching rays showing off almost 34 C,  maybe for some it's a magical figure, certainly not for us.  This sweltering heat days and humid nights are hard to handle. It's just too hot !!!

While temperatures are soaring, for me very difficult to talk or even think about food right now, we are not doing that much cooking, but just concentrating more on gulping fluids down to keep ourselves hydrated.

Now that the heatwave is here, for kids, ice creams are surely spectacular food right now  - Cookies N Cream to be exact.  

My both kids are fond of Cookies 'N' Cream ice cream, past many summers, without fail daughter would churn up this ice cream herself, actually ,she has become pro at making this one. Although my top favourites are Kesar Pista ( Saffron and Pistachio ) Vanilla , and certainly  I won't mind having Dulce de Leche ice cream. I can't deny that this Cookies 'N' Cream is a strong contender of winning a race to make the top spot in my heart.

This Cookies 'N' Cream ice cream post was way overdue on JCO, one or the other reason this ice cream post couldn't make it , although every summer daughter whizzes up couple of times. And so without further ado , here I am sharing simple and trusted way to make a Cookies 'N' Cream ice cream.


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Eggless Cookies 'N' Cream Ice Cream
This Cookies 'N' Cream Ice cream is rich and smooth, prepared with only few ingredients . So yummy !!!
  • 600 ml Double cream Chilled
  • 200 ml Full fat milk chilled
  • 200 g Sugar
  • 150-175 g Coarsely chopped Oreos
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Freeze the freezer ice cream bowl as per manufacturer's instruction. 
Combine milk and sugar in a one bowl and whisk until sugar dissolves.
Then add double cream and vanilla extract, gently mix everything.
Place freezer bowl into ice cream machine.Turn the machine on and transfer liquid into the ice cream maker and follow according to manufacturer's instructions. 
Let it run the machine about 35-40 minutes.
Add chopped Oreos ( leave couple of spoon for garnishing )and keep the machine running for another 10-12 minutes or until ice cream is thick.
My ice cream maker produces soft finish, so for firmer texture I freeze the ice cream mixture into airtight container, garnish the ice cream with the remaining chopped Oreos and freeze for at least an hour. 
Ice cream is ready without any crystals.Enjoy !
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10-12 servings

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Mixed Sauce Spicy Vegetable Noodles

Mixed sauce spicy vegetable noodles, flavoursome, delicious and so easy to cook. In this recipe, there is no exact measurement of the ingredients, just throw in whatever you like, and how much you like, hmmm well that doesn't mean you get too generous with extra hot chilli sauce!

Both kids are on their six to eight weeks holidays and my hands are full, busy cooking almost three times a day, but same time I have put myself on a relaxing mode too,  although I cook three times, most of the time I try to cook and serve easy and quick one pot meal recipes for lunch, so I can have some extra time to laze around in my back garden on a sunny afternoon.

Last week, on one of the slightly cooler days we had cravings for Schezwan Noodles, and decided to have it for lunch. So went out and got couple of packets of fresh vegetable stir fry but totally forgot that I was out of homemade Schezwan sauce , and I panicked !

"Ma, you're a food blogger, you've already created so many magical dishes, just look in the fridge, surely you will find something" my daughter suggested and I was delighted to find a couple of Indian chilli, sweet and sour, soy, sweet chilli and sriracha sauces and in few minutes a delicious, spicy and satisfying lunch was ready on the table.

These mixed sauce spicy vegetable noodles are so delicious. If you don't fancy a lot of spice, scale down on the red pepper flakes and sriracha sauce.

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Mixed sauce spicy vegetable noodles

These delicious and spicy noodles are so easy to put together !

  • 400 g Egg free Chinese style dried noodles
  • 400 g Chinese stir fry packet from Asda 
  • 2 tbsp. Finely chopped garlic and ginger
  • 5-6 tbsp. Finely chopped spring onion
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp. Freshly chopped coriander
  • 4 tbsp. Mixed sauce ( soy, sweet and hot, sweet chilli. sriracha and chilli sauce )
  • 2 tbsp. Sesame oil
In a large saucepan fill the water, add salt and bring it to boil.
Add dry noodles and cook according to package instructions. 
Drain and set aside for later use. 
In a wok, heat oil add ginger and garlic paste and saute over medium heat.
Then add prepared stir fry vegetables and saute for 3-4 minutes.
Add mixed sauce, red chilli flakes and tiny bit of salt.

Mix well and add boiled noodles, combine well.
Check the seasoning, add freshly ground black pepper.
Serve immediately in a serving bowl, scatter spring onion and freshly chopped coriander. 
Enjoy !
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Khushi - Nepalese Tandoori Restaurant Boston Manor- Restaurant Review

What do you look for in a restaurant ? Good ambience, good food and good service? And all of these without being ripped off ? Of course!

Recently me and my daughter made a visit to review Khushi and I am glad to say that the restaurant is an absolute delight for foodies!

Khushi, is a hidden gem. A fine Nepalese tandoori restaurant, located opposite  Boston Manor tube station in Ealing, West London. It offers a tasteful Nepalese drinking and dining experience with just a few yards from the station and convenient parking space right in front of the restaurant. Beautiful and elegant white columns stand tall in front of the restaurant, the entrance leads into this simple yet beautifully decorated dining area with a relaxing and inviting tone where friendly and happy staff are ready to welcome you.

Picture Courtesy: Khushi Restaurant

Upon our arrival at Khushi, we were greeted warmly by the manager and staff. Once we made ourselves comfortable at our table, we order our drinks like Sweet Lassi and Mango Juice and checked the menu card. First thing I noticed which I really liked was that they explained a couple of Nepalese greeting in English. It immersed us into not just the food but some Nepalese culture too. There was a large selection of drinks and traditional Nepalese food with many Indian specialities too. I was thrilled to know that they have a wide variety of vegetarian options, and almost you can have any dish flavoured according to your needs. We needed help from the staff to orientate ourselves around the menu as it was extensive! The staff explained all of their traditional Nepalese recipes like ingredients and method of cooking so that we could better understand their food.

Alongside the drinks, we had fried papad ( Papadum ) with fresh basic onion kachumber ( salad ), mango chutney and mint yogurt raita. With these nibbles we made ourselves cosy and waited for our meal to begin.

Our meal began with the selection of starters which were all absolutely delicious, to the point of becoming addictive. These included chilli paneer and the traditional delicacy of Nepal, steaming hot, delicate momos which were brimming with spicy vegetables and paneer, wrapped in a dough and served with a spicy chilli-tomato and sesame dipping sauce. Almost I was crying a river as they were red hot, but could not stop at one and finished all ten of them, they were just delightful! In contrast the chilli paneer was slightly milder and sweeter, so complimented the hot momos perfectly.

For mains we opted for traditional Nepalese dishes. I had the Nepali Platter with Aloo Kulcha - a typical set meal consisting of plain rice, Kathmandu daal (slowly cooked creamy, thick and spicy whole black lentils), traditional Aloo Tama (potato and bamboo shoot curry cooked with Nepalese spices) and mixed vegetable curry. The platter was presented in authentic brass plates and bowls - which was a nice touch. Food was nice and hot and the daal was delightful, Aloo Tama had a touch of acidity and vegetable curry was so tasty without being very oily. Another dish we tried from the Recommendation section was Kathmandu Veg - mixed vegetable cooked with basic spices, herbs and curry leaves and also Peshwari Naan and Pilau rice. The Kathmandu veg was extremely fragrant and dreamily good, and the dry fruits of Peshwari Naan added a crunchy contrast to the whole meal and provided an explosion of flavours.

In between the mains, staff brought chef's special aaloo achar - potato pickle which is another traditional delicacy of Nepal, consumed with almost every Nepalese meal. Boiled potatoes are pickled with traditional spices and sesame seeds and served with freshly cut vegetables like cucumber, onion and coriander  and is served at room temperature. It was wonderful, delicious and a great accompaniment. The after taste of pickling spices was so special. By the time we finished our main meal, we were already in a food coma, sadly there wasn't any dessert for us to try.

Traditional Nepalese menu proved to be a delightful dining experience. The sweet lassi wasn't sweet and runny enough for me but the whole meal was delicious. Khushi offers plentiful dishes with loads of contrasting flavours and textures. Thoroughly delicious food combined with the simple beautiful surroundings and courteous and happy staff with friendly service, you will get everything in one place with reasonable prices. We had a truly lovely evening. A must visit if you fancy Nepalese spicy food !

Summary Information

Chilli paneer
Aloo Achar
Peshwari Naan
Kathmandu Daal
Kathmandu Veg
Aloo Tama

Sweet Lassi

Ambience 4.5 /5
Food 4.5 / 5
Service 5/5

Humble Suggestions
Love to see Nepalese dessert on the menu

Thank you emerz for arranging a review meal, and Khushi for welcoming us to enjoy your hospitality and making us happy, you truly know how to spread happiness :) All the views and opinions about Khushi restaurant are my own. I was not told or paid to write a positive review. The food was on the house.

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Product Review - ICHAI Real Spiced Tea

"Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it" 

There is a saying in Gujarati ' Jeni cha Bagdi, Teni Savar Bagdi' which means whoever's morning tea gets ruined, their morning also gets ruined. I don't know for how many people this is actually true but I do know that I need my tea perfect every morning, strong and spiced, which is why I get my husband to make it !!!

I didn't understand the fuss about tea when I was younger. Even my mum was very particular about the way I made tea for her. Masala Chai, obviously !!. Only once I grew older I realised that you need a good cup of tea to have a good day!

Cricket is England's national game, they took it to India and India made it theirs. Similarly tea is quintessentially British but now when we think of Tea, we think of India, and Indians are enjoying their great affair with tea and fondness of their cup of 'Garam Masala Chai' which I can't live without!

Masala Chai, everyday it is enjoyed by millions and made in a particular way.  A blend of aromatic spices, good quality tea, milk and sugar brewed in a saucepan for sometime on the stove, and savoured pleasurably. In India it's always Tea Time, no matter what time you make it, method will be the same.

Obviously to make good tea you need to have good tea making skill, but good quality ingredients are equally if not more important and I never compromise on using quality ingredients, and that is why I always use supreme quality tea and spices.

While I am talking about quality ingredients, I recently came to know about ICHAI Tea. Founder of ICHAI Tea, Helen asked me to try out their new premium range of Teas and I was happy to oblige. I received an incredibly generous package of Spicy Chai caddie, some tester pouches and a tea infuser.

ICHAI Tea has an amazing story about how Helen, after her travels in India, created her own line of chai teas that retained their nutritional benefit, were non-GM and also tasted great. She now has a line of eight varieties of tea that just make you drool, all made in the UK.

We enjoyed the Spicy Chai, Ginger Chai, Green Cardamom Chai and Black cardamom Chai. They all were fantastic and pleasing to all senses. The warmth of aromatic spices, aroma and intense flavours were a nice experience as well as the feel of the true premium quality ingredients. It refreshes the spirit too.

Spicy Tea and Black Cardamom Tea blew us away. It was very strong, heady with warming kick of spices like cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, definitely a soul soother. A wonderful way to start your day with these two flavours, and for an afternoon tea, the winner is the gorgeous and delightful Green Cardamom Tea, with mild sweeter taste, it's refreshes you and soothes you. I love how spices are added carefully to get nice kick and warmth and all the ingredients are allowed to shine.

This Spicy Tea has been one that I instantly grabbed out of the box and have been drinking ever since and just about to finish up my a delicious flavoured Spicy Chai from ICHAI Tea and wanting another one. So from now I won't be missing my spicy masala chai on holiday, as ICHAI Tea has a solution, just grab small pouches or tea caddies, and a tea infuser. Voila !!!

If you haven't tried ICHAI Tea yet, I highly recommend taking a second and checking out their offering on any of teas I mentioned above and other flavours like Classic Chai, Star Anise Chai, Christmas Chai and Vanilla Chai. These really good quality ICHAI Tea can be a great gift idea for people who love their tea. You'll be glad you did! I am off to brew another cup of Masala Chai :)

Thank you ICHAI Tea for sending me these gorgeous. high quality teas.  I was not paid or told to post a positive review, all the opinions are my own.

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Authentic Indian Masala Chai - Authentic Indian Spiced Tea

Authentic Masala Chai is prepared with aromatic spices, black tea, lots of milk and sugar. Sugar enhances the flavour of the spices. Now a days this traditional Masala Chai is rare in my house as we prefer our tea with less milk and without sugar but since our daughter tried traditional Masala Chai, on her trip to India, she has been longing for the same back home!

So, let me grab the opportunity to show you how to brew a perfect Authentic Masala Chai you would find in every corner of India. I used ICHAI Spicy Tea to make this recipe, tea turned out so delicious with same authentic taste.

I had wanted to post this recipe a long time ago, but wanted to serve it like it's served in India. I was waiting to get my hands on 'Chaiwala Cups and Stand'. Recently my daughter's best friend Jo and her family went to India and brought them back for me :) Thank you Jo !

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Masala Chai - Spiced Indian Tea

The strong, creamy, sweet and mildly spiced, an authentic Indian tea made using aromatic spices, fresh ginger, black tea , milk and sugar. Now this what you call Chai :)

  • 1 cup Milk full fat or semi skimmed
  • 1/4 cup Water ( I use filtered water)
  • 3 tsp. Loose Black Tea ( I used Spicy ICHAI Tea)
  • 3/4 tsp. lightly crushed spices ( clove, black pepper, cinnamon, green cardamom )
  • 3 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Fresh Ginger grated
Place water and spicy tea in a saucepan and bring it to a boil on a medium heat.
Add grated ginger.Once it's come to a boil, add sugar and milk.Put it back on a heat and bring it to a boil.
Keep stirring it while keep heat full.After 4-5 minutes turn off the heat and let it sit for a minute to finish steeping.
Pour into cups or tempered glass, using a mesh strainer.
Enjoy spicy and creamy tea.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Avocado, Black Beans and Tortilla Salad

Avocado, Black Beans and Tortilla Salad is a powerhouse of goodness and so so delicious ! It's just a big dose of health in a bowl.

It is obvious that during beautiful warm and summery days you can catch up on laziness, as summer is the perfect time to wind down. Mostly summer activities are generally relaxing. When we get outside and soak in the sun and get fresh air, I try to keep things simple and easy for lunch.

Few days back I prepared Avocado, Black Beans and Tortilla salad, this recipe blends the sweet spiciness of mild red chilli with the mellow flavour of avocado for a delicious combination and offers a tasty and healthy options to suit all palates. Black beans provide protein and toasted crispy tortilla strips lends crunch.  This delicious combination is a great new addition to our summer salad menu. It is healthy, filling, tasty and fresh !!!

The easiest and most satisfying salad you'll make this summer, I don't blame you if you eat this salad everyday - it's that good :)

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Avocado, Black Beans and Tortilla Salad
  • 2 Ripe but Firm Avocado cut into wedges
  • 4 wholemeal tortilla
  • 1 cup Cucumber thinly sliced
  • 350 g Black Beans boiled and drained
  • 1 Red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice
  • 1 Mild red chilli chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. Fresh Mint
  • per taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6-7. 
Brush evenly very little oil onto tortillas.
Cut the tortilla using clean kitchen scissor into 0.5 cm wide strips. 
Scatter onto a baking sheet and bake for 5-6 minutes or until light brown.
Meanwhile prepare dressing by blending oil, lime juice, chilli and most of the mint leaves in a blender.
Toss with the avocado, black beans , cucumber and red onion.
Check seasoning and add salt and black pepper.
Spoon onto a serving plate, and sprinkle over the reserved mint .
Scatter with the crispy tortilla strips and serve straight away.Enjoy !
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

Recipe inspiration from Waitrose Food
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