The very first review!
I was actually in search of Fiber One cereal after reading about the whopping amount of fiber it contains (24 grams!) and its other great nutritional statistics. But I couldn't find it anywhere, so this Weetabix Crunchy Bran cereal came next in the fiber rankings.
(By the way, if anyone knows where I can get my hands on a box of Fiber One, do let me know and I'll review it there and then!)
I had just finished a box of Weetabix Chocolate, which began as a mission to finish the box my dad had bought but hadn't touched, and ended up growing on me to the point where I was sad that it finished. So I was happy to try another Weetabix product.
As planned, I decided to make the 'Lemon Curd' as an 'Orange Curd'. I was pretty confident, and it doesn't take long. I squeezed about 1/8 cups fresh orange juice, measured 1/2 an egg and 1/2 an egg yolk (I quartered the recipe for lemon curd, just in case it didn't turn out well!) and whisked in 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch.
When cooking it, the egg began to cook (despite not having this problem when I made the lemon version), so I had to keep removing the pan to stir it. I ended up adding a few more big squeezes of orange juice, because it was just too eggy.
I wanted a beautiful orange colour, but it was more yellow due to the egg yolks. I ended up getting the colour I was supposed to achieve with the lemon curd! It was a little grainy, but light and refreshing. My sister added sugar to her serving, but my mum and I didn't think it needed it. However I think it needs more orange juice, or maybe some honey while cooking.
Lots of experiments to come!
Lessons learnt: Pay attention to the sweetness and texture of your dish
Run-away eggs & soggy pasta...
Today mum and I had a go at something we'd been wanting to try for quite a while:
Neither of us have ever actually made pasta before. We'd been sous-chefs: holding the fettuccine or lasagne as rolled out of the machine, but my dad has been the pasta-maker.
I was jumping out of my seat with excitement as we read the recipe-- it sounded like a blast.
6 eggs cracked into a well of flour, and then we get to break the yolks and mix it around with our hands!
I was determined to prove that it was easy. I mean, if 12-year-old Junior Masterchef winner Isabella could do it in 15 minutes, why couldn't we?
(As a side note, loads of my inspiration has been coming from those marvellous little cooks who churned out dozens of high-class dishes. Note to self: she's Italian. She has 'Nonas' making fresh pasta every. single. day.)
But Ohhh Boy...
Today I made a 'Mediterranean' lunch.
Socca is actually a southern French dish- a thin, crispy chickpea flour pancake. The eggplant dish was inspired by something I had the other day at Moshé's Café. It was a flavourful, cold but cooked eggplant salad with tomato and loads of spices. Raita is actually Indian and is just whipped up plain yoghurt with spices mixed in.
After searching through a few eggplant recipes, I decided to combine a few ideas and create my own (:O I am rarely able to invent a recipe...). The result was warm and delicious.
The Socca turned out yummy, but not right at all! It was much too thick (but when I made it thinner it snapped) and it took forever to cook. But it tasted like a 'cheela'-- a similar, thinner Indian dish which I adore.
The dip is the simplest and it's made all according to your tastes. Even my sister, who has always stubbornly refused to touch raita, loved it!
It was a long and messy process, and my mum and sister were kind enough to wait patiently while I made loads of noise and kept telling them 'It's almost done!'
Have a go, and enjoy a warm, cool, filling and refreshing meal.
This is just a simple side-dish for anything, really. Pasta, meat, potatoes, vegetables, baked dishes etc. I put a bit too much lemon, but it wasn't bad and it inspired me to make asparagus more often!
Chicagoans: Have you used the peanut butter machine in the massive Whole Foods?
If so, then you'll know what I'm talking about when I begin daydreaming about the smooth, churning, magic peanut butter that comes out oh-so fresh at just the pull of a lever.
Given my love for peanut butter, I was surprised that I hadn't yet made any.
So, based on my almond butter experiment I whipped up a batch this morning, ready in time for breakfast.
I love minestrone soup-- it's so healthy and yet so filling and it makes you feel warm and fuzzy. It's also a great way to enjoy vegetables that you may not normally eat. My mum and I used Jamie Oliver's recipe, with a few modifications. It was all I expected and more :)
I really love banana bread. That is, when it's soft and moist and really sticky on top :)
We had loads of mushy bananas and my dad had a recipe he wanted to try, so we made some together.
It was quick, simple and successful. There are so many more ways I want to try having banana bread. I've had it with peanut butter and plain. But loads of people recommend it toasted, with jam, with fruit, with chocolate, with yoghurt....
This recipe is even worth purposely leaving some bananas to get mushy just so you can make banana bread!
Again, just a small concoction. Simply toss some chopped tomatoes, fresh coriander and fresh spinach with some olive oil, salt and pepper in a frying pan. Let the spinach wilt a bit, or have it more raw and crispy. I had mine in a toasted pita with homemade pesto and some chickpea cutlets on the side.
A perfect study-day healthy lunch: protein, vegetables, herbs and just a bit of carbohydrates. I topped it off with a frozen yoghurt and some fruit :)
What do you like to make for lunch?
Nothing much, just a simple parfait. But it was so pleasing! I enjoyed it for lunch and it was surprisingly filling.
Whip some vanilla yoghurt.
Crush a small digestive biscuit and place it on the bottom of a glass. Cover with a layer of good, chunky jam (like St. Dalfour or Hero. NOT the neon jell-o like ones). Repeat these 3 layers 4 times.
Cover with a thick layer of vanilla yoghurt (1/4 of your amount).
Roast some almonds on a pan or in the oven. Roughly chop and sprinkle them over the parfait. Chill for about 1-2 hours.
Try different fruits, nuts your favourite biscuits or different yoghurts!