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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Lasagna


Ingredients
  1. 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  2. 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  3. 1/2 cup minced onion
  4. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  6. 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  7. 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 2 tablespoons white sugar
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  11. 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  12. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  13. 1 tablespoon salt
  14. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  15. 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  16. 12 lasagna noodles
  17. 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  18. 1 egg
  19. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  20. 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
  21. 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese



Directions

1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground
beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat
until well browned. Stir in crushed
tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce,
and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel
seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt,
pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley.
Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours,
stirring occasionally.


2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to

a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling
water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles,
and rinse with cold water. In a mixing
bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg,
remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.


3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190

degrees C).


4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat

sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking
dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over
meat sauce. Spread with one half of the
ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of
mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2
cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and
sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Repeat layers, and top with remaining
mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover
with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray
foil with cooking spray, or make sure the
foil does not touch the cheese.


5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Remove foil, and bake an additional 25
minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before
serving.

Mexican Rice



Ingredients

  1. Rice: 1 ½ cups
  2. Onion, diced: ½ cup
  3. Garlic, chopped: 1 tbsp.
  4. Tomato puree: 1 ½ cups
  5. Parsley, chopped: 1 tbsp.
  6. Fresh mushrooms, sliced: 1 cup
  7. Cumin powder: 1 tsp.
  8. Coriander powder: 1 tsp.
  9. Dried red chilies: 3 nos.
  10. Oil: 3 tbsps.
  11. Salt: To taste


Method

  • Heat oil in a thick-bottomed pan and sauté rice over medium heat until opaque
  • yellow and keep stirring to prevent burning.
  • Add onion and garlic and sauté until transparent.
  • Add two cups of water, then stir in tomato puree, parsley, sliced fresh
  • mushrooms, salt, cumin and coriander.
  • Reduce heat to simmering, cover pan and simmer for 20 minutes or until all
  • water is absorbed.
  • Roughly chop dried chilies and stir them in.
  • Serve hot.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Mushrooms A La Grecque



Ingredients
  1. Onion, chopped finely: 1 no.
  2. Garlic, chopped finely: 1clove.
  3. Coriander seeds: 1 tbsp.
  4. Red wine: 300 ml.
  5. Tomato puree: 1 tbsp.
  6. Button mushrooms: 450 gms.
  7. Tomatoes, seeded & chopped: 550 gms.
  8. Pepper, ground: As required
  9. Parsley: As required
  10. Olive oil: 2 tbsps.
  11. Salt: As required
Method

  • 1.Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the chopped onions, garlic and sauté till they change colour.
  • 2.Next add the coriander seeds, wine, tomato puree and stir well.
  • 3.Add the button mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper for taste.
  • 4.Let the mixture boil and remove once the mushrooms become soft.
  • 5.Remove from heat, cool and chill for several hours before serving.


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Teriyaki Steak



Ingredients
Beef Steak: 900 gms.
Soya sauce: 1 cup
White wine: 1 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Ginger root, grated: 2 tbsps.
Garlic, minced: 1 clove.
Sugar: 1 cup
Onion, sliced: 1 no.
Salt: As required

Method

  • Take a shallow baking dish and place the beef steak in it.
  • Then mix the salt, soya suace, wine, sugar and pour it over the meat.
  • Next keep the ginger, garlic and onion on top of the meat.
  • Keep it covered for more than 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Turn once, then remove from the fridge and bring back to room temperature.
  • Grill the meat in the oven and keep turning so that it gets cooked on all sides.
  • For serving cut the meat into thin slices.


Friday, 25 April 2014

Oeufs à la neige



Ingredients
Eggs, separated: 3 nos.
Castor sugar: 115 gms.
Egg, yolks: 2 nos.
Milk: 450 ml.
Rose water: 2 tbsps.
Mint sprigs: As required


Method
1.Whisk egg whites until stiff, gradually whisk in half the sugar until the mixture is
stiff and shiny.

2.Bring a large pan of water to a boil, then lower the heat and float dessert
spoonfuls of egg whites onto the water.

3.Poach for 2-3 minutes, turning them occasionally.

4.Remove them with a slotted spoon, transfer them to a tilted tray to drain off the
excess water.

5.Whisk all 5 egg yolks with the remaining sugar until thick.

6.Put the milk into a pan and bring to a boil.

7.Stir a little milk into the egg yolk mixture and then stir this egg mixture back into
the milk over a low heat.

8.Cook till it thickens slightly but do not boil.

9.Leave to cool and just before serving add the rose water and pour this custard
into serving bowls and float the egg meringues on top.

10.Decorate with mint sprigs