Friday, July 9, 2010

Fish and Chips

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Fish and Chips is an English dish! I didn't know that until a while ago! I'm sure Jamie Oliver would have an authentic recipe for this!

It's an easy peasy meal to throw together on a lazy day, just lots of frying I guess. I had chips and fish fillets (for the life of me, I can't remember fish names and neither can I recognise most fishes so please don't ask me what fish fillet I used) in the fridge and the can of baked beans was almost expiring so it's all good ;)

I used a spicy plain flour batter mix to fry my fillets since I had that on hand. There are of course many different ways you can do yours from scratch. There's the beer batter, soda batter, rice flour batter (for a crispier coating but I find it too oily) and not forgetting the good old breadcrumbs coating. I'm sure a google search would find you many more variations of the recipe. Though I'm not sure if an overload of recipes would do you any good!

I don't particularly like working with seafood, not a fan of fishy smells! I wash the fish fillets with generous amount of salt and lemon juice. Rinse and marinate with more lemon juice, salt and pepper. I allow myself to be OCD about it, shoot me. I know it's not logically possible to get rid of fishy smells from a raw fish, I'm trying to deal with it. Please bear with me. So next, coat the fillets with the batter of your choice and deep fry in hot oil.

Coleslaw:

2 cups of chopped cabbage

Some chopped carrots

Some onions, if you feel like it

A dallop or 2 of mayo, salt, pepper and lemon juice

Mix everything in a bowl and toss them around. Taste and add more ingredients till you get the desired taste. I know, I'm not much of a measurement person. That's the reason why I have not successfully baked a sponge cake in life.

Assemble the fish and chips and the accompaniments (I had to google the spelling!) on those huge dinner plates. Get your forks and knifes knives and you are ready to set the table. Oh, don't forget to squeeze some lemon juice on your fillets, it further kills the fishy smell.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Qeema Karahi

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I made this some days back as I wanted to try out the packet of instant mix given to me by a friend, Wana.

No recipe here, as everything was inside that small packet!

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Just add meat, yogurt and oil!

So the verdict is that this Knorr mix tastes a lot better than the Shan mix! heheh

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Yeah the qeema was literally smoking hot! Thank you Wana for the tasty gift! Feel free to send more when you are back in Pakiland ;)