Churros with Ginger and Cinnamon Sugar

Hello lovely people.

Today I was inspired to make churros, since I don’t have a lot of desserts on my blog! To be honest, I was watching Come Dine With Me, and a couple on the show were making churros but with chocolate to dip in.

All you will need for this recipe is:

For the churros:

  • 200ml water
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 200ml plain flour
  • Extra oil for frying

For the ginger and cinnamon sugar:

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar and the 2 tablespoons oil – I used coconut oil because it’s the only oil I really use other than sesame oil or olive oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.

Heat oil for frying in a frying pan, or if you have a deep fryer you can use that too, but don’t ask me how because I have never used one before! If you have a piping bag,please use it to pipe the mixture into strips. I have a problem with piping bags and can’t seem to pipe anything right! For the strips, I rolled them into thin strips! Fry until golden and drain on paper towels.

For the sugar, combine all ingredients and roll each churro to make sure they are covered. If there’s any sugar left off, sprinkle some more on top!

You can serve this with ice cream or with melted chocolate!

I believe (according to Wikipedia!) that the Portuguese brought churros to Europe when they returned from China (the grand Portuguese discoveries). Since I am half Portuguese half Chinese, I thought this dessert would represent my heritage the best.

I hope you try this at home and love it!

Ana xx

Chicken Curry and Jollof Rice 

Hi guys!

So I have turned to foods that I can just leave to slow cook, or that doesn’t require standing for long periods of time.

 
I have had Jollof rice for the first time a couple of days ago, and I love it! Sort of reminds me of the Portuguese tomato and coriander rice, but with a bit of a kick!

For the Jollof rice, I have fried 1 onion until soft, added 2 tablespoons of tomato purée, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon of paprik, some salt and pepper, a little bit over 1.5 cups of chicken stock and when the chicken stock is bubbling away hot, add one cup of long grain rice, and cook if on minimum fire for about 10-15min – make sure you keep an eye on the rice so it doesn’t burn.

For the curry, I fried some 1 onion, 6 closes of garlic and a bit of minced ginger – once the onions are soft, I have browned the chicken thighs (boneless) in the same pan – I like using chicken thighs because they are so nice and moist.

Once the chicken is brown, add 3 tablespoons of garam masala, 1.5 tablespoons cayenne pepper, 3 tablespoons of tomato purée – you can also use tinned tomatoes if you want – and half a cup of chicken stock. Let it slow cook until the sauce gets thick.

Once the curry is ready, I’ve added a bit of the curry sauce to some plain yoghurt. It is equally delicious without the yoghurt sauce.

I hope you’ll try this and let me know how it turns out!
Ana x

Pecorino and Garlic Ramen Fries 

Hello guys!

I have seen this recipe on BuzzFeed Food on Facebook and I had to try it!!

Cook two packets of ramen according to directions. If you’ve never cooked ramen before, then please crawl back to the whole you came from… I’m only joking.. But no.. Do follow instructions because you don’t want to overcook it!

After straining ramen in a colander, run cold water over it until noodles are cool. Once they have cooled down, whiskey eggs and seasoning packets together, and add in cold, strained ramen noodles. Mix the egg mixture in to evenly disperse.

Line in baking/foil sheet with plastic wrap, and dump your ramen egg mixture in. Mash the ramen into a tight, even layer and add another sheet of plastic wrap on top. Put something heavy on top to weight it down, this part is critical – it is important that you do this, otherwise the noodles will turn out loose when you fry them. Throw it in the freezer for 2 – 3 hours.

You should have a semi-frozen ramen brick, and now you can start cutting it into long rectangular shapes and fry them until pleasantly crispy and brown.

In a bowl, shave some pecorino cheese, you can use Parmesan if you like. Add some black pepper, garlic powder and dried parsley. Sprinkle this on top of the ramen fries when ready to eat.

I would definitely suggest you to try this at home! At least it would be a new way to cook your instant noodles.

Ana x

Vegan Mocha Mug Cake

Hi Petals! 

Have had a rough day today dealing with confusion emotions. I must say.. I am not doing this house bound patient thing very well.. Staying in and not having anything to do kills me. 

I have had the proper cast put on on Friday and will have to have this on for the next 4 weeks. Still makes it very hard for me to cook! 

So to cheer myself up, I have made a quick and easy Mocha Vegan Mug cake

  
For this recipe, you will need to add 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee, 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal, 3 tablespoons hot water to a microwaveable mug, mix it all together and let it sit for 2-3 minutes

Then add 3 tablespoon of plain flour, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of oil and a pinch of sea salt. Mix it all together and microwave it on max for 1 minute. Yes, 1 minute is all it takes for this delicious mug cake! 

I have served this with a coconut milk “yogurt” and sprinkled some cinnamon on top. 

This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make.. I am not a vegan but sometimes I will try recipes like this! I like to know how alternatives will taste like and how it works. And I must tell you, this recipe it’s pretty good. The cake is moist and fluffy. 

Sopa de Ajo – Garlic Soup 

Hello guys.. My posts won’t be as often as I would like now because I have broken my ankle and I can’t stand for long periods of time.. Unfortunately I have a lot of time on my hands but will not have time to cook as much as I want, which means I won’t be able to post on my blog either 😦  All I do these days is eat take away and watch tv shows… I am running out of things to watch!  I have managed to cook one meal since I broke my ankle on Tuesday night. I thought that making a soup would be quite easy.. It is however I still sweated like a nun in a brothel! It was like I was in a threadmill running for 10k! Sweat drops rolling down my head.. My back completely soaked! This isn’t life you know?

  

   For this recipe, you’ll need a bunch of flat parsley, about 8 cubes of bread (I’ve used French baguette), half of garlic head (finely chopped), 4 slices of ham (chopped in pieces), two eggs, paprika, chicken stock, extra virgin olive oil and some special black truffle oil. 

I’ve put the cubes of bread in a tray and soaked them with olive oil with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bake the bread until crispy.  Heat a generous amount of oil in a pan and fry the garlic until is golden. Add the ham and the paprika (our paprika is special homemade from our housemate’s mom!). Pour bread into pot and toss to coat with hot oil mixture. Pour chicken stock into bread mixture, add salt (I like to be all fancy and use truffle salt) and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and stir in parsley. 

Make 2 depressions in the bread on top of the soup with a spoon. Crack and slowly pour an egg into each depression. Cover the pan with a lid and cook until egg whites are firm and yolks are thick but not hard.     This recipe takes no more than 10 minutes and it’s super delicious! You can easily make this at home when you don’t have much at home or if you just want something quick after a long hard day!   

This is going to be me for some weeks.. If you have anything that I can do to kill time in the meantime.. Any books or shows that I should watch please don’t hesitate to suggest some!  Ana xx

Pork Kebabs

Hello guys!

It’s been a bit hectic at work – my full time job as a customer relations advisor at Kurt Geiger – and busy weekends chilling out with my best bitches.

We’ve thrown out our old BBQ, so until we replace it with a new one, I got to use the grill for my BBQ style recipes.

This weekend I got some nice camera lied red onion pork sausages from lovely Waitrose – you see I only shop at Waitrose at the beginning of the month.. When my bank account is still popping with sssshmoney. And of course my obsession for courgette salad will never die, so I have made a nice fresh courgette and feta cheese salad to go with my pork sausages kebab!

 
For the pork sausage kebabs, I’ve cut the sausage into pieces.. 3 chunks of cut sausage per stick! So if you get a pack of 6 sausages, you can make 6 kebab sticks, that could be a nice meal for two people! One whole red onion cut into chunks and one red pepper cut into pieces – I wanted to use vegetable that would bring some life to the dish.. The bad thing about being on Atkins, the color of the food can be a bit boring!

I’ve put the kebabs in the grill until the meat was cooked.. I like when the vegetables still have a bit of crunch. While this is cooking, I’m using my baby Benriner (vegetable spiralizer) and cutting the courgettes in long thin strands. I’ve seasoned it with salt, black truffle olive oil and garlic.

 

You can use any meat for the kebabs, if you have left over burger meat from BBQ or other vegetables you can also use that too! Good thing about my recipes, it’s to YOUR taste. I’m here to guide you and give you ideas!

Please try them at home and let me know how it goes!

Much love, Ana xx

Ribeye and Courgette Salad

 

Day before payday… I decided to treat myself for some steak.. Ribeye steak hmmm! Good thing about living in my area is the millions of butchers.

My favorite of the area is Baldwins Butcher!

I could seriously eat this dish everyday! I love this courgette salad that goes with it!
I bought an amazing tool for peeling vegetables! I got the Benriner and if I could use it in all vegetables I would, I mean I am a real pasta/noodle fan, so anything in pasta or noodle shape will do for me. This little tool is so easy to use and clean.. I definitely recommend it.

For the courgette salad, I used chilli powder, fresh garlic, truffle salt, ground black pepper and a big splash of toasted sesame oil! This automatically gives more of an Asian taste to the salad.

For the steak, I usually have mine medium rare or rare – This will usually depend on if I forget the steak in the pan and I’m doing something else.. like chatting away with my housemates!

I hope you get the chance to try the salad at least!

  Ana x

Pork Steaks and Aubergine

Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately, I have been working hard and haven’t had time to cook a lot and make inventions.. I have been having chicken thighs, steak and scrambled eggs for the whole week basically..  Being on a Ketogenic diet, really limits the stuff I can eat, I have to add everything on my MyFitnessPal app and make sure I don’t exceed 20g of carbohydrates a day and keep my fat intake high. Since I have to eat fatty meats, I’ve decided to get some pork loin steak today, and to go with it, I have chosen aubergine.. Aurbegine is a vegetable with almost no carb content – so if you have spent the day munching on macadamia nuts like me, you watch your carb in takes and balance it out.     You must know that this dish contains a lot of butter.. I have not only fried the aubergine and the pork loin steaks in butter, I have also served it with garlic and parsley butter – yes obviously homemade! – I cut the aubergine in thin slices and fried them first, seasoned with chili powder, garlic powder and salt.  I’ve seasoned my pork loins with salt, pepper and garlic powder, fried them in butter. They are quite thin, so you don’t need much cooking time.  For the garlic butter, I added dry flat parsley herbs, a bit of salt and lots of garlic powder to the butter! In my opinion you can use this butter with beef, chicken or fish.. Nothing tastes better than butter and garlic..  I hope you all had a good weekend!  Ana x

Fluffy Grain-Free Sunflower Bread 

a week into my Atkins/Ketogenic diet, I’m trying my best to consume under 25g of net carbohydrates per day..

Growing up in a Portuguese and Chinese household, all my meals involved carbohydrates.. Bread, rice, potatoes, noodles… But unfortunately my metabolism is not fast enough to break down the carbs.. Nor can I control my portions because I love food too much.

I have to admit as much as I love this diet, as it allows me to eat as much protein and fat I want, I miss pasta and bread the most!

Luckily for me, I’ve found a low carb bread recipe!

 
This is not an easy recipe, nor will you have the ingredients at home.. Most stuff I had to order from Amazon.

Your ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2tbsp melted butter or coconut oil
  • 2tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2/3 cup psyllium husk powder
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed
  •  1tsp caraway seeds
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 2tsp cream of tartar
  • 1tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup water at room temperature

Preheat your oven at gas mark 4 or 175C. Line your loaf pan with some baking paper, this will make it so much easier to remove the bread once it’s baked, or you can use a silicone loaf pan.

Separate the yolks from the whites and save the whites for later… Yes you better have a electrical whisk!

Mix the egg yolks with the sesame oil and the melted butter and the water. In a seperste bowl, mix the dry ingredients, flax meal, psyllium husk powder(don’t ask.. I have no clue what it is!), baking soda, caraway seeds and the salt.

Now with the egg whites, beat until they create soft peaks, you should definitely add cream of tartar to help it stay fluffy. Mix the yolk mixture to the dry ingredients, when everything it’s mixed, fold in the egg whites slowly.. Don’t need to be very gentle, but just gentle enough to not deflate the peaks!

Last but not least, add in sunflower seeds.. I personally think that I could have done with less seeds.. But I guess this is to your personal taste. Put the batter inside the loaf pan and bake for about 65/70 min.

This is an extremely great recipe to help you kick that bread craving!

Make sure you follow the recipe and tell me how it goes!
Ana x

The Poutinerie – Field Day Festival


One of the great things about festivals are the various food stalls with good variety of cuisine.

For the first time, I’ve tried Poutine. Poutine  is a dish originating in Quebec, Canada, made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.

The folks from The Poutinerie (check them our on twitter @ThePoutinerie ) were providing this lovely dish at the festival, and I must say they were one of the few stalls that caught my eye.

They serve two types of Poutine, the original for £5.00 which is chips, cheesecurd and gravy. And the other one that I ordered for £7.00 – Roast chicken and bacon Poutine, chips, cheesecurd, chicken, bacon and gravy… I must say that this really hit the spot for me.. I can imagine many variations of this dish.. Can’t wait to experiment in a few months!

Right, unfortunately I am going to do my atkins/ketogenic diet and cut off sugars and carbs.. I have put on a bit of weight the past few months.. So more potatoes or homemade pasta for me!

Wish me luck guys!!

Ana x