Food Challenge: Calamari Tubes In A Sauce With A Cheesy Salad

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Hi everyone!!

As I sit here typing out this post, I’m actually reminiscing about the winter cold…
I suppose it is really true that we as humans will never be satisfied by what is, right now.

The only great thing about summer for me is the ability for me to quickly slap together a meal with minimum time in the kitchen.

This evening was no exception.

Here’s my quick and healthy recipe:

Calamari Tubes With Lemon Butter Sauce & A Cheesy Salad by Rubina Hassan.

1 packet Calamari tubes (I have a friend that sells single portion calamari tubes)
Milk, preferably full cream.
Green Masala ( a mix of garlic and green chillies ground together)
Red Chilli Flakes (optional)
Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper

Lemon Juice
Butter

Method:
When preparing calamari, take it out of the freezer about 15 minutes before cooking.
Rinse under water and drain
Put in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, except lemon juice and butter.
Leave to marinate one side while making the salad.

Cheesy Salad:

Romano tomatoes ( small/cherry tomatoes will work)
Cucumber
Red onion
Mozzarella cheese
Feta cheese
Pimento Stuffed Olives
Basil
Coriander

Method:
Wash veggies under running water. Rinse herbs.
Slice tomatoes in half… If it’s too big, slice into quarters. Slice onion thinly. Cut cheeses into squares. Slice cucumber into thick rounds and half them. Rough chop coriander, and tear basil leaves up. Add in olives.
Toss everything together. Serve with a creamy dressing, Knorr Creamy Italian Dressing is a great option.

Now, to finish off the calamari:

Take butter and add to a pan on medium-low heat. Melt the butter and add the calamari tubes. Cook for 2 minutes and then add in the marinade. Cook for a minute and then add in about two tablespoons of lemon juice.
Cover your pan and cook for 5 minutes.

Take out the calamari tubes and set aside. Reduce the sauce until you achieve a nice thickish consistency.
Pour over calamari tubes and serve with salad, creamy Italian dressing and crispy rolls or ciabatta slices that have been lightly toasted.

This salad is also great with a tangy yet spicy roast chicken or with my Thai Inspired Fish.

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I do know that I haven’t put in measurements, the reason is that I honestly didn’t measure anything.
I just put in what I thought was enough.

My salad was enough for 4 people with generous helpings for each. The calamari was just for me as the rest of my family is a bit … Squeamish, I guess… When it comes to cooking or eating certain things…

Like sushi… And mushrooms… And crab sticks.. And … The list really goes on and I fear you’ll be bored in no time, so I’ll stop here.

In any case, the above recipe works with fish as well, white fish like hake and kingklip or line fish etc is preferable.

If you do try out any of my recipes, I’d love to have some feedback.

Until next time إنشاءالله
Bon appetite!

وعليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته

Food Challenge: Steak, Gravy & Smash!

Salaam & hi

I thought I’d share this quick and easy yet fabulously tasty dish with all of you.

Now with us being Indian, and South African Indian at that, we love our spicy food.
Although since Ramadhaan, my dad’s been having quite a lot of heartburn, and so we’ve had to tone down our spices.

😢😭 —> this is me, at the thought of consuming bland food!!!
I just can’t, please don’t make me!

Being rather busy yesterday morning, I managed to finish of all my chores so I could continue reading To Find A Bride and To Find A Groom…..
Only to have mom tell me to cook dinner!

After putting up a panicked tweet (which reflects on Facebook), I got suggestions from FB friends stating butter chicken and roast chicken.
Went to freezer… Only to find there’s no chicken!

Here’s when my little sister saw me taking out some Biryani Mutton to make mutton curry and she quickly suggested I cook something else…
She wanted mash and gravy from KFC… And I could make steak with it.. Pepper steak!

So I thought here’s something different!
Perhaps an ‘Indianised’ version of steak , gravy and mash… Or rather smash as I was pressed for time.

Steak, Gravy & Smash by Rubina Hassan
Ingredients:
Rump Steak 500g
Lemon Pepper 3 Tablespoons
Barbecue Spice 3 Tablespoons
Steak & Chops Spice 2 Tablespoons
Garlic 1 Heaped Teaspoon
Lemon Juice, enough to make an almost liquid paste.
Spur Durky Sauce 1 Tablespoon
Black pepper 1 Tablespoon
White Pepper 1/2 Teaspoon

Marinate steak in above spices.

In the meantime, while steak marinates, slice up a white onion.
Pour some oil into your pot and let the onion cook slowly until translucent.
Layer steak on top of the onion, pour remaining marinade over the steak.
Put some water in the mixing bowl where the steak was marinating in and pour remaining spices and water in the pot.

Allow to cook until steak is done, than remove steak from the pot and store in a microwave safe Pyrex dish with a lid or similar container.

You’ll be left with the onion sauce. Pour this into a container in which you can purée with a hand blender or in a liquidiser. Purée until smooth. You may need a little extra moisture, add some boiling water as needed.
Return to the pot on medium heat.

Take 2 tablespoons maizena/ corn flour and mix with a 1/4 cup of warm water. Add this to the simmering purée.

Boil and reduce to your liking. Remember, it will thicken on standing.

Now get your smash ready as per packet’s instruction.

*smash is hydrated potato powder which, when water is added, turns into mashed potatoes. It is available at all major retail stores such as Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers and Shoprite.

You are now ready to serve!

You could add a green salad and some lovely toasted ciabatta alongside, or any crusty bread to soak up the sauce!

Enjoy!

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AMC: The Pot Range That’s Standing The Test Of Time!

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When I began cooking, my mom had 2 specific pots we would use to cook our Jumu’ah dhall & rice or kuri kitchri in.

I remember her saying that her mother, my Nani, had given them to her when she got married. These are the oldest pots we have, and they are the Original AMC pots.

I did ask her once she didn’t send them in for polishing, and she said she’s afraid they would swap them for other pots. These are quite heavy compared to the new range.

However, yesterday we received new sets of AMC pots. One set for each of us daughters and some big pots and an urn for mum.

The fabulous sales agent, Khatijah Motala, advised that she is currently giving a discount,if you buy from her.

Don’t get me wrong, these pots like all other brand name and quality guaranteed brands tend to be a bit pricey. But the investment is definitely worth it. And what’s great about the particular sets we, as the daughters, chose, is that we’re able to use these pots both in the oven as well as in the oven!

I’m definitely into the whole multiple use thing, as I hate washing unnecessary dishes. This way I cook and roast in the same pot!
(They’re also nice enough to serve from, instead of yet more unnecessary serving dishes –> applies to home family only,as guests will definitely find it weird!)

So come on, invest in the AMC range today and be assured that you will forever have great pots that will never warp or need to be replaced.

In addition to the AMC ranges, mrs Motala also stocks Mora Spanish Blankets that are available in a range of colors and sizes and she also has a range of baby blankets!

To contact her, please check the Turquoise Directory page for details.

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