Friday, July 29, 2011

Pancakes on Saturday morning

Saturday morning, the room was dark because the curtains were still not drawn, as my daughter was still sleeping in my bed, hubby is away for a few days. I had an uneasy sleep last nite, somehow I felt restless, at 3 am, I went downstairs to double check whether the doors were locked. Went to the kitchen, okay, both grill doors and the wooden doors were locked, checked the front door, yup, locked and bolted, drew in the sliding door's curtains. i always imagine someone's staring inside and thankfully it was all my imagination, thanks to all those creepy and scary I had seen over the years......

this morning, woke up , switched on the laptop in my room and checked my emails, while doing that, browsed through the old magazines and found a few recipes which I thought I might want to try later. One of the recipes I found was this pancake recipe

looks easy and I have all the ingredients in my kitchen, but I didn't bother to make the 'sauce'

I had been making pancakes also known as 'serabai barat' using the recipe which I learned during my school days and that's why I decided to try another version.this one didn't require the 'rubbing' method, so didn't have to get my hands dirty here. Another difference is this recipe separated the eggs and the last step was to fold the stiff egg whites into the batter

whatever or whichever method or recipe used I still get the bubbly effect on one side and smooth effect on the other side and they both taste equally good. I eat it while it is still hot straight from the pan.....yum.......with the rain pouring outside.......

be it on it own, or eat it with jam ( my way ), or chocolate spread ( my daughter's way) or with butter spread ( my son's way )

they taste yummmy.....will make this again.

now, what's for lunch?

Spaghetti bolognese with meatballs

these two recipes were prompted by requests through my facebook photo album and I am sharing this with them, so that they can also enjoy a taste of Italian in their kitchen once in a while, like I do with my family.
my version of simple spaghetti bolognese with meatballs:

heat olive oil in a pan
saute chopped onion and garlic ( crushed)
then, add in minced meat, fry till the meat is cooked
add in meatballs ( optional)
note: you can also add in diced carrots if you like at this stage

pour in a bottle of spaghetti sauce( store bought )
sprinkle some oregano
parsley, basil, thyme,
black pepper
( or just buy the bolognese spices or italian spices)
add in a blob ( one tablespoon )of tomato puree
add in some water , with beef stock cubes
to taste, add in salt and a bit of sugar
taste it, and it's done, after simmering for close to half an hour.

meanwhile or before you start making the sauce, boil some water
when it starts to boil, sprinkle in some salt and put in the spaghetti, boil it till the pasta is tender.
my way of testing whether the spaghetti is ready or not, is by throwing it on to the wall, if it gets stuck there, then it is done, if not, boil it some more, make sure to clean the wall afterwards, okay....hehe....
I like to eat mine with hard boiled eggs.


or a formal written recipe for the bolognese is as follows:
725g/ 1 1/2 lb minced meat
1 large onion
1 garlic
2 tbs oil , preferably olive oil
400g can peeled tomatoes
4 tbs tomato puree
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1 litre ( 4 cups) water
salt, pepper

chopped and fry the onions in the olive oil
stir in minced meat,
then put in the rest of the ingredients
bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Note: can also use this bolognese sauce as the sauce for lasagna

the difference between lasagna and spaghetti is the cheese ssauce:

60g/2 oz butter
1/3 cup plain flour
salt, pepper
pinch of nutmeg
2 cups milk
125g/ 4 oz chedar cheese
3 tbsp grated parmesan

melt butter in a saucepan
add flour, salr, pepper and nutmeg, blned until smooth, stir over heat for a bout 1 minute
gradually add in milk, stir until sauce boils and thickens
reduce heat, cook 1 minute
remove from heat, stir in grated cheddar, stir until cheese melts

Note: detail recipe for lasagna is in my earlier post.

Bon appetit!