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Yoghurt Dip

A quick dip for your fish fingers.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons plain yoghurt

Handful of dhania finely chopped

Salt and black pepper to taste

the cast of characters
the cast of characters

In a bowl pour in the yoghurt and add the dhania.

green!
green!

Mix well then season with salt and pepper.

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Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Enjoy.

yum
yum

The combination of the fish fingers and the dip is just heavenly.

Another fish finger recipe.

Wholemeal Banana Cupcakes

By now some of you might have noticed that I really love ripe bananas and I like using them in my cooking. I think there are very versatile fruits, you can eat them as is, blend them with milk or yoghurt to make smoothies, bake them in cakes or muffins or even mix them in pancake and crepe batter. They can be even fried in butter to serve over ice cream as a sweet dessert, clearly the options are endless. Other than the fact that they are sweet, bananas are rich in Potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

What better way to use these fruits than with equally healthy ingredients, wholemeal flour.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup margarine

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

3 very ripe bananas mashed

2 cups wholemeal flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg – optional

3/4 cup plain yoghurt

A handful of raisins

Pre heat the oven at 180°C. Line the muffin tray with cupcake liners. In case you don’t have the liners, grease the tray with some margarine then dust with some little flour.

In a mixing bowl pour in the sugar and add the margarine.

brown sugar and margarine
brown sugar and margarine

Using a wooden spoon, mix the two till creamy. Add the egg and the vanilla essence.

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York yellow

Once combined add the mashed bananas.

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In another bowl combine the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Add the flour mixture into the sugar and butter mixture in three proportions alternating with the yoghurt.

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In the third addition, mix the raisins with the flour.

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Pour and mix till combined.

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Finally divide the batter evenly into the already prepared tin.

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Bake in the middle rack of the oven for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

This recipe makes about 24 cupcakes.

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Enjoy.

60th: Onion and Pepper Fried Chicken with Yoghurt

Yippee!!! This is my 60th post!! Wa!! Imagine.

Thank you all for reading my cooking journal, commenting, liking and even trying out these recipes. I’m humbled.

This meal I prepared a while back when we had a friend over for dinner. This dish closely resembles this one , however I used boneless chicken breasts and I also added some yoghurt.

white onion, green and red bell pepper

Ingredients

2 boneless chicken breasts cut into strips

1 medium sized white onion sliced

1/2 red bell pepper diced

1/2 green bell pepper diced

1 tomato diced

1/3 cup plain yoghurt

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Salt and pepper to taste

boneless chicken breast strips

Start by coating the chicken with the soy sauce. In a ziploc bag or polythene bag put the chicken strips then add the soy sauce then shake to ensure they are fully coated. Let it the chicken stand for 10 minutes or so.

marinating chicken

In a sauce pan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the chicken strips, stir to ensure the chicken browns.

browning

Let the chicken cook for about 15 minutes then add the onions and bell peppers. (I also added one tomato diced, after hubby’s advice). Remember to season with the salt and black pepper.

oh plus a tomato

Cover and let the tomato, onion and peppers cook down.

It’s ready to serve… well not just yet

Finally add the yoghurt.

the secret ingredient

Cover for about 5 minutes then stir and serve.

I served the chicken over steamed pasta but I believe it will taste even better with rice.

Dinner

Chocolate and Vanilla Muffins

I just felt like baking, plus I had some leftover yoghurt and I decided I’ll use it instead of milk.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup margarine

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla essence

3/4 cup plain yoghurt

1/4 cup water

2 cups all purpose flour

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder (optional)

A handful of sultanas

Start by greasing your muffin tin and remember to pre heat your oven at 350 degrees F (about 175 degrees C).

Using a wooden spoon/ spatula cream your sugar and margarine.

The sugar and margarine mixture

Then add in the eggs one by one.

in goes the egg

Add the vanilla essence.

In another bowl combine the dry ingredients except the cocoa powder,cinnamon and sultanas.

flour,salt,baking powder

Add the flour mixture to the creamed sugar in three parts alternating with the yoghurt.

pour in a 1/3 of the flour

Take the sultanas and coat them with about a tablespoon of flour. This will ensure that they won’t sink to the bottom of the muffins while baking.

flour coated sultanas

Fold them into the cake batter. In case the batter is a bit think add about 1/4 cup of water.

Now for the chocolate part;

In another bowl, mix the cocoa powder,cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix with about 2 tablespoons of water to get a semi thick paste.

cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg
semi-thick paste

Add half the batter into the paste and stir.

Pour out some of the vanilla better into the muffin tins, about a quarter in each tin.

the vanilla

Then add the chocolate batter. Sadly I don’t have pics since at that point my phone’s charge was out… 😦

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Muffins!!!

Choc-vanilla muffins

Verdict:

Tasty and pretty moist, I guess it’s because of the yoghurt.

Perfect for an afternoon snack with some tea or hot chocolate.

Anything goes

You basically put all the fruits you have on hand and make a smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas sliced

A handful of strawberries, hauled and sliced

3-4 grapes (i had the ones with seeds)

2 tree tomatoes

1/2 mango diced

1 cup vanilla yoghurt

Smoothies are best for quick lunches and breakfasts. They are pretty filling.

In a blender, throw in all the fruit pieces

mango slices,grapes,strawberry halves,tree tomato and bananas

Add the vanilla yoghurt.

Beautiful colours

Blend for about 3 minutes.

Blending

Smoothie 🙂

Delicious.

Serve chilled. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Yoghurt Pancakes

Yep!!! One can apparently put yoghurt in pancakes or so I ‘invented’. I had some leftover plain yoghurt from a previous recipe so I decided to add it into the pancake batter. Have I mentioned that it was to expire in 2 days, yeah, hence the reason I had to  use it and I had no fruits to make a smoothie with it.

This recipe is a bit different from my previous pancake recipes mainly because I also added some corn flour but not to worry you substitute it with all purpose flour.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup corn flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

4 tablespoons plain yoghurt

A handful of raisins

5-6 halved grapes

Oil for frying

In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, except for the raisins and grapes.

flour,corn flour,sugar and baking powder

In a jug mix in the wet ingredients.

eggs, yoghurt and vanilla essence

Make a well in the bowl with dry ingredients, then pour in the wet. Mix well. In case the batter is too viscous add some few tablespoons of water to your desired consistency.

Add the chopped up raisins.

raisins

Heat your skillet to prepare for frying.

At this point I was ready to start cooking them, then hubby my well and able sous chef suggests I add some grapes. Being the risk taker that I am I complied. You can totally eliminate them.

Some few halved grapes. Colour splash of sorts
Frying them. Always saves time to fry more than two at a go.
Breakfast 🙂

Verdict:

Super fluffy, I think that was mainly cause of the yoghurt. The raisins were a nice addition. I didn’t quite taste the grapes. Hubby loved them. Very filling.

If I could do it all over again:

Eliminate the grapes. (Sorry hubby)

Tip: Don’t be fooled to think I wake up to prepare these on a work morning, the secret lies in making them at night while waiting for dinner to cook. So ladies and gents that is how you have a filling breakfast and save time 🙂

Fish Curry

Since I discovered, the chicken curry recipe, I have modified it to suit different meats. I had some filleted tilapia and I decided to try it out.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 fillets of fish – I used tilapia (cut into chunks)

1 cup plain yoghurt

3/4 cup coconut milk

1 onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic chopped

1/4 teaspoon of ginger minced

2 tablespoons of fish masala

1 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon coriander powder

1 tablespoon curry powder

Salt to taste

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil for frying

Some chopped fresh dhania/coriander leaves for garnish

In a large skillet, heat some oil then fry the onions.

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Once translucent add in the spices, ginger and garlic.

The onion and spice mixture.

Add the fish chunks, and coat with the spice mixture.

Add the yoghurt and coconut milk.

Bring the curry to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and let the curry simmer for at most 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. The fish will flake easily.

Once cooked, serve and garnish with fresh chopped dhania.

Fish Curry, Yum

We ate this with some ugali and vegetables. The fish curry will also go great with steamed rice.

Verdict:

Hubby loved it, I found it to be ok. I prefer my fish stewed or pan fried.

Tip: To add more flavour, you can squeeze the juice of one lemon over the curry. I didn’t have any on hand.