Monday, 30 December 2013

Quick Pasta Salad

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for a Quick Pasta Salad. It is such an easy and versatile recipe. I used leftover cooked chicken in this version but sometimes I put in tinned tuna, which is just as delicious. The salad that you use is completely up to you! I used cucumbers, tomatoes, sweetcorn and green chillies but you could also add in red onions and bell peppers.

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Pasta

2. Cucumber
3. Tomato
4. Green Chillies
5. Sweetcorn
6. Leftover Cooked Chicken
7. Cheese and Onion Deli Filler
8. Mayonnaise
9. Salt and Black Pepper

Bismillah, let's begin!

First, put the pasta on to boil. I used these shell shaped pasta but you can use whatever you have in the cupboard. Place a pan of salted water on to boil, and add in 1 and 1/2 cups dried pasta. Cook according to packet instructions.

While the pasta cooks, slice up the salad. I used cucumber, tomato, green chillies and sweetcorn.

Slice 1/2 a cucumber into quarters, and place into a big bowl.

Dice one tomato.

Add two green chillies, finely sliced.

Throw in a few tablespoons of tinned sweetcorn. You can also add any salad ingredients you like - bell peppers, red onions, lettuce, spinach - anything!

Next, add a few handfuls of cooked sliced chicken. This was chicken that I had leftover from making some Chicken Kathi Rolls
If I don't have chicken in the fridge, I usually add a tin of tuna instead.

By now, the pasta should be cooked. Drain it and wash it under cold water. Add it to the bowl.

Stir well.

Next, take a 200 gram box of Cheese and Onion Deli Filler. If you don't have this, just add only mayonnaise.

Add all the deli filler.

Finally, add one tablespoon of mayonnaise. You may not want to add it, but give the salad a stir, and see if you need it or not.

Stir well. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and black pepper, if needed.

Serve and enjoy!

Quick Pasta Salad

What You Need

·     1 and ½ cups Dried Pasta
·     ½ Cucumber, sliced into quarters
·     1 Tomato, diced
·     2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
·     Few tablespoons Tinned Sweetcorn
·     Few handfuls Cooked Chicken, sliced
·     200 grams box of Cheese and Onion Deli Filler
·     1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
·     Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

What To Do

1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.

2. Place the cucumber, tomato, green chillies, sweetcorn and chicken into a large bowl.

3. Once cooked, drain the pasta. Wash under cold water and add to the bowl. Mix well.

4. Add the deli filler and mayonnaise. Mix well and add the salt and pepper, if needed.

5. Serve!

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Baking with Kids!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Yesterday, I was joined in the kitchen by my niece and nephew. It was good fun and a bit chaotic at times! So, I thought I'd share some pictures of what we got up to. I kept the recipes extremely simple and quick - no need to get too complicated!

We started off by making the batter for the Vanilla Cupcakes.

My niece had great fun figuring out what to put in next!

They took turns mixing in the flour, and trying to avoid getting it all over themselves.

We baked half the mixture in these silicone cake moulds ..

.. and the other half, as normal cupcakes.

I've never used silicone moulds before so I was quite pleased as to how these turned out. They were in the shape of little castles, I think!

Once the cakes had cooled, it was onto decorating them. We made Chocolate Buttercream to ice them with.

The cupcakes were turned into butterfly buns.

And, as for the castle cakes, they were just spread with icing and dipped in sprinkles. 

Next, it was the first recipe I (and probably you!) ever made - Chocolate Crispies.

A two ingredient classic - Milk Chocolate broken up into a large bowl.

We had to add extra since some little mouths kept eating them all.

The chocolate was then melted in the microwave.

Handfuls of Corn Flakes were added, a little at a time.

A few were munched in the process!

Once everything was mixed well ..

.. a tray was lined with paper cases.

And, then filled with the mixture.

These take about an hour to set completely depending on how cold the room is. You could add anything you like to these to personalise them - nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips - anything!

Finally, we made Pizza Swirls. These were inspired by Husnaas' Pizza Pinwheels. Roll out 1 ball of Pizza Dough to 1/4 inch thick rectangle.

Pour on a few splashes of tomato passata.

Spread all over with the back of a spoon.

Add a few spoons of Keema. Or you could put sliced veggies like you would on a pizza, or you could keep it plain with just cheese.

Start spreading out the keema ..

.. until evenly distributed.

Now, the best bit, sprinkle on lots of grated Cheddar cheese.

Make sure it's evenly distributed.

Then, carefully, roll tightly like a Swiss Roll.

Using a large sharp knife, cut into slices.

Place onto a greased tray. Bake at Gas Mark 7 for 20 minutes.

While the Pizza Swirls baked, the kids busied themselves with papercraft and card making!

After 20 minutes, the Pizza Swirls are done!

Serve straight away!

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