Friday, June 17, 2011

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce


Chicken Breast (Boneless & Skinless)
Peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
Soy sauce
Fish sauce
Minced garlic
Minced ginger
Red pepper flakes
Lemon juice
Lilu marchu
Brown sugar (or white if you dont have brown)
Bamboo skewers
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1 bottle of red wine
1 cup orange juice
1 and 1/2 cup of beach brandy (can be regular brandy also)
1/3 cup lime juice
1 bottle selzer water
3 table spoons sugar (brown sugar works also)
2 peaches
1 large orange
1 lime
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Cold Pasta Tortilni

okay, so it's not the exact picture from the 5th meet- but it's something like this. :)
1 or 2 packages of dried pasta tortlini (found in the pasta aisle, comes in 2 flavors spinach and 3 cheese)
1 package of regular pasta (can be any kind you wish to mix)
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 bottle of Italian dressing (can be any kind)
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Paneer Tikka on Skewers


350g (14oz) paneer
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 large onion
3/4 spoon chilli powder
1/4 spoon turmeric powder
1/4 spoon salt
1/2 spoon garam masala
1 spoon dried cumin
1 spoon dried coriander
1 cup natural (unflavoured) yoghurt
6 bamboo skewers
freshly chopped coriander for garnish

How to make:

Cut the paneer into 4cm (2") cubes. Cut the peppers and onions into 4cm (2") squares. In a big bowl mix together the yoghurt, chilli powder, salt, garam masala, cumin and coriander. Next add the paneer and the peppers, onions and stir gently until everything is coated in the spicy yogurt mixture. Leave in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours (or overnight for the best taste). Preheat the grill to its hottest setting. Soak the bamboo skewers in water for 15-20 minutes. Thread the paneer, onions and peppers onto the skewers and cook under the grill for 3-5 minutes on each side. Watch to make sure they don't burn, if they start to, turn them over earlier. Garnish with coriader. Serve hot.
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Asian Salad

Salad greens
Cooked pasta
Mandarin orange
Soy & ginger dressing
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6th Meeting

Vaishali Shah hosted our 6th meet (OMG- have we been doing this for 6 months already?). It's amazing how time flies. I look forward to our monthly exchanges so much. It's the one day a month I get to try something new if no other day. I love the fact that all we do during the exchanges is eat and talk and drink! My mom is kinda getting into the meets. After all the meets, she asks what the menu was and what new thing I learned. I think she secretly wants to join our meet.

The sun was shining and the wind was blowing. It was a perfect day for a grill-a-ton. The object this month was to grill everything, including dessert. And did we grill! I was the only one in the group that broke the rules and didn’t make anything grilled. I was supposed to make stuffed mushrooms which we would later grill; the morning of the meet when I went to buy the mushrooms, I was left disappointed. The mushrooms were old and brown. Being 6 months pregnant in 85 degree weather was not fun. I was pooped from running errands all morning and just didn’t have the energy to go to another grocery store. So instead I decided to make an Asian Salad that I had at a Pampered Chef party. I had never made it and it was easy enough to make last minute.

We started off with the salad which was almost ice cold. Then went on to Vaishali D.'s chicken satay, followed that by Nishal's grilled paneer skewer with veggies. We took a little break before we had Parul's homemade veggie burgers. Parul’s burgers were so good that we inhaled them and then realized we didn’t take a picture of them quarter pounders. Lastly ended the night with Jalpa's grilled fruit and homemade whipped cream. The girls enjoyed VaiShah's sangria; whiled I enjoyed some H2O. We also had two furry guest with us this time and a baby. Krish joined us and stole the show. I was amazed that he fell asleep in his stroller – that’s my kinda kid. Meanwhile my little furry baby, Raka terrorized VaiShah's furry nephew, Sammy.

Here are some pictures from the meet:
Checking out the

How many girls does it take to make whipped cream?

Krish going for Sammy's water

Krish & Nishal

Viashali making the whipped cream

ViaShah spraying down the grill

Me just hanging out

Sammy & VaiShah
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Grilled Mango Pinacolada

- pineapple slices
- mango slices
- honey
- hot sauce
- whipping cream
- vanilla extract
- granulated sugar
- coconut shavings
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