Easy meals…sandwich!

Thursday 21 May 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking,Sandwich

roasted veggies with bread
Sandwiches are a commonly fashionable sort of food. We take them to work, kids love it at school, picnics…Here is my take on an easy meal!

ROASTED VEGETABLES FOR SANDWICH

Ingredient /Amount
Peppers 2 each
Tomatoes 2 each
Garlic 3-4 cloves
Zucchini 2 each
Eggplant 1 each
Mushrooms 10 each
Balsamic Marinade 1 recipe
Salt t.t
Pepper t.t
Olive Oil As Needed

METHOD

Peppers: Wash and roast peppers on an open flame, then place in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow peppers to sit for 30 minutes. Remove skins and seeds, and then cut into julienne strips.

Tomatoes: Wash and cut off the stem end, then cut tomatoes into quarters. Lie on butter paper-lined pan and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven until slightly browned and shrivelled.

Garlic: Peel garlic cloves and place in a pan. Cover with oil and cover pan with foil. Place in the oven and roast until aromatic and brown. Reserve the oil for other applications-use it for pasta’s preferably!

Zucchini: Cut off the ends, and cut in half length wise. Lie on butter paper-lined pan and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place in the oven and roast until golden brown and soft. When cool, cut them into julienne strips on a bias.

Eggplant: Wash eggplant, peel skin off, and cut off ends. Cut into ¼”-thick disks and place in a strainer (sieve aka colander). Create layers of eggplant and salt each layer very well. Place colander in a bowl and allow to sit for 2 hours, or until eggplant is softened. Rinse eggplant and toss with olive oil and grill (or sauté). When cool, cut into julienne strips.

Button Mushrooms: Remove stems from mushrooms, trying to keep the cap intact and whole, then place into the Balsamic marinade. Moisten all of the caps and line up in pans. Allow mushrooms to sit overnight or at least for a few hours. When ready, grill the mushrooms until the centres are softened.

So for the sandwich:

Roasted Vegetables 1 recipe
Bread 1 loaf pick from any bakery around your house, baguette or cracked wheat…not much choice in Delhi to be true!
Jack Cheese/cheddar cheese or fresh mozzarella 10-12 slices. Or crumble with hands for the latter
Balsamic Vinaigrette 1 recipe (look in the recipe section of the blog)
Lettuce, half leaves 1 head

METHOD
1. To assemble the sandwich, place the lettuce on the bottom piece of bread, toss all vegetables except the mushrooms in enough balsamic vinaigrette to moisten them, and then place them on top of the lettuce. Top the vegetables with mushrooms and the cheese…I really like fresh mozzarella, which I melt in the microwave for just 10 second before adding. So it’s nice soft and gooey. Place top on and cut in half on a bias.

When you try -play around with different dressings, I personally love honey mustard 🙂

My advice: Do it a day before and make your life trouble-free! Sometimes spare some vegetable and store them in zip locks and make salads with the same!

Question:
The roasting of all of these vegetables should be done the day before?? WHY??
Answer:
You try it and let me know… 😉

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Wholesome meal

Sunday 19 April 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Stew

Its one of those days- am overworked tired and 24 hours seem less. Wish god had made 40 hrs in a day or we had a system that one could just imagine and the work would get done. I am setting up to add a new faction to Foodaholics and start chocolates also. I want to do all these fusion wild passionate flavours. Oh well will talk about that later in a different post.

 

Okay so my friend Mridu is coming for a night spend and generally when I have my friends over I try making something fancy so they get to try and that gives me a break from work!

Did I tell you I make the best food when I am either tired or angry…it’s my way of exercise! And I get my adrenalin rush from cookery. I have had flashes when I am cooking something but in my mind I am making a whole buffet like I am feeding an army.

So coming back to dinner…there were lots of choices, Buckwheat noodles or whole wheat Singapore style or green tea noodles, wild rice or couscous. So I let Mridu decide for all of us (Mridu, my brother and I) and she decided some sort of a stir fry with wild rice…but then I was in the mood for something Mediterranean. So finally I decided to make a mix stew with wild rice. Call it my version of vegetarian gumbo.

 

Recipe:

 

1 tbsp                                                            oil

4-5                                                                  garlic cloves; minced

2                                                                      onions; sliced (half moon)

1                                                                      zucchini; chopped

2                                                                      carrots; chopped

7-8                                                                  baby corn; sliced length wise

1 box                                                              mushroom; chopped (1×4)

7-8                                                                  shitake mushrooms; sliced thinly

100 gms                                                        american corn         ; nibbles       

1 small                                                           cauliflower; small florets

1 cup                                                              garbanzo beans; boiled

100-200 gms                                               spinach; roughly chopped

2 cups                                                            roma tomatoes; medium diced

2 cubes                                                          vegetable stock; maggi cubes

2 tsp                                                               salt

1 tsp                                                               red chilli flakes

1 tsp                                                               black pepper; ground coarsely

1/2 tsp                                                           turmeric                   

Handful                                                         parsley; garnish                                                     

 

Method:

1.     Take oil in a deep dish and sauté garlic and onions in the same pan till they are just translucent. Golden brown is not what we are looking for.

2.     Add the roma tomatoes and all the spices.

3.     Let it simmer for 10 mins. Add the veg cubes with some warm water.

4.     Let this simmer for another 10 mins.

5.     Sauté all the vegetables separately.(Easy way take a big pan add few drops of oil and on a high heat sauté ,put in a plate and use the same pan over and over).

6.     Add the vegetables in the stew and add the garbanzo beans and corn. Give it a stir.

7.     Add the spinach last. Give it a quick boil.

8.     Add some parsley for garnish.

 

Serve with Wild rice or Pita bread.

 

A flavoursome something to eat just makes my day…hope you guys take pleasure in when you make this recipe! Happy cooking …do tell me how it wasJ

My version of gumbo

My version of gumbo

 

mambo jumbo

mambo jumbo

Wholesome meal

Wholesome meal

Brown wild rice

Brown wild rice

Indian Gumbo

Indian Gumbo

 

 

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