Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

I was wondering what to make with the left over yoghurt (from my tandoori chicken – ended up buying 1 litre, as it was the smallest quantity available), some cream, and strawberries; all which were lying in my fridge.

After googling some recipes yesterday, I came across a strawbery cheesecake smoothie. I’ve adapted it abit. The original recipe required vanilla ice cream, but I opted to use yoghurt. The cottage cheese that I used was fat free, so in essence, its actually a delicious, healthy drink – if the cream is eliminated.

I was very happy with the results:

smoothieWhat went in:

  • 8 strawberries
  • 250ml plain greek yoghurt
  • plain cottage cheese (cream, low fat)
  • 25ml single cream (optional)
  • sugar to taste

Dump everything into magmix, and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Chilli Bites

chilli_boxYes, this is another out-of-the-box test. While I was walking around at the Good Food & Wine Show, Osman’s Spices had some chilli bites already prepared – it was left for us to try. I was craving something savoury, so I tried one. It was really good. I wanted to buy a box right there but they weren’t selling them (not a smart move).

While I was at the Indian spice shop, same place I picked up the tandoori spice, I saw these chilli bites.

It was not what I was after – they didnt have the Osman’s brand, so I went ahead and bought these. I thought its a good week for trial…. and maybe error 😉

I added a chopped onion, grated potato, a green chilli, and water. I ended up adding too much water, so I added some plain white flour into it, to get the right consistency.

I fried them – they took 2 minutes per batch. Not bad.

chilli_bites
The verdict: I enjoyed them – savouries always go down well with me.
He said: Too oily (he does not eat samoosa’s for the same reason) – they are fried in deep oil
Perfect for: unexpected guests coming over; afternoon weekend snack or when you have an Indian or savoury craving.

Tandoori Chicken

When it comes to Indian cooking / cooking with spices, I rarely (ok, up until this weekend, never) buy premixed spices. I always add my own quantities of each spice to whatever I’m making. I learnt from my mom and she would also cook this way, meaning she wont use a briyani mix that you get sold at stores.

Over the weekend I was at a spice shop and saw a packet of tandoori chicken spice – all you had to do was add yoghurt and marinate, before grilling. I decided to give it a go – test it out and see if its worth buying. If you work full time and rely on convenience cooking, it would be ideal.

As per instructions on the the packet, added yoghurt to the spices and marinated drumsticks and thighs for a few hours in the fridge. I then baked / grilled it for about 25-30 minutes on 200°C.

This is what it looked like: (I expected it to come out slightly more red).

tandoori_chicken
I served it with rice and salad. You can also serve it with raita.

The verdict: I liked it, so did my husband. It was spicy and hot.
He said: Will definitely eat it again.
Perfect for: Lazy weekends – not much effort involved or weekdays if marinated in the morning.
Alternate serving options: Naan or rolls.

Homemade Pizza

This was a very lazy supper on Sunday, so I decided to make something light. A pizza sounded like the best option and throwing whatever I had in the fridge as a topping worked out quite nicely.

homemade_pizza
For the base:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2t baking powder
  • 4T oil
  • half cup milk and half cup water – mix with 4T oil
  • salt

Make the base, roll it out and throw on whatever you feel like. Thats the best part about homemade pizza. I had some Doritos salsa from my quesadillas, which I smeared on the base. Added peri peri chicken polony (which I dont usually buy in a hurry), some sliced peppadews and feta topped with gouda. Sprinkled some thyme (I love this herb).

Baked on 180°C for 12-15 minutes.

I used half of the base recipe given.