Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Indian Fish Curry

Indian fish curry is a really good alternative to coconut-based Malaysian curries because the flavors are punchy yet the ingredients are so much more healthy and good for you. However, it’s almost impossible to eat this gourmet recipes with just a little bit of rice, so that will still get you in the end. Another super quick, flavorful and healthy Indian curry which is truly delicious fish recipes.

South Indian fish curry HERO
  • 1 onion
  • 3tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4tsp tumeric
  • 1/4tsp chilli powder
  • 2-3 fresh red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1tsp root ginger
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 175ml (6fl oz) water
  • 500g (1lb) cod
  • 4 shallots
  • coriander leaves
  • lime wedges to serve
  • basmati rice to serve

  1. Slice 1 onion into thin wedges, then fry in 2 tbsp sunflower oil until just turning golden. Add in 1 thinly sliced red pepper, 2-3 fresh red chillies (or more depending how hot you like your curry), 2 sliced garlic cloves, 1 tsp black or brown mustard seeds and fry for 2-3 more minutes.
  2. Add 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp grated root ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute. Pour in a 400ml can coconut milk and 175ml (6fl oz) water and simmer for 8-10 mins, until slightly thickened.
  3. Season, then add 500g (1lb) cod (or any other firm, white-fleshed fish) cut into big chunks, and simmer gently, covered, for 4-5 minutes, or until just cooked.
  4. Meanwhile, fry 4 thinly sliced shallots in 1 tbsp sunflower oil until golden and crispy.
  5. Scatter over the shallots and coriander leaves. Serve with lime wedges and cooked basmati rice.
Freezing and defrosting instructions

Fish curry is freezable and the rice make fresh. Defrost at room temperature for 1 hour and reheat in a saucepan, covered under a gentle heat for about 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

How to Make Homemade Italian Turkey Meatballs at Home

Healthier than beef or pork meatballs and yet filled with flavor and wonderful texture, Italian turkey meatballs is flavored with aromatic spices and smothered in Parmigiano-Reggiano and Provolone cheese.

These meatballs make a fancy easy appetizers or hors d’ oeuvres served with toothpicks inserted. They also make a satisfying meal with Italian bread and can be toped over pasta or rice. Pair this with a lovely Pinot Noir or Burgundy red wine, or if you prefer white wine, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay will work fine.

In this appetizer recipes, ground turkey is combined with spinach, onions, garlic, egg, milk, bread crumbs, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and seasoned with salt and pepper then shaped into balls. The turkey meatballs are fried in hot olive oil. A sauce made with butter, flour, chicken stock, Provolone cheese, and nutmeg is served together with the meatballs and the healthy recipes is garnished with fresh parsley.

10 oz. frozen spinach, defrosted
4 lbs. ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg
1 ¾ cups milk
¾ cup bread crumbs
½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
Olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
10 oz. shredded Provolone cheese
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Parsley (optional)

Preparation Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Place the spinach between two clean kitchen towels and press down to remove excess water.

3. In a large bowl, stir together the turkey and spinach. Add all but 3 tablespoons of the onion and mix well. Add the garlic, egg, ¼ cup of milk, bread crumbs, Parmigoamo cheese, salt, and pepper and mix well. Shape this mixture into 12 balls. Drizzle a little oil over the meatballs and place them on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

4. In the meantime, place a little oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter. Once the butter melts, add 3 tablespoons of onion and cook until translucent. Add the flour. Whisk until blended, cooking for 1 minute. Add 1 ½ cups milk and the stock, whisking in. Bring to a boil. Add the Provolone cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add the nutmeg. Reduce heat to low and stir until the cheese melts. Keep warm.

5. To serve, place 3 meatballs on each dish and serve with sauce on the side. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Apple Sandwich

Apples can be sliced into thick rounds and cored to replace bread for making fun and healthy peanut butter sandwich appetizer recipes. Brush the apples with lemon juice to prevent it from browning. You can also sprinkle the peanut butter with some granola, chocolate chips, and raisins to turn the apple and peanut butter sandwich into dessert. Apple slices also make a refreshing easy appetizers addition to many kinds of sandwiches. The sweet and tart flavor and the crisp texture of apples complement and contrast a wide array of ingredients.

Some examples of delicious healthy recipes for apple sandwich are grilled cheese and caramelized apple sandwich, brie and apple sandwich, turkey apple sandwich, chicken and apple sandwich, apple bacon and cheese sandwich, roast pork apple and spinach sandwich, and egg ham cheese and apple sandwich.

Apples can be added to sandwiches raw or they can be sautéed, grilled, roasted, or caramelized first before adding to sandwiches. Apples also go great with grilled cheese, and can be layered with slices of cheddar, bacon, onions, and mayonnaise or Dijon mustard, in between two slices of bread and then grilled on a grill pan or griddle oven over medium heat.

Pair apple slices with bitter greens like spinach and arugula for a delectable contrast. Chicken, turkey, pork roast, and beefsteak all combine well with apples. Add some raw apple slices to a roast beef melt sandwich to counter the saltiness and make it taste more refreshing. Spread mustard on a slice of whole grain bread and mayonnaise on another slice and layer the bread with cooked turkey slices, sharp cheddar cheese, thin green apple slices, and pieces of red-leaf lettuce and top with the other slice of bread and cut into half and serve. Ham and cheese transforms into a gourmet sandwich with slices of apples. Add arugula dressed with vinaigrette and some shallots for a special treat.

Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter

  • 2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons granola
  • 2 tablespoons raisins or semisweet chocolate chips – optional
Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle granola and any additional ingredients. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Quick and Easy Prawn Noodle Soup

Packed with flavor and great when you're short on time. The most flavorsome healthy recipes dish. A wonderfully warming noodle soup, with fragrant spices and a little heat all balanced. Adding vegetables is also fine for a delectable vegetable soup recipe. Enjoy and have fun while having dinner or lunch with your family. 

85g/3oz thick rice noodles
500ml/18fl oz hot chicken or vegetable stock
1 tsp fish sauce
Juice ½ lime
1 star anise
Pinch sugar
1 handful small raw prawns
Handful mint and coriander leaves
Chopped red chilli, to serve


Boil the noodles until al dente, then drain.

Put the stock in a pan with the fish sauce, lime juice, star anise and pinch of sugar.

Bring to the boil and add the noodles and prawns.

Warm through, then pour into a bowl and serve topped with the mint, coriander and chilli (remove star anise before eating).

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Salmon:as Superfood

Salmon is a delicious gourmet recipes meal to include in breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as a snack or easy appetizers. The nutritional value of salmon is excellent on the whole, but what really sets salmon apart as a nutritional powerhouse is the high vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid levels.

Vitamin D is obtained mainly through sunlight exposure, although some foods contain significant levels. Salmon has one of the highest vitamin D levels of all foods, containing 360IU in one three and a half ounce serving. Three quarters of American teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D, which is concerning because vitamin D plays such a crucial role in our health.

Bone health is very dependent on vitamin D levels, with diseases like rickets, osteoporosis (weak bones), and osteomalacia (bone pain) correlated with vitamin D intake. Vitamin D is also important for the heart and blood vessels. The immune system works much more effectively when the body has sufficient vitamin D levels, helping the body fight off illnesses and autoimmune diseases like cancer.

Besides vitamin D, salmon contains vitamins A and B as well as minerals like iron, calcium, selenium, and phosphorus. Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which is a nutrient that most Americans could use more of. An ideal ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids is about 2:1 or 1:1. Because of the high processed food and vegetable oil consumption rates, many developed world citizens have a ratio that contains much higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids keep the arteries and veins flexible, and increase the strength of cardiac muscles. They also contribute to the prevention of macular degeneration, dryness in the eyes, loss of vision, and eye fatigue. Perhaps their best known attribute, omega-3 fatty acids increase the efficiency of the brain and improve memory.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Orient Express Chocolate Torte

This chocolate torte recipe is adapted from Maida Heatter’s Book of Chocolate Desserts, which is the same chocolate torte served in the famous luxury train Orient Express, back when it was known worldwide for gourmet healthy recipes. Pronounced as TOR-tuh, torte is a very rich and decadent cake multilayered with all kinds of indulgences such as whipped cream, mousses, jam, fruits, and buttercream. In this simple easy dessert recipes, chocolate cake is layered with an opulent buttercream.

This easy desserts does not contain any flour, making it the ideal gluten-free chocolate cake. It is rich and dense and absolutely luxurious enough for birthday occasions. The cake is made with unsweetened chocolate, unblanched almonds, eggs, sugar, and salt while the buttercream frosting is made with sweet butter, pure vanilla extract, granulated sugar, eggs, and unsweetened chocolate. You need a springform pan to bake the cake in and a bain-marie for melting the chocolate. A springform pan consists of a round base and a band with a latch on the sides. It is meant for use in cheesecakes, flourless cakes, and other dense cakes.

3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
7 ½ oz. (1 ½ cups) unblanched almonds
5 eggs, separated
2 egg yolks
¾ cup granulated sugar
For the Buttercream Frosting:
3 oz. sweet butter
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate

Preparation Instructions

Place the oven rack 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 3 in. springform pan. Coarsely chop the chocolate. Place it, along with the almonds, in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.

In the small bowl of an electric mixer, pour the 7 egg yolks. Add the sugar and beat until yolks are lemon-colored but not thick. Add the ground chocolate mixture and mix. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl. In a clean and dry mixer bowl, pour the 5 egg whites and the salt. Beat until they hold shape, but not until they are stiff. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 65 minutes, or until the top just springs back when pressed with the fingers. Remove from the oven and run a sharp knife around the outer edge of the cake. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Place a wire cooling rack over the cake pan and invert. Place the cooling rack on the counter and remove the cake pan. Allow the cake to cool completely on the rack. Freeze the cake for about 1 hour.

In the meantime make the buttercream. In the small bowl of an electric mixer, mix the butter and vanilla. Add the sugar and cream for about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on high for 2 minutes after each one is added.

Place the chocolate on the top of a double broiler placed over medium heat. Cover. When partially melted, uncover and stir constantly until the chocolate is entirely melted. Add the melted chocolate to the butter mixture, beating until well blended. Place the bowl of buttercream, along with the mixer’s beaters, in the freezer or refrigerator until firm.

Remove the cake from the freezer and use a serrated bread knife to cut it in half horizontally, making two layers. Place one layer of the cake, cut side up, on a cake platter. Remove the buttercream from the freezer or refrigerator and beat until it is soft, smooth, and spreadable. Spread 1/3 of the buttercream on top of the bottom layer of cake. Place the second layer of cake on top of this, cut side down. Spread the remaining buttercream over the cake top and sides.

Very Vanilla Ice Cream with White Chocolate and Peppermint

This is a doctored ice cream recipes. Take vanilla ice cream and add a few simple ingredients, refreeze, and tell everyone it’s homemade. It looks like ordinary peppermint ice cream, but it’s not.  Peppermint is a strong flavor, so it usually kind of takes over whatever it’s in, but not so with this ice cream gourmet recipes. It’s big on vanilla, light on the peppermint. And the white chocolate adds the perfect touch without being overwhelming. There is probably nothing better than ice cream and brownies easy dessert recipes.

1 3/4 quarts (7 cups) good quality vanilla ice cream
4 ounces white chocolate
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup round peppermint candies or candy canes, crushed (about 15 candies)

Place the ice cream in a large bowl and leave it out for about a half an hour until it is soft and workable.
In a small bowl, melt the white chocolate in the microwave. Melt for 20 seconds, stir, then stir every 10 seconds after that until it is mostly smooth. Some little lumps are okay.
Immediately add in the vanilla bean paste to the chocolate. Stir quickly and then mix all of it into the vanilla ice cream, stirring with a large spoon. There will be some steaks of white chocolate, but that's a good thing.
Gently stir in most of the peppermint, reserving some to sprinkle on top of each serving. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart baking dish or large tupperware. Freeze until firm, about 3-4 hours. Sprinkle with remaining peppermint and serve.

If you don't have any vanilla bean paste, sub vanilla extract. But you really should invest in some paste, it is liquid gold!
You can crush the peppermint candy as little or as much as you want, it just depends on how chunky you want your ice cream.