Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Cheesy Bites!!

After a long long break from blogging and being out of the country, I am finally back in Europe and feeling pretty desperate to start with what I enjoy doing the most in my life, i.e. playing around with food and recipes in my own kitchen.

Not that I was on a cooking break all these weeks. Since entire vacations were spent with family and old friends this time, I had literally been forced to experience one of the unfortunate consequences of writing this blog, i.e. the unlimited list of requests for food recipes along with the live demos!! Even within the family premises, everyone seemed to be waiting for a culinary miracle every evening. But again, it was indeed a lot of fun cooking for the loved ones.

It is actually always a great opportunity for taking chance on new dishes whenever I am at my moms or in-laws. This is the best thing about coming from a family where everyone simply loves food - that they never make you feel down even if it turns out to be a flop. So, there had been a lot of experimentation and research going on lately.

Since not all the ingredients, I am generally used to working with here in Germany, were easily available there, a lot of editing had to be done in order to get the right balance of things. This helped not only in adding several new dishes to my repertoire but also made me vowed to never again make several others without having the proper ingredients on hand. But no need for you to get scared - like always, I shall be sharing my cooking adventures, disasters and escapades with all possible details here on the blog so that everyone can adjust the recipes to fit their lifestyle without having too much trouble.
 

But before I forget, a very warm welcome to all the new readers and a hearty thanks to those who have been repeat visitors even in my abscence. Its been a while since you have seen a delicious entry here but I am back now and will hopefully get a handle on posting about the good stuff that I have eaten/made during the last two months.

One of the quick that I am totally into lately and something, the entire house also fell in love with is the Italian-style nibbles that take almost no effort to make but even less time to disappear.






Cheesy Bean Fritters

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups green beans (fresh/frozen)
1 tbs butter
1 medium sized chopped onion
1/2 cup shredded mozerella
1 egg
75 g cream cheese
1/2 tsp pizza spices
1/4 tsp dried or fresh oregano
Salt and black pepper
Red chilli flakes (optional)
1 tbs flour
1 tbs cornstarch

Blanch the green beans in salted water. Tip: adding few drops of lemon juice will help the vegetables retain their fresh colour and enhances the taste as well. Take butter in a frying pan and fry the chopped onions until soft and translucent. Tranfer the beans and onions into a bowl and place aside to cool.





In a seperate bowl, mix together rest of the ingredients.






Add in the vegetables and fold together using a spoon.






Heat oil in a pan.
Add heaping tablespoon-fulls of batter into the hot oil and deep fry the bites on medium until golden brown on all sides. Dish out on a plate lined with kitchen papers. This will help absorb the excess oil.

Serve immediately with dips of your choice.
Recommended: Mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1/4 cup tomato ketchup, 1/2 tsp mustard paste and 1/4 cup fresh cream. Season with salt and pepper.




Buon appetito!



4 comments:

  1. our own non-desi pakoras i must say :) will definitely give it a try
    Zille

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  2. @AnonymousDo try these Zille...these are really quick, a magical snack for working ladies like you:)and yes, you might need to adjust the flour and cornstarch quantities according to your taste but that shouldnt be a problem for an experienced cook like you:D

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