Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Crispy Fried Chicken Steaks with Bechamel sauce, rice and fries.

Hello readers,
So alot has been going on, lots of changes lots of stuff happening, but what remained steadfast is my LOVE FOR FOOD.
And so I'm back with a very DELICIOUS and YUMMY recipe.

I think alot of people like me have a hard time following recipes to the exact.
I like adding stuff according to my own measurements, not using spoons and all.
You know... A pinch of this, a dash of that ;)
If you do get what I'm saying, then hurray you're going to love what I have in store. :D
The following recipe is a complete meal.
It's like those celebratory meals you prepare to treat yourself or/and your family.
Now some measurements I have written exact. The others I have played with a little, especially spices, so be free to adjust/omit them according to your taste, and have an awesome time cooking.

Like always I will be looking forward to lots of feedback from you guys.
And remember keep following us, lots of great stuff in store for you guys :)

The recipe is as follows,
Enjoy.
Regards,
Dr. Mom Chef xx

INGREDIENTS AND METHOD:

-> For Chicken

- Okay so take a chicken breast and finely sliced 2 thin steaks out of it.
- Hammer it thin but not too thin that it'll break during cooking.
- Next put them in a bowl,
- Sprinkle thyme, basil and little oregano flakes over the chicken.
- Add 2 tbsp white flour (maida)
- Red pepper
- Paprika
- Salt
- Black pepper
- White pepper
- Mustard powder
- Chicken powder
- Ginger garlic paste
- Onion powder
- Soya sauce
- Vinegar
- Hot sauce
- 1 egg.

* Mix and coated everything well. The mixture should have consistency of a thick paste.
* Let it marinate for 24 hours or atleast 4 hours.

-> For Coating

- 4 tbsp maida or white flour
- 1 tbsp corn flour
- 1 tbsp rice flour
- 2-3 tbsp of bread crumbs
- Black pepper
- White pepper
- Paprika
- Red chilli powder
- Mustard powder
- Salt.

* Mix all these together in a large bowl amd set aside.

-> For fries.

* Par boil them.
* dry them with a paper towel.
* coat them with cornflour, salt and red chilli powder.

-> For Bechamel sauce,

- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp maida or white flour
- 1 cup milk

* Whisk well, once it's all mixed add:

- Salt
- Black pepper
- White pepper
- Red chilli flakes
- Chicken powder
- 1-2 tbsp of grated cheese.
- Sprinkle oregano at the end.

* Remove from heat when thickened.
** Keep stirring to make it smooth.

-> For Rice,
I just served it with steamed rice, you can always make a quick batch of garlic rice.
You can also omit rice if you're not a fan.

And that's it, pour the beautiful sauce over the crispy chicken steak just at the time of serving. Plate your rice and fries on the sides and voilà, excellent restaurant quality meal rigjt at your home :).

Sorry I hadn't dished out my rice yet, hence not seen in the picture.

NOTE:
* Please be careful when adding salt since all components contain salt. Don't make it too salty.
* You can adjust/add/omit spices as per your liking.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

NEW ORLEANS CHICKEN: it's Finger biting good.

Hello readers, :)
As promised I'm trying my hardest to get my blog back on track. I know recipes days were Thursday but till I get my bearings straight let's go by the day shall we :D

So I'm starting off with the oldest recipe I have.
" NEW ORLEANS CHICKEN "
THIS basically made me fall in love with cooking. I've made it COUNTLESS times now, half of them have been for my brother only LOL.
It's extremely easy, quick and super delicious without any special ingredients.
It's a favourite at our place. I would love for you all to try and give me feedbacks and also share. :D
I would also love to give credits to the original owner but I honestly don't remember where I got it from, it's like that old , have added 2 extra ingredients to the recipe which I think was needed to customise it to our palates.
I've also written that it's a TGIF copycat recipe but I'm not too sure about the authenticity.
Anyways.. have an amazing weekend you guys, and do try this, it will seriously blow you away :)
Regards,
Dr. Mom Chef xx

Here's what you need,

INGREDIENTS:
For 2 breast fillets cut in Julian style.

*For marination:
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar

*For egg mixture:
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tbsp milk

*For batter:
- Flour (maida) 4-5 tbsp heaped
- Salt 1/2 tsp or to taste
- Mustard powder 1/2 tsp
- Ajinomoto 1/2 tsp
- Breadcrumbs 3 tbsp
- Black pepper 1/4 tsp
- White pepper 1/4 tsp

METHOD:

- Marinate chicken for 20-30 minutes.

- Prepare the egg mixture in a separate bowl and keep it aside.

- Prepare the batter by mixing everything together.

- Heat oil in a pan to fry.

- One by one dip chicken pieces in egg mixture first then lavishly coat in the dry batter, and deep fry till golden brown.

- Serve with fries, sauces or dips and Enjoy! :)

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Monday, 31 October 2016

WEANING : THE BASICS

Hello readers!
I'm so I'm so MIA these days.. motherhood has me by the throat. I tell you it never gets easy especially if you're living alone.
It was MOMMY MONDAYS yesterday and I thought ill share a piece I wrote few months back with you. It's on WEANING. Now weaning can be of two types.. from breastfeed to normal milk or the introduction of solids.
When you're finally settling into motherhood.. and making a routine.. its time to wean and then starts a more tedious process. This here is just an introduction on how to go about it.
I hope it helps you somehow.

WEANING

Motherhood. . A single word encompassing: sacrifice, joy, fear, tears, sadness, love, struggles.. Life. Once you're in it there's no going back. Life does a 180, your time becomes some one else's, your life becomes someone else's, for you nothing is important enough than your kids, they are your priority. All these responsibilities though tough, are thoroughly rewarding.

Once a mother gets used to taking care of a little one and has settled in a routine finally, comes the biggest task... WEANING. After you get over the shock that your little one is growing up so fast that it's already time to introduce solids.. you may have alot of questions.

Weaning is anything but easy, but needs to be done properly so that your little one can develop good eating habits that'll be part of them as they grow up.

Weaning is basically the process of introducing solids to a baby. Now as per the WHO standards the advised age to start weaning is 6 months. This may vary depending on your kids general health and weight. Your baby's doctor is best to advise when to start weaning but it can be anywhere from 4-8 months. It is best to start solids once the baby is able to sit unsupported atleast for sometime.

After you get the go ahead from the doctor, you might ask what to start with? Well the first foods are basically any milk based food. Lots of doctors prefer to start with Rice Cereal/Cerelac. It is easier on their little digestive systems and also rice rarely is a cause of allergy. You can also start with bananas mashed and thinned in the milk you give them. Remember that the little ones don't know yet how to swallow properly, so give them foods with a little thin consistency. Over time you can increase the lumpiness so that they get used to swallowing and are quickly shifted to normal table food, after all making purees is hard work and babies need to be trained into eating thick consistency else switching them over will get difficult and they'll gag on the slightest lump.

Sooji( semolina) is also a good nutritious food. But see how your little one reacts to rice cereal first, as sooji being a hard grain can be a bit tough to digest.

Start with tiny spoonfuls first. After the little one has their morning feed, at the time of next feed introduce the solid. Also give as much as the little one takes. If they close their mouth after 2-3 spoonfuls, stop. This is the most important advice I can give, NEVER force feed, you'll end up raising a fussy eater/ someone who would HATE food. Also "solids before one is just for fun", it's only to get the little ones into habit of eating and nothing more. Babies before one need all their nutrition from milk.

Increase those spoonfuls little by little over the next couple of days if your little one is okay. Increase quantity with age.
Always give new foods at daytime, so that if God forbid there's any allergy etc. You can easily go to hospital, and before starting anything new, continue the same food for 3 consecutive days so as to eliminate any allergens.

Start giving 1-2 oz water with the solids, as the baby reaches 8-9 months or in hot weather you can also increase this amount. Another thing to note is that the milk intake might decrease after introduction of solids. That's not an issue, as long as the baby is gaining weight and is happy/ healthy. Within a month of introducing solids, you can increase to two meals per day, and within a month of that, 3 meals. Remember it's not necessary that they eat bowl fulls, whatever they are happy with, and if after half an hour to 1 hour the baby is still hungry, you can give milk.

The best guide to what foods need to be introduced when is your doctor. Also there are countless charts present on Google. Remember egg whites and nuts are serious allergens so be careful when giving them and best introduce these after 1 year. Same goes for whole milk.

Give as many nutritional foods as you can, fresh homemade fruit and vegetable purees, rice in chicken stock etc. But if you're out and have no alternative then no harm in giving cerelacs and bottled foods, just keep them to the minimum.

Last but not the least, take care of yourself, do NOT stress. Take things slowly. Like all the other seemingly tough phases, this too shall pass soon and you'll have your little one eating with you at the table. So relax, breathe and remember: A happy mom equals a happy baby. 

To update you guys my little one is 1 year and 3 months today and eats everything with us MashAllah :)
Oh and a very important point, when they are teething they can go on a hunger strike, and may stop taking solids altogether. Remember it's okay.. give them milk and easy chewable stuff to ease them with the teething. :)

Well hope it helped you guys.. especially the new moms and moms to be, best of luck with it. I shall see you all very soon inshaALLAH.
Take care and lots of love,
Regards,
Dr. Mom Chef xx

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

SHE'S CRAFTY : A REVIEW

Hello readers!

I'm back with another review for you all :)
Received my parcel from SHE'S CRAFTY and I'm so much in love.

SHE'S CRAFTY is run by a super talented girl who makes beautiful intricate and completely customisable arts and crafts items.

The products were delivered beautifully wrapped and perfectly on time. Also with a beautiful thank you note. She surely knows how to please her customers and make them special.

I got these beautiful wooden plaques which I can put up in my room.. They instantly bring the whole room to life. And also this super intricate and beautiful handmade flower beaded headband which is their signature product.

Love the quality and fineness of their work, it shows how devoted they are to their work. Excellent stuff. Totally recommend them to everyone.
Besides these they have lots of other products as well.
Do check out their page and see for yourself. . I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Thank you SHE'S CRAFTY for your beautiful work. Wishing you lots of success in your future. Keep up the great work. :)

And my readers, remember.. support our local artisans in their ventures and help them grow. :)
See you all with another post soon.
Love and regards,
Dr. Mom Chef xx

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

BRAND LAUNCH OF COOL & COOL ON KAYMU.PK

Hello readers :)
Today we are back with our SHARE IT! SATURDAYS. 

I love online shopping. I mean it's so easy to select stuff while sitting in the comfort of your home and then paying on delivery. The best shopping experience if you ask me.
Kaymu.pk is one of Pakistan's largest and trusted online shopping platform. It caters to many brands and recently they have launched a new brand on their website, Cool & Cool.

Hence, kaymu.pk sent me a few of Cool & Cool products as part of their brand launch for review.



I personally really like Cool & Cool. Their products are really good quality while being easy on the pocket and I was pleased to hear that kaymu.pk is now launching Cool & Cool products on their website. Oh but theres more.... The entire line of Cool & Cool products is on 10% off because of the launch!!!

Now let's talk about the products.
The items I received were from their baby care range, as follows:

1) Cool & Cool baby oil
2) Cool & Cool baby mist
3) Cool & Cool baby wipes
4) Cool & Cool baby safe buds



Now the baby products really hits home. As a mom I'm always out there looking for safe and good quality products which I can personally safely use and I'm happy to say I tried all 4 of them and I'm more than satisfied :D so yayy for finding a good reliable baby care brand. Let me share with you a little about the products. 


1) Cool & Cool baby oil:



I really liked it. The oil is not sticky at all. It contains Vitamin E, chamomile and almond oil. And it smells great too. I applied it before giving my baby a bath... and after the bath her skin was so soft and supple and smelled great too. So a big thumbs up for the product. I honestly found it better than the brand I was using.


2) Cool & Cool mist:



Like you all know using talcum powder on babies is discouraged. So a good alternative is baby mists. They are very gentle on the skin... alcohol free and the best way to apply them is a little spray on baby clothes and your baby will smell beautiful. I don't like overpowering scents on babies.. because the natural baby scent is beautiful as it is... and the thing that I really like about this scent was that it was really close to the natural baby scent. Hence perfect for me... so this product will always be in my baby bag.


3) Cool & Cool baby wipes:



These were great. The sheets were soft for the baby's skin, and not too thin. I don't like paper thin sheets because then everything gets on the hand. These were good. Remember baby wipes can also be used for other stuff such as wiping making off... so this is a must have product.


4) Cool & Cool baby safe buds:



My personal favourite. Remember how it's told not to use cotton buds on baby ears as you may insert it deep and push the wax further..? But you also worry about cleanliness and hygiene and atleast want to get the water out from their ears so they don't develop an ear infection God forbid. Well these are perfect. These baby buds are built to not go deep, so they are kind of like safety buds. They will effectively clean the superior part without going much deep and no chances of accidental injuries too.



I really enjoyed reviewing and trying out these products. Cool & Cool was always a favourite even before I became a mom. I loved their hand sanitisers and beauty care products too and now that I've tried their baby range.. my faith in them as a brand has strengthened.

Thank you once again kaymu.pk for sending me products for review and also for launching Cool & Cool. I'm sure we love the variety of different brands and products when doing online shopping. I wish you alot of success with the brand launch campaign. 

And readers don't forget. . You get 10 % off flat!!! On the entire Cool & Cool product line on kaymu.pk. So hurry up and order online and easily pay on delivery.

That's it from me for today guys.
I'll see you all on my next post. Till then have an awesome weekend.
Regards,
Dr. Mom Chef xx


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Thursday, 29 September 2016

BAKED PASTA WITH A TWIST: COMFORT FOOD AT IT'S BEST

Hello readers! :)
It's TASTY THURSDAY today and since I'm at mom's. . I feel like what better time to share some comfort food recipes with you.
Now when I think of comfort food, I think about crispy fried chicken.. or some good cheesy rich pasta...! YUMMM.
So... I thought. . Why not combine the two :D
Experimented a little and the result was a masterpiece <3
Presentingggggg... BAKED PASTA WITH CRISPY CHICKEN.
The recipe is very easy...only it has 3 parts to it.
1) One pot pasta with red sauce.
2) White sauce
3) Crispy fried chicken pieces.

It's basically warm juicy pasta, topped with rich white sauce, layered with tons of cheese and baked until the cheese oozes and melts, and finally topped with crispy fried bite sized chicken pieces. I mean.. let's face it.. can it get any better..?

The ingredients and method is below. Hope you guys try it out.
Have an amazing weekend.
Regards,
Dr. Mom Chef xx

INGREDIENTS AND METHOD:

-For the saucy pasta

- 1 1/2 cup pasta
- 6 boneless chicken pieces (cut into bite size)
- 1 tomato
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 onion chopped
- 1/2 chicken cube
- salt to taste
- Half tsp black pepper
- Half tsp white pepper
- Half tsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp red chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp chilli garlic sauce
- 1 tbsp soya sauce
- 3-4 drops of Worcester sauce
- 1 capsicum chopped (or more)
- 2 cups water (or more if needed)

- Blend tomato with garlic cloves.

- In little oil sauté one chopped onion, add the blended mixture. Add half chicken cube, salt to taste.

- Also add black pepper, white pepper, mustard powder, red chilli flakes, ketchup, chilli garlic sauce, soya sauce, Worcester sauce, chopped capsicum. (Any other vegetable you like)

- Once it's mixed properly and sautéed, add pasta and 2 cups water.

- Cook till pasta softens and sauce thickens. Pasta should be ala dente.

- Shift into an oven safe dish.

Next step is:

- Make white sauce.

- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour or maida
- Half cup milk
- Half cup water
- Half tsp chicken powder
- Pinch of ajinomoto (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Half tsp black and white pepper
- Half tsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp Cheese (optional)
- Oregano a pinch.
- 1 cup or more of Cheddar/mozzarella or both for top layer

- Melt butter, add flour then milk. Make sure no lumps form.

- When properly mixed, add chicken cube mixed in water. Then add rest of the ingredients.

- When the sauces bubbles and thickens it's ready.

- Spread this over pasta mix.

- Then layer cheese on top followed by red chilli flakes and oregano flakes bake at 200 C for 5-10 min or until the cheese melts and browns slightly.

Next step is:

- Fry chicken.

- In chicken pieces add,
- Salt to taste,
- Half tsp of black and white pepper
- Half tsp mustard powder and ajinomoto(optional)
- Half tsp chicken powder
- Half tsp Red chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp soya and vinegar
- 2 tbsp flour or maida
- 2 tbsp cornflour
* Bread crumbs for coating these pieces, panko recommended.

- Make thick paste with water.

- Take one piece at a time, roll in panko bread crumbs and fry till golden brown.

- Spread these pieces over the oven hot pasta with the melted cheese.

Enjoy!
* Remember to taste everything and adjust spices if need be.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

THE KEY TO KEEP YOUR COOL

Hello readers! :)
We're back after a long break. Hope I find you all in good health.
Today's post is on a much needed issue. Recently I have starting moderating a group and have alot of people commend me on my patience and ask how I keep my cool in tricky situations.
Well... Thank you guys.. but I'm only human, naturally I loose it at times too, but I try to stretch my threshold to the max.
As a child and teen, I was a pretty worked up and short tempered individual. . As age started to happen :) I grew relatively calm.
Since a calm patient personality is key to a happy life.. I've decided to share what works for me.
So before we go into HOW TO BE CALM in hot situations let's first try to AVOID them. Here's how:

HOW TO AVOID HEATED ARGUMENTS

1) STAYING QUIET:
This is the most difficult part. But if you're in an argument and the other person starts shouting or is angry beyond reasoning. Stay quiet. It'll be difficult. . But bite your tongue.. because whatever you say at that moment will only aggravate it.
If one is quiet and one is shouting/talking.. its not really an argument right?
Give them time to cool down and then very civilly present your point of view.
The other person will respect you more.. and will definitely listen to you this way because they will be embarrassed for their reaction too.

2) IS IT WORTH IT?
Think about it..? Is the argument worth it? Was it personal or just a random thing..? Countless times we react on things not even worth the bitterness they cause. Take a step back and analyse and then decide your stance.

Let's say all of the above failed and despite not wanting it you're stuck in a bad scenario. An argument, a fight.. A heated debate. Here how you can still try to remain calm.

HOW TO REMAIN CALM AND INCREASE PATIENCE:

1) COUNT TILL 10:
If you feel your rage coming over. Simply forget everything and count till 10. Slowly. Breathe in and out with every number. Feel the anger draining out with each exhale and positivity coming in with each inhale.

2) DO THEY REALLY MEAN IT:
Sometimes people say hurtful or bad things in the gist of the moment. They don't mean any of it on the contrary they regret saying it the moment it comes out of their mouth. Think what will they gain by hurting you? Why would they say it..? Would they gain anything?
Give others the benefit if the doubt.. sometimes they are having a bad day, and you've just given them an outlet. I assure you until and unless they have a grudge against you.. They will come and apologise once they've cooled.

3) AM I OVER REACTING:
Step back and think... was getting into this debate an over reaction? Was it this big of a deal..? Sometimes the emotions get the best of us and you end up in the sticky situation even if you didn't want to be in it in the first place.

4) LEAVE:
If you feel everything failing.. and that your control is slipping.. its better to leave the place. Get a grip.. calm down and get back to talk it out like adults.

5) LEARN TO DETACH:
This is my personal favourite although I still need to work on it. The more you feel something emotionally.. The more strongly you'll react. So..? Learn to detach your emotions in such situations. Don't take things personally.

6) ISLAMIC STANCE:
Anger is discouraged in Islam. It advises you to stay quiet. And if standing, sit down and if sitting lie down. Also to have a glass of water and say Astagfaar. All of these things are miraculously effective. Only if we remember to practice them in the heat of the moment.

Remember life is too short to waste on the negatives. A positive happy go lucky life is what's needed in today's stressed out world. Positive people are fun to be with. . They uplift the mood of the whole group.
Practice these points.. They will surely take time but I assure you.. you will definitely feel more calm.. and more at peace.
Always be kind to one another.. everyone is fighting battles. Give people chances. Leave judgment on God. Exude positivity.
A positive calm life.. is a happy life.
Stay happy loves.
Regards,
Dr. Mom Chef xx

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