Wednesday, January 11, 2012 back...and moving...

.... its been reallly really long time since i have posted anything here...almost 3 yrs!!! Phew !! Had too many other things to prioratize, you know..had 2 more kids post the last time i typed in here, so was very busy with kids and family...even had to give up my job.

Now, on a fresh start, on a new space...

changing my blogger username from "the kitchen scientist" to " a teflon frypan"  Y the name ??

in here....

see you there!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Salads n made eazzieee....

Back to blogging....on a " guest-appearance" basis. Just happened to come across the Kraft foods website sometime back, trust me...its got tonnes of really simple and quick-fix recipies.

Had a dinner party for a couple of my husband's Philipino friends some time back, so decided on a menu that would be "less-hot" on their tastebuds. Went for a salad n appetizer treat.

Once the chopping is through, the work is 75% done.

To start off,

1. Sliced Baguette and Dipping Oil

Make it :

Mix Italian Dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and crushed dry chillie flakes in a shallow bowl.
Serve with sliced baguette.

2. Light Tuna Dip with Crackers

Make it:

Mix drained light tuna meat with light mayo and Thousand Island Salad Dressing.
Add a dash of ground pepper powder and salt to taste.
Decorate with sliced olives, and serve with crackers.

3. Sweet and Tangy Sausages

Make it:
Cook the sausages and cut diagonally into half.
Mix hot and sweet barbaque sauce, garlic powder, and a bit of strawberry jam in a wok.
Add in the sausages and let cook till the sauces thicken and generously coat the franks.
Serve hot, garnished with seseme seeds and cashewnuts.

4. Macaroni - fruit -veg - salsa

Make it :
Mix cooked macaroni with light mayo, bit of fresh milk, sugar, a pinch of salt and pepper.
Add to it, cooked green peas, corn and slit grapes.
Serve chilled.

5. Ginger beans

Make it :
Cut beans into half.
In a wok, add in any any soup mix of your choice (I used the maggi veg mix) , chopped ginger , sweet chillie sauce, water and beans to it.
Let cook the beans in the mix till thick.

6. Easy nugget stack

Make it :
Onto a toothpick, stack a slice of cut cucumber, fried chicken balls, tomato wedge and shrimp.

7. Quick Nachos

Make it:
Arrange potato chips on a microwavable plate. Top with chopped tomato, onions, green pepper.
Sprinkle with shredded cheese and some salad dressing powder/ paprika powder.
Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes till the cheese is slightly melted.
Serve immediately, garnished with corriander leaves.
This was a hit!!!

8. Chicken - dil - salad

Make it:

Shread cooked chicken to thin pieces.
Mix freshly chopped, carrot, red and green pepper, salad leaves.
Add to it Ranch salad dressing, and serve over freshly chopped cabbage, garnished with dil leaves.

9. Main - course :
Beef stir-fry


1 tbsp oil
3 beef burgers cooked and cut
1 cup cooked chicken
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp grated fresh root ginger
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 cup brocolli florets
Baby corn
1 packet Maggie Veg Soup Mix
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sweet chillie sauce

Heat oil in a frying pan. Add ginger, garlic, onions and saute for a minute.
Add in the sliced beef, chicken meat and the veggies.
Add to it the soup mix, soy sauce, chillie sauce, salt and pepper.
Mix together and cook till done.

10. Mushroom rice pilaf:

3 tbsp margarine or butter
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1-1.5 cup cooked basmati rice
Green peas
Soya sauce
Pepper powder,salt
3/4 cup sliced almonds
Raisins, chopped cashewnuts, corriander leaves to garnish

Melt margarine or butter in a wok, fry the mushrooms, add in the cooked rice and green peas.
Add the soya sauce, pepper powder and salt to taste. Mix well
Garnish with sliced almonds, cashewnuts and corriander leaves.

11. Mix n Match desert - my patent product

Does this need a description ???..just mix in whatever you see in the was something, that i had whipped up with whatever i could lay my sight on.

One ladoo, one jilebi, a roll wafer, a tsp of cherry filling, with whipped cream and couple of coloured corn flakes. The filipinos really relished the ladoos, but the whole platter as such was a bit too sweet for them.

And finally, the green work station during the whole process....

The list is loooong..but the over all effort is real less.
Chop, mix and serve !!!

You are in for a real compliment..whipping up all this in just about 2 hrs !!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas.....

Warm wishes to you all for a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year....

Each year Christmas is the time to be making cards and calenders, Shyane was the sole model ..and now...he's got a company..his little brother..Sergie..6 months old now.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Majboos in detail..

Wow! it really felt great to read the comments and to know that some of you still have not forgotten me....really made my day....

As to the queries from some of my fellow bloggers..esp for recipies of the previous post...well, that baking stuff are all there in the links I have given. The dough mentioned is really a quickfix type...and we just need to shape it up the way we need it out to be.

For fatayers, make a small ball of the dough, flatten it using the rolling pin, keep the filling of your choice, be it chicken, meat, veggies, cheese or labnah zatar as i have done..close over the edges and seal by pressing it with the egde of a fork...

Majboos can be prepared in two ways..or rather, this is how I do it....(learned it from my maid who was working in a Kuwaiti home that is one real advantage, of having run-away maids..we can learn arabic cooking well! )

1. Cook the whole chicken (with the skin) with sufficient water to fill it up..with spices..cinamon, cardamom, pepper, bay leaves, cloves, cumin and salt...till tender.

Then remove the chicken carefully from the stock apply ginger - garlic paste with turmeric slightly in the inner side, and rub tomato paste all over ...both ways..outside and inside..and straight to the oven to brown.

(tip : tomato paste gives a quick brown effect to the chicken)

Rice part : Take 3 cups of rice (1 cup for 2 medium stomachs!)..fry it in 2-3 tbsp of butter for a few minutes, and pour double the quanity of stock to the rice and cook till done. I usually dont take exaclty double the water..say for 3 cups of rice, i would go for 5 cups of liquid to cook it up so that they do not get overcooked. Strain the stock to keep all the spices away from the rice..but its up to you to leave it in or not.

One advantage of this means of cooking majboos is that this is perfectly oil free cooking. The fat from the chicken itself gives a good flavour to the rice...Add a pinch of turmeric and salt too to the stock while the rice is cooked to give it more colour...but again, a disadvantage for the spicy tongue..this will taste kinda, go for the next technique:

Clean the chicken well, rub it it marinade - paste formed by mixing chillie, turmeric, corriander powder, ginger garlic paste and salt on the in and out, stuff a boiled egg into the chicken for some surprise to your folks, n stitch close the bottom of the chicken with needle n thread.Leave it for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, saute in little cooking oil, chopped onions, ginger, garlic, and again add the masalas as above with some chicken masala if required, and fry the chicken in the oil till almost done. Transfr the chicken to the baking dish with tomato paste rubbed over it, and brown in the oven at high.

Cook rice in the gravey, but we need to add water here, but keep in mind to add sufficient water depending on the amount of rice taken.

Usmania rice is prepared as the same as above second method, but the only difference is that we use chicken pieces instead of whole chicken..and the rice is more tastier as it is cooked in the masalas.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Long time no see...a dream come true, a disater and a long due regards to all..

Hello all....

It's been long long time since I have made a post blog was almost on the verge of Rest-ing in Peace..while yesterday, was a "Dream-come-true" day for me, and I cant help showing it off!

Yes..I baked my own bread!!!..yeaaahhh...!!!!..eurekaaa

For no God known reason, was I always pulled back from trying it out...but deep within was this serious desire to do it...and going on for months now...and finally yeah...!!!!! (my! I am all still excited about it. )
I know..i know... baking is not a great deal for many out there...but for me, it was a giant leap!
After many search clicks on bakes, buns n various blog sites, net.. emails n questions to couple of experienced bakers.."why do we use this kind of yeast, why not the other?..should we do like this..why not like that??? and....finally decided on this simple recipe from Arabic Bites, and bingoooo !!!

Am I not really greatful for this less timetaking procedure .... more details here.

I truly recoment this to all new starters and impatient ladies like me, who needs to get "things done now!" ..not patient enough for the dough to rise, then punch it down..then rise...then overnight..hummm.
I made no variation in the quanity mentioned in the, it was a big ball of dough after it has risen...and the end-products were.....









Oooh llaaa llaaaa..I am soo happy..I could do it!!! (please excuse if you feel my excitement silly..but again as I said..this was definitely a giannntt leapp for me!!!)

For the quanity taken get 5 pizzas, 6 fatayers...about 15 rolls and a challah..(not neatly pleated though) all medium sized. But again, when the dough is done..what shape it takes is all up to you. You are the play around...and mess aound with it.

Fatayer (arabic word for pies)- Labnah-zatar.

Peanut butter-cinamon-jam-roll. All in one!

This is what I felt looked the most cute...looked like flower buds to me...tip of the dough after slicing for the rolls...was in truth, the leftover, but finally came out to look the best.

Making cookies for the first time was also a great accomplishment for me. Did this over the last weekend. That's homemade strawberry jam filled in some of them. Courtesy to all jams goes to Viji of VCuisine. Never knew jams are so easy to prepare unless I saw her posts. thanks Viji.

Assorted vanilla cookies. Recipie adopted from Viji again. Followed the same quantity.

Tiny cookie flowers..this is all that I have got to show...the by-product was right all gone (courtesy : hubbie-bie and junior 1) even before I got to take a snap of the small cute flowers.

Oh well..I am again going back to my yesterday session...this was one sight that I had longed for a looong loong time ... the fatayers blowing up in the oven. It was a heavenly sight for me.

And now for some what was prepared while I was at home...enjoying my 75 days maternity leave.

Chicken majboos....whole chicken cooked in water with various spicesn browned in the oven and rice cooked in the same water used to cook the chicken.

Shrimp Fajita, cooked shrimp with sauted onion and capcicum with my additonal touchings of corm and green peas.

Flower puffs, with spring roll pastry sheets..didnt come out well as you see.

Usmania....chicken here, a single pot meal...rice cooked in the same pot after preparing the curry. Arabic dish.

First trial with puff pastry sheets..had nothing to keep in as filling, so it was just leftover cabbage thoran from afternoon lunch, and hence the name...Cabbage-Thoran puff.

And a few which was taken long back...(while I was carrying, that is) but never got itself up on the blog then...

Paachoru..(sorry I forgot from whose blog I had taken the recipie ) Rice cooked in coconut milk...sorry again, I forgot the exact measurements and what else I had used.

Masala peanuts...done in MW...which you have seen in many of the blogs...

Purple (plum) jam from Viji of VCuisine

And now again...going back to my yesterday experiments...done while the dough was raising...

These white pretty lovely angelic melt-in-the-mouth sweets were my ever favourites from childhood..Meringues....happened to read some recipies which looked like.."aah, this is sooo simple to do...why not give it a try....beat egg white till fluffy, add sugar n essence ..again beat, and bake....easyyyy...was i not happy to get such a simple thing to doo....
look how it turned out to be....
Oooh My dear holy God!!! am I not the least ashamed to be showing it out in public to all the master-chefs reading this post !!!!..naaaeeehhh
aah, well anyways,....every valley has a rise n deeep falll...

later today, did i see this link! this is not as easy I thought it would be. much of the cookery side...
and now..for all those who had the patience to reach uptill here...
I am posting you the link to my orkut album where I am very much around...and my family....
so, even if this blog reaches its coffin will find me in there, always live!
Thanks and cheers and warm regards,
Lots of lov,
Sona Santhosh - the kitchen scientist

Thursday, March 13, 2008

After a break, from hibernation...

Hi ladies,
its been a long time since i have jotted down something here, thanks to all for your really means so much to me!!
Had a nice time in India with parents, in laws and relatives..Shanye had a great time too...
Me running 6 months is a snap of me n kid taken last weekend.
Gave myself a new luk with hair cut shortttt. Shayne is turning 3 next month. He's begun to speak more words now, but the "fill-in-the-blanks" kind of way....with just the basics, we need to fill in the connectors.
Know what, he manages Sa Re Ga Ma too !!! (to repeat that is..)

Monday, December 24, 2007

I am right here, alive ... !!!!

Hi all,
Its been some time since I have made any new post...was literally afraid if my blog would just die down!!!

Honestly, was not in the least of mind frame to be typing out anything. I am running 2.5 months now. Had two rounds of "vaaal" today(in malayalam..hee hee)..or vomiting, that is....
I am very much depending on the tablet "Navidoxine" help me through....takes it almost daily...missed it yesterday night, and hence the vaaaalll during office timings tooo..... Luckly, for me, things are always the other way round. Usually, pregnant women tend to have morning sickness, while is fine in the mornings, provided I dont take even a drop of water, till I reach my office.
I am very much into "Evening Sickness!!!...and its getting really cold too here, so am very much on my couch, all cuddled up in my comforter...and with a bad bad cough, to make things worse.
As was with my first child, I have started having this "no no" towards drinking water. GOing more for watermelons as substitute. And hey, I need your advice. Is it mut that I should drink milk????
I know its silly to ask,...but honestly, I have been a dairy hater from scratch (I dislike milk, never even bother to look at yougurt, butter, cream, cheese...except for ice creams). Previously, for my first pregnancy,I was with my mother, so had no way but to have milk, with some added powders to camouflage the smell..but now, it me alone here, cant set myself to take a glass of this white thinghy and have it by myself!!!.
I told mummy that I vomitted each time I drank milk, and she suggested..moleae, atleast eat some milk powder!!! (was she jokin???).
I keep a pouch of flakes, the healthier variety... in my bag, and keeps munching it in between, and that too without milk. Just like that. I have got my excuse anyway..I say I will drink milk, after 3-4 months, once my vomitting and stuff subsides..(hopefully!!!!).
As for other happenings, well....we had a cooking event, which by no other choice, I had to host, for my husbands college Allumini Ladies Forum. Had just very less time prepare, so went for very very simple cooking....and in the end, I came up with 10 different foodies...
1. Palak thoran, prepared in MW,
2. Purle Jam in MW, courtesy Viji of VCuisine
3. Pasta Coleslaw, original version from Ashajee
4. Pickled eggs
5. Potato wedges in MW
6. Todd in a hole, something I had posted sometime back
7. Corn flaked mixture, also from Viji
8. Fruit - cake Kebaks
9. Assorted bun pizzas
10. Mint and fruit ices...phew!!!, wasnt I flattttt tired after all these!


Thats me, and my spread....I have already started to blot up !!! (As if, I was slim, before!)..

Well folks, bye for now..happy Christmas, Happy New Year....

We are going to Indian by mid of Jan so, most probably, my next post will be after that....Catch ya all later....

Lov lov and lov,