“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child

Friday, October 21, 2016

Name This Food! - Keema Paratha

Ladies and gents, you've had since April to figure this one out. I asked you what this was...

and you may know that it is a lovely thing called a Keema Paratha.

So what is a Keema Paratha, exactly?

Well, I'll tell you. Keema (sometimes Qeema or Kheema) is a traditional South Asian meat dish. Typically, it is a minced mutton curry (lamb or goat) with peas or potatoes. Keema can be made from almost any meat, can be cooked by stewing or frying, and can be formed into kebabs. Keema is also sometimes used as a filling for samosas or naan, or in this case, a paratha.

Parathas are flatbreads, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is still quite prevalent in the whole Pakistan and north of India , where wheat is grown and is the traditional staple of the area. Paratha is an amalgamation of the words parat and atta which literally means layers of cooked dough. Parathas are generally stuffed with various fillings such as mixed vegetables and/or meats, much like a pasty would be.

How do we make them?

Well, first, you need to make a nice Keema Curry, and there is a fabulous recipe here:   http://thismuslimgirlbakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/lamb-mince-curry.html

Then, you need to make the parathas so that you can stuff them with the Keema mixture, and here's a recipe for that...


That's all very well, Jeff, but how do we stuff them?

Well, the key is to make your paratha dough, take two circles of dough, put the filling on one and then place the other circle of dough on top. Then seal the edges by either folding or pinching them and fry as the recipe says until golden brown. It's quite labour intensive but well worth it.

Anyhoo, what's the new Name This Food! food?

Name This Food!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What The..?

I was bought these the other day by my sister. She knew I wouldn't be able to resist. I will always try a wacky flavoured anything. Now, initially my reaction was somewhat similar to yours. "How? What? Why?"

After a while I realised that this wasn't the strangest flavour combo I'd ever come across. After all, I remember the time I ate some chocolate-covered potato chips and chocolate covered pretzels. And they were GOOD!

So these I tried with gusto. The flavour of the rum and cocoa is pretty subtle, it has to be said. It's more of an aftertaste, if I'm honest. Really nice thick cut crisps, though.

I give these a definite 4 yums out of 5!

Kooshti sante!

Yummy Digest

Had some puff pastry. Had some sausage meat. Made some pinwheels.

Here's a roundup of some of the delicious treats I've partaken of recently.

Tesco's now has an American foods section where you can buy overpriced imported sweeties and Lucky Charms and stuff like that. The Butterfinger cups had been an extortionate price but there were only two left so they were half off.Still pricey but not as bad as they had been (£3 a pack, I kid you not). Had to try them and I have to say I did not notice a significant difference in taste between them and \Reese's, but they were square which was different. The plantain chips were delicious, though.

This is my new favourite pizza, known as the Sucuklu, it's a traditional Mediterranean pizza with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, peppers and Mediterranean sausage, made by the good folks at Star Pizza and Kebab in St. Michaels, Tenterden. You can order online at http://starkebabandpizza.restajet.com/ or call on 01580764290.

Another one of Jane Brown's incredible cakes.

Recently went to Bluewater where we saw this beautiful Rolls-Royce Ice Cream Van.

While there, we went to Ed's Easy Diner where the kid's meals have mac & cheese nuggets.

Another Suklucu.  I guess you can say I'm a fan.

I had a pretty decent crop of raspberries this year. These are the canes that were given to me by my friends Mandy and Kev a few years back.

We have had some seaside fun this year, and it's something of a rule in our family that if you are at the seaside, you must have an ice cream and you must take a picture of it being eaten.

My one and only barbecue this year (so far - I want to have one on my birthday even if it's bitterly cold) and I had purchased a cheap belly pork joint. I had a jar of jerk paste in the cupboard so I slathered it all over the pork and marinated it for a couple of hours, then plonked it on the grill. Once it had developed a good crust I sliced the sucker up. Mmm. 

Laura, Rosie and I took a trip to Tunbridge Wells where we found the Chegworth Farm shop, a foodie's paradise. I had to buy this as it sounded so good, despite the hefty price tag. It was worth it.

Some days you just can't beat a good old cauliflower cheese.

This is my deconstructed fajita. I just pile everything on top of the tortillas and then add the cheese.

Another pic from Tunbridge Wells. We ate at Jamie's Italian and got a free appetizer - pecorino cheese with fresh chillies, mint and chilli jam.

The large superfood salad from Jamie's.  All kinds of good stuff going on in here.

Jamie's truffle tagliatelle. Very subtle and buttery.

Last but not least. Whose crazy idea was this?


Rosie's Shopkins cake.

Jane Brown makes amazing cakes. She's made several cakes for us over the years,

Ewan's Minecraft cake.

Rosie's cake featuring Bing Bunny.

My TARDIS cake.

Mum's Cheshire Cat cake.

And this cool M&M's cake for our next door neighbour Gerardo.

Jane lives in Tenterden, and if you want to see more examples of her work, check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Jane-Browns-Cakes-114941948585385/.


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