Asian, Fish & Seafood, Lent, Quick Dinner

Sweet Sticky Swai !

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I love cooking fish.  It is quick and easy and healthy.  Of late, I have become a huge fan of Swai.  The fillets tend to be a little larger than tilapia, with the same mild flavor.  Here is an Asian twist on your regular old fish fillet.

Ingredients:

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2Tbsp of cornstarch

3 Tbsp of honey and soy sauce

Zest of half an orange

1Tbsp of sambal

1tsp of ground ginger

1tsp of white pepper

Sesame seeds for garnish

Method:

Sprinkle (through a sifter for better coverage) cornstarch over the fish, make sure you get both sides.

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Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, thoroughly.

Arrange the fillets in a skillet, snugly.  You want it to be cozy with the sauce.

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Pour the sauce over the fillets

Bake at 375 for 15-20mins, till the fillets are flakey and cooked through.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve hot with veggies of your choice.

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Dessert, Pastry

Honey Lavender Nectarine Cake

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A beautiful floral summery cake fit from anything ranging from an outdoor BBQ to an elegant dinner party ! Enjoy !

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp of lavender
  • 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 4 medium nectarines (about 1 3/4 pounds), halved, each half cut into 4 slices

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Generously butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan. Using electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add sugar and honey and beat until blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, and then lavender.

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Beat in flour until smooth. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

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Arrange enough nectarine slices atop batter in concentric circles to cover completely; press lightly to adhere.

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Bake until cake is golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour (50 minutes for plums or pluots).

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Cut around cake to loosen; remove pan sides. Serve cake slightly warm or at room temperature.

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Breakfast, Brunch, Cake

Honey Lavender Cake

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Here is another kitchen experiment that turned out quite well—you can have it for breakfast, brunch, tea or even a night time pick me up. It also happens to be gluten-soy and lactose free.
Ingredients:
¾ cup of oatbran
¾ cup ground almond flour
¾ cup coconut flour
½ cup liquid egg whites
1 cup of almond milk
1 tsp of baking soda
1tsp of baking powder
1Tbsp of crushed lavender
2 tbsp agave
2 tbsp of honey

Method:
Preheat oven to 375F
Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside.
In another bowl, whisk eggs and milk and slowly add into the dry ingredients, whisking as you pour.
At the very end fold in honey and agave.
Pour batter into a greased 9”x9” round cake pan.
Bake for 20-25 mins till pale golden on the top.
Serve warm—this is would pear well it poached pears and a dollop of honey greek yogurt !

Asian, Dinner

Soy-Ginger Glazed Salmon

Salmon.  You either love it or hate it.  I am lover and will have it any form–smoked, grilled, baked, in sushi and in a salad.  This is a nice recipe with an Asian flare.  It is quick and you will have dinner ready in an hour.  I like to pair it with roasted broccoli, lentils ( both of these recipes will be up shortly), sweet potatoes or soba noodles.  Make it this week and liven up your summer dinner–heart healthy and yummy !

Ingredients:

1 lb of salmon filets (about 5 pieces)

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tsp of crushed ginger

2 tbsp of honey

1 tsp of sesame seeds

1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes

Method:

In a mixing bowl or a measuring cup, mix all the ingredients and microwave it for 5 minutes.  Stop after every minute and stir.  This allows all the ingredients to mix and marry together and the heat thickens the honey, making it a nice glaze.

Pour the marinade over the salmon and let it sit for about 15mins.

While the fish soaks up all the wonderful flavors, preheat the oven to 350

Bake the fish for about 20 mins (till cooked through) and then broil it on high for the last 5mins to get a nice crust.

Garnish with some extra seasame seeds and scallions ( I did not have any–but I think it would add color and a nice freshness to the rich fish)

Serve hot with your choice of sides !

 

Cookies, Treats

Rosewater cookies

These were completely experimental with whatever I had lying around the pantry.  And they turned out great ! I will not lie, I surprised myself.  And the best thing is that it is super quick and quite healthy.  I would make these cute cookies for a baby shower or even a bridal shower !

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 egg

1/8 cup rosewater

1/8 cup honey

1 Tbsp red sugar and some more for garnish (optional)

Method:

1.Wish together the honey and rosewater.

2. Beat in the egg and then the flour, baking powder and red sugar crystals.  You can mix the dry ingredients separately and then add it to the wet ingredients.  The red sugar gives the cookies a pretty pink hue.

3. Fill the batter in tha piping bag/a plastic bag and cut off the tip.

4. Pipe the batter in to 1″ round on a cookie sheet covered with a silicon mat.  The good thing is that these cookies don’t spread that much so you can crowd the sheet and even make them bigger in size.  But these cookies are ver delicate, both in taste and appearance so making then small is more aesthetic.  Sprinkle the top with more red sugar.

5. Bake in a 350F preheated oven for 20-25min till golden brown on the bottom.

6.  Enjoy with a cup of Earl Grey tea.  Store in an air tight container for about a day or two.  It will not go bad, but might get a little chewy.

 

 

Dessert, Treats

Grilled Pears with French Vanilla Yogurt, Honey and Cardamom

A guilt-free dessert.  Enough said !

Ingredients

2 medium-sized Bosc pears (Bosc works best as they are sweet and juicy)

French Vanilla Yogurt

1/2 Tbsp of Honey

A dash of ground cardamom

Method:

Fill an ice cream scoop with yogurt and put it in the freezer to harden up into a scoop

Slice the Bosc pears into thin sliver and add to a hot grill pan.   Add another pan on top of the pears to quicken the grilling.

Grill till you can see nice dark grill marks.  The natural sugar and water of the pears add to the caramelization of the fruit.  No oil needed.

Arrange the pears on a plate, and add yogurt scoop onto the warm pears.  Drizzle with honey and add a dash of cardamom.

Give into this sweet treat !