Chilli Beef Empanadas

I sat down to type out the recipe for Chilli Beef Empanadas, to describe how buttery and flaky the pastry that encrusts the spicy beef filling is, how the gooey cheese amplifies the flavour, but I had to take an Empanada break before I could even start. These baked Empanadas are mouth-watering good. Enough to…

Chicken Tikka Pizza Pinwheels

If there is anything I love more than Pizza, it is my Mom’s homemade Pizza Pinwheels. Who doesn’t love mini pizza swiss rolls with layers of marinara sauce, your favourite toppings and loads of melted cheese? Fabulous appetizers aside these Pizza Pinwheels make a great mess-free, no-toppings-sliding-off-the-base snack for the little ones too. If you…

Kabuli Pulao

Kabuli Pulao, a light and aromatic rice dish jewelled with melt in your mouth pieces of lamb meat, spiced raisins, and carrots, is the national dish of Afghanistan. Kabuli Pulao can be made using other types of meat and poultry, but lamb is the most loved. The Afghans take pride in their Kabuli Pulao (Also…

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Whilst fresh tomato and basil bruschetta is the go-to summer appetizer, oven roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic scooped over slices of toasted baguette serve as the ideal accompaniment to comforting Autumn meals. Spoon over the juices released from roasting the tomatoes for an extra layer of seasoning. Roasting tomatoes in the oven enhances their natural…

Samosa Chaat

Samosa Chaat is a popular Pakistani savoury snack in which flaky Punjabi Aloo Samosas are topped with ragda (a gravy made with chickpeas), yogurt sauce, and tangy spicy chutney. I never imagined aloo samosas could get any better until I had samosa chaat or what I like to call aloo samosa 2.0. Every spoonful of…

Punjabi Aloo Samosa

Punjabi style aloo samosas are a much-loved snack in the Indian Subcontinent. For these samosas flaky pastry is filled with a spiced potato mixture and deep fried or baked till golden and crispy. Although potatoes are the most popular choice, peas, onions, paneer, and meat are also used as a filling. What distinguishes Punjabi samosas…

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a delightful entrée in which flattened or butterflied chicken breasts are filled with ham and swiss cheese, encrusted in breadcrumbs and shallow fried in butter till the chicken is beautifully golden. The fried bits left in the pan are then used to make a simple flavor packed cream sauce. The crispy…

Classic French Éclairs

If I ever make a list of desserts I find irresistible it will be noticeably short, but a classic French Éclair will undeniably be high on the scoreboard. An éclair is an oblong choux pastry traditionally filled with vanilla flavoured pastry cream and topped with a chocolate ganache. Like every other dessert éclair also have…

Savoury Mushroom Crepes

Crepes are a very thin type of soft buttery pancake that can be both sweet or savoury. Savoury pancakes are a great option for breakfast, brunch and even dinner. The French love Crepes so much that they celeberate ‘Crepe Day’ or La Chandeleur a national holiday by eating Crepes. I was never a person who…

Kanafeh French Toast

We went out for some after dinner Kanafeh a few weeks ago. There are a limited number of places serving Kanafeh here in Dusseldorf, so we must make do with whatever is available. However, our last Kanafeh experience was not pleasant to say the least. Disappointed by the whole ordeal, coupled by an unsatiated Kanafeh…