Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Cake

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for Michalis' Birthday!

Happy Birthday Michali!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tasty Bites with Homemade Anari/Ricotta Cheese (Gluten Free)

In my previous post I described how you can make the cheese.  Well, in this one you can find a delicious, light snack, very easy to make and gluten free!!

Although there is a list of ingredients in the recipe, the two main ingredients you need to have at home are Ricotta or Anari Cheese and eggs.  All the rest are herbs and spices.  You can omit the spices and herbs you don't like or add a few more...  Either way I am sure you will love every single bite of them!
Tasty Bites with Homemade Anari/Ricotta Cheese (Gluten Free)
Makes 26

630gr Homemade Anari or Ricotta Cheese
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp anise seeds
¼ tsp curry powder (mild)
¼ tsp fennel seeds
½ tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp dry thyme
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp ground mint
2 medium eggs
½ cup sesame seeds

Preparation Method
1) In a large bowl mix all ingredients but the sesame seeds.
2) Form into balls and roll them in sesame seeds until well covered.
3) Cook in a preheated oven for 20’ minutes at 390ºF (200ºC), or until golden brown.
4) Allow to cool for 10’ minutes before you serve them.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How to make Anari Cheese (Ricotta Cheese)

Anari is a Cypriot cheese that we normally use in traditional recipes.  It has a white color and it is light  in texture. 

I always wanted to learn how to make it, and finally I managed to discover the recipe by mistake... Yes, by mistake!!  I found a Ricotta Cheese recipe and while I was trying to make Ricotta cheese I discovered how to make Anari cheese.

Here you can find the recipe I made.  It is so easy to make and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes fresh cheese.

Here I have a recipe in which used the cheese I made. Give it a try:Tasty Bites with Homemade Anari/Ricotta Cheese (Gluten Free) 
How to make Cypriot Anari Cheese (Ricotta Cheese)
Makes 650gr

2½ liters cow pasteurized milk (3% fat)
300gr fresh cream
½ cup white vinegar
½ tbsp salt

Preparation Method 
1) In a stainless steal casserole pour the milk and the fresh cream.
2) Simmer until the liquid reaches 185ºF (85ºC), stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. 
3) Remove from heat; add vinegar and salt.
4) Stir gently and allow to cool completely. Do not stir up the curd again.
5) Line a large colander with a layer of cheesecloth, and place it in your kitchen sink.
6) Pour into the lined colander and let drain for a few minutes. It is up to you to decide how dry you want your cheese to be.
7) After discarding the liquid, chill Anari cheese (ricotta cheese), covered.  It will keep in the fridge for 2, maximum 3 days.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fish Chunks with Vegetables (Gluten Free)

Delicious, light and so easy to make, this recipe became one of my favorite fish recipes nowadays.

The combination of spices and herbs in this dish, create a unique flavorful combination.

You can serve it with steamed Basmati rice, mashed potatoes or pasta.  I usually have it plain, and it is superb!
Fish Chunks with Vegetables
Serves 6

1kg fish fillet (boneless)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 medium zucchini
1 red pepper
1 spring onion
1 tbsp dark soy sauce or tamari sauce
1 tbsp dry oregano
1 tbsp dry thyme
1 tsp sweet paprika
Salt and Pepper to taste

1) Cut fish fillet into chunks and cook it with 1 tbsp of olive oil for 6-7 minutes. Set aside.
2) Cut vegetables into strips or small pieces, and cook with 1 tbsp of olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
3) Combine fish and vegetables; add the dry herbs and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Finally add soy or tamari sauce and stir gently.
4) Serve hot. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Best Indian Rice Recipe

Internet is back!!  I am back with a recipe given to me by my dearest aunt, Patricia.  Auntie Pat, was brought up in India.  She cooks the BEST Indian dishes I ever had and I am very proud to present one of the most delicious Indian rice recipes ever.  Thank you auntie for sharing your secrets with me and my fellow readers!!!
The only changes I made to this recipe (due to my diet) was to use only 2 tablespoons of Greek Olive Oil instead of frying oil.  I also saute, instead of frying, two large onions instead of one.

Aunty Pat’s Rice Recipe
Serves 8-10

2 Cups raw basmati rice (wash well in about 5 changes of warm water till water is clear)
1 large onion
Cooking oil
2 inch stick of cinnamon broken into two
4 cloves
4 black pepper balls
4 cardamoms (just squeeze the tip of the seed casing a little so that there is an opening for the flavors to escape)
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Frozen peas as required
Salt to taste
Wash the rice and leave to soak while you prepare the spice mixture.

Finely slice the onion.

In a large frying pan or saucepan, using about 2.5ozs cooking oil, gently fry the onions till they are slightly opaque, then add cinnamon sticks, cloves, black pepper balls, cardamoms and bay leaf, fry for a further 2-3 minutes continuously mixing. Add the turmeric powder and mix for a further minute or so.

Drain the rice from the water and add to the prepared mixture above. Mix this well till all the rice has been coated with the mixture, then pour the entire contents into a square (or whatever shape you want) cooking tin.

Add enough water to cover the rice about, 3/4 of an inch above the rice. At this point you can add your peas and salt. Cover with foil which seals the contents well, and place in a preheated oven (170 C) for approximately 20-30 minutes.

Remove the tin from the oven, gently lift the corner of the foil and check that the water as evaporated, if so, check the rice is cooked, if so, leave covered for at least 10 minutes, before serving. If the water has not evaporated, replace in oven for a further few minutes.

In case you do not like the black peppers, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaf. you can remove them before serving.

I normally garnish this with fried onions, a boiled egg, cucumber, and tomato which is optional. (Fry two medium onions till they are brown. Lay on kitchen towel for oil to drain, then sprinkle on rice - gives it a sweet taste) on top of this lay alternative slices of tomato, egg and cucumber)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Delayed Giveaway Results

Hello Everybody!!  Due to an internet failure I was not able to access my blog.   The problem continues, so I had to use a different connection to make the draw.
This is just a short update to let you know who is the lucky winner.

I used the http://www.random.org/  to make the draw but somehow I was not able to copy paste the results so you have to trust me on this.

The lucky reader was No. 4. From what I see, Marina is the lucky winner.  Congratulations Marina, I am sure you will love Ivy's Cookbook!!

Please send me your full details at cakescakes4u (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you all for participating!

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