Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jim Lahey's No Knead Pizza Dough

I have used Jim Lahey's No Knead Bread Dough recipe for almost a year now. I'll do a blog posting about it soon. This post however, is about his PIZZA DOUGH.

I decided to try this recipe cause I love no-knead doughs!!! I have always been kneading doughs by hand but after hurting my wrist, it's been painful to knead doughs. Sob! Sob! I don't have a stand mixer to do my dough kneading for me too!

The only 'problem' with no knead doughs is the long rising time, often 12-18 hours. The difference between this pizza dough and most no knead doughs is that this dough is extremely dry. I could hardly fully moisten the flour mixture with the water.

I started mixing this recipe the night before. The pizza dough at about 11pm;
Jim Lahey's No Knead Pizza Dough Start

Monday, July 7, 2014

Coconut and Coriander Fish Baked in Banana Leaves

I chose to cook this recipe from Spice Kitchen because of its description; A favourite from western India and a must at a Parsee wedding. This delicious recipe is one of the most popular dishes on the Spice Kitchen menu. It is especially loved by those who do not like their fish in a curry. You can serve it with steamed basmati or other long-grain rice or a leafy green salad.

Doesn't it sound interesting and different from our normal Indian food?

The cast of ingredients:
Ingredients for Coconut and Coriander Fish

The recipe calls for ginger and garlic paste. I prefer to blend my ginger and garlic fresh instead of pre grinding and storing it until needed.

After blending everything together:
Paste of Ingredients for Coconut and Coriander Fish

I didn't manage to take photos of the fish before it was put in the oven.  This is the fish after it has been baked:
Coconut and Coriander Fish Baked in Banana Leaves

The fish has a distinctive Indian flavour (which I think comes from the cumin powder). But the coconut and coriander paste makes the dish rather unique and interesting. It's not like any of the Indian dishes that I have tried before (both Southern and Northern Indian dishes).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Alisa's Marbled Pound Cake

I am always on the lookout for good butter cake recipes.  I do like chiffon/sponge cakes but some days, you just need a slice of calorie high, hip increasing, rich butter cake!

When I saw the pictures of this cake, I knew that I had to make it immediately!  What more that this is a marble cake, so yippee, a chocolate craving filled at the same time.

I had never used sour cream to bake cakes before.  I wondered how it would influence the taste of the cake.  Well, now's a good time to experiment.

As it was baking, the whole house smelled so wonderful!  It was a struggle to wait for it to bake AND to cool down completely.

This cake did not disappoint at all.  It was everything a good pound cake should be.  Rich, buttery and full of flavour.  The chocolate component of the cake was excellent.  It had a very deep chocolatey taste.  My son and I LOVED the chocolate parts and would save it for last.

Slice of Alisa's Marbled Pound Cake
The cake was moist.  The crumb was tight.  The flavour unbeatable!