Good Things Headed Your Way

It’s been a while, I know and I apologize for that. But, “a lot” has been cooking on this side, my side, which I would LOVE to share with you guys :) One of which is of course my cake venture, happening almost every day (masha Allah) and the other’s my cake and sugar art classes, woho! Two main reasons why poor old The Chef In Me was being ignored. Awwwh!

But this is the final month, because we gonna be back from Oct.1st In sha Allah woho! :) applause*

cake class

So, here’s the final shout out for all you out there who would like to get registered into my “Cake Baking Class” probably the only cake class you’ll ever need ;)

Would Love to see you guys there,

Take much care.

Can’t wait for Oct. :)

 

 

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Getting Paid To Do What You Love Workshop!

Listen up folks. This may be something you are interested in. It’s not entirely food related but this could help you in more than one way. This is how I started. Now Alhumdolillah I am an amazing community of The Chef In Me as well as a sound cake business Cakes.pk

Do you want to know how to take your hobby of cooking, cake-making, clothes, bags whatever and turn into a business on-line?
Money isn’t everything, it can’t buy you happiness. So it’s better you figure out what you love to do and then take that dream or passion and find out how to transform that dream into reality, and get paid doing it, how cool is that. It’s a win-win situation. :) This is where this workshop comes in, it will guide you “how you too can get paid to do what you love”.
 
The ProHobbyist Workshop by Momekh is going to help you take your hobbies and turn them into an on-line business! InshAllah. Just like I did with my hobby of cooking!
 
You can read the whole story at http://bit.ly/momekh and register at the link provided on that page. The workshop is in Lahore, Islamabad and Dubai. Seriously, just go and read and find out at http://bit.ly/momekh 
 
Thank you so much for your time.
Looking forward to get your feedback! :)
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Fish Karahi with a twist

fish karahi

This is not your regular karahi recipe. This one has a slight twist to the traditional version. I know all of us have that “special” karahi recipe that was taught to us by our mothers. A recipe that has been passed on from our great grand-mothers to their children and so on. A family secret recipe that people don’t like to share or talk about, if you ever make a mistake of asking them “what’s in there”, they would simply shrug and blabber. So here’s to all those who don’t share their awesome recipes, “You can keep your secret recipe, we don’t need it anymore because this baby is better than yours, damn right, it’s better than yours” :p

 Fish – More than Just Delicious

It has been scientifically proven that eating fish once a week can help improve your immune system. It is good for your heart, skin and overall well-being. Fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids that contain nutrients that help with learning and concentration. It’s good for your body as well as your brain (how small it may be), helps in weight loss, helps regulate blood sugar hence a good choice for diabetics.

“The vitamin D in fish helps absorb calcium keeping your bones strong. Additionally fish is full of calcium and phosphorus and is a fantastic source of minerals like zinc, iron, iodine, magnesium and potassium. Potassium is needed for your muscle, nerves and balanced fluids in your body. Eating fish has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, depression and mental decline due to ageing.”
 Courtesy: Benefits of eating fish

It has also been reported that people with asthmatic and skin problems or sensitive skin issues experienced lesser allergies when they consumed fish twice a week. So, serving fish can be a delicious way of improving your family’s overall health.

All the mores reasons to eat fish more and more.

 

fish karahi

Make Friends with ‘Change’

We could all use some change every now and then. Make a habit of changing, re-arranging and shifting things from one place to another for a little change, in your house and in your mind. Change can help you breath, show the true value of things. More importantly change will either make you feel better or go back to the original position and appreciate things even more. And this fish karahi recipe will definitely be an edition to your weekly menu planner, guaranteed. I just realized that I have used the word “things” so many times in this short paragraph, hehehehehe let’s say it again, “things”. :p

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Everyday Lemon Brownies

lemon brownies

I call them ‘Everyday Lemon Brownies’ because the recipe is quite simple, steps are pretty basic and the required ingredients are not only easy to remember but easy to assemble as well. The items required should be already present in your pantry except awesomeness, you have to be born with it :P :D

So, the first step in making these lemon brownies is “feeling awesome”. Once you do, invite change by throwing out your usual chocolate brownies recipe, try these lemon brownies instead and welcome warm fruity flavor of citrusy lemons in your kitchen.

Comforting Lemon Brownies:

Always and always hold on to the recipes that are quick, simple and easy to remember. If the ingredients plus their amounts are easy to remember then they would definitely be easy to assemble. And these lemonicious lemon brownies are just the thing. You’ll love them for their ease of assembly if not the taste. :p

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Chicken Corn Soup Recipe From Scratch

Chicken corn soup is one of the easiest and the simplest soups to make. Ideal for all those weight watchers. It’s simple, it’s easy and it won’t spoil your diet plans, what more could you ask for? :)

It’s sweater season finally, hurray! We oh-so desperately and dearly wait for this time of the year, when we can enjoy a hot bowl of soup, different each day and don’t get bored of it. When sitting by the fire place, snuggling cozily all wrapped up in a warm blanket, sipping tea and reading our favorite novel is no more a fantasy. It’s pretty much do-able, almost a must.

Basic Chicken Stock Recipe

This chicken stock recipe can be used as a base for a lot of soups. So, whenever you need a good stock, you may use this recipe and feel good about yourself :) This is what Chinese food is all about: Food is simple yet delicious, takes less time to make so you may ave more time for yourself or enjoy with your friends and family. Chinese food ain’t called “Comfort Food” for nothing :)

Btw if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to make stock then see the NOTE section of the recipe. I have given a super quick fix to it.

Oh here it goes:

Things you’ll Need:

Chicken with bone————– 8 pieces
Carrots————————- 2 diced
Spring onions——————- 2 diced, green plus white part
Ginger————————– 1 inch piece
Salt—————————– 1 tsp or according to your taste
Black pepper——————– 1/4 tsp or according to your taste
White pepper——————- 1 tsp or according to your taste
Water————————— 15 cups

How it’s made:

  1. Throw all the items in the “Things you’ll need” section into a big pot and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once it starts boiling, bring the flame down to medium-low and let it simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Once it’s been cooking for one hour, take out the chicken pieces, discard the bones and shred chicken to fine bits. Keep aside.
  4. Strain the mixture, discard the veggies or keep them separate and use them in white sauce chicken or white rice.
  5. Your stock is ready. How easy was that.
Chicken Corn Soup Recipe From Scratch
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 5
 
Everyday quick, simple and easy Chicken Corn Soup recipe from Scratch.
Ingredients
  • Chicken pieces– ——————– 250 g boiled and shredded
  • Creamed sweet corn—————- 1 tin or as much as you like
  • Salt————————————- to taste
  • White pepper————————- to taste
  • Black pepper————————- pinch
  • Chicken stock (yakhni)————- 10 cups
  • Lemon Juice————————– 4 tbsp or according to taste
  • egg————————————- 1
  • Soya sauce————————— 3 tbsp optional
  • Chili sauce—————————- 2 tbsp optional
  • Corn flour solution——————- as needed to thicken the soup
Instructions
  1. Pour chicken stock, creamed sweet corn, boiled and shredded chicken bits, salt, black pepper and white pepper into a pot and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once it boils, add soya sauce and chili sauce, if you like. I don’t like adding them to this soup. I add them in Hot and Sour Soup, not chicken corn soup.
  3. So anyways, once it’s done, thicken it with cornflour plus water solution. Start with ½ cup of water and 2 tbsp of corn flour. Add the cornflour solution in one single stream flow from one hand while stir the soup from the other hand, so you don’t get any lumps in the soup.
  4. If the soup is not thick enough, make more corn flour solution and pour in one single stream while stirring the soup from the other. The flame at this level should be low.
  5. Squeeze in some lemon juice, stir!
  6. Once the soup gets the desired consistency, whisk an egg into a bowl and add it to the soup (just like the cornflour solution) in one single stream form, while stirring the soup from the other.
  7. Serve Hot.
Notes
If you don’t find creamed sweet corn, just take a regular sweet corn tin and blend it to fine bits. Don’t make it all liquidy. It should be chunky yet liquidy. If I am in a hurry and I don’t have chicken stock at hand, instead of using Knorr Yakhni or Chicken Stock, what I do is take a big pot, pour 10 glasses of water in it, throw in roughly chopped carrots, spring onions and ginger, salt, black pepper and white pepper along with chicken pieces. Cook on medium to ow flame for 30 minutes. Once the soup is reduced to 8 cups, I take out the chicken with bone pieces and discard the bones, shred the chicken to fine bits and set aside. Strain the whole solution, discard the veggies. Then pour the stock into a pot. Throw in chicken bits, throw in creamed sweet corn, cook for 10 minutes. Then thicken it with corn flour and add lastly add the egg. Soup ready in less than an hour :D

My favorite soup is Clear Thai Soup and Yours?

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Home-Made Fillet-O-Fish (Fish Burger) With Tartar Sauce

Yay for winters! Now that winters are finally here, it’s time to take out your BBQ skewers, heat up some grills, dig out some soup bowls,  sip some whipped coffee and invite all our friends to come over and celebrate.

Look, It’s a Burger, it’s a Sandwich, No it’s Fried Fish

The patties that go into these burgers are very versatile. You can serve them in the form of burgers, sandwich between two sandwich bread slices, or just as it is. They taste amazing on their own. If you plan to serve them on their own then it’s better that you get fish finger cut for it otherwise these blocks of fish would do just fine.

Nobody likes a hard, tough burger patty and this one is just the thing. It’s crispy and crunchy on the outside while the fish is tender, juicy and packed with wonderful subtle flavors from the inside. For coating, I have given you two options. One with flour and corn flour while the other with egg.

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Cooking vs Cake Company

Sorry for not updating the blog for quite some time now. But, lots has been happening as far as the blog and the cakes business has been concerned. You people do know that I started this blog first and then got into the cake making business: cakes for friends and family an now I have started making customized cakes as well – Cakes on demand :)
These will be the very best Customized cakes in Lahore, Insha Allah!

Here are a couple of shots of the cakes that have kept me busy ;)

First, the cake business and the blog were under the same “The Chef In Me” umbrella but that caused many confusions because the blog is mainly about helping people get better at cooking, taste different cuisines and eat better hence live better. And my recipes, tips and tricks are for the whole world, whether you’re in America, Indonesia or Antarctica YOU can follow my recipes and feel good about yourself. While the cake business is strictly for Lahore only. We give free home delivery anywhere in Lahore.

Hence, a segregation was essential which separated the cake business from the blog and it has been achieved, Alhumdolillah! :)

From now on, Thechefinme will focus on recipes, tips and tricks while www.cakes.pk will focus on cake sales. You can call me on my cell or order online, yes online and we accept credit card for payments as well. Ain’t that cool or what. :)

You need a recipe go to, http://thechefinme.com and subscribe to the blog as well. And if you need to order a cake for a birthday, anniversary, wedding or for some special occasion go to http://cakes.pk Leemz Customized Cakes.

Thank you for your patience, Thank you for your time and thank you for your support.

All of you have a special place in my heart.

Keep up the good work and now start flooding us with your requests, because we’re back :D Back with a bang :)

And please do join my facebook page as well:

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Peace out,

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Singaporean Rice

This Singaporean rice dish is a STAR. It’s here to entertain you. It’s got that look, it’s got that feel, it’ll be your new best friend for eternity. You can show-it-off, tell your friends about it. It’s got the style, the oomph! It’s here for YOU. It’s going to make you famous!

This Singaporean Rice dish is perfect for parties, lunches and big events. It’s something different from your regular biryanis and gravies. And a definite must, MUST addition in your weekly menu planner. It’s got aromatic rice, spicy chicken chunks, crunchy veggies, noddles and thick gravy on top of a mayonnaise dressing. A perfect treat if you want to please.

A platter of Singaporean rice has got everything. On a bed of aromatic rice there lay some spicy chicken chunks, noddles and thick flavorsome gravy. Drizzled with some dreamy-creamy mayonnaise dressing on top. A perfect treat if you want to please. Sab Kuch tou hai issmay :D

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Ultimate Mango Dessert


Mango Dessert or Mango Delight

The mango season is almost over and I just realized that I didn’t post any awesome mango recipe. Not one, this is unjust. I shouldn’t just let them go silently. Bring on the trumpits. And here’s my way of paying tribute to the ultimate fruit in the world. The king of all fruits, our very own national fruit. Here’s Mangooooossss!! *in a deep, harsh voice*  clapping in the background*


Ultimate Fruity Dessert

This is an ultimate fruity dessert. I got inspiration for this recipe from Shireen Anwer and my aunt. I made the base and the fruity touch in this recipe from Shireen Anwer’s recipe and the cold souffle from my aunt, who was trying to explain, how her cook made the best dessert, ever, in a matter of minutes. The souffle almost tastes like thick, luscious, creamy ice mango ice cream. You can add any fruit of your liking. Once you plan to make it with a different fruit, say bananas, don’t forget to alter mango jelly with banana jelly. First look for the fruity jelly and then the fresh fruit, in my opinion.

As the souffle was whipping up, it was all so silky, smooth and luscious that I couldn’t stop myself staring at it. It was beautiful! And when the moment of truth arrived. I was literary jumping with joy everywhere in the house. Asking everybody I could find to taste it and fall in love with it. And they all did :)

Don’t you just love it :) I sure do :)

Once it was served, everybody liked it so much that we didn’t serve it to the kids. All adults dessert. Although it didn’t have any alcohol in it :)

Do wrap it in cling wrap so it may not catch any odour in the refrigerator. You can even set it overnight. Make it a day ahead and serve chilled.

I decorated it with whipped cream and made the spider web effect with toothpick, you know how to do that? (If no, lemme know, I will teach you.) And then sprinkled some hot-pink and yellow sprinkling dust over it for the bling-bling.

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Ultimate Mango Dessert
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
An easy souffle recipe for a light and fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth fruity experience.
Ingredients
  • For the base
  • Crushed biscuits————– 200 g crushed (I only had gala biscuits)
  • Sugar————————- 4 tbsp
  • Water————————- 4 tbsp
  • For the Cold Soufflé
  • Milk Pak or any Heavy or double cream—- 400 g chilled in fridge
  • Mango jelly crystals———————– 82 g or 1 packet
  • Vanilla Essence————————— ½ tsp
  • Mango Chunks or mango puree
Instructions
  1. For the Base
  2. First crush the biscuits to fine powder. Discard any lumps or chunks in biscuits. Re-crush and then put them back in. (I wrap all the biscuits in a clean clothe and then bash it with , simple, eh! :) )
  3. Now arrange the crushed biscuits in a rectangle pyrix dish. Pop it into the freezer for two minutes.
  4. While it’s chilling in the freezer, make sugar syrup. Add sugar to water, stir to dissolve.
  5. Pour it all over the chilled biscuit base. Pop it in fridge now.
  6. Now arrange mango chunks or mango puree (or any other fruit you want to use) over it. Back in fridge.
  7. Now for the cold souffle. Beat cream to soft peaks and pour the Jelly powder (straight from the packet, don’t set the jelly) in it. Beat till hard peaks, fluffy and light. Lastly, add in the vanilla essence or mango essence, whatever on hand.
  8. The gelatin in the jelly grains will get dissolved, so don’t fret too much over it and enjoy the dessert.
  9. Now pour this silky, smooth and luscious souffle over the mango or fruit chunks or puree (whatever) and pop it back in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours.

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Double Decker Chicken Burgers Recipe From Scratch

Can you resist a tempting, juicy double decker burger? Well I can’t, for sure. May it be chicken or beef, bring it on baby. So here’s my favorite double decker chicken burger recipe from scratch

Why this Recipe?

I have given alot of burger recipes a try but this double decker chicken burgers recipe seemed to click. Because, it was quick, easy and oh-so perfect! Enough said, let’s make some burgers. Btw about the chicken patties that go in this baby, I have also tried their less-spicier form (added only salt and a pinch or two of black pepper) and they were simply loved by little kids and toddlers. So these burger patties can be a good addition to your healthy-lunch-box-items or party food, as the need may be. Anyways, let’s start making some double-deckers.

Double the Chicken – double the Fun!

But before you rush into grilling burger buns on the stove or on an actual grill, there are a couple of points that either make or break your burgers, so listen close. If you want to make excellent home made burgers like restaurant style then there are a couple of things you need to make sure.

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