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Grandmother’s Turkish Chickpea Rice Recipe!!!

 

Firstly I would like to give a BIG thank you to all my Facebook fans, a lot of people celebrate when they hit 500 or 100 likes on their Facebook page, because The Wandering Cook 786 is still new and growing immensely, we already reached 60 likes and makes me very happy! So for this recipe post, a Facebook fan asked how to make Turkish Chickpea rice. Even though I have eaten this countless times at my grandmothers house during the festive time of Eid, it always symbolizes festivals and family gatherings but I had never cooked it before! So asking how my grandmother actually makes her Turkish Chickpea rice and passing the recipe to me, I gave it a shot as well as to fulfill the request on showing how to make it.

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Prep time:  one full day for soaking

Cooking time: 35-45mins

 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup of chickpeas (not the tin version)
  • olive oil
  • hot water

 

Method: 

  • When cooking chickpea’s from the packet, you need to prepare them a day beforehand just by soaking them in water and leaving them overnight.
  • The next day the chickpeas will be double the size.
  • Now drain off the water that the chickpea’s were soaking in overnight and place the chickpea’s into a medium saucepan and cover with fresh water.
  • Put onto boil on high heat and boil until soft – approx 35-45 minutes making sure you remove the froth as it cooks.
  • Once soft, drain off the water again and set aside – you can always taste one to see if it’s soft enough.

 

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  • Now for the rice, I use 1cup of basmati rice to 1/2 cup of chickpea’s ration (1:0.5 ratio  – maths class memories come back to mind!).
  • Wash your rice and set aside.
  • NOTE: Make sure you have hot water in your kettle ready.
  • In a medium-large saucepan, heat up some olive oil.
  • Once warm, fry your rice for 1 minute continuously stirring to prevent sticking.
  • Next place your cooked chickpeas and stir into the rice.

 

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  • Now add in 2 cups of hot water from the kettle (2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice ratio, 2:1). 
  • Add in 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tbsp. salt (preferably sea salt) and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon!

 

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  • Cook until all the water has been absorbed. I usually wait till the water is boiling, then reduce heat to medium and cover. As you notice the water absorbing and beginning to see the rice, start lowering the heat more until you see no more water left in the pot. Then turn the heat off and let the rice rest for 5-10 minutes with the cover still on so the steam still cooks the rice further.

 

 

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  • Once rice has rested, mix the rice and serve warm!

 

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Enjoy!!

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NEW RECIPE: Chocolate Pudding!

As some of you might know, I’ll be off to Cyprus next week so this week I will be trying my best to uploaded as many recipes including requested ‘Turkish Chickpea Rice’ which hopefully will be up soon also.

 

For this post, I wanted to show you all an easy way to make chocolate pudding with simple ingredients from your cupboard and no eggs needed!

 

I came across this recipe when I had family staying over for the week and we all craved something chocolatey! And since I had no eggs in the fridge and the nearest supermarket is 5miles away from me, I had to research hard on what to make. Till I came across the most yummiest and delicious chocolate dessert that any chocolate-craving fanatic would love and satisfy their craving!

 

I have made this countless times and easy time it comes out a bit different but still with the same rich taste. I have also tweaked it a bit but you don’t have to be too fussy with the measurements.

 

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Preparation: 10mins

Cooking time: 35mins

Ingredients:

  • 100grams butter (doesn’t have to be unsalted, I use salted as that’s what was in my fridge!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup milk

For the last stage of the method, ingredients needed:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsps. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups. boiling water

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (Gas mark 4/350 degrees Fahrenheit) 
  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not overmelt.
  • Once butter is melted, place into large bowl.

 

 

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  • Next add your sugar and cocoa powder and mix well.

 

Step3

 

  • Next add in your flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.

 

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  • Then mix in your milk.

 

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  • Place into a baking dish. Make sure the baking dish isn’t too large otherwise the chocolate pudding will just be a thin layer. Not too small either as the step where you add 2 cups of boiling water will boil over the dish, we need this water for the mixture to soak it up and turn into chocolate sauce at the base of the pudding!
  • I used a oval Pyrex baking dish measuring: 10 inches wide (not including the handles) x 3 inches deep.

 

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  • Now with your extra ingredients that you have set aside, cover the mixture with the 4bsps. cocoa powder and 2/3 cup of sugar.

 

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  • Now it might seem weird, but now add 2 cups of boiling water! Use a ladle to gentle add the water on top. 

 

Steps5

 

 

  • Now add into the hot oven for 35minutes.
  • You’ll notice that the water at the top will now be at the base as chocolate sauce and the mixture would be cooked and on the top.
  • Serve warm and enjoy! Tip: always nice with a generous pour of double cream. Mmmmm…

 

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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year to all, hope it brings health & happiness.

Wishing you all a joyful and prosperous 2013!!!

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My mother's New Years eve dinner with roast Turkey, potatoes, veg and gravy. Yum yum!!

My mother’s New Years eve dinner with roast Turkey, potatoes, veg and gravy. Yum yum!!

 

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Simple Turkish Lahmacun Recipe using Pitta bread – Turkish Pizza

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Lahmacun, lahmajun, or lahmejun (Turkish: Lahmacun), (Armenian լահմաջուն lahmaǰun or լահմաջո lahmaǰo), from Arabic: لحم بعجين‎, lahm bi’ajīn, “meat with dough”, is a round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat (most commonly beef and lamb) and minced vegetables and herbs including onions, tomatoes and parsley, then baked. Lahmacun is often served sprinkled with lemon juice and wrapped around vegetables, including pickles, tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, and roasted eggplant; a typical variants may be found employing kebab meat or sauces. – Wikipedia.

My take on Lahmacun comes from memories of my childhood when my parents, brother and I used to make home-made Lahmacun by using leftover pitta bread. It was a joyous occasion that has always been kept with me as a memory I cherish. My father would be the one preparing the mince meat, my mother the one placing them in the hot oven or under the grill and my brother and I picking our toppings! So as a childhood memory I decided to make Lahmacun using pitta bread again but my own take incorporating different spices and herbs to enhance the flavor. I definitely recommend making this with your children! And as you wont be making your own dough, it also saves time and creates more time to have some fun while cooking!

Ingredients:

  • Handful of fresh parsley Ingredients1
  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato (peeled – refer to Cooking Tips)
  • 5-6 pitta breads (sliced in half – refer to Cooking Tips)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried mint
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree/paste
  • 1/2 Ib mince meat
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius
  • Start by finely chopping your fresh parsley and placing into a large bowl along with your mince meat.
  • Next finely chop your onion and garlic (you can blitz them if you have a fine blender). Then using a large frying pan, melt your butter on medium heat and fry your onions and garlic till soft. Lower heat and cover to soften the onions more. Leave for approx. 5mins.

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  • Then place the onions and garlic also into the bowl with the mince meat and parsley.
  • After, peel your tomato (for peeling tomato method refer to Cooking Tips) and finely dice into small pieces and add into the same bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

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  • At this stage add the tomato puree and your spices and herbs so your cumin, chilli flakes, dried mint, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and add in your lemon juice until well cooperated with rest of the ingredients.

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  • Next prepare your pitta bread by slicing each pitta bread into half (refer to Cooking Tips).

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  • Using some olive oil, lightly brush some onto each pitta bread slice and start adding your mince meat onto the bread!

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  • Place into prepared baking tray and cook in hot oven for 10-15mins until the edges of the pitta bread and mince meat have browned.
  • Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh salad!
  • Note: after making my Lahmacun if I had to change something it would be to chop the fresh parsley more smaller.

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I served my Lahmacun with boiled black-eyed beans with Swiss chard drenched in olive oil and vinegar, fresh parsley salad (featured in above picture), Turkish noodle rice, fresh lemon, olive and for the daring, cooking kidneys.

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My take on Sushi – RECIPE included

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After being invited for a family get together at my parents place especially with all my siblings coming over, I decided to make sushi appetizers for them also knowing how my brother loves sushi, it would be great criticism to see how he likes my versions taking in the fact that he has been to many sushi bars.

 

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My inspiration was from the amazing cookery book by the famous Iron Chef, Masaharu MorimotoStep3

called ‘The New Art of Japanese Cooking’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My only problem was at my local supermarket, they didn’t sell Sushi rice! Which is the main importance of sushi art, the rice has to be good quality and mixed in a certain way to enhance the sushi. Rice is very important in Asia so I didn’t want to mess it up! But since the supermarket didn’t sell any good quality sushi rice, I had to settle for Arborio rice which is quite starchy and is short grain rice, the closest I could find (taking into account that the first time I made sushi I did it

Sushi seasoning for the rice

Sushi seasoning for the rice

with basmati rice, mega fail, the rice fell apart afterwards).

For my ingredients, I bought Nori seaweed sheets from a multicultural store and

ready made Sushi seasoning to add directly into your cooked rice. Nori is very beenficial for you, high in vitamin A and B and calcium and iron!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My set up

Usually in sushi making, they use bamboo roll mats which makes it much easier to roll out the sushi into a nice neat roll. Unfortunately they don’t sell these nearby and I had no time to order from the net as I prepared the sushi the same day we were going to go to my parents house. So a towel and some cling film did the trick for me. Note: make sure you are in a relaxed environment and I realized the most important aspect of making sushi is to have fun with it, eexperiment a little and enjoy it!

Step4

First thing is to cook your short grain rice. I simply boiled half a cup of rice with 1 cup of water. Once cooked, I transferred the rice into a bowl (usually its best to use a wooden bowl for this part) and add your sushi seasoning and carefully mix into the rice. But the mixing technique, isn’t simply folding the rice, it’s more ‘chopping’ the rice  by spreading it along the bowl and taking out any clumps, for a nice even texture.

 

 

 

 

 

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Next step, place your Nori sheet onto your cling film, rough side up. And using your hands (make sure to wet them first to prevent the rice sticking to your hands!) and spread evenly onto your Nori sheet. Making sure there is a 1inch gap at the top, then using small grains of rice, place them on the top line as shown in the picture. These will help the roll to stick.

 

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Now the fun part!

Start adding your fillings, for this one I chose Smoked Salmon (one of my favorite ingredients) with slices of cucumber. Now for a traditional sushi roll, on the side I mixed light soy sauce with a pinch of wasabi paste and spread the sauce very lightly and evenly along the cucumber, not too much as wasabi can be very strong and this was going to be served to family members that have never tried sushi also. Note: try not to overfill as the sheet can tear when rolling.

Next, start slowly and carefully rolling your Nori sheet from the bottom end first making your way to the top. Make sure your slightly firm when rolling so insure it all sticks together.

Once rolled into a now-looking sushi roll. With a sharp knife, water it down a little so it doesn’t stick when slicing. Then slowly slice the roll into small chunks and place into your prepared serving plate. Try to slice each chunk in the same width. Don’t worry if they don’t look even as mine didn’t either when I first tried making sushi!!

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Second fillings for those that are first-comers to sushi: Prawns with mayonnaise seasoned with salt & pepper, a good idea for introducing a healthy sushi snack to children!

With leftover sushi rice, I also ended up making fat sushi rolls with crab-sticks!

Then once plating up, you can have even more fun!

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 Also decorated sushi with black sesame’s and using decorative egg cups to hold the soy sauce and wasabi mix.

 

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P.S

Oh and the criticism my sushi-loving brother said about the sushi I made, “very yummy please make more!!” Went down a treat with the family, especially those that were new to sushi. Also a good idea to add a drizzle of lemon juice on top when eating sushi, a tip I learnt from my family when they tried my sushi.

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Eid boxes for family and neighbours – a great litte gift during festive times

 

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Eid Mubarek

Just like to take this time to wish everyone a beautiful and blessed Eid 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful time and remember to take breaks with all the cooking preparation!

What are you all cooking for Eid?

I’m just in the process of making chocolate chip cookies for family and my neighbours (that’s if I don’t finish them all!)

 

Eid Mubarek! ❤

 

Food at Eid, a time where family comes together and celebrates

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Here it is! Family Carrot Cake Recipe AND Video Tutorial ~

Finally it’s here, so sorry folks for the delay, it’s been a busy weekend but an interesting one as for the first time, I tried sushi! After a lovely dinner with my dear friends, she served us home made sushi for starters! So yummy, that I am considering learning it and making my own recipe and showing you guys here on WordPress.

 

So here is my video tutorial and recipe of my family recipe of Carrot Cake!

 

Link to Video Tutorial

Prep time: 20mins

Oven: 40mins

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 3 carrots grated
  • 1lb. plain flour (16ozs/2cups)
  • 2tsps. baking powder
  • 2tsps. cinnamon
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 210ml vegetable/sunflower oil (NOT olive oil)
  • 210ml milk
  • 2tbsps. honey
  • 8ozs. sugar (1cup)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, 350 degrees Fahrenheit or gas mark 4.
  2. Beat the eggs in separate bowl.
  3. In large mixing bowl add your grated carrots and then add the beaten eggs, mix.
  4. Add your oil, milk and sugar and mix until combined.
  5. Next add your plain flour, cinnamon and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add your 2tbsps of honey now and stir.
  7. Lastly pour your mixture over a prepared greased baking tray and place in oven for 40minutes. If you want a thin-ish soft layer of carrot cake, I recommend using a wide baking tray to spread an even thin layer (which is what I prefer) or if you like a thick cake texture use a smaller baking tray.
  8. Serve warm with some icing sugar sprinkled on top!

Enjoy!!!

Any questions feel free to comment.

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carrot cake – passed down family recipe!

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