Mango Puree 

NOTE: Mango Puree can stay for up to 1 week in the refrigerator if placed into a lid covered container. 

Mango such a tropical delight! The puree is perfect for several types of desserts to fancy your families & friends. I have cooked my Mango Puree to achieve more taste, texture and smooth puree, you can choose not to cook as well. Into a blender or food processor, puree mango chunks until smooth. Refrigerate into a mason jar, lid covered and allow to chill.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp sugar (quantity will depend upon your choice)

Preparations:

1. Cook the mango chunks and water over low heat. Check constantly, if the pulp cooks down then add more water. Add sugar.

2. Stove off once puree becomes mushy. Place in a food processor or blender and puree. Once cooled down, add the puree into a mason jar, lid covered and allow to chill in the refrigerator for atleast 1 day. 

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Mauritius Roasted Chicken

Note: Chicken bake for 20 minutes per pound.

I love roasted chicken, we all d0! So many juicy flavors and colors into one pan, perfect for your holiday table or family & friends gatherings. I don’t say that this is a Mauritian authentic dish, this is just the way most of my family bake their roasted chicken. There are several ways of making a roasted chicken in Mauritius, some remove the skin while others don’t, also many cook into a pressure cooker while more opt for the oven but the seasonings are mostly similar. I love to create my signature dish recipe, which means more spices and additional palates, yummy! 

In Mauritius, this dish is served with veggies, gratin potatoes or french fries (if you have not roasted potatoes) or gratin pattypan squash, salad and bread. Don’t be scared by the amount of ingredients required, they are really simple and handy stuffs I am sure we all have in our kitchen jars!

Time to get your designer plates, glasses, forks & knives, flowers and candles onto the table!

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Ingredients:
For the roasted chicken:

  • 1 Whole Chicken, thawed if frozen and without giblets
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp roasted chicken spices (I have used Hashnoor brand)
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (salted-because I don’t seasoned my mixture of spices)
  • Olive oil


For the veggies:

  • 1 head garlic, unpeeled and detached
  • 1 bundle of fresh thyme
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 to 4 large potatoes, cut into large moon shape chunks
  • 2 small onions
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • Corns, boiled and cooked (optional)
  • Brussels sprout, cooked (optional)


For the gravy:

  • 10cl of water
  • 1/2 small cup of flour
  • Fat from roasted chicken
  • Drippings from roasted chicken


Preparations for the roasted chicken:

1.Rinse the chicken and the inside cavity well with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

2. In a small bowl, mix salt and pepper and set aside. In another bowl, mix all the wet and dry ingredients together  except the olive oil, stir until it’s all well combined. I have not added salt to my mixture of spices because I have used salted butter.

3. With a spoon, try to get under the skin of the chicken without tearing them apart. Now what I do which is not necessarily ofcourse but I still do it 🙂 is I always slit slightly the flesh under the skin (making sure I am not tearing the skin) so as to ensure the flavors enter the chicken).

4. Use the spoon to place the mixture of spices under the skin and gently rub the spices with your hands on the outside to ensure that the spices are spread well on both the inside and the outside of the bird. Make sure you have been able to get under the skin of the drumsticks and cover the outside of the drumsticks and wings well with the mixture of spices.

5. Season the inside cavity with salt and pepper, then stuff the inside cavity with onions, 3 to 4 garlic cloves, lemon and a bundle of fresh thyme. Wrap twine around the drumsticks and make sure they are both tied together and tuck the tips of the wings underneath the chicken to avoid them from burning.

6. Sprinkle salt and pepper (based as per your preferences) on both the base and top of the chicken. Cover the front of the chicken with aluminum foil. Allow to sit for 1 hour.

7. After 1hour, preheat your oven at 350F. Fill the roasted pan with the potatoes, carrots and remaining garlic. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the chicken over the veggies, make sure the top of the bird is covered with aluminum foil. Bake at 350F for 2hours.

8. Remove your chicken halfway and brush the bird with unsalted melted butter for more added flavor. Continue to bake until the internal temperature reaches 160F at the flesh part of the thigh. Remove the foil, prior to the last 20 minutes for more golden colour.

9. Allow the chicken to rest for 20-30 minutes before carving. Serve with roasted veggies, gravy and chili paste, I had corns and brussel sprouts so I had added them into the dish for more relish.

Preparations for the gravy:

1. Pour the fat into a bowl and reserve. Into the drippings left in the roasting pan, whisk flour, then add fat (quantity will depend onto the sauce) so that the mixture becomes thick and not pasty. Put the roaster on the stove, add 10cl of water and simmer on medium heat. Constantly stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Season with salt and pepper as per your taste.

Special Holiday season: Baked Prawns and Cheesy Pasta

Pasta pasta… who does not love pasta… we all do if we know how to cook different dishes with Pasta. Not many ingredients are required but if you cook pasta, you can’t just eat it without cheese. Pasta and cheese they are the ideal couple 🙂 haha….. I love baked pasta filled with a seafood blend, creamy sauce, cheese and the smell of freshly sprinkled herbs. A COMPLETE MEAL!!!!! 

I serve mine with some homemade green chillies & garlic and lemon paste. Give yours a try, it is such an easy recipe. After the Noodles, I call the Pasta a second reason to eat with a fork at home because in our little island Mauritius most of the people eat with a spoon. Hahahahahaha 

NOTE: I have not added salt in this recipe because the cheese already contains much of it and while you boil or cook your prawns and mushrooms just add your desired amount of salt. 

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Servings: 4-5 
Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Pasta, boiled and cooked
  • 500g of Prawns, without shells and cooked
  • Mushrooms, finely chopped and cooked
  • Beans, cooked
  • 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup of Mozarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup of Parmeasan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup of fresh cooking cream (I use Elle & Vire brand)
  • 2 tbsp of Tomato puree
  • 1 tsp of  Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp of Paprika powder
  • Coriander and Parsley leaves, finely chopped

Preparations:

1. In a baking tray, mix the tomato puree together with the cooked pasta, prawns, mushrooms and beans. Set aside. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 180 C. 

2. In a pan, pour the fresh cooking cream , together with the papripa powder and garlic paste and simmer for 5minutes on low heat. Stove off and add the parmeasan. Mix well so that the cheese incorporates with the sauce. Cover the lid so that the cheese melts. 

3. Pour the creamy sauce onto the pasta and combine together. Sprinkle on top with cheddar and mozarella cheese and pepper. Bake for 5-8 minutes.

4. Garnish with finely chopped coriander and parsley leaves. 

Chocolate Cake

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I am loving this Chocolate Cake, always been my favorite cake ever! I have been searching and exploring the web for the best chocolate cake and I never found. This recipe has been inspired from my best friend and it’s the best I have baked so far. If you try baking a cake and end up with disappointments, still DON’T GIVE UP! Baking is not on my favorite lists as well but with much efforts and emotions you can bake a wonder. This recipe is really simple, I have not used milk nor baking powder and yet the cake is still so moist and decadent. Since I had strawberries, I have used them on the ganache as toppings. You choose how you want to decorate your toppings.– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 250g self-rising flour
  • 250g butter
  • 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 100g sugar (quantity will depend upon your choice)
  • 4 eggs

For the Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened chocolate chips

Preparations:

For the Cake:

  1. Combine butter and granulated sugar together until creamy consistent is obtained.
  2. Add eggs one by one and blend together into the butter and sugar.
  3. The flour and cocoa powder go in, mix well together until smooth.
  4. Grease your baking mould with butter and pour the batter.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 180 C for 30 minutes.

For the ganache:

  1. Once the cake has cooled down, melt chocolate chips into a pan for 30 seconds until creamy and softened.
  2. Spread the ganache on the cake and garnish on top with strawberries or anything else you prefer.