Blueberry Muffins

“Blueberry Muffins,” for any special occasions.. The perfect way to make everyone happy. So gloriously soft and moist, filled with flavor. Blueberries add a unique touch to your muffins. Best sweet-tooth to serve with tea or as a dessert after lunch or dinner. I know the batter can get easy peasy to make, the secret ingredient is to not overbeat otherwise you will end up with a broken and dry puck muffins. You have a great win when you add butter to your muffins and homemade blueberries sauce.

Cooked Blueberries Sauce with granulated Sugar

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Servings: 12-14

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour (260-280 grams)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 large tsps of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large tsps of melted salted or unsalted butter (to grease the muffin cups)
  • 6 large tsps of granulated white sugar (Quantity will depend as per your sweetness preferences)
  • 1/2 small tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of good quality Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 12-14 Muffin Aluminum cups or Muffin pan

Preparations:

  1. Whisk the wet ingredients; the beaten eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  2. In a pan, simmer 10-15 blueberries and sugar (see in picture above) on low heat for 30-40 seconds until blueberries can be mashed up and sugar has dissolved into a sauce. Stove off and allow to cool for 30 seconds.
  3. In another large bowl, sift the flour and add the baking powder, remaining uncooked blueberries and salt. Mix well with a spatula.
  4. Add the wet ingredients and cooked blueberries sauce into the dry ingredients and stir well until they are completely combined and moistened (Don’t worry if the batter has turned a bit blue or purple). Make sure that the batter is thick and there are no lumps.
  5. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Position your rack in the center of the oven. Now if you are using a Wave Oven (Four Cyclone), preheat your oven at 200 degrees C.
  6. Grease the muffin cups (I have used Aluminum Muffin Cups) with melted butter. Spoon the batter evenly into each muffin cups.
  7. Place the cups on the oven rack and if for (Wave oven-Four Cyclone), place the cups at the bottom and bake for 15-20 minutes (for both oven) until light golden on top. Insert a toothpick or fork in the center of the muffin, if it comes out clean then muffin is ready.
  8. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin cups. You can preserve a little blueberries sauce and top them on the blueberry muffins before serving 🙂

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Blueberry Lemonade Drink

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Haha I know it’s definitely not summer yet in Mauritius, we are still freezing frozen in this winter 😀 though its mostly sunny. In our little tropical island, whether it be summer or winter, we always make time for cold refreshing drinks and even ice-cream 🙂

Blueberries my favorites! If not served fresh nor baked and cooked then be it as a cold refreshing drink. The perfect drink to take for your beach adventure!

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Servings: 1
Ingredients:

  • 10 blueberries, heated for 20 seconds into the microwave oven and mashed
  • squeeze juice from half of a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar (optional)
  • 7-8 mint leaves
  • ice cubes
  • 1 cup of cold water

Preparations:

1. Add the mashed blueberries, lemon juice, honey and sugar. Mix well together.

2. The ice cubes go in and then the mint leaves. Pour the cold water and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

3. Before serving, mix everything together and garnish with more whole blueberries, mint leaves and lemon slice.

Vol-au-Vents Fillings Recipe

Everyone’s favorites 😊 The fillings make the Vol-au-vents perfect. I personally don’t have time to go and make the puff pastry so I just buy the already baked Vol-au-vents empty shells.

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Servings: 15-20

Ingredients:

  • 25 cl Cooking Cream
  • 5 cl milk
  • 1 tbsp of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp of unsalted melted butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • Pinch of Paprika powder
  • 7-8 Coriander leaves, finely minced
  • 15-20 baked Vol-au-Vents shells (can be found in supermarkets or bakeries)

Preparations:

  1. Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat. Add the milk and simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Pour the cooking cream, paprika powder and 3 tbsp of grated cheddar cheese and cook for 7-8 minutes until sauce has thickened. Add salt and pepper based as per your preferences.
  3. Meanwhile preheat your oven for 350 degrees F, position your rack in the center of the oven.
  4. Fill the shells evenly with the cream and top on with the remaining grated cheese. Brush butter on each shells and lay them onto parchment paper on the baking tray. Bake for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle on top with coriander leaves.

Eid Special: Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins,” for any special occasions.. The perfect way to make everyone happy. So gloriously soft and moist, filled with flavor. Blueberries add a unique touch to your muffins. Best sweet-tooth to serve with tea or as a dessert after lunch or dinner. I know the batter can get easy peasy to make, the secret ingredient is to not overbeat otherwise you will end up with a broken and dry puck muffins. You have a great win when you add butter to your muffins and homemade blueberries sauce.

 

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Cooked Blueberries Sauce with granulated Sugar

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Servings: 12-14

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour (260-280 grams)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 large tsps of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large tsps of melted salted or unsalted butter (to grease the muffin cups)
  • 6 large tsps of granulated white sugar (Quantity will depend as per your sweetness preferences)
  • 1/2 small tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of good quality Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 12-14 Muffin Aluminum cups or Muffin pan

Preparations:

  1. Whisk the wet ingredients; the beaten eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  2. In a pan, simmer 10-15 blueberries and sugar (see in picture above) on low heat for 30-40 seconds until blueberries can be mashed up and sugar has dissolved into a sauce. Stove off and allow to cool for 30 seconds.
  3. In another large bowl, sift the flour and add the baking powder, remaining uncooked blueberries and salt. Mix well with a spatula.
  4. Add the wet ingredients and cooked blueberries sauce into the dry ingredients and stir well until they are completely combined and moistened (Don’t worry if the batter has turned a bit blue or purple). Make sure that the batter is thick and there are no lumps.
  5. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Position your rack in the center of the oven. Now if you are using a Wave Oven (Four Cyclone), preheat your oven at 200 degrees C.
  6. Grease the muffin cups (I have used Aluminum Muffin Cups) with melted butter. Spoon the batter evenly into each muffin cups.
  7. Place the cups on the oven rack and if for (Wave oven-Four Cyclone), place the cups at the bottom and bake for 15-20 minutes (for both oven) until light golden on top. Insert a toothpick or fork in the center of the muffin, if it comes out clean then muffin is ready.
  8. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin cups. You can preserve a little blueberries sauce and top them on the blueberry muffins before serving 🙂

Mauritius Red Sauce Octopus “Ourites Sauce Rouges”

Red sauce octopus, known as “Ourites sauce rouges” on my little island. This dish is really simple to make and requires easy ingredients. Everyone has their own ways of cooking this dish. This is just my version 🙂 I love seafood and you can substitute octopus for this recipe with prawns and lobster as well.

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Servings: 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg Octopus
  • 1/2 a small can (425g) of peeled tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of tomato sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • Handful of thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp of sweet Paprika powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 5 cl of water, for the sauce
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Preparations:

  1. Start to rinse well your octopus and remove the ink sac or any unwanted parts. I normally rub the whole octopus with corn flour, let it rest in the freezer overnight. The next day, rinse the octopus well to remove the corn flour.
  2. Preheat a deep pan or pressure cooker with water and slowly add the octopus once the water has reached a boil. I always use a pressure cooker, allow the octopus to cook on medium heat until 4 & 5 whistles. Once cooked the octopus will tenderized and developed into beautiful pink color, cut the octopus into small pieces.
  3. Preheat a pan with vegetable oil on medium heat and add the minced garlic and bay leaf so that they can infuse with the oil to create a great flavour.
  4. Once they start to sizzle, add the minced onions. Let it cook until translucent. Then goes the thyme leaves, tomato ketchup, paprika powder and lime juice into the pan, mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the peeled tomatoes, season with salt and pepper (quantity based as per your preferences) mix together and simmer for 3-4 minutes, lid covered on.
  6. Pour water and simmer for 2 minute without lid. Add the octopus and cook for 5 minutes.

Serve with rice 🙂 Sprinkle with coriander leaves and slices of lime Bonne appetit

 

Eid special: Tropical Shrimp Skewers

Shrimp skewers as a snack for Eid day or any other occasions. I call them “Tropical Shrimp Skewers”  because they are dressed with bell peppers, onions and tropical pineapples. Incredibly succulent and appetising with every bite. So easy to make with the minimal preparations required for this recipe.

Note: For this recipe, you can also substitute with chicken

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Servings: 25-30
Ingredients:

  • 500g of clean shrimps
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 5 tsp of smoked paprika powder
  • 2 tsp of Tandoori powder
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 large onion, cut into large chunks
  • 3 large bell peppers, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 of a ripe pineapple, cut into chunks
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparations:

1. In a bowl, add the garlic and ginger paste, paprika and tandoori powder, honey and lime juice. Combine everything together with the help of a spachler. Add the shrimps, cut onions, bell peppers, pineapples and marinate together. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Divide shrimps evenly for 25 – 30 skewers. Add the shrimps, onions, bell peppers and pineapples into a skewer.

3. Preheat a pan or grill pan with some vegetable oil. Fry or grill the skewers for 2-3 minutes on each side until shrimps are pink and slightly firm.

4. Garnish with coriander, lemon wedges, chillies or Mauritius famous “Piment cari” and serve with mint sauce.

Eid Special: Blueberry Jelly with Cocoa Whipped Cream 

Looking for a special refreshing desserts on Eid Day or any other occasions? This is the easiest dessert anyone can make,  your guests will feel ecstatic 😀 On our little island Mauritius, jelly is very famous when it comes to desserts because on a tropical island, you are always thrilled for refreshing food.

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Note: Prepare the cream first.

Servings: 4-5

Ingredients for the cream:

  • 1 cup of Elle & Vire Whipped cream (Quantity based as per your preferences – you can use any whipped cream you prefer)
  • 3 tbsp of heavy cream (Quantity will be based as per the amount of whipped cream used)
  • 2 tbsp of sweetened Nestle cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp of good quality vanilla extract

Ingredients for the Jelly:

  • 1/2 of a packet of Gelatin Agar Agar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tsps of Rose syrup (Quantity will depend as per your sweetness preferences)
  • 1/2 of a cup of Blueberries
  • 1/2 a small tsp of blue food coloring

Preparations for the cream:

1.  First begin by preparing the cream. Pour the whipped and heavy cream into a bowl, add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract.Whisk until stiff peaks form.

2. Place your glasses at a diagonal on a cupcake pan or a small bowl (See in picture below).  Fill the glasses halfway at a diagonal with the cream.  Put the pan or bowl of glasses into the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours until the cream is firm and set. Start preparing for the jelly only when the cream is firm.

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Preparations for the jelly:

1. Heat up water and gelatin in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Meanwhile stir  until gelatin dissolves. It usually takes 3 to 4 minutes.

2. The Blueberries go into the water. Mix well for 1 minute. Add Rose syrup and blue food coloring and stir well. Stove off once you have added the syrup.

3.  Pour the liquid into a bowl but constantly keep on stiring with a spoon for 1-2 minutes to unable the liquid to hardens until it cools down in temperature.

4. Once your cream is out of the fridge, remove the glasses from the pan or bowl and stand them right up. Pour the dissolved gelatin liquid into the glasses (make sure the gelatin liquid is not hot). Refrigerate for 30 minutes  until jelly hardens.

Note: Before serving, remove the glasses 1 or 2 minutes before. You can top on with more blueberries. 

Yoghurt Mint Sauce with lemon zest

Bonjour Foodies,

A so easy recipe, can be served as a healthy sauce with so many dishes, such as roasted chicken, salmon and many more. In the little island Mauritius here, this sauce is accompanied with Mauritian Chicken Briani 🙂 If you have a stomach burns due to too much spices like me, then this sauce is best in reducing those risks since it contain dairy product Yoghurt. Plus lemon being a good fruit aids digestion and removes toxins. Mint helps digestion and aids stomach pains as well.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Yoghurt (I use Yoplait sans sucre – Yoplait without sugar)
  • 15 fresh Mint leaves, crushed into a paste
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Preparations:

  1. Blend everything together into a mixer. Season with salt and pepper to your desired taste.

Coconut & Pomegranate Popsicles

I would say “meet under the palms where we can eat coconut & pomegranate popsicles.”

Living on a little tropical island is fabulous when you get a variety of fresh tropical fruits, amongst which coconuts are my favorites. Summer or Winter, I am always trying various recipes with coconuts 🙂 I end up having them fresh as a drink, frozen and even cooked, yayy.

This delicious coconut & pomegranate popsicles are so easy to make and so healthy.

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Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • Sweet coconut water (I have used COCO UP brand’s coconut water – optional) (Quantity will depend as per your molds)
  • a large handful of pomegranate seeds (you can use as much as you want)

Preparations:

  1. In a Popsicle molds, add the coconut water and pomegranate seeds. Refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight.

Happy tropical popsicles are done.

Fried Coconut Fish with spices

Note: Don’t worry the fishes are not burnt, its just the cooked spices on the fishes which turns into this colour after deep fried because the fishes were highly covered with the spices

“Dip into the Indian Ocean cuisine”, if you live on a little island like me then you will absolutely be used to eating seafoods. This one is my favorite when it comes to fried fish because of being spiced up with coconut milk. Ever wondered why coconut palm trees grow on the coastal areas because they are the best companions to seafoods.

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Servings: 3
Ingredients:

  • 3 pieces of Parrot fish (you can use any fish you like)
  • 3 tbsp of coconut milk
  • 1 /2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp of onion paste
  • 1/2 tsp of lime juice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparations:

1) Mix the coconut milk, turmeric and coriander powder, garlic, ginger and onion paste, salt and pepper together in a bowl, let the mixture rest for 1 minute. Meanwhile in another bowl, season the fishes with lime juice, salt and pepper.

2) Add the fishes into the marinade and combine well together. Allow the fishes to rest for 30 minutes.

3) In a deep pan, preheat the vegetable oil and deep fry the fishes for 6-7 minutes on both sides.

Sprinkle on top some coriander leaves and lemon wedges.