Thursday, 19 January 2017

Orzo, Chicken, Vegetables and Sprig Genoa Spice

Food should not only look pretty on the plate but also feel the same when one eats it. At times, simple ingredients makes the food look really pretty. With that in mind, here is another recipe that I made over the weekend. Now a days, I'm the weekend chef at home, and in recent time my mom leaves the kitchen to me on the weekends. (She is kinda feed up of me as I keep troubling her that I need the kitchen and now she is like, go you only handle it. :P ).

On my recent visit to the market, I had picked up some vegetables, some pastas and some spices. There was Orzo which is a type of pasta and its mainly used in soups and salads. There was Genoa Spice by Sprig. The spice was a kind of an Italian seasoning which will make you want to visit Italy.

Let me tell you a little more about the recipe. Its a salad, a Hot and Cold salad. The Hot element being the chicken and the Cold being the pasta. Im sure you must be thinking, a hot and cold salad sounds weird, it does but it can be healthy as well as filling also like a proper meal. .

Like always, before we start, there are kind of three elements in the recipe, the grilled chicken, the pasta and the garnish.
Lets get to know the ingredients before we start the cooking. This recipe does not have lot of ingredients, just a few simple ones which we are used to as they are quite common from the previous recipes as well.

Element 1 - The Pasta

Ingredients for the Pasta -
Orzo - 80 gms
Broccoli florets - 20 gms
Beans - 20 gms
Yellow Zucchini - 20 gms
Green Zucchini - 20 gms
Yellow Pepper - 20 gms
Green Pepper - 20 gms
Red Pepper - 20 gms
Basil chopped - a couple of leaves
Olive oil - 15 ml
Butter - 10 gms
Salt - To Taste
Pepper - To Taste
Sprig Genoa Spice - 3 gms

1. The first step and the most important step of this dish is the cooking of pasta. bring water up to boil, season it well and then put in the Orzo. It should take about 4 mins coz thats how much time it took me.
To check if the pasta is cooked, remove some, eat it,if there is a little bite in it, then its perfect. DO NOT eat too much :P.

2. The second element in the pasta is the sauteed vegetables which has the Genoa Spice by Sprig. For this, heat up some olive oil and butter in a pan.

3. The third step is to cook the vegetables and make sure that they get that flavor which will take you to a trip around Italy in terms of flavors. For that, the oil and butter was heated, add in all the vegetables that we had cut with our own hands (or even the maid or the machine :P), After adding them in, give them a toss so that they get coated in the butter and get that glossy look.

4. Its time to season the vegetables, so add in the salt, pepper, basil, the Genoa Spice by Sprig which will give you that robust and depth of flavor. Make sure to give it a toss and mix them well so that each and every vegetable piece of vegetable in that pan gets seasoned.

5. Once you have the vegetables ready, take the pasta, and the vegetables and mix them well. Do not forget to taste the base of the salad once its mixed but also remember to not eat much, just a taste.

With that we havn't come to the end of the recipe, its just end of element 1.

To start the element 2 i.e. the Grilled Chicken we need the below ingredients.

Ingredients -
Chicken breast - 1 no.
Butter - 1 tbsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Pepper - to taste
Genoa Spice by Sprig - 4 gms

Lets start cooking the chicken and then we have to eat also. Im feeling hungry as Im writing this article now.

1. We first start with marinating the chicken and for that you will need to take the knife, make small slits on the breast so that when we massage the chicken, the flavors go in. This is going to be a dry rub so for that we will need the Genoa Spice by Sprig, salt and pepper, sprinkle all that on the chicken and spread it evenly on both the sides.
Once done, let it aside to marinate for some time and meanwhile you can go have a glass of beer or may be a drink.

2. Heat the pan and add in olive oil and butter and bring up the temperature so that when you put the chicken in, you should get the sizzle and this is what will give the chicken the perfect color.
Cook the chicken on both the sides  for about 3 mins and it should be done.
Take it up on the chopping board and slice it up, it can be thinly, thickly, its all up to you.

Now its time to assemble the salad and eat, and reap the benefit of the handwork done in order to make this.
For the final assemble, I have made a small salad with rocket leaves, halved cherry tomatoes tossed in extra virgin olive oil.

Lets start.

Lastly drizzle some olive oil on top and its done.

Its time to eat and taste and its also time for you to follow me on my social media -
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Also do not forget, you can order the Sprig Genoa Spice from the link - They have a lot more to offer apart from the spices.

Once again, do try the recipe and let me know if you have any feedback.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Spiced Nuts & Cottage Cheese with Couscous

Most of my friends know that I have been turning healthy since last 2 years or so. (That was a joke, thought i should begin with a joke.) But on a serious note, there are some healthy dishes like couscous, quinoa, oats that I enjoy eating and making as well. 
These days my breakfast has been oats and not just simple oats cooked with milk, but at times its also oats cooked along with some spices, vegetables and more. 

Recently I had visited the market and came across a pack of couscous and decided to purchase one and told myself, will make something from this and start eating the same and become even more healthy.

Along with the healthy food, I also saw this product by Sprig known as Tangier which is known to give any dish that perfect mediterranean flavor.
So the below recipe or the above image that you saw will consist of this seasoning and some couscous that I had picked up from the market.

So the recipe basically consists of two elements, the base which is the vegetable couscous and the second is cottage cheese along with some spiced nuts and there are some basic ingredients that you will need in order to get this recipe. There is one thing I must tell you, the dish looks quite pretty in the end, so its like a perfect dish that you can make for your loved ones, your partner, will be like a surprise for them. 

Element 1 - Couscous and Vegetables.
Ingredients -
Couscous - 70 gms approx
Butter - 10 gms
Red Pepper - 10 gms
Yellow Pepper - 10 gms
Green Pepper - 15 gms
Green Zucchini - 15 gms
Yellow Zucchini - 15 gms
Salt - To taste
Sprig Tangier Spice - 4 gms
Olive Oil - 15 ml

 Now lets start the cooking. 

1. In a pan, bring about 150 ml of water to a boil which will be used in order to cook the couscous.

2. While the water is on the heat and coming up to the boil, to the couscous add in the vegetables, the salt and the Sprig Tangier seasoning along with one spoon of olive oil

3. Add the boiling water to the couscous and give it a stir so that the vegetables and seasoning is mixed. Also do not forget to add in one table spoon of butter and then just cover the bowl and keep it aside and jump on to the second element.

After about 5-8 minutes, it should look like this, the water will be soaked by the couscous, but just remember to mix it with a fork so that the vegetables are evenly mixed. Do taste it cos I did and also had a couple a spoons as well :P. 

Element 2 - Spiced Nuts and Cottage Cheese.
Ingredients - 
Cottage Cheese (cut using a round cutter) - 4 pcs.
Mixture of nuts (almond, cashew nuts and pistachios crushed) - 30 gms
Honey - 25 gms
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Sprig Tangier Seasoning - 4 gms.

1. To the mixed nuts, add in the Sprig Tangier seasoning, salt and honey and mix well. Make sure its combined properly as this is the stuffing which will be used in the cottage cheese. 

2. Take the cottage cheese and spoon some nuts mixture on it and then using another cottage cheese slice make a sandwich. Keep a couple extra handy as they might tempt you to eat while they are in the making.

3. Heat up the pan and add in butter and oil. It should be quite hot so that you can get that nice crispiness and the color on the cottage cheese.

4. To check if the oil is hot, you can touch it with your finger but then dont blame me that you got a burn. (Please do not do that, I was just kidding.) Once the pan and oil is hot, take the cottage cheese sandwiches and put them on the hot surface. 

5. Flip it once you have achieved that gorgeous looking golden color. Get the same color on both sides and then remove it on a plate coz next is assembly time.

Now its time to finish the dish and eat then. Below are all the elements that we have for the plating. I have got some more things to make it look more pretty.
I have sliced red radish, some edible flowers, quartered cherry tomatoes, sliced red chilies and a pretty decent looking plate from my cupboard.

Doesnt it look pretty on my pretty decent looking plate ? If you think, no, then let me know in the comments below, and if you think it does look pretty, still you can leave a comment about what you think about the dish, I love reading comments.

Lastly I would like to say, try the dish out, you will like it, your partner who you are trying to impress will like it and might even give you a tight HUG but for that you need to visit the Sprig website and order the Tangier spice and thats not all they have, there are many products there which might tempt you to order a lot.
So  enjoy cooking and do not forget to follow me on Twitter - @HungryBawarchi
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