Monday, 28 January 2013

St Valentines day is Fast approaching

                              Valentines! Valentines! Valentines!

I can't believe its the end of January and February comes knocking; and there's only one thing on everyone's mind- Valentines!!!!!!

The day is fast approaching and I'm so excited, I know its only a normal day but I'm quite excited this year.
What are your plans for Valentines day? It falls on a thursday so I don't think alot of people will do much, but I'm quite looking forward to seeing a few bunches of flowers and chocolates flying around (lol). Are you the sort of person that doesn't believe in Valentines or do you just feel its the norm every year and the day comes and goes as every normal day?

Well why don't you try having a nice and quiet meal at home with your loved one instead of the hassle of getting a table booked at a restaurant, and you end up eating in an over-crowded environment! Trust me most women will love when a man does the woman's job by preparing a nice roast dinner (with the best red wine in a romantic candle lit room) to show her love; not just on Valentines but also once in a while. The saying "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach", the same saying applies to the woman. So men take note, YOU can do the cooking this time, play some nice love songs in the background and reflect on good times. Trust me, that will not only build good relationship moral, it will also help to get to know your partner better.. Ladies can also nudge their partners by giving them a rough idea of the perfect home stay Valentines they'll like this year...

Stay tuned to my youtube channel for Valentine meal Ideas this week.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Bechamel Sauce

I went on a brief trip to the biggest city in Italy (Rome) lol in my kitchen; I made a delicious, and when I say delicious I mean a very tasty dish inspired by my favourite Celebrity Chef (Gino D'acampo). I saw him make this dish on tv and it looked really complicated so I thought I'll add my own twist to it. Being a lover of cooking, I take certain and uncertain risks (if you are in the financial/business sector, you'll understand what I mean). I made this complicated looking dish very easy and it came out better than I expected. My Video Director (My hubby) had a bit too much and ended up passing out on the sofa before 8pm (lol).

Happy viewing and let me know what you think.

Ingredients & Step by Step Instructions:-

Cooking time 35minutes

Serves 4
250g Fusilli Pasta
20g Anchor butter for greasing
150g smoked salmon trimmings
2 tablespoons chopped chives
50g of Coloured Mature cheese
50g of Mature Cheddar cheese
Salt to taste

For the Bechamel Sauce
40g Anchor butter
30g plain flour
200ml cold skimmed milk
Pinch of grated nutmeg
Half teaspoon of smoked paprika

Bechamel Sauce

To make the Bechamel sauce, melt the butter in a pot or pan over mdeium heat, add the flour and stir until brown. Gradually whisk in the cold milk, lower the heat and whisk until thick. Once thickened, stir in the nutmeg, paprika, chives and black pepper. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.


Fill your pot with three quarters full of water, add 2 tablespoons of salt and allow to boil. Adding salt to the water before adding the pasta allows your pasta to be in form.
Pour the pasta in and leave to cook for 2 minutes or as indicated in the packet. Drain the pasta and leave to cool for a few minutes. Grease your grill/oven dish with the remaining butter and add your drained pasta in. Cover it with the smoked salmon, cheese, chives(optional) and the bechamel sauce as you please. You can also add some breadcrums if you prefer your pasta really crunchy and place in the grill for 20 minutes on
moderately hot 375-400°F ♎ 190- 200°C

I hope this helps guys! so remember the next time you are making your pasta or spaghetti, remember to add your salt in the boiling water before adding your pasta or spag.

Thanks for visiting

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Seafood Paella

I decided to visit south western part of europe today in spirit (lol), I made a Spanish signature dish that most people find complicated to make. There's no process to making this dish as it just involves adding all the ingredients together. Take a look below and let me know what you think...!!!

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Sunday, 20 January 2013

Fried Rice with Chopped Tomato Stew

My first cooking video on my Youtube channel below; "Fried rice" -is one of my favourite dish to prepare. I love Fried rice so much I can actually eat it 7 days a week (weird right); the reason is because its one of the dishes I could easily put together without worrying about what goes in it, as long as it contains rice and seafood, trust me i'm in (lol). Enjoy...x


Easy cook basmati rice, sunflower or vegetable oil, tomato, mixed vegetables, king prawn, red onions, stock cube, soy sauce, thyme, curry powder, black pepper, seasonings and salt to taste

Copped Tomato stew:- Chopped tim tomato, red onion, stock cube, salt, sunflower or vegetable oil, raw chicken or beef

Music by:- Future Lovers

The Secret to Cooking

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"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity".  ~Voltaire
In order for you to enjoy cooking, you need to care about what goes in your stomach (lol); I say this to my loved & closed ones. For you to actually know what the secret to cooking a delicious meal is, you need to know what the ingredients contain and what it does to you. There is nothing more satisfying to me than cooking; I started cooking when I was about 17 which happens to be when I started living on my own with no mum's cooking or family nearby to teach me how to cook. I woke up one early morning and did not get out of bed until about 5pm simply because I was hungry, didn't know what to cook, how to cook or who to call to teach me how to cook. I managed to get myself on that amazing bus 182 to Brent cross London, with a few pounds in my bank account (remember i'm only 17 here so don't judge me lol) popped into M&S and bought myself a few chilled items. From Jumbo prawns(my bestest) to sweet chilli sauce, to rice, to noodles name it.To cut my story short, I got home with no help of the internet, got myself into that little kitchen of mine and literally chucked all my shopping together; it did taste nice but was too filling(lol). I found out that cooking is not as hard as it seemed, its just how and what you put together.

As time went by, I met my partner who is an absolute lover of cooked food and a hater of takeaways(lol), I knew that I had no choice but to take cooking as a chore and a hobby.

To all you food lovers out there, cooking is great fun and extremely impressive when inviting friends round for dinner... have I convinced you yet?
I know some of you might feel daunted by cooking but I am all about fresh simple ingredients and I have proven in my youtube videos that I keep things easy & simple and I won't let you down.