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Quick and Simple Meals

Quick and Simple Meals

Hello! I hope you’re well!

As we are all hopefully social distancing and staying in our houses, maybe it would be nice to have a look at some recipes and get practising some quick, easy meals in preparation for when you go back to normal everyday life. I have chosen some of my favourite books and YouTube channels that you may enjoy as well.

My favourite chefs are:
Gino D’Acampo – For YouTube videos, please click here
Jamie Oliver – For YouTube videos, please click here
Gordon Ramsay – For YouTube videos please click here

My favourite television programme at the moment is Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip!! You can catch up on ITV Hub. 🙂

I also really enjoyed watching Gino’s Italian Escape, which you can watch here. 🙂

Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares is also on the TV a lot, so give it a watch – you might like it. 🙂

My favourite recipes by each of these chefs are:
–  Gino’s parsley, chilli and garlic spaghetti, which doesn’t require many ingredients – perfect with lockdown essentials!
–  Jamie’s flaming rum ‘n’ raisin ice cream
–  Gordon’s cream of cauliflower soup

Grandma’s Punjabi dishes are my absolute favourite food!

Her favourite dish is daal (lentils). I think she loves the taste and it is so simple to make! (It is best to rinse and soak your lentils overnight to make them softer.)
My absolute favourite dish is aloo paratha (potato chapati) – the recipe is simple too:

Boil some potatoes and mash with chilli, coriander and salt to taste. While your potatoes are boiling, make some dough by mixing chapati flour with water and knead it together. Take a section of dough and roll it into a flat circle.

Fill your chapati with the potato stuffing (you can either do this by placing the stuffing in the middle and then bring the outer sides to the centre and roll it out flat again, or you could place the potato stuffing in the centre of the chapati and place another chapati on top, then roll it out flat). Place them onto a hot pan until they cook through and flip halfway through. It is best served with yoghurt and tastes delicious!

I also cook the paratha in ghee on the pan but you can use oil or butter instead. 🙂

Another one of my favourite fried Punjabi foods is pakora! To make these, you need to mix together the following ingredients and place them into a hot wok full of oil. Wait until they turn golden brown and let the oil drain off before you serve.

Ingredients: Gram flour and water (to make a nice batter), thinly sliced spinach, garlic, chilli, cumin seeds or powder, salt, garam masala and thinly sliced onion.


Thanks for reading!

Charley x

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