Stories about cooking

Pasta lover alert: Here comes Ravioli!

Ravioli is a very easy dish to make, and serves as a complete meal in itself. However, elbow grease is involved – especially in the making of the pasta – but a pasta machine can be used as well. The best thing about ravioli is that you can pretty much stuff it with anything. It works very well with seafood, but below is a vegetarian take on the same dish.  Ingredients: For the ravioli dough: 2 tablespoons flour 1 egg A pinch of salt and black pepper For the stuffing: 2 cloves of garlic 1/2 onion (finely chopped) A handful of Mushrooms 1 tomato 3 tablespoons paneer (cheese) Olive oil For the butter sauce: 2 tablespoons butter 2 ...

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Three layers of chocolate heaven

There are some culinary combinations that gel together nicely and this recipe explores one such combination -cake – instant jelly and custard.  This is a simple yet amazingly tempting dessert that’s ideal for any special occasion. The best part is that it requires very little cooking time. Also, nothing is set in stone here so feel free to experiment with different flavours and combinations. Ingredients Chocolate/marble cake Swiss rolls (I prefer chocolate but you can use any flavour) Vanilla-flavoured custard powder (again, you can have any flavour you like) Milk Sugar Instant jelly (cherry or strawberry – because it adds a little colour to your dessert) Fresh fruits (bananas and apples go well with this ...

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The ruthless world of yummy cupcakes

Along with the added convenience of keeping in touch and stalking your friends, Facebook has allowed individuals to launch home-based businesses. Online groups for personalised greeting cards, flowers, baked treats and apparel are popping up all over the social networking website. The most successful of these ventures is the baking business; who wouldn’t click on a picture of a delicious cupcake? Many of these businesses have emerged, and why not? It’s free to start a fan page and cheap to advertise. Cut-throat baking gurus Do not be fooled by the cute baby bottles and delicate flower decorations. The baking business is ruthless. ...

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A burger to blow your taste buds away

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Mr Anonymous, the first person to actually think of putting a meat patty and a compendium of assortments (cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions being the most common) in between a bun. Genius! Little did he know that, what he had created would, end up being a global fast-food phenomenon. Beef or vegetarian, tofu or chicken – the options are endless. Here’s a time-tested recipe that will make you forget all about the famous Big Mac you get at McDonalds. Unlike the aforementioned burger, this patty has a rich flavor served with a sauce ...

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A hot samosa on a cold winter night

It’s that time of the year again – the elusive Karachi winter is finally here so enjoy it while it lasts. Dig into your storage and dust out the oh-so-soft blankets, heaters, leather jackets, cozy mufflers and some downright crazy head-gear. This season brings with it the joys of eating piping hot food that would otherwise make you perspire. You seem to notice a sudden increase in the roadside samosay-wala’s clientele waiting in line (a polite way of referring to the mob that surrounds his stand), for this mouth-watering – albeit a bit unhygienic– delicacy you so love, becomes a ...

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I didn’t think about diabetes until I had it

We are the nation that has arguably pioneered diabetes. Managing to make a career out of sugar consumption is no mean feat, but we managed to do it. I never really even thought about it until the day I found out that I had the version that you control with pills (type 2). I thought this would change my life, it did, but not as much as I had suspected. Even though I started eating a bit healthier; doing away with most of the local cuisine due to its not-so-secret love affair with oily cooking and most importantly cutting out ...

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