29 June 2011
Album 'The Essential Toni Braxton' Toni Braxton 2007
Yes I know what your thinking...
'Eww prunes in a cake? Mita you create some weird dishes' and 'Toni Braxton...classic'
This could have been called 'The Ultimate Chocolate Cake' and maybe got different responses. But honesty is the best policy!
I know with most dishes it's not going to please everyone, and maybe it's not your cup of tea. That's cool and I won't take it personally! Constructive feedback however is important and is needed to progress, also to get better and cook stuff people will try not just what I like.
I doubt lots of you will wrap bacon around banana or freeze grapes but all the recipes on this blog taste good, and if I mess up a dish I STILL blog about it.
Sorry grammar is all over the place, well it's not perfect on a good day, but anyway I'm getting tired but will finish!
Oven on 180°c
Melt 200g G&B dark chocolate
Meanwhile separate 4 eggs
In the egg white bowl whisk and add 100g caster sugar in batches until it forms firm peaks
In the egg yolk bowl whisk in 100g caster sugar, 250g soft butter
Fold in the same bowl 200g wholemeal plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 100g cocoa powder, 50g ground almonds
Then add the melted chocolate and fold in the egg whites
Blend 100g soft prunes and stir in the batter
Pour in big cake tin (30 cm diameter) and bake for one hour
Don't eat too many slices! I handed them out to the neighbours and to a funky juice bar.
26 June 2011
24 June 2011
Album 'Graduation' Kanye West 2007
A great album to make you get out of bed, and cook something special.
While your moving to the album:
Makes 3 big pancakes
2 tablespoons wholemeal plain flour
whisk until runny
heat a tiny bit of butter in a large frying pan
Flip when the pancake 'releases' from the pan (give the pan a shake) and has bubbles on top
Spread half with greengage conserve
top with blueberries
squeeze lemon juice
squeeze more lemon on top
You can use any jam and fruit combination.
But squeezing lemon juice on fruit only makes you stronger.
Tastes delicious and very filling.
23 June 2011
Album 'Seasons of my Soul' By Rumer
Firstly I am sending this from my phone because I am desperate to get it posted!
Sorry the degrees sign is not next to temperature, or if any random words turn up..blame it on the predictive text.
Not listened to Rumer before today, and it's incredibly chilled to listen to in the morning.
I made this for a local school and I'm gutted I won't get to taste it.
But I have a feeling it will be like my 'Mango and Orange Cake' only nuttier.
Grease a 20cm square tin with removable base.
250g softened butter
200g light brown sugar
Whisk until all combined
Add 4 eggs
200g wholemeal plain flour
2tsp baking powder
One ripe chopped mango
1tsp almond essence
50g ground almonds
It's going to smell so sweet,don't lick your fingers!
Pour batter in tin, and on the oven middle shelf for 30minutes.
Once out, let it cool completely.
Make the icing using drops of orange juice not water.
Drizzle with an abstract frame of mind.
Once I know how fast it went I will post back.Xx
22 June 2011
Album 'The Beginning' Black Eyed Peas 2010
I cook write?
Today I start writing for an online magazine
Last night I cooked a variety of dishes to bid farewell to Garry. The weather was decent so I set the table outside and it was incredibly relaxing. Even better that it was mid week and it felt like a Friday night.
Depending on how many friends you are having, it can be hectic to cook a variety of dishes and you will feel like you are on ‘Come Dine with Me’. Time management has got to be spot on too, last night I prepared and cooked all these in one hour; I wish I had a PA.
Fresh Ciabatta with different spreads on each slice
Sweet potato and carrot chips spiced with fenugreek and cumin powder
Boiled eggs in dill pesto with feta
Mange tout and mozzarella salad
Spicy chick pea slices
Spiced asparagus and mushroom in tomato sauce
Fried halloumi with black olive tapenade
Apricot, walnut and rocket with brown cous cous
Elderflower cordial with apple and raspberries
Baked fruits with crème fraiche
So what works?
Salads are always a winner, and healthy.
One or two meat dishes
Stuffed vegetables (peppers, aubergines, mushrooms)
Large fruit ready to be picked
Dips/ home made sauces
Remember if it’s a lot of people they will be standing and talking so nothing too fiddly.
A spicy dish to get everyone drinking more
When having a BBQ the above could slightly change, and many more dishes could be created. Personally the standard burgers, hot dogs and crisps is an easy fix and does not impress me, unless all of it was home made! But more on BBQ’s next month.
About food and friends:
It’s an investment that should last: but unfortunately we all know that’s not the case for friends, some do have a ‘best before date’.
Get some help from friends or others when you have to prepare lots of food, you don’t want to rush.
Don’t leave the washing for your housemates!
Quality wins over quantity.
Buy expensive feta, it’s worth it.
21 June 2011
20 June 2011
Album 'Eaten Alive' Diana Ross 1985
When walking down a high street and seeing the familiar ‘chain’ restaurants/ cafes, I cringe. There is something not unique about them anymore. It’s like they have lost ‘it’ and focused on money, money, money.
Of course everyone started off solo and as they grew, and got more successful the expanded and invested in other locations, personally that doesn’t make it individual anymore. I think when an establishment has a personal touch its special; so customers will make the effort to come and find you. And yes, money plays a big part but surely this could jeopardise reputation if customers have a negative experience elsewhere.
Obviously this is my own opinion and would love to discuss it with anyone over a coffee (not at Starbucks!).
Imagine finding a new cafe that you grew to love and only wanting it to be yours. You wouldn’t want to be disappointed by the service or food by the same company, it would be awful.
Roads that excite me:
Kingsland Road (Dalston, London)
Mare Street (Hackney, London)
Bermondsey High Street (London)
Sydney Road (Melbourne, Australia)
Brunswick Street (Melbourne, Australia)
Flinders Lane (Melbourne, Australia)
Camden Passage (London)
I have travelled further than London and Australia! If I remember anymore I will let you know.
What roads excite you with food?
Ps how cool is the album cover...listen and love.x
Album 'Scissor Sisters' 2003
Seriously what is going on with the weather at the moment?!
It's all about creating your own plates of sunshine..
Serves 4...or feeds you for the rest of the week!
Sharwood medium noodles
In a jug add a small chunk of tamarind with 100ml boiling water
Meanwhile in a wok:
Add 1 tbsp groundnut oil (toasted sesame oil is just as good)
1 crushed and chopped garlic clove
1 tsp lemon grass paste
2 chopped spring onions
1 carrot in edible chunks
Handful of fresh spinach
half a can of low fat coconut milk
5 chopped close cup mushrooms
sieve the jug of tamarind and add the flavoured water to the wok
drain the noodles and get them involved
some frozen peas
and I added half of an orange pepper
Simmer for 15 minutes and then serve
The above might sound a bit hectic and busy but it's up to you what you would like in a stir fry.
Maybe try tofu
The textures and flavours you want can easily be achieved and cooked very quickly, also it can be made healthy. Think of all those vegetables you missed out on last weekend!
Hope you have had a nice start to the week despite the weather.
19 June 2011
Album 'The Third Rail' Doug Boyle
Blend and taste to see if you need more of something.
Any herb...yes even MINT, which would be lovely with asparagus or walnuts in a salad.
Album 'Moulin Rouge' 2001 Various Artists
So many clementine's in my fruit bowl, I have been neglecting them. Make sure you sterilize the jar!
I put mine in the dishwasher then submerged it in boiling water.
Making jams, marmalade's and chutneys can also make use of ingredients that are about to go off.
And they make lovely gifts.
Clementine and Brandy Marmalade:
500g scrubbed, peeled and seeds out
400g granulated sugar
juice of two lemons
zest of half a lemon
2 1 tbsp brandy
Boil the clementines in a pan full of 900ml water, bring to the boil then simmer
Let this happen for 30 minutes
After add the sugar, lemon juice and zest
Boil for 20 minutes
Then scoop into a jar and seal, leave in a dark cupboard until you use it.
18 June 2011
Album 'Rolling Papers' Wiz Khalifa (Becky would be proud)
Ok, the picture is not doing this pudding any justice, but I tried so many different angles. You are just going to have to trust me!
and eat on a day like its been today.
Just pure miserable, your hair gets frizzy, what was the point of drying it. You should have walked out with the conditioner still in.
You play bump with umbrella's, and everything is black and grey.
If everyone had colourful umbrella's and wellingtons it would be nice.
80g Organic rolled oats
80g wholemeal plain flour
150g soft butter
100g golden caster sugar
rub in for a while until all the clumps of butter have gone. If you don't want rolled oats then use 100g flour and mixture should look like breadcrumbs. OR you can use granola instead of oats...mmmm
Don't use real BREADCRUMBS that's just silly.
2 cooking apples peeled and chopped in same size chunks
Rhubarb chopped in chunks similar to apple, peel some of its skin but don't go too crazy.
Saute the rhubarb in frying pan with
2 tsp butter
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
for about 3 minutes
Meanwhile boil apple chunks with 50g caster sugar for 5 minutes.
Drain and add to frying pan for 2 minutes.
Turn off and empty into deep baking dish
Cover with crumble, maybe not all of it, depends how thick you like the crumble layer.
Or if you are more of a fruit lover then just use one more apple!
Bake for 15 minutes, when the top is golden brown and the juices are bubbling at the sides.
Serve with double cream.
Also I did not eat half of this! I share because I care.
17 June 2011
16 June 2011
Before I get typing about the above recipe I've noticed that I might have stated the wrong years next to some albums. Only going by what Spotify have updated, sorry if I have confused anyone.
Do you know how much I spent on this curry?
£2, I walked in the pouring rain because it sounds beautiful, also next to sunshine its my favourite time to cycle.
Enjoy, and when its a rainy day wear a bright t shirt or something else vibrant.
The Beautiful Indian
Its creative and seductive aroma will make your eyes widen and tongue salivate
Your body will melt and as soon as it touches your lips you will be sent back to that holiday that was a distant memory
The colours will send you back on that dance floor
Your hips, arms and legs moved because it was an out of body experience
And all this on a plate
Your own Sun.
by Mita Patel
15 June 2011
Album 'The Best of Blind Melon' (2005)
Another glorious Wednesday to myself, feels great just not doing much. Tempted to nap but will wait after yoga!
This was my lunch, you might have noticed that I have used chicken and aubergine again. Well I figured that's what we do, you can't always buy a new ingredient every day. Most of us check the fridge and see whats available. Especially now, every little helps and food is getting pricey!
One breast of chicken diced
1 tsp dried marjoram
one garlic clove
half an aubergine diced
I'm really trying to calm down on the term 'chop'.
fry the above on a low heat, add a small cup of water
meanwhile boil the kettle
put some cous cous in a pot
pour boiling water over it, just so it covers the cous cous.
Leave that until all the water is absorbed.
Add jumbo raisins and chopped mint leaves, drizzle olive oil and leave it again.
Serve up and feel good :)
14 June 2011
Album 'BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge Vol 5' disc two
What do you do if you have an idea or loads of them? WRITE IT down and they might happen!
Wow! This poster has now come down and since June the blog now has a focus = MUSIC, FOOD and MITA.
13 June 2011
I chose this album because on my cycle back home 'La Isla Bonita' popped in my head.
BRILLIANT choice, especially today.
No.... nothing to with my dad telling me off about a guy!
I had a call today, and it was amazing.
I believe in this:
If you work hard at something, and feel passionate about it then good things will happen for you.
ps you have to be a good person, selfish people don't deserve anything!
Yes all a bit spiritual, but true.
Just roll with it I think, no rush or pressure. You don't know what I'm on about...soon you will know.
'Jus Roll' puff pastry
one chicken breast chopped
one grated carrot
fresh chilli flakes
Wrap the above in puff pastry and seal with a fork.
Stab a few times and cook in the oven 200°C for half an hour until pastry is light brown.
Enjoy and remember be good..x
12 June 2011
Still loving John Legend...
half a red chilli
half an aubergine
turkey breast into bitesize chunks
start boiling the rice
in another pot heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil and a few cumin seeds
add the onions and garlic
fry off for two minutes
add everything else except coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder
200ml vegetable stock
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Get coriander involved...it makes a curry.
Enjoy Monday, think of me dressed as a baker teaching kids how to bake and decorate.
Album 'Get Lifted' John Legend
This was my stall at the Clapton Festival :)
I baked from 8pm - 4am, it was tough on my own but it had to be done because I knew this festival could make me or bake me.
And it did both:
People were impressed with the layout and appearance
The cakes containing fruit sold out first
Some even came back for more
Competition was stiff
Nearly everyone who sold cake ALSO sold juice
If I rocked up with curry, fresh salads, or sandwiches I would have been the one and only.
The cakes sold really well, the weather stayed bright and it was nice meeting other locals.
I realised with so many of the same thing, people like to shop around and see what looks good and check prices.
Definitely a few lessons learnt...
Almond Sponge with mascarpone and cherry jam
10 June 2011
Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and James Brown are lifting me today :)
Not sure if I have time to do this but had to show you the planning for my stall tomorrow. I've said it a few times to my friends today but it really feels like I'm on 'The Apprentice'.
This is a rough layout of where cakes and cupcakes will be tomorrow. Lets hope the weather is crap today but great tomorrow.
A Cheap Puff
ready to roll puff pastry
Come and see me tomorrow, get a bus, train, walk or cycle!
St John at Hackney, near Hackney Central
My stall will be near the vehicle exit
Ok....I'll tell you a few things on the stall
Red and Blue Elderflower Cake
Orange Chocolate Brownies with Macadamia Nuts
Apple and Elderflower fresh juice
8 June 2011
Album 'Celebration' by Madonna
I ate this last night, and I needed it.
A puncture meant I walked home from North to East London
Stressed looking for a bunny rabbit
Come back and my room looks like a bomb site
After this post I will be dancing to Madonna while sorting out everything.
Tuna steak fried
artichoke in olive oil
Leerdammer Cheese one thick slice
I wonder what Madonna listens to when she is working out....
Two random guesses, let me know your thoughts about the above.
Album 'Sigh No More' By Mumford and Sons
Strangely I play this album when I run to work, its great because the songs move at a nice pace.
On the way back I play Marina and The Diamonds, really loud.
This morning I went to yoga and it was HOT! Also wore the wrong shorts, they looked good but never again! You really feel it after you miss one week of Bikramyoga, I forgot to take water and got back so thirsty and hungry.
I heard on the radio yesterday that Ben from Mumford and Sons posted an interesting fry up on their site.
Thought I'd give it a go and add my own little touches to it, hope you don't mind Ben :)
2 eggs whisked
2 rashes of back bacon
one garlic clove
natural organic greek yoghurt
Cut up and boil a medium potato
meanwhile fry half an onion
add one clove of crushed garlic
put to one side once onions are soft
check potato...probably not done
on a plate spread out some spinach leaves, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
I need to eat!
drain and mash, add one tablespoon of yoghurt and the onions
fry small batches of these on a low heat in vegetable oil until brown on both sides
put two on the spinach leaves
scramble the eggs
I was tempted to poach but maybe next time
fry the bacon
eggs on hash browns
bacon on eggs
Enjoyed with a glass of fresh orange juice.
6 June 2011
It was going so well, why has this happened? It was very funny actually, it flipped on the dustpan and brush. Just like it wanted to be there!
My afternoon snack, looks messy but when you mix anything with peas its hard to get it looking nice, unless its melted butter.
5 June 2011
Album 'You've Come A Long Way Baby' Fatboy Slim
Chosen because I have come a long way, two years ago I was an Eastie Mess!
I wanted to be a fashion designer, then a counsellor.
I'm glad I continued cooking.
Thanks to the support from reliable friends and loving family I am right here right now blogging about my passion.
Enough emotional stuff, I'll call Jenna or Clare later to let them hear it!
So Wolverhampton was full of cooking and guess what I learnt HOW TO COOK SAMOSAS.
This is big news, my mum and grans samosas are the best I have ever tasted. Do you know why?
Because they are perfectionists.
I'm not going to write how to actually make them; I want to keep some of it a secret. It is a really long process but if you had loads of people involved you can get them done in a few hours.
I remember at my grans house at Rayleigh Road when all the women in our family would help make them, and also papri (pappadoms).I would slyly eat the raw papri dough then regret it later.
They had a production line, and my gran was like the head chef; she would come from the kitchen and swop people around if they didn't perform to how she wanted things done.
Very clever woman and the most creative cook I know!