Fluffy Rice Pilaf

When you cook a rice pilaf you should always get started by cooking onion in a small sauce pan. Onion is a must. To the onion you could add garlic, shallots and fennel.This will make the difference between steamed rice and pilaf. As I mentioned, add two tbsp of olive oil or unsalted butter to a sauce pan. Add the onion and  cook until translucent.

Now it is time for the spices. You can go for either coriander and cumin or cinnamon and all spices. I went a bit different this time and I added one teaspoon tandoori seasoning which includes: cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, cardamon, turmeric  and black pepper.I read that you should keep it simple and don’t use to many spices at once but I just like the seasoning I am using as it nicely balances out all the flavors.

Once the onion and the spices are cooked ( about 30 seconds ) it’s time for the rice. Add  one cup of long grain white rice. Cook until rice is well covered in spices and the mixture is translucent.

I added know about 6 white mushrooms and half of red pepper and stirred to mix all the flavors together.

Another  important adding is the cooking liquid. Water should be replaced by broth. You can add either chicken broth, veggie broth or seafood broth. Also a bit of white wine one will be welcomed here 😉 Add about one cup of chicken broth and a splash of wine and bring to a broil for about 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. 

Before serving you can add 2 – 3 tbsp of herbs: cilantro, parsley or mint depending of preferences. Next step? You enjoy it 😉

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Lemonious Cake

I just love lemons. I had to re-blog this special cake to add it on my to do list 😉

Mrs. Twinkle

I’m not going to lose much time on writing this post as there’s a piece of delicious, lemonious cake waiting for me…@ Mrs. Twinkle

The Ingredients
3 eggs
125g butter
125g sugar
a pinch of salt
2 lemons
1.5dl milk
250g flour
1 sachet baking powder

Preheat the oven at 180°C. Mix the eggs, butter, sugar and salt. Add the lemon zest and juice. Stir in the milk followed by the flour and baking powder. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and you’re done.

Now get a friend over and enjoy!

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