#RecipeLab Chocolate Week Start Page

4th week March #MicroblogMondays – #RecipeLab is back with Chocolate Week with five chocolate recipes, both sweet and savoury – See all recipes here.

Hello and welcome back to Recipe Lab! For March, I’m doing Chocolate Week. Over the course of the week, you’ll see some rather questionable recipes – so if you are brave, try the recipes as are, or switch it up and make it your own. If you do though, let me know by tagging me on a picture on Instagram or leaving a comment link here!

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#RecipeLab: Chocolate Week 1 – Mushroom and Beer Stew

Chocolate Week 1 – Lentils, Mushroom, Beer, Chocolate – Unlikely combination works well together. Check back in the 4th week of every month for new recipes.

Chocolate Week 1:  It’s the start of chocolate week, so of course you start with something savoury! Er…

This recipe is inspired by a beef, stout beer, and chocolate stew that SortedFood made, but I wanted to make it vegetarian. It was an experiment, and here are the results.

I was incredibly frustrated with this recipe, because I couldn’t find many of the ingredients I wanted – so I had to make do with substitutes which weren’t as good (Lager instead of Stout, dry instead of fresh herbs). I’ve described the actual recipe, so please excuse the photos.

I liked the end product, but it might not be for everybody. The idea is that lentils, mushrooms, beer, and chocolate all have earthy flavours, but if you’re not keen on experimentation, leave the lentils out, and make a mushroom stew – that will be safe and excellent.

Here’s the recipe (serves 4).
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#RecipeLab: Sandwich Week 5 – Club Sandwich

Sandwich Week 5 – Club sandwich – My first time cooking with bacon, and flavoured cheeses. Check back in the 4th week of every month for new recipes.

Sandwich Week 5:  A restaurant’s quality can be judged by how good their club sandwich is. For this one, I went the extra mile to make something extraordinary.

I cooked with bacon for the first time. I went out and got 2 special cheeses, which were expensive. In doing so, I opened myself up to a whole new world of cheesy deliciousness. I stuffed a chicken breast to make a Kiev. I didn’t bread it, but I highly recommend doing it, and I will do that the next time I make this. I bought sriracha.

Finally, I made a spiced flatbread that goes really well with the barrage of different flavours. This is an excellent sandwich and I’m very proud of it, so much so, that I bothered making PROPER, double-fried french fries.

Here’s the recipe (serves 1, because no sharing).
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#RecipeLab: Sandwich Week 4 – Hummus and Pita

Sandwich Week 4 – Hummus and Pita – A worldwide phenomenon. Hummus presented two ways, and put into simple, quick sandwiches | Check back in the 4th week of every month for new recipes.

Sandwich Week 4:  Before you say “THAT’S NOT A SANDWICH!”, let me say that a sandwich is not just non-specific pieces of bread with non-cultural ingredients. What is a sandwich? A convenient, hand-held, package of fillings in a flour casing of deliciousness. Burgers, soft tacos, Vietnamese bao, stuffed pita – they’re ALL sandwiches.

I’d go so far as to say that wraps are also a variant of sandwiches, with a distinctly different form factor. At the very least, they are cousins.

Anyway, quick recipes for hummus (two ways) and pita bread. Here’s the recipe (serves 3-4).
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#RecipeLab: Sandwich Week 3 – Coconut and Curd

Sandwich Week 3 – Coconut and Yoghurt sandwich – A childhood favourite of mine. | Check back in the 4th week of every month for new recipes.

Sandwich Week 3:  A very basic, simple sandwich that my mother has been making for me since childhood – it brings back fond memories of sweet and savoury fusion goodness.

Her recipe is as simple as desiccated coconut, yoghurt/curd, and green chillies. I’ve switched it around, as you’ll see below.

Before I talk more about the dish, and customizations, here’s the recipe (serves 1).
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#RecipeLab: Sandwich Week 2 – Egg and Banana

Sandwich Week 2 – Egg, Banana and Lettuce sandwich – Easy to throw together and nutritious. | Check back in the 4th week of every month for new recipes.

Sandwich Week 2:  This is a simple 15 minute recipe that is nutritious and easy to put together. Banana has a rich, full flavour that really works well with eggs – french toast is often served with sweetened bananas. It is also a very filling sandwich – the bananas, the starchy bread and the hardboiled eggs are all very filling food items.

Before I talk more about the dish, and customizations, here’s the recipe (serves 1).
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#RecipeLab: Sandwich Week 1 – Orange Chicken

Sandwich Week 1 – Orange and Soy Chicken Submarine Sandwich. Starting off with a bang! | Check back in the 4th week of every month for new recipes.

Sandwich Week 1:  Welcome back to Recipe Lab, and do I have some great ones for you this time.

Starting off, I’ve got a great orange and soy chicken submarine sandwich that tastes better than any sandwich a certain chain store can provide. I’ve wanted to make orange chicken for the longest time, and I’ve surrounded it with some nice flavours.

Almost everything in this recipe is home-made. You can obviously use pre-made things as well – look below for details.

 

Before I talk more about the dish, and customizations, here’s the recipe (serves 2-4).
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#RecipeLab Sandwich Week Start Page

4th February #MicroblogMondays – #RecipeLab is back with Sandwich Week! This time with a variety of sandwiches, both vegetarian and not – See all recipes here.

Alright! Welcome back to Recipe Lab! For February, I’m doing Sandwich Week. Over the course of the week, you’ll see some great sandwich recipes, varying in difficulty level. Now sandwiches are highly customizable foods, so if you like the sound of a recipe, feel free to use it, or to switch it up and make it your own. If you do though, let me know with a picture on Instagram or a comment link here! Continue reading “#RecipeLab Sandwich Week Start Page”

#RecipeLab: Daal Week 4 – Luchi, Aloo Dum, Chana Daal

Daal Week 4 – A bengali delicacy – sweet chana daal with luchi and spicy aloo dum. | Check back in the 4th week of every month for new recipes.

Daal Week 4:  I may have posted this dish on the blog before, but never the recipe. It’s a Bengali preparation, and my mom makes these items particularly well. I poached the recipe from her, but she didn’t want her (highly appreciated) chana daal recipe up on the internet, so I improvised a few things and made my own. Continue reading “#RecipeLab: Daal Week 4 – Luchi, Aloo Dum, Chana Daal”

#RecipeLab: Daal Week 3 – Daal Burgers (Chicken)

Daal Week 3 2nd recipe – Chicken daal burgers. Seems crazy but really works well! | Check back in the 4th week of every month for new recipes.

Daal Week 3:  Stay with me here. Burgers are in my top favorite foods, and I eat a lot of them. If you subscribe to the fast food mentality of a burger being some iceberg lettuce, some mayonnaise, and 1 deep fried patty, you’re seriously missing out.

Burgers are a super customizable meal, and you can mix a lot of textures and flavours to make a mouthgasm-inducing meal. Daals don’t have too much flavour in them by themselves, but they do provide amazing texture.

Building around that and bringing out flavour, I’ve made two burger combinations – this post details the Chicken one.

Before I talk more about the dish, and customizations, here’s the recipe (serves 1).
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