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Fish with Butter Sauce

Contents Mi xed Salad with Cream Cheese Dressing

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Cold Pasta & Mushroom Salad


Cooking with Kids


Macaroni with Cheese


Chef Damodharan

Mallur Chicken


Find out why he is in the

Passion for Cooking


Italian Wedding Soup


Awesomize Yourself


Strawberry Muffins


Lime Cheese Cake


Did You Know


Guinness World Record. Page 10

Author Su Halfwerk’s Wicked Cravings Page 14

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Mixed Salad with Cream Cheese Dressing Ingredients 3 Tablespoons cream cheese 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 Tomato cut in cubes 3 Tablespoons cooked corn 1/2 Cup carrot cut in cubes 1 lemon for garnishing 1/2 Bell pepper cut in cubes 3 Lettuce leaves cut in medium size

1 Spread the cream cheese in the bottom of the serving plate. Drizzle olive oil over it. 2 In a separate bowl, mix all the vegetables and season with salt and black pepper. 3 Place the vegetables on top of the cream cheese and olive oil.

Black pepper/ Salt

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4 Garnish with lemon slices. Serve immediately.

Instead of balsamic vinegar, you can use your favorite salad dressing.

Cold Pasta & Mushroom Salad Ingredients 3 Button mushrooms sliced 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1/2 Cup cooked pasta 3 Tablespoons cooked pinto beans 1/2 Cup sliced bell pepper Black olives Black pepper/ Salt 1 Teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1 Clove garlic minced

1 Mix the balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and black pepper well. Set aside for 2-3 minutes. 2 Pour olive oil on the balsamic mix ture, and whisk for one minute. Set aside. 3 SautĂŠ the mushrooms and bell pepper for two minutes.

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4 In a bowl, add the pasta, vegetables, and pinto beans. Mix gently. 5 While the pasta and the vegetables are warm, pour the previously prepared dressing, and mix gently. 6 Let the salad cool down, then refrigerate. It should be served cold.

Cooking With Kids Time for some fun

M ost parents are reluctant to let their kids help in the kitchen or with cooking, mainly to avoid accidents. Yes, kids are messy, they love to turn any activity into a game, and in their eagerness to help, they don’t pay attention. However, with patience, you can turn this into an enjoyable creative activity for both, you and your kid.

Scientific experimentation When your kid kneads a

Hygiene Talk to your child about hygiene and how

dough and then watches it rise, take this

impor tant it is to wash hands before cooking, how

opportunity to explain the process, lightly and

significant it is to eat washed vegetables and fruits

simply. He will remember your explanation

and in clean plates. Your kid will eventually follow

because he took par t in that fun experiment.

these rules and might pass them on to his younger

Vocabulary Letting your child read the

siblings or friends.

ingredients and the method of the recipe will

Expand knowledge Introducing different types of

improve his vocabulary.

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useful addition to your child's knowledge. This will increase his/her awareness of eating etiquette on the dining table.

Want to help in the kitchen?

Broader eating options It will improve your kid's eating habit and make him open up to various types of dishes. Most kids tend to eat what they cook; it's kind of a self complimentary and self rewarding gesture. Bonding Use the time to bond with your child. He/she might spill things while cooking with you; just

That's great, but we have some

remember that creating a mess is par t of it, but it is also the time to see more of your kid's personality. Is

safety tips for you:

he apologetic when he breaks something or spill it? Does she learn quickly? Is he patient? Discover your kid’s traits. Appreciation Seeing what you go through, kids will appreciate you and what you do, it will make them understand how much effort you put in every meal you prepare for them.

- Wear an apron, it will keep your clothes clean. - Always have an adult with you while cooking. - Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them well. - Don't touch any electric appliances with wet hands.

Confidence Cooking with your kids boosts their self-esteem, especially if the dish they helped with turned out delicious. If you can, take pictures, let them brag about their abilities.

- For kids 12+, wear an oven glove, when putting in or taking out anything from the oven. - If you have to use the knife, cut slowly and keep your fingers away from the edge of the knife. - Don't run in the kitchen, no matter what.

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Fish With Butter Sauce Ingredients

1 Mix spices, salt and flour.

To make the sauce

2 Fish filet

2 Coat the fish with the spiced flour.

- Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch in

Black pepper

3 Heat frying pan and add 1 tablespoon

Cayenne pepper Salt to taste 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 cup all purpose flour Butter Oil

butter and 1 tablespoon oil. 4 Fry the filet on medium heat. Will take around 3 minutes on each side depending on how thick is the cut. 5 Remove the fish, and sautĂŠ the vegetables for 3 minutes, season with

1/2 cup water. - Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan, when it melts add the dissolved corn starch. - Stir until the sauce thickens. If you want the sauce thicker, add another 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch. Season with salt. - Serve the fish along with the vegetables

salt and black pepper. When cooked put

and sauce immediately to enjoy the crunch

a side.

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Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients 1 Cup uncooked macaroni Salt / Black pepper 1 Cup mozzarella cheese 1 Cup cheddar cheese 1 Egg 2 Cup milk 4 Tablespoons butter 2 Tablespoons flour

5 Add the sauce on top of macaroni 2 In a pan heat the butter, add the flour and mix well. and mix well, then add the milk. Keep 6 Pour the macaroni in a baking pan. stirring until the sauce thickens. 7 Bake in a pre-heated oven at 1 Cook the macaroni and set aside.

3 Add the cheese, black pepper and salt to the sauce and keep stirring until the cheese melts. 4 Beat the egg and mix it with the macaroni.

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350F/180C/Gas mark 4, for 20 minutes or until the sur face is golden.

Chef Damodharan He found his way to viewers’ hearts through his charming cooking shows, and now found his way to The Guinness World Record. MunatyCooking | 10

When did you discover your passion for cooking?

Do you like to watch cooking shows? If yes, what are

When I was 7 years-old, and while I was preparing my

your favorite ones? If no, why?

breakfast along with my mother, I found that the cooking experience is interesting. By age 10, I learned to cook

I like to watch cooking shows, especially since I have my cooking shows running on 5 channels in Tamilnadu.

on my own.

My favorite show to watch is “Iron Chef of America.”

From your experience, what are the qualities of a

Through it, I learn of new techniques to improve my

successful chef?

shows and to provide quality.

A successful chef needs to balance few qualities, and they are: Planning, attitude

ʻ When I go to

Do you use cookbooks as references?

towards work, creativity, visualization,

bed at night and I think of one or two recipes, I try to test and research them the following

Normally, no. I have written 19 books in

imagination, and willingness to learn from others. He should be a goodhearted and highly skilled person with the presence of mind to be innovative. He should grow his knowledge about

morning. ‚

Tamil as well as English that are available in the market. They contain more than 2,720 recipes. Do you prepare one dish at a time or do you multitask?

food, confidence, leadership quality, and

Recently, I have achieved my Guinness

time management. Finally, he should cooperate with his

World record for using six ranges to cook six dishes at a

team to reach their mutual goals.

time. In 24 hrs 30 minutes and 12 seconds, I have

How often do you come up with new recipes?

prepared 617 dishes, which weighed 199kg.

When I go to bed at night and I think of one or two

What is your favorite cuisine to prepare? Why?

recipes, I try to test and research them the following morning. If they come out well, I add them to my

My favorite cuisine is chettinad food because it contains healthy and medicinal herbs.

database and include them in my recipe book.

What’s the one critical advice/tip you would share with dish to eat? I like to cook chicken dishes like “Mallur Chicken”—a famous dish in southern Tamilnadu—and delicious and

A chef should strive to concentrate while cooking, this helps him gain total control over his/her cooking environment.


simple Chicken Biryani. The dish I like to eat is Pepper

an aspiring chef?


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Mallur Chicken

What's your favorite dish to cook? What’s your favorite

Mallur Chicken

Recipe by Chef Damodharan

Ingredients 2 handful Red chili flakes

1 Clean and wash the chicken.

5 chopped Garlic cloves

2 Heat a deep frying pan and add

1 handful sliced Onion 1 round spoon Oil

Salt to taste

water. 6 Cook the chicken until the water


dries out. 3 SautĂŠ the chili and onion.

(Approx im ately 5 Tablespoons)

500gm Chicken

5 Sprinkle the salt and add very little

4 Add chopped garlic and chicken. SautĂŠ well.

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7 Serve with rice or chapattis (bread)

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Wicked Cravings by Author

old, sexual preferences, and obsessions. The central

Su Halfwerk

who got more than what he bargained for. Literally.

character, Doug Pinkham, is an opportunistic reporter Here’s a link to its trailer on YouTube: =V7j9YWnLhMA

So who is she? Su Halfwerk writes in the horror and paranormal

And her take on food is...

romance genres. From a tender age, the written word

According to my dictionary a foodie is a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink.)

left a strong impression on her. Later on terrifying, blood-chilling books became the object of her interest. Su’s style in horror combines shuddery terror with elements of surprise; some would even call it an enigmatic twist. In the world of paranormal romance, she transforms the desire to scare into a quest to

I’m not a foodie. This is not a denial borne out of shame, it’s a fact. I’m very picky when it comes to eating, certain food groups don’t even know I exist. However, recipes or dishes I enjoy, I crave intensely. While working on my latest release from Damnation

seduce and tantalize. Her sweet paranormal romance, His to Possess, is a finalist in the 2011 EPIC Awards. When not writing, Su is designing book trailers for herself and other authors.

Books, Intricate Entanglement, my main character, Doug Pinkham, suffered through severe bangs of nicotine, then caffeine, and finally freedom cravings. To be able to develop the scene convincingly, I wrote

Intricate Entangl ement is Su’s latest release from Damnation Books, a mix of a thriller with an overlay of maddening darkness.

its barebones details and waited for one of my cravings. My wait paid off, after sometime I got this yearning for something sweet, crunchy, and cold. I

More about Intricate Entanglement:

rode that wave of longing and wrote the scene. It was

It takes place in a mental hospital for the criminally

a small scene, you might not even notice it in the book,

insane. These are stories of the patients, each told by

but a beta reader of the story—one with her own

them. Seven or eight stories in total— depending how

caffeine addiction—marveled at the accuracy of

you look at it— that touch on such topics like growing

emotions and feelings.

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She ended up preparing a big cup of java for herself to settle her own appetite. Without any further ado, I’ll leave you now with the concoction I came up with to settle my wicked craving after writing that scene. I call this simple recipe “Cool Nutty Delight” or CND for short.

Cool Nutty Delight Ingredients 2 Scoops pralines & cream ice cream 2 Tablespoons coarsely chopped almonds 1/2 Cup warm black coffee Pirouette cookies or any wafer cookies for garnishing – Optional

You can find Su online in any of these places:


1.Scoop the ice cream into a glass of your choice. 2.Drizzle the ice cream with coffee.

3.Sprinkle the nuts on the ice cream.

4.Garnish the whole lot with Pirouette cookies.

Intricate Entanglement is available here:

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Passion for Cooking With Leyla Hur

To understand the variety of

up and told her to pack our recipes that one can find on my suitcases as we were flying out blog, I have to take you back to to Tokyo that afternoon so he my youth. Originally from Hong could “satisfy” his craving, and we did. Kong, I grew up experiencing many different types of food. In Having the privilege to travel extensively around the world, Hong Kong, we have a joke that “eating” is one of the most ʻIn my family, each meal was important activities, above truly an event and that is shopping and even making something I still hold close.ʼ money. In Hong Kong, my eyes were opened, not only everything revolves around food, and it was not different in to different and varied cuisines, but to sampling the food on a my family. local level, something that is In my family, each meal was very difficult to recreate with the truly an event and that is freshness of the ingredients something I still hold close. and the atmosphere. We were Right after we finished one never satisfied to stay in the meal, Dad would discuss with confines and “comforts” of the us what we would have for our hotel, but to get out there on next meal. I recall one Friday the streets and sample the my Dad had a “craving” for local delicacies. Kobe Steak. He called my Mum Often the foods we ate on the

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streets were far more flavorful to the food served in the hotel! I began showing an interest in cooking and recreating dishes at a very early age, which was always encouraged. I recall being very young, sitting in our tiny kitchen in Hong Kong right next to my Mum as she was cooking and preparing dinner. As I sat and watched, I saw a symphony of beauty in the methodic masterpiece that was being created. At six years old, my sister taught me how to make cheese scrambled eggs. It was the very first thing I cooked and it started my many years of culinary experiments. When I was eight years old, I was alone at home and was getting hungry and could not see the

sense in waiting around for Mum and Dad to come home before dinner even got started. I browsed through the fridge and created my first four-course meal! I made a salad starter, soup, and roast chicken complete with steamed veggies and roasted potatoes, dessert, and I even tried making bread. While, I used no yeast and it was flat, it was very tasty regardless. With the table set perfectly, candles lit and a bottle of white wine chilling in the fridge; I called my parents at the office and told them to come home because it was “an emergency”. Of course, they dropped everything and rushed home. Delighted there was no “emergency” other than my stomach screaming in hunger, they were even more delighted with the aroma that greeted them, and the meal that was presented to them.

immediately, I decided to start by creating a blog and seeing how my recipes were received. I created the blog in May 2010 and I’ve had some great feedback. I can’t say I have a “specialty” or “signature” dish or cuisine because I tend to find myself going through stages; Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, Malay, Singaporean, it just depends on my mood, I guess. Growing up in Hong Kong, and traveling throughout the world, the cuisines of these places identify themselves in me. So when I revisit them in my dishes, I feel comforted and at “home”.

That was the beginning of my true love of cooking and creating. I am very much an artist, and each meal and experiment, is a creation of delicious art.

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Not wanting to jump straight in with both feet

Italian Wedding

After going in to semiretirement from my career as an Empowerment Consultant, Radio Show Host, and Editor-in-Chief of my own online magazine at the beginning of 2010, many people told me I should take my new found spare time and write a cookbook.


ʻI am very much an artist, and each meal and experiment, is a creation of delicious art.‚

Italian Wedding Soup

By Leyla Hur Ingredients: 2-3 lbs raw chicken bones/scraps

1 lb lean ground beef

3-4 quarts water

3 cloves garlic, ground together with

5 cloves garlic, whole

2 TBSP vegetable oil

2 1/2 - 3 tsp chicken powder (or to taste)

1 tsp garlic powder

2 zucchini, diced

1/2 TBSP Middle Eastern 7-Spices

2 spring onions, sliced

1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

2 cups baby carrots, sliced

1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)

1 red pepper, diced

2 cups orzo pasta

2 cups baby spinach (or other leafy vegetable)

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1- Cook chicken scraps in water with 5 whole cloves garlic. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for a couple of hours until reduced in half. Turn off heat and remove chicken leaving only broth. Add chicken powder to the broth. 2- Add the vegetables and onion to the broth. 3- In the Magic Bullet, blend the 3 cloves of garlic with spices and oil, add to the ground beef and mix well together. Form into 1" meatballs and then drop into boiling soup. Add the pasta. Cook until meat and pasta is cooked through, stirring occasionally to prevent pasta from sticking to the pot.

More from Leyla Hur? Basboosah (Semolina Cake) Mouthwatering Arabic delight. Don’t miss it in April Issue.

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Awesomize yourself, have some


When we adopt a healthy lifestyle, we usually

bacterial infection, mood disorder, asthma,

workout, watch what we eat, and monitor

cold, lower back pain, fatigue, obesity, and

calories and portions of fruits and vegetables

heart diseases. It also lowers blood pressure

consumed. Yet at times, we overlook one

and regulates blood sugar.

essential vitamin that plays a great role in making our life more fun to live. Vitamin D fortifies our core support system, our bones. It facilitates the extraction of calcium and phosphate from the food we eat so that our bodies can benefit from them. When these minerals are too low in the blood level, the human body is left with one option; the production of hormones that forces our bones to release both calcium and phosphate. Our system turns on itself to find the solution,

Foods that can make a difference are beef

however, that solution leads to soft and weak

liver, Catfish, Salmon, Egg yolk, Soy-milk,


butter, cheese, fish oil, and oyster just to name

Lack of vitamin D has some unpleasant symptoms like bone pain, depression, and

few. Vitamin D is also produced by the skin when exposed to sunlight for as little as fifteen minutes.

fatigue, among other signs that are as unpleasant. On the other hand, a diet rich in

Be awesome, have some vitamin D.

vitamin D can help with many ailments like

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Strawberry Muffins Ingredients 3/4 Cup butter 3/4 Cup sugar 2 Eggs 3/4 Cup milk 1 Teaspoon vanilla 1 3/4 Cup flour Pinch of salt 2 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder 1/2 Cup chopped strawberry

1 Beat the butter and sugar until creamy 6 Bake in pre-heated oven at 350F/180C/Gas mark 4. for 17 in texture. Add vanilla and eggs, minutes. followed by milk, mix well. 2 Sift flour with baking powder and salt. 3 Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mix on slow speed for max 20 seconds. 4 Add the strawberry and fold with a spatula. 5 Pour in greased and floured baking pan, if using a non stick pan.

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Lime Cheesecake

Ingredients 13 Digestive biscuits 1/3 Cup melted butter 1 Cup water 3 Tablespoons milk powder 80 gram lime jelly (almost 6 tablespoons) melted in 1/2 cup hot water 6 Tablespoons cream cheese 3 Dream whip sachets 3/4 Cup heavy cream 1 1/2 Cup vanilla cake cubes

1 Crush the biscuits, then add the melted butter to it, mix with hand or spatula. 2 Pack the previous mixture in the bottom and up the sides of a 9 or 10 inch springfor m pan. Use the bottom of a glass or your hand to press the crust. Keep in the fridge while making the filling. 3 In a bowl beat the cream cheese until there are no lumps. Add the jelly mixture and keep on beating. MunatyCooking | 23

Make sure the jelly is still in liquid form and in room temperature. 4 Pour in the rest of the ingredients, except the cake, and mix for three minutes. Add the cake and gently fold in the filling. 5 Pour the filling over the crust, keep in the fridge for at least three hours before serving.

Tip Instead of sprin gfo rm , you can use any pan you can cut dessert in, like Pyrex.

Did you know? Banana Two bananas can provide you with enough energy to help you workout for an hour and a half. Tryptophan is found in bananas and it relaxes the mind, which results in enhancing the mood. Lift your spirit with a banana.

Almond Is brain tonic. It is rich in essential fats and it enhances memory and intelligence. Almonds contain fiber, protein, and the good type of fat. Consuming a handful of almonds will make you feel full, hence it is a great aid in controlling your weight and eating habits.

Lemon Lemon juice if applied on the hair, gives a natural shine and highlight to the hair. If applied on skin, lemon juice acts as an anti-ageing remedy and it improves complexion. Drinking lemon juice is good for your heart since it contains potassium. It can control high blood pressure, reduce nausea, and aid in relaxing.

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