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Mountain Top Homemade Prepared Mustard

 

 

 

One of the joys of living here…NOT…Is the fact that everyone must use the same importer because everyone runs out of the same product at the same time and then it appears at the same time albeit months later and also it can be very expensive….

Well no more, thanx to my blogging friend Rex I now have a recipe in my hot, little hands and I will be making my own Yellow, mustard with no mayo just hot, smooth, yellow mustard.

Over to you Rex 🙂

 

 

There are a lot of different brands of prepared mustard sold in stores and each tastes a little different than the others. For flavor, though, it is far better to make your own. It is also quite simple; my favorite kind of recipe.Kinds of mustard. It needs to be mentioned that this is made with mustard seeds. That might seem like an absurdly simple statement, but there are three kinds of mustard seeds and all of them work well in this recipe and the variations.The three kinds of mustard seeds are white mustard, brown mustard, and black mustard. White mustard is the blandest and this is what most commercial prepared yellow mustard is made from. Brown mustard has more piquancy or ‘bite’ and it is more full of flavor. Black mustard is the most piquant of all and has the fullest flavor. Use the kind of mustard that suits your taste. You can even use a blend. “Grey Poupon” mustard is a mixture.The seeds Mustard seeds can be ground using a blender, food processor, herb grinder, or even a mortar and pestle. They can be course ground or fine ground, depending on your preference. Once they are ground, though, they need to be immediately immersed in a cold fluid. This is because the grinding process releases the volatile oils and these dissipate rapidly. Heat also destroys them. The cold fluid, especially with an acid and salt in the mixture, stabilizes the volatile oils.This is the secret that commercial products don’t tell you. Mustard is basically ground mustard seed and water, with both an acid and salt added. The yellow coloration comes from turmeric. Commercial companies tend to use low-quality vinegar for the acid and not much of it. Water is cheaper than vinegar. The Mountain Top version uses quality vinegar because the result never exceeds the quality of the ingredients. In fact, you can use whatever good salt that you prefer, too.Prepared mustard ingredients:3/4 cup mustard seeds, ground (mustard powder can be used if you must)1/2 cup cold water1/4 cup cold quality vinegar (wine vinegar, rice vinegar, cactus vinegar, etc.)1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon ground turmericPrepared mustard instructions:1. Mix together the water, vinegar, salt, and turmeric, then chill this in the refrigerator for a half hour to an hour.2. Grind the mustard, then pour the cold liquid over the ground mustard immediately. Set it in the refrigerator overnight before using, for the best flavor.If you don’t want yellow mustard, simply omit the turmeric.The reason for the emphasis on cold vinegar and water is because this retains the flavor of the mustard, which would otherwise degrade quickly. The reason for letting it stand overnight is because freshly ground mustard tends to have some bitterness to it. The bitterness goes away when it is allowed to stand for several hours.Also, as it chills, it should thicken up. This is the reason that store-bought mustard can be difficult to get out of the container if it comes directly from the refrigerator and isn’t at room temperature.This is also a tip; if you want your mustard to be easy to pour on hot dogs and burgers or whatever, let it warm up to room temperature. The vinegar prevents a lot of bacteria from growing, so you are covered in that regard. In fact, this mustard keeps for about a year in the refrigerator, though it becomes weaker with time.Note: Lessening the amount of fluid will result in thicker prepared mustard. If it is too thick, just add a little vinegar and stir it in.Bonus recipe As a bonus recipe, if you want to have some honey-mustard dipping sauce, simply mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1/4 cup Mountain Top prepared mustard.It isn’t difficult at all to make prepared mustard and while there is a waiting time, it is definitely worth it. Once you try the Mountain Top prepared mustard, it is likely that you will wonder why you’ve been using the almost flavorless store-bought prepared mustard all this time

Source: Mountain Top Homemade Prepared Mustard

The Charade – Chapter 10

I am loving writing this I best be putting pen to paper and try and think up another chapter. Are you enjoying this?..your thoughts please or a chapter?

S C Richmond

Catch up on the website. The story is up to date there. Thanks to Carol Taylor for this chapter just click the link to find her.

Enjoy.

Chapter Ten

by Carol Taylor

It was getting late and the street lights had just come on. What had started out as an adventure to find a new dress was turning into a fruitless search.

   They were either too much money or dresses that she wouldn’t wear they were tacky and cheap.

The euphoria she has felt earlier had all but gone ….Shoulders slumped she started to make her way back to her room..That lonely room..Where the nightmares always came.

   Turning the corner she saw some twinkling lights come on and noticed a little shop..It lay back from the other shops which surrounded the markets stalls.

   She drew closer and saw a delightful little Christmas scene in the window someone…

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The Charade – Part 9

Mmmmmm this is getting exciting I wonder what will happen next..what do you think?????

S C Richmond

I have continued the short story, I still have little idea where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you would like to add to it or give the next part some direction, please feel free. I just thought we could have some fun with it.

So what happens next?If you want to catch up on the entire story just go to The Charade on the website where the chapters are gathered together.

The Charade – Chapter 9

Carl needed that necklace, the stupid girl didn’t know it’s worth nor its history he couldn’t even comprehend how it had fallen into her hands. He didn’t even know why it had fallen to him to get from her all his boss had said was that it was his responsibility to get it back. He…

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Chicken Biryani

From  A  Steamin’ cup of Goodness comes this recipe for a lovely authentic Biryani  Bakergal can be found over on Blogspot – http://steamincupofgoodness.blogspot.ae/2017/05/most-anticipated-evenings.html   and as they don’t have a reblog button like WP she has kindly let me share with you.

Me…I can’t wait to try it is sounds delicious I have made many a Biryani in my time and I am sure there are hundreds of versions but this one sounds just perfect.

So without any more ado I will hand you over to my friend and she will talk you through this recipe,  my friend Bakergal 🙂

Drum Roll:- Yes I know…I am a bit loopy…lol

Hello folks,

We are officially one week away from🌛 Ramadan.  In this part of the world; irrespective of your personal religious choices, the excitement of Ramadan grips everyone.

Evenings during Ramadan are the most anticipated event of the day; the air is as thick with delicious food aromas, as it is with the humidity (hello, it summer time after all). My super-alert nose can always sense a delicious Biryani simmering somewhere; almost once a day😋 during the entire Ramadan.

And that is why I never cook Biryani at home during Ramadan😆 It always seems puny, compared to the amazing ones being doled outside (in practically every joint)

I did make it last weekend, though. This is my home-made Chicken Biryani; our way!

By ‘our way’ I don’t claim exclusivity.

In fact, it’s the opposite, this recipe has no specific style statement; one can’t classify it as, Dum Biryani or Bombay Biryani or Hyderabad Biryani. It’s a melange or rather a homage, to all the things we loved in the many different Biryani’s we’ve eaten over the years.

Like a flavourful gravy base (no mild stuff in there), buttery fragrant rice with spices & saffron, oh the famous potatoes from the Mumbai Biryani that I’ve eaten from a lot of friend’s homes, the fried onions & cashews; and last but not the least the boiled eggs in garnish!

If all the above sounds like something you would relish, check out the recipe below😀

RECIPE:

Time taken: Your entire morning😁 Just kidding takes about 1.5 hrs in cooking/assembly time, plus overnight marination of the chicken. 

When making it for the first time you might take a bit longer than 90 mins as there are many elements of the Biryani that need to be either fried or boiled in advance, it takes time to get the rhythm of simultaneously making different elements at the same time.

Serves: A hearty 4-5 individual servings

Method:

1) A night prior, get the chicken marinated. Begin with 200gms of yoghurt, add the following spices – 1tsp chilli powder, 1.5 tsp garam masala powder, 1tsp dhania( coriander) powder, 1tsp jeera( cumin) powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric, salt & 1.5 tsp ginger-garlic paste (you can’t see it in the pic below, as it’s hidden below one of the masalas 😁)

Whisk everything well, then add the (washed & cut to your choice of size) chicken pieces (approx 300-400gms). Rub the yogurt-spice mix, in the chicken pieces thoroughly. Cover & keep it aside overnight. (I put this entire thing, in the fridge to marinate, as room temperature tends to get warm around here in summer’s even at night; and I didn’t want the yoghurt to go sour or any salmonella in the chicken to multiply owing to the ambient temperature.)

2) In the morning or whenever you get started on the Biryani, first prep is the rice. Wash & soak in water for half hr, 1.5 cups of basmati rice.

Then in 2.5 cups of water, par-boil the rice with a few spices (a stick of cinnamon, 2 green elaichi or cardamom, few cloves)

Once almost 90% cooked, drain the starch water thoroughly. Add a tbsp of butter, and spread this rice on a large plate. This halts, further cooking & prevents clumping.

3) Now for the prep for the Biryani gravy or whatever you call it.

Take the following whole spices – 1 bay leaf, 2 green cardamoms/elaichi, 1 brown cardamom/badi elaichi, 2-3 cloves, 5-6 peppercorns (you can see quite a bit of them in the pic, as my hubby loves whole-peppercorns, reduce as required), 1 stick of cinnamon.

Chop 2 medium onions & one large tomato.

4) Heat 1tbsp of ghee/vanaspati + 1tbsp of oil in a pan. Add the whole spices first, roast for a while. Then add the onions, a tsp of ginger-garlic paste & cook till raw smell goes away.

Once you see the onions get a bit golden brown, add the tomatoes & 2-3 tsp of Kashmiri chilli paste (soak 4-5 Kashmiri chillies in hot water for 10 mins & then grind to a paste) Mix well, cook till tomatoes are soft.

Add the marinated chicken, along with all the yogurt-spice marinade. Stir well. The chicken will start to release moisture, if required add 1/4 cup of water to prevent the mixture from catching the bottom.

Add a small par-boiled potato to the gravy. I use par-boiled as we like the potato to be almost mushed in the gravy. Tip, to help you multi-task, par-boil this potato when you boil the rice (not with it, cook in a separate pan😉)

Cover & cook till the gravy thickens, chicken is cooked & oil/ghee starts leaving the sides of the pan.

Put off the flame. Optional, garnish gravy with fresh coriander.

5) The final layering of the biryani is the easiest part.

If you are layering it in the same pan as you cooked the Biryani gravy (like me) remove half of the gravy in a bowl. Spread the remaining 50% biryani gravy evenly at the bottom. I add a tsp of water to this gravy so that it does not blacken/burn during the ‘dum’ stage.

Then comes half the rice, spread as evenly as possible.

Again a layer of the Biryani gravy spread as evenly as possible.

Finally, the last layer of rice, make sure to cover all the gravy spots. Dilute few strands of saffron in  1/4 cup of ‘kewda’ or rose water (keep it aside for 5 mins so the saffrons soften & release it colour & flavour). Pour this saffron water over the final rice layer.

6) Now for the ‘dum’ or the steaming part. You can go the traditional way of caking/sealing the entire lid rim with a flour dough.

In my case, the pan in which I layer the biryani has a solid glass cover/lid with a heavy metal rim, this design does not release any steam from the sides. But, the cover has a steam-release opening, which I duly cover with some sticky flour dough to seal the steam within.

Put it back on the stove, make sure it is at the lowest flame option. It takes about 10-15 mins in my pan, for a good ‘dum’ & the rice to cook completely.

The glass lid is a great boon for me to track the progress of the ‘dum’. At the start when the steam starts to form, the lid is completely clouded; once the steam has been absorbed by the Biryani, the lid clears out (almost completely, apart from a few droplets of water here-n-there). Plus the flour covering the steam opening, hardens completely.

Biryani is ready. Garnish as you like it.

7) Oh, the garnish.
While the biryani is cooking on ‘dum’, I prepare the garnish. Fry one small chopped onion, till golden brown (I like it more caramelised, so it’s dark brown in my pics). Next, fry a few cashews (as much as you like) And yes how can I forget the boiled egg (this I actually boil in advance when I par-boil the potato)
8) For me, Chicken Biryani is incomplete without a serving of ‘raita’ – thinned yoghurt/curd mixed with diced onion, tomato & chillies, with just a dash of salt & jeera powder.

Whew! Just writing this post took me a few hours. Assuredly, it’s worth it; this Biryani is delicious right down to each morsel. It leaves you satiated in contentment😋

Now doesn’t this sound amazing? If you want to read more truly scrumptious recipes from this lady then she can be found here – http://steamincupofgoodness.blogspot.ae/2017/05/most-anticipated-evenings.html

Thank you so much for letting me share this recipe I will definitely be making this one 🙂

Until next time stay safe and laugh a lot 🙂

 

Brownie on a Date

This sounds delicious and as I have some fresh dates methinks I will just have to make this 🙂

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This cool brownie is on a sweet date. It’s so totally cool; it has spurned the heat of being baked but had a hot desire to be refrigerated instead. The date is delightfully sweet, as is proper for medjool dates, otherwise known as Judean dates. A date palm was a symbol of the ancient Kingdom of Judea, as well as a symbol of beauty, elegance, and grace, and as such, it is mentioned in The Song of Songs. The name Tamar means date palm, tall, graceful, and sweet, as King David’s beautiful daughter Tamar. kawaii_cartoon_of_vanilla_ice_cream_and_brownie_card-rc260017e81cf473bbce52fc1b3222d1e_xvuak_8byvr_324

I think my little cool brownie got very lucky with a date like that! Even better, chocolate served as the love potion, to bind them into one. As My Own Rule of Desserts #1 states, It’s not dessert, if it’s not chocolate.

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I got the idea from an amazing blog called Chocolate Covered Katie and…

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The Charade – Chapter 8

I am so enjoying writing some chapters and I don’t think either of us knows where this is going and how it will end and that is the fun. Thank you, Steph, for letting me loose on this.

S C Richmond

Part 8By Carol Taylor (to find Carol Click the link)Mr James sat in his chair his thoughts troubled. What should he tell the child? He still thought of her as a child and was trying to protect her but she was an adult now and asking questions. Questions to which she deserved an answer, but answers which could put her in grave danger.Kathy burst in the room.Mr James “That poor girl, you really must tell her about her past and her parents, before someone else does.”“None of your business Kathy. I will, when I am ready and not before.”Kathy looked at him. Gave a tut and flounced out of the room.Meanwhile Carl was pondering and wondering how best he could get a closer look at that necklace without raising the girl’s suspicions.She was leaving the house and looked happy as she headed in the direction of the market. She stopped…

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Top to Toe – The Skin – The largest organ of the Human Body.

Another great post on how and why we should look after our skin from the lovely Sally 🙂

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Some organs play a major role in our survival and others can be removed without impacting our general health in any significant way. As we have evolved so an organ’s function may have changed to accommodate our modern environment, especially if their role is protective as in the case of the liver and the elimination of toxins. In this polluted world our body is under increasing stress and keeping the individual organs healthy ensures the general well-being of the entire body.

The skin – the largest organ of the body with a role to protect and remove waste.

In today’s post I am concentrating on our largest organ. Surprisingly it is not situated inside our bodies but outside. Our skin weighs 12% to 15% of our body weight and has three vital roles to play. It protects us from external contaminants, acts as a temperature and moisture controller and is…

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