Food and Recipes

My Take on Home-Made KFC Fried Chicken – Finger Lickin’ Good!

Once in a while we all crave for the guilty Food pleasures, right? And What better than some scrumptious Golden Fried Chicken, similar to KFC, made easily at home? (WHY NOT :D)

So a few days ago the Husband and I were Craving KFC Fried Chicken – We really wanted to make some at home, as we find the KFC Chicken slightly salty and super greasy! ( KFC Chicken standard is not what it once used to be, Amirite?) So i  found the perfect ratio of herbs, spices and ingredients from a few Tested Recipes and Found the Perfect – Closest KFC Recipe at Home 🍗Wohoo! Achievement Unlocked!

Ingredients (For the Chicken) – (Part- I)
• Chicken Pieces (With Bone) : 8-9 Pieces
• Salt as required
• Black Pepper: 1/2 tsp
• Mustard Sauce 1 Tbsp
• Ginger Garlic Paste ½ Tbsp
• 1 Egg (beat it)
• ½ Tbsp Soda Bicarbonate

Flour Seasoning -(Part –II)
• 3 Cups Flour
• ½ Tbsp Red Chilli Powder
• ½ Tbsp Black Pepper
• ½ Tbsp Oregano 
• ½ TbspThyme
• ½ Tbsp Paprika Powder
• ½ Tbsp Dried Basil
• ½ Tbsp White pepper
• 1 Cup Corn Flour
• ½ Tbsp Salt

Method:

1. In a Bowl beat an Egg and Add all the Spices and Chicken Pieces (Refer to Part – I).
2. Keep Aside. (Marinate for 15-20 Minutes)
3. Now Coat the Marinated Chicken pieces with the Dry Flour Seasoning.
4. Fry Away.
Tip: Don’t Over crowd the Fry bowl with many pieces, it will drop the temperature. Fry 2-3 pieces at one time.

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Ta-daa! Crispy, Finger lickin’ Good – Golden Fried Chicken is Ready to be Served!🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 We Loved it!! 😍

Food and Recipes

VAPIANO Edinburgh – Say Hello to Italian Food Heaven!

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Good food is a definite source of happiness. While we get busy in our daily life and work routines, it is important to indulge in some good food dining with your friends an family and give your self that well deserved break.

I love to explore new eateries, different menu’s and flavors. Since a few weeks i was meaning to try out this highly spoken about Italian Eatery  called VAPIANO here in Edinburgh, UK. Finally, my lucky day arrived where i was invited to try out their menu and it has got to be my Best Birthday Gift- As i it was my Birthday.

We were warmly welcomed upon our arrival and were briefed about the different items on the menu. The Interior is super vibrant, with  happy vibes and a well lit place.The music played is a definite mood lifter. Small green plants at every station is a good sight – giving the fresh vibes.

Food is freshly made in front of you, with fresh Italian herbs and ingredients. Loved how the VAPIANO Team were super helpful in helping us and we were briefed to order at different stations.

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We Ordered :

1. Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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Baked to perfection, this pizza had the perfect ration of sauce and toppings with the perfect sweet and sour kick to the sauce flavor. The cheese just melts in your mouth making you want to get another slice. My husband loved this and kind of ate half of this himself. (Haha)

2. Vegetarian Lasagne with a side of Balsamic Vinegar Salad

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Pure comfort food, filled with rich Flavor, the Vegetarian lasagne was a delight to eat. The crispy baked layer of cheese followed by layers of mushroom and tomato goodness was perfect enough to take us straight to lasagne heaven.

3.Estiva Pasta

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This was my personal winner. Felt like i was in Italy with the rightly spiced pasta and the sun-dried cherry tomatoes and chicken seasoned to perfection.

4. Bruschetta Gamberetti

I have never had this good of Bruschetta’s in life ever before! Well toasted Ciabatta Bread with seasoned tomatoes and Olive oil with grilled King prawns was divine. Fresh and filling. Perfect to start off your meal with, these are too good! The slight tangy flavor of the tomatoes with the golden crispy bread is a perfect combination.

5. DOLCI’s – Crèma Dí Fragola & Death by Chocolate Cake

To end our excellent main course dishes, it was time to add some sweet to the palette. Freshly made desserts won our hearts. Fresh Crèma Di Fragola with Strawberries was the perfect balance to sweet and slight tangy from the fruit. Death by chocolate cake was perfectly baked with the right amount of goey-ness and cream to go with it.

What a fantastic food experience at VAPIANO– Edinburgh. We were over joyed with the experience, food, service and ambience.

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If you are craving something rich in flavors and generous portions, This is your place to be! Tantalize your taste buds with the Italian flavors here.

Thank you VAPIANO. Cant wait to Visit again!

 

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Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo Pasta

Tired of the everyday basic food routine? Are you craving for something Italian and creamy yet you need it to be super quick and easy? Save that hefty amounts of money on those fancy, high-end Eateries and make the perfect creamy Alfredo Fettuccine Pasta to perfection at your home!

(Jennifer Lawrence is giving the exact expression i gave after popping the first bite of this delicious-ness in my mouth!) 

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This recipe is So easy, it makes the creamy pasta melt in your mouth with the Italian herbs giving that flavor of pure goodness. 

Ready? Lezgo! 

Ingredients Needed 

  1. Boneless chicken (Cubes)- 1/2kg
  2. Fettuccine Pasta (Any brand) ( I used Dececco, it’s an Italian Brand available in the UK)
  3. Garlic (Chopped) – 2 Tsp
  4. Mushrooms – 6
  5. Butter – 2-3 tablespoons
  6. Dried Parsley – 1 1/2 tsp
  7. Basil dried – 1 tsp
  8. Oregano – 1 tsp
  9. Chilli Flakes – 2 tsp
  10. Black Pepper – 1 1/2 tsp
  11. Soy Sauce – 2 tablespoons
  12. Mustard Paste – 2 tsp
  13. Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
  14. White Flour – 3 tablespoons
  15. Milk – 2 Cups (Warm Milk)
  16. Cheddar / Parmesan Cheese – 1/2 cup – Grated
  17. Salt – To taste
  18. Parsley leaves – To Garnish

Method : The method involves three quick steps, and then the final assembling of the pasta.

For the Chicken 

Marinate the chicken pieces in salt, Garlic, Black pepper, Mustard paste, Soy Sauce, Chilli Flakes, Lemon juice, Oregano and Basil Powder. Marinate for 20 minutes and fry in a drop of oil. Keep aside.

For the Pasta 

Boil your Fettuccine Pasta with salt water and rinse out with cold water and add a few drop of Oil to it, so they don’t stick to each other. Keep them aside.

For the Mushrooms 

In a pan take 1 tbsp butter, add Chopped Mushrooms, chopped garlic, Black pepper, salt  and Basil powder. Fry slightly and take out in a bowl.

For the White Creamy Sauce 

In the same pan add Butter and flour. Mix for a few minutes and add warm milk right after. Be quick in stirring so lumps don’t form. Keep on mixing. Add 1/2 cup of Parmesan and (or) Cheddar Cheese and mix till it’s a thick white creamy textured sauce.Now add all the Italian spices (dried basil, parsley and Oregano), Black pepper, Chilli flakes. Now add the fried chicken pieces and mushrooms in butter sauce. Mix well. Serve and garnish with chopped parsley leaves.

Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo is Ready!

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Bon Appetit!

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Coffee and Cake with Sanam Saeed and Aamina Sheikh!

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 A cup of Frothy Cappuccino, Nutella crepe’s and Waffles on a fine Saturday afternoon sounds good right? You know what’s even better? Having to enjoy ALL that with your Favorite Celebrities, while you talk about Life, laughter and get some insight about their upcoming Movie – CAKE; like friends, who are catching up on life!

YES, that was me – Having a Jolly good time with the super Talented and Gorgeous Aamina Sheikh and Sanam Saeed! It was a few days back when I was called in by the PR team of their upcoming  Movie  and was asked ‘Hey Abeer, are you free this Saturday (7th Oct) ? You’ve been selected as the winner to meet and have an afternoon with Aamina and Sanam for their new movie CAKE. I couldn’t hold my excitement! Cleared my calendar for Saturday, kept everything on hold Because HELLO!!- COFFEE AND CAKES WITH THESE TWO! WHY NOT?

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Sanam and Aamina once posted about a competition on their Social Media, to share your Favorite Dessert at your favorite Dessert eatery in town and One Lucky Winner shall get to meet them– AND NOT JUST MEET- Eat, Chit chat and have a great time. So Team Cake invited me over at LALS.

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It’s a different thing bumping into your favorite celebrities or working with them and a completely different one to sit with them one on one, giggling, laughing and listening to each other while soft vintage music is being played in the background. 

I got to know so much about their upcoming Movie CAKE. It has been shot in three different locations including London, UK. When I told Aamina I’m getting married in a few months and shall move to Edinburgh and can’t wait to reminisce my childhood (As I’ve lived there when i was a kid), Sanam shared how she remembers wearing those thick Jumpers and Cardigans when she lived in London during her childhood. While discussing about Edinburgh, Sanam told she loves Game Of thrones (Which has been shot in parts of Northern Scotland) and Aamina loves Edinburgh and has been catching up on the series GOT.

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These two women have been my complete inspiration for their promising projects, great acting and above all such graceful personalities. It was heart melting to see these two as such sweet individuals and so down to earth.Loved how we shared our insights about  different topics, life, my perspective as an audience and so much more.

Now let’s come  to the  BEST PART, shall we? The time when we had to order Desserts! That too as many and as much as we wanted! Courtesy- LALS. YES! ( Just like a kid in a  candy store- that was ME!)

Since it was all about getting your-Sweet Tooth- Cravings- satisfied, we ordered Nutella Crepe’s, Strawberry & Gelato Waffles, Chocolates Éclairs, Scones and of course, Coffee.  I told them either my Birthday Present came late this year or the Christmas came too early to which we shared a good laugh and  gobbled up our desserts!

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I’m a huge supporter of Pakistani Cinema and i believe it’s really important to appreciate good Art and talent. Thank you for having me over, Team CAKE– THE FILM. Wishing you lots of Luck and success! Can’t wait to watch this movie in the theaters