Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Continental Combo Meal: Perfect light Dinner

Me and my kiddo just love continental food! Light , lightly flavoured and Cheesy! And when it comes to desserts, we droll at the thought of anything with chocolates! Thanks God, atleast me and my kiddos food choices match!
We both have fun making some nice baked goodies,and desserts( with my kiddo playing the role of a time keeper..he stands right in front of my oven , from the moment the cake goes in.)So this weekend,when we both were alone, we decided to have a small meal party! My kiddo loves the Dominos garlic breadsticks...So with a mothers instinct to feed her toddler some veggies too , i stuffed up some brocoli and capsicum, with olives along with cheese,in my bread stick.
A quick potato,lettuce salad was a perfect pairing. And chocolate coffee trifle was a royal finish to our light but nutritious and healthy meal!

Main Course:Stuffed Garlic Bread Sticks:


For the dough:
1 Cup Maida/all pourpose flour
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Mixed Italian Herbs
2 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Dry Yeast
1/4 Cup warm water with a pinch of sugar
water to knead the dough

For the stuffing:
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese:I used a mix of cheddar,herbed gouda and Morzarella
1 Pickled Jalepeno,sliced
3-5 Black Olives,sliced
1/2 Cup Blanched Brocolli florets and Sweet Corn
2 tsp Mixed herbs

2 tbsp Garlic Butter: 2tbsp Butter mixed with 1 tsp finely chopped Garlic

Preheat oven at 200 degC.
Mix the dry yeast in the warm water and sugar mixture and keep aside covered for 10 mins, till it gets nice and frothy.

Sift flour with salt and add herbs to it.
Add the yeast mixture and mix. Add sufficient water to knead a soft dough.
Add olive oil and knead.

Keep covered with a damp muslin cloth for 45 mins till it doubles in size.
Punch back the dough and roll out a round roti .
Brush with garlic butter.

Mix all the ingredients for stuffing and place over the half semicircular portion of the rolled dough .

Fold the rolled dough over the stuffing and seal the sides. Make cuts over the bread. Brush with garlic butter.

Place in a greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven 200 deg C for 15 to 20 mins, or until the crust is nice and brown.

Side Dish:Potato Egg and Lettuce Mayo Salad:

3-4 baby Potatoes,boiled and peeled.
1 Cup Iceberg Lettuce
1 Small Sliced red Onion
2 tsp Chopped Coriander

For the dressing:
2 tbsp Mayonaise
1 tbsp whisked Yogurt
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Mixed herbs and Chilly flakes
1/2 tsp Vinegar
1 tsp Cream (optional)

In a salad bowl , mix together boiled potatoes,onion, and torn lettuce leaves and coriander and toss.
Whisk all the ingredients for dressing and pour.
Toss the salad and serve cold.

Dessert: Chocolate Coffee Trifle:


2-3 slices Chocolate cake
1 Cup Whipped Cream ( Substitute with vanilla icecream , for immediate consumption)
1/4 Cup Water mixed with 1 tsp Instant Coffee and 1 tsp Sugar
1/2 Cup Chocolate Ganache or chocolate sauce
Chocolate curls for decoration (Run potato peeler over chocolate block at room temperature for nice and round curls)

Line the base of a serving glass or bowl with a slice of chocolate cake and moisten it with a drizzle of black coffee.
Pour some ganache or chocolate sauce over it and layer with a dollop of whipped cream.
Place another slice of cake over it and again drizle with coffee, followed by ganache and cream.
Pour ganache to cover the top of the dessert and decorate with chocolate curls.
Refrigerate atleast for 10 mins. before serving.



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