Creamy butter chicken

Butter chicken is one dish the hubby and i absolutely love πŸ™ŒπŸ» dunking a nice piece of soft naan into the gravy is my favorite part just so satisfying. I recently made some and served it with naan that i purchased from Woolworths. This recipe is so simple and easy to make with just few ingredients. A step by step tutorial is saved to my Instagram story highlights 🌸.

Recipe credit : Aminas wonder spice

(Adapted by me)

Ingredients :

1 kg Chicken fillet (cubed)

1 medium onion (sliced)

2 tablespoons ghee

2 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons Aminas wonder spice butter chicken masala

3/4 cup maas

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 cup fresh cream

Method :

In a pot heat oil and ghee, add in onions and braise till pinkish. Add in chicken and braise for about 1 minute. Add in maas, masala and tomato paste. Allow to cook for +- 20 minutes. Add in fresh cream and allow to simmer for +- 5 minutes.

Garnish with dhania

Marie biscuit and date truffles

I love anything and everything about truffles and my most favorite part is styling and photo graphing them. I recently made Marie biscuit and date truffles, covered in dairymilk chocolate and decorated with edible rose petals, ground pistachios, slivered almonds and coconut. My truffles looked so beautiful on the dessert table for Eid. Something simple yet stunning to wow your guests, these also make for the perfect gift for family and friends.

Recipe credit : Unknown

Ingredients :

500g pitted dates

1/4 cup sugar

125g butter

1 packet marie biscuit

Desicated coconut (for coating)

Dairymilk chocolate (for coating)

Method :

Crush marie biscuit into little pieces and keep aside. Melt butter, sugar and dates over low heat on stove till soft. Add in crushed marie biscuits and mix nicely. Leave to cool slightly until you are able to make into mini sized balls. Roll balls into desicated coconut or dip into chocolate.

Garnish with pistachios, slivered almonds and edible rose petals.

Golden Crunchies / Oatmeal cookies πŸͺ

I know I’ve been slacking with my blogposts lately things have just been so hectic and i didn’t get a chance to blog in months i actually missed blogging. Sitting down with my favorite cup of coffee, notepad, i finally got down to writing out and uploading my first blogpost for 2019. Working on some new and exciting ideas to spice up the blog alittle.

I can never say no to cookies i mean who can? This recipe I’m going to share today gets ready in no time and they come out beautifully, they also make for the perfect coffee dippers πŸ˜‰. I made these a while back and didn’t get a chance to share this recipe with you, once baked i drizzled milkybar and dairymilk chocolate or you can leave them plain. Do give this recipe a try the soonest, you’ll thank me laterπŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ.

Recipe credit : Old family recipe

Ingredients :

250g butter (soften)

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cup coconut

1 1/2 cup jungle oats

1 1/2 cup caster sugar

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/2 cup almonds (chopped)

2 tablespoons golden syrup

4 tablespoons boiling water

2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Method :

Mix together butter, flour, coconut, caster sugar, sesame seeds, almonds, oats in a mixing dish. Take golden syrup, boiling water and add into a cup heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Add in bicarbonate of soda to the golden syrup mix and quickly add to flour mixture. Mix till combined and form into balls, flatten slightly and bake in preheated oven on 160 degrees till cookies flatten. Lower temperature to 140 degress and bake till cookies are golden and crispy.

* Once out of the oven drizzle milkybar and dairymilk chocolate *

Spicy Mac and cheese fries πŸŸ

Imagine relaxing in your cosy blanket watching the rain through the window, indulging in a hot steamy bowl of mouth watering mac and cheese fries 🀩🍝. This was literally me today !! πŸ™†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mac and cheese fries has been on my to – cook list for a while now and today i finally got to make it. I thought it would be the best comfort food to serve for lunch on this very rainy day. I decided to make stove top pasta, i made mines spicy so if you are a lover of spicy food then this recipe is just for you πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ. Creamy pasta topped over crispy fries, garnished with red onion and coriander. Served with a side of sauces.

Recipe credit : Masiha Patel

Instagram : @thecooksisterblog

Ingredients :

2 cups macaroni (or pasta of choice)

4 tablespoons butter

1 level teaspoon salt

A good dash of white pepper

A good sprinkle of mixed herbs

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups warm milk

1/2 cup cheddar

1/2 cup mozzarella

1 fresh cream

1 teaspoon chilli powder

1 teaspoon crushed chillies

1 packet french fries (straight cut and thin)

Salt (for chips)

Vinegar (for chips)

Chilli powder (for chips)

1/2 red onion (chopped)

Handful coriander (chopped)

Method :

Boil macaroni and keep aside. In a pot heat butter, salt, mixed herbs, chilli powder, crushed chillies and pepper. Add in flour and braise for 2 – 3 minutes. Now add in milk, fresh cream and boil till slightly thick. Keep sauce aside and when slightly cool add in macaroni, cheddar and mozzarella cheese mix nicely. Fry chips and season with salt, chilli powder and vinegar, top with mac and cheese, red onions and coriander.

Nutella hot chocolate

I’m getting a bit too obsessed with hot chocolate can you tell ??

Woke up to a rainy and freezing morning and nothing better than hot chocolate to help keep me warm. My way to drink hot chocolate is dark with no marshmallows topped with cream and chocolate shavings πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ. Today i decided to make it a little bit different by adding some nutella, more chocolate is always a good idea agreed ?? πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ. Topped it with marshmallows and pieces of Ferrero Rocher.

Adding nutella to my hot chocolate was literally the best decision I’ve ever made. Smooth, silky with that fluffiness from the marshmallows and texture of the ferrero pieces this was one luscious hot chocolate. My recipe i will be sharing today is so simple to make and you will absolutely love it πŸ”₯.

Recipe credit : Masiha Patel

Ingredients :

3 cups milk

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Splash of vanilla essence

3 1/2 tablespoons nutella


Sugar to taste (optional)

4 blocks dairymilk chocolate (optional)

Ferrero Rocher (for garnish)

Method :

Add milk, cocoa powder and vanilla essence to a pot and heat. Whisk in nutella, chocolate pieces and bring to a boil. Pour hot chocolate into serving cups, top with toasted marshmallows and ferrero pieces.

Custard biscuits

Hey there Instagram fam ! To be honest i lost all the motivation to continue writing blogposts but i think every blogger goes through this at some point in their blogging career. I recently announced that my Instagram content will be experiencing a change to spice up the feed, i will be sharing food styling pictures which will be different from my usual ones and restaurant interiors which will be taken by me.

I recently made these gorgeousness custard biscuits dipped in chocolate and topped with sprinkles, which gave me all the excitement to start writing again. These biscuits are so easy to make, melt in the mouth and perfect to serve with afternoon tea.

As you can see below the picture shared is different to my usual style, If you are following me on Instagram do drop me an email / dm about what you think of the feed so far🌸

Recipe credit : Nasreen Patel

Picture credit : Masiha Patel

Instagram : @thecooksisterblog

Ingredients :

250g butter softened

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 cup maizena

1/2 cup custard powder

Flour to form dough

Method :

Beat together butter and sugar till creamy, add in maizena and custard powder and beat for a further 5 minutes. Now add in enough flour to form a soft dough. Form dough into balls and press down with a fork. Bake in a preheated oven on 160 degrees till done or pale pink.

Peppermint crisp ice cream πŸ¦

Hello fellow foodiesπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ it has been awhile, i recently took a few days of Instagram and i believe a social media detox is needed once in a while. It was really so peaceful not too stress about what dish i will be making or how am i going to picture it. You should definitely be giving this detox a try soon, trust me you’ll love itπŸ™†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ.

Anyway i am so excited to be sharing this easy ice cream recipe with you. Oh how i love ice cream and peppermint crisp is one of my favourite chocolates so this was a dream come true. To get the perfect ice cream recipe is so nerve wrecking at timesπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ after much recipe experimenting i finally got it right, from the texture to the taste. Here’s presenting peppermint crisp ice cream, Oh yaaasss ! creamy ice cream with pieces of peppermint crisp chocolate and served in a sugar cone πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ. Scroll down for the recipe !!

Ingredients :

1 tin condensed milk

2 cups cold fresh cream

1 slab peppermint crisp chocolate (chopped fine) + more for garnish

Mint leaves to garnish

3/4 tin caramel treat

1 teaspoon peppermint essence

1/2 teaspoon green coloring (optional)

2 loaf tins (lined with wax paper)

Method :

In a mixing bowl fresh cream beat on high speed till firm peaks form and set aside. In another mixing bowl beat together condensed milk, caramel treat, peppermint essence, green coloring till nicely combined. Slowy fold in fresh cream into the condensed milk mixture now add in peppermint crisp chocolate and mix slowly till combined. Pour ice cream mixture into loaf tins and put in freezer to set for a couple of hours till set. Once set scoop ice cream into sugar cones and sprinkle peppermint crisp chocolate.

Chocolate fudge brownies πŸ«

Hello there fellow foodies πŸƒ missed me ? To be honest i had some serious FOMO writing for the blog.

I know its been long since i wrote out a blogpost and it took me awhile to get back into routine. Today i finally got to sit down and actually write a blogpost without being distracted. This morning i woke up to the smell of freshly baked chocolate fudge brownies made by my sister, this was much needed after a very hectic week.

I’m not a very big brownie fan but these gorgeous brownies were staring at me in the face and i couldnt stop myself from tasting one. It was absolutely phenomenal, drizzled with dairymilk then topped with pieces of lindt which is my favourite chocolate what was there not to love🀩. If you a brownie lover than this recipe should be on your to bake list this baking season.

Recipe credit : Classy Cuisine

Ingredients :

250g butter

2 cups castor sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 cups flour

4 eggs

3/4 cups cocoa powder

100g dark chocolate chips

1/4 cups pecans (optional)

Method :

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease a 20cm x 30cm baking tin. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow to cool, add in sugar and mix well. Add in one egg at a time, stirring after each addition until thick and glossy. Sift flour and cocoa into egg mixture. Stir in vanilla essence, chocolate chips and pecans. Pour brownie mixture into the greased pan and bake for 30 minutes. Once baked cool completely and cut into pieces and dust with icing sugar.

Orange madeira cake πŸŠπŸ°

Anybody else with a great love for cake ? Especially when it comes to Madeira cake 🀩.

You can never go wrong with Madeira so this morning I made I decided to pump it up and made orange Madeira loaves topped it with an orange glaze, almonds and crushed some edible roses on top. The loaves came out and the flavors worked really well together with that little bit from the roses it was phenomenal.

Recipe credit : Nasreen Patel

For the loaves :

Ingredients :

250g butter

1 1/4 cups castor sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 1/2 teaspoon orange essence

2 teaspoon baking powder

2 1/2cups flour

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

For the glaze :

Ingredients :

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 teaspoon orange essence or

Fresh juice of 1 orange

Garnish :

Edible roses

Zest of 1 orange

Slivered almonds

Method :

Grease 2 loaves tins and keep aside. Sift flour, baking powder and leave aside. Beat together butter and sugar till creamy, add in eggs one at a time. Now add in vanilla essence, orange essence. Add in flour, baking powder and alternate with milk. Beat on low till well combined. Bake in a preheated oven on 180 degrees till a skewer comes out clean. Mix together ingredients for the glaze, add more icing sugar if the glaze is too thin and top loaves. Garnish with slivered almonds, edible roses and orange zest.

Lightly crumbed steak

Hello fellow foodies 🌻

I’m a huge steak lover and it’s one of my favourite meat to cook. The one reason why I enjoy cooking steak is all the delicious sides that go with. So yesterday I prepared a lightly crumbed steak served with mushroom sauce, coleslaw and garlic butter loaf bread. A satisfying and super scrumptious meal is what I’ll call it 🀩.

Recipe credit : Masiha Patel

Ingredients :

1 kg rump steak

1 teaspoon ginger and garlic

1 teaspoon garlic

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 1/2 teaspoon barbeque spice

1/2 teaspoon green chilli garlic

1 teaspoon mustard powder

3 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon crush red chillies

Oil for frying

Crumbs :

Ingredients :

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup bread crumbs

Sprinkle of mixed herbs (optional)

Method :

Marinate steak in the above ingredients and leave aside for 3 – 4 hours except the crumb ingredients. Lightly crumb steak and fry in shallow oil till done. Serve with rolls and mushroom sauce.

Recipe credit : Masiha Patel

Mushroom sauce :

Ingredients :

1 tray mushrooms (sliced)

1 packet knorr black pepper sauce

1/4 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup fresh cream

1 cup milk

2 tablespoon butter

Method :

Saute mushrooms in butter, salt and pepper. Once done add in fresh cream and milk. Mix the knorr black pepper sauce with boiling water and Add to the pot. Boil till thickish.

Cut loaf into slices and smear garlic butter in between each slice. I then put it in the oven for a few minutes to heat up just before serving.

Homemade Rolls

Recipe credits : Old family recipe

Ingredients :

6 cups flour

2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup oil

1 yeast (purple packet)

2 cups warm water

1/2 cup milk

6 tablespoon sugar

Method :

Sift flour into a mixing dish / bowl, add in salt, yeast and oil. Mix oil into flour with finger tips till it resembles bread crumbs. In a measuring jug add in milk, water and sugar , whisk together and bind dough with liquid. Once dough is formed, use oiled hands to knead into a ball. Leave in a dish covered with plastic till risen double in size. Knock down dough, form into rolls or buns. Place on greased baking trays and leave to rise for 5 – 6 minutes. Brush with egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds or tal. Bake in a pre heated oven on 180 degrees for 6 – 7 minutes till golden brown. Cool on wire rack, keep covered in a Tupperware in a clean tea towl till ready to use.

* Leftovers can be frozen *