Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Summer holiday fun

My twin sister, hubby and three kids arrived the first week of December, their first trip to NZ. We have a fabulous road trip planned. But with 9 of us ( including 3 teenage boys) we have to be ultra organised with feeding the troops!
So Anj and I have been baking and cooking, but making sure that meals are wholesome and filling as well as being simple allowing us to pack as much into our days as possible.
The BBQ has been an awesome friend, lots of salads, and relishes and easy recipes for the trip.
We filled the tins with shortbread, her gorgeous coconut & chocolate biscuits, chocolate cake, blueberry & lemon loaf and gingerbread loaf.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for our homemade beef burgers

I used a double recipe, but this is for 1 kg of beef mince

1 kg beef mince
2 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbls Tomato sauce
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
A handful of breadcrumbs
Salt & pepper
Mix through making sure everything is distributed.
Make approx 12 -14 balls
Then shape them into patties, cook on the BBQ and serve with your choice of bread rolls and condiments.



Monday, 7 December 2015

Gifts from my kitchen

Well, another year has hurtled past, bringing with it a lot of memories. It's been a great year for me, my son Adam started high school, my parents came to visit from the UK, I hadn't  seen them for a couple of years. It was great spending time with them, and eating my mum's home cooked meals. Special times.

I also got published again in NZ House & Garden, another foodie achievement for me. I loved working on the food story, which had 5 of my favourite recipes, a beautifully styled and photographed five page spread.  And earlier in November we did another photo shoot for NZ House & Garden for a summer food story that will be published in March' s issue 2016 ( available to buy in Feb). Look out for more work later in the year.

The kids are off now from school for the summer. My twin sister arrived from the UK with her family for their first visit to NZ. 
We have a fantastic road trip planned, showcasing this amazing country we live in, sharing memories and special times.

 I am hoping to get a new website and updated blog, so look out for that in the new year. 

I wish you all a safe and happy festive season, lots of best wishes for a happy a prosperous  2016.

Till next year!


Monday, 19 October 2015

TV1 segment

It has been a busy few weeks with the October school holidays and now into the 4th (& last) term of the year! Counting down to summer.

This summer for me is going to be a special one, my gorgeous twin sister  Anjum and her family are visiting us for the first time. In my 19 years to and fro this is her first visit, so needless to say we are all very excited and have planned a great holiday over 4 weeks, showcasing this gorgeous country of ours.  Next year I have plans to do more You tube clips on cooking and have more articles in the pipeline for NZ House & Garden, with the next one coming out in Feb 2016!

I have uploaded my whole food story segment that was shown on TV1 a couple of weeks ago.  Enjoy it, if you didn't get a chance to see the episode.

Till next time

Monday, 5 October 2015

My food story - Neighbourhood TV ONE

Here is a clip of my story, which aired on TV ONE on the 4th October 2015
on the show Neighbourhood, you can watch it again on TVNZ on demand.



Friday, 21 August 2015

Vegetable Pulau Rice

I love making this colourful rice dish, its so versatile, it goes with any curry, and I also often make it and eat it on its own.  You can use any chopped vegetables, I mainly use frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots and sweetcorn) and then slice up a couple of potatoes.  Or you can use, green beans, cauliflower and broccoli as well if you wish.

2 Cups of basmati rice, washed well
2 Tbls oil
2Tbls butter or ghee
1tsp Cumin seeds
1tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Coriander
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Corainder & chilli paste ( you can make this yourself by taking a bunch of fresh coriander and 4-6 green chillis and whizz it all up - it stores well in the freezer)
6-8 cm cinnamon stick
1 onion, finely sliced
1/2 cup of frozen or fresh chopped vegetables
2 medium sized potatoes peeled and cut into thin 'chips'

Heat the butter and oil in a lidded saucepan and add the onions, fry until pale and then add all the spices and the chilli and coriander paste, cook for 2-3 min on a medium heat, until aromatic,  add the vegetables, including the potatoes and cook for 2-3 min, add the washed rice and cook for a further couple of minutes.
Then add 4 cups of boiling water and 2 tsp of salt (or less if you wish), bring it all to a bubbling boil, making sure that you have stirred the rice /vegetable mixture.
Once it starts boiling, put the lid on and turn the heat to the lowest setting, for 12-14 min, until the rice is fluffy and cooked.

Serves 4, serve with a curry or on its own with a dollop of Greek yoghurt.

Some other dishes I serve this yummy rice with, a lovely fried paneer curry and a really easy egg curry.

Till next time, enjoy!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Sunny Florida

 A fantastic opportunity for Adam and his team to travel to Orlando, Florida, over the school break, to take part in the Youth of America Basketball National Champs.                                         
Before the long flight over
 They were in a closed camp, but we saw all the games and were there to support them and cheer them on.  The weather was hot and humid, so a dip in the pool provided some much needed relief.

 We had some amazing meals out and it was great to sample some American food.  They serve very large helpings!  We went to a Mexican restaurant, and the guacamole was made right in front of us, fantastic to watch, and boy they must go through a lot of avocados!  Fish tacos and quesadillas  and lots of nachos and spicy dips, yum.

We had also planned to for Zara to swim with dolphins, as this has been a dream of hers, so what better place to do it, than Discovery Cove! An all inclusive day, with breakfast, lunch, snacks and very happy little girl!

We sampled more food, a Portbello mushroom burger and some absolutely gorgeous corn bread served with maple butter! Divine!!


 More food this time at the Red Lobster, where we had seafood galore.


 At the end of the tournament just before the flight home, very tired but happy boys!
                                                      Enjoy, till next time Ashia

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Food for filming

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to be part of a TV1 lifestyle/doc about the neighborhoods we live in, and the cultural differences that make up these diverse communities.
The production company wanted me to be part of the food story in that episode.  So I gladly agreed.  The story was about where I am from and how living in New Zealand and the other countries I have lived in, affected my style of cooking.

They were filming all day, starting with an interview and then filmed me making a curry dish, which included me making roti, picking up the children from school and then coming home to have dinner with the family.

!t was a great experience and I will keep you updated as to when it will air in NZ (for my lovely overseas readers) you will be able to watch it on line

Lots of fun had by all and I loved being part of it!
Till next time