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Vegetables in Spinach Sauce

15 Oct


Sometimes I miss those days while I was in England to study. I went with all the preconcieved notions about the britishers being snoot and England not being so friendly country to be in. But still I made the decision to go there rather than any other country.  To be really honest, while I lived there I actually fell in love with country. I found it a bit similar to India.

The weather, the food and their accent were the most delightful things. India’s quite diverse in its food culture, Britain is nowhere close but I was still impressed with the diversity they had. Mostly there are more of migrated foreign residents so the restaurant variety was pleasing to see from Thai, Chinese, Portuguese, Lebanese to Korean, American, Japanese etc. Food and the people around always bring warmth. I wonder why Britain is considered to be one of the rude countries or not very friendly. My experience there has always been overwhelming. I love their accent, it’s somewhat like India that the dialect and accent varies as you go from north to south.  The people are certainly very helpful and also speak a very polite language.

Weather being the most unpredictable was fun to see. The summers were warm and lots of sunshine, an ideal time to hit the beach. On the contrast the winters were dark and gloomy with very little sunshine. However, the fall was usually unpredictable sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny and moments of chilliness. So often we would get drenched in the rain or catch the chilly winds while walking back home. After all that walk in the most unpredictable weather, nothing could beat a home cooked meal.

So I often made a bake which wasn’t too difficult and also quick. I visited my aunt while I was studying there and she used to make the most amazing bakes. My fondness for bakes grew even more. The best she made was a cauliflower and cheese bake. There is alot of creative bakes you can make with alot of combinations of the vegetables. Either  you can put all the vegetables or can make specific bake such as broccoli and potato bake, or corns in spinach sauce, or mushroom, corn and zucchini bake. What I mean to tell you is that you can do experiments with all sort of things.

There has been a desire to make a nice creamy spinach sauce. I looked around a few recipes but honestly I followed my instincts. When I actually made this recipe I realized my mum used to make chicken balls in spinach sauce which tasted really yum. Maybe it wasn’t a replicate but the bake turned out to be good too.

So, at first I washed the spinach thoroughly and shredded it nicely and kept it aside for a while so the water drains out completely.

spinach bake

Then, putting a teaspoon of oil in the pan, I put the spinach and cooked on a low flame. I let it wilt. Then, let it cool down and churned it in the grinder. Dont worry about the quantity it will now seem the half of you had initially taken but it is enough to give it a great taste and colour to the dish.

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Meanwhile, I put some butter with refined flour and some milk to make white sauce.


Seasoning is essential in the white sauce, and then put the pureed spinach in the sauce. Let it boil.

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Stir stir stir!!

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Throw the peas!!

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Add corns  to the sauce. Then simmer for 2  minutes carefully keeping in mind the thick consistency. Mix well and keep aside.

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Sauté the carrots and beans.


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Boil the potatoes and keep aside.

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Now grease an oven proof baking dish.

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Put the potatoes as the bed for the vegetables,

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now add the sautéed vegetables, carrots and beans.

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Pour the spinach sauce

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and garnish with cheese.

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Throw in the preheated oven 180 degree Celsius for 20 minutes.

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Eat Hot tastes delicious with garlic bread!!


1 cup shredded spinach, nicely washed

2 cups milk

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 tbsp refined flour

2 boiled potatoes

½ cup corns

½ cup peas

1 cup beans chopped

1 carrot chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

2 cubes grated cheese



  1. Wash the spinach and drain it well. Pat dry with a kitchen towel. Heat a tsp of vegetable/ canola oil and put in the spinach and let it wilt. Add the garlic.
  2. Cool the spinach and grind it in the mixer. Keep aside.
  3. Heat butter in a pan, add the flour and the milk. Season it with salt and pepper. Let it boil.
  4. Add the spinach. Mix it nicely.
  5. Add the corns and the peas. Stir and remove from heat.
  6. Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius. Boil potatoes and keep aside.
  7. Sautee carrots and beans. Keep aside.
  8. Grease an oven proof baking dish.
  9. Lay the potatoes in the dish, then put a layer of beans and carrots.
  10. Pour the spinach sauce.
  11. Put some grated cheese and put in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 20 minutes.


spinach bake





Earl Grey Esplanade with Orange Cream

16 Nov

Earl Grey tea is a blend with a distinctive flavor and aroma derived from the oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit. The Earl Grey blend is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1932, who reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil.

Evening Tea is my favourite time of the day. I usually pause all my activities and take out at least 15 minutes to enjoy my cup of tea with some home-made cookies, cake, tart or whatever is available at that moment. This time I tried and enjoyed earl grey mousse tart with a cup of tea. Its divine!

The recipe requires you to prepare the tarts first, then the filling, then we do the topping!

Makes: 12

Time: 45 mins preparation , 2 hours refrigeration

For Tart:

1 cup all-purpose flour

30 gm butter

6 tsp castor sugar

4-5 tbsp milk

For Filling:

50 ml boiling water

4 Earl grey tea bags

150 gm milk chocolate

300 ml whipping cream

1 large egg, separated


50 ml whipping cream

1 tsp castor sugar

some chocolate flakes

2 drops orange essence


Prepare the tart:

Sieve all the dry ingredients.

Put butter and crumble with you hands. Make it look like a bread crumb.

Add milk. Knead it into a soft dough.

Make small ball of the dough.

Roll with a rolling-pin to adjust them to your tart mould. Prick with a fork.

Bake them for 12-15 minutes at 200 degree celsius.

For the filling:

Pour 50 ml boiling water into a jug and add the tea bags. Leave it for 5 minutes. Discard the bags.

Heat 1″ water in the a pan. Put a heat proof bowl on the top of the pan.

Place chocolate in the bowl and allow to melt and don’t stir it.

Remove the bowl from the pan and cool slightly.

Stir in 150 ml of cream, the tea, the egg yolk and chocolate.

Whisk the egg white in a clean, grease-free bowl until stiff peaks appear.

Beat the rest of the cream in a separate bowl until thick.

Fold this cream into the other ingredients and then, finally, fold the beaten egg white.

Divide equally among the tarts, then chill for at least 2 hours.

For the topping:

Whip the cream, sugar and mix the essence and decorate the tart.

Sprinkle over some chocolate. Serve.

Distinctively Flavorsome!!!

Italian Baked Fish

8 Nov

Inspired by Goa trip, I had to come back and try on some seafood. So I decided to cook fish in an Italian way. This is very healthy and brings out great flavors of olives, lemon and sun-dried tomatoes. I just love the combination of citric food along with the seafood.

I used the following Ingredients:

200 gm fish fillets

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp lemon juice

zest of 1 lemon

2 cloves garlic

salt to taste

pepper to taste

7-8 olives sliced

2-3 sun-dried tomatoes

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

Here is how I prepared:

Marinate the fish with some olive oil, lemon juice & zest, salt, pepper.

Now add a few olives, some sun-dried tomatoes and garlic.

Some more sun-dried tomatoes to give some more tangy flavor!

Some red chilli powder, and oregano to give italian style!

Wrap with the foil. Bake in the over for 30 minutes at 190 degree celsius.

Serve with lemon wedges and some parsley.

Viola! See how scrumptious and delectable it looks.

Cheesy Potatoes

13 Sep

Well, I know I have mentioned it earlier that I am actually trying to watch my weight. But its good to indulge once in a while. I couldn’t keep myself to resist my temptation of having the two main components I have used for this recipe. Cheese and Potatoes are one of my staple diets.  If you are a big lover of Big Chill, this is something you would have had as a side dish with the grills. They usually offer a very little portion, which leaves me with more craving for it. So I decided to replicate at home. But you know what? It actually turned out to be better than what I had there.

This is quick and easy bake which is loved by almost everyone.

If you love potatoes and cheese this continental dish you would simply adore. This is one of my favourite innovations and something that kids in my family love eating.

For this you would need:

3-4  medium potatoes sliced

3-4 grated cubes processed cheese

White Sauce

1 1/2 Cup Milk

2 tbsp all purpose flour (maida)

1 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

Prepare white sauce:

Heat  butter in the pan. Add flour. Stir.

Add milk and let it boil. Once it boils, simmer the gas and bring it a thick consistency.

Add salt and pepper.

Align the sliced potatoes in a baking dish.

Pour the white sauce.

Put it in the oven for 25 mins  at 200 degree Celsius.

Bring it out of the oven. It would have turned a little golden.

Sprinkle the processed cheese over it. Bake again for 20 mins at 200 degree celsius.

Couldn’t resist from taking a picture while I took a bite.


  • Sometimes potatoes are not thinly sliced so it may take more time to cook. But 45 mins is ideal.
  • Make sure white sauce is thick enough.
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