Friday, November 24, 2006

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes


  • 5 medium sweet potatoes (10 oz. each)
  • 1/2 cup cranberry relish
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins, snipped or chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Scrub sweet potatoes and pierce all over with fork. Place on oven rack. Bake for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until tender. Set aside to cool slightly.

2. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop pulp from each potato half, leaving a 1/4- to 1/2-inch shell. Place pulp in medium bowl. Set aside shells.

3. Using a potato masher or fork, mash potato pulp until smooth. Stir in relish, cranberries, butter, and salt. Spoon potato mixture into each potato shell. Place, filled sides up, in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with walnuts.

4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Makes 10 servings.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Sponge cake - Christmas special

Maida --125 Gms

Sugar ---125 Gms

Vanilla essence ---1 teaspoon

Baking powder ---1 teaspoon

Eggs ------ 5

Beat eggs and powdered sugar together, till it is stiff. Mix Maida, sieved 3-4 times with baking powder. Add vanilla essence. Transfer into a greased baking tray. Bake at 180 C for 20-25 minutes.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Chicken Drumsticks with Tomato and Mushroom

Cuisine: Italian
Course Type: Main Dish
Recipe Type: Poultry, Baked
Serves: 6-8 persons
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

2 tbsp. olive oil
15 pieces (11/2 kg) chicken drumsticks
1 medium onion, diced
200g fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup black olives, pitted
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. hot chili powder
1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
2 cubes MAGGI Chicken Stock
1 sachet MAGGI Secrets Bolognaise Mix
2 1/2 cups (625ml) water


Heat oil in a pot and fry chicken until golden brown. Remove and place on an oven tray.
In the same pot, fry the onions, mushrooms and garlic for 6 minutes.
Add tomatoes, olives, oregano, basil, black pepper, hot chili, cardamom, MAGGI Chicken Stock, MAGGI Secrets Bolognaise Mix and water.
Bring to boil and then simmer on low heat for 6 minutes.
Pour the sauce over the chicken drumsticks and cover.
Bake in oven for 25 minutes at 180¼C, or until chicken is well cooked.
Serving tip: Serve with cooked pasta, or cooked rice with vermicelli.