Saturday, July 6, 2013

A bunch of roses - puff pastry with chicken filling - tutorial

 
That was a gift by the boys for their dad, on Father's Day.
 
It was a working day and all that I knew on my way back home from work was that I need to make something for him, but , what was that going to be..well...i didn't know...
 
Couldn't go for a very elaborate meal as I had just few hours to decide, execute and complete the process. A cupcake bouquet..that was my initial thoughts, with icing resembling flowers.
 
Anyways, just on an instinct, decided to get one of these...
 

.....the rotessorie chicken . It is available literally at every corner here and the best part is that its the most handy when in times of "timeless cooking" .

(no wonder we call it "narkathilae koyi"..in malayalam..)

Anyways, it was almost 6 pm and i still hadn't decided what I need to make. Had the chicken, and so, gave up the idea of the cupcake bouquet. It definitely will take some time, and my husband need to go to bed early these days as its summer and being in the Construction field, his work begins at 4 am in the morning.
 
And you..are in that kind of a state where you are just walk around, doing nothing... looking at things, believing that some idea would eventually  bloom in your mind.
 
Digging into the freezer, saw this pack of puff pastry sheets, unopened, and almost nearing the expiry date in a few months time. So, puff pastry and chicken...need to come up something with these two. Chicken puffs ?? Chicken roll ?? Aaah..not cool enough as a gift, yeah ? At some point, your mind takes you to a bouquet of roses made of flattened left over bread, which you had come across on some blog, but couldn't recollect when and where. Alright..that's it...decided..and the time was ooh..way past 6:30 pm. Had to get moving fast.

Thats how it goes :


Thaw the puff pastry sheets.
Sprinkle some wheat flour (atta ) on the rolling board and on the pin, lest the pastry sheet goes stuck to the surface.
Cut circles of few various sizes. Larger one for bigger flower, smaller circle for small flowers.



Remove the skin and mince the grilled chicken ..really small. That's some hands silently grabing a few bites off the cutting board. And for the knife..well..yeah 1 i am still old fashioned in many ways. We call these knifes "pichatthi" in malayalam, and I stil prefer to use these types compared to the new stylish ones. My father gets these cusotm made and does a few pieces extra for me, to bring over to Kuwait.  


 
Mix the finely cut chicken pieces with few tsp's of (well.whatever sauces/ dressing that you can find !)..easier to put it that way. I used the ones above.
 

Dust a plain surface with flour, place the pastry circle and make cuts on it.
 Number of cuts = number of petals.
Place a spoon ful of the chicken mix at the centre.


Wrap each petal cut around the chicken filling.

 
Apply some water at the edges of the petals for them to stick together.
 

Shape the edges of the petals slightly outside to resemble roses. Your flower is now done.
 
For the basket...
 
 
Cut thin strips of the pastry sheet and weave .
 
 

Trim the edges off in a semi-circular shape and place a thin rolled strip of the pastry along the edges to form a border. Transfer carefully, to the baking tray.



Cut small leaves of the remaining rolled pastry and assemble the basket.
 
oooh..sorriee !!!


Egg wash
 
 
i know..this does seem yuck !!!..but , it definitely is doing a good job; cant you see :D
 

Pre-heat the oven to 150 deg C and bake till golden brown.

 
 
The kids made sure that they did a good part of the making by themselves, coz, it was THEIR gift, and with me clicking all the way in between...did end up taking quite a lot of time doing this that we had to pull the DAD out of the bed to receive his gift. Anyways, it was defintiely not past 12 pm, so it was still the Father's Day.

 
 

60 comments:

  1. beautifully made.so perfect.

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  2. Sona,What a beautiful way to bring out ur artistic talents..Chicken puff roses!That pacing around the kitchen for last minute ideas,I do that all the time:)

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  3. That egg separator! I want one! Ha ha :) It is slightly yuck and greatly funny at the same time :D Loved that egg pic too :)

    And wow, you are so creative Sona :) As always, loved reading your post.

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  4. Hi Sona, I'm impressed! The puff pastry chicken roses look so cute and pretty. It sure look delicious too and made with an extra ingredients called LOVE.

    You're very creative and innovative. Great posting, love your sense of humour. I like your postings.... now I'm watching the chicken horror and eating my half boil eggs. :))

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs to you.

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    1. thanks a bunch, Amelia...you are inspiring me way too much !!! ;)

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  5. Love the way you explained.. Hats off to your creative..

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  6. Creative edible gift!

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  7. u also call it narakathile kozhi... we always do so!!! isn't it so popular in the places we stay in... the whole post has made me laugh quite a lot... but that egg seperator is ewww... hehe...

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    1. hee hee...yeah, these narakams are soo common allae..frying them...

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  8. Such a cute idea Sona. Your kids are adorable. Your sense of humor is indeed appreciated.

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  9. You posts are wonderful. Beautiful roses and basket.

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  10. wow!!this is so creative & yummy....oh that egg separator!! :)

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  11. how creative can you get ! brilliant idea ! roses are so perfect. i love that yucky egg separator :)

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  12. Ohh Sona, you must have like tons of patience, with a job, with 3 kids !! This one requires a lot of effort, but the end product makes me want to eat, although a hopeless vegetarian that I'm :-)
    The shot with the winky egg to be beaten is pure fun!!
    Also that grandpa pot, HaHa... what can I say, LOL!!
    Love the apple pie kinda cutting on the dough!
    You are very creative and innovative as always!!

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    1. thanks for all the individually assessed feedback..you are indeed a great evaluator, Pavits. :)

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  13. I'm sure your kids loved it.. Wonderful post Sona.. Lols...the egg white separator is quite funny :-)

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    1. yes they did..it was finished in no time. just managed to get hold of one for that individual picture.

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  14. so cute pastry with delicious filling, lovely :-)

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  15. A piece of art, such an interesting edible bunch of roses,damn cute.

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    1. thanks a bunch, Priya. glad to hear it from you. !

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  16. wonderful idea..pastry looks so pretty

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  17. Wow sona... No words to describe ur n ur kids love on their dad... This is simply amazing work done by 3 of u...

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  18. Those are really cute Sona :) Talented lady, I wish u lived close by so that I too cud learn many handiworks from u :)

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    1. aah..that wud be just great..wud wud make a real gud pair !!!

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  19. That was cute Father's day gift Sona!!! Sweet and creative :)

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  20. hi,Thanx for visiting my blog...actually now i'm mother of 4 ,my small son is just 2 mnths old now.keep in touch..

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    1. oh wow!! that is great !! so you are hands ful !!!

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  21. You are very creative and playful with the food! This looks awesome and sounds delicious! well done!

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  22. That was an amazing and creative work :)

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  24. wow...perfectly made! You are really creative Sona!!!

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  25. Wonderfully made.....a perfect creation

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  26. So pretty and scrumptious! You are very talented.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  27. Its really creative and I have to salute you for shaping the pastry into roses. You sure did a good job with your sons by your side.

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  28. Wow...love your creative edible gift, looks inviting tooo..appreciate your great work!

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  29. awsome space yaar !!! :) Gud goingg

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  30. Hi Sona This is Aara Thank you for such a lovely comment and encouraging Feedback on my Rawa Idly Post!! Unfortunately I couldnt Get back in touch with you on the spot :) I love your blog and Following it from long time in private since ive joined blogging!! You are Too Creative and Have Lots of patience to handle 2 blogs at a time With so much of write ups :) Your Railway Cake was outstanding Post I enjoyed reading and see ur kids so happy happy :) Be Blessed and enjoy your life!! Do stay in touch and yes in I loved ur previous Introduction about yourself :) bfr u started the other blog :D

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

A bunch of roses - puff pastry with chicken filling - tutorial

 
That was a gift by the boys for their dad, on Father's Day.
 
It was a working day and all that I knew on my way back home from work was that I need to make something for him, but , what was that going to be..well...i didn't know...
 
Couldn't go for a very elaborate meal as I had just few hours to decide, execute and complete the process. A cupcake bouquet..that was my initial thoughts, with icing resembling flowers.
 
Anyways, just on an instinct, decided to get one of these...
 

.....the rotessorie chicken . It is available literally at every corner here and the best part is that its the most handy when in times of "timeless cooking" .

(no wonder we call it "narkathilae koyi"..in malayalam..)

Anyways, it was almost 6 pm and i still hadn't decided what I need to make. Had the chicken, and so, gave up the idea of the cupcake bouquet. It definitely will take some time, and my husband need to go to bed early these days as its summer and being in the Construction field, his work begins at 4 am in the morning.
 
And you..are in that kind of a state where you are just walk around, doing nothing... looking at things, believing that some idea would eventually  bloom in your mind.
 
Digging into the freezer, saw this pack of puff pastry sheets, unopened, and almost nearing the expiry date in a few months time. So, puff pastry and chicken...need to come up something with these two. Chicken puffs ?? Chicken roll ?? Aaah..not cool enough as a gift, yeah ? At some point, your mind takes you to a bouquet of roses made of flattened left over bread, which you had come across on some blog, but couldn't recollect when and where. Alright..that's it...decided..and the time was ooh..way past 6:30 pm. Had to get moving fast.

Thats how it goes :


Thaw the puff pastry sheets.
Sprinkle some wheat flour (atta ) on the rolling board and on the pin, lest the pastry sheet goes stuck to the surface.
Cut circles of few various sizes. Larger one for bigger flower, smaller circle for small flowers.



Remove the skin and mince the grilled chicken ..really small. That's some hands silently grabing a few bites off the cutting board. And for the knife..well..yeah 1 i am still old fashioned in many ways. We call these knifes "pichatthi" in malayalam, and I stil prefer to use these types compared to the new stylish ones. My father gets these cusotm made and does a few pieces extra for me, to bring over to Kuwait.  


 
Mix the finely cut chicken pieces with few tsp's of (well.whatever sauces/ dressing that you can find !)..easier to put it that way. I used the ones above.
 

Dust a plain surface with flour, place the pastry circle and make cuts on it.
 Number of cuts = number of petals.
Place a spoon ful of the chicken mix at the centre.


Wrap each petal cut around the chicken filling.

 
Apply some water at the edges of the petals for them to stick together.
 

Shape the edges of the petals slightly outside to resemble roses. Your flower is now done.
 
For the basket...
 
 
Cut thin strips of the pastry sheet and weave .
 
 

Trim the edges off in a semi-circular shape and place a thin rolled strip of the pastry along the edges to form a border. Transfer carefully, to the baking tray.



Cut small leaves of the remaining rolled pastry and assemble the basket.
 
oooh..sorriee !!!


Egg wash
 
 
i know..this does seem yuck !!!..but , it definitely is doing a good job; cant you see :D
 

Pre-heat the oven to 150 deg C and bake till golden brown.

 
 
The kids made sure that they did a good part of the making by themselves, coz, it was THEIR gift, and with me clicking all the way in between...did end up taking quite a lot of time doing this that we had to pull the DAD out of the bed to receive his gift. Anyways, it was defintiely not past 12 pm, so it was still the Father's Day.

 
 

60 comments:

  1. beautifully made.so perfect.

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  2. Sona,What a beautiful way to bring out ur artistic talents..Chicken puff roses!That pacing around the kitchen for last minute ideas,I do that all the time:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. That egg separator! I want one! Ha ha :) It is slightly yuck and greatly funny at the same time :D Loved that egg pic too :)

    And wow, you are so creative Sona :) As always, loved reading your post.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Sona, I'm impressed! The puff pastry chicken roses look so cute and pretty. It sure look delicious too and made with an extra ingredients called LOVE.

    You're very creative and innovative. Great posting, love your sense of humour. I like your postings.... now I'm watching the chicken horror and eating my half boil eggs. :))

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs to you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks a bunch, Amelia...you are inspiring me way too much !!! ;)

      Delete
  5. Love the way you explained.. Hats off to your creative..

    ReplyDelete
  6. Creative edible gift!

    ReplyDelete
  7. u also call it narakathile kozhi... we always do so!!! isn't it so popular in the places we stay in... the whole post has made me laugh quite a lot... but that egg seperator is ewww... hehe...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hee hee...yeah, these narakams are soo common allae..frying them...

      Delete
  8. Such a cute idea Sona. Your kids are adorable. Your sense of humor is indeed appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
  9. You posts are wonderful. Beautiful roses and basket.

    ReplyDelete
  10. wow!!this is so creative & yummy....oh that egg separator!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. how creative can you get ! brilliant idea ! roses are so perfect. i love that yucky egg separator :)

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  12. Ohh Sona, you must have like tons of patience, with a job, with 3 kids !! This one requires a lot of effort, but the end product makes me want to eat, although a hopeless vegetarian that I'm :-)
    The shot with the winky egg to be beaten is pure fun!!
    Also that grandpa pot, HaHa... what can I say, LOL!!
    Love the apple pie kinda cutting on the dough!
    You are very creative and innovative as always!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks for all the individually assessed feedback..you are indeed a great evaluator, Pavits. :)

      Delete
  13. I'm sure your kids loved it.. Wonderful post Sona.. Lols...the egg white separator is quite funny :-)

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    Replies
    1. yes they did..it was finished in no time. just managed to get hold of one for that individual picture.

      Delete
  14. so cute pastry with delicious filling, lovely :-)

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  15. A piece of art, such an interesting edible bunch of roses,damn cute.

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    Replies
    1. thanks a bunch, Priya. glad to hear it from you. !

      Delete
  16. wonderful idea..pastry looks so pretty

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  17. Wow sona... No words to describe ur n ur kids love on their dad... This is simply amazing work done by 3 of u...

    ReplyDelete
  18. Those are really cute Sona :) Talented lady, I wish u lived close by so that I too cud learn many handiworks from u :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. aah..that wud be just great..wud wud make a real gud pair !!!

      Delete
  19. That was cute Father's day gift Sona!!! Sweet and creative :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. hi,Thanx for visiting my blog...actually now i'm mother of 4 ,my small son is just 2 mnths old now.keep in touch..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oh wow!! that is great !! so you are hands ful !!!

      Delete
  21. You are very creative and playful with the food! This looks awesome and sounds delicious! well done!

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  22. That was an amazing and creative work :)

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  24. wow...perfectly made! You are really creative Sona!!!

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  25. Wonderfully made.....a perfect creation

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  26. So pretty and scrumptious! You are very talented.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  27. Its really creative and I have to salute you for shaping the pastry into roses. You sure did a good job with your sons by your side.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wow...love your creative edible gift, looks inviting tooo..appreciate your great work!

    ReplyDelete
  29. awsome space yaar !!! :) Gud goingg

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hi Sona This is Aara Thank you for such a lovely comment and encouraging Feedback on my Rawa Idly Post!! Unfortunately I couldnt Get back in touch with you on the spot :) I love your blog and Following it from long time in private since ive joined blogging!! You are Too Creative and Have Lots of patience to handle 2 blogs at a time With so much of write ups :) Your Railway Cake was outstanding Post I enjoyed reading and see ur kids so happy happy :) Be Blessed and enjoy your life!! Do stay in touch and yes in I loved ur previous Introduction about yourself :) bfr u started the other blog :D

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