Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Rosette Cookies - نان پنجره - Nan Panjareh'i

It's good to be here, even though it is once every few months.  The latest from the kitchen is all about wholesome experimental food these days and occasionally I treat myself so, not much authentic cooking has been happening lately.  I got a chance to make rosette cookies, which are a Scandinavian treat but they are a nostalgic treat for many Persian adults. I was lucky enough to find a set of rosette irons in the local market. The cookies are rustic and fun to make.  They came into existence years ago and faded away as we no longer had time to fry batter on a hot stove.  As our love for everything vintage and wholesome grows, we see more and more of these old school treats making their way into our kitchens again.  I was not disappointed.  These are not just pretty, they are very moreish. 

Since my 'eating well' journey began a year ago, not only I lost some weight (and said goodbye to my favourite clothes) but I struggle to understand why food education doesn't work for everyone.  I used to know someone who replied back when I questioned the way he ate, with "I have been through a lot over the last few years".  Okay, I get it! We eat for emotional reasons.  We are funny creatures.  We reward ourselves with sugar and fat when we celebrate and tasty food is often food, high in carbs, salt, sugar or fat ... yet, we know it is not all that good for us but we do because it makes us feel good.  After all, who wants to go to the movies and not have buttered popcorn?!  If a massive campaign fails in a nation, like we have seen with 5+ a day, then is there hope for us and the next generation?  Perhaps, there is but where the responsibility lies is not with the healthcare providers and is not with the movers and shakers of a nation.  The heavy responsibility of changing habits remains in kitchens, in homes - like yours and mine. If we don't take a simple and small step towards cooking wholesome and healthy food and developing a new culture and attitude of eating then clearly there is no hope for the future. The effect of a small step taken today may only be evident in years to come and as to the person I used to know, gladly they are history!

2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cornflour
Icing sugar for dusting
Oil for frying

  • Mix eggs, milk, flour and cornflour in a bowl with a hand whisk or an electric mixer.
  • Heat oil in a small fry pan. 
  • Once the oil is hot, place a rosette iron in the hot oil for a few seconds to heat it.
  • Dip the hot rosette iron in the batter but do not fully immerse in the batter.
  • Place the iron in the fry pan. 
  • After a few seconds, the cookie peels off the hot iron.
  • Fry until golden crunchy (about 2 minutes).
  • Dip the rosette iron in the hot oil to keep it hot and give your batter a mix every now and then.