What do you do with loads of plain cashewnuts lying around in the pantry ( that you received as diwali gifts!), make some oven roasted Chili Honey Cashews. They would go perfect as the munchies with a drink or even my 9yr olds mini snack box. The idea of course has been borrowed from my dear friend Sarani, who now lives in Mason, USA and authors the lovely blog Cocoawind.
I kept the flavours very simple, honey for sweetness, pepper and chili flakes for the punch and loads of himalayan pink salt ( yes, my current obsession). In the oven for 15 mins and the outcome, simply gorgeous!
The new year did not start on a very smooth note but it is on us to make it better. My resolution, rather effort from the start of the year has been to adopt a more healthy approach towards food habits and making a form of exercise a part of life. However once a while, little indulgences are allowed and hence this beautiful Banana Caramel Cake. Also needed a push to get back to blogging, hence the cake!
Also a great way to use up left over bananas or use them a bit differently. Served warm with some icecream or whipped cream, this could turn into a gourmet dessert.
Whenever I get down to baking a cake, my first instinct is to make those healthy robust warm cakes that we can enjoy with our cuppa and my boy can team them up with his glass of milk. As a mother and (also a wife) to very fussy eaters who squirm at the sight of vegetables, I also like camouflaging as much as I can in cakes and curries and soups and everything possible! Hence the idea to do this Spiced Carrot Tea Loaf. And the fact that its 100 % wholewheat adds to the value.
While making these cakes, I usually stick to my 1 cup each measurement and that works in most cases. This one here is made with aata and brown sugar, spiced with cinnamon and raisins. Served with a dollop of icecream this can turn into a very wholesome dessert for kids and adults alike.
So my dearest sis in law A made me a part of an online cookbook lovers group and I cant thank her enough. It was just what I needed to positively channel my love for cookbooks. Its a close knit group with some members owning more than 300+ food books and that is so inspiring ! We are to choose one book every two months from the Piglet list and read, cook and discuss our way through it. The very first book we picked up is the wonderful ‘My Kitchen Year’ by Ruth Reichl. Ruth not only shares her favourite recipes but also her life story and how food became her anchor to overcome some difficult times. Food to me is something that comforts me, engulfs me in warm memories and take me closer to my family, to my mother, who has been a single point inspiration when it comes to cooking. She always fed with love and that reflected in her cooking, in the dishes she made .
Ruth Reichl’s recipes are easy and something that can be whipped up in your kitchen. Mostly staples but some with her interesting spins. It was quite hard for me to pick up one recipe and I ended up book marking quite a few. This one I am sharing here is something I made as an easy dessert and everyone at home loved it. Its a cross between a light cake and a fluffy pudding, with that lemony tang, quite refreshing .
As a part of this book club, we will be picking up a lot of interesting books and I will be sharing some very interesting recipes with you all , so stay tuned and until them enjoy this recipe.
So the much elusive monsoon finally arrived in the city. Not sure this respite is for how long but atleast the temperatures have dipped a little and that makes us all feel better. With my little boy back in school, I am left with a lot of time to myself. My 8 yr old soccer fan has opted to join his school soccer club which means he gets back home only early evening. So the mother doesn’t know what to do with so much time! Ironical I would say, there was a time I would itch to get my time off from the toddler but now I miss him all the while he’s in school. Anyways, so the next best that I do is try out new things in my kitchen and I intend to dedicate a lot of my time to blogging.
These Mozarella Stuffed Mini Buns are a perfect accompaniment to your evening tea or even as a snack in your kids lunchbox. It stays well for a couple of days and you can serve them warm.
I don’t need to tell you again that baking is therapeutic but I do need to let you know that I find these adult colouring books extremely soothing too! They calm me down and helps me focus , which is a good thing considering how impatient I can get at times. So there, that’s is how I am trying to constructively put my time to good use.
Ready to cook meals – sent to you in a box – with ingredients measured out as required is taking the world by storm. It is still in a nascent stage in India, but in countries like America, people swear by them and these meals are what they eat on a daily basis. I, being a homemaker, might not be too fascinated by them, but there is no denying the fact that ready to cook meal boxes is the order of the day. And honestly speaking, a decade ago , when I was into a full time corporate job, this would have been ideal for me too. It makes a lot of sense , for people who don’t really have the time and (knack) for cooking a full course meal from scratch but would still want to cook at home, afterall, how much can one eat out or order in! Also there is money involved. Even for someone like me, who loves to cook from scratch, there are days when I don’t want to slog it out in the kitchen. So I was quite kicked to try out Chef’s Basket – Pasta in my kitchen. In their words “ We belive in the art of cooking. And we believe that with a little help anybody can cook. We put our all to create freshest and most authentic recipes from around the world. Our food is natural with no artificial preservatives or added color”
I was sent a box of Chunky Arabbiata Pasta , that came along with packets of durum wheat pasta, pasta sauce and some herbs and salt. The process mentioned clearly and ingredients measured out exactly that would be required to create the dish. Making it is a child’s play if u ask me! Just follow the instructions and you are done!
#Taste Quotient – The chunky tomato sauce is quite flavourful without being overtly tangy. The accompaniments like the herb mix and the chilli flakes add to the taste. I kept it simple with just a dash of parmesan on top.
#Quantity Quotient – I would say it would be enough for an adult if eating as a meal. For small eaters, two people could easily share!
#Price Quotient – Competitive and affordable pricing at below INR 100 per box. Also have a good range of variants in pasta and noodles.
#Availablity Quotient – Easily available in supermarkets and also online.
Disclaimer – The product was sent me by Chef’s Basket for review and the views are completely my own. No monetary compensation was involved.
I set out to make some scones but mid way decided to turn them into biscuits instead! Scones are just another quick bread I would say. Easy to make, versatile and to quote Jamie Oliver ” They are so delicious, so British, even a 5 year old can make them” To me Scones, take me back to my Enid Blyton days, when the kids of Malory towers would just go off to a picnic with their hamper tucked with scones and ham sandwiches!
This recipe has been adapted from Mary Berry’s 100 Cakes and Bakes, one of the first books on baking I had acquired and is full of easy doable recipes. To turn them into biscuits , I cut down on the baking powder and added some mashed potatoes for texture. These are neither too sweet nor salty , so serve it either with jam and cream or have them as it is with tea or milk.
When it comes to baking I would always stick to traditional methods and recipes and am not really confident how a cake would turn out without eggs. But of late I have been getting a lot of requests from friends who follow my blog to share egg free recipes! So I scoured around and found this beautiful eggless recipe of muffins. Muffins are very forgiving and you don’t really need to break your back to make these.
You could skip the apples , if you don’t feel like it and just add raisins for the texture. Or even crispy pear or strawberries, the options are many. This recipe calls for buttermilk and I used the regular Amul buttermilk that you get in the market. Just strain it before using.
Ye. ye. You read that right! Potato in a chocolate cake. It so happened that one evening I dug out many of my old recipe books and scoured around for some interesting recipes. This particular book has and entire section dedicated to potatoes, savoury as well as sweet items. I was so intrigued by this one, potato in a chocolate cake, just didn’t make too much sense. But now that I have tried it, I would highly recommend it and see it made it to the blog.
In my endeavour to stick to ‘clean eating’ I substituted half of plain flour with whole wheat flour and used olive oil instead of butter. Also replaced castor sugar with brown sugar. The result was fabulous, dense and moist chocolate cake minus the guilt. I think its the mashed potatoes that works wonder. Now that I checked the internet is flooding with recipes with potatoes in chocolate cake and I thought I was the only one. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant discovery as far as chocolate cake goes. Do try it guys!
Make hay while the sun shines! Make strawberry cake while you still get them here! Bad bad Pj but this cake is everything gorgeous. The baker in me loves using fresh seasonal fruits, the Apple & Raisin Tea Cake and now this, it turned out perfect for our tea time soiree.
Strawberries are available in abundance, every traffic signal has these guys selling them. But be careful when u pick up a box, there are always a few stale ones hidden under the plump luscious on top. Try and ask your local fruit seller for the Mahabaleshwar variety coz they are the real sweeter ones. This particular tea cake is made with oven roasted strawberries, the process is very simple, find out the recipe below. Enjoy the cake with your loved ones.