Saturday, 29 October 2011

Indonesian Cucumber Salad


Cucumber salad with a Tangy and Spicy kick in every bite.

Ingredients:

1cucumber
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon sambal oelek (Indonesian chili paste )
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh coriander  finely choped
1/4 teaspon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Method:

1.Peel the cucumbers, cut in half and remove the seeds.
2. Slice it in to thin slices approx 5mm thick and put it into abowl with the chopped coriander.
3. Mix the sambal olek, lemon juice,sugar, salt and pepper powder and pour it over the cucumber.
4. Mix the dressing into the cucumber, cover and put in the fridge for at least an hour to chill before serving.

Submitting to:
Healthy Lunch Event by Smita hosted by Kavi of Edible Entertainment
Flavours of Indodesia event by simply.food guest hosted By Hrishi.


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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Karachi Halwa


Lets celebrate Diwali with an offering of this sweet halwa and a prayer to Lord Ganesh .

"Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum, Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet, Sarva Vighna Upashaanthaye"
Wishing all my blogger friends and blog visitors
A very Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year.

Pic courtesy of stitching cards

Smooth, succlucent and delicately fragranced with cardamom makes this halwa simply devine .

Ingredients:

For Sugar syrup:

200 grams Sugar
125 ml water
1 tablespoon lemon juice.

For Halwa:

50 grams Corn flour
100 ml water
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
2-3 drops yellow food colouring
1 tablespoon flaked almonds
4 tablespoon ghee(clarified butter)

Method:

1. In a heavy bottom pan add the sugar and water and lemon juice and bring the mixture to boil until all the sugar dissolves.
2. Remove from heat and keep aside.
3. Mix the corn flour with the water ensuring there are no lumps.
4. In a cold pan add 1/2 teaspoon ghee and pour into it the corn flower mixture.
5. Place it on the cooker on a very low heat and start stirring , the mixture will start to thicken within a minute or two.
6.Turn off the heat and start adding the hot sugar syrup one  tablespoon at a time to the corn flour mixture  whilst continously stirring the mixture. (This stage is important to avoid lumps forming.)
7. When all the sugar syrup has been added , return the halwa to the cooker and set it on a very low heat.
8. Keep stirring the halwa and gradually add the ghee one tablespoon at a time until it is all used up.
9. The halwa will start to thicken and leave the sides of the pan.(The test to see if it is done is to drop a small teaspoon ful of halwa onto a glass plate if it lifts off easily it is ready)
10. Add the cardamon , food colour and the almond flakes and mix well.
11. Transfer the halwa to a greased thali or dish and smooth it out.
12. Leave to set for 2-3 hours after which cut into desired  and transfer to serving Dish.

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Submitting to:
 Festive Foods event by Srav

Monday, 24 October 2011

Fruit Salad with Ginger Syrup ~Secret Recipe Club Challenge

This is my 3rd assignment with the Secret Recipe Club.The aim of the club is that you are allocated a blog from which you have to select  a recipe and try  it and blog about it.

My assigned blog was  Jo's who blogs at Cairns Manor .Being a vegetarian I searched the blog for a veggie recipe, this is when I came across this refreshing fruit salad.The recipe was simple to follow  and was very healthy and delicious. Only changes I made was that I halved the quantity of the syrup ingredients to make less.The Original recipe can be found here
Vibrant summer fruits salad with an aromatic ginger infused syrup.

Ingredients:

For ginger syrup:

1.5 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup thinly sliced fresh unpeeled ginger .

For fruit salad:

1 large bowl of  any seasonal  chopped mixed fruit;
I used mango, blood orange segments, apples, peaches, orange zest.

Method:

1. Bring water, sugar, and ginger to a boil in asaucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved.
2. Simmer  for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat and let steep for  15 minutes or longer.
3.Strain the  ginger syrup through a sieve into a bowl, discarding ginger and  chill the syrup.
4. Place the chopped fruit in to seving bowl and drizzle over it 5-6 table spoons of  ginger syrup.
Serve immediately.

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

GIVEAWAY ~ Free Tickets Cake International NEC Birmingham 4th -6th Nov

Visit the largest sugarcraft and cake
decoration event ever staged:
From tea dances to charity cupcakes, visitors can and enjoy the largest sugarcraft and cake decoration event ever staged at Cake International 2011, 4-6 November at the NEC Birmingham. You can spend three days in cake heaven getting the latest ideas, supplies, competitions, demonstrations and workshops from the industry’s experts.
Cake International 2011 at the NEC this November
Some of the highlights:
• Visitors will be given the chance to decorate their own cupcakes at the show before taking them away to enjoy.


• Strictly Come Dancing tour dancer, Mark Jefferies will be showcasing his Latin American and Ballroom Dancing skills to visitors throughout the day.

• Competitions

• Three Demonstration Theatres host some of the greatest sugarcraft and cake decorators from both home and abroad.

• Get festive in a Christmas modelling workshop, get the tips of the trade with step by step instructions for novelty cake decoration, see how the experts make piped buttercream flower cupcakes and learn how to create lovely baby shoes to top a christening cake. 

• Pop along to ‘A Taste of Sugar’, a hands-on workshop for sugarcrafting newcomers and juniors and learn how to create your own cake toppers and flowers .

With over 100 exhibitors offering cutting-edge cake decorating supplies and products, this show is a must-visit for any cake craft and decorating fan.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert sugarcraft artist, there’ll be something to take your fancy with cutters, moulds, stencils, hand tools, cup cake supplies, chocolate and much more, you will find everything you could ever need! With an abundance of demonstrations, authors area, new products, advice and workshops, make sure you visit the world’s largest sugarcraft & cake decoration show, Cake International.  
For more information call ICHF on 01425 272711 or visit www.ichf.co.uk 
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Good Luck.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Microwaved potato chips ~Blog Hop Wednesday 19th October


This is my 5th entry for Blog Hop Wednesday started by Radhika of Tickling Palates. Its a beautiful concept where not only do you get to make new  blogger friends, cook from their blogs but in return they visit your blog and try out your recipes too.

If you are interested in  joining Blog Hop Wednesday here is how it works:

"The plot behind this attempt is to form groups and make pairs with a blogger who will be your partner for that particular week. This happens every alternate Wednesdays. You will then go through your partner’s blog, select, choose, cook, click and post the recipe in your blog on Wednesday and vice versa. The alternate week you will have a new partner. This way not only you tend to your blog at intervals but also learn some new recipes along the way and get to know a lot of bloggers and make friends."




This recipe is from Kavi's blog Edible Entertainment. I wanted a simple and quick snack recipe that was healthy too so when I found these microwaved potato chips I really wanted to put them to the test.The original recipe can be found here. The vedict was that the chips turned out simply perfect ,crispy and crunchy.

Healthy and delectable potato chips, that are irresistable and totally guilt free.

Ingredients:

3 medium potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Sunflower Cooking spray oil (few squirts)

Method:

1. Peel and wash the potatoes and using a mandolin slice them into paper thin slices.
2. Pat the potatoes dry with tea towel and separate all the slices.
3. Get a large microwaveable platter and spray with sunflower oil.
4. Spread out the potato slices around the platter making sure not to over lap them.(You may have to do this in two batches)
5.Spray with a little more sunflower oil
6. Cook the chips on high for  for 6 minutes approximately (It  depends on your microwave.) But remember to turn the chips over  at every two minute intervals.
7. Potato chips are ready when they turn crisp and start to take a little brown colour at edges.
8.Once they are cooked remove from microwave and sprinkle with salt and pepper .Repeat for next batch.
Serve with a chilli dip if desired.

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Almond Iced Biscuits


It's National Chocolate week and I was surfing the net for some inspiration for a chocolatey treat. I landed at the Baking Mad web site which is totally dedicated to  recipes of scrumpticious  mouthwatering delights and it also has wonderful  and very useful tips and tricks to perfect your baking.
The Baking Mad site has so many recipes that I was wonderering which one to pick when I came across this delicious  chocolate cupcake recipe which I think every chocolate lover should definately try.

I was all ready to bake the chocolate cupcakes when disaster struck as I was all out of  the cocoa . How can I make chocolate cup cakes with out cocoa.? Not to be beaten, I was adamant to make a sweet treat so I changed my plan and stumbled upon these awesome and cute heart shaped biscuits.


I followed the recipe exactly and  then let my creative juices flow with the decoration. I made heart shaped , flower shaped and butterfly biscuits from the same dough.


 Ingredients:

100 grams Softened Butter unsalted 
100 grams Caster Sugar (Silver Spoon Homegrown)  
1  Happy Eggs lightly beaten 
1 tsp Silver Spoon Cakecraft Natural Almond Extract  
275 grams Plain White Flour (Allinson Nature Friendly)
2 pinches bicarbonate of Soda.



Method:

1.For the biscuits: heat the oven to 190C /375F, gas 5. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
2.Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
3.Beat in the egg and almond extract, a little at a time, until well combined. Stir in the flour and mix to a dough.
4.Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1 cm | 1/2" thick. Using heart shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
5.Bake the biscuits for 8-12 minutes, until pale golden. Leave on the baking tray for 5 minutes to firm up, then place on a wire rack to cool.
6.For the icing: sift the icing sugar into a large bowl and stir in water as directed on the packet to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
7.Carefully spread the icing on the biscuits and place a sugar flower on each biscuit before the icing sets. Alternatively decorate them with ready to roll fondant icing and Pipe with royal icing as I did.

Verdict:
The biscuits turned out really wonderful and simply delectable .I can't wait to try some more recipes from Baking Mad as I have definately become a fan of the site.


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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Guilt Free Banana Ice cream~ Blog Hop Wednesday 12th October 2012


Rich and creamy ice cream that is guilt free and healthy.

This is my 4th entry for Blog Hop Wednesday started by Radhika of Tickling Palates. Its a beautiful concept where not only do you get to make new  blogger friends, cook from their blogs but in return they visit your blog and try out your recipes too.

If you are interested in  joining Blog Hop Wednesday here is how it works:

"The plot behind this attempt is to form groups and make pairs with a blogger who will be your partner for that particular week. This happens every alternate Wednesdays. You will then go through your partner’s blog, select, choose, cook, click and post the recipe in your blog on Wednesday and vice versa. The alternate week you will have a new partner. This way not only you tend to your blog at intervals but also learn some new recipes along the way and get to know a lot of bloggers and make friends."



This recipe is from PJ'S  Blog Seduce your taste buds. There are so many recipes mouth watering recipes in her blog that  it was difficult to choose one, however as a family we are all tring to eat healthy I decided this recipe would be perfect for a guilt free treat.
Changes I made were that I added chocolate chip instead of raisins for the garnish.The original recipe can be found here.

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Handful chocolate chip for garnish.

Method:

1.Chop the bananas and freeze them over night.
2. Put the frozen bananas with the milk  and vanilla essence in a mixer/ blender and pulse on high.
4. Tranfer the banana ice cream into bowls and garnish with chocolate chip.
Serve immediately.


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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Flavours of South India ~ Round Up Part 2

Here is the second part of the amazing entries this wonderful  event generated.

Vaishali sent-
Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani and
Double ka Meetha



Denny sent-Whole wheat adai and Cornmeal Kozhukattai



Shireen sent-Alun Dento (Traditional Curry of Colocasia & Leafy Greens Stalks)










Rani sent- Sontti Podi - Dry ginger powder
     








Ayeesha sent- Kumbakonam Kadappa and Coconut Balls



















































Vani sent-Raw Mango Gravy (Gojju)  and Vade
 

 

 Radhika  sent -paal-kozhukattai  and  Idlis with tricolour chutneys
 


Deepika-Olan (Kerala Dish)












Shilpa sent-Moong Rice Dosa | Mung Rice Dosa and Butter Coconut Uttapa

 

Sobha sent Paniyaram


Uma Ramanujam sent-Paruppu Urundai Kulambu / Lentil Balls in Tamarind gravy
Chickpeas Sundal   and  Vegetable Kothu Parotta   and  Vangi Bhath






Uma Shankar sent-Kadalai paruppu sundal













Deepti sent-Lentil Madness (Recipe:Lentil dosa)









Sharada sent-Raw Papaya Pulusu








Shuchi sent-  Akki Roti (Rice Roti )

 

 Sumedha sent Kala chana usli and Pineapple  gojju

 


 Deepali sent Coconut Rice and Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu)




Amina sent-Soya bean curry










Indrani sent -Pineapple Kesari with dalia/broken wheat and Tomato Rice



Sri Valli sent Aviyal/Avial













Valli R  sent-Aval kozhukattai











 Juls sent  : Yellow Vegetable Uttappam










Susan  and Abraham sent  Drumstick and  raw Mango Sambhar










Lavina sent Nippattu - Baked Savories










Our visit to South India concludes our culinary journey around India.  We had an amazing time visiting different regions  such as Gujarat, Bengal, Maharastra, Goa, Rajasthan and  Punjab and sampling over an amazing 900 regional dishes created and sent by all the wonderful blogger participants who travelled with me.You can check out the wonderful round ups here.

This "Flavours of" series 1 India event was so well received that we are packing our bags, aprons and of course our chefs hats and continuing our journey into "Flavours of" series 2  Asia. Our 1st stop is in Indonesia so do drop by the guest host Hrishi's blog to participate. Hrishi has a wonderful space with both veg and no veg dishes and he is a wonderful  cook judging by his blog content. It would be wonderful if all of you can support him in this event by sending in entries.

The response for sharing  this culinary journey has been astounding and  1 have had many requests for guest Hosting the Flavour of series 2. I am pleased that most of the events have been allocated guest hosts although Flavours of Russia is still available for hosting if anyone is interested. Do drop me a line.Happy Cooking and blogging and many thanks for your support.
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