Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Urad dal Ladoos ~ Blog hop 28th December 2011


This is my 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 Nisha's Kitchen. Looking through her post, there was a huge variety, but finally I decided to try this ladoo recipe. The recipe was simple to follow. The only changes I made were that halved the quantity and  I added mixed nuts  instead of just cashew .I also added some saffron strands into the mixture  to add colour the ladoos.
The original recipe can be found here.

Delicious and delectable ladoos that tasted wonderful and nutty.

Ingredients:

 8oz Urad (Black Gram) Dal husked
4oz  Powdered sugar
4oz Coarsely chopped mixed nuts, pistachio, almonds and cashew
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/2 teaspoon saffron strands soaked in 2 tablespoons milk.
1/2 cup clarified butter (ghee)
Method:
1.In  a large pan dry roast the urad  dal until golden and grind to a coarse powder.
2. Transfer the ground dal to a large bowl and add the powdered sugar, followed by the cardamom powder and saffron soaked in milk.
3. Dry roast the nuts for 2-3 minutes then add them to the bowl with the dal. Mix well
4. Melt the clarified butter and add it gradually to the mixture until it forms a sand like texture that will come togeter when pinched into a ball in your fist.
5. Form small walnut sized balls on the mixture and place on a serving plate.
Ladoos are ready for serving.

You may like:
Semolina ladoos

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Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Pudding Cake Pops.


Delectable little Christmas pudding shaped cakes on sticks, coated in chocolate and edible decorations.

Preparation time – 2 hours
Cooking time- 30 minutes
Chilling time – 45 minutes
Makes 18

Ingredients:

For Cake
420 grams / 14 oz Plain flour
240 grams / 8 oz Sugar
60 grams / 2oz Cocoa
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
75 ml Sunflower oil
1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
250 ml Water
1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

For Butter cream
60 grams / 2oz   Unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
240 grams / 8oz Icing sugar

For Decoration
Cake pop sticks
Ready to roll fondant icing in white, red and green
240 grams / 8 oz Milk chocolate  candy melts
 
Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 º C / 350 º F.
2. Grease a 10 inch x 15 inch baking tray and keep aside
3. In a large mixing bowl sieve together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Add the sugar to the flour.
4. In jug add the oil, water, vinegar and vanilla and mix together.
5. Make a well in the flour and gradually add the wet ingredients.
6. Gently fold the mixture taking care not to over mix.
7. Pour the batter in to greased baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes. Check if cake is done by inserting a skewer in the cake, if it comes out clean the cake is ready.
8. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool.
9. Remove the cake from baking tray and cut off the crusts from all four sides. Cut the cake into  small pieces and put it  into a food processor and whizz to form crumbs. Transfer the cake crumbs to a large mixing bowl.
10. In a mixer add the butter, vanilla and icing sugar and whip the butter cream till smooth and creamy.
11. Add half the butter cream to the cake crumb mixture and mix well to form dough like consistency. (Reserve remaining butter cream for future use)
12. Divide the mixture into 18 parts and roll each part into a ball. Place the cake balls onto a baking tray.
13. Melt a small handful of the chocolate candy melts in the microwave. Dip approximately 1 cm of each of the lolly stick into the melted chocolate and push it into the ball of rolled cake, repeat for remaining balls to form lollipops.
14. Place the cake pops into the freezer for 30 minutes to set.


To make decoration:
15. On a flat surface dust with icing sugar and roll out the white fondant to approximately 2mm thickness. Using a 1 inch flower shaped cookie cutter cut out 18 flowers.
16. Roll out the green Icing and using a holly leaf cutter cut out 36 holly leaves.
17. Pinch the red fondant icing into small red balls the size of peppercorns and keep aside
18. Melt the remaining chocolate melts in the microwave.
19. Remove the frozen cake pops from the freezer and in turn dip each pop into the melted chocolate. Tap the cake pops gently to remove any access chocolate and leave to set up right. (Push the chocolate dipped cake pops into a block of polystyrene to keep them up right whilst chocolate is setting.) Repeat for all cake pops and once they are all coated place in refrigerator for chocolate to set for 5 minutes.
20.  Once chocolate is set, decorate the cake pops. Wet the back surface of the white fondant flower and place it on top of the cake pop. Wet the back surface of the holy leaves and place two opposite each other on top of the white flower, finally wet the centre of the two holly leaves and place three red fondant berries. Repeat for remaining cake pops.
21. Leave the decoration to set before eating.




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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Giveaway ~ The English Provendor Co Chutneys giftpack.


Recently at my visit to the BBC good food show I had the opportunity to  meet some of the lovely team  from The English Provender Company at their stand and to sample some wonderful condiments and chutneys made by them.

Flavours such as Apples, Pear and Fig Chutney, Damson and Port, Caramelised red onion, Moroccan spice, Ploughman’s plum, Sweet tomato and chilli and lastly but not the least Hot chilli with red pepper. All seven chutneys each had a unique flavour, rich in taste and texture and were absolutely delicious. This is not surprising as all the chutneys are made with finest ingredients, starting right at home with the best quality vegetables, fruits and herbs, adding just the right blend of traditional spices, and then combining them to create simply delicious results.


Favouring spicy flavours I particularly enjoyed the Morrocan chilli, the hot chiili and pepper and the hot chilli relish. They were perfect  dollopped on a sandwich, used as a dip with some tortilla chips  or stirred into  a bowl of tomato soup to give it a kick.
Together with these mouth watering chutneys the English Provender also makes condiments like Applesauce, hot Horseradish, Hot chilli relish and Seafood sauce and many more, you will be drooling at the sound of all the mouthwatering flavours. To check out the full product range you can click here.  The English Provender also provides recipe ideas for their chutneys and condiments which you can check out here, It has an on line shop so you can order and sample the chutneys from the comfort of your own home.

The English Provender has kindly agreed to provide  a free gift pack of 3 assorted chutneys to one visitor to this blog.
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

A surprise visit from the Fairy Hobmother.

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Christmas has come a few days early for me, as I had a super surprise visit from the Fairy Hobmother of Appliances on line,  a haven for kitchen appliances, which  offers free advise on products and is open 7 days a week for purchases. I read  about the Fairy Hobmother granting wishes on Mina's blog Authentic Vegetarian recipes so I had left a humble request for her to visit simply.food and grant me a wish too. Having totally forgotten about the wish, I was astounded to know that my wish had been granted, the Fairy Hobmother had dropped by simply.food and gifted me a christmas gift  in the form of an amazon gift voucher to redeem againt a kitchen appliance of my choice.

The Fairy Hobmother tells me she is busy speading christmas cheer throughout December and is visiting many blogs so if you would like to request a visit from her and make a wish, please leave a comment here inviting the Fairy Hobmother to visit your blog and grant you a wish too. She tells me that she will be returning here to check the requests so you never know, like me you too may get lucky and she will pay you a visit too............... Oh yes and one more thing, pls dont't forget to join this site via google connect gadget  in the side bar of this blog  so you can keep up with the latest news.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Oat and Apple muffins- Secret recipe club 19th December 2011

This is my 5th 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 Adventures in Dinner. The blog  is very interesting with snippets of the writers daily life encorporated into the recipe posts.I chose to bake  the healthy muffins from the blog .The Original recipe can be found here. The only changes I made were I replaced the egg with apple sauce and the berries with some chopped apples. I also increased the sugar as original recipe said 1/4 cup, when I made the 1st batch they were not sweet enough for our palate so cut them up and made a trifle with them.  I remade them again this time adding 3/4 cup sugar.They were very healthy, a little dense and didn't rise as much as a normal muffin , texture was more like a scone ,still they were throughly delicious and delectable.

This recipe yeilded 18 mini muffins.


Delicious, soft and delectable muffins that are perfect for a healthy treat.

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup of buttermilk
1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder,
1/2 tsp baking soda, dash salt,
3/4 cup brown sugar,
2 tablespoons apple sauce
4 tablespoons  melted butter 
1 cup chopped apples

Method:

1. Soak the oats in buttermilk and keep aside.
2. Sieve together the flour salt and baking soda.
3. In another bowl add the melted butter, apple sauce, sugar and mix well.
4. Add the soaked oats and chopped apples to the flour mixture and fold in the wet ingredients.
5. Spoon mixture in to muffin cases and bake in a pre heated oven at 350 degrees F / 175 degrees C for 20 minutes until  golden brown.
6. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.



You may like:
Chocolate chip muffins.

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Lets Cook for Christmas red and green event by simply.food.


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Dhokla ~ Blog hop wednesday 14th December


This is my 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 Anusha's Blog  Tomato Blues. Whilst looking through  the posts I saw this Dhokla recipe and seeing the wonderful spongy texture and the fact that it was steamed it instantly grabbed me. I did not make any changes to the recipe. The dhoklas turned ot perfect.

Spongy, sweet and sour with a spicy kick these perfectly spongy steamed savory cakes are delicious served with spicy chutneys.
Ingredients:

8 oz Chick pea Flour
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 teaspoon freshly grated Ginger
3 green chillies finely minced
4oz Sour natural yoghurt
125 ml water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 and 3/4 teaspoon eno salts

For tempering:
1 tablespoon sunflower Oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 red dried chilli
4-5 curry leaves
For garnish:

1 tablespoon Grated coconut
2 tablespoons fresh chopped coriander
1 red chilli sliced on the slant.

Method:

1.In a mixing bowl, add the chickpea  flour, add the chilli ,ginger paste, sugar, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.
2.Make a batter by adding the yoghurt  and water. Mix well so that batter has a dropping consistency like thick custard.
3.Grease a deep bottom flat vessel with oil generously and place in a steamer.
4.Mix eno to the batter and combine well. Now pour the batter into the pan and steam   15 mins.
5.Insert a knife into the steamed dhokla to see if it comes out clean.khokla are ready. Remove from  steamer  and let it cool.
6.Cut into small pieces and arrange on serving platter.
7. In a pan add the oil when it is hot add the mustard seeds, sesame seeds, red dried chilli and curry leaves.
8. Pour the tempering over the arranged dhokla and garnish with the coconut and fresh coriander .
Serve with coriander green chutney.

You may like :
Instant semolina dhokla.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Chocolate dipped Strawberries


Luscious, juicy and succlent  strawberries dipped in mouthwatering and delectable white and milk chocolate.

Ingredients:

24 ripe strawberries
200 grams while chocolate
200 grams milk chocolate
sweets/sprinkles of choice

Wooden skewers


Method:

1. In a double boiler melt the white chocolate and milk chocolate separately in separate bowls.
2. Wash and air dry the strawberries. Keep the green stalk on.
3. Push the pointed end of each skewer in to the base of the strawberry .Repeat for all strawberries.
4. Dip each strawberry into the chocolate anda sprinkle the chocolate dipped end with the sprinkles.
5. Leave to set. Repeat for all strawberries , decoarting them using different sprinkles.
Serve strawberries with Ice cream or as they are on skewers as strawberry pops.


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Lets cook for Christmas red/ green event.
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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Free Giveaway~Auto Stirrer your Hands Free, Cordless Kitchen Cooking Assistant .


Auto Stirrer your Hands Free, Cordless Kitchen Cooking Assistant that was the iDA Award Winner 2010.

This  amazing new kitchen Utensil  made by Autobin lets you stir your food and sauces automatically without having to stand over the cooker. Auto Stirrer works with any size pot or pan and is designed to cover every inch of the bottom of the pan. Just push the button and it automatically starts stirring for you. Battery powered  with  three speed settings, it is ideal for stirring soups, sauces, milk based puddings and  baby foods . The Auto Stirrers heat resistant silicone feet and attached spatula can with stand temperatures up to 300˚C. With its sturdy stainless steel legs providing additional durability, the Auto Stirrer is lightweight making it highly versatile and portable.After use, it can be put into the dishwasher as it has an easy-care no fuss ergonomic design. 
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A third hand in the kitchen, allowing you to get 2 things done at once. Auto Stirrer makes meal preparation a breeze. A perfect kitchen aid, auto stirrer would make an ideal Christmas gift for any foodie, for the elderly, or for people with any disability that restricts movement in their hands.out there. It is retailed at £ 14.95.
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Friday, 2 December 2011

C.E.D.D.~ Apples Round Up

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"  thats an age old saying.
With  a total of 27 entries these amazing desserts with apples will have your taste buds tickling and your pulse racing.
Here is the round up of C.E.D.D Apples event round up.


Shaheen sent:


Geetha sent:

Celine sent:

Vani sent:

Mansi sent:

Sravani sent:

Biren sent:


Many Thanks to everyone who participated and  sent their entries, each and every recipe looks wonderful and tasty.
Raven who is the brain child of this event has picked a winner for the book apples . The winner is Namitha of Collaborative Cookery. Many congratulations to you.


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