Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sandwiches Grilled!

Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Sausage Panini


I am an ardent sandwich lover. Club anything between 2 bread slices and I am party.
And to have it grilled …...hmmm... heaven!!
Yesterday while channel surfing, I landed on this channel that was showing loads of loads of sandwiches, all shapes and sizes, and then all I could think of was digging my teeth into one of those :). 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Glorious Oatmeal!!

Recipe: Lacy Oatmeal Cookies

This is one cookie recipe that I fell in love with, the moment I spotted it on Ria’s blog. The cookies she had made looked so beautiful and thin and wafer-like that all I wanted was to take a bite at it.
The next thing I know I was whipping up the cookie batter :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Birthday Treat!! (Photos Updated on 05/012016)

Recipe: Vanilla cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh fruit frosting

Today is my little brother’s Birthday.... well, don’t get carried away by the word ‘little’....he’s not all that little right now... :)  he’s 25 + year old man but will always remain my baby brother for ever!!
This cake that I have made today is to mark that celebration but unfortunately he is not near me to take a bite of it :(
Actually we live poles apart, he is in Canada and me here in the middle east. Nevertheless, I decided to go ahead and celebrate his birthday for him.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Dedication to Chocolate Lovers :)

Recipe: Eggless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting


It’s been a while since I had made a cake with frosting and my daughter had been pestering me for one.

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Chocolate- Banana Delight

Recipe: Chocolate Banana Oats Muffin


With overripe bananas being a phenomenon in my pantry and with nothing better to do with them than mash and bake them into a cake or muffin, I was on my way to get that done when I suddenly remembered a great recipe I read in Ria’s Collections..... Banana-Buttermilk & oats Muffin.
The muffins she had made looked so good and inviting that I had made a note to do the same the next time I had  some overripe bananas over at my counter.
So here they were all ready to be attacked......
But I have a made a few changes with the recipe...... I gave it  a chocolate flavour to make it more appealing for my little one , well, she’s not much of a fan of the plain banana flavour.
Also I have reversed the whole wheat-flour proportions from the original recipe....... the final output turned out to be a real winner.

Well, my picky girl loved it......and that’s not all..... so did my banana flavour- hater husband (he didn't realise that he had been tricked into eating a banana muffin ;) ) and definitely me too.

It tastes best when eaten warm.




 All-purpose flour - ½ cup
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Brown Sugar - 1 cup (if using white sugar it’s ok to use ¾ cup)
Cocoa powder - ¼ cup
Oats - 1 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - ½ tsp
Buttermilk - ¾ cup
Egg - 1 slightly beaten
Vegetable oil - ⅓ cup
Vanilla Essence - ½ tsp

Bananas - 3 medium sized mashed


Preheat oven to 180 degree C and line your muffin tin with liners.

Sieve together all the dry ingredients,i.e, the flours, sugar, cocoa powder, oats,baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
In another bowl whisk together all the wet ingredients as well.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in the centre of the well.
Using a rubber spatula gently fold in the ingredients together until just combined,i.e, until the wet ingredients are just moistened. Its ok to have some lumps.
DO NOT OVERMIX or your muffins will get quite tough.

Scoop out your batter using an ice cream scoop or spoon and fill the liners to ¾ level.
Pop into the oven and bake for 18-20 mins or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Leave to cool completely before serving.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Potatoes Pressured!!

Recipe: Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Potatoes cooked in tomato-yoghurt gravy)


Until last december I considered myself to be one of the luckiest woman on earth, well, maybe the luckiest amongst my friends and neighbours as I was the only one who could wake up at 8.30 am or even later almost everyday as my husband had to start work only by 10 am and my daughter hadn't started school yet......well, that was just the cake.....The icing was that I didn't have to prepare an elaborate lunch for the whole of the week....(except on the weekends of course) ...with my husband  almost alway taking packed lunches. And since I never enjoyed eating alone, my lunches were usually easy whip ups and sandwiches. The only real  lunch making that I had to do was for my daughter, but that was ok as it was mostly tiny quantities of fried rice, biryanis or chapatis.....which of course was a mere slice of cake!!