Sunday, August 31, 2008
Pasta : 1 cup
Tomatoes: 2 big
Lemon juice: 1 big lemon
Lemon zest: 1/2 lemon
Salt:as per taste
Olive oil: 2 tspn
Ricota cheese: 2 tbsp(crumbled or cubed)
Coriander leaves: for garnish
Cook the pasta as per the instructions.I used bow tie or farfalle even though the recipe was meant for fusili or cork screw pasta.
While pasta is being cooked,in a bowl,add chopped tomatoes,oregano,pepper,salt,zest and juice.The recipe did not have oregano,but I added it.Mix well.
Add the cooked pasta to this bowl, and toss.Add crumbled or cubed ricotta cheese,olive oil and garnish with coriander/cilantro leaves.Serve.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
All Purpose flour: 1and 3/4 cups
Yeast: 1 envelope
Warm water:3/4 to 1 cup
Sugar: 7 tbsp
Vegetable Oil: 1/2 tbsp+ needed to grease
Unsalted Butter (room temperature):1 stick
Pecans: 1 cup chopped/crushed/halved
Fresh from the oven...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Lemon:2 or 3 big
Green Chillies: 3 big or as per taste
Salt:2 tsp or more
Ginger: 1 big piece.
Chop the green chillies and ginger.Add these to the lemon pieces in the jar.If you want you can top this with juice from another lemon, but it is optional.Cover the jar tightly with its lid.You can shake the jar to mix everything together,but otherwise also is fine.It looks like
For making quick lime pickle,you can take a few of these pieces in a clean bowl,steam it if you had omitted it earlier,then add chilli powder to them and mix well.Top with sesame oil.Serve.
Now the lemon side goes to AFAM:Lemon started by Maheshwari of Beyond the usual and currently hosted by EasyCrafts of SimpleIndian Food.
The lemon side picture also goes to Click: Citrus of JugalBandi with a title of Pickling Lemon
Hope you too enjoy the lemon sides.I have been tagged by SriLekha of Me&My Kitchen. Thanks Sri.The rules are
(a) List these rules on your blog.
(b) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
(c) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Well I already did (A).
B)7 facts about me:
- I am a housewife,currently in US but settled in Bangalore.
- I am a very pessimistic person,coz I feel thinking bad first helps us to enjoy the good things/thoughts in life.
- I have a 3 yr old daughter.
- I am single child to very unlucky parents.(unlucky to have me).(He! He! Its a joke,sorry ! and laugh pleaseee.)
- I am a lazy person when it comes to fitness,but I am shapely(well 0 is a shape)
- I am a strict vegetarian.
- I work best under pressure.
C) I love to tag,
- Lubna of Kitchen flavours,
- Paru of Brindavan Recipes,
- Aparna of MyDiverseKitchen,
- SunshineMom of TumyumTreats,
- EasyCrafts of SimpleIndianfood,
- Vegetable Platter,
- Divya of DilSe
Paru has also awarded me a "Good Job" award. THANKS PARU.It means a lot to be appreciated.
Enjoy the sides.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Cloves:2 or 3
I have been awarded the "Wylde Woman Award" again,this time by Srilekha of Me&My Kitchen.
THANKS A LOT SRI.Its my second but as precious.
I have also been tagged first by Lubna of Kitchen Flavours with a friendship poem
We need friends for many reasons,all throughout the season.
We need friends to comfort us when we are sad,and to have fun with need friends to give us good advice,
We need someone we can count on,and treat us nice.
We need friends to remember us once we have passed ;sharing memories that will always last.
Spread the poem of friendship.
1. Everyday Life 2. Words of Love 3. Sheng's Simple Thoughts . . . 4 My Wonderful Life ....5. Can of Thoughts 6. Designs By Vhiel 7. Vhiel's Corner 8. Anything and Everything in Between 9. A Mother's Stuff 10. http://housewifeatwork.blogspot.com/ 11. My Receipes 12. Vblogger 13. thefootloosechef 14. Yummy Food 15. CurryLeaf 16.You
I love to tag SriLekha,Vegetable Platter, Paru ,Srivalli
Paru has also tagged with a a MeMe:
The rules are:
The rules of the MeMe are the following:
- Pick up the nearest book
- Open to page 123
- Find the 5th sentence
- Post the next three sentences
- Tag 5 people and acknowledge the person who tagged you.
The book is Family Circle Magazine
The page is "Better Healthcare Handbook"
The 5th line: the incredible shrinking doctor's appointment
next: with time at a premium,learn how to make the most of your 11 minutes in the examining room
7th: ace any health exam
8th :When to get a second opinion
Thanks Paru,now I am tagging,
Divya of Dilse
Divya of Culinary Bazaar
It was exciting doing the MeMe..Hope you too are.!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Rolled oats:1 cup
Maple syrup :1 tspn
Pecans: 1 tspn
Saturday, August 23, 2008
salt:as per taste
Hot water:as needed to the dough
In a bowl,mix salt and yellow cornmeal.Now add hot water to this this little by little and form a dough.To be honest,I added more water and got a crumbly dough.So I let the dough rest for 15 to 20 minutes so that it becomes a bit firm.This can be skipped if your dough is firmer.
Make small balls out of dough.Use your hands to flatten it a bit and cook the flatbread on a skillet or a tawa on both sides.
Now Myamii gives details on how to flatten it using a tortilla press,plastic wrap and hand.I found using the hand is better especially if your dough is crumbly.But it is easier with hands.I find that the entire process is similar to making of akki roti(Karnataka roti) except that we are using rice flour for akki roti and arepaflour/yellow cornmeal for arepas. But It was tastier than expected.
Serve with refried beans.
This easy to make Columbian flat bread also goes to Weekend Breakfast Blogging:Combi breakfasts started by Saffron Trail and currently hosted by Latha of MasalaMagic
Yellow ripe bananas/Green Bananas/Butter Plantains: 1
Milk: 1 cup (Chilled/Frozen)
Cardamom powdered: 1 pinch
Cinnamon powdered: 1 pinch
Sugar: 1 to 2 tspn
Chocolate syrup: 1/2 tspn
The chocolate syrup if used more will give a brown colour to the shake.Adjust as per your desire.
The syrup can be homemade or store brought.I made at home mixing unsweetened cocoa with sugar and boiling till thickened.Adjust the sugar with the amount of chocolate syrup.
Now if you don't have syrup or too lazy to make your own,then replace it with 1/2 tspn of chocolate horlicks/bournvita/viva/drinking chocolate/cocoa mix or any other chocolate/cocoa mixes available at home.But using unsweetened cocoa may sometimes give a little sourness to the shake.Now this is my version of the shake. I have seen/heard versions with anjeers,dates and other dry fruits added to it while blending.These make it more thick and healthy.
But yes,Mine is healthy too.And tasty.Because my daughter who drinks nothing but strawberry milk and hates bananas had one whole glass.....HURRAY.
So this simple shake makes its way to Srilekha's Icecream&Milkshakes event where she is celebrating her 200th post.CONGRATS!! Srilekha
Friday, August 22, 2008
- You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post
- Link back to the blog site http://tammyvitale.typepad.com/ Tammy can go visit all these wonderful men and women and remember the Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgment to men and women, who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.
- Aparna of MyDiverseKitchen
- AniSheetu of My Kitchen
- Divya of CulinaryBazaar
- Divya of Dilse
- EasyCrafts of SimpleIndianFood
- Harini of TumyumTreats
- Bee of JugalBandi
- Madhuram of Egglesscooking
- Nupur of OneHotStove
- Nicole of For thelove of food
- Paru of BrindavanPureVegRecipes
- Pooja of CreativeIdeas
- Sia of Monsoonspice
- Suma Rajesh of Suma's Cuisine
- Srivalli of Cooking4allseasons
- Vaishali of HolyCow
Sugar: 1 tspn(optional)
Lemon Juice:1/2 lime
Microwave the strawberry & banana for 1 minute and then puree in a blender.Pour into a bowl or tray and freeze for 4 to 5 hours. Take out from the freezer and thaw for 15 minutes and then blend again in the mixer and freeze for 45 minutes again.Now this is my own addition to the recipe.But this blending again makes the sorbet more creamy and smooth.
Thaw again for few minutes and serve in scoops.JugalBandi team served it in chocolate shells.But I did not have any.(I tried making but ......)So I scooped it in wine glass pour chocolate syrup on it and put in a lone rolled-up wafer.Enjoy this in hot summer anytime of the day.
THANK EVERYONE.ENJOY THE SORBET
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Red Beans:1/2 cup
Red Pepper Flakes(Optional):1 tspn
Salt&Pepper:as per taste
Soak the beans overnight and cook in a pressure cooker adding salt.
Taste & Create by Nicole.
All Purpose flour:1 cup
Ginger:1 inch piece
Green chilly:2 medium
Baking soda:1/2 tsp
Salt:as per taste
Coriander leaves/cilantro: few sprigs
In a bowl mix together flour,soda,finely chopped onion,green chillies,coriander leaves,ginger together.Add buttermilk to it to make a thick batter of dropping consistency.
Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry spoonfuls/palmfuls of batter in batches till golden brown on both sides. I put palmfuls and from the picture below I think you can make out the maps of several countries.
SWC:Karnataka hosted by Anisheetu
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I used readymade pie crust mix to make two 9" crusts.
Butter:1/2 tbsp cold unsalted and cubed
Cinnamon powdered:1/2 tspn
Lemon Juice:1/2 lemon
Butter : small piece,unsalted and cold
Brushing the top
Milk: 1-2 tspn
Cinnamon-sugar mix:1-2 tspn
Prepare pie crusts using the package directions.
In another bowl mix the flour,brown sugar and old-fashioned oats.You can crush or roll oats prior to mixing.Cut or shred the cold,unsalted butter into this and mix well.The original recipe had no oats,but I added it.I had already made plum crumble with the oat-flour crumble topping so I gave this pie the same as well.
Fit a rolled out pie crust into a pie pan and fill with the apple mix. Top this mix with cold unsalted butter cut into cubes.The original recipe calls for mixing the apple filling with unsalted butter at room temperature.But mine was cold.So I cubed it and topped the apple mix with it.
Brush the pie with milk and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mix.
Now bake the pie first at 425F for 12 to 15 minutes and then at 350F for 50-55 minutes.
Cool and cut into wedges.Serve as such or with ice-cream or whipped cream.
This delicious pie is my entry for MBP:Fruitfare,started by Coffee and currently hosted by Aparna of MyDiverseKitchen.
I followed the recipe given but with slight changes.Click here for the original
Eggplant pieces:4 to 5
Bread Crumbs:1 cup
Tomatoes: 2 to 3 big chopped/crushed
Heat the oven to 400F.Cut the eggplant into round pieces or long strips. Apply salt on them and leave them for 15 minutes. Squeeze the eggplant pieces and this removes the bitterness.
Heat oil in a pan or fryer.I made a thin paste of flour and water and used this instead of eggwhites in the original recipe.I dipped each eggplant piece in this paste and then rolled them in bread crumbs and deep fried them.Allow them to cool in a paper towel.
I used cheese flavoured italian bread crumbs.If you are using unseasoned then add the pepper,salt,oregano/italian seasoning and parmesan cheese to it before rolling the eggplant pieces.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Kale:1 cup chopped
Toor Dal:2 tbspn
Chilly Powder:1/2 tspn
Salt:as per taste
Chop kale,onion,ginger and mince garlic.Slit green chilly.Cook Dal in a pressure cooker.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Marinara Sauce:1/4 cup
Italian sandwich Rolls: (medium sized): 3 atleast
Oregano: 1 tspn(optional)
Salt & Pepper :as per taste
Red Pepper flakes:1tspn
Mozzarella cheese shredded :1/4 cup
Chop the zucchini and broccoli into bite sized pieces.Heat oil /unsalted butter in a pan.Saute the cubed veggies adding the salt,pepper and oregano or italian seasoning and red pepper flakes till they are cooked.Add the marinara sauce.Mix well and saute till the sauce is heated.Keep aside.
Take a bread roll and put a spoonful of this mix on it.Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and close the roll.Do this for each and every sandwich roll. Fold each sandwich in aluminium foil and bake in pre heated oven at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
The final product is this
and when opened looks like this
This can be prepared early and warmed just before serving.
This easy to make sandwich is my entry to WTSIM:Summer Edition (picnic recipes) hosted by Eva:The PassionateCook along with CookSister! and SpittoonExtra
This also goes to A.W.E.D Italian hosted by DK of CulinaryBazaar as a vegetarian snack
The GDL recipe(goes here) uses mascarpone cheese and butter in the dough,but some research and I found that the dough can be made with olive oil only. Here's my recipe
All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Olive Oil - 1.5 tbspn
Salt: 1/2 tspn
Ice-cold water :as needed to form a dough
Kale :1/2 cup
Corn Kernels: 2 tbspn
Oregano: 1 tspn
Salt & pepper :as per taste
Shredded Mozzarella :1/4 cup
Making a crostata:
Preheat oven to 400F.
After you get the required size,keep it in a greased circular baking dish and then fill it with veggie -cheese mix.Spread evenly all around the circle leaving a little border.After filling slowly fold the edges of the dough over the veggies forming a crust.Brush the folded edges with milk or oil/butter for getting a brown 'crusty' look.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
Cool and serve by cutting into wedges. The dish after baking was tasty but some part of the folded crust was too "crusty" but still tasty.
After cutting into wedges
The dish is very tasty and instead of cutting a big crostata into smaller wedges we can make smaller crostata for individual servings.Veggie crostata can be served as appetizers and fruit crostatas as dessert.
This dish goes to A.W.E.D Italian hosted by DK of Culinary bazaar as a vegetarian snack/appetizer
Independence Day Event hosted by Pooja of CreativeIdeas 'coz India also has the same three colors of Italian flag and like this dish is a medley of people,languages and ofcourse recipes
Friday, August 8, 2008
Bread cubed: 1 cup (Any bread can be used)
Dried Oregano:1/2 tspn
Garlic clove:1 crushed
Olive oil:1 tbspn
Salt:as per taste
Microwave the bread cubes for 1-2 minutes on high power till they become dry.
Crush the garlic clove and roast till golden brown in little oil.Add this to the bread cubes.Add oregano,pinch of salt and remaining oil to the dry cubes.Mix well till they are completely coated with oil and oregano. Microwave on high power for around 2 minutes.
The bread cubes will become hot and crisp.Serve with soup or salad or as a snack.
If prepared in large quantities store in an airtight container.
The timing varies with microwave and depends on the quantity as well. For larger quantities 1-2 minutes extra may be taken.
Garlic salt and/or onion powder can be used instead of crushed garlic.
Any seasoning can be used apart from oregano.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Yam pieces:1/2 cup
Salt:as per taste
Tamarind :1/4 berry size
Cube the yam pieces. Mix with salt and keep aside.
Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the salted yam pieces.Squeeze them first and the put into oil.Keep aside and let them cool.
In a kadai,dry roast tamarind,coriander seeds and red and green chillies.You can also use tamarind concentrate for this.Grind/powder the roasted ingredients and mix this powder with the fried yam pieces.Garnish with coconut scrappings or roasted shallots/small onions.
Serve as a dry side dish with rice.
Red Chilli flakes:1tbspn
Salt:as per taste
Chana dal:1 tspn
Peel,wash and grate beetroot in a bowl. Add coconut scrapings,red chilli flakes and salt to the grated beet.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tofu cubed:1/2 cup
Peas (frozen/fresh):1/2 cup.
Red Chilly:2 medium
Cardamon,Cloves,Cinnamon:1/4 tspn each
In a pan heat oil,add chopped onions,whole red chillies,whole green chilly and cinnamon, cardamom,cloves and aniseeds (You can crush the spices if you want before adding.) and cubed tomatoes.Stirfry till the mix starts cooking and oil separates, about 3-4 minutes. Cool and grind the mix.
Thaw the peas.Cube the tofu chunk and if you want roll it in little cornflour and shallow fry in little oil or oil and butter mix.I find tofu lighter than paneer.So I did this inorder to strenghten it.You can use the cubed pieces directly as well.
In a pan add very little oil,add the ground paste,saute again till it starts to brown and then add peas,tofu pieces,salt,water and cook till done.You can add more water for a thinner gravy.Serve with rotis.
Lemon juice:1 tbspn
Ginger:1 inch piece
Green Chilly:1 medium
Mustard seeds:1 tspn
Salt& Pepper:as per taste
Chop the cauliflower into bite sized pieces and clean them by immersing for a few minutes into salted water.Drain. Mix in a bowl,cauliflower,turmeric ,a little water and salt.
In a pan,heat oil,add mustard.As it splutters, add onion chopped,finely chopped ginger.Saute. As it turns transparent, add ground pepper,slit green chillies.You can adjust the pepper with green chillies and can avoid either of these by increasing the amount of other.Mix well add cauliflower mixed with water,salt and turmeric.Boil.Add lemon juice.Mix well and cover and simmer till the water evaporates and cauliflower gets cooked.
Rep Ripe Plums:1/2 cup
Cinnamon powder:1/4 tspn
Clean the plums and peel and chop them and remove the pits.In a microwave bowl,add and mix these ingredients.Microwave on high for 2 minutes.Then takeout and mix well.Microwave again for a few minutes.Check the microwave after every 1 minute and mash the big pieces if any.Take out and let it cool when all the water has evaporated.Once cooled store it in sterilized jars and refrigerate.Mine was over the same day as I had used a very small quantity and it was delicious.
This goes to SunshineMom for Food in Colors:Red
And also to EasyCrafts for WYF:Color