New Year Musings 2016~ Food Love

No resolutions this year…instead I’ll try starting the new year on a food high and see if I can sustain it through the year.

That sounds better! Having said that, from 5 AM this morning I woke up with the intention of posting a recipe. I was keen on either Osmania Biscuits, Or Eggless Butterscotch cake Or Paneer Pizza from scratch Or White chocolate Mousse Cake.

Then life happened, holiday homework, preparing breakfasts, lunches and dinners, babysitting an active ten month old, etc, etc. So here I am at this hour, only capable of typing these few lines of daily happenings and posting some pics.

But Hope Lies Eternal in me! I’ll hope for another perfect day! Join me in prayer ūüôā

Happy New Year 2016!

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Back after a loooong time #UnwrapChristmas

#UnwrapChristmas

It only takes a spark to get the fire going.

And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.

That’s how it is with God’s love,

Once you have experienced it

You want to sing

You feel like spring

You want to pass it on…

A few of us gathered together for Secret Santa tidings, divided by names and united through a common Christmas spirit of sharing. And it is in this spirit that we bring this blog chain to you.

I am thankful to *Shilpa Garg* for passing on the baton of spreading Christmas joy and spirit.

It is here  that I unwrap Christmas on my blog for you.

I’ve been away from writing for almost three years now. A Lot has changed since then. A change of

 

Christmas has always meant typical sights, sounds,smells, visuals and sensations for me. I love December because of the weather, the food that creates warmth, the mellow looking clouds and sky, the women wrapped with woollies of a million designs and colours. Delhi changes its colours every winter and despite the smog….it looks and feels wonderful. December haunts are Khan Market, CP and typical foods and beverages are hot pav bhajis, vada pavs, chole kulche, shakar kandi ki chat and cold coffees.Cups of steaming filter coffee and masala chai at home, make a humble attempt to keep us warm.

At around the same time, the Christmas spirit creeps in on you and your spirits are uplifted and you usually feel euphoric at least till the first week of January brings its resolutions with it :)!! Everywhere you see there’s red and green and bells and holly, wreaths and carols and the musky aroma of Christmas Rum Cakes feels so good.

With these feelings of absolute wonder and bliss I bring to you some visuals of what’s in store in this blog. Thanks for all your patience and support and wish you a Merry Christmas and Rocking New Year!!

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So folks,This is what I’ve been busy with! Food Food and more food!

And also a tiny addition to my family(my 10 month old baby boy ūüėČ ). A baby step towards setting up a home baking and food service business.

Wish me luck and send me your wishes…come spread the joy and cheer!

 

 

I now invite *Corrine Rodrigues* to spread the message of Christmas and new years on their blog.

 

Project Birthday-12th Feb, My Little Girl Turned 8!!!

 

She was our Miracle when she was born at 1:38PM on the 12th of February, 2004 at Fernandez hospital in Hyderabad. She changed my life forever. We grew up together, she as my baby and I as a mother who did not know why she would cry or smile or what made her happy as a baby.She grew up and I still wonder in awe as to what I must have done to deserve  my sweet, soft spoken, loving and caring Best Friend who is so perceptive of my moods and emotions that it baffles me, makes my eyes mist and just takes my breath away!

This post is dedicated to you Raimaa, my angel!! 

You changed me forever!

So I hope I made her special day special enough for her and am sharing some precious moments for all to partake!

Happy with the treasure hunt to find her Birthday Haul!!
 
Starting the Day with Rocky Road Cake!!
 
Happy and Posing!!
 
Sibling Revelry
 
 
 
 
Another Shot!! and did I mention I MADE IT ūüôā

Birthdays of the Special People in My Life-Project Birthday!!

Lemon Cake with Betty Crocker Lemon Icing

Phew!!! I am in a tizzy right now since February is a personally important Month. Hubby’s birthday¬†was celebrated very simply yesterday. The day started with a Traditional North Indian Breakfast of Halwa/Puri/Aloo ki Sabji, went onto a simple lunch spread of Coconut Milk Pulav,Raita¬†and Instant Mango Pickle and¬†finished off with an Italian Dinner of warm Bread Rolls with Basil Pesto and Penne Arabiatta.

Hubby isnt too fond of chocolate so made a Lemon and¬†Black Dried¬†Raisins Cake that I took from my dear Friend Arundati’s Blog “Escapades”¬†that I iced with Store Bought Betty Crocker Lemon Icing.

All in All a good way to¬†celebrate a Birthday!! Wish Hubby had been in better health(Throat Infection and Fever ūüė¶ )

Having said that Lemme Share the Recipe for the Lemon and Black Dried Raisins Cake:

APF(Maida)-2 Cups

Powedered Sugar-1 Cup

1/2 teaspoon-Salt

Black Dried Raisins-6 Tbspns

Skimmed Milk-2 Cups

Melted Nutralite-6 Tbspns

Grated Lemon Rind-4 tspns

Eggs-2

Amateur Attempts at Icing and Decoration

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 200 C for 10 minutes
  • Combine the dry ingredients and form a Well in a big bowl
  • Beat the eggs,Melted Nutralite,Milk and Lemon Rind with a¬†beater.
  • Fold in the Liquid into the dry ingredients gently.
  • Do Not Over beat!!
  • Pour batter¬†into two 8″¬†pans and place in the middle rack of the oven¬†for 30-35 minutes or till¬†a tooth pick comes out clean from the middle part of the cakes.
  • Let the cakes stand for 10 minutes and then turn them over onto a wire rack to cool completely before Icing.

I iced only one cake as the other was devuored before it cooled ūüôā Don’t you just love that for proof that you have baked to perfection!!! Thanks Aru :-)…

Raspberry Red Colour for Writing !

This is¬†the first part of Project Birthday…the main day¬†is yet to come and that is my first born’s Big Day!! She has requested that I keep it simple, ONLY a Visit to the MALL,A store bought Rocky Road Cake in the morning, A Pink Princess Castle Cake for the Birthday Party in the evening with lots of other kiddie snacks Thrown in for good Measure..and loads of other surprises.

Phew once again!!! Don’t I love being a Mother!! read on…

An Apple a day :-) I am back folks!!!

One of my friends, a Doctor gave me a couple of really interesting facts about apples and their nutritional benefits.

I must say that I am follower of the apple cult today :-).Some really useful information is  available on google as well: 

  • One apple, on average, contains more antioxidants than a large vitamin C dose of 1,500 mg.
  • Apples are also full of phytochemicals that help with antioxidant activity, as well as in preventing cancer.¬†
  • The Phytonutrients contained in apples are another type of antioxidant. These assist in fighting the harmful effects of bad LDL cholesterol, which, in turn, prevents heart disease.
  • ¬†Apples have been found to prevent or decrease the effects of osteoporosis because they contain a flavanoid¬†called phloridzin, as well as boron. Boron is an essential trace element that increases bone density and makes bones stronger.
  • Another one of the apple nutrition facts is that they contain quercetin, which is a substance that could protect brain cells from developing Alzheimer‚Äôs disease, caused by free radical damage.
  • Apples contain pectin, which helps the digestive process, since it is a soluble fiber. One apple has the same amount of fiber that is contained in a breakfast bran cereal bowl. Also, the pectin contained in apples supplies the body with galacturonic acid, which is a substance that decreases the body‚Äôs insulin needs and, in turn, may assist in managing diabetes.

Okay , I admit¬†I have been building this case up to hide my “Love of Fruit Cakes”…there…I said it :-).

Having said that, I just felt the fierce need to bake something fruity, decadent and full of the goodness of apples at “4 AM” today!!

So the end result was the heavenly smell of fresh baking emanating in our flat and till the corridor and all the ladies who were rushing off to work were giving me those knowing grins on my way down the lift to get into that waiting office cab.

I found this recipe on my hunt through google so sorry if I do not have the source details.Anyone can feel free to claim this as their own, though I have made changes based on ingredients that were readily available with me.

Rich Apple Cake:

  • 4 cups chopped apples
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • ¬Ĺ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4¬†cup oil
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Nutralite
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Almonds

How to Prepare:

In bowl, mix together apples, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons baking soda. Let stand 45 minutes.

Add 3/4 cup oil, 2 beaten eggs, 3 cups apf, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2/3 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Stir and pour into either 9 X 13 pan or 11 X 15 pan.I used two pans of 6 inch size. 

For topping, mix together 1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup sugar. Sprinkle on the dough.

Drizzle melted nutralite over topping. Top with chopped fine almond.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

I will post pictures soon!!

 

Tasty Bhi Sweet Bhi aur Healthy Bhi :-)~Oats and Coconut Spice Cookies!!(Eggless)

Oats and Coconut Spice Cookies! Healthy Magic ūüôā

Sorry this caption sounds like a Maggie Noodles ad.

Being a Foodie family has its advantages. Food gets attention and any new trial gets a detailed review :-). The flip side though is that this review is NOT ALWAYS POSITIVE :-(. So, it has been my endeavour to produce Healthy yet tasty food most times.

Though, I must admit that I sometimes cheat in this endeavour, when I put APF instead of whole wheat or Multi Grain Flour just because the family somehow likes it more in terms of the texture of the finished product! There…I have admitted to this.

Anyways, this particular recipe is a very simple, healthy and hassle free way to get children to consume coconut,honey and OATS!! It tastes a bit like anzac cookies and the kids and husband just love it. This cookie is just how a true cookie should taste, crisp on the edges and outside and nice a chewy on the inside. So here goes.

All Stacked Up to be Eaten!

Recipe Source-“Eggless Baking” book by Mrs Indira kakati(1988)

Ingredients-

Oats(Any variety)-1 Cup
Brown Sugar-3/4 Cup
APF-3/4 Cup
Dessicated coconut(unsweetened)-3/4 Cup
Nutralite-1/4 Cup
Honey-2TBSP
Baking Soda-1.5 tsp
Water-3TBSP(really warm)
Nutmeg Powder-1/4 tsp
Cardamom Powder-1/4 tsp

Method:

-Mix all the Dry Ingredients well in a Bowl.(APF,Nutmeg,Cardamom,sugar and coconut and offcourse the OATS)
-Microwave the Nutralite on high power for 35 seconds. Add the honey and stir well.
-Dissolve the baking soda in the warm water and add it to the honey-butter mixture and stir well.
-Now add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and in the bowl and mix well to form a firm dough. It actually looks like coconut laddoo dough ÔĀä.The dough will be a bit dry.
-Take about a tbsp of dough and roll it into a ball and flatten well with your hand .
– If your dough is sticky, add a little more flour, and if it is too dry, add just a bit of water to get the right dough consistency.(Do not add a lot of flour though, just a tsp at a time)

-Place the flattened biscuits on aluminum foil wrapped tray and bake at 160 C for about 15 minutes till they look dry and brown. Mine took 18 minutes. These biscuits tend to brown. Do check on them after 10 minutes of baking to ensure they don’t burn. I like mine only slightly brown on the edges and paler on the centre.

-At this point the biscuits will be very soft. Let them cool on the tray for about 10 minutes, then remove them and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

See how the Cookie Crumbles??

I got 33 medium cookies.
Please try these awesome spice cookies.

Confession Time-Friends I was away from this blog coz I was Busy Cooking and Baking :-). And I would like to give you just a teaser now of what is yet to be posted . Ain’t I wicked !!lol…

Aloo Mutter Spicy Buns.
Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala!
Kiddie Delights-baked potatoes

And many many more ….keep a lookout for this space !! see you..