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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake ~ It's Eggless!


Although I had heard a lot about mug cakes I was never in favour of - or rather, never considered it to be a real 'cake'. It's not that I am a baking snob. I am no genius baker and baking is still a learning process for me, yet I never gave the mug cake a chance. However, when there is a house full of kids who get ultra bored during vacations the mind of a mommy wanders in search of something fun to do - a summer holiday project that can be made & eaten in 5 minutes flat - well, yes, I am counting the prep time as well.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Fish Biryani


         
Every now & then I browse through my recipe index to see the categories that I've created and the recipes that are very popular till date - many of which I have never expected to go so viral. The Chicken Curry Without Coconut is one such recipe which has received a lot of unexpected fame. However, I noticed that there are a few recipes that have gone unnoticed - they were posted much before the blog became so popular. It is one of my favourite recipes and I have made it several times over. It is my mum's sister's recipe which is simple yet delicious. I have to admit that it is not completely from scratch.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Herbed Potato & Corn Tikkis



I am always lost for ideas when it comes to drawing up a menu for kiddie parties. I prefer serving home made snacks that are not only easy to make but are also nutritious and tasty for the tiny tots. Tikkies or mini cutlets are one of those popular items on the table that every kid likes to munch on. 

Today's recipe is easy and simple in terms of process. Since corn on the cob is a staple in my house I made use of some leftover corn to some leftover boiled potatoes, threw in some grated cheese and my current favourite - dill leaves (amazing! I love it) to the mixture. If you are making it for adults you can add de seeded and finely chopped green chillies but I used pepper powder instead.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cilantro Fish ~ When Hubby Cooks!



The hardest part about blogging I guess is to take the time to actually write and collate the entire post! While cooking & clicking happens in full swing almost on a daily basis, I hardly find the time to download the pictures on my computer & then put the post together. Add to it the occasional laziness and you have weeks of absence from me. 

Before I delay it any longer, I have a nice new announcement to make - if you have already liked my Facebook page you may be knowing this already.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Hey everyone! Just in case you are wondering where I am - I am right here! Haven't gone into hiding. It's just that a load of things are on my plate right now, but I will tell you that in detail later. I thought I'd quickly post a simple recipe for a delicious smoothie - its so easy to put together and delicious enough to entice little ones into getting something filling and nutritious into their little tummies


I realised that smoothies are my current favourite - you can have them anytime you are hungry and trust me, they can keep you 'filled' up till your next big meal. However, what goes into a smoothie greatly determines how many calories you are putting into your body - so watch out! My rule book says - no artificial sweetners. When fruits can provide the required sweetness, there is no need for the addition of sugar. However, tiny palates are hard to please sometimes, so a little sprinkling of sugar may be required. 


The peanut butter provides the dreamy-creamy texture and taste to this smoothie which then becomes super tasty to the last drop! My little fellow loved it. I am sure yours will too!


Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
Prep time 5 mins | Cook time: Nil | Serves 2

You Need:
  • 1-1/2 cups chilled milk * see notes
  • 2 tablespoon curds/yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 2 small ripe bananas
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional) *see notes
Method:
Whiz all the above ingredients in a blender and serve decorated with banana slices

Notes:
1. If you wish you can use milk at room temperature especially if you are serving it to kids.
2. Use of sugar is optional, not recommended if you are health conscious. However, if you intend to use it, substitute regular white sugar with brown sugar or honey. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake ~ It's Eggless!


Although I had heard a lot about mug cakes I was never in favour of - or rather, never considered it to be a real 'cake'. It's not that I am a baking snob. I am no genius baker and baking is still a learning process for me, yet I never gave the mug cake a chance. However, when there is a house full of kids who get ultra bored during vacations the mind of a mommy wanders in search of something fun to do - a summer holiday project that can be made & eaten in 5 minutes flat - well, yes, I am counting the prep time as well.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Fish Biryani


         
Every now & then I browse through my recipe index to see the categories that I've created and the recipes that are very popular till date - many of which I have never expected to go so viral. The Chicken Curry Without Coconut is one such recipe which has received a lot of unexpected fame. However, I noticed that there are a few recipes that have gone unnoticed - they were posted much before the blog became so popular. It is one of my favourite recipes and I have made it several times over. It is my mum's sister's recipe which is simple yet delicious. I have to admit that it is not completely from scratch.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Herbed Potato & Corn Tikkis



I am always lost for ideas when it comes to drawing up a menu for kiddie parties. I prefer serving home made snacks that are not only easy to make but are also nutritious and tasty for the tiny tots. Tikkies or mini cutlets are one of those popular items on the table that every kid likes to munch on. 

Today's recipe is easy and simple in terms of process. Since corn on the cob is a staple in my house I made use of some leftover corn to some leftover boiled potatoes, threw in some grated cheese and my current favourite - dill leaves (amazing! I love it) to the mixture. If you are making it for adults you can add de seeded and finely chopped green chillies but I used pepper powder instead.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cilantro Fish ~ When Hubby Cooks!



The hardest part about blogging I guess is to take the time to actually write and collate the entire post! While cooking & clicking happens in full swing almost on a daily basis, I hardly find the time to download the pictures on my computer & then put the post together. Add to it the occasional laziness and you have weeks of absence from me. 

Before I delay it any longer, I have a nice new announcement to make - if you have already liked my Facebook page you may be knowing this already.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Hey everyone! Just in case you are wondering where I am - I am right here! Haven't gone into hiding. It's just that a load of things are on my plate right now, but I will tell you that in detail later. I thought I'd quickly post a simple recipe for a delicious smoothie - its so easy to put together and delicious enough to entice little ones into getting something filling and nutritious into their little tummies


I realised that smoothies are my current favourite - you can have them anytime you are hungry and trust me, they can keep you 'filled' up till your next big meal. However, what goes into a smoothie greatly determines how many calories you are putting into your body - so watch out! My rule book says - no artificial sweetners. When fruits can provide the required sweetness, there is no need for the addition of sugar. However, tiny palates are hard to please sometimes, so a little sprinkling of sugar may be required. 


The peanut butter provides the dreamy-creamy texture and taste to this smoothie which then becomes super tasty to the last drop! My little fellow loved it. I am sure yours will too!


Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
Prep time 5 mins | Cook time: Nil | Serves 2

You Need:
  • 1-1/2 cups chilled milk * see notes
  • 2 tablespoon curds/yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 2 small ripe bananas
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional) *see notes
Method:
Whiz all the above ingredients in a blender and serve decorated with banana slices

Notes:
1. If you wish you can use milk at room temperature especially if you are serving it to kids.
2. Use of sugar is optional, not recommended if you are health conscious. However, if you intend to use it, substitute regular white sugar with brown sugar or honey.