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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Chocolate Orange Tofu Mousse & Summing up A Year That Was!



Late last year (2014) when I was going through the different categories of recipes that I had on the blog I realised that I didn't have too many in the 'Dessert/Sweet dish' category. Neither did I have too many in the 'Hor D'oeuvres/Starters/Appetizers' section. I decided that I must learn to make some of these during the year as it would come handy whenever I wanted to host a party. Since I am always in charge of preparing the dessert at my place I like to make something that is either simple and not laborious or one that can be made ahead of time, like on the previous day. I managed to try out and post a decent number of dessert recipes and the starters weren't left too far behind as the hubby has tried out a zillion recipes but only a handful of them could be posted. During the next year, we will let the party starters take centre stage while I will go easy on the dessert recipes unless they are low calorie and healthy. If you'd like to see something new on the blog do let me know by emailing me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


So we are almost there! Another day to go before we usher in 2016! I am sure many of you have planned to party tomorrow night and I can imagine all the goodies you are planning to enjoy - home cooked or otherwise! If you haven't already, don't worry! Here's an easy hors d'oeuvre (starter) that you can put together in less than 30 mins and impress your guests! 

No guests? Spending New Year's eve alone? Don't worry. You deserve to celebrate in style! So without further ado let's dive straight into the recipe and see how you can make this delicious starter that I bet you will keep making again & again!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Refrigerator Cake ~ Biscuit Cake (Easy, No Bake)


Folks, did you have a great Christmas? I hope you did cuz I did too! We had a lovely family potluck lunch with each family bringing in a dish of their choice. We took the starters and the desserts which everyone enjoyed and ofcourse there was my Traditional Irish Christmas Cake that I finally cut after weeks of waiting! Unfortunately I couldn't get any icing done in the last minute rush and there are no pictures of the sliced cake either - it totally slipped off my mind :(

Anyway, I am still holidaying with my family. Spending time with my kids before school reopens on Sunday and also taking them out to enjoy the lovely weather. All the goodies I made for Christmas have vanished although the demand for more hasn't. I am planning to make some more stuff one of these days but came across one of my posts that has been in draft since last year! Yep, never got around to posting this very simple recipe. I can't let another year roll by without having posted it!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rum Balls


Folks! There's soooo much to do and so little time. I am not sure when I will finish it all. I just started making the kuswar yesterday and in between managing the kids and the house my work is going at snail's pace. In the midst of it all I feel guilty for not posting the recipes that have been piling up since ages. I am not kidding but I still have a few of last year's recipes to post. So without further ado let me post them today and tomorrow after which I will relaaaaaaaax! You may not see me until next week cuz a girl's gotta rest! Too much of cooking and staying in the kitchen isn't gaining me any brownie points in the socialising department. I have a great family, cousins, friends and neighbours I want to spend my time with and share the Christmas cheer! So to all of you my darlings - Have a wonderful Christmas - enjoy the festivities, the bonding, the caring, sharing and all those lovely things that we MUST carry forward to the next year as well. 

May this Christmas be just a reminder of the reason behind the season! May Jesus fill your lives with happiness today and always!!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

TiLache Laadu | Ellunde ~ Sesame Seed Balls ~ Traditional Mangalorean Kuswar


One of my most favourite items on the traditional Mangalorean Kuswar platter are the til laddoos or sesame seed balls that are pan India. These are an integral part of various cuisines and they are pretty popular as a sweet down South India too. In Mangalore they are sold in bakeries all year round and are particular popular during Christmas and Sankranti festivals. 

TiLache laadu as we call them in Konkani are an excellent source of copper, magnesium, calcium, iron and dietary fibre to name a few. They are beneficial to people of all ages and a must have at least occasionally. Since jaggery instead of sugar is used to bind the seeds together they can be considered to be a guilt free snack/sweet. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Recipes of All Time!

As we are inching towards Christmas 2015, I thought it would be nice for my readers to have a look at the recipes that were posted during the festive season over the years. While I started blogging way back in 2009 it was not until December 2010 that I got serious about it. Over the years I have tried out Christmas recipes that are part of my culinary heritage and those that grabbed my attention simply because there is so much out there that can spark your interest and make you want to cook!

I love experimenting with new recipes and I always bookmark them and add them to my ever growing to-do list. Whatever I am unable to try out during the festive season of one year gets carried forward to the next. In the upcoming days I will be adding more thumbnails to this compilation as I have a few more recipes to go! 

The collection of festive recipes below are all those recipes that I made with Christmas in mind so you will see not just cakes, bakes and sweets but an occasional savoury dish as well. 

If there is a recipe you don't see below, do take a moment to go through my two recipe indexes which have been simplified as much as I could.

You can search by category in the Picture Recipe Index or if you know the name of the recipe do search by name in the Recipes A-Z where they are listed alphabetic order. If you still don't find what you want please mail me with your recipe request and I will include it in the coming year!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!!!


CHRISTMAS 2015

Nankhatai

Chocolate Bounty Hearts & Bars

Coconut Ice

Creamy Chicken Baguette Bites

Mixed Spice

Traditional Irish Christmas Cake

Prune & Chocolate Dessert Cake


Cake Pops


Spritzgebäck ~ Spritz Cookies (German Christmas Cookies)

Mexican Snack Cups

Chakli

Eggless Brownie Muffins

Ginger Cake

Apricot & Orange Loaf Cake

Milk Toffee

Dynamite Prawns


CHRISTMAS 2014

Date & Lemon Spirals

Chicken Indad
Coconut Basbousa



Beetroot Wine



Date Rolls


Raisin Chicken


White Chocolate Tarts

Guliyo

Coffee Fruit Cake


Mocha Chocolate Mousse

Julekake / Julekaga ~ Norwegian Cardamom Scented Christmas Bread





CHRISTMAS 2013

Traditional Chocolate Cake

Muffizzas (Muffin Shaped Pizzas)

Lemon Mascarpone Blondies


Rava Laadu / Rawa Laddoo (Sweet Semolina Balls)


Mincemeat Crumble Bars (Pure Vegetarian!)


Gingerbread Men


Last Minute Christmas Cake


.


.






CHRISTMAS 2012

Sukrunde (Crispy Green Gram & Jaggery Fritters)
Chai Tea Spiced Christmas Cake (Masala Chai Dry Fruit Loaf)


Orange & Cardamom Fig Cookies (Newtons)

Black Currant Sauce (Accompaniment to Roast Chicken)
Christmas Special ~ Roast Chicken with Bread & Giblet Stuffing


Date & Walnut Cake 


Cinnamon & Green Tea Punch
Traditional Wedding Style Mutton Polov






CHRISTMAS 2011

Kidyo/Kidiyo/Kulkuls (Sweet Dough Curls)

Kokkisan/Roce Cookies/Rose Cookies
Neurio/Nevries (Crescent Shaped Sweet Puffs)



Pathekaan (Banana Chips)



Simple Salted Tukdi (Diamond Cuts)




Pudim (East Indian Christmas Pudding) - For the Twelfth Night
CHRISTMAS 2010


Rich Cake (Christmas Cake)



Zimtsterne ~ German Christmas Cookies

Rich Plum Cake - Christmas Cake - The Ultimate Winner









Thursday, December 31, 2015

Chocolate Orange Tofu Mousse & Summing up A Year That Was!



Late last year (2014) when I was going through the different categories of recipes that I had on the blog I realised that I didn't have too many in the 'Dessert/Sweet dish' category. Neither did I have too many in the 'Hor D'oeuvres/Starters/Appetizers' section. I decided that I must learn to make some of these during the year as it would come handy whenever I wanted to host a party. Since I am always in charge of preparing the dessert at my place I like to make something that is either simple and not laborious or one that can be made ahead of time, like on the previous day. I managed to try out and post a decent number of dessert recipes and the starters weren't left too far behind as the hubby has tried out a zillion recipes but only a handful of them could be posted. During the next year, we will let the party starters take centre stage while I will go easy on the dessert recipes unless they are low calorie and healthy. If you'd like to see something new on the blog do let me know by emailing me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


So we are almost there! Another day to go before we usher in 2016! I am sure many of you have planned to party tomorrow night and I can imagine all the goodies you are planning to enjoy - home cooked or otherwise! If you haven't already, don't worry! Here's an easy hors d'oeuvre (starter) that you can put together in less than 30 mins and impress your guests! 

No guests? Spending New Year's eve alone? Don't worry. You deserve to celebrate in style! So without further ado let's dive straight into the recipe and see how you can make this delicious starter that I bet you will keep making again & again!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Refrigerator Cake ~ Biscuit Cake (Easy, No Bake)


Folks, did you have a great Christmas? I hope you did cuz I did too! We had a lovely family potluck lunch with each family bringing in a dish of their choice. We took the starters and the desserts which everyone enjoyed and ofcourse there was my Traditional Irish Christmas Cake that I finally cut after weeks of waiting! Unfortunately I couldn't get any icing done in the last minute rush and there are no pictures of the sliced cake either - it totally slipped off my mind :(

Anyway, I am still holidaying with my family. Spending time with my kids before school reopens on Sunday and also taking them out to enjoy the lovely weather. All the goodies I made for Christmas have vanished although the demand for more hasn't. I am planning to make some more stuff one of these days but came across one of my posts that has been in draft since last year! Yep, never got around to posting this very simple recipe. I can't let another year roll by without having posted it!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rum Balls


Folks! There's soooo much to do and so little time. I am not sure when I will finish it all. I just started making the kuswar yesterday and in between managing the kids and the house my work is going at snail's pace. In the midst of it all I feel guilty for not posting the recipes that have been piling up since ages. I am not kidding but I still have a few of last year's recipes to post. So without further ado let me post them today and tomorrow after which I will relaaaaaaaax! You may not see me until next week cuz a girl's gotta rest! Too much of cooking and staying in the kitchen isn't gaining me any brownie points in the socialising department. I have a great family, cousins, friends and neighbours I want to spend my time with and share the Christmas cheer! So to all of you my darlings - Have a wonderful Christmas - enjoy the festivities, the bonding, the caring, sharing and all those lovely things that we MUST carry forward to the next year as well. 

May this Christmas be just a reminder of the reason behind the season! May Jesus fill your lives with happiness today and always!!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

TiLache Laadu | Ellunde ~ Sesame Seed Balls ~ Traditional Mangalorean Kuswar


One of my most favourite items on the traditional Mangalorean Kuswar platter are the til laddoos or sesame seed balls that are pan India. These are an integral part of various cuisines and they are pretty popular as a sweet down South India too. In Mangalore they are sold in bakeries all year round and are particular popular during Christmas and Sankranti festivals. 

TiLache laadu as we call them in Konkani are an excellent source of copper, magnesium, calcium, iron and dietary fibre to name a few. They are beneficial to people of all ages and a must have at least occasionally. Since jaggery instead of sugar is used to bind the seeds together they can be considered to be a guilt free snack/sweet. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Recipes of All Time!

As we are inching towards Christmas 2015, I thought it would be nice for my readers to have a look at the recipes that were posted during the festive season over the years. While I started blogging way back in 2009 it was not until December 2010 that I got serious about it. Over the years I have tried out Christmas recipes that are part of my culinary heritage and those that grabbed my attention simply because there is so much out there that can spark your interest and make you want to cook!

I love experimenting with new recipes and I always bookmark them and add them to my ever growing to-do list. Whatever I am unable to try out during the festive season of one year gets carried forward to the next. In the upcoming days I will be adding more thumbnails to this compilation as I have a few more recipes to go! 

The collection of festive recipes below are all those recipes that I made with Christmas in mind so you will see not just cakes, bakes and sweets but an occasional savoury dish as well. 

If there is a recipe you don't see below, do take a moment to go through my two recipe indexes which have been simplified as much as I could.

You can search by category in the Picture Recipe Index or if you know the name of the recipe do search by name in the Recipes A-Z where they are listed alphabetic order. If you still don't find what you want please mail me with your recipe request and I will include it in the coming year!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!!!


CHRISTMAS 2015

Nankhatai

Chocolate Bounty Hearts & Bars

Coconut Ice

Creamy Chicken Baguette Bites

Mixed Spice

Traditional Irish Christmas Cake

Prune & Chocolate Dessert Cake


Cake Pops


Spritzgebäck ~ Spritz Cookies (German Christmas Cookies)

Mexican Snack Cups

Chakli

Eggless Brownie Muffins

Ginger Cake

Apricot & Orange Loaf Cake

Milk Toffee

Dynamite Prawns


CHRISTMAS 2014

Date & Lemon Spirals

Chicken Indad
Coconut Basbousa



Beetroot Wine



Date Rolls


Raisin Chicken


White Chocolate Tarts

Guliyo

Coffee Fruit Cake


Mocha Chocolate Mousse

Julekake / Julekaga ~ Norwegian Cardamom Scented Christmas Bread





CHRISTMAS 2013

Traditional Chocolate Cake

Muffizzas (Muffin Shaped Pizzas)

Lemon Mascarpone Blondies


Rava Laadu / Rawa Laddoo (Sweet Semolina Balls)


Mincemeat Crumble Bars (Pure Vegetarian!)


Gingerbread Men


Last Minute Christmas Cake


.


.






CHRISTMAS 2012

Sukrunde (Crispy Green Gram & Jaggery Fritters)
Chai Tea Spiced Christmas Cake (Masala Chai Dry Fruit Loaf)


Orange & Cardamom Fig Cookies (Newtons)

Black Currant Sauce (Accompaniment to Roast Chicken)
Christmas Special ~ Roast Chicken with Bread & Giblet Stuffing


Date & Walnut Cake 


Cinnamon & Green Tea Punch
Traditional Wedding Style Mutton Polov






CHRISTMAS 2011

Kidyo/Kidiyo/Kulkuls (Sweet Dough Curls)

Kokkisan/Roce Cookies/Rose Cookies
Neurio/Nevries (Crescent Shaped Sweet Puffs)



Pathekaan (Banana Chips)



Simple Salted Tukdi (Diamond Cuts)




Pudim (East Indian Christmas Pudding) - For the Twelfth Night
CHRISTMAS 2010


Rich Cake (Christmas Cake)



Zimtsterne ~ German Christmas Cookies

Rich Plum Cake - Christmas Cake - The Ultimate Winner