Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mini Pita Pockets


Sometimes some experiments turn out to be big hits and so it was in the case of the innocent pack of mini pita breads that the hubby got sometime last month. Since my little fellow loves snacking on anything that is not Mangalorean he enjoys little tid bits like this. I decided to marinate some chicken and grill it in my Air Fryer and the meal was ready in less than 30-40 mins. The only thing that took time was to patiently fill up each of the pita pockets. I decided to make it a tad healthy by replacing the cheese with labneh (thick, strained yogurt) and it was simply yum! Do give this a try as it tastes really nice and light. It makes for a delicious party snack option, especially for kids parties. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Frittata


I've always been fascinated with the idea of slow cookers and contemplated buying one many times. But then due to space constraints I never did. Sometime last year our family friends gifted us the airfryer which we have put to great use. We simply love frying kebabs and meatballs in it. It is great to reheat frozen chicken nuggets and strips too. I really believe that such innovative products really help simplify our lives by reducing the time taken to put a dish together and make it healthier by eliminating the use of excessive fat. 

In the recent months I began to hear a lot about multi cookers. Just when I was wondering if it was a slow cooker in a new avatar I received an email from BetterLife, Dubai about their yet to be launched range of kitchen appliances by Euron that were aimed at making life easier for people on the go. I chose to review the Euron Multicooker as it came with a variety of features such as 'Warm', 'Boil', 'Steam/Slow Cook', 'Saute/Grill', 'Roast' and 'Deep Fry'. I was all geared up to give all the features a try one by one. If this appliance was going to help simplify my life in the kitchen, I was going to give it a shout out! And here I am, presenting to you my first recipe that I created using the Euron Multicooker. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

'Inside Out' Themed Fondant Covered Cake ~ Celebratory Cakes


April was a busy month for me. My son turned eight and I had to bake a cake for his birthday. Like always, I wanted to squirm out of the deal and just place an order with a professional baker (you see, I get all jittery with baking cakes at home for occasions) but he would hear nothing of it. He said that since I had made a pretty one for his sister's birthday he wanted something special too. Now, knowing that my son could come up with the most complex of designs I set out my conditions before hand and asked him to pick something simple. I secretly decided to make a simple chocolate cake with some buttercream frosting but as always the man coaxed me into pushing my boundaries and trying my hand at fondant again. "Again??! I exclaimed with some eye rolling and head shaking. I wasn't going to be killing myself over rolling stubborn fondant again I said. My feeble protests fell on deaf ears and instead of showing some sympathy he asked me to make the figurines (cake toppers) too! He said we could always buy the plastic ones if my handmade ones flopped. Ok, so that sounded reassuring (or so it seemed at that moment - I didn't know if I was getting complimented or not) and I started my online research in order to finalize a design.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mini Pita Pockets


Sometimes some experiments turn out to be big hits and so it was in the case of the innocent pack of mini pita breads that the hubby got sometime last month. Since my little fellow loves snacking on anything that is not Mangalorean he enjoys little tid bits like this. I decided to marinate some chicken and grill it in my Air Fryer and the meal was ready in less than 30-40 mins. The only thing that took time was to patiently fill up each of the pita pockets. I decided to make it a tad healthy by replacing the cheese with labneh (thick, strained yogurt) and it was simply yum! Do give this a try as it tastes really nice and light. It makes for a delicious party snack option, especially for kids parties. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Frittata


I've always been fascinated with the idea of slow cookers and contemplated buying one many times. But then due to space constraints I never did. Sometime last year our family friends gifted us the airfryer which we have put to great use. We simply love frying kebabs and meatballs in it. It is great to reheat frozen chicken nuggets and strips too. I really believe that such innovative products really help simplify our lives by reducing the time taken to put a dish together and make it healthier by eliminating the use of excessive fat. 

In the recent months I began to hear a lot about multi cookers. Just when I was wondering if it was a slow cooker in a new avatar I received an email from BetterLife, Dubai about their yet to be launched range of kitchen appliances by Euron that were aimed at making life easier for people on the go. I chose to review the Euron Multicooker as it came with a variety of features such as 'Warm', 'Boil', 'Steam/Slow Cook', 'Saute/Grill', 'Roast' and 'Deep Fry'. I was all geared up to give all the features a try one by one. If this appliance was going to help simplify my life in the kitchen, I was going to give it a shout out! And here I am, presenting to you my first recipe that I created using the Euron Multicooker. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

'Inside Out' Themed Fondant Covered Cake ~ Celebratory Cakes


April was a busy month for me. My son turned eight and I had to bake a cake for his birthday. Like always, I wanted to squirm out of the deal and just place an order with a professional baker (you see, I get all jittery with baking cakes at home for occasions) but he would hear nothing of it. He said that since I had made a pretty one for his sister's birthday he wanted something special too. Now, knowing that my son could come up with the most complex of designs I set out my conditions before hand and asked him to pick something simple. I secretly decided to make a simple chocolate cake with some buttercream frosting but as always the man coaxed me into pushing my boundaries and trying my hand at fondant again. "Again??! I exclaimed with some eye rolling and head shaking. I wasn't going to be killing myself over rolling stubborn fondant again I said. My feeble protests fell on deaf ears and instead of showing some sympathy he asked me to make the figurines (cake toppers) too! He said we could always buy the plastic ones if my handmade ones flopped. Ok, so that sounded reassuring (or so it seemed at that moment - I didn't know if I was getting complimented or not) and I started my online research in order to finalize a design.