Go to a restaurant with a group of girl friends and you are going to have a really tough time deciding what to order. There will be people who want to stick to the tried and tested stuff, others who are adventurous and want to order the weirdest sounding dishes, yet others who are undecided whether they want soup and dessert and keep changing their minds. Just as difficult is deciding how much to order (with some declaring, "I am SO hungry"), and fitting it in with everyone's budget (with others declaring, "I am SO broke").
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturdays and Sundays are the most boring television days of the week, except, if you want to catch the repeat telecasts of all the shows and serials run during the weekdays. You have probably watched all of them already and sacrificed a major chunk of your beauty sleep and quality time with family in doing so. Why watch TV on weekdays, why not do it during the weekends, some may wonder. Easy for them to say, how are you supposed to go to bed without knowing what transpires between Castle and Kate, or Prof. Jayanthi's (of Kumkumapovu) reaction when she comes to know her illegitimate daughter has donated her a kidney and saved her life. Even worse, what if the husband plans a weekend outing, and you miss the repeat telecasts? Has he ever witnessed Prof Jayanati's plight, or tried to understand Dexter's need to kill? No? Then he cannot be expected to realize why it is important not to miss even a single episode. Instead he thinks they are all a waste of time (!), and that you can easily catch up with the story even if you miss a couple of episodes or even an entire season (!!).
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I had hosted a "Food for Little Champs" event and I have got some lovely recipes from my blogger and couple of non blogger friends. Thankyou so much for participating!
My son turns up his nose at anything and everything I make for him, and I am glad I have a few more options to try out before I scream and pull out my hair in despair ;). Click on the recipe titles to view the recipes from the bloggers.
Recipes from bloggers in order of submission:
Ann@Ancoo Journal tells us how to make a Cherry Delight that looks so delightfully pretty.
Binitha@Yourtastefully has generously shared a number of recipes that kids will find impossible to resist.
Chocolatty Fruitty Nutty
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Home Made Garlic Bread
Gajar ka Halwa
Nash@Plateful's Quick Mango Passionfruit Pudding looks so exotic and delicious that I doubt whether I will have the will power to save some for my little Qya.
Nash's Mini Pizzas with Bread and Pastry Crusts look equally tempting!
R&R@Tadkapasta tells us how to make Watermelon Clone-sicles. How cute do they look!.
Submissions from non bloggers:
My parents made a delicious pineapple jam for the event. This is what my mom says about the jam, "When we were kids, we did not have access to store bought fruit preserves. But my father owned plenty of pineapple plantations, and my mother used to make us these delicious jams. They were so good that the store bought ones did not stand a chance before them, and even after my marriage, my mother would bottle up some jam especially for my son (who simply loved it) everytime we came to India. I continue the tradition, and use her recipe to make jam for my grandchildren who seem to like it."
1 kg ripe pineapple
11/4 kg sugar
20 cloves, crushed
2 pinches potassium meta bi sulphate (optional)
Remove skin of the pineapple and mince the flesh to form a coarse paste. Do not add water.
Mix together the minced pineapple and cloves and heat over a low flame. When it just starts thickening, add sugar and stir it in. Adjust the quantity of sugar depending on the sweetness of the pineapple. Continue to simmer over medium heat till it becomes thick and starts sticking.
If you are making a large batch you can mix the pottasium meta bisulphate (a preservative) to a quarter cup of jam. Then mix this jam with the remainder of it.
Tranfer the jam to air tight jars after it cools down.
My good friend Carol has submitted a recipe for egg puffs, which she and her friends enjoyed as an after school treat. I am sure older children will love this savoury treat.
Egg Puffs (makes four)
Puff pastry square sheets - 4
Boiled eggs - 2, cut into halves
Onions - 2 - sliced thinly
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Chicken masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato ketchup - 1 1/2 tablespoon
Curry Leaves - a sprig
Egg wash ( beat one egg with 1 tspn water)
To prepare the filling:
Heat oil in a pan and add curry leaves.
After a minute, add onions and saute till it turns golden brown. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and stir for a couple of minutes. Add all the spice powders and salt to taste,and saute on low heat to remove the raw taste of the masala.
Add the ketchup to the mix and stir till nicely incorporated.
Meanwhile thaw the pastry sheets until soft for about 15 minutes, you can spread the sheet out with oiled fingers easily.
Place a nice spoonful of the filling in a pastry sheet with a boiled egg half in the center and pull the corners towards the center to seal it. Brush the outside with egg wash.
Repeat for the others .
Bake in oven at 205 degree C for about 20 minutes until the outside looks crispy and golden brown.
Carol has also submitted a delicious chocolate cake recipe that kids and adults of all ages will thank her for.
All Purpose flour - 1 3/4 cup
Cocoa Powder - 1/2 cup
Baking Powder - 2 teaspoon
Soda Bicarbonate - 2 teaspoon
Salt - 1 teaspoon
Sugar - 2 cups
Eggs - 2
Milk - 1 cup
Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup
Vanilla Essence - 1 teaspoon
Water - 1 cup
Instant Coffee Powder - 2 teaspoon
Preheat oven to 180 degree C 10 minutes before baking.
Seive together the flour, cocoa,baking powder,soda bicarbonate and salt , and keep it aside.
Use a mixie to blend together the sugar,eggs, milk and oil well. Now add the dry ingredients sieved earlier spoonful by spoonful until you get a smooth batter. Add the vanilla essence.
Boil 1 cup water and add the coffee powder to it. Mix into the batter.
Grease your cake tin and pour batter into it ,and bake for around 45 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Thankyou all once more!