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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Day 48/90

Yes, it is the last day of the new year, and Im almost 50 days old, blogwise, and even though im running really late for a new years eve party, I WILL STILL BLOG. Because I want to be awesome as I go into the next year. And take all you awesome choons with me. 


This year has been very eventful, one major low, some highs, and now things seem to be stable, but stable is always boring, boring is stable, so im sure something will happen soon enough which will F up the entire balance right now, which is the way I function anyway. 


So, in this year, im going to keep my freak flag flying as high as ever. :) 


Love you all. 


So tomorrow happens to be my darling nieces birthday, and im making 50 cupcakes for her. I found a wonderful eggless recipe, and im convinced you will like it too. 


So, recipe source: http://www.divinetaste.com/archives/eggless-chocolate-cream-cupcakes-with-ferrero-rocher-nutella-icing/

I LOVE MY NIECE VERY MUCH CHOCOLATE EGG FREE NUTELLA CUPPIES 


I am giving the recipe for 12 cupcakes, you can make the quantities four times and manage 55, like I did. Along with my lovely helper, who is currently icing the cuppies. 


Anyway, here is what you need: 


One and a half cups flour 
One third cup cocoa powder 
Half a cup of melted butter 
Three tins of condensed milk 
Three boxes of 200 ml cream 
Two teaspoons of baking powder 
One teaspoon of baking soda 
Two teaspoons of vanilla extract 


For the icing: 


Two jars of nutella 
A cup of icing sugar 
Gems (as many as the cupcakes youre making) 
Ten tablespoons of melted butter 


What to do:

1. Mix the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda together. 
































2. 2. Mix all the liquid ingredients together in a separate patila, cream, condensed milk, and butter, and essence. Use a blender or hand held instrument you will find in your kitchen. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. 


































3. Add the liquid stuff to the dry stuff in batches. Use a blender, then use the hands. This is what it looks like finally. 




3. Grease a baking tray, and cupcake moulds, or a cupcake tray, whatever you have. 






























4. Add the mixture, and bake for around 25 minutes, then do the fork trick. 
































5. Take them out and look at them, then prepare the icing. 
































6. For the icing, mix all the ingredients together. Then spoon it all over the cake. Add a gem on top. Then admire them again. 

































I really hope the kids at the party like them, but if that doesnt happen, I will eat them anyway. :) La la la.. Happy New Year all! :D :D :D 


UPDATE! 


So I did manage to take the cuppies to the park, with the help of my loyal assistants, my mother, who drove our car, and pinky and ujala, the domestic helps at the party. 


So this is what happened when they reached the park. The kids loved them, and started arguing for their choice of gem! Purple waali, nai pink! Auntyyy! :D 


The lovely girl in white is my darling birthday girl. :) 


And one aunty even asked me if I sell these! How awesome is that! So I may start selling them soon, If I think my customer is cupcake worthy ofcourse, or there is a noble cause involved. 

Birthday girl enjoying her cuppie alone. :) 
































I am cupcake happy with the birthday girl and her friend! 
The birthday girls sister with her cuppie! 

Girls going cuppie crazy! 




































Grand daughter and grand mother enjoying cuppies! 




















More cuppie madness! 























Friday, December 30, 2011

Day 47/90

I came up to Day 47, and I realized, I have never made pasta on the blog. I also happened to have fresh spinach, and a ton of feta in my fridge. Initially all I wanted to do was finish the feta, but the pasta situation struck me in the process. So I looked for something involving all of them. The result was decent, maybe even good. 


Here is the recipe source for today: http://sneakykitchen.com/Recipes/penne_spinach.htm

SPINACH PASTA WITH FETA CHEESE 

What you need: 


Olive oil to cook
Three tomatoes chopped up 
Three spring onions chopped up, stalks and heads kept separately 
A few leaves of fresh basil, chopped 
Around a cup of chopped spinach 
A cup of pasta, I used fabindia whole wheat, you can use whatever you want 
Crushed black pepper to taste 
Garlic crushed to taste, I used six cloves 
A cup of feta cheese 


What to do: 


1. Chop everything. 


















2. Heat up the olive oil in a wok, and add the chopped spring onion heads, the white part I mean. 


















3. Go to your garden and pick out some fresh basil. 










































3. Chop that too. 


4. Add the tomatoes to the wok. 






























































5. Now, add some salt if you want, this will make it easier for the tomatoes to mesh well. It made the pasta intensely salty with the feta in the end, but you do your thing. 


6. Add all the other greens, including the chopped basil. Cook it till the no crunch no mush stage. 

































7. In a separate pan, boil the pasta according to pack directions. Add it to the greens. :) 
































8. Mix around the pasta LIGHTLY. I made the mistake of smashing them up, but it messed up the pasta pretty much. Do not do that and you will be safe. 


9. Add the feta and mix again, and cook till it melts well. 
































10. Add it to a bowl, and serve. 



Thursday, December 29, 2011

Day 46/90

So I still have a bazillion fruits left over from what my aunt gifted my parents for their anniversary, so I decided to make use of them. I took care of the apples today, had four of them exactly, enough for an Italian apple ring cake from my current favourite Ritu Dalmia cookbook. 


I didnt have a ring mould, so I used a glass. You will soon see how smart my grandmother is, who devised this trick. 


So here goes, 


FOUR APPLES WINTER LOVE CAKE 


What you need: 


A round cake mould, preferably a ring mould 




Four apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced 
80 ml olive oil 
150 grams yogurt 
300 grams flour 
Zest of one orange 
Four eggs 
150 grams of sugar 
Powdered cinnamon, a pinch 
Two teaspoons of baking powder 
A pinch of salt 


What to do: 


1. Mix all the ingredients together in a big patila, starting with the eggs and sugar. When its all done, taste some of the batter. I think I ended up eating quite a bit. Somewhere in the middle of the mixing, pre heat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. 




































































2. Place a steel glass in the middle of your round cake mould and put the cake batter all around it. 










































3. Bake the cake for around 40 minutes, but please keep checking. This is what it looks like when its done. 
































4. Let it cool, then carefully take out the glass. Also take the cake off the base and keep on a plate. 

































5. Eat it! It is best enjoyed with some warm custard, or fresh cream. :) 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Day 45/90

I really cant believe this, I am halfway there!! Forty five days! Never thought I would come this far. But I have. And you have to deal with this. :D 


So my favourite these days is coloured peppers, red and yellow, not green. I used them again today, in a recipe. I was in an alien kitchen today, so my helper today was my friends mother, who actually made today's dish. So, thank you so much aunty! :) 


I was at her house and decided to blog from here, to show you choons how versatile I am. 


So, I decided to make a dip, involving a tub of yogurt lying in my fridge, and red peppers. Here is the recipe source: http://simplycooking.wordpress.com/2007/02/02/roasted-red-pepper-yogurt-dip/

ROCKING SHOCKING RED PEPPER YOGURT DIP 


What you need: 


Four red peppers
A tablespoon of olive oil plus extra for drizzling 
A tablespoon of vinegar 
Salt, pepper, red chilli flakes to taste 
Garlic to taste
A cup of yogurt
Boiled and mashed potatoes to thicken it, optional 


Here are all the ingredients in one neat row. 
































What you do: 


1. Roast the peppers, either in the oven or on the gas. When they become almost mush and the outer covering becomes black, take them out. 
































2. Add all ingredients to a mixie and blend. 
































3. If you feel its too thin, add some boiled and mashed potatoes, and blend again. 


4. Put the contents of the mixie into the bowl, and drizzle some olive oil and cayenne pepper/red chilli powder on top. 

































Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Day 44/90

My parents received a grand anniversary present from my aunt...a bazillion seasonal fruits. I mean, ofcourse this got me thinking the moment they received them, what can I do with these things? 


I decided to make up a recipe involving the very citrus kinoo, actually called Kinnow. Read about them here. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinnow


Ok, so out of the fruits, atleast which fruit was decided. Then, I thought of being fancy shmancy and making a fruit flambe, but it called for pineapples and some liqueur which I didnt want to make either. Then I came across a parfait, which involved three cups of cream, so I freaked out. I then made up my own salad recipe. 


I think the universe was with me today. I was mind dancing my way to the supermarche, when this song played on my playlist; Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, by the Beatles. And guess what the starting lines are... "Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies." 


So today my recipe does not involve cups or grams or ozes or one fourths, it involves peace, wisdom, love and dollops of compassion. :) 

Also, I am fortunate to have not one but two kinds of lettuce growing in my home garden now, so I could freshly nip it. Try and find rocket lettuce, it gives so much more flavor than Mcdonalds lettuce. (The lettuce commonly available and put inside burgers at Mcdonalds)

A VERY DRY FRUIT ROCKET TO THE CITRUS PLANET 
(Salad with rocket lettuce, kinnow, feta, in a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing) 

What you need: 

A couple of walnuts/akhrot  
A couple of dried figs/anjeer 
A handful of freshly nipped rocket lettuce leaves (HAHA!!)
A handful of freshly nipped normal Mcdonalds lettuce leaves(I think its called iceberg, not sure, the thing you get at Mcdonalds inside your burger basically) 
Two kinnows 
Balsamic vinegar, a splash
Olive oil, around a tablespoon 
Feta, enough to crumble liberally on top 

What to do: 

1. Roast your walnuts and dried figs on a pan, along with some salt. No oil please, thanks. This should be done in five minutes. 

2. Juice one kinnow, and chop up the other one. Also chop up the lettuce. Look how patriotic it looks. 
















3. Now, mix the balsamic vinegar and olive oil together in a small bowl. 

4. Now bring out a salad bowl, and add everything together in any order you prefer. I put the lettuce leaves, then the chopped kinnow, then the dry fruits, then the juice and the vinegar olive oil mix. 































5. In the absolute end, add some feta on top, and toss around once. Or you can just do the tossing one step earlier, and greedily eat all the feta on top. Nom nom nom! 


Monday, December 26, 2011

Day 43/90

So today was another recipe book day of mine, and ofcourse I had to refer to Ritu Dalmia's cookbook. She had this wonderful recipe for red pepper soup which I used, and I will make it again for sure. I skipped some steps, but she said that her recipes are guidelines and you dont need to follow them anyway, so I love the book more now. 


Also, I bought the veggies myself today from two sabjiwalas, and felt so good, even though the bastards much have cheated me. But there is something so special about buying the vegetables, makes you one with the process. :) 


Anyway, here goes.. 


RAVENOUS RED PEPPER SOUP 


What you need: 


Four peppers, yellow and red(dont use green you boring, miserly choon), deseeded 
Garlic to taste 
A knob of ginger, finely chopped 
Three onions, quartered 
One veg stock cube/one glass or more of homemade stock 
Salt to taste 
A teaspoon of crushed peppercorn 


What to do: 


1. After you have deseeded the peppers, put them on a baking tray, along with the whole garlic and onion, and put them in the oven, till you can see them well done and mushy under the skin. Alternatively, roast each one on the gas till the same thing happens, no clue how you will do that with the onions, maybe put them in a pan or something. 
































2. Once youre done, remove the skin of the peppers, (as much as you can), and put everything from the tray in the mixie. This is what it looks like when its done. 
































3. Put the pureed stuff, the stock cube, salt, pepper and two glasses of water into a pan, and let the contents boil, boil, and boil. Notice the scrumptious tikkis happening on the next stove. Ha! 
































4. Add to cups and serve. The smaller the cup, the more people you can serve. Plus a small cup of soup is enough with a big dinner. 






































































Notice my grandmother and the soup. 



Sunday, December 25, 2011

Day 42/90

A very very, merry merry christmas to anyone and everyone who has read this blog, and otherwise too! :) I am spreading the love, and my method to this madness is to cook, atleast for now. So, I went on a cookie spree today, making 51 cookies in a matter of hours! Some of you may be able to reap the goodness, for others, here is the recipe. I doubled it for more happiness, but if you want a modest amount of cookies, follow this. And yes, if you want to make 51, then double the quantity. 




COOKING SPREE 1:
SUGAR DUST VANILLA LOVE COOKIES 


What you need: 


One and a half cups flour 
Half a teaspoon of salt 
One fourth teaspoon baking powder 
Three fourth cup butter
One and one fourth cup sugar 
One and a half teaspoons vanilla essence/one pod scraped :D 
Two eggs 


What to do: 


1. Mix all the ingredients together in a big patila, preferably the dry ingredients first. 































2. Roll them into small rounds and flatten them, and bake away! Coming back down to kitchen earth, put them in for 10 minutes, and check at five. 


















3 .This is what they look like once they are out of the oven.
































4. Set them out on newspaper, and dust them with icing sugar. I pretended that its snow. Blah. 




























5. Eat them, pack them, do whatevs you want  and dance!!! :D