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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 17/90





Day 17...cant believe ive made it this far! But since I have, you will have to deal with me and my crappy blog. Also watch Desi Boyz, or dont. 


So today, I had to go watch a movie and take my lovely granny for a haircut. Movie happened, granny cut didnt, so basically I was in a hurry, and I tried making macroons, but err...I have to admit, I failed. Stiff peaks! Sheesh. 


So with a little time, the only thing I could think of, because I had forcefully displaced an orange from my grandmothers fruit box to mine, was orange cookies. But, they actually became orange biscuits. Basically I should admit defeat, but they tasted decent so I wont. Pug your life choon. 


I looked for a recipe, here is what I used today, well to some extent. Grr. http://www.funandfoodcafe.com/2010/06/orange-cookies-chewy-cookies-vanilla.html


So here goes..


ORANGE ALMOST FLOP SHOW BISCUITS 


What you need: 


A non panicked, unhurried state of mind  



One and a half cups of all purpose flour 
One and one fourth cup sugar 
Half teaspoon of salt 
Half teaspoon of baking powder 
Two eggs 
Rind of half an orange 
Juice of one orange, or more, depending on how orangey you want it or how many oranges you can steal from your granny 
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence 
Four to five tablespoons of butter, yumm. 


The process 


1. Add all the dry ingredients to the patila, the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder, for those who dont understand dry. 






























2. Add the eggs and essence, and mix away. 






























3. Chop the orange rind you choon. My domestic help was at her efficient best and she had chopped it anyway, so I have a little bit to show you. 




























4. Add the rind and juice and mix again. 






























5. Preheat the oven, and grease a baking tray. 


6. Put the batter on to the tray. I tried to make cookie shapes, but to my surprize, when I opened the oven, they had come together and lost shape. Maybe I used too much orange juice. Or maybe the cookie and biscuit combined gods hate me. This is a picture which is misleading because this didnt happen, but I hope things work out for you. No actually, I wont be so kind. I hope you get what you deserve. Bake them for around ten minutes, and check at five. Or lets make that fifteen. 






































7. This is what it looked like when my family members had eaten some of the so called biscuits, and also we were trying to use the knife to cut them up. So basically uncivilized. 






























8. This is what they look like all pretty on a plate. You can eat them now choons. 






























9. Also, a lot of batter was left over, because I have a small oven. (Yes yes, pug my life). So my domestic help decided to make a cake. Here it is. Eat this too. 



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 16/90

So my fridge has some lovely corn from Ranchi, lots and lots of it. :) This is not some ordinary corn, it is grown on a farm handled by a non-profit based there, as a part of their market linkage programme. Read about them here: http://www.kgvkindia.com/ This corn is unbelievably sweet, and I promise, nai, mother promise, Ive never eaten anything like it. So get your corn from ranchi people, really worth it. 


Anyway, so I knew I had to do something with the corn, so I looked for a suitable recipe online. This is what I chose today, obviously modified, but here goes. http://www.culinate.com/search/q,ctype=recipe,q=corn,stype=/217199

SWEETY CORN DELIGHT 


What you need: 


Zulu 


3 ears of corn (http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/senior/vegetabl/corn1.htm)
One egg 
One teaspoon of salt 
A teaspoon of crushed rosemary 
Half a teaspoon of baking powder 
One tablespoon cornstarch/all purpose flour 
One to two tablespoons of milk 
Two tablespoons of butter 


The process 


1. Boil and shell the corn, it should be around two cups. I apologize, was too lazy to take pictures, but, but but but, you can refer to Day 13 to understand how to shell it. Boiling is easy you choon. 


















2. Add the corn to your mixie, in batches of two. Also add a tablespoon of milk. 



3. Turn on the mixie, with the intention of pulverizing the corn. This is what it looked like when it was done. 
































4. Add this to a patila, along with one egg, the flour, baking powder, butter, salt and crushed rosemary. Here are two pictures for you. Grr. 































5. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius, doesnt really matter if you dont preheat. Its just a stupid thing recipe writers do. Hmm. 


6. Transfer the contents of the patila to a baking dish of your choice. Yes you get to choose here. 





7. Lick the bowl clean. :D 


8. Put the dhissh into the oven and bake for 30 minutes, and check at 15. I mean, take a sneak peak. :) 
































Observe how much zulu hates me, she is giving me a really mean stare. 






































9. Check if its done with the fork trick. Once youre absolutely convinced its done, eat it you choon. 









Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 15/90

So today was one of those days when I had absolutely no idea about what to cook, but this is a challenge which I have taken on, and will abide to it in letter and spirit. Whatever that means. Sheesh! 


Yes, where was I you choon? So finally I figured that I will cook some chicken today, but then again, I was zapped on what kind to make. I suddenly remembered some wonderful dry rosemary I had bought a week or so ago, sourced from here. (http://aarohi.org/products.php?id=3)
It smells wonderful, so I decided to cook with it today. 


I then looked for chicken marinade recipes online, and most were really complicated, but I finally came across one which suited me entirely. Here is the source. http://chickenmarinades.net/2009/04/fresh-and-simple/

I modified the recipe a bit as usual, (I should stop saying this), and added lemon rind. Im not so sure if I was successful. Add it in at your own risk. 


So, here goes.. 


REST IN YOUR BELLY CHICKEN ROSEMARY 


What you need 


Half a kilo of boneless chicken/an equal amount of chicken any way you want 
Salt to taste 


For the magic marinade 


Two tablespoons of olive oil 
One teaspoon of crushed rosemary 
A couple of cloves of garlic, depending on your garlic temperature 
Juice and rind of one lemon 


The process 


1. Wash the chicken and look at it. 


































2. Crush the rosemary and chop the garlic. Add this to the chicken. This is what it looks like. 






























3. Add the lemon juice and rind, and the olive oil, and let it marinade for an hour. I was short on time today so I managed half an hour, but best is to marinade for as long as possible, upto four hours. 






































Look at how many newspapers my dog can read! In your face. Hmm. 






































4. Cook the chicken until its done, you will know when you cut open a piece and its NOT pink. Also add salt. Just so you know, I added some more garlic and crushed rosemary here, it was tasting really sour. So maybe dont use all the juice of one lemon, just use a little less than that. 






























5. Take it out of the wok, and set it in a serving dhissh. Here is what it looked like. You may now eat it. 






























Also, just so you know, sometimes the sun shines on other peoples houses and not mine. I wish I had the choons to compose such a song, but I can listen to it. I think you should too. :) 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrU5fHLQztk&feature=related

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 14/90

Yes I made it, my two weekiversary today!! :D :D So happy! Thanks to the higher powers and everyone else who made this possible. Sniffle sniffle. 


Ok, so to celebrate today, I decided to make Apple Crumble, a sweet dhissh which looks really fancy shmancy, but is actually easy to make. It also goes well with the winter weather and all, so here goes. 


Here is the recipe source for today's recipe, modified in many ways as usual, today I just halved the quantities, because using six apples for a single recipe just seems wrong and awfully carnal. Hmm. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Apple-Crumble


OH SO FANCY APPLE CRUMBLE 


For the 'stewed' apples 
For the uninitiated, here is what stewed means: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stewed


3 apples you fool 
Two to three cinnamon sticks 
Three fourth a cup of sugar 
Half a cup of water 


For the top part 


Three fourth a cup of flour 
Half a cup of sugar 
Three tablespoons of butter 
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence 


The process: 


1. Peel, core and chop the apples at your disposal. You will now see three images to illustrate the process. Enjoy. In the third picture, if you are intelligent, you may notice some cinnamon sticks. 




























































































2. Add all the chopped apples to a pan, along with the sugar, cinnamon sticks and water. 






























3. Let it be like that on the gas for some 20 minutes, and while this happens, enjoy a dosa, which was quietly cooking on the stove next door. 






























4. After the 20 minutes are up, it should look like this. Make sure the apples are at the no crunch no mush stage, and the water is pretty much dry. My domestic help observed that the water is thickened, as its become sugar syrup. Interesting. 






























Here is another, closer up picture. 










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5. Now, preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. 


6. Add the apples to the bottom of a dish, preferably a glass one. :) 

7. Now, add the flour, vanilla essence, sugar and butter together, in any bowl, and mix them together. 





8. Mix them, mix them, until they become crumb like. This is what it looks like. 


































9. Add this over the apples, and you are ready to bake baby. This is what it looked like just before it went in to the oven. 






























10. Put it in there for about 20 minutes, or till it becomes delightfully brown, and makes you gush and remember your childhood best friend who ceased being your bestie because she stole your salami sandwich in nursery. This is what it looks like when it comes out. 


























11. Serve it in bowls which are shaped like apples, or face the consequences. 



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 13/90

So today, was really a huge challenge to cook, and it happened only at 12 at night, but I still had to, had to blog, so I will, and I shall. Thank you so much Minta police, with me, for me, always. :) 


After a moderately heavy dinner out, I decided to make  salad with my friend here. Her recipe, her idea, so this is what you get today. Enjoy it you choons. 


A huge thank you to Nikita, for battling a sore eye and fever, and still sharing my blogging spirit. :) 


NIKITA'S SINFUL SALAD 


What you need: 


Determination 


A little bit of the leafy part of the spring onion 
Half a yellow pepper
Half a glass of sweet corn 


Two handfuls of macaroni 
One sausage/three cocktail sausages 


Three tablespoons of yogurt 
One tablespoon of mayo 
One tablespoon of thousand island dressing 


Italian seasoning to taste 


Here is what some of the things look like: 






























Ok, so shazam shazoom....


1. Convince yourself that you are super human and can cook at 11 at night, even if it is killing you. Ok, enough drama. Shell the corn you choon. 






































2. Let the corn remain in the glass. Yes, it needs to be there. Now, boil some water, and add some salt to it. Then do the usual, cover it up. 






























3. Check if the water is boiled. Then add the macaroni to it, and keep checking to see if its done. 






























4. Meanwhile,  chop up the spring onion, and keep it aside. Notice how green the leaves look. Hmm. 






























5. Also chop up the yellow pepper. 






























6. Now, wash both of these wonderful veggies, and keep at a safe distance. 


7. By now, the macaroni must have boiled, so drain out the water, and keep it in a glass for future use. 






































8. Now, mix together the mayo, yogurt, and thousand island dressing. It will look deceptively white to you, mind it. 






































9. While all this is happening, boil or saute the sausage till its soft. I boiled it, this is what it looks like:  






























10. Chop the sausage you just boiled. 






































11. Add everything, the corn, yellow pepper, spring onion, and sausage, to the dressing you just prepared. Also add the seasoning on top. 


12. Admire what you made and EAT it. 






























It was so good that we ate it even after a full dinner. Im hoping you like it too. Dhishhhh...