BBQ Mushroooms & Corn

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BBQ Mushroooms & Corn

2015 started with big agendas like every year starts for me!

One of the things on the list was to post more on this Blog, which clearly is not happening, so I decided to post at least once in a month. Just to keep a track of the new things I have been trying in the kitchen ! 🙂

I have just recently developed a taste for mushrooms, so I decided to cook this easy starter one day. The result was quite decent, a must try dish at home, especially for the ones who like the smokey-barbeque flavour.

Ingredients:

  • Mushrooms – 200 gms
  • Corn – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Capsicum – 1
  • Jack Daniel’s® Hickory Brown Sugar Sauce – 2 tbsps
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Chilli Powder – ½ tsp
  • Butter – 2 tbsps

Method:

  • Heat the butter in a pan
  • Chop the onion in 4 halves and sauté in the pan
  • Chop the capsicums in chunky pieces and add to the pan
  • Once the onion looses its colour, add the chopped mushrooms to it
  • Add all the seasoning and the sauce to it, and let it cook on high flame for about 5 minutes
  • Once the mushroom look smaller, reduce the heat and cover with a lid and cook for another 5 -10 minutes.

Method:

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft and chewy; and go well with a hot cup of coffee. These cookies will make you happy for sure.

I have not been blogging at all this year, if there is anyone who misses posts on this blog, do let me know so that it motivates me to post more 😄

Ingredients:

• Flour – 2 cups
• Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
• Butter – 1 cup
• Granulated Sugar – 1/2 cup
• Brown Sugar – 1 cup
• Salt – pinch
• Vanilla Essence – 1 tbsp
• Eggs – 2
• Chocolate Chips – 1 cup

Method:

• Preheat oven to 200 degrees
• In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda; set aside
• In another bowl, combine the butter with both sugars; till light and fluffy
• Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat for about 1 minute
• Add flour mixture; mix until just combined
• Stir in the chocolate chips
• Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper
• Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes
• Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet before storing.

Enjoy. 😄

Will post again soon 😄

Chocochip Ice Cream in a Bun

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Well this is not a recipe but its something that one must try, to understand what a sweet burger is all about, and how you would love to dig into one any chance you get but of course forgetting the calories that come in this package deal !!

Just slit the bun from the centre add a scoop full of chocochip ice cream or any other ice-cream that you love; and bite into it.

Sugar Cookies

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These are simply the best sugar cookies i have ever had.

The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • All Purpose Flour – 2 cups
  • Baking Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – pinch
  • Unsalted Butter –  115 grams
  • Granulated Sugar – 1 cup
  • Egg – 1
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 teaspoon

Method:

  • In large bowl, sieve flour, baking powder, and salt
  • With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Beat in egg and vanilla
  • With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined
  • Divide dough in half; flatten into disks and wrap each in plastic; refrigerate for at least 40 minute
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Line baking sheets with parchment
  • Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick dusting dough with flour as needed. Cut shapes with cookie cutters
  • Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets
  • Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough
  • Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size)
  • Cool completely on wire racks

These cookies can be decorated with royal icing or any other topping of your choice

Hummus and Tamarind Falafel with Pita Bread

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A quick meal to put together and gives a change from the daily indian meals at home 🙂 Its healthy and yummy !

I bought the Pita Bread from the store; though I know a lot of people like to make their own breads, but i prefer buying them.

Ingredients:

For Hummus:

  • Chickpeas – 200 grams
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
  • Garlic Cloves – 4
  • Ground Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Sesame Seed Paste (aka Tahini Paste) – 100 ml
  • Water – 4 tbsp
  • Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Paprika – 1 tsp

For Falafel:

  • Chickpeas – 200 grams
  • Onion – 2
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Tamarind – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp

Method:

For Hummus:

  1. Soak chickpeas overnight and boil them with salt
  2. Combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, crushed garlic, cumin, salt, tahini, paprika, salt (if need be) and water in a food processor, and blend to a creamy purée.
  3. Add more lemon juice, garlic, cumin or salt to taste.

For Falafel:

  1. Soak chickpeas overnight and boil them with salt
  2. Chop onions into small pieces and sauté it with oil till brown
  3. Then add the chopped tomatoes to the onions
  4. Once the onions and tomatoes are nicely sautéd add the spices to it
  5. Add chickpeas to it and mix well
  6. In a bowl soak the tamarind in hot water for 5 minutes and the strain it, to get the juice
  7. Add the tamarind juice to the chickpeas
  8. Let it cool for about an hour and then mash them
  9. Make cutlets and shallow fry them

How to make Tahini Paste:

In a mixer blend one cup of white sesame seeds with 1/4 cup of olive oil, and keep adding a table spoon of olive oil till the paste is smooth.

Vanilla Panna Cotta

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A quick and perfect italian dessert!

If you enjoy that creamy texture that melts in the mouth then this is your calling 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Milk – 250 ml
  • Cream – 250 ml
  • Gelatine – 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 tbsp
  • Cardamon – 3 no.
  • Cinnamon Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 25 gms

Method:

  • Sprinkle gelatine over 1/2 cup of cold water and let stand for 2 minutes.
  • Then on slow flame, stir continuously till the gelatine is dissolved
  • Heat cream and milk with vanilla essence, crushed cardamon seeds and cinnamon powered.
  • Add the sugar and gelatine and stir well until everything is melted, do not boil.
  • Pour into 6 serving cups.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours.

You can serve fruits purees, ganache or just with a dollop of your favourite jam.

 

 

Homemade Herbed Cream Cheese

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This is a low fat recipe for the health conscious people, who are always on a look out for the yummiest things with the least amount of calories !! Yes, this is the recipe you all have been waiting for, trust me !

A cream cheese sandwich is a classic summer breakfast for the hot and humid Delhi mornings, the base of this cheese is yogurt which  gives a cool and refreshing feel and instant happiness cause you have consumed something yummy with almost no calories at all 🙂 And once you read on you will realise there is hardly anything you need to do with this recipe and a dozen variations can be done to suit your liking.

Ingredients:

  • Yogurt – 500 gms
  • Mixed Herbs – 1 tsp
  • Chilly Flakes – 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh Parsley – a bunch

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Method:

  • You need a bowl, a strainer, muslin cloth and yogurt
  • Pour the yogurt on the muslin cloth, add chopped fresh parsley, and the herbs and chilly flakes to it and tightly twist it around, put it in the strainer and place it in the bowl
  • Now just refrigerate it and forget about it for 24 hours.

Just use it as a spread for breads, bagels, buns or even a hot dog !!  I eat mine with some lettuce leaves and salami 🙂

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