Sunday, April 20, 2014

Vanilla Pannacotta

As I type this post, I am really excited! There was a blogger who I have been trying to meet for the past almost a year. Despite being away from each other by just 15 kms, time never came for us to meet till yesterday morning. I was supposed to leave home by 10, but thanks to a nasty headache, I was forced to sleep for some more time and by the time I settled the house and I was out, it was quarter past 11. I was sad that I wouldn't get much time with her, but then there are certain matters which just need a start and then the flow will come in. So I was adamant to make it started. So finally, I meet the beautiful lady behind Gheza-e-Shirin, Humi and had a great time chatting to her and eating her home made delicacies. Thanks to her, I finally had some Aam Panna and Dahi Vada and absolutely loved it. I am not sure whether I would make Aam Panna, maybe for myself, but the Dahi Vada goes into my list of to-do. JazakAllah Khairan, Humi for your wonderful hospitality. Rasha was cross with me for not taking her along as she had her madrassa classes to attend, and Azza did her level best to rub salt into her wounds, "Thaatha, Atha Hindi chamcharikunna auntynte veettee poyallo..." (Thaatha, Azza went to a Hindi-speaking aunty's house...) Hehe... She absolutely loved Humi's chocolate cake and not to talk about Rasha, who devoured the generous pieces Humi packed for her. This was just a start and hopefully, InShaAllah, we should meet more often... :)

Off to a sweet post, as I am feeling all so sweet, hehe... Pannacotta is an Italian dessert, which basically means cooked cream. Cream, milk and sugar cooked and set using gelatine... it is indulgence at its best. It's a very simple dessert, which is the best after a heavy lunch or dinner... A dessert that my HD really loved - to satisfy his disinterest in sweet stuff is a real challenge and if he says he liked it, then that means he loved it! Hehe... just like how he liked the Creme au Chocolat. I just went for a normaly vanilla flavoring, and topped it with some melted nutella for an extra sugar kick... :)

Vanilla Pannacotta
Serves 4


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Masala Choru/ Rice

Not being in a mood to write anything... it was then I found this online... thought of sharing it here as a reminder for myself first... After all, "Innamal a'amaalu binniyyath..." (Deeds are all based on intentions. - Bukhari, Muslim)














Sharing with all of you today, a very simple one pot meal, which is so similar to biriyani without any non-vegetarian element in it. I stumbled upon this recipe in one of the many cook books that I have and decided to make it, not sure how it would turn out to be. I must say that for people who are fine with having rice with just pickle and raita, this is one of the best ways to make rice. I served with this with a chicken curry, that I will share the recipe soon, but personally I had this rice with just a chicken piece, a liberal dose of garlic pickle and a couple of pappadams. Loved all the flavors that were there in this rice... 

Masala Choru/ Rice
Serves 4


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sausage Potato Roast

Just last week, I had written about Azza starting nursery but then as it happened, the rules get relaxed and she gets an admission into KG1! Tomorrow would be her first day at school, InShaAllah... She is just so excited about the uniform, white socks and black shoes, back to ranting about her "Barbie" bag, her lunch box and her water bottle. I hope the excitement continues and does not sizzle down after the start, hehe... This reminds me that at her age, Rasha had started going to playschool and was quite used to the schedule of waking up but Azza is pretty raw in that case. Just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to see how she adjusts to her new phase in life... Only goes to remind how soon children grow up, sigh...

Another one today for the lazy dinner... how nice it feels to get out of the kitchen in less than one hour when you have had a dreadful day braving the traffic, slogging at work and all your muscles ache that you don't want to cook at all! Unfortunately, somehow during weekdays, my heart does not allow me to order in takeaways when I feel I can cook with whatever is there in the pantry! However, during weekends, it is a different case, I would prefer not to cook! Hehe... This quick roast is delicious with some rotis or bread even, so easy to whip up and quick to finish as well...

Sausage Potato Roast
Serves 4


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Macaroni Payasam

The level of competition in the existing world is immense. Right from birth, man is pushed to excel in everything that he does. We expect our infants and toddlers to turn over, crawl, run, walk and talk faster than the other kids of their age. We expect our children to be smarter, knowing much more than what is required for their age. We push and push them to their extreme limits whether it is in academics, sports or extra curricular. Once you are out of school, the same "pushing" is continued in college and post grad schools, and finally into your job. Somehow when I see this, I feel sad. My D has never forced us to excel in anything. He would always say, "Do what you can do, but try your best." That's it... Umma would get a bit irritated with his attitude, but I guess that is what helped us be the person we are today. As soon as I saw this quote, I remembered my D. Maybe he recognised the importance of treating each of us like a flower and allowing us to bloom without competing with anybody else. We were basically just ourselves. We also tend to follow the same principal as far as Rasha and Azza are concerned. I don't want them to get into any pressure situation that I have never experienced in my academic or social situation. I just allow them to do things upto their capacity... I guess that's the way it should be, right? :)

A very unusual payasam... we always use vermicelli, but macaroni? I know it does sound odd... I made it the first time in order to finish off some cooked pasta that was lying in my pantry and just loved it. After that, this has been something I make on and off, when my mind runs out of ideas of making a dessert on weekend lunches. Quite easy if the macaroni is already cooked, can be done in a jiffy - either cooking wise or devouring wise! ;)

Macaroni Payasam
Serves 4