Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hot Chocolate ~ using cocoa powder

Being a food blogger is funny business. We don't cook anything without thinking whether to click pictures or not. Funny bunch, I must say... Each time I cook and my B comes into the kitchen, he looks at me and asks, "Done clicking?" Hehe... the kids also would flock me when they see me coming out of the room with the camera. That explains sometimes why my pictures are so lousy. I hate it when I can't concentrate and Azza loves to disturb me by threatening to put her finger into each and every thing that I make! It takes a few minutes of begging and prodding, followed by some bribing to get her out of the way! Rasha will stand back and watch what I am doing, sometimes obstructing the little light available during the nights. So I have to gently pull her to the sides so that the picture looks at least presentable. Many tell me my pictures are improving, but I guess there is a still lot more... it's a learning process, like everything else and above all, needs a hell lot of patience, which I unfortunately lack...

Talking about the toddler trouble. I literally had a shock while taking the below snap. I don't know if I should say this, but we literally use anything and everything we see around our house to be used as a prop. This happened to be Azza's frock... hehe... I had so neatly kept my cup on it and was going to click, when her eyes pounced on it, and she screamed, "Ente uduppu...." (My frock!) A long jump and an attempt to pull it with the mug on it... Alhamdulillah, I had worn my camera on my neck. I just left it and ran to catch her in time, otherwise that hot liquid would have spilled on her! Regaining my composure, I told her that ummi would be done in a couple of minutes and your frock would be back in its place safely. She gave me a stare and walked off. So that's about it... each photograph has a story behind it. Some I share, some I don't... this one I had to share, because I managed to take only one and then I couldn't go on with it. It is tilted - I am receiving a lot of advice from my mates, especially Jehanne and Sona not to tilt my pictures but unfortunately, I don't know why I constantly keep doing it. Some pictures I am managing to keep it straight using an editor tool, but some I can't so I keep it as is. Trying my level best, I am assuring both of you...

Uff, too much of blabbering for this little recipe... I have already posted a Hot Chocolate before, but that was with choco-chips. This time it's with cocoa powder... here you go...

Hot Chocolate 
Serves 1

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Icecream Falooda

Another beautiful slide I found while browsing... you may already know by now how much I love these kind of titbits... that give a lot of insight, some minutes to ponder and makes you feel nice at the same time, Alhamdulillah... :)

I have already done a falooda tale before, so I don't think I need to repeat it again! :) We love our Kulfi Faloodas once in a while, but then when we go to other outlets asking for falooda, what you normally get is a medley of jelly, fruits, sev, icecream and what not! Whatever said and done, we always devour it completely and keep that as our main meal for the day, that filling it becomes! This is just a simple version with nothing fancy... but definitely you can deck it up with all that you want. Off to the way I made it...

Icecream Falooda
Serves 3

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bull's Eye Curry

As I was typing this recipe, I was feeling kind of strange. Now why was it? I just couldn't make out. Typing ginger and garlic paste with green chillies and turmeric, all of a sudden seemed to be like rocket science to me. Not being able to do away with the awry feeling, I just closed the typing window and browsed through my published posts list. Ah, no wonder!!! Would you believe that the last curry that I have posted on this blog was more than a month ago! I was truly flabbergasted... for a family, who has curry in some form or  the other, this sounds really unacceptable! But to say the least and to be honest, I have been experimenting less on the main course and just cooking what I know, and that explains the long silence in that category. I guess I got to break that mould and post some delectable curries, just to make all you feel that all I eat is NOT cakes and sweets, and biriyanis, of course!!! Hehe... and thankfully, I have a few in my drafts, so you can see some delicious curries coming up soon.

Egg is something I go to when I don't want anything fancy. Easily accepted by the kids and the men, eggs make my life easier. This is one egg curry that I run to when my head hardly functions and my body equally gives up. It is so easy to make, really mild and goes so well with bread that you don't have to think of making anything to go with it. I am really thankful to Shabs for sharing this gem of a recipe, which I have cooked so many times - really lost count of it - and everybody has loved it each time...

Bull's Eye Curry
Serves 3
Recipe adapted by here

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even though I have a bunch that loves their cookies, I recently discovered why I rarely bake cookies. Each time my hands itch to bake, my soft corner is always towards cakes. Cakes hardly take any time, especially if they require only a whisk as a mixer. Most of the time, my cakes, you would have noticed are all mix and bake - just good for my lazy bones! However, cookies do require some time. The kneading, cooling, shaping plus the messed up table top really peeves me off from making cookies, though it's never the baking time - it gets done in much lesser time than cakes! I really feel I have to put aside my lazy bones and start baking more cookies at home, rather than give my girls commercial ones, though now I feel, thanks to their changed schedule, they hardly have time to eat biscuits, apart from what I keep in their school lunch box.

Talking about schedules, Alhamdulillah, contrary to my concern, things are falling in place. Of course, being at home for just four hours during the weekends after work does make me feel totally like a bad ummi. On top of that, because I didn't want Rasha to lag behind in her studies thanks to my lack of attention, I have put her for private tution at least till she finishes her exams. Thankfully, she has taken it very positively. I sometimes feel blessed that my girls are really understanding. Yes, they do throw their tantrums when needed, after all what are children for? However, we are looking at a few changes looking forward. As the blog progresses, InShaAllah, I will share...

For the time being, let me share with you my first attempt with Chocolate Chip Cookies, that I absolutely loved. I always make small batches, so that if it flops, there is not much to be pushed off! If it becomes good, then I feel sad that nobody gets much to eat! Hehe... Unfortunately, I ran out of chocolate chips for these cookies but still they were just so melt-in-the-mouth. Within a day, all the stock disappeared and HD commented that they were as good as store-bought.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Made 20
Recipe adapted from here

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Easy Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie

I guess, if there is any challenge I participate with so much of eagerness, then it looks like it is the Home Baker's Challenge! I have taken part in almost all challenges till date, barring a couple of them which I had to let go due to many reasons. This month's challenge is hosted by Sara and she came up with a really interesting challenge - of baking popovers and pot pies. To define what a "popover" mean, since it was something new to me as well:

A popover is an American version of Yorkshire pudding and similar batter puddings made in England since the 17th century.  It is light, hollow roll made from eggs, typically baked in muffin tins or dedicated popover pans, which have straight-walled sides rather than angled. Popovers may be served either as a sweet—topped with fruit and whipped cream for breakfast or with afternoon tea— or with meats at lunch and dinner. 

The other option was the pot pie, which is a pie with a flaky crust, usually puff pasty. This, just like popovers, can be savory or sweet, though savory is a more common one, with vegetable and meat filling. I was really tempted by the Chocolate Caramel Banana Pot Pie, but I had to keep aside my sweet tooth, as I was already having too much of sweet, and settle for a savory pot pie.  The suggested recipe was this vegeterian pot pie, but with permission, I played around with the flavors used for my recipe. I referred to many of the recipes I had in my cut-outs and found that as long as anything is cooked in a white sauce and is topped with flaky pastry, it is fine for a pot pie! So there you go, I kept it nice and simple and made it for dinner. B and I carried the leftovers for lunch the next day and devoured them as well!

Easy Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie
Serves 4-6