Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dates Ice-cream

I would love to know from all of you, my lovely readers - if you have kids at home, what is that one thing that they constantly request for? I mean in terms of food and nothing else... :) There are two things my kids ask - chocolate cake and ice-cream. They don't ask for anything else. Though I wouldn't mind making them some chocolate cake on and off, so that I also get to enjoy them (hehe...), I steer away from making ice-cream regularly. The main reason is that being school going kids, there is hardly a day when they are without running nose or cough. Once school starts, it is like their constant partner. No amount of medicines work. Therefore, I rely on steam and menthol oils to relieve them of any heaviness. When school is on, they kind of get used to having a clogged nose that when they have their vacations, an open nose is a big surprise for them! Hehe...

All ice-creams that I have already put on the blog are all without an ice-cream maker. I have bought one recently but it is still in its pack and I have no idea when I am going to open it up and start using it! This was one ice-cream that I totally loved - hardly any work and really soft serve that it looked like store bought ice-cream. I had a tough time convincing HD that it was indeed me who had made it. See, there is no point in saying that I am a food blogger, there are times when our family members would still give us such little attacks, especially when food turn out to be much better than expected! :)

Dates Ice-cream
Serves 4


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chicken Madras

My madness of collecting cookbook and cut-outs sometimes really gets on my nerves. But that still doesn't deter me from getting more or scanning my eyes on magazines for more recipes. Each time when the kids and I are walking and my eyes scan across the shelf at a book store, Rasha would retort sarcastically, "Ah, there... ummi is searching for new cookbooks!" Hehe... so now, in order to avoid that, I have started ordering books online, and guess what, that is even more addictive! As of now, I am trying hard not to order anymore till I sort out space in our new place.

Chicken is something that is so wholeheartedly welcomed at my place. That is clearly explained by the list of chicken dishes that I already have on the blog! Each time I look for trying out new varieties and variations, and definitely those that can be easily put together. This is one of them, from a cookbook that I purchased online a couple of months ago. All the ingredients are readily available and it is a nice mild curry that goes very well with rice or rotis. Off to the recipe...

Chicken Madras
Serves 4
Recipe adapted from "Indian Bible"


Monday, October 20, 2014

Avocado Coconut Milk Mousse

I am kind of addicted to quotes that make a lot of sense... sharing one with all of you today...


I love avocadoes and I love coconut milk, so this recipe was created to combine two of my interest! The result was this luscious dessert which you cannot stop at one serving. The main creaminess comes from the avocados itself and to make it mousse like, I set the dessert using gelatine. Otherwise, it would literally be like juice. Yes, if you don't fancy using a spoon and would love to gulp it down, then you can avoid the gelatin and serve it like a smoothie! That's what is called double use of the same recipe, right? Hehe... Off to the way I made this delicious stuff...

Avocado Coconut Milk Mousse
Serves 5-6


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Be My Guest ~ Apple Strusel Cake


I am a person of words. Though I am not an eloquent writer to say the least, I love people who are blessed with their vocabulary. There are people who can write in literature - make a simple matter read and sound like a story. There are people who may be talking simple, but their selection of words are so profound that they have an impact on you in some way. I have met both kinds of people and cherish them when I do...

Today, with me, I have a young blessed writer, or blogger, as we call in our terms! I came through her blog when she guest posted for Ambreen some time back. From then on, I have been hooked on to her blog. It surprises me that she is in her late teens, yet her talent gets me totally floured. Her picutres, just like her writing, speaks a thousand words. Let me introduce you to the face behind the blog, "La Tour De Force", Aiza. I would strongly recommend all of you to go by her blog and check this talent powerhouse for yourself, to feel what I am writing about her. I am just marking you an example with this Chocochip Banana Bread - yeah I know that looks mouthwatering but I wanted you all to read the story! Hehe... Maybe because I relate to her blog posts, can be the reason why I just pushed myself to ask her for a guest post. I am really happy to have her on my little space.

I guess I do not spoil the fun too much and just hand over today's session to my guest for the day... Over to you Aiza...



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Potato Cheese Frittata

What do you do when you cook something for a challenge, click the pictures, think that they look good and then finish off the whole plate, only to find that the pictures did not turn out the way you wanted them to be? That's what exactly happened with this picture - I thought they looked perfect on the camera screen but they just weren't when they popped up on the laptop screen. With the shifting work that I am neck deep in, I knew that I wouldn't be able to cook and re-shoot again. So here I am in this post, with a blurred image, which InShaAllah will be replaced when I cook it again.

For this month Sshhh.... Cooking Secretly Challenge, I was paired with Priya from Priya's Menu and she gave me potato and cheese as my ingredients. In fact, I must say that she was such a sweetheart, when I told her that I would be shifting soon and would love to get easy ingredients so that I don't have to break my head over deciding the recipe. First, I thought I would make some potato tikkis with cheese inside it. But then, during the last challenge, I had made tikkis and didn't want to repeat them. While I was flickering through my cut-out book while I discovered the no-yeast pizza, I saw a recipe which was a cheese frittata served with potato wedges. That got me thinking about why I couldn't merge the potato and cheese into one frittata? OK, for people who are new to the word "Frittata", it is nothing but an Italian word for a dish similar to an omelette but filled with other ingredients like meat, vegetable, etc. Such a cute name, right? Hehe... OK, so I made this frittata.. err, omelette as a part of a lazy lunch with some rice and moru curry. Rasha eats her eggs only as a half-fry or a bull's eye and in no other form, so she didn't touch it. The egg crazy, who takes from her abba, Azza ate up almost 40% of it and didn't touch any rice at all! It is definitely going to be a favorite with the kids, especially with the cheese, so do try it!

Potato Cheese Frittata
Serves 2-3

I feel like crying looking at the pic... :(