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In dessert, DIY on April 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

yes, i know i haven’t posted anything in a while. can searing heat and smothering humidity be cited as a reason for not going near the kitchen? maybe the fact that i have been down with occasional bouts of flu/headache/stomach ache/etc.

okay, truth is, i have been trying out some recipes, but they backfired. i won’t bore you with details, but rest assured it has left me wondering whether my personal cooking angel has taken a break from hovering over me when i pick up a bowl and ladle. *sigh*

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Marble Cake (Eggless)

In baking on April 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

its been ages since i last baked anything and i have been trying to get back my touch. its not been easy – for one, i’m now living in Chennai (India), where finding good quality baking products is proving to be a challenge. i miss the days in Singapore when the NTUC/Cold Storage was just a bus ride away, and i could choose from aisles devoted to baking goods. the other issue is that after a long break, it is easy to get put off by failures. just the other day, i tried making a carrot cake, but it didn’t turn out well – it looked fantastic, but didn’t taste as good :(

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Chocolate-coated Marshmallow Pops

In dessert, Sweets on February 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm


are there times when you see something online, and you have to – just have to – try it out? well, there are many such recipes that i have been coming across, but i haven’t been able to do much. why? simply because i haven’t able to set up my oven in the place i am living in right now (long story – involves some electricity outages and stuff, so you really don’t want to know!)

so when a recipe that is simple to put together and involves no baking comes along – like this recipe for Valentine’s Day Marshmallow Pops  - i really have no excuse to put it off! :)

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Dhoklas And Corriander Chutney

In cooking, dinner for one, lunch, snacks on November 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

when i was thinking about what i should blog about after all these months, i kept thinking of sweet things – a cake maybe, or something to do with chocolate. but life has a way of changing your plans! :) last night, i had dhoklas and green chutney for dinner, and when i saw the little squares garnished with grated coconut and chopped corriander, with emerald-green chutney on the side, my mind was made up!

a popular gujarati dish, dhoklas come in varied forms. this one, known as ‘khaman dhokla’, is made from besan or chickpea flour. dhoklas are a light, delicious and versatile dish that are easy to make and can be served as a main or snack, at pretty much any time of day. and since it is steamed, it is also a healthy foodie option. all good things in one – ain’t that amazing? :)

couple of things to take note of: one, prepping your ingredients and utensils beforehand is very important. that’s because the version below (which is the ‘easy way out’ kind) depends on fruit salt to give the effect of instant fermentation to the batter. to let the batter sit for a while would mean that it would literally fizzle out – leaving you with hard dhoklas. the second thing is to use a flat plate or utensil with some depth that can fit into your pressure cooker (or steamer if you’re using one). if the plate is shallow, you won’t get the trademark springiness that is key to good dhoklas. and finally – this leans towards personal taste – please, please serve your dhoklas only with chutney – ketchup or chillli sauce just don’t cut it! so are you all set to get down to making some? :)
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Almond Biscotti

In baking on December 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm

its been a while since i last updated on this blog – and i have a very good reason for the long break. for the past couple of weeks, i haven’t been able to get any good clicks on my trusty 5-year-old digital camera. maybe its just me, but whatever i snap just doesn’t turn out well. and given just how important the visual element for food, i have been holding back from posting some rather nice recipes (if i may say so myself!) until i click something worthwhile. well, i have been thinking of getting a new camera for a while now - so maybe the gods are giving me a good enough reason to splurge on one! :)

so, i decided that while i may not be shooting anything new for the moment, i might as well clear some of my older folders. just a while back, i was browsing through my folders when i came across some clicks i had taken for some Almond Biscotti (by Tarla Dalal) i had baked a while back. i remember enjoying the biscuits with espresso, but for some reason or another, must have forgotten to blog about them. well, better late than never, right?

the name “biscotti” derives from Italian which means “twice-cooked/baked”. the traditional procedure involves baking the rolled dough once, cooling it and then cutting it up and then baking it again. the result is the dry logs that can be stored for long periods of time. such food was apparently rather popular with the Roman Legions, and were a staple food during long journeys.

Tarla Dalal’s recipe below is a short-cut and requires you to bake the biscotti only once. despite the alteration in baking procedure, there is little change in their appeal – mildly sweet with the delicate crunch of almonds, these biscotti are sure to win you over! :) so bake some today and enjoy them with a hot cuppa - i know i am thinking of doing just that! :)
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