Home made Ice cream

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After my friend sent me this picture of the ice cream she has been munching on her holiday. I didn’t pay much heed to this. BUT the moment she said, Kinder bueno ice cream!! In my head instantly I was munching a bar of kinder and dipping it in vanilla ice cream.  Never mind all the thoughts, I have made ice cream at home once and it was snickers ice cream and it was absolutely divine. You would lick the container 100000 times yummy it was indeed.

So after this picture, I thought why not share my snickers ice cream recipe. Now, I don’t have pictures of the ice cream or anything of the sort because my old laptop poofed out on me ages back and I haven’t been able to retrieve it. However, It doesn’t mean I cannot share the recipe.  And the good thing is, at that time I was a student and I did not have an ice cream maker!! So this recipe is for everyone!! Here it goes,

Take a microwave safe glass bowl, jam in 150 gm of snickers  into it. Then put 200 gm of condensed milk into it. Put it for 30 seconds in the microwave , take out and stir. Repeat till its completely melted, and is a whole now. Now add  150ml milk and 200 ml thickened double cream. Stir stir stir.

Now take a sieve and drain your Ice cream through it into a container and this will separate your peanuts through it as well. Put it in the freezer for an hour and mix the mixture thoroughly and then put it in the freezer again and mix again after an hour. ou will have to do this for 5 hours in total which would mean you would have to mix 5 times 🙂

After your ice cream has set. POP in those peanuts into the ice cream for that extra crunch. After all it is a snickers ice cream 🙂

You can even add chunks of snickers to your ice or even melt more snickers and put it in the ice cream to make it more gooey.

Of course the yum factor would be there nonetheless

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Milk Fudge ( aka Burfi)

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Burfi/ Barfi/ Milk Fudge is the most common kind of dessert sweet in India. It is so easy to make and it is way out of this world! Its so delicious with vanilla ice cream as well.
People exchange barfi and other sweets during festivals and prayer ceremonies.
Ingredients:

4 cup Whole Milk
4 tsp fresh Lemon Juice
4 tblsp dried Milk Powder
6 tblsp powdered Sugar (Cheeni)
6 tbsp Ghee
1 tsp Cardamom Powder

 

How to make milk fudge/ Burfi
  • Heat the milk slightly and curdle it by adding the lemon juice.
  • Then hang it up in a muslin cloth to drain for 3 hours.
  • The milk solids are turned into cheese now.
  • Kneed this well with the milk powder and sugar.
  • Heat the ghee in a heavy pan and add the cheese mixture.
  • Stir-Fry over very low heat until the ghee separates.
  • Remove form the heat and mix in the cardamom powder.
  • Allow to cool slightly.
  • Knead again to blend.
  • Pat into a flat cake and cool completely.
  • Cut into squares and decorate with silver foil.

Healthy easy turnip cutlets

IMG_0668Another one of my favourite things. I accidentally decided to make them.

I was cooking a whole big meal for mum and papa. And I saw a turnip in the fridge. Just one huge turnip. I feared it will go waste and no one would eat the poor thing. So I decided to make turnip cutlets!!!

They are absolutely delicious and so so so sooo easy to make!!

You can even add peas to them or carrots or any other veggie you like!!

Oil for frying

2 grated turnips

150 grams gram flour

Pinch red chilli powder, salt,

water

Mix your gram flour with the other powder ingredients. Mix them.

Add water and form a thick smooth paste. Not too tough though.

Add your grated turnip to the wet gram flour.

Now take a big spoonful of this mixture and put it on the FLAT hot pan which has oil already on it.

With the back of the spoon make a round shape of the dollop you have just put. Let each side cook for a minute or two.

Serve with your fav dip or serve with salad and chicken like I did.

Simple Roast chicken

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In this picture, I have served this aromatic simple chicken with this Salad.

Ingredients

 

2 boned, skinned chicken breast

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Your choice about the amount of baby corns you want to roast with the chicken

 

1. Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness (about 1/2 in.) and place in a shallow baking pan.

2. In a small bowl, mix cilantro, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Slit your chicken in a few places. Pour over chicken and turn pieces to coat evenly.

3. Cook your chicken on low heat in a covered pan.

You can roast your corns in the oven so they have a smoky flavour to them.

To add more nutrition to this dish try these  ultimate healthy turnip cutlets

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Bacon cheese salad

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I have just woken up after a nightmare and to ease myself I can only think of food. You know panic eating. With my laptop here because I just cannotBacon mmmmm… Cheese mmmmm..

SALAD!! What’s not to like????????

I saw a neiman marcus salad somewhere on the internet a very long time back. But I tried finding it right now and couldn’t. However, this is a different version of it.

Now since this is a salad. You choose how much you want to make. I did not take measurements.

I just knew I wanted to make the salad really cheesy because I was going to eat it with chicken roast.

So I took a huge bowl.

Tore lettuce leaves really small.

Added chopped tomatoes

2 spring onions sliced

4 strips of bacon chopped finely

SALT & PEPPER to taste

And a lot of grated processed cheese.

And a dollop of big spoon of mayo

Drizzle olive oil if you want

Mix mix and gobble 🙂

 

You can even eat this as a stuffing in a sandwich

Pita Bread and Hummus

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I am sure almost all of you must have succumbed to the lovely soft pita bread which is served with just about every meal in the Middle East. The different ways that its eaten is just amazing. Some just break it with the hand and dip it in hummus and hog. Another popular way to eat it is make sandwiches by stuffing meat in it’s pockets and some dip or sauce. Here is my recipe for Pita and Hummus.

Everyone has their own way of eating pita.

This dough takes time to rise but only 8-10 minutes to bake. High oven heat causes the rounds to steam and puff up, creating a perfect pocket for fillings. You can also use the dough for flat-bread pizzas.

Ingredients:* 7 cups all-purpose flour + additional for dusting
* 1 pkg active dry yeast (2¼ tsp)
* 32 oz warm water
* 1 tbsp sugar (or honey)
* 2 tsp salt
* 1 tbsp olive oil

1. In a large mixing bowl, add flour and make a well
2. Add yeast, ½ cup of the warm water, sugar, salt and oil
3. Mix with hands from the outside of the flour into the well, and continue to add water a little at a time, mixing until the dough comes together
4. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes (a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment can be used, and kneading time will be less)
5. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a large bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until it has doubled in size, 2½ – 3 hours
6. Cut dough into portions and roll out one portion at a time into an 8-10″ log. Cut into portions and shape into rounds. Dust rounds with flour, cover with a towel and let rise for 10 minutes
7. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 500º
8. Dust each dough ball with flour again. Roll each round into 8″ circles, about ¼” in thickness
9. Lay on baking sheets that have been lightly dusted with flour. Bake until they have began to puff up, and are lightly brown, 4-5 minutes (do not allow pitas to get golden brown). Turn over and bake an additional 3-4 minutes

Storing Pita BreadPita bread can be stored for up to a week in a pantry or bread box, and up to a month in the freezer. Be sure to use freezer bags when storing in the freezer.

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I am sorry I never got a really good picture of the pita bread after I took them out because I served them hot with Kebabs and by the time I got my hands all free to take a picture. POOF!! All eaten by a group of hungry animals( school friends).

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And now for the Hummus

Hummus is one of the more popular Middle Eastern dips. Served with fresh or toasted pita bread, hummus makes for a great snack or appetizer. Tahini is an important part of the hummus recipe and cannot be substituted. However, it can be omitted.

Now I really got worried about tahini because I could not find it easily, so I was freaking out. Since tahini is actually just a mixture of sesame seeds and olive oil. I decided to blend them together in the food processor. And voila!! My tahini was done. Easy Peasy.

It takes 10 minutes to make this simple yummy spread.

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
  • 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the centre of the hummus.Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).

Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.

You can even make a spicy hummus by adding some cayenne pepper to it.
Storing hummus in the fridge can make it all tough and dry. It can be stored in the fridge up to 5 days. Just when you are about to serve it, Add olive oil to make it all smooth again and runny.

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No Technology?

Would I be wrong if I say listening to songs by “The National” remarkably this one and this one, just make your day go by quickly? I do have to agree Mindy got me listening to these. Lately I have been glued watching Mindy Project and recently Pastor Casey has made an exit from Mindy’s life. *sob* *sob* Anyways, getting back to the point here, I was jamming to these songs and wiping out my phone clean, no pictures, no texts, no apps and it got me to think how back in the days we never needed all this. Just an email, a text or a simple phone call was enough. Enough to bring a smile to the face. Enough to go by the day.But now there’s all this app malarkey, constant chats and facebook!! Omg facebook! I am so glad I got rid of that 2 years back. Imagine getting up and checking facebook first thing and looking through pictures of people who don’t matter, who you probably will meet in your next life. This is what life has become these days. no?

Tablets, Phones have started taking over everything. Everything is digital. It’s lovely. but what will your child tell the other’s when he grows up? That he learned the colour ‘red’ on the phone? I’m wondering now how many parents do go out and show their children what a dog looks like,  the autumn leaves on the floor, pebbles, swings, and the list goes on. I mean literally how many of them actually do that in this tech stricken world. Where is quality family time? What about morals? Values? Who is going to teach them that? They’ll probably grow up to be successful but on moral grounds they will be complete idiots. And then the vicious cycle starts. Its never ending.

We are constantly texting, calling even when we are at a dinner out with somebody who we wanted to spend time with in the first place? So what’s up with the phone?

I feel sometimes my phone is taking over my life. I constantly wait for it to beep sometimes. I ask myself, Am I that bored in life? Is there nothing better, productive I can do? I mean, I do read a good amount of books in a month. So in the past few days I have gone off whatsapp, and all the other irrelevant mediums and refrained myself to emails, limited texts and calls. For one whole week I will only be emailing. No phone calls. No text messages.  It’s time to get in touch with the ‘REAL’ things in life.

Time for family

Time for myself, because

I know I will be scrolling for decades

Liebster Award

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I want to start off by saying ” Thank You” to Scribbledy for the nomination. I started blogging on wordpress a month back and I never ever thought I would be nominated for any kind of blogger award. I mean there are millions of creative blogs out there right?. However, I am thankful and full of appreciation for the kind gesture of Scribbledy.

I am flattered indeed and the nomination means a lot. Thank you.

Here are my questions for you!

  1. What is your ultimate goal in life?To be happy
  2. What is your dream Job?I don’t have one.
  3. So far, have you had any regrets this year?Many.
  4. If Money was infinite what would be the first thing that you buy?A house
  5. What is one song would you pick for your theme song?Can’t think of one
  6. If you could have one super power what would it be?Reading people’s minds
  7. Who or what is your inspiration?Everyone around me
  8. What one insecurity do you have?Trust Issues
  9. What one thing are you proud of?Big achievements at a younger age
  10. What is one thing you would like to do before the end of this year?Travel till the end of this year

Rules
1. Each nominee must link back to the person who nominated them.
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 5 other bloggers for this award who have less than 400 followers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated.

My nominees are :

  1. http://theyolandaadamsmorningshow.com/
  2. http://artistoftheeveryday.wordpress.com/
  3. http://steintrek.com/
  4. http://stmwrambles.wordpress.com/

My questions for the nominees are :

What inspired you to start a blog?

Who is your favourite music artist?

Would you rather go bowling or go to the cinema with your friends?

What is your favourite season?

What is your favourite restaurant?

What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?

What is the happiest thing that has ever happened to you?

Where is your dream place to visit?

What is a staple item of makeup you must have?

Do you prefer summer fashion or winter fashion?