Monday, August 18, 2014

Mia Kitchen

These are all video tutorials from Mia Kitchen. They're extremely helpful and very good. I'll browse here for the fave Kerala dishes my family needs. Mia Kitchen

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Zucchini Bread - Liz Berg

So there's no way I'm going to find time in the near future to post recipes with pictures here. At the same time lemme try and assemble my fave recipes from various blogs. These are the ones I would try some day or have tried out already.

Liz Berg is an avid blogger with unrelenting enthusiasm all these years and I'm amazed. What a focus she has!

The latest zucchini bread from her looks like a keeper.

Thank you Liz!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Presto Chocolate Cake with Choc Sauce


This is one of my old posts getting re posted. Photograph's precedence over recipe??? ;p Food for thought.

For the chocoholics Nishant Khanna and Mahua and their neighbour Disha!!!

cocoa powder-1/2 cup
butter-1/2 cup softened (100 gm)
all purpose flour-2 cups
sourless plain yoghurt (curd)-1/2 cup
vanilla essence-1 tsp
soda bicarb (soda powder)-3/4 tsp
powdered sugar-2 cups
lukewarm water-1/2 cup

Beat the eggs lightly with a fork. add all the ingredients in their order; mix well with your hands and bake till done. yes, you read right. it's just this much and believe me the cake will surpass you expectations. you don't have to mess your beater (personally i love hand-mixed batter). i never even followed the order but still it came out so good!

milk-1/2 cup
powdered sugar-1/2 cup
cornflour-1 tbsp
cocoa powder-1 tbsp
butter-1 tbsp
dash of instant coffee powder (i use nescafe).

Boil all of it together and shut off when it thickens after boiling. over the cake you got to pour it hot. you can serve it cold with muffins, either way.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Packing Bags

the Junkie book will remain closed for the coming quarter (May-June-July). If you scroll down a couple of posts you'll find one saying Am Back! And if you wonder sweet bunnies what's happening, well am setting a new paradigm for moving cities! We got to move to a new city and mind ya I still have some unpacked bags since I stepped in this house last July.

Now Jill, was it you who used the phrase "moving house like a warm Indian breeze"?...well, quite literally it's been happening with me! Whoever wrote the line "When was the last time you did something for the first time"? Am by default doing something new, even if it is something as banal as closing one door and entering a new house through another!

There's always excitement in fresh pastures. But at times (or frankly many a time) am exhausted scrambling to pick up my dreams on my way only to see them quickly and forcefully tossed wayside...and am tired of bending my back trying to pick them up again. Lemme see how life pans out for me. For the moment, let's live today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dear Me

I know whoever comes in here is in a great hurry to get to the next blog. Many a time as much as we want to read each blog post word to word we simply cannot because we're hard-pressed for time 24x7. But I would request you to slow down here.
 This is a video from Mike Schmid. He's a singer, songwriter, and keyboard player for Miley Cyrus. This my post comes with no strings attached. I chanced on Mike in one of my surfing sessions; liked his blog, his voice and songs. He was more than happy to  let me share the video in my space. 

I like his rich soulful voice and pleasant persona. The lyrics of the song are given below.

And Mike, for you to know, you pretty much resemble a Bollywood actor, Ranvir Shorey!!! ;p

 writes about Dear Me: For anyone who’s ever gone through hard times alone, this is for you. An acoustic version of one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written.

Dear me, don't rely on what you see
All the blacks and whites dissolve into the gray
Dear me, there are monsters in the trees
And you won't notice them until they're in the way
And you should be ready to fight them down
Cause no one will be there to help you out
And no one will see when you begin to doubt

And you hide
Hide away

Dear me, it seems you'll lose along the way
Simple truths you found so comforting before
Dear me, all the love you thought was free
It'll cost much more than what you can afford
And you won't be ready, you'll fight them down
And no one will be there to pull you out
And when nothing is left, you forget what it's about

And you hide
Hide away

So I'm writing you this letter
To warn you now
Before you get your hopes up
Before they fall back down
You don't have to worry
And you don't need to

Hide away

Dear me, you should know that you can't see
Just how good that it will be in the end

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dainty Pink Pudding

Of late I've not been having much to say. So well, this is a pudding. It's dainty and it's pink! It's one of my dessert darlings - neither too sweet nor too heavy - a gentle mouth amuser.

Fresh strawberries-25 nos (should bring 11/2 cup pulp)
Granulated sugar-3/4 cup
Gelatin-11/2 tbsp
Egg white-2
Whipping cream-11/4 cup
Cold water-1/4 cup

Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Once it's properly soaked add 1/4 cup boiling water to it and melt the gelatin. Mash strawberry in a bowl; mix it with the sugar; and refrigerate for 1/2 hour. Add gelatin to the strawberry-sugar and blend well with a spatula and refrigerate for a short while. Take it out and add the whipping cream and mix well again. Beat the egg white in a separate glass bowl (make sure it's completely dry; otherwise stiff peaks won't form) till stiff peaks form and fold in atop the entire mix. Keep it 3 hours in the refrigerator or freeze it for 1/2 hour.

Take it out and enjoy the dainty morsels.

I mix in the egg white too and do not leave it atop. So my pudding is a gloppy mass and not the slice-able gelatin pudding.

Source: Lakshmi Nair

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nutella Banana Muffins

A keeper this one.

(Adapted from

All-purpose flour--2 cups
Sugar (powdered)--11/4 cups
Baking soda--3/4 tsp
Mashed banana-11/2 cups
Plain curd--1/4 cup
Eggs (large)--2, beaten lightly
Butter (salted)--6 tbsp, melted and cooled
Vanilla extract--1 tsp
Walnuts (toasted and coarsely chopped)--1/4 cup
Nutella--1/2 cup

Strain flour and baking soda together. Combine it with sugar in a large bowl. Keep aside.
Mix mashed bananas, butter, curd, eggs and vanilla essence in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon.
Fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to form a chunky mass. Fold in the walnuts.
Drop the batter into the prepared muffin trays in equal quantities and place one-two teaspoons of nutella on each (I put two tsps; but if you want a more pronounced taste of the banana keep it at one tsp.). Swirl with a toothpick.
Bake for about 25 mins or till a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. begin with these photos ;p