Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Orange cake with olive oil and vanilla butter glaze

Its time for another blog hop Wednesday....Its a very nice event started by Radhika of in which you have to cook a recipe from a assigned blogger's blog.........For this week, I was paired with Shafa of is a blogger from Germany and blogs about food and her travel experiences....She has some awesome recipes in her blog.....I chose to make this orange cake from her collection....There were two reasons to choose this cake....Firstly it looked very tempting to me, but then a lot of her recipes looked tempting...The second reason was that one of our friends got us a big bag of these lovely oranges which I wanted to use asap.... So orange cake won over the others...She's made this wonderful cake from one of the other fellow blogger pooja's recipe who blog's at sure to visit her blog as well for some awesome recipes...

The cake came out very nice....It had a subtle flavor of the citrus and was very light due to the addition of olive oil instead of butter....
While the cake was in the oven, my entire house was filled with the beautiful aromas.....It was difficult to wait for the cake to get completely baked....

And do you know why is it a orange cake and not a orange and walnut cake as in Shafas blog....Welllllllll.....I chopped the walnuts and kept them on the side and was supposed to mix them in the batter before pouring the batter in to the pan....But silly me, forgot them on the slab.......Hmm.....I am sure walnuts must have added a nice crunch to the cake .....Anyways there is always a next time  and this cake surely deserves a next time..

All you need for this cake is

All purpose flour-1 cup
Walnuts-1\2 cup(chopped, I forgot to add walnuts , but strongly suggest the addition:)
Cornstarch-1\4 cup
Olive oil-4 tbsp
Baking soda-1\2 tsp
Baking powder-2 tsp
Orange juice-3\4 cup
Salt-1\4 tsp
Sugar-1\2 cup
Yogurt-1\4 cup
Orange zest-1 tbsp
Method of preparation

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees
Grease and dust a loaf pan
Mix all the dry ingredients together
In a pan, add butter and sugar and beat till a smooth batter is formed
Add oil, yogurt and beat for one more minute
Add orange juice and zest
Add the dry ingredients into the mixture
Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 30-35minutes
Let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to the cooling rack

I also made a glaze for my cake...It is really easy to make and added to the taste of the cake....

All you need is

Butter-1 tbsp
Confectioner's sugar-4 tbsp
Milk- 1tbsp
Vanilla extract-1\2 tsp

Method of preparation

Melt the butter and mix all the ingredients to form a smooth mixture
Pour over the cooled cake

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Creamy pasta with white sauce

Another wonderful day coming to an end....Although summers are over and fall is here, the weather in California is almost the same through out the year....To make the most of the wonderful Saturday, we headed towards Universal studios , once again....
We had a three day pass to universal studios and this was our second visit.........The park was all geared up for the Halloween...There were zombie dummies all around and they were even hosting a horror night show.....We ,not being a very big fan of the horrifying stuff opted out of the show....
Bhavye was happy to revisit King Kong and Simpsons.....He had a blast at the Curious Goerge and came out of the water only after they announced that they were closing  the park....He was very disappointed last time as he could not go to the water park because we were not carrying a cloth change for him....So this time we made sure to do that....

Yesterday I made this Pasta for lunch and both Mohit and Bhavye liked it a lot.........It's very creamy and flavorful and the addition of a lot of veggies makes it a healthy option for a meal......
All you need is

Pasta- 2cups{any pasta of your choice...I used Fusilli}
Butter-2 tbsp
All purpose flour-11\2 tbsp
Milk-11\2 cup
Oregano-1\2 tsp
Chili flakes-1 tsp
Veggies of your choice- 1 cup{ I used broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn and carrots }
Garlic-4-5 cloves{finely chopped }
Mozzarella cheese-1 cup{grated}
Method of preparation

For white sauce

In a pan, add 11\2 tbsp butter
Add flour
Fry for a minute
Remove from heat and add the milk
Add salt
Heat again for 3-4 minutes till a thick sauce is formed

For veggies

In a pan, add 1\2 tbsp butter
When the butter is hot, add garlic
Fry till garlic is golden brown
Add the veggies and salt and cover and cook for 5 minutes

For pasta

heat water in a pan
Add 1 tbsp salt to water
When the water starts boiling ,add pasta
Cook till pasta is done
Strain and cool under running water
keep aside

In a bowl, add pasta and cover with veggies and white sauce
Sprinkle cheese on top and microwave for 5 minutes
Sprinkle oregano and chili flakes on top

Mohit got some fresh baguette from a near by store and we had an awesome Italian lunch.....Bhavye also enjoyed his pasta and has made me promise to make it again soon...:)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Apple and cinnamon cake with whole wheat flour and oats

Officially summers are over now...leaves has started to change color and entire scenery will be changed in a matter of few days....This is the time of harvest and storing to prepare for the coming winters...To welcome the season I have a apple and cinnamon cake....I have baked this cake N number of times and every time it had  left me happy....It is moist and light and guilt free as I always use whole wheat flour and oats to bake this cake....
All you need is

Oats-1 cup(powdered)
Whole wheat flour- 3\4 cups
Cinnamon powder- 1tsp
Baking powder- 2tsp
Baking soda- 1 tsp
Butter- 5 tbsp
Sugar- 1 cup
Egg whites- 4
Milk-1\4 cups
Vanilla extract- 1\2 tsp
Apples- 2{peeled and chopped}

Method of preparation

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees
Grease the baking dish with oil and dust with flour
Mix flour, cinnamon powder, baking powder and baking soda together
Beat butter and sugar in a bowl till soft and creamy
Add egg white and mix well
Add flour in this mixture spoon by spoon
Add milk
Add oats powder, vanilla extract and apples
Transfer the batter in the baking dish {I divided the batter in to two dishes}
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 mins {If you have the batter in to two dishes , then bake for 30-35 minutes}
Remove from oven and let it be in the pan for 7-8 minutes
Take out from the pan and cool on a cooling rack

The entire house was filled with the warm cinnamon smell and it smelled heavenly....I have filled cinnamon flavored whipped cream between the two cakes and it tasted awesome....You can eat the cake without the filling as well....It will taste as good....OMG...I can't wait till it gets cooled...:(..

I am honored to receive these award from my lovely blogging friends  Kaveri and Reshmi Mahesh....Thnx dear for liking my blog....

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Broccoli and potato filled Indian flat bread { broccoli paratha }

Broccoli has slowly immigrated into my house hold and I have no clue how....Its just few years back that I was introduced to this veggie and was always tempted to buy it knowing all the goodness it has....But Initially I had no idea , what to do with it...So a lot of time , it ended in the trash because by the time I thought of a recipe to please mine and my hubbys spoil  palates , it had crossed the expiry date....I am still tempted to buy it every time I go to a grocery store , but now have learned a few recipes that both of us like and so we try to eat a lot of this lovely veggie....
All you need is

Whole wheat flour-11\2 cups
Salt-1 tsp
Broccoli-2 cups{grated}
Potato-1{boiled and grated}
Chaat masala- 1tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Oil for frying
Method of preparation

Mix flour and salt in a bowl and knead with water to make soft dough
In another bowl, mix broccoli, potato, salt , chaat masala and garam masala
Mix well
Make 6 equal balls from the dough and divide the broccoli mix into 6 equal parts
Dust and roll the dough a little and fill it with the broccoli mix
Again dust and roll to make a 10 inch disc
Heat a griddle and cook the paratha from both the sides till brown spots appear
Smear with oil or ghee and cook from both the sides
Serve hot with any raita or aachar
It also makes a very good lunch pack for bhavye...I smear it with a layer of butter and make a roll for him.....

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Calzones with mushroom , onion and broccoli {The perfect evening time snack}

Time flies so fast, It is just the matter of a wink...It was just yesterday that we were small kids going to school, chatting and chirping with so much energy that came from mysterious sources!....We had so much to talk to and so much to share....I was born and brought up in a small town of UP.....I have so many fond memories of that place....I think the place you have shared your childhood with, is the best place on earth for everyone....My grandparents also used to live in the same town and so every now and then we were visiting them.....There were a lot of cousins to play with...We used to arrange doll marriages and my grand mother happily arranged for the food for the dolls wedding...My aunts used to stich new cloths for our dolls....

And see now my kid is of that same age...Full of energy....Always ready to jump and always nagging to eat....
Coming to the today's  recipe....These Calzones are easy to make and you can make the stuffing of your choice....You can make the dough in advance and freeze it....Just thaw it to room  temperature before making and you are good to go....

All you need is


All purpose flour-3 cups
Active dry yeast-2 tsp
Warm water-1cup
Sugar- 1 tbsp
Salt- 1tsp
Oil-2 tbsp

Filling {you can make filling of your choice...This is what I did....}

Oil- 1tsp
Onion-4 tbsp {chopped}
Mushroom-4 tbsp{chopped}
Broccoli-4 tbsp{chopped}
Cream cheese-3 tbsp {you can use hung yogurt in case cream cheese is not available}
Mozzarella cheese-2 tbsp{grated}

Egg- 1{for egg wash}

Method of preparation

Dissolve yeast in warm water
Add sugar, oil, salt and mix
Add half the flour and mix
Add the remaining flour and knead the dough for 5-6 mins on a floured surface
The dough should be smooth and elastic
Cover and keep aside for an hour

In a pan , add oil
Add onion, broccoli and mushroom
Add salt
Cook covered for 5 mins on medium heat
Remove from heat and add cream cheese and  mozzarella

Pre heat the oven to375 degrees
Divide the dough in 8-9 equal balls
Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface
Put one tbsp of filling on the half of the rolled dough and fold the dough over the filling
Pinch to seal the edges
I used forks tines to seal the edges
With a sharp knife, make small cuts on the surface of the calzones
Place the calzones on a baking dish
Brush with egg wash
Bake for 20-25 mins till golden brown
Serve hot with ketchup
These tastes best straight out of the oven....You can make the filling and dough in advance and then the only job left is to roll and bake these goodies....You can also try whole wheat flour instead of maida which will make them healthier...BTW how is my blog looking with this new font?????????????

Banana and coconut bread

For some reasons I always have some left over bananas who have no takers....My kiddo is a very fussy eater and if he sees even a small dark spot on his banana, it is off to the trash...And me too like my bananas fresh ....So I always end up making a banana bread or pudding of some kind as I hate the idea of trashing my food....I always used to make bread with only bananas and got bored with it...So decided to do some change to the original recipe....

Coconut and bananas go hand in hand so adding coconut sounded like a good idea..And it indeed was...The bread turned out awesome...The flavor and crunchiness of the coconut gave it a different level....Smear it with a layer of butter and voila...what else can you ask for a lovely breakfast...

All you need is

All purpose flour- 2 cups
baking soda-3\4 tsp
salt-1\2 tsp
Sugar-1 cup
Oil-1\2 cup
Yogurt-1 cup
lemon juice-1 tsp
Ripe bananas-2
Toasted coconut flakes-1\2 cup
Coconut flakes-1\2 cup
Vanilla extract-1\2 tsp

Method of preparation

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees
Oil and dust a bread pan
In a bowl add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well with a spoon
In another bowl add sugar, eggs, vanilla, oil, yogurt and lemon juice
Mix well with a spoon
Add mashed bananas and toasted coconut flakes to the wet ingredients
Mix well
Gradually add flour to the wet ingredients and mix to combine
Do not over mix
Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the coconut flakes
Bake for 30 mins and then cover a aluminium foil
It will prevent the coconut flakes from getting burned
Bake for another 30 mins
Check with a knife
If the knife comes out clean the bread is done
let it sit in the pan for 10 mins
Take out from the pan on wire rack and let it cool

This bread tastes best the next day....But that doesn't mean you cannot have it straight out of the oven...Bhavye has started going to school here and this is going to be his first lunch snack for the school....This bread is very soft and moist and can be stored for 3-4 days....So enjoy....

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Langues de chat or cat's tongues

While Langues de chats or “Cats’ Tongues,” gets their name from their long, flat shape, their flavor is melt in your mouth delicious...I got this recipe from one of my aunts who used to live near by when we were small kids...She used to make these cookies and would give us a box full every time she made these little treats.....We were tempted to eat these cookies because of their name and taste of course....

When I grew up and started to cook by myself, I asked her for the recipe and she very happily gave it to me... This is a french delicacy which is traditionally served with jam in the middle but I like mine plain....They make an elegant finish to any meal when dipped in chocolate....

All you need is

Unsalted butter-1\2 cup
Powdered sugar-1 cup
Vanilla extract-1tsp
Egg whites-4
All purpose flour-1 cup
Method of preparation

Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat till soft and creamy
Add vanilla extract and beat till mixed well
Add half of the egg whites and mix till combined
Add half of the flour and mix
Add the remaining and mix again
Add the remaining flour and mix till combined
Do not over mix
Place the dough in a pastry bag with a 1\4 inch plain tip
Let it rest at room temperature for about an hour
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Pipe 21\2 inch long lines on the paper keeping a distance of 1 inch between each line
Bake for 9-10 minutes
You can keep the cookies plain or spread jam between two of them and sandwich.....You can also dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate and keep in the fridge for chocolate to set....

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Bhavye has started going to school here in the US, So I am getting a lot more time to do my things...Plus he is also engaged for some time and is making new friends , So he is also happy....After having a kid, your life revolves around him...

Everything I do is done by keeping Bhavye in mind.... I made these cookies for him to eat after he comes back home from school...He just loved the cute treats....These are very easy to make and can be kept for 2-3 weeks in a air tight box.....

All you need is

Cocoa powder-1\2 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Vegetable oil-1\4 cup
Vanilla extract-1 tsp
All purpose flour-1 cup
Baking powder-1 tsp
Salt-1\4 tsp
Confectioners sugar-1\2 cup

Method of preparation

In a bowl, mix cocoa powder, sugar and vegetable oil
Beat in eggs one at a time
Add vanilla extract and mix
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt
Add in the cocoa powder mix
Mix well
Cover and refrigerate the dough for 3-4 hours
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Make 1 inch balls from the dough and roll over confectioners sugar
Place the balls 1 inch from each other on the cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes
The cookies were crunchy from the outside and were soft and chewy inside...So go ahead and try out these cookies...If these can please my fussy little eaters taste buds , they can please yours too...

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