Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Hey guys...How are y'all doing????? I am finally settled in my house and all set to start blogging again....Although a lot of my stuff has not reached India yet (which includes my tripod and all of my prop) , I am managing with whatever I have here....I wanted to bake something for the Valentine's day and was searching the net for a recipe...I saw this recipe on gimmesomeoven and knew that this would be the best valentines day treat for my son, who is a die hard fan of oreo cookies....The cookies were a hit and were polished off the very same day....And I was been pushed daily to make these again......( The recipe makes a large batch...I halved the recipe when I made them first , but this time stuck to the full recipe )...So on popular demand from Bhavye and his friends, here is Oreo-Doodles.....

All you need is ( makes 36-40 cookies )

All purpose flour- 1 cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder-1\2 cup
Baking soda-1\2 tsp
Salt -1\2 tsp
Semi sweet chocolate-115 gm
Unsalted butter-115 gm
Granulated sugar-1 and 1\4 cups
Eggs-2 ( large )
Vanilla extract-1 tsp
Mini chocolate chips-1 cup
Oreo cookies-12 ( finely powdered in a blender )

Method of preparation

Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees C
In a bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt
Add semi sweet chocolate and butter in a bowl and warm in a double boiler or a microwave ,till chocolate is melted and mixed with butter
Add sugar,eggs and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and whisk with the electric blender, till combined
Gradually add the flour and whisk till combined
Fold in the chocolate chips
Measure a tablespoon of batter and make a ball
Roll the ball in oreo crumbs
( If the batter is too sticky, remove the measured  batter from the spoon and roll in oreo crumbs and then make a ball )
Flatten the balls a little bit and arrange in a baking tray, 2 inches apart
Bake for 10-12 minutes, till cracks appear on the surface
Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on a cooling rack
Store in an airtight container , up to 2 weeks


Different ovens have different settings.So the time of baking may vary a little bit .
Before using the same tray for baking, let it cool completely or use another tray
Before removing the cookies from the tray. let them cool for 5 minutes

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Restaurant Review I Chef At Large Blogger's table at Blue Terrain, Novotel

I have been missing from this space for long, and I can't tell you, how much I'm pining for it....We just shifted to India from the US and it's taking a little too long for us to get settled down.. But amidst all this,the first meeting of Chef At Large (CAL) table in Bangalore made me all excited....We, the members of CAL Bangalore were invited for the launch of a Poolside Bar and Barbecue Restaurant, Blue Terrain by Novotel, an upper midscale brand of Accor group... I was meeting the Girl's for the first time and was super enthused to catch up with them..

Ideally located in the IT hub of the city and well connected to all transport lines, Novotel Bengaluru Techpark is a contemporary hotel that is ideal for business and leisure travel. The elegance of European hospitality envelopes the city with their impressive 215 modern ergonomic styled rooms and suites that offer unmatched comfort, contemporary décor and an ambience of spaciousness for the discerning travellers. Novotel Bengaluru Techpark also features multiple dining options to suit the tastes of the discerning business traveller. The Square is Novotel’s flagship food and beverage offering, a global buffet concept with an eclectic mix of live cooking. Chez Nous, the 24/7 Modern Café and Bar is a chic lounge that sets the perfect ambience to unwind and relax. Délice is the 24 hour specialty cake and gourmet shop that presents a delightful selection of authentic breads, home-made cakes and chocolates, French pastries and cookies.

The venue was perfect for the meeting... It had a contemporary charm with serene water curtains, dim lights and alfresco dining which accentuated with a sky lit Bangalore evening. However weather in Bangalore gets a little tricky sometimes...It's usually sunny and warm during the day , but as the sun sets , it can get really cold and chilly...It was no different that day...and because the setting is outdoor, thanks to Abanti (Manager, Marketing Services, Novotel) and Natasha to have advised us to carry something warm.

The staff was very friendly and made us at ease with a perfect blend of chit chats and service. We were warmly greeted and led to the restaurant. The Chef briefed us about the menu which is a well rounded blend of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options giving ample opportunity to vegetarians to try and suit their palate.

We started off with ordering drinks and I chose to order one of the signature cocktail Blue Cheese and Jalapeno Martini, a Jalapeno Infused Gin and Extra Dry Martini with Blue Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos and Olives with Californian Grapes. The drink was very unique with robust flavor of blue cheese standing out and jalapenos giving it the nice tinge. All the ordered drinks came with a serving of light snacks which complemented the drink. Mine came with crackers and olives. There is a great choice of cocktail drinks like Mango Konexxion, Blue Island, Banana Foster, Lady Saffron and many more. There are also options for softails like Chocojito, Mangolicious, Deep Blue Sea and more.

Natasha was brave to try out the Blue Fire Shoot ( Grand marnier with Sambuca on Fire )

As the evening progressed, the chit chats went on, on varied topics around blogging et al. We had our first appetizer of Garlic Bread served with  Barbeque Mayonnaise, Garlic Toum and Mint Chutney

We were served with nice collection of starters from the menu. Starting with the salad of Lettuce Leaves with Grilled Tomatoes, Honey Mustard Dressing and Orange Segments topped with melting in mouth Grilled Barbequed Shrimps, we went on with my favourites Badami Tangdi Kabab and Fish Hariyali Lasooni Tikka. Hot chicken wings, Zaffrani Makmali Jhinga, Peri Peri shrimps, Lamb Sheekh Kebab and Oven Fresh Chicken Tikka Pizza were among the other Non- veg starters, which were also very good....The vegetarian fare was delicious with very unusual veggies on the menu...There was Crispy Masala Arbi, Maple Roasted pumpkin, Chatpata Paneer Tikka, Honet glazed carrots and Grilled Eggplant and Onion Pizza....

We really didn't have much appetite for the main course, however the menu really seemed tempting and I'm sure the dishes would have left us drooling for more. Nonetheless, we did want to try the desserts , and I'm glad we did with a sumptuous choice of Barbequed Baked Apple Cake with Caramel Parfait, Grilled Seasonal Fruits with Toasted Almonds and Rum Ice Cream, Baked Cheese “ A La Maison” Yoghurt Sorbet and Berry Compote and everyone's favorite Kilminjaro. 

A nice setting with great ambience, lovely food and drinks with perfect company of my fellow bloggers from the CAL Bangalore's table made it a special evening to remember. Thanks to Novotel, its staff, in particular Abanti for inviting us to this special launch, not to forget Natasha for getting us all to meet.

Commenting on the launch occasion, Puneet Dhawan, General Manager, Novotel Bengaluru Techpark said, “Blue Terrain is unveiled with the aim of satiating the demands of our patrons who have appreciated and shown great confidence in our products and services. Blue Terrain is the perfect mix of Restaurant and Bar coupled with an enchanting ambience offering quality food and beverages. We aim to target all the food connoisseurs who have delectable tastes as well as the nearby Corporates who are looking for a place to unwind post whole day’s grind, or party with friends on a special occasion”.

I'm sure Blue Terrain @ Novotel is sure to rock the corporate parties and personal meet ups. I would definitely try it out with my family and recommend it to my friends.

Check out My fellow blogger's experience here

Swapna @ Food for swaps

Chinmaye @ Love Food Eat
Suma @ Cakes and More
Nandita @ Saffron trail
Natasha @ Chef At Large

Novotel Bengaluru Techpark
Opp. RMZ Ecospace Business Park,
Marathahalli – Sarjapur Outer Ring Road,
Ph:             +91 80 6670 0600      
Parking: Valet Available
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