Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine Special-Lemon raisin cup cake with lemon cream cheese frosting


Sincere apologies for the long slumber. Anyways, making it up by posting this awesome cup cake recipe of my younger daughter who made this for her valentine :):)

The below quantity of ingredients would yield 40 to 45 cup cakes.

Ingredients for the cup cake:

All purpose flour -1 1/4 cups
Self-raising flour - 1 1/2 cups
Eggs - 4 (at room temperature)
Unsalted butter - 2 sticks (at room temperature)
Sugar - 2 cups
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Milk - 1 cup
Lemon juice - (1 lemon)
Lemon zest - (2 lemons)


Ingredients for the frosting:

Creamcheese - 4 ounces
Butter - 2 tbsp
Icing sugar - 2 cups
Lemon juice ( 1 lemon)
Lemon zest (1 lemon)
Pre-heat oven to 350 deg.

Line muffin pan with cup cake liners.

In a bowl, combine the flours and set aside.

In another bowl, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until soft and fluffy. Now, keep adding eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. Now, add the flour mixture in three parts alternating with milk. Do not over beat. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Add the lime juice and the lime zest. Once the ingredients are blended, carefully spoon about 3/4th of the cup cake liners. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool the cup cakes well before starting the icing process. Even if a little heat is there, the icing would not set and will begin to melt. Hence, complete cooling of the cake is necessary.

For the frosting:

Beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.  Add the lemon juice, zest of lemon, sugar and beat it again.

Please note that the above ingredients should be at room temperature.
Added red edible sparkles just for my valentine :):)

Verdict: Awesome, awesome and just awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A true feast to the eyes and the tummy :):)



An interesting quote on cup cake:
'Flowers wilt, costume jewellery tarnishes and candles burn out ......but cup cakes does not hang around long enough to get old ' - Anonymous

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Yummylicious Crumbly Blue berry muffins

These muffins are so colorful and my family loves them. Posting a beautiful and a simple blue berry muffin recipe. (Courtesy - Allrecipes.com but made some tweaks to the recipe to suit my taste)

Ingredients:

All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Vegetable oil - 1/3 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Egg - 1 nos
Milk - 1/3 cup
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp
Fresh blueberries - 1 cup

For the crumb topping:

Sugar - 1/2 cup
All purpose flour - 1/3 cup
Butter - 1/4 cup
Ground cinnamon - 1 1/2 tsp


Preheat the oven to 375 deg F
Preparation of Muffins: Mix the flour,sugar and baking powder. Pour the vegetable oil to a measuring container which can hold one cup quantity. To this add the egg, vanilla essence, and the milk till it measures one full cup. Combine this to the flour sugar mixture. Fold in the blueberries. Grease the muffin tray and fill to 3/4th of the height to leave some space for the crumbs and also for the muffin to rise.

Preparation of Crumb topping: Mix together 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of all purpose flour, 1/4 cup of butter and 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon and sprinkle this mixture over the muffins before baking.

The baking takes 25-30 minutes until the crust is nice and golden brown. Loved the extra overflowed crust which is very evident in the pic.

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Those were the days .............What are we missing now???




(Thanks, Pic courtesy-Facebook) (likereallifeblog.com)

Many of us who grew up during the  70's 80's and even the 90's would concur  with my  viewpoints.

When I was young, we never had computers, televisions or video games.  All that we had were friends and more friends who were in no dearth and would collect in a place for their daily quota of play.

There were no gender bias. All can participate in any game according to their tastes or form the cheer squad.  The schools did not run in shifts as they do today.  So, almost all the schools used to get over by 4 in the evening and we used to assemble for the daily show at 5 pm prompt.  After the exchange of the daily news and views, the game of the day begins.

It usually begins with a warm up of just running across the length of the streets (mind you, there was not much traffic in the sub-streets).  The game selection depends on the season too.  Be it cricket, Gilli-danda, Pambaram or the top, Hide and seek, 7 stones, Pallankuzhi, Snakes &  Ladders, Ludo, Carrom board, Making boats during monsoon etc etc. The list is endless.

We had to very very careful during the play of some games like "Gilli danda" and cricket as we have broken many a panes and reprimanded severely sometimes.  Teams for cricket are divided according to the capacity of each player.  Three sticks would serve as stumps and a carved bat of wood with tennis ball would complete the cricket kit. 

"Pambaram" or the "Spin Top" was one of my favourite and those lovely colorful tops of wood bought from the Corner shop used to be real fun. The top comes with a long thread which is wound on the grooves  and then pulled with a jerk and tossed on  the ground.  The top keeps spinning for a long time and the one which does for a long time emerges a clear winner.  Again, we used to spin the tops in the middle of our palm too. 

During the game of Hide and Seek we can see the most of the girls hiding behind the huge trees or behind the compound wall but the boys invariably will be on the tree top hiding behind the lush green branches or sometimes on the house top.  Making boats out of newspapers and making them float on the channelised rain water on either side of the streets is fun. 

Snakes and Ladders used to be a favourite during the Vaikuntha Ekadasi day when the local daily  used to give a free supplement of the game alongwith the paper.  We used to be awake the whole night playing and visit the nearby temple's 'Sorga vaasal' (Gate to Heaven)  the next morning. The spirit and the excitement were abundant.

The games used to extend till the daylight fades and each one gets a call from their mothers to get inside the house.  The end of play is mostly determined by the switching on of street lights.  Although we used to play for long hours, still we used to sulk while returning back home and would not disperse till we decide the game plan for the next day.

Once home, after a quick bath, still there was enough time to do our daily studies before a sumptuous simple home cooked dinner.  

Its a pity to see young children running around to tuition classes, filled with heavy homework sessions , project works etc., thus finding very little time left to play.  If at all, time is available, can see them either with their parents mobile,  playing games or sitting in front of the television.  No doubt, competition has become multi fold nowadays, but still the childhood should not be lost.  

Half hour of outdoor play will clear the stress and anxiety in a child developed during the day.    The child will be able to focus more and of course stay healthy too.  

Hence, the debate continues whether Technology and its advancement is a Boon or a Bane 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cream of Vegetable Soup


Recipe

All purpose flour: 1tbsp
Butter: 1/4 stick
Onion (diced): 1
Garlic: 1 clove
Beans (diced): a big cup
Carrots (diced): 2
Cauliflower( diced): 1/2
Milk: 3 cups
Pepper
Salt

This is a great recipe when you are down with a cough or cold or even otherwise. Super simple but very delicious.



In a big sauce pan, melt some butter but don't let it brown. Add the flour and cook for a min or two in low heat, make sure the raw smell disappears,  but be careful not to burn it. In a separate pan, add little butter and saute the onions till it is translucent. add the carrots, beans and cauliflower and cook it. smash it lightly and add it to the butter and all purpose flour mixture. Add milk, salt and bring it to a boil, the mixture will thicken and get to a creamy texture. Sprinkle some pepper and serve hot with some sour dough bread.

'Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor' - Marge Kennedy



Monday, August 28, 2017

Goodness of Methi seeds




Most of us would be aware that methi seeds are boon to mankind especially to diabetic people.  A spoon of methi soaked in water the previous night and taken as a first intake the next morning would do wonders to blood sugar.  If taken dedicatedly, result can be seen within a few weeks.

I have been sprouting methi for quite sometime. Along with my usual salad, I mix a tablespoon of methi sprout which makes my salad double healthy.





Wash methi seeds well and soak them for 9-10 hours.  Drain and keep the seeds in a colander and let the excess water drip out.  This will take anywhere between half to an hour,  depending on where you place the colander. If it is placed close the window, the water dries up quickly. Take the moist methi seeds in a big square cloth ( I use handkerchief) and tie it well - well covered on all sides and keep it in a corner. After 24-36 hours, sprouts can be seen and you can decide  the length of the sprout.

It is a very simple process and can be stored in air tight dabbas in the fridge for daily use.  Stays fresh for a week.

Yummy healthy meal - Cucumber, carrot, apple, soaked black chenna, soaked kabuki chenna, methi sprouts and green gram sprouts.



I would be content if at least one of my friend reads this and makes sprouts at home for consumption in general, not only diabetics.


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