Sunday, February 28, 2016

Homemade Pasta

Simple and easy to make pasta!!!!!!!!!






Ingredients:

All purpose flour 1 cup
Egg 1
Water 2 tbs
Salt 1/2 tsp

In a bowl combine the flour, water and salt. Then beat the egg and pour it in the mixture.  Knead the dough into a ball and keep it aside.

I use the Roma 6" Professional Grade Pasta machine to make Linguine and Fettuccine pasta.

Take the pasta machine and put some flour, flatten it up and put in through the different thickness and make the pasta.


Cooking pasta takes 2-3 min as it fresh. Now boil water put 1/4 tsp salt and add the pasta after it boils.Put the timer for cooking for 2 min. Strain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Pasta ready to eat.

YUM YUM!!!!




























Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Where does parenting end?????

This is a very thought provoking title and very sensitive too. I just returned to my place of residence after my second daughter's wedding. And when I met my friends here, the only question posed to me was that as both my children are married, and so now WHAT? I never had an answer for this question. But, this thought of raising children and letting them go and being empty handed now left me puzzled about life.Hence, thought of penning a few words on it.

" Parenting is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the activity of raising a child rather than the biological relationship." - Wiki

The job of parenting begins as soon as the woman conceives. The announcement of the arrival, shopping for the baby, the planning as to who would be coming to help at the time of labor etc etc. When the D-day arrives, all hell break loose. All planning goes into doldrums. Path of life moulds and moves alongwith the moods of the baby including the daily routine of the parents. As the child grows, the individual man and woman begin to come together alongwith the child to become a family, Then on, their life starts centering around the child. It is a very busy cycle and the parents also grow up alongwith the child,  till they reach their mid 50's. This is the time when their children are either attending college or at work and mostly away from home

I ponder to myself as to how my parenting time went by. Sitting back and thinking hard, I am left with only a blank. No account at all of those days, as it just vanished in a jiffy, but I was busy nurturing them, thinking about their future and the day to day solutions, unforeseen problems etc etc. At the end of all these activities, all I could see were two grown up daughters who were ready to begin a life of their own.

As a parent, I feel content when I see them settling down with their respective spouses. I feel a sense of achievement having showed them the right path in life which has made them wonderful human beings. . When I hear them narrating some incidents of their daily life, I feel it is only a replay of mine. So, this is only a vicious circle which my mother would have felt when I left her and now I am feeling the same.

But, the duty does not end there. New relationships tag us along into a new circle of which we need to play our part. I wish to continue being a parent, may not be an active member in their day to day life, but be there whenever they want me.

Now, I have an answer to the question :):) This is a continuous process which originates when we give birth to them and that does not have an end.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sabudana payasam

I just love making sweets and assorted desserts.  I made this on Chaturthi. It came out really well.




Ingredients:

1/2 cup sabudana pearls
2 cups milk
2 cups water
4 tbsp sugar
5 green cardamoms
3 tbsp cashew and raisins
Ghee

Soak the pearls for 1 hour. Rinse it in water and place it in a kadai.

Take little ghee roast the cashew and raisins and place it in a plate.

In the same ghee kadai, put the sabudana and fry for a minute. Cook till its transparent. After its cooked, pour milk and let it boil for a while.

Add sugar, raisins, cashew, cardamom powder and mix well.

Yummy payasam is ready to eat.

Pizza Yum yum !!!!!

I was just figuring out this morning what to cook for lunch, as kids were having unexpected school holiday.  My younger requested to  make pizza.   I was hunting for a good recipe for quite some time and finally  got a good one from Epicurious.com. It was Giada Delaurentiis recipe.  Came out really delicious and tasty:)))))



 
Ingredients:
 
3/4 cup warm water
1 quick acting yeast
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
3 tablespoon olive oil


Take 3/4 cup of warm water and pour the yeast in it and set aside for 5 min.
Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and olive oil and knead it. I used the kneader in the kitchen aid and made the dough.

Once its done,  take a big bowl and apply olive oil.  Put the dough in that to rest and keep in a warm place. I placed it in the oven for an hour. If the oven is cold pre heat for 170F for a few minutes till the oven is warm and then place it in the oven. It will double itself.

After an hour take the dough out and punch it and place it on the glass board .

Divide the dough in 4 parts.  Take one part,  stretch it and place it on the baking dish.

Next put the homemade marinara sauce, Parmesan, Mozzarella cheese (I got the one from Wegmen the microbial Antonio's mozzarella) and broccoli. Place it in the oven for 15 min at 450F.


Enjoy your awesome home made pizza.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baklava!!!!!!

For the past few days,  my husband was having an unending urge to gorge Baklavas and he wanted to get those from Harry and David. It sure is too good and just melts.  I was wondering what is so difficult in making this and why I had not attempted the same.   I browsed through a couple of good recipes and found the recipe from tastebook.com the best and followed their recipe.  It is not as difficult as I thought and moreover, if I prepare at home, I can have my own combination of nuts too.
A successful maiden attempt  which was duly applauded by my family and they are looking forward to the second batch

 
Ingredients:
ATHENS® FILLO DOUGH – 9″ X 14″ SHEETS
Walnut - 4 cups chopped
Cinnamon - 1 tsp
Butter sticks - 1-1/2
Honey - 1 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract- 3 tsp 





Here are a few tips before the start.

The Phyllo dough is available in Shoprite-Isle freezer section.The Phyllo dough has to be refrigerated for 24 hours and to be kept outside for an hour before the preparation.
Chop the walnuts into small pieces in the food processor. Add cinnamon to it. Set aside.Take  a baking pan and brush butter on it.

Procedure to arrange the sheets.

Butter the top sheet of phyllo with melted butter, then arrange the unbuttered sheet below it. Set the two sheets in the pan, buttered sheet face down. Press the sheets lightly into the pan. Repeat this twice more, so that you have six sheets of phyllo in the pan, three  sheets buttered.
Sprinkle on walnuts to make a single layer. Butter two sheets of phyllo and place them on top of the walnuts then two more buttered phyllo sheet. Repeat until you have exhausted the  walnuts. Top with 4 more buttered phyllo sheets, ending with a buttered top. Cut a diagonal diamond pattern in the baklava using a very sharp knife.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees,

Bake it for 45 min till its golden brown.

Now for the syrup:

Add the remaining butter. Let it melt. Add powdered cloves, honey ,sugar, vanilla extract and water.
Let it come to a boil and simmer it till all the ingredients are mixed evenly and becomes syrupy.
Once you remove the Baklava from the oven, add the syrup on the Baklava.

Keep it outside for 6-7 hours for the syrup to soak into the Baklava.
You can serve it hot or at room temperature.

Enjoy!!!!




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