Saturday, April 28, 2012

Do u know ' Som tam'.

Do u know ' Som tam'.
Papaya salad, locally known as som tam.
Green papaya salad is loved throughout SE Asia in various forms.
It is a Northeastern Thai / Lao / Cambodian spicy salad made from shredded unripe papaya.
The dish combines the four main tastes of the local cuisine, sour lime, hot chili, salty fish sauce, and sweetness added by palm sugar. The ingredients are mixed and pounded in a mortar; the Thai name som tam literally translates as "sour pounded".
The Laotian name, tam mak hoong literally means "pounded papaya".
When not yet ripe, papaya has a slightly tangy flavor.

The texture is crisp and firm, sometimes to the point of crunchiness. The few items that are pounded in the mortar 
with the pestle: are Chili, Sugar (traditionally palm sugar), Garlic, Lime, Tomatoes and some other also.
Even green beans and halved cherry tomatoes are added.
All over Thailand the addition of peanuts, for example, is a distinctively Thai thing.
Papaya salad is often served with sticky rice and ping gai / kai yang (grilled chicken). The two most popular types of green papaya salad have either dried shrimp or salted crab.
Green papaya salad with dried shrimp and peanuts is called som tum thai.

The green papaya salad with salted crab is called som tum pbooh.

interesting facts about vegetables N fruits

Read these interesting facts about vegetables that we may not know.
For instance, most of us think that watermelon is a fruit, but they are actually vegetables and they belong to the cucumber, pumpkin family. The largest watermelon in the world weighs more than 260 pounds.
Why do u cry when you cut an onion?
When you cut an onion, it releases amino acids sulfoxides, which turn into sulfenic acids.
Switch on a fan to throw the sulphuric gas away from you.
You can also put the onion in a bowl of water.
Try to keep the onion in the fridge as the cold air in the fridge will slow the chemical reactions inside the onion.
Have u heard of this. There is another fun fact about ' Thymes.'
In England, thymes are planted in large patches. It is believed that the fairies would play in the patches.
Do u know that the top green leaves of the beets are edible and they are the most nutritious part of beets.
All the nutrients in potatoes are below the skin layer, so it is best to cook potatoes with skin.
How did a strawberry get its name?
Some believe that the name comes from the practice of placing straws around the growing strawberry plants.
Others say that the name evolved around 1000 years ago from
the word, 'strew' that means 'spread', applicable to runners that spread outwards from the strawberry plants.
Tomatoes are the world’s most popular fruit!
There are at least 10,000 varieties of tomatoes, from small cherry ones to Ponderosa.
Ancient Greeks and Romans thought basil would only grow if you screamed wild curses and shouted while sowing the seeds.
Cilantro was one of the plants growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon more than 2,500 years ago!
Although considered a vegetable when cooking, squash is actually a fruit.
Eggplants are members of the potato family.
Broccoli and cauliflower are the only vegetables that are also flowers!.

Vada Pav is the most famous snack.


Vada Pav is the most famous Mumbai roadside snack.
 Vada pav (Marathi: वड़ा पाव) is a popular vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra.
It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between 2 slices of a pav. The word batata vada means in Marathi and Gujarati a vada made out of batata, the latter means made from a potato. Pav refers to unsweetened bread or bun. Pav is a soft bun bread, the popular bread eaten with ' pav bhaji'.
The process of making these ' vada pav' is simple. In it cut green chilies and ginger and a phodani (tempering) of mustard seeds and turmeric are added to a mash of boiled potatoes, and then dipping patties of the mashed potatoes in a seasoned batter of gram flour, the patties are deep-fried.
Vada pav is typically served with a chutney (sauce) which is commonly made out of shredded coconut “meat”, tamarind pulp, and garlic.
The vada made from a spicy potato which is deep fried in a gram flour batter. It is served with a hot and spicy garlic chutney, it is served in between a "Laddi Pav".
The cheapest and most easily available snack at all railway stations and every ‘galli‘ or street.
It used to be "poor man's food", but these days even the rich and famous can be seen eating it at Mumbai's roadside food stalls!

lots of health benefits together..

Sweet corn is rich in vitamin B1, vitamin B5, vitamin C, folate, phosphorus, dietary fiber, manganese, sugar, carbohydrates, soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins, minerals, sodium, amino acids and more.
Sweet corn works as an antioxidant that can prevent cardiovascular problems and also fight cancer.
Studies reveal that sweet corn may actually provide more nutrition than most vegetables and fruits.

The Star fruit is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and low in sugar, sodium and acid. It's a good source of potassium and vitamin C, and a source of dietary fiber.
 Brussels sprouts are the same species that includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi. .
They contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid
and dietary fiber.

The Kokum shorbet is a refreshing and healthy drink. 
This drink is an excellent remedy for sunstroke and is very popular during summer. Kokum juice is especially popular during scorching summer months as it has a cooling effect 
on the body and shields the body against dehydration and sunstroke.
Lotus stem are very rich in iron and calcium content besides high dietary fiber. It is highly recommended for pregnant women. People with chronic complain of constipation .
Bitter gourds are very low in calories. It is an excellent source of vitamin C. Bitter gourd is high in iron, contains double amount of the calcium than spinach. It is very beneficial to lower sugar levels in blood and urine.
Bitter gourd has superb blood purifying properties. Bitter gourd is also helpful to treat many respiratory disorders.
Lemon juice daily first thing in the morning eliminates water retention, helps with weight reduction, and keeps the system alkaline. Lemons and Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature.

Boost iron in your system: Add amla to green chutney.
Cook greens in ironware. Go for regular brisk walks.

Sprouts are said to be rich in digestible energy, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, these nutrients are essential  for human health.  "Sprouts nourish and strengthen the whole body, including the vital immune system."
 Did You Know the pumpkin is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Our Pumpkin is full of goodness, also known as Kaddu . . . ' the Red pumpkin.'
Studies show pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. Also helps fights the development of lung cancer.  Lowers Cholesterol, Lowers Blood Pressure, Promotes Heart Health. A glass of the juice will improve the blood flow to the heart, so also called 'tonic' for the heart. It has Vitamins A, C, E and Folic acid.
 The Chickoo is rich in dietary fiber, the fruit has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic effects. Also good source of minerals like potassium, copper, iron  and vitamins.
Try using Coriander leaves in daily cooking as it stimulates, strengthens n helps digestion.
Eat lots of Pineapple, it has an enzyme that cleans the mouth.
In summer, drink lots of coconut water, buttermilk, jaljeera, fresh lime water and ice teas. They keep you hydrated and charged.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What is ' Dalchini '?
Its common name is ' Cinnamon '.
Cinnamon is an evergreen tree, the dried leaves and the inner bark of which is used world over as a spice or condiment.
The bark is dried into cinnamon sticks or quills.
It has a warm, sweet and aromatic taste and a pleasing fragrance.
There are four varieties Ceylon (Sri Lanka) cinnamon and cinnamon cassia (Chinese) are the most popular.
The sweet aroma and warm taste of cinnamon makes it a unique spice for cooking or baking.
Cinnamon tree was known to ancient physicians even before 2700 BC. The health benefits are Cinnamon contains calcium, phosphorous, iron, sodium potassium thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins C and A.
It is also Anti-oxidant, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory n Anti-clotting agent.
Cinnamon checks nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
It stimulates digestion. Cinnamon serves as a good mouth freshener thus overcome bad breath.
Cinnamon is probably one of the most aromatic of the spices. Cinnamon, an important ingredient of "garam masala" .
Cinnamon spice in Hindi called ' Dalchini ' gives a very good taste and flavor to dishes so it is used in cinnamon roll, cinnamon buns, cinnamon toast and other dessert recipes. Cinnamon powder
can be made by roasting the whole cinnamon and then crushing into fine powder. A blender may be used for making a powder of the cinnamon.

Do u have ' Allergy Proof Home '

Do u have ' Allergy Proof Home '. . . 
Do you have allergies because of dust mites, mold, roach droppings, and animal dander that can trigger leaving you itching, swelling, and sniffling. So banish allergens at home so you can be sneeze-free.
Dust mites and mold thrive in moisture. Keep humidity in your home lower than 50 percent with a dehumidifier, air conditioner, or heating system.
Allergens collect in places like carpet, curtains, blinds, and upholstered couches and chairs.
Steam clean carpets every few months; a study showed that when followed by vacuuming, such cleaning reduced dust.
Choose hardwood floors, vinyl, or linoleum instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
Launder all your bedding including blankets, sheets, and pillowcases at once a week.
Clean your home frequently. Vacuum, dust, and wipe down flat surfaces with a damp cloth or mop.
Keep your kitchen clean and store food in closed containers.

Focaccia, the dimpled bread . . .

Focaccia, the dimpled bread . . .
Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread, which may be topped with herbs or other ingredients. It is similar in style 

and texture to pizza, but not considered to be the same.
Focaccia is popular in Italy and is usually seasoned with olive oil and salt, and sometimes herbs, and may be topped with onion, cheese and meat, or flavored with a number of vegetables.
Focaccia doughs are similar in style and texture to pizza doughs, consisting of high-gluten flour, oil, water, salt and yeast.
Bakers often puncture the bread with a knife to relieve bubbling on the surface of the bread. Also common is the practice of dotting the bread.
The focaccia is dimpled and the dimpling in the dough is usually accomplished by poking it gently with the fingers just before dressing the bread. The dimples collects oil as the bread bakes, releasing the toppings in an explosion of flavor when they are bitten.
Focaccia can be used as a side to many meals, as a base for pizza, or as sandwich bread.
There are numerous variations of focaccia bread found around the world. Traditional focaccia comes in many flavors and shapes, and can be savory or sweet.
The basic recipe is thought by some to have originated with the Etruscans or ancient Greeks, but today it is widely associated with Ligurian cuisine.
Ligurian is a coastal region of north-western Italy.
No wonder this bread is considered "A wonderful, quick alternative to garlic bread. Lots of herbs and lots of flavor!"

DO U KNOW ??? What is the union of the King and Queen of Fruits.

What is the union of the King and Queen of Fruits.
The Durian, a fruit known as Southeast Asia's King of Fruits?
The Queen of Fruits is Mangosteen. So powerful. It's the perfect union of the King and Queen of Fruits.
Durian fruit: This tropical fruit is also called "The King of Fruits", has not just sweet taste flesh (the edible part of this fruit) but it is excellent energy booster and packed with dietary fibers, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
"King of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odor, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The unusual flavor and odor of the fruit have prompted many people to express diverse and passionate views ranging from deep appreciation to intense disgust.
The durian is commonly known as the "King of the Fruits", a label that can be attributed to its formidable look and overpowering odor.

Mangosteen is a dark purple fruit about 2 to 3 inches in diameter  the size of a small peach or apple.
A Mangosteen is typically opened by pressing firmly or twisting the outside until it breaks apart.
The hard rind can be nearly one inch thick. At the center is the soft opaque white fruit.
The benefits of Mangosteen were recorded by scribes in Southeast Asia as early as 600 A.D
In Southeast Asia the Mangosteen has been known for its flavor and nutritional properties.
Helps to improve your digestion.
Mangosteen has been revered for centuries as Asia's "Queen of Fruits" because it is full of helpful antioxidants.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Churros, Crisp . . . ' churros, or Mexican doughnuts '

Mexican Crullers: Churros
These traditional cinnamon-sugar dusted, fried treats are great dipped in hot chocolate.
What if you had a sugar-sprinkled, deep-fried pastry  like the Churros that are dipped into hot chocolate for breakfast every morning?
A churro, sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, is a fried-dough pastry-based snack.
Churros are popular in Spain, Latin America, France, Portugal, the United States, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands. There are two types of churros in Spain, one which is thin (and sometimes knotted)
and the other which is long and thick (porra). They are both normally eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate or café con leche.
Café con leche  in Spanish is  "coffee with milk"  and  is a Spanish coffee beverage.
Churros are fried strips of dough typically served hot and sprinkled with powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar or dipped in chocolate. While the churro is actually an import from Spain the dessert became very popular in Mexico. It is customary to serve churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate or Cafe de Olla.
Golden brown and crispy on the outside, these little Mexican donuts are all time favorite.
Churros are spiral-shaped fried patries. They are often referred to as "Mexican doughnuts".
They are usually golden brown and crispy on the outside with
a cake-like center.
The sweet treats are often sold at churreria stands, topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Traditional Spanish and Mexican kitchens, Churros  are made with a churrera, a special metal or plastic press with a plunger. Which is much like a cookie press which extrudes the dough into the hot oil.
But you can do a perfectly nice job with a pastry bag with a large star-shaped tip.
Churro Basic Ingredients are  Flour, Butter, Eggs, Sugar, Water, Oil to fry, 1-2 pinch Salt and Cinnamon powder.
For making these put water in a large pot and add butter and salt.
Remove from heat and add flour and cinnamon powder. 
Mix well.
Allow to cool then add eggs and again mix thoroughly.
Put oil to heat for frying.
Before frying, put the dough into pastry piping bag and pipe out 4 -  5-inch long ' churros'  to fry.
Cook the churros until  a  golden-brown.
Fry in batches and avoid overcrowding.
Remove the churros on a paper-towel, sprinkle sugar n cinnamon powder.
The dessert is popular throughout the United States today.


Now a days life is easy because of the easily available stuff in
the market. 
Like the Iced teas mix in many flavors.
Lipton Iced Tea Mix, Summer Peach flavor, Lipton Iced Tea Mix, Mango, Lipton Iced Tea Mix, Raspberry n the most popular one is Lipton Iced Tea Mix, Lemon.
What's New:  DRINK POSITIVE: New Lipton® Tea & Honey that is Sweetened with honey, made from real tea leaves and real fruit flavors. Lipton® Tea & Honey is the new low-calorie iced tea mix you can feel good drinking.
Iced tea (sometimes known as ice tea) is a form of cold tea, always served in a glass with ice.
It may or may not be sweetened. Iced tea is also a popular packaged drink. It can be mixed with flavored syrup, with common flavors including lemon, peach, raspberry, lime, passion fruit, and cherry.
In the past few years, we have seen an increase in the number of tea variations and beverages, the new flavors, chai, and specialty hot tea and iced teas as new & exotic tea brands like Basilur entering India.
Try n brew it the old-fashioned way with tea bags or tea leaves and water. Use some sugar to sweeten it.

Few spoons full of iced tea mix, lemon flavor,
Ready to drink iced tea, lemon flavor,
1 spoon of fresh lime juice,
5-6 Ice cubes,
Few spoons Ginger flavor soda or use fresh
ginger juice few drops,
1 Round slice of lemon,
 Water to mix the iced tea powder.
Mix all well and serve on the ice cubes
with the lemon slice in the drink or put
on the rim of the glass.

A Kokum sherbet Recipe: and Kokam fruits . . .

Kokam fruits . . .
Garcinia indica, a plant in the mangosteen family (Clusiaceae), commonly known as kokum, is a fruit-bearing tree that has culinary, pharmaceutical, and industrial uses.
Kokam fruits have certain medicinal properties.
Juice extracted from this fruit is sweet and sour and thus liked
by many. A glass of cold kokam syrup is refreshing and it also improves the digestive system.
The product is popular in the state since long and now it is sold in nearby states as well.
Since it is a natural fruit extract, it is preferred by many people.
Kokum squash or kokum concentrate is used in preparing a drink (sherbet) which is bright red
in colour. Kokum sherbet improves digestion and cools the body during summers.
Cooling and refreshing syrups are also prepared from Kokam.
Kokum also has a cooling property and is used to make refreshing drinks known as Kokam Sherbets during the dry, sultry summers.
Kokam is also used in the Malabar region as a substitute of tamarind.
Fresh and ripe kokam fruits are cleaned and cut into two pieces and seeds are removed. Then these pieces along with sugar are
kept in transparent glass jars and jars are kept under sunlight for around 8-10 days.
When the sugar melts and the juice is naturally extracted from fruits and over a period of time syrup
is formed. This syrup is filtered and some preservatives are added into it before packing it and later sold.

A Kokum sherbet Recipe:
Few spoons of ready made kokum syrup mixed with Jeera Soda, ice and a sprinkle of dry cumin [roasted, then ground] powder.

Popcorn Has More Antioxidants

"Popcorn is no substitute for fruit...
Fruits have other vitamins and mineral that popcorn does not contain."
Popcorn Has More Antioxidants Than Fruit, Study Says :
It's true: a new study shows that the snack contains more antioxidants than a single serving of fruit.
When University of Scranton researchers analyzed popcorn (by grinding it into a powder and adding some solvent to mimic digestion), they found that a single serving of popcorn had nearly 300 milligrams of polyphenols. Polyphenol, a plant-based chemical, is what fights free radicals in the body and helps fight against heart disease and other health problems. Popcorn packs a powerful punch. While popcorn is already known to be a good source of fiber, its other health benefits aren't as well known. Popcorn is also 100 percent whole grain, so it's a good option to reach for instead of chips or crackers. Plus, popcorn contains another antioxidant: ferulic acid, which fights against diseases like Alzheimer's.
Eat popcorn, plain kernels made on a stove top popper is best, without the added fixings.

History of all time favorite ' Sandwich '

A sandwich is a food item, typically consisting of two or more slices of bread with one or more fillings
between them, or one slice of bread with a topping or toppings, commonly called an open sandwich.
Sandwiches are a widely popular type of lunch food, typically taken to work, school, or picnics to be
eaten as part of a packed lunch.
An Englishman called John Montagu, who was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, it is named after him who
popularised the modern Sandwich. He ate meat in two bread slices, so others began to order "the same
as Sandwich!" they would say.
Thus sandwich was invented in England in the 18th century by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.
History of all time favorite ' Sandwich '
England Commemorates 250th Birthday of the Sandwich . . .
In 1762, one John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich (in Kent, England) decided to ask his manservant to put some meat between two slices of bread so he wouldn't have to get up from his gambling game for a snack. From that day forward, John Montagu blessed the world with the creation of the "sandwich," the bread staple of lunch, dinner, and every other snack time.
Sandwich (the location) and the rest of England have begun a year-long campaign full of sandwiches.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Single shot ' Pineapple Fire n Ice'

Single shot ' Pineapple Fire n Ice'
1\2 cup Pineapple juice[ fresh},
2 tbsp Fresh Mint| Pudina juice,
2 tbsp Fresh Ginger juice,
Ice cubes,
Few Mint leaves,
Sugar is optional.
Cut pineapple pieces, add 10 mint| pudina leaves
and cut pieces of ginger, take in a mixer jar.
Sugar is optional. Grind all so that blend well.
Strain this and put to chill in the fridge.
Serve chilled with ice if needed in a single
serve glass with 1-2 mint leaves as garnish.
Make juice of pineapple.
Make juice of ginger, which can be done by
grating. Or use ginger flavor soda.
Make mint paste.
Mix all three in proportion, chill n serve.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

DID U KNOW . . . few words n their meaning .

DID U KNOW . . . few words n their meaning .
Agar-agar: Agar-agar is an extract of seaweed from the Indian and Pacific oceans. When dissolved it sets to a jelly and can be used as an emulsifier in ice cream, desserts and soups.
Confectioners Sugar: Powdered sugar, often used in baking and
in frosting.
Fondant: An icing created from cooked sugar, water and glucose. It is used often as a filling for chocolates, frosting for cakes, or fine pastries.
Ganache: A rich chocolate icing made of semisweet chocolate and whipping cream and or other flavorings.
Parchment Paper: A silicon based paper that can withstand high heat, thus its use for lining baking sheets.
Cake Collar: Collars go around the outside of a cake.
Parchment paper and bakery release paper are cellulose-based papers that are used in baking as a disposable non-stick surface. Both are also called bakery paper.
Baking paper, sometimes called baking parchment, can be used
to line baking tins and eliminates the need to grease the tin.
It's great for baking cookies (biscuits).
Greaseproof paper, or wax paper, has a coating on it that resists water. It is good for wrapping food for the refrigerator or freezer. Because it has a waxed coating, it won't cling to sticky foods like dough. It should not be used in the oven.
Greaseproof paper is a type of non-absorbent paper that can be used for various purposes in the kitchen like layering fragile foods such as pancakes, wrapping food for storage and lining cake tins.
butter paper is a term for making paper oil resistant. It is standard cellulose paper with a process called "parchmentising" that melts the cellulose into a gel state.
Few Tips:
All icing sets quickly, so use the icing as soon as it is made.
Sprinkle toppings on the cake, while the icing is fresh n wet.

Safed vatana refers to dried white peas.

Safed Vatana refers to dried white peas. 
A legume that are in dried form also known
as peas or white vatana are the perfect choice
as  they are available any time of the year.
They belong to the same family as beans and lentils,
the dried peas are available in deep green color n also available in a yellowish white (safed) color.
These peas need to be soaked in water for at least 
six- eight hours, then usually pressure cooked.
The Aloo | potato patties with Ragda made from these
is very tasty snack.
Dried white peas used to make the Indian dish ' Ragda patties, '  which is a popular chaat item.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thandai is a . . .

Thandai is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds (watermelon kernel), rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar.
Could be easily found in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan i.e mostly in Peshawar. It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festival.
There are two types of thandai: one in which marijuana is mixed called "Bhang" and one called "Sookhaa Mevaa" meaning "dried fruits" in which is mixed crushed nuts such

as cashews, pistachios and almonds.
The thandai which is mixed marijuana (bhang) is drank on the Hindu holidays Holi and Shivratri.
As bhang contains marijuana, it is regulated by the government and sold at government approved shops.
In North India, Thandai is a common beverage made with milk and nuts. It is supposed to have a cooling effect.
Thandai is popular in India during the colour festival
of Holi. Making of thandai paste is the most important part.
So will need almonds, aniseed, poppy seeds, cardamom pods peppercorns, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, rose petals, and few strands of saffron.
Follow simple steps: Grind all soaked ingredients to a very fine paste. Soak Almonds in water over night and peel the skin, next day. Soak aniseed n poppy seeds also, later put all in a mixer jar n grind to a fine paste. Use little water if needed.
Strain this and mix into chilled milk, sugar also add ice.
Store in the refrigerator the thandai n it's paste.
Serve chilled.
Few words with their Hindi names.
Khuskhus (poppy seeds), saunf (aniseed), badam
( almonds ), kharbooj/tarbooj seeds are watermelon seeds, fresh rose petals are the gulkand variety.

Onion all the way . .

READ THIS UNUSUAL BIT . . . Onion all the way . .
According to an old English Rhyme, the thickness of an

onion skin can help predict what? All have to say this.
" How long/cold a winter? '
" the severity of winter." In other words it means thin skin means mild cold weather n thick skin means heavy cold weather.
It predicts the severity of the winter. Thin skins mean
a mild winter is coming while thick skins indicate a rough winter ahead.
Most interesting facts about ONION ever....
According to an old English Rhyme, the thickness of
an onion skin can help predict what? The severity of
the winter. Thin skins mean a mild winter is coming while

thick skins indicate a rough winter ahead.
What should you eat to get rid of onion breath?
Onions brings tears to your eyes?
Its the Sulfuric compounds, so to cut down on the

crying, chill the onion then cut them.
What are the three colors of onions ?
Yellow, red, and white.
“I will not move my army without onions!”
Ulysses S. Grant.
“It’s hard to imagine civilization without onions.”
Julia Child.
“The onion and its satin wrappings is among the most

beautiful of vegetables and is the only one that represents
the essence of things.
It can be said to have a soul.”
My Summer in a Garden by Charles Dudley Warner.
“Onion skins very thin, Mild winter coming in. Onion skins very tough, Coming winter very rough.”. old English rhyme.
“Life is like an onion; you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it.”

James Gibbons Huneker, American musician, critic.
Many archaeologists, botanists, and food historians believe onions originated in central Asia. Other research suggests onions were first grown in Iran and West Pakistan.
Onions grew in Chinese gardens as early as 5000 years ago .
In India as early as the sixth century B.C., the famous medical treatise Charaka, Sanhita celebrates the onion as medicine for a diuretic, good for digestion, the heart, the eyes, and the joints.
Yellow Onions are full-flavored, Red Onions n White Onions are often used in cooking.  

When chopping Onions, why tears come .. . .
When you slice an onion, you break open a number

of onion cells.
Certain enzymes from the cells then decompose the amino

acid sulfoxide, which forms sulfenic acid, which then quickly changes into a volatile gas.
When this gas combines with the water in your eyes it produces
a mild sulfuric acid. The acid irritates the eyes making them tear.

What does ' BRUNCH ' mean?

What does ' BRUNCH ' mean?
Is a combination of breakfast and lunch; usually served in late morning. Brunch is a meal eaten in the middle of the morning,
in between the normal time of breakfast and the normal time
of lunch, as a substitute for both of these meals.
Brunch is a late morning meal between breakfast and lunch, as a replacement to both meals, usually eaten when one rises too late to eat breakfast, or as a specially-planned meal. The term is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch.
Brunch can be served after a morning event or prior to an afternoon one, such as a wedding or sporting event.
Typically brunch is had between 10:30 am and 2 pm, close to lunch time but still before. Brunch is usually eaten in the late morning.
Second breakfast is a meal eaten after breakfast, but before lunch. It is traditional in Bavaria, and in Poland.
In Bavaria or Poland, special dishes are made exclusively to be eaten during second breakfast.
In Vienna and most other parts of Austria the second breakfast
is referred to as Jause.
It is typical to eat four to five meals a day in these locations.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Arbi / Arvi| Colocassia . . .

Arbi / Arvi| Colocassia . . .
Arbi leaves, Elephant ear also known as Colocassia leaves. These Arbi leaves are green

in color n have heart shaped leaves.
Colocassia are known as Eddo, Dasheen, Elephant's ear.
These are tuber and light brown in color. 

A perennial tuber with huge heart-shaped leaves with the tuber's fibrous skin white 
or cream or light pink in color.
In the Indian subcontinent both roots and 

leaves are used in cooking.
Patra is nutritious and tasty snack made from the colocassia leaves on which a paste is applied and these leaves are tightly folded into bundles to be steamed.
Health Benefits are: an excellent source of vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and Folate. Also having a good fiber content .

Purple Passion

Purple Passion
1 Cup Black grape puree,
1 Cup Lime| Lemon flavor soft drink,
1\4 Cup Ice cubes or crushed ice,
1 Tsp Sugar [ optional ],
1 Scoop Vanilla Ice cream,
Few Grapes for garnish,
A straw.
Make puree of black grapes with sugar[opt]
in a mixer jar, strain it, keep to chill in the fridge.
Keep soft drink to chill.
When to serve put the grape puree,
ice n half the quantity of ice cream
and half of the soft drink in a mixer jar.
Blend all together, pour in a glass n
top it with the rest of the soft drink and
ice cream.
Also add grapes on the rim of the glass,
place a straw as well.


Anuradha Dilip Mittal says
Try this also Bhua..." few black grapes with sugar, blend in the mixer,, then add milk and blend again,, let it cool. While serving, put a scoop or two in the glass and add the shake..
BLACK CURRENT SHAKE. i have always served this in Mummy's Kitty on demand in Pune."
Usha's kitchen thanks Anuradha Dilip Mittal 

4 such a lovely n simple recipe. . .

Yummy chocolate combo with coconut

Yummy chocolate combo with coconut
Chocolate and Coconut are all's favorites and
the best combination to have both together.
Coconut Burfi coated with chocolate will taste
just superb.
1 Cup Milk,
1\2 Cup Fresh grated Coconut,
3 Tbsp Sugar.
Mix in a thick bottomed pan the grated
coconut n milk, put to boil.
Once a boil appears, allow to cook
on low| simmer flame, stirring continuously.
Cook on low heat until all the water evaporates.
Now add the sugar n stir until leaves the sides of the pan.
Pour in a greased plate.
Allow to set. Cut into pieces.
Yummy coconut pieces coated with chocolate.
Melt chocolate in the microwave or double boiler.
Then one will have to dip the coconut burfi pieces
into the melted chocolate, so that all pieces get coated
well with chocolate.
Place them in a tray in refrigerator.
Once the coating gets firm these yummy treat is ready to eat.

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball.

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball.
A Mojito is a popular mixed drink made with mint 

and rum often served at parties and events.
Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, sparkling water and mint.

The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, 
a mint variety very popular on the island. Its combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus and mint flavors are intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and have made this clear highball a popular summer drink.
When preparing a mojito, lime juice is added to sugar (or syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded. Then rum is added to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with whole ice cubes and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass. The mojito is one of the most famous rum-based highballs.
Highball is the name for a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of 

a non-alcoholic mixer.
Mojito is a kind of a cocktail that has essentially five ingredients which include rum, carbonated water, lime, sugar and mint.
This mixed drink was first concocted in Cuba. Over the years, several variations of this classy drink have emerged in different parts of the world and each of them is as good as the original.
1Tbsp Small pieces of lemon
1 Tbsp Mint Leaves
1 Tbsp Lime Cordial
1\2 Crushed Ice
Soda or Lemon Flavor Soft Drink
Crush together the pieces of lemon
and the mint leaves. Put this in a glass, on this
pour the lime cordial, crushed ice and fill the glass
with soda or any lemon flavor soft drink.
Serve chilled.
For the Rim of glass.
Spread lime juice on a plate and first dip the rim
of the glass in this . In another plate spread some
salt and castor sugar, now dip the rim in this..

Thursday, April 12, 2012

DID U KNOW . . .

DID U KNOW . . .
Daikon: A variety of white radish with firm, crisp flesh and
a mild flavor, similar to a white turnip.
Guacamole : It is a Mexican dish made from ripe, mashed avocado, traditionally 

served as a dip with nachos, as a side  dish or sauce for tacos.
Balsamic vinegar: It is rich, sweet and fragrant vinegar made from white Trebbiano di Spagna grapes in Modena, Italy.
Vinaigrette: A mixture of vinegar and oil, usually one part vinegar to three parts oil, 

which is whisked or mixed to form an unstable emulsion.

Tender coconut malai Pakoras

Tender coconut malai Pakoras
1 Cup Tender coconut thick malai,
[ cut into long pieces| strips ],
1 Tsp Green Chutney with garlic,
1 Tsp Red Chilly n Garlic paste,
For the batter
1 Cup Besan| Bengal gram flour,
2 Tbsp Rice flour,
1- 2 Pinches of soda-bi- carb,
1-2 Pinch of Ajwain seeds,
Salt, Red chilly pd, coriander pd
Turmeric pd to taste.
Oil to fry.
Make green chutney with few cloves of garlic.
Also a Red chilly pd, salt n garlic cloves ground

to a paste.
Cut long strips of the tender coconut malai.
Apply green chutney ground with garlic cloves
and red chilly pd garlic paste.
Make a smooth batter, put oil to fry.
When the oil heats up can add a spoon
of hot oil to the batter for best pakoras.
Dip one by one tender coconut strip in the
batter and do all the strips in the same manner.
Fry until golden brown, pierce a tooth pick in each
and put few in ' single serve ' glass.

Quinoa, it’s pronounced “KEEN-wah“.

Quinoa, it’s pronounced “KEEN-wah“.
What is quinoa?
A species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.
While quinoa is usually considered to be a whole grain,
it is actually a seed, but can be prepared like whole grains

such as rice or barley. It takes less time to cook than other 
whole grains, 10 to 15 minutes.
Second, quinoa tastes great on its own.
Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it
a complete protein.
Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain.
It is derived from the Spanish spelling of the Quechua name kinwa or occasionally "Qin-wah".
Quinoa originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, where it was successfully domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption.
Quinoa grains are in general cooked the same way as rice.
Quinoa can serve as a high-protein breakfast food mixed with honey, almonds, or berries.
Quinoa grains contain essential amino acids and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.
Health benefits of Quinoa: Complete source of protein, reduces the risk of gallstones, works as antioxidant support, great for cardiovascular health because high
in magnesium n thus helps to relax the blood vessels, reducing the rates of hypertension n heart diseases.

Bread puddings :Bread crumbs, bread cubes or bread slices.

Bread pudding is a bread-based dessert popular in many countries' cuisine, including that of Ireland, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Malta, Argentina, Louisiana Creole, and the southern United States. Bread puddings may be savory or sweet, served hot or cold, and 
simple or extremely complex.
The primary use of bread pudding is to use up stale bread. Bread pudding is widely considered to be a "comfort food."
There is no fixed recipe, but it is usually made using stale (usually left-over) bread, and some combination of ingredients like milk, egg, suet, sugar or syrup, dried fruit, and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, mace or vanilla. The bread is soaked in the liquids, mixed with the other ingredients, and baked.
A Bread and butter pudding is made by layering slices of buttered bread scattered with raisins in an oven dish into
which an egg and milk or cream  mixture, commonly seasoned with nutmeg and sometimes vanilla or other spices, is poured.
It is then baked in an oven and served. 
Some people may serve it with custard or cream.
Bread Pudding is thought of as an old fashioned dessert that
had its humble beginnings in 13th century England. 
It was first known as a "poor man's pudding" as it was made from stale leftover bread that was just moistened in water, to which a little sugar, spices and other ingredients were added.
It is no longer a poor man's pudding. It is now a rich, creamy, decadent dessert that has made its way onto the dessert menus 
of many fine restaurants.
There are many variations like the Pineapple Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, S'mores Bread Pudding, New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce n Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding to mention a few.
Bread puddings have remained popular throughout the ages.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Coconuts used as a staple food for thousands of years....

Coconuts used as a staple food for thousands of years....
The Sanskrit name for coconut is kalpa vriksha, which

means "the tree that provides all the necessities of life."
The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, 

the seed, or the fruit. Coconuts are part of the daily
diet of many people. The various parts of the coconut have

a number of culinary uses. The nut provides oil for frying, cooking, and making margarine. The white, fleshy part of 
the seed, the coconut meat is edible and used fresh or dried
in cooking especially in confections and desserts like macaroons. Desiccated coconut can be used as an ingredient or to produce coconut milk which is frequently added to curry dishes and other savory viands. Coconut flour has also been developed for use in baking and to combat malnutrition.
Coconut chips have been sold in tourist regions like Hawaii and the Caribbean. Coconut butter is often used to describe solidified coconut oil.
The meat or flesh of the coconut, called kernel, which is found lining inside the coconut, can be used as food in a few ways.
The young meat is jelly-like and very soft. It can be drunk along with the coconut water. In mature coconuts, the meat is hard and delicious.
Coconut water contains sugar, fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and provides an isotonic electrolyte balance.[citation needed] It is consumed as a refreshing drink.
Coconut milk, not to be confused with coconut water,
is obtained primarily by extracting juice by pressing the grated coconut's white kernel or by passing hot water or milk through grated coconut.
Coconut oil is used as a hair conditioner or health supplement, and it is frequently used as a cooking ingredient.
The sap derived from incising the flower clusters of the coconut is drunk as Neera also known as toddy or tuba.
Copra is the dried meat of the seed and after processing produces coconut oil and coconut meal.
Coconut oil, aside from being used in cooking as an ingredient and for frying, is used in soaps and cosmetics.
The husk and shells can be used for fuel and are a source of charcoal.
Coconut trunks are used for building small bridges.
The roots are used as a dye, a mouthwash, and a medicine for diarrhea and dysentery.
In Hindu wedding ceremonies, a coconut is placed over the opening of a pot, representing a womb. Coconut flowers are auspicious symbols and are fixtures at Hindu and Buddhist weddings and other important occasions. In Kerala, coconut flowers must be present during a marriage ceremony.

foods of Gujarat

Geographically Gujarat can be divided into four regions and because of the climactic differences; there are slight variations in eating habits and modes of preparation.
North Gujarat, this region is popular for its traditional Gujarati thali consisting of rice, dal, curry, vegetables, sprouted beans, farsan, pickles, chutney and raita. Food is usually non spicy and oil is used sparingly.
Kathiawari favorites include debras made with wheat flour mixed with spinach, green chillies, a dollop of yogurt and a pinch of salt and sugar, these are eaten with Chhundo (a hot and sweet shredded mango pickle).
While in Kutch n the Kutchi cuisine is relatively simple. It consists of Khichdi, the main dish eaten with Kadhi, a savoury curry made of yoghurt.
South Gujarat is the dry region of Saurashtra, Southern Gujarat is blessed with plenty of rainfall. Green vegetables and plenty of fruit therefore dominate Surati food.
Popular items include a delicious vegetable concoction called Undhyoo and Paunk, a tangy delicacy. Surat is also famous for its bakery items like the nankhatais, gharis and the saglu baglu mithai.
Gujarati green vegetable is originally an indian side dish, made popular across the world. No matter whether you are an iron chef or a novice, you will find gujarati green vegetable easy to prepare.
Undhiyu a special mix vegetable curry is a delicious dish from Gujarati cuisine.

Vegetable Crudités

Vegetable Crudités
The French word "crudité", means uncooked vegetables.
Crudités are traditional French appetizers comprising of
sliced or whole raw vegetables which are sometimes dipped

in a vinaigrette or other dipping sauce.
Crudités often include celery sticks, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus spears; sometimes olives.
Crudités (pronounced crew-dee-tay) are sliced or whole small vegetables that may make up a first course of a meal, or are more commonly found as appetizers in banquet style eating.
This selection of fresh vegetables are served with an artichoke puree dip. This makes an excellent and healthy canape or snack before a meal when entertaining.
These Vegetable slices should be just the size to provide a bite 

or two, and easy to hold in the hand, or place on a small plate 
or napkins.
Crudités are a great choice when serving appetizers, since they will appeal to dieters, who can fill up on these lower calorie entries, and will also satisfy any vegetarian guests.
A important tip to remember, when serving the vegetables you use for crudités should be blanched first.
Blanching can help make certain vegetables more appealing and easier to eat.
Consider blanching these veggies for crudités: like Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini or other summer squash n Green Beans. Most other vegetables don't require blanching, but the above are likely to taste a little better and are more digestible if they have been cooked slightly for minute or two.
You don’t want to blanch vegetables like mushrooms, tomatoes, celery, radishes, or carrots.
The simplest crudités could be a plate of tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms. Texture and color choices are important in composing a plate of crudités.
Try this another option of cauliflower, baby corn, carrots, tomatoes and radishes, and asparagus or broccoli for colors.
The crudites, the raw vegetables cut into bite sized strips and served with a dip are an appetiser| appetizer or a starter.
It is food to stimulate the appetite that is usually served before

a meal or as the first course.
Crudités are a simple type of hors d'oeuvre can be various raw vegetables usually served with some sort
of dipping sauce.
Crudités are frequently dipped in Ranch dressing, Blue cheese or even a simple vinaigrette.

WHAT IS Cocoa butter?

WHAT IS Cocoa butter?
Cocoa butter, also called cacao butter.
Cocoa butter, the fat portion of the cocoa bean,
is a completely vegetarian fat source and is directly responsible for the melt-in-your-mouth quality of chocolate, which is essentially cocoa butter that has been recombined with cocoa solids like cocoa powder.
Cocoa butter, also called theobroma oil, is a pale-yellow, pure, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean. It is used to make chocolate, biscuits, and baked goods, as well as some pharmaceuticals, ointments, and toiletries.
Cocoa butter has a mild chocolate flavor and aroma.
Cocoa butter has a high content of saturated fats derived from stearic and palmitic acids. Cocoa butter
is obtained from whole cacao beans, which are fermented, roasted, and then separated from their hulls. About 54 – 58% 

of the residue is cocoa butter. Chocolate liquor is pressed to separate the cocoa butter from the cocoa solids. 
Cocoa butter is the major ingredient in the commercial production of both white chocolate and milk chocolate.
It can also be added to some types of frosting to keep it firmer

at room temperature.
Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, a quality that coupled with natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity, grants it a storage life of two to five years. The velvety texture, pleasant fragrance and emollient properties of cocoa butter have made it a popular ingredient in products for the skin, such as cosmetics, soaps and lotions. Pregnant women have long used to cocoa butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks.
The most common form of cocoa butter has a melting point of around 34-38 °C (93-100 °F), rendering chocolate a solid at room temperature.
Cocoa Butter, the fat content of the cocoa bean, is a highly-stable vegetable fat that remains solid at room temperature but melts right around body temperature, responsible for the melt-in-your-mouth quality of chocolate. Chocolate is essentially cocoa butter that has been recombined with cocoa solids like cocoa powder. While cocoa butter is itself a dairy-free fat, many chocolate products contain dairy ingredients such as casein, whey, milk powder, milk solids or traces of milk.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Common names include Karonda

Common names include Karonda
Karonda or Carissa and in Hindi करोंदा is found in throughout India mainly in the semi-arid regions. Karonda tree is widely cultivated in the home gardens, farmer’s fields and orchards as hedge plant. Karonda is commonly used as a condiment or additive to Indian pickles and spices.
Carissa is a genus of about 20-30 species of shrubs or small trees native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Australia and Asia. The fruit is a plum-shaped berry, red to dark purple-black in color.
The fruit are edible but tart, and taste like a giant cranberry, though some also taste overtones of strawberry or apple-like flavor, and rich in Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
The fruit of C. macrocarpa is especially delicious and
is used to make jelly.
The karonda fruit is a rich source of iron and contains
a fair amount of Vitamin C. It is antiscorbutic and very useful for cure of anaemia. Mature fruit contains high amount of pectin and, therefore, besides being used
for making pickle, it can be exploited for making jelly, jam, squash, syrup and chutney.
Karonda is good appetizer.

The Indian Condiment, Coriander| Mint or Green Chutney . .

The Indian Condiment, Coriander| Mint or Green Chutney . .
Chutney is similar in consistency to jelly, salsa or relish, 

and is used as a sweet and sour condiment.
Green chutney, also known as coriander or Hari chutney,

is a refreshing Indian condiment.
Green Hari Chutney is usually prepared with coriander leaves, pudina| mint leaves is optional, also add green chillies, ginger, fresh grated coconut, salt and lemon juice.
Green|Hari chutney can be served as a dip or as a spread for sandwich.
Green chutney goes well with all tandoori dishes and most

North Indian snacks. It is a must in all chaat items along with the sweet chutney.
This is a wonderful condiment. Use it as a dipping sauce or as 

a sandwich spread.
The word chutney is derived from the East Indian word 

The Hindi word for "to crush" literally means "to make chutney." This signifies the process by which chutney
is made; often the ingredients are crushed together with a stone.
An unusual chutney recipe for all . . . 

What are Gathiya...
Gathiya is a popular tea time snack

and is made of gramflour.
Make the lovely gathiya:
Bengal gramflour (Besan),
Salt to taste,
Pinch of soda bicarbonate,
Oil for frying.
Mix besan, soda bicarbonate, salt.
Add some oil, use water to make a tight dough.
Use a gathiya maker and put oil to heat to fry the
gathiyas. Drop the gathiyas from the maker and fry.

Remember these points when storing food in the freezer.

Remember these points when storing food in the freezer.
Most of us have probably thrown out food due to spoilage, 

but regularly doing this is terribly wasteful and expensive. Thankfully, you can safely preserve the quality of your food 
and make it last longer by learning a few food storage techniques.
Keep your freezer cold. The higher the temperature of your freezer, the more quickly your food quality will decrease.
So Keep your freezer at 0 degrees.
When freezing food that is going to be stored for several weeks
or months in the freezer it is vital that the correct type of packaging is done. Badly packaged foods can cause freezer burn and lead to loss of nutrients, flavor, color, texture, taste, moisture and quality.
What is freezer burn? Freezer burn is what happens when food that has been stored in the freezer loses moisture resulting in greyish-white spots or patches on the surface of the food.
Freezer burn is not harmful but it will lead to a deterioration 

of the product. Other similar changes may occur as a result of oxidisation, where air or oxygen comes into contact with the food for various reasons. If food items are correctly packaged, provided that they were frozen quickly after purchase and that they were frozen at their optimum freshness.
Freezer packaging must be moisture proof. Packaging must protect the food from odors and also not affect the taste.
Polythene bags are excellent for items that have an irregular shape.
Using freezer paper is good way to wrap meat and other similar dry, large or bulky items for freezer storage.
Freezer foil is excellent for wrapping dry products such as meat, poultry, fish and baked goods, as it can easily be molded around the food item.
Regular glass containers must definitely not be used in the freezer, as the glass will easily break, crack or shatter under freezing temperatures. Pyrex glass dishes and containers are ideal for freezer storage, as they are able to withstand very hot and cold temperatures.
Plastic containers are brilliant for storing foods in the freezer. They are available in different shapes and sizes and are easily stacked tidily in the freezer.
Some fruits emit ethylene gas which can cause vegetables to spoil prematurely. Vegetarian Times recommends keeping these "gas releasers" out of the fridge: avocados, bananas, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, and tomatoes.
Don't store fruits and vegetables in airtight bags or containers because that might speed up decay.
Breads remain fresh, if stored at room temperature.
Always remember that ' Storage does not improve the quality

of any food.'
A healthy tip : Since bacteria frequently get into food through careless food handling, keep everything hands, refrigerator, freezer and storage containers, clean.. ...

Have u heard of What is Manuka Honey?

Have u heard of What is Manuka Honey?
Or do u know what Manuka Honey is?
Manuka honey is usually called monofloral honey.
Each batch comes from the nectar of one specific plant giving

it a very individual flavor. You will pay a premium price for this type of honey. Manuka honey is from bees who feed on the flowers of the Manuka bush, also known as the "Tea Tree" to produce a honey that has anti-bacterial properties. Tea tree oil is commonly from the related Melaleuca tree native to Australia and is used as a topical antibiotic and antifungal for wounds that fail to close.
Did u know . . .
Honey was used to treat infected wounds as long ago as 2000 years before bacteria were discovered to be the cause of infection. Research has shown that ACTIVE MANUKA HONEY has the highest levels of antimicrobial action against a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi.
Honey is not just beneficial for sweetening things; it
can in fact improve your health with its many properties.
‘UMF’ on the label of your favourite honey brand.
UMF stands for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ and the phrase was coined by Peter Molan.
MGO” A More Recent Measurement of Anti-Bacterial Effectiveness, the methylglyoxal (MGO) measurement was developed in 2007 and is a more modern method
of measuring anti-bacterial effectiveness.
Natural remedies have always been better when dealing with some ailments since you do not have to worry about side effects.

Shortcake is a sweet . . .

Shortcake is a sweet biscuit (in the American sense: that is,
a crumbly, baking soda- or baking powder-leavened bread).
Strawberry shortcake consists of sliced strawberries that have been macerated with whipped cream served over a white cake
or biscuit.
Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder 

or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
The dry ingredients are blended, and then the butter is cut in and mixed (or "combined") until the mixture resembles cornmeal. The liquid ingredients are then mixed in just until moistened, resulting in a wet batter. The batter is then dropped in spoonfuls onto a baking sheet or poured into a cake form, and baked until set.
The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake. Sliced strawberries are mixed with sugar and allowed to sit an hour then the shortcakes are split and the bottoms are covered with a layer of strawberries, juice, and whipped cream, typically flavored with sugar and vanilla. 

Again topped with more strawberries. Strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are also made.
What is "Short" about Shortcake?
Shortcake gets it's name from the adding of shortening or butter to a dough which makes it tender. Calling a baking lard or fat shortening comes from the term "to shorten" a 15th century term which meant, "easily crumbled". Probably because it's fibers were short unlike bread.
This is very delicious! The cake is like a sweet biscuit, but that's how old fashioned it is! It's got such a "soft" taste with the sweetness of the strawberries just like it should be.

Durian fruit:

Durian fruit:
This tropical fruit is also called "The King of Fruits",
has not just sweet taste flesh (the edible part of this fruit)
but it is excellent energy booster and packed with dietary fibers, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
‎"King of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odor, and formidable thorn-covered husk.
The unusual flavor and odor of the fruit have prompted many people to express diverse and passionate
views ranging from deep appreciation to intense disgust.
The durian is commonly known as the "King of the Fruits", a label that can be attributed to its formidable look and overpowering odor.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The illustrious Chocolate Fountain!

What is a Chocolate Fountain?
A chocolate fountain is a device for serving chocolate fondue. 
It can come in many different sizes, mini, medium, large and extra large depending on the number of guests you wish to 
cater for.
Chocolate fountain is a device for serving chocolate fondue. Typical examples resemble a stepped cone, standing 2–4 feet 
tall with a crown at the top and stacked tiers over a basin at the bottom. The basin is heated to keep the chocolate in a liquid state so it can be pulled into a center cylinder then vertically transported to the top of the fountain by a corkscrew auger. From there it flows over the tiers creating a chocolate "waterfall" in which food items like strawberries or marshmallows can be dipped. Melted chocolate is very temperamental, so rich couverture chocolate, which is high
in cocoa butter, is commonly used to ensure consistent flow.
The Chocolate Fountain can be used for anything you so desire; whether it be a wedding, banquet, brunch, catering event, or birthday. No matter what the occasion.
What kind of chocolate is  used  in the Chocolate Fountain?
Any couverture chocolate will be fine (or chocolate with 33%
to 44% cocoa butter).
What is couverture chocolate?
Couverture is a chocolate that has more cocoa butter than regular chocolate, anywhere from 33% to 44%. This type 
of chocolate is used as a coating for things like truffles ("couverture" is French for "covering").
What can you dip in the Chocolate Fountain? 
What accompaniments can be used with the fountain?
Chocolate fountain and some yummy tidbits to dip in it . . .
One  can use marshmallows, pretzels, strawberries and 
other fruits, hard cookies, and anything edible that goes with chocolate. However, we strongly advise against anything crumbly (i.e. pound cake, brownies, etc.) or that may easily
slide off the skewers. Crumbs can clog the holes and block the constant flow of chocolate through the Fountain.  A few other things to dip could be candies, mint sticks, marshmallows, grapes, orange slices, biscotti, cookies,etc . . .
Chocolate fountains are quickly becoming a must have at weddings, parties, fundraisers, corporate events, birthday 
and anniversary parties, as well as just about any other 
social gathering or special event.
Chocolate Fountains are a Fun and Unique because one 
dipping one's  favorite food or other goodies into the 
Chocolate Fountain. So '  The chocolate fountain '  is the ultimate accessory for every fondue lover and home entertainer.
Why all love the chocolate fountain so much? ?
There is nothing better though than warm melted chocolate cascading down the different levels of the chocolate fountain
into which you dip your favorite pastry or fruit.