May 302012
Coconut Banana Muffins

Have you heard of “banana aversion” gene, I haven’t heard of it too, but if there is one such gene, I think I inherited it. Me and banana have a long history of tug of war, with appa (my dad) trying to somehow make me like bananas and my system trying to eject it out as quickly as it gets in. Finally appa gave up knowing that genes can’t be changed with his carrot and Want to know more about this recipe?

May 282012
Almond Cherry Brownies

I bake a lot, not just because I love to bake but also there’s constant demand and pressure from my kiddo to bake something for him (He just doesn’t like to see the empty container in the shelf). Just like me, my son loves to gaze in front of the oven and see the transformation of the dough in to delicious goodies. He exclaims every now with a shrill in his voice about how much Want to know more about this recipe?

May 272012
Roasted Vegetables & Feta Cheese Orzo

Daughter: I want Italian. Son: I want rice or Mac & Cheese or better yet Curd Rice. Husband: I want simple dinner or no dinner at all (Nowadays this is what I get when I ask him what to cook?). Me: I feel like cooking all different meals and mixing them in one big vessel and serve it as one dish. I love one pot meals and the closest Italian pasta that resembles rice is Want to know more about this recipe?

May 272012
Challah with Cinnamon Sugar/Chocolate Chips/Blueberries

May’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge was pretty twisted – Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to make challah! Using recipes from all over, and tips from “A Taste of Challah,” by Tamar Ansh, she encouraged us to bake beautifully braided breads. I’ve already made Challah once before and I did a 3 braid straight bread the first time. This time I wanted to challenge myself by making a 6 braid straight, 4 braid straight, Want to know more about this recipe?

May 262012
Ivy Gourd & Paneer Stir Fry

I knew Ivy Gourd as its telegu name “Dondakai”. Now I don’t know why my mom chose to use the telegu name but it sure did give my husband an opportunity to make fun of me. When I was newly married, everything and anything I said was carefully watched so he can pick on a slang or language usage different from his and laugh about it. One morning when I said I’ll be making dondakai Want to know more about this recipe?

May 252012
Sweet Corn & Tofu Mini Pancakes/Patties

Today, I started out to make corn fritters. But my experiment turned a steep slope towards south and the fritters transformed in to cute little pancakes/patties. I don’t think my kids cared about the name and thankfully they’ve never tasted fritters. So I narrowly escaped the scornful comments and looks. This recipe was adapted from Vegan with Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. The taste of my version of this recipe was more like a pancake Want to know more about this recipe?

May 242012
Mango Cream Pastry Cups

When I often open the fridge one thing or the other slides out and fall right on my feet. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr…clutching my feet I try to scold the poor thing that fell on my feet, like a child. With my daughter’s recent frozen cookie dough fundraising sale (courtesy, her school), I have few more boxes left in my freezer that’s occupying my already dumped precious freezer space. I did try to coax my dear hubby to Want to know more about this recipe?

May 242012
Pesto Rotis

The difficult part of everyday cooking is in figuring out what to cook more than the process of cooking. We are 4 members in our family and each person have their preference. If my daughter likes her cooked rice with grains apart, my son likes rice to be mushy, and my dear hubby doesn’t like neither and wants it in between. Of course I can’t cook three kinds of cooked rice in the same pressure Want to know more about this recipe?

May 232012
South Indian Thaali featuring Tomato Pachadi

I prepared this thaali for Tamil New Years Day and I haven’t had a chance to post it. Don’t get this wrong, I haven’t taken up thaali theme for this week’s marathon. I just conveniently chose to post this thaali as part of the combination theme. I don’t cook elaborate dishes but sometimes when we include simple yet different items in the menu it becomes a feast. One of H’s friend presented us with a Want to know more about this recipe?

May 222012
Easy Aapam

As a child I would model my older brother especially when we went out to eat in restaurants. I would wait till he ordered so I can order the same just so I didn’t want him to have a better meal. Even on very rare occasions if I did order a different dish my brother would just make it seem that I missed something terrible and that would be make me one grumpy person. Because Want to know more about this recipe?