Friday, April 3, 2015

Carrot Cake

Ingredients
wheat flour  1 1/2 cups
baking pdr.  1 1/2 tsp
baking soda 1 1/2 tsp ( if you don't want to use an egg)
cinnamon pdr. 1 tsp
nutmeg pdr. 1 /2 tsp
salt 1/2 tsp
cooking oil not Olive oil  1 tbsp
vanilla essence 1 tsp
thick buttermilk 1/4- 1/2 cup
honey   1/2 cup
milk  1/4 cup or less
carrot grated fine  2 cups

Method
Pre-heat oven to 175 deg. C
grease a baking dish well
sift together, flour, baking pdr., baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg powders well
in a big bowl, whisk together oil, egg if using and vanilla
add buttermilk first 1/4 cup, honey whisk well
add the dry ingredients, mix well, add milk, mix well
fold in carrots, mix well, if the consistency is too thick, add some more buttermilk to get the right consistency
pour into the baking dish, bake for about 25 minutes, it varies from oven to oven, so check if done by inserting a knife in the center of the cake, if it comes clean, then switch off, take out after a minute in the oven, cut and serve warm or cool with some cream frosting if desired.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

20 Handy Tips for Using Lemons

The lemon is a citrus with a great aroma, that blends wonderfully with food and drink, but also has many other uses, thanks to its antibacterial effect. The lemon is rich in vitamin C. It is considered a strong anti-oxidant and contains 5% acid, which makes him a very useful tool. 
So we know it's useful, but do we know how to utilize this potential? For that reason, we have collected 20 of the best things to do with a lemon, besides cooking with it!
lemon

1. Ant Repellant - Pour some lemon juice around any infested areas to keep them at bay!
2. Air freshener - An equal amount of water and lemon juice, placed in an air freshener, will supply your house with a nice fresh scent.
3. A clean tub - An equal amount of water and lemon juice can also be a very effective cleaning supply against mildew and fungus accumulating on the sides of your tub and/or shower.
4. Disinfectant - A small amount of lemon juice can be a great companion to vinegar as a cleaning supply and can help neutralize the strong smell of the vinegar. It will also greats fortify the disinfection.
5. Microwave - Heat up a bowl of water and lemon wedges in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Next, clean the microwave. Those previously hard to remove stains will now be easily removed and the 'food smell' will be neutralized.
6. Refrigerator - Storing half a lemon in the fridge will help prevent unpleasant odors. 
7. Cleaning Chrome / Brass / Copper - Mix lemon juice with drinking soda and dip a clean hand towel in it. Wipe down the surfaces thoroughly and then rinse well and wipe down with dry paper to get them to look like new!
8. Bathroom - Mix 1/2 a cup of borax powder with a glass of lemon to clean the toilet perfectly and leave it smelling clean and fresh.
9. Faucets and sinks - Use half a lemon to remove limescale build up on your sinks and faucets. Rinse well and redo as required.
 
faucet
10. To make your laundry whiter, add a 1/2 cup of lemon juice for the washing duration of the machine and hang up the clothes to dry. A teaspoon of lemon juice in the machine during the wash cycle will give your fabric a fresher smell.
11. Dishes - To remove fat substances on tools, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the dish soap.
12. Drainage - A mixture of hot lemon juice and drinking soda can improve your drainage and help unclog it.
13. Trash can - If you throw a few lemon peels in the trash, it will help to neutralize the bad odors coming from the rest of the food stuffs.
14. Cutting Board - Rub half a lemon on a wooden cutting board, leave it like that for the night and wash it the next day. The lemon juice will help kill bacteria accumulating on the board, and will, of course, neutralize any bad odors.
15. Glass and Mirrors - 4 table spoons of lemon juice mixed with 2 liters of water will make for an effective mixture to clean windows, mirrors and glass surfaces.
window
16. Furniture - 2 parts of olive or cooking oil, add one part of lemon juice to make a wonderful solution for polishing furniture.
17. Hair brightening - To brighten your hair, pour some lemon juice on it and sit for an hour in the sun.
18. Hair softening - Lemon juice mixed with a glass of warm water can be used as a great hair mask. Soak your hair in the liquid for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly. If you have a sensitive scalp, however, this may not be the solution for you.
 
19. Cuts, stings, and skin irritation - dribble a small amount of lemon juice on small cuts, and although it will probably sting a bit, it should help stop the bleeding and disinfect the wound. In addition, applying lemon juice to stings should alleviate the feeling of discomfort and itchiness. 
20. Removing bad smell from hands - If you were handling something odorous like fish or onions, washing your hands in lemon juice is a great way to get rid of those odors without drying or damaging your skin. 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Whole wheat dark chocolate cake

Ingredients

malai/ top of the milk cream  130 gm
jaggery/ brown sugar   175 gm
eggs  2
vanilla essence  1 tsp
whole wheat flour   175 gm
cocoa pdr.  50 gm
baking pdr.  3/4 tsp
baking soda  1/2 tsp
unsalted buttermilk   150 ml
dark chocolate chips  75 gm
walnuts chopped 75 gm

Method
pre-heat oven to 170 deg. C
lightly grease a loaf tin or baking dish and line with baking parchment
sift the flour with cocoa, baking pdr., baking soda and salt twice, keep aside
beat cream and brown sugar/ jaggery until light with an electric beater
beat in the eggs one by one, followed by vanilla essence
add 1/3 rd of the dry ingredients, fold in with a spatula
add 1/3rd of the buttermilk, fold in
then another 1.3rd of dry ing., followed by 1/3 rd buttermilk, fold in
then fold in buttermilk , followed by remaining dry ing.
fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts, keeping aside 1 tbsp for putting on top
pour into prepared dish, sprinkle remaining walnut on top
bake for about an hour or until tester comes out clean ( in my oven, it may take just about 30-40 min.) so those who are used to baking, can get the baked aroma, then switch off the oven
remover, cool for about 20 minutes, then gently take out, place on a cooling rack

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Spicy Amla/ Nellikai/ Indian gooseberry Rice

Ingredients

amla/ nellikai chopped small 1 cup
sambar onion/ shallots cut fine  1/2 cup
green chillies chopped fine 3-4 or as per taste
curry leaves 1 sprig chopped fine
coriander leaves chopped fine 2 tbsp
jeera/cumin seeds  1 tsp
urad dal  2 tsp
chana dal 2 tsp
cashewnuts chopped 2 tsp
turmeric pdr. 1/4 tsp
hing/ asafoetida little
oil as needed
cooked rice 2 cups
garlic finely chopped 1 tsp ( optional)
salt to taste

Method
in a pan, heat oil, add jeera, once it crackles, add the dals, nuts, fry till golden
add finely chopped garlic if using it, then hing, onion, curry leaves, green chillies, fry till onion turns light pink, add finely chopped amla, turmeric, cook, covered for 5 minutes, stirring in between, add half of the coriander leaves at this stage
once amla is soft, add the cooked rice, salt to taste, mix well, garnish with remaining coriander leaves, serve hot with raita of your choice and roasted papad to make a complete meal.

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12 Ways to Save Your Extra Food

Food is one of the easiest expenses to forget all about, especially because we waste so much of it. On the other hand, it's hard to buy the exact right amount you need, so who can blame us? But there are ways to waste less on food and reuse it instead of just throwing it away. Here I've collected 12 ways for you to save up on your extra food:

1. Reusing Green onions
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

It may sound strange but this is true. Green onions can grow back when you save their white roots. How? Just cut off the green leave and put the white ends in a cup of water. Put the cup on a sunny window seal. The onions will start growing almost immediately, and you will be able to harvest the green leaves almost indefinitely. 

From time to time empty the water, rinse the roots and return them to a cup of fresh water.


2. Reusing Ground Coffee 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

Ground, used or dried coffee can be used to solve a lot of situations, so before you throw it away, you can:

- Use it as an ant repellant by spreading it a little where ant groups can be found.

- For skin peeling, you can massage coffee grains on your face and rinse.

- To fertilize plants, you can spread ground coffee on acidic earth

- To neutralize bad odors from the freezer, put a bowl of ground coffee (you can add a few drops of vanilla extract).

- To remove scents of foods from your hands, we recommend rubbing them together with ground coffee and then washing.

- To get fleas away from your dog, wash him, then rub ground coffee on his fur, and then wash him again. 

3. Peels vs. Insects 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

While the citrus fruit gives the body essential vitamins, its peel is also quite useful. It helps keep away flying insects and ants, as well as neutralize bad moldy smells. Use a scraped peel to rub on surfaces that attract a lot of flying insects or ants.

Another option is to throw the peels in a blender, add a glass of water and grind until getting a smooth mixture. Then, pour the liquid on ant hills or on the entrance to the house. To get rid of moldy smells, put an orange peel in a cloth bag and hang it in old closets. You can also throw a citrus fruit peel in the trash compactor to get rid of bad odors. 

4. Ripe Banana to Bake 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
Bananas which are too ripe may not be good for eating, but they can become delicious banana bread. So instead of throwing them away, make a terrific and delicious dessert.

You will need:
2 cups of flour / 1 spoon of drinking soda / 1/4 spoon of salt/ 1/2 a glass of softened butter / 3/4 a cup of brown sugar / 2 scrambled eggs and 2 cups of squished ripe bananas.

Instructions:
Pre-heat the oven to 175 C and oil an English cake baking mold. In a big bowl, mix: Flour, drinking soda and salt. In a different bowl you mix: Butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and the squished bananas to the wet ingredients bowl and mix well. Add the banana mix to the dry ingredient bowl and mix well.

Spill it to a mold and put in the pre-heated oven for 60 minutes. Let the banana bread cool for 10 minutes, and then serve. 

5. From Dry Munchies to Crunchy Munchies 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
Snacks such as potato chips or crackers are expensive and can take a big bite out of your budget over time, and so it can be quite annoying when a big bag of chips or crackers gets too dry after only a few days. However, instead of throwing them away, put them in the microwave for 10 seconds. They will make a short trip back in time to a higher level of crunchiness

Another option is to preheat an oven or toaster-oven to 200 degrees C, put the crackers or chips on baking paper (one layer) and heat for 1-2 minutes. 

Carefully, take them out of the oven when they begin to get golden, and the crunchiness shall return. 

Please note: The freshness cannot be returned to crackers or chips who have begun to give a bad odor, are moldy or hardly have any taste. 


6. Crumbs Will Do! 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
A moment before you throw away bags of pretzels, croutons, cereal, crackers or other snacks that have crumbs - collect the crumbs in one big plastic bag and crush the crumbs with a rolling pin. Then you can use them to dress up other courses or freeze them in big chunks and then cook slightly for resurrected snacking. 

7. From Old Bread to Croutons 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

Don't throw away old bread! You can dice it, fry it with butter and make delicious croutons for your salad or soup. HOW?

Dice the dry bread. If it is a bit too dry, put it on a baking pan and warm it for about 10 minutes until the surface becomes very dry. Put a pan on a medium to high fire and melt a little butter. Put the bread dices in the pan and mix until all the sides begin to turn brown. When the bread has been toasted, remove from the fire. If you do not plan on using the croutons right away, let them cool and only then put them in storage. 

8. Dry Rice for Drying 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food


If you have encountered an old bag of rice and you're worried it's no longer good enough to eat, don't throw it away. Instead, next time something gets wet (like your phone, for instance) put the rice in a bowl and the wet object on the rice. The rice will drain the liquids from the object. So if it is your cell phone, for example, wait 24 hours and then turn it back on.
 

9. Defunking that dish sponge
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

If you need to clean and you are out of good sponges, just put that old funky one in the microwave for 2 minutes. It will look much cleaner after 99% of its germs have been killed, and will be almost good as new. 

CAREFUL! Do NOT put any sponges that have any metal fibers in them, as no metal can be put inside a microwave!

10. Getting More from Your Lemon
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
If you need to add just a few drops of lemon to a recipe, don't cut it in half. Instead, prick it with a tooth pick and gently squeeze out the amount you need. Cover the hole with a little tape or paper and put the lemon back in the fridge to be used again later.

11. Oiled Eggs for Extra Freshness
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
To prolong the life of fresh eggs, dip a paper towel in plant oil and gently rub the egg shells before putting them in the fridge for storage. The oil will keep those eggs fresh for another 3-4 weeks.

12. Too Many Potatoes? Not a Bad Thing!
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

You peeled too many potatoes or sweet potatoes? Don't throw out the extra ones or cook too much. Just take the uncooked ones, put them in a bowl with cold water, add a few drops of vinegar and put in the fridge. The potatoes will last like this for another 3-4 days.
 
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Cherry pickle

Ingredients
cherries   1 kg
vinegar   2 cups
sugar  2 tbsp
cloves  4
cinnamon 1" broken into small bits
salt to taste

Method
blend together spices, sugar and vinegar
boil for 5 minutes
put the washed and wiped cherries in a sterilised jar
strain the vinegar and pour on top of cherries, keep aside for 5 days before using it



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Sweet red chilli pickle

Ingredients

red chillies slit into ringlets  1 kg
sugar   1 kg
tamarind   200 gm
vinegar   100 gm
garlic paste   100 gm
oil  2 tbsp
mustard seeds coarsely ground  1 tsp
cumin, fengugreek and fennel seeds coarsely ground 1 tsp
asafoetida 1/4 tsp
salt and black salt to taste

Method
soak tamarind in vinegar to soften it
separate the pulp from the seeds and fibre, set aside
heat oil in a wok/ kadai, add asafoetida, mustard seeds, garlic paste, fry lightly
add red chilli ringlets, sugar and tamarind mixture
let it cook on slow flame till sugar dissolves, stir from time to time
add salt and coarsely ground cumin, fenugreek and fennel seeds powder
let it cook for few more minutes
cool well, then store in sterilised bottle, if stored properly will last for a year.

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