Category Archives: Food

I’ve been making breads

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I’ve been making breads

And I say breads and not bread, because I am yet to make anything that looks like the normal sliced bread.

The first time I ever used yeast, I was upset for some reason and hadn’t gone to bed even at 2 a.m. And when I’m sad I usually throw stuff out. As I was purging, I came across a tiny bottle of dry active yeast my aunt had given me to make appams with. Some googling later, I was sitting on the couch and watching bread rise. We had steamed buns for breakfast and indigestion for lunch.

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Malay Inspired Spaghetti

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Malay Inspired Spaghetti

I recently bought a wok that works on my induction cooking thing. This has meant more deep-frying and stir frying.
After a year using only induction power to cook, I can’t ever imagine going back to a gas stove. Touch screen vs opening gas valve, fearing death = easy choice. 

Here is an easy recipe inspired by something I remember seeing on Poh’s Kitchen. It gives me an opportunity to use my new wok and my mortar and pestle.

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Cake on a Pan

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Before I had gone for an extended vacation to my parents’ home, I had left a lot of food in the freezer and other such places around the home. One cute thing I made was what I called ‘Cake in a Jar’. Home made cake mix with an instructions label.

The artwork was a bit derivative, but I had fun making it , and I thought the husband would have fun baking it. He didn’t. He worried about it for a full morning and decided not to make it.

Here is what I did with the cake mix one Saturday morning:

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Crepe Squares with Ham

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I was browsing Martha Stewart’s website a couple of weeks back, morbidly fascinated by the fact that a convicted felon was telling me how to decorate for Christmas. (tee hee)

I shortlisted a bunch of recipes and then promptly forgot about them all.

Then on the 24th of December, I decided I would celebrate Christmas after all, and went grocery shopping. The only thing i remembered from the recipe was the title and I thought to myself “must get HAM”

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Recipe

As the name suggests, the recipe has two major parts 😀

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Express Christmas

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We had a plastic Christmas tree at my parents’ house. The neighbours had  given it to us when they moved back to USA .  I toyed with the idea of buying one here after the husband hinted that he never had a tree, ever! But the insane rates bothered me. In Kerala, one traditionally hangs a paper star with a bulb. I did that last year, because of my love of giant shiny things. It hung around till April or so 🙂

So one fine Sunday, 2 days before Christmas , I dropped the husband off to see The Hobbit : An Avoidable Boredom and pottered around the malls for a good 3 hours.

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Tea Time: Quick Vanilla Cinnamon Cake

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The original recipe was from BBC food, but I’ve lost track of the link in various laptop changes. What I love most about the recipe is that it does not have any pesky ‘Beat the egg whites separately’ kind of steps. One merely adds to bowl, and bakes. Or in my case, steams due to lack of oven.

I begin with equal quantities of sugar and butter/oil and then add an equal portion of self raising flour.

This being India and most commercially available sugar having the size of mini marshmallows, I give the sugar a blitz first.

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Ready to eat?

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Once in a rare lazy while, I pick up ready to eat curry packets from the store for a meal. I figure I’ve worked hard, am exhausted, and deserve a break.

In the past couple of years, india had seen a profusion of ready too eat brands. With no particular loyalty, I pick out new brands every time. Nine if the brands is spectacular. Well barely passable. No one would ever mistake a ready to eat curry for the real thing.

Yesterday I opened a packet, squeezed out its contents, and came face to face with this:

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All the cakewrecks  poo jokes and pictures I have laughed at seem to have come back to bite me in the a$$.