Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pizza Cake


BM # 68
Day : 1
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Sandwich Cakes


We start with our September Mega Marathon, where we post everyday except Sunday's. We have been doing these mega marathons since a couple of years now. Our routine marathons are where we post thrice a week, our dates are fixed and themes are announced very 1st of the month. Of course Valli is our boss who decides the themes, though we all contribute to the ideas.

I will not go for a long introduction but I have to mention that we have one Mega Marathon in April too, and here are are a couple of examples of what we have been doing. In case you guys want to join in please contact Valli.

April 2013               Month long marathon with different themes
September 2013    ABC Cooking


Unfortunately I just realized that I have not done the recaps for the first two Mega Marathons...and now they are on my to do list.

Coming to this September's marathon we had either to cook with one specific ingredient for all 26 days or we could choose to cook with one ingredient for the whole week. We could choose a category too in the same format. 

Well I decided to make sandwiches throughout the month.

Sandwich is a food item. Consisting of one or more types of food such as vegetables, cheese or meat placed ON or between slices of bread serve as a container or wrapper for some other food.

With the modern concepts sandwiches can be anything with two layers and a filling. I am going the traditional way and will be using bread for all the sandwiches.

With the beginning of every new week you shall see a different sub theme of these sandwiches. Hope you enjoy these sandwiches.

For the first week I shall be making Sandwich Cakes.

Today is the first day of the Cooking Carnival and I have made a Pizza Cake. A pizza Cake has been on my mind since a very very long time , and with cakes as my sub theme under my main theme sandwiches, this could not be missed.

 This is a cake which I made with a nice jumbo sliced brown bread. I toasted the bread a little , and then layered it with pizza sauce , pesto , toppings and cheeses. The cake turned out delicious and everyone found it unique .It reminded me of the pizza that we make at The Blue Oven. We make a half n  half pizza where we have pesto on one half and tomato purée on the other half, but this cake had layers of both.









Pizza Cake

Ingredients
Four slices of Jumbo bread
Pesto
Corn kernels
Olives
Onions, big dices
Capsicum, diced
Tomato, dices
Pizza cheese spread
Cheese slices
Mozzarella cheese
Pizza seasoning
Chilly flakes
Chilly garlic oil

Method
Cut the bread slices into circles with the help of a round lid.
Toast the bread in an oven till slightly toasted.
Place the first piece.
Spread the pizza sauce.
Spread boiled corn kernels.
Sprinkle pizza seasoning.
Take the second piece , apply a generous layer of pizza cheese spread.
Place with cheese side down.
Spread pesto on top of the second slice.
Place diced tomatoes on pesto.
Place a cheese slice.
Cover with the third piece .
Spread pizza sauce.
Place some black olives on the pizza sauce.
Take the fourth piece, spread a layer of pizza cheese spread, place it over the olives.
Now we are done with our layers of pizza.
Place the toppings of your choice. I used onion, capsicum, olives.
Spread mozzarella cheese all over.
Stuff some mozzarella cheese in between layers without disturbing the layers.
Place in a preheated oven till the cheese melts .
Sprinkle seasoning and chilly flakes.
Slice the cake with a sharp bread knife.
Serve hot.



Note
Four layers are a little difficult to eat , but you can always cut a slice and enjoy it the way you enjoy eating a cake.
Definitely easier than eating a Dagwood Sandwich !


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Friday, August 12, 2016

Mango Jello


BM # 67
Week: 2, Day : 3
Theme: No Bake Desserts

With the mango season going I wanted to make a couple of desserts with it. Yesterday it was Mango Fruity Delight and for today it is a Jello. I am making these desserts under No Bake Desserts.

Jellos are normally made with gelatin , but here I have used agar agar and made it pure vegetarian. Agar agar is a natural sea weed and is pure vegetarian substitute for gelatin. It has lots of fibre and no flavor, so one can use it to make any flavored dessert. The Mango Jello is a very light dessert and all mango lovers would like it. Serve it chilled, yes I always serve my desserts chilled as they taste best after chilling.


Mango Jello

Ingredients
1 cup mango puree
1/2 cup water
5 gms agar gar
Sugar to taste

Method
Soak the agar agar strands in water for 5-10 minutes.
Boil the water and agar agar strands, let them dissolve completely, if you feel the water is less you could add more.
Add mango puree and sugar if needed.
Switch off the gas.
Strain this mixture immediately.
Pour into cups or glasses.
The dessert will set as soon as it reaches the room temperature.
Place it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Serve chilled.

Notes
One can avoid sugar as mangoes are sweet.
To make it sugar free you could add sweetener.
Mango pieces could be added while pouring into cups.


This month I am participating for the first two weeks , but friends do come back in September where we have a Mega Marathon called Cooking Carnival.This will be a marathon where we shall choose either one ingredient /category for the whole month or choose different ingredients and category over different weeks.So don't forget to come back !


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fruity Mango Delight


BM # 67
Week: 2, Day : 2
Theme: No Bake Desserts

With the mango season going my heart sinks , this is one fruit which is my favorite. I have it for breakfast, lunch and dessert. Before the king of fruit disappears I have a very very delicious and healthy dessert for you. I chose to post it under the theme No Bake desserts.

While on my Delhi trip I relished this dessert at our neighbor's house, it is a simple dessert but you really enjoy it. Make sure you serve it chilled.


Fruity Mango Delight

Ingredients
4 cups mango pulp
1 red apple, finely chopped
1 green apple, finely chopped
1 kiwi, finely chopped
1 banana finely chopped
Few drops lemon juice

Method
Finely chop the fruits.
Sprinkle lemon juice.
Add the fruits to the mango pulp.
Mix well.
Chill.
Garnish with black grapes and sprigs of mint.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sinful Chocolate Pudding


BM # 67
Week: 2 , Day : 1
Theme: No Bake Dessert

For the first day under No Bake Desserts I have a sinful chocolate pudding. This is a dessert that I took for a party. The host asked me to get something really nice and that confused me. I did not have much time and wanted something which would be quick as well as appreciated. I know chocolate is a favorite flavor with all , so I made this pudding which was a big hit. The original recipe was without nuts but I added some oreo bits, pecans and cranberries which became the highlight of the dessert.

It happens to be my younger daughter,Sandhya's birthday today , so wishing her a very very happy birthday with this dessert.



 Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
3 tbsp corn starch
2 1/4 cups milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional ingredients
Oreo bits
Cranberry
Pecans

Garnish
Chopped pecans
Cranberry
Hershey's dark chocolate kisses
Golden balls
Mint

Method
Stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch in a pot.
Gradually add milk, stirring constantly.
Cook over medium heat , till boils and the mixture thickens.
Remove from fire.
Add butter and vanilla extract.
Add the optional ingredients.
Stir continuously so that the pudding cools and a skin does not form.
Pour into bowls and garnish.



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Friday, August 5, 2016

Polvorones,Spanish Almond Cookies


BM # 67
Week: 1, Day : 3
Theme: Lunch box Recipes


Kids always like cookies and biscuits in their lunch box, perhaps cookies are a good option for mothers too as there is no need to fret on the lunch box early morning. Kids do not like nuts , and we want to feed them, right ? So here is a wonderful way to sneak in almonds in their cookies. These cookies are very very soft and at the same time addictive too. Gayathri had posted these long back and I had bookmarked , infact I made them a while back and decided to post them as they fitted my Lunch Box theme perfectly. 



Spanish Amond Cookies

Ingredients
110 gms All purpose flour
40 gms icing sugar
50 gms almond flour
100 gms unsalted butter

Method
Preheat oven to 150C.
Cream together butter and icing sugar.
Slowly add both almond flour and all purpose flour to the butter mixture .
Mix to form a semi soft dough.
Roll it on a lightly on a floured counter .
Cut with a cookie cutter.
Arrange on a greased baking tray.
Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until slightly brown.
Let cool.
Dust with icing sugar and serve.



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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gur Ki Baakhri


BM # 67
Week: 1, Day : 2
Theme: Lunch box Recipes

For the second day under Lunch Box series I have a Gur ki Baakhri. These are made from whole wheat flour and jaggery. Both these are very nutritious and are an ideal pick for the Kids Lunch Box.


Adding Cardamon and sesame gives a wonderful flavor to these flat breads , they can be enjoyed with or without an accompaniment.The best part is that these have a good shelf life and can be made and stored for more than a week, of course depending on the temperature and surroundings.



Gur ki baakhri

Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup jaggery 
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
2 tablespoon ghee 

Method
Take a pot, add jaggery and 2 tbsp of water.
Heat till the jaggery melts.
Let cool.
Add all ingredients to the flour and knead a firm dough with the jaggery mix.
Roll out disc of the desired size and cook on slow fire .
Flip the Baakhri from time to time and drizzle ghee lavishly.
Cook till golden and crisp.





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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Gujarati Fafda


BM # 67
Week: 1, Day : 1
Theme: Lunch box Recipes

If you come to Gujarat and you check the lunch boxes of kids you will find Gujarati snacks. Gujarati's are very hard working and they make fresh Farsaan everyday. It is easy for them to fill up the lunch box with these farsaans .

 Fafda is one of the snacks which I had never made and when my neighbor told me that she is an expert, I did not waste a day. So for today we have a lunch box from Gujarat.

The fafdas are served with green chilly . The outside vendors serve raw papaya chutney and Kadhi with it. Chutneys take a back seat when these fafdas are served with tea.

Gujrati Fafda

Ingredients
500 gms besan
10 gms salt
5 gms cooking soda
1 tsp carom seeds
1 tsp black pepper, coarsely ground
1/4 tsp asafoetida
100 gms oil

Method
Sieve the besan and add carom seeds and coarsely ground pepper.
Heat about 1/2 cup water, add salt , cooking soda and asafoetida.
Strain this mixture and let cool a little.
Test check with your finger, if you can put your finger in this water , you are ready to use.
Slowly start adding the warm water and oil and start binding the dough.
The dough will be very sticky in the beginning and you
will have to use a spatula to scrape the dough from the Thali and from your hands from time to time.
Knead the dough till it is pliable and no more sticky.
The dough is ready to use only after it is no longer sticky.
Take a small lemon sized ball, make oblong shape, place it on a wooden plank and pressing with your palm, stretch the dough forward.
Here is a small video which shall help you to understand.
Deep fry on slow fire . Remove from oil as soon as they change the color.
Remove on a kitchen napkin and serve with fried green chillies.

video




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