Strawberry Banana and Oats Smoothie

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!

Remember how I said, I am going to make the easiest recipes so I learn to manage time with my baby and the blog? Yeah.. So this one comes in that category. It’s super super simple and it’s also a perfect breakfast. In fact, on lazy weekends, if you end up getting up late and the house is a mess, all you have to do is put all of the ingredients mentioned below into the blender and you won’t be hungry for the next 3 hours. Mr R has been playing cricket often these days (a corporate tournament is happening this Feb), so that results in a very hungry, tired husband coming home after an early morning practice. This usually is the time when my son and I are still rubbing our sleepy eyes and trying to hold our heads up without nodding off again. So this situation usually calls for smoothie breakfasts. Easy to make and I get by without having to make Mr R his morning coffee :p

Ingredients :-

  1. Milk – 2 + 1/2 cups
  2. Instant Oats – 1/2 cup
  3. Strawberries – 3 cups ( cleaned, hulled and halved)
  4. Banana – 3 big
  5. Water – 1/2 cup ( depends also on how thick you like it)
  6. Sugar – 3 tbsp ( optional)
  7. Vanilla Extract – 1 tbs
  8. Almonds – a handful

 

Instructions :-

  1. In a blender add milk, strawberries, bananas, almonds and give it a whirl
  2. Then add the oats, sugar and vanilla extract
  3. Finally check the consistency and add water accordingly
  4. Serve right away
  5. If you like cold smoothies, use frozen bananas and strawberries and skip the water, just add more milk
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Chocolate Dipped Chocolate and Almond Biscotti

 

Seasons Greetings My Dear Wonderful Readers!!

We have been very busy baking this week but this time its for gifting and sharing. So I made a bunch of these biscotti for our Christmas party last week. Have you guys played secret santa? Well it was really fun when we played it in my office. Seven days of gifting and not knowing who or when and how they know what you like and yet the gifts that come are really cute! These biscotti’s were made for a dear friend as his secret santa gift from me πŸ™‚ It was so much funΒ and for some Β strange reason he thoughtΒ my husband baked them.. haha . Anyway it was fun.. I am leaving you with the recipe and I hope you have fun making them!!

Ingredients :-

  1. Flour – 2 cups
  2. Coco Powder – 1/2 cup
  3. Sugar – 1 cup
  4. Baking Soda Β – Β 1 tsp
  5. Almonds – 200 gms
  6. Salt – 1/4 tsp
  7. Vanilla Extract – Β 1 tbsp
  8. Eggs – 3
  9. Chocolate – 200 gms
  10. Sprinkles – as much as your like πŸ™‚

Instructions :-

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 and line your baking tray with baking paper
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat eggs and butter
  3. Then add sugar and vanilla extract
  4. While the eggs butter mixture are whipping, mix flour. coco powder, baking soda and salt
  5. Now add the dry ingredients into the bowl in three batches
  6. The dough will be very sticky. But it will come together to form a sticky ball
  7. Flour your counter and empty the dough onto the floured counter
  8. Kneed the dough for 4 – 5 mins and add more flour if required so that the dough does not stick to the counter
  9. Finally roll into a long log and cut into the legal halves
  10. Then roll each log to look like baguettes
  11. Pop the rolled out logs into the oven and bake for 20 mins. The crust should be hard and almost like a biscuit
  12. Then take the logs out of the oven and let them cool for 10 mins
  13. Using a seated knife, cut the logs into long thin strips. I cut mine at an angle but you can do it anyway you like
  14. Then arrange the strips back onto the tray and bake for another 10 – 15 mins depending on how brown or dark you like the biscuit
  15. Once they are done set them on a cooling rack and bring to room temperature
  16. Meanwhile melt your chocolate in the microwave at 30 sec intervals. Stir every 30 seconds to make sure you do not burn them
  17. Β Finally dip the cooled biscotti into the melted chocolate and sprinkle any kind of sprinkles you like
  18. Enjoy!

Health In a bowl – 2 ( Oats and passion fruit/ kiwi)

 

Hello Beautiful World!

So this is the second breakfast bowl I would like to share with you. The morning’s are still really cold and I am running out of onesies for my son. The nights are colder and our heater running all night, cause my son refuses to cover him self with a blanket or a comforter. So much that his baby ears are ice cold in the mornings and his nose is as pink as a rose. We have come to enjoy oats in any fashion. Maybe it be with apples or with just nuts or a variety of fruits.

This bowl is one such bowl. Its really easy to make and it hardly takes time to prepare. Unlike many Indian breakfasts there is no time required for “fermentation” or Β  “preparation”. So do try this one out.

 

Ingredients :-

  1. Oats – 3 – 4 tbsp
  2. Milk – 1 cup ( i used the low fat kind but any should work) + Almond milk is excellent
  3. Kiwi – 1 ( skin peeled off and sliced)
  4. Passion Fruit -1
  5. Almonds – 8 – 10
  6. Coconut Sugar – 1 tsp

Instructions :-

  1. In a pan, heat milk . Add oats to the milk and bring to a boil
  2. Then reduce heat and let the oats cook in the Β milk. Stir occasionally to ensure that they do not settle to the bottom
  3. Once it has cooked well, pour into a bowl
  4. Cut passion fruit into two and scoop out the pulp within
  5. Now start from one side and add the passionfruit first
  6. Chopped Kiwi second
  7. Arrange almonds how ever you fancy
  8. Finally sprinkle sugar to the side
  9. Devour!!
  10. Stay healthy !! Eat Healthy

Chocolate Pancakes with citrus orange curd, almonds and cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am back with another breakfast recipe and this time it’s almost like we had cake for breakfast! I was at the market and we found these beautiful oranges and I did not want to make a simple orange cake or a tart so I make the orange curd and decided we could have it for breakfast. I also make a Pavlova with it and it turned out really nice. Some day I will put the recipe up for the Pavlova. For not let me tell you that I have watched the seasons go by I love how the colours on the racks at the local markets change. Some times it full of green and yellow. Other times orange and red. Some times just green. And it’s just so wonderful how it translates to how the weather changes. These changes remind me of how fortunate I am to be able to do what I love doing with food. But next week for a change I shall not be cooking but I will be exploring food back in my village. There is going to loads of fish, home-grown organic veggies and many new places to visit! I can’t wait! Yes it is a road trip I haven’t done Β road trip this long with my little one. While I am super excited I am also a little worried about how he will manage the whole thing. But I am sure it’s going to be fine. Hopefully I will be able to stay connected too.

Ok this recipe is divided into two. The orange curd and the pancakes

Ingredients for the orange curd :-

  1. Oranges / Orange Juice — 1 cup
  2. Butter – 4 tbsp
  3. Egg yolks – 6
  4. Sugar – 1 + 1/2 cup
  5. Salt – a pinch

Instructions :-

  1. Combine orange juice and egg yolks and heat on medium flame in a heavy bottom pot
  2. Make sure you stir continuously
  3. Once the mixture come to a boil add butter and sugar
  4. Agin mix well and reduce the flame to low
  5. Let the mixture simmer for another 5 mins and then take it off the heat
  6. Cover the mixture with cling wrap and pop it into the fridge for 15 mins

 

Chocolate Pancakes

Ingredients :-

  1. Flour 1 + 1/3 cup
  2. Coco powder – 5 tbp
  3. Sugar – 1/2 cup
  4. Oil – Β 1/4 cup
  5. Vanilla Extract – 1 tbsp
  6. Salt Β – 1/4tsp
  7. Milk – 1 cup
  8. Butter milk – 2 tbsp
  9. Vinegar – 1 tbp
  10. Extra Oil – for coating the pan before pouring the pancake mix
  11. Almonds Β – 1/2 cup

Instructions :-

  1. Mix all flour + coco powder + sugar + salt and set aside
  2. Heat your pan on medium to low flame
  3. In another bowl mix milk + vinegar + butter milk + oil +vanilla extract
  4. Mix just until combined ( do not over work the batter)
  5. Grease the pan with cooking oil and pour 1/3rd cup at a time
  6. Wait till bubble form on top and then flip the pancake around for the other side to cook
  7. Finally let them cool for 5 min
  8. Stack one pancake over the other with cream in between and add a big dollop of orange curd on the top
  9. Sprinkle almonds over the top and enjoy the sweet, sour, crunchy & nutty breakfast!!