My Dear Wonderful Readers
So we are finally settling in and most of my stuff are on the walls and inside the wardrobe and guess what? I am still out of space! LOL All the while I am thinking how did I store all this junk at the old place. Have you felt the same way too?
So I was online scrolling through my instagram account and I found that pumpkin is the thing every body wants to cook with. So i decided to join the fun and start off with a simple smoothie. This one is a no brainer and it really is a mixture of everything I would have on a daily basis just that instead of apples or other fruits I just added pumpkin puree. Now making the puree was actually really easy. It helps if you make a large batch and use whenever you need it. Not just in smoothies but in many more recipes. I will share those with you soon. But for now here is a fall inspired pumpkin smoothie.
- Pumpkin puree – 2 cups (scroll down for recipe)
- Oats – 2 cups
- Milk – 1/2 ltr ( or as much as you want)
- Coconut / Palm Sugar – 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp
- Nutmeg – 1/2 tsp
- Banana – 2 (ripe)
- Almond flakes and chia seeds – just for the topping
- In the bowl of your blender, add the pumpkin puree, oats, palm sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg powder and bananas
- Turn you blender on and add as much milk as required
- Add in accordance to the consistency that you like
- Finally pour the smoothie into your glass and top with chia seeds and almond flakes
To make the pumpkin puree :-
- First wash and cut a medium sized pumpkin into 4 equal halves
- Then scoop out the seeds and innards of the pumpkin
- Bring a pot of water up to boil and slowly immerse the cut pumpkin into the water
- Boil for 10 – 15 ( depends on the size and ripeness) mins till the pumpkin is soft and tender ( use a spoon to pierce through the pumpkin to see if its done)
- Turn the heat off and drain the water from the pumpkin
- Let the it cool and then scoop out the flesh leaving only the skin
- Drain excess water by keeping all the flesh in a strainer and letting the water drain out completely
- Store in a clean container in the fridge till ready to use. I usually use it in a day or two.
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
How have you all been? Its been a long time since I got down to blogging and trust me when I say, the last week has been such a life changer! Have you ever looked down from a flight that is just about to land? That moment when you see tiny cars and thin trees and wormy roads? That’s the moment you realize how small you really are! We have been travelling a lot for the last few days and I have come to the firm belief that, no matter how hard you try, some things cannot be controlled. Its sad when people who drink and smoke their whole lives, live happy without a care are fit as a fiddle while people who are so cautious about their physical and mental health might have the worst medical condition. I guess what I am trying to say is that, what really matters, is that you live each minute of each day to its fullest and you do your part. There is no point living a vegetarian life when our mind is full of vengeful thoughts. There is no need for an argument with your spouse when life itself is full of challenges thrown at you every day. Every time I have fought or scolded some one its makes me feel like all I did was bring negativity into the room and nothing stands a chance to improve.
While such tumultuous thoughts run through my head, my cup of hot green tea was beckoning for a little some thing to go along with it. Much to my dismay, reaching for the cookie jar had only resulted in a depressing after thought of how many calories I have to burn the next day or why my greedy tongue has not been able to make its peace with 3 cookies undoubtedly made with much more sugar than flour or butter 😛 . So here was my answer!
A simple #NO GLUTEN! NO FLOUR, REFINED SUGAR FREE COOKIE- ( OH! did i mention no butter too)
These are so really simple to make all you need is a fork and two bowls. So lets get to it ….
- Instant Oats – 2 cups
- Raisins – 1/2 cup
- Flax Seed – 3 tbsp
- Virgin Coconut Oil – 1 cup
- Egg – 1
- Palm Sugar – 1 cup
- Cinnamon Powder – 1.2 tsp
- Vanilla Extract – 1.2 tsp
- Pre-heat your oven to 150 C and line a baking tray with parchment paper
- In a bowl, mix oats, flax see, raisins, palm sugar, cinnamon powder and give it a good mix with a fork ( make sure you do not have any lumps of sugar)
- In another bowl, crack open the egg. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract. Give it a good whisk with the fork
- Slowly pour the egg mixture over the oat mixture and set aside to soak for 10 mins
- Then using the same fork give it a good mix once again to coat the oats well with the egg mixture
- Now using a small ice cream spoon or a normal spoon scoop out even portions of the oats and egg mixture and place on the baking tray
- Then with the back of the fork press down to flatten
- I like these nice and thin, so they snap when I bite into them
- Bake in the pre heated oven for 10 – 15 mins (till they turn light brown )
- Once they are done leave to cool completely – remember they will be soft when they come out of the oven but leave to cool completely and they will crisp up soon!!
- Store in an air tight container once cooled
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
How have you all been??? I have missed cooking, photography and mostly posting and talking to you all! I feel like its been months since I blogged! 🙂
So last week was a full of ups and downs. The flight to Kerala was pleasant apart from the time my son started crying (coz his ears hurt) when the plane was descending. Then there was the ride home from Airport that was uneventful. But once we got there, we had to run a few tests in the hospital and when all was well, I was admitted the same day!
One the bright side, the surgery was a grand success and we were out the next day. But when I got back home, I was told that my son was down with high fever and till today, he is nursing a horrible cold and chest congestion. Anyway, now that I am back home, it gives us more time with each other and hopefully all will get back to normal soon. Now this recipe is something I put together last night and hoped it would turn out well and trust me it did!!!
Mangoes are in season now and I plan to make the most of this delicious fruit. So please bear with me if your see mango posts back to back 🙂
For the Chia layer –
- Chia Seeds – 4 tbsp
- Milk – 1 cup
- Rose Essence – 2 drops
For the Golden Layer –
- Mango – 1 ( ripe and cubed)
- Banana – 1 ( ripe)
- Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
- Oats – 4 tbsp
- Milk – just a splash
- In a glass jar with a high lid, add chia seeds, milk and rose essence
- Close the jar tightly and give it a good shake
- Put it in the fridge to set over night
- For the next layer, you should make it just before you assemble the smoothie
- In the bowl of your blender, add the mango, banana, turmeric and oats
- The turn on the blender and add just enough milk to get the mixture to combine ( You want the smoothie to be nice and thick in order to get these distinct layers
- Finally equally divide the mango smoothie into two glasses
- Then with a spoon, top-up the mango layer with the over night chia layer
- Finally garnish with some dry rose petals and any fruit of your choice ( I used kiwi)
- Serve right away when cold!!
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
How you all been? I have been quite busy of late with my grandma visiting us in Bangalore and she wanting to spend time with her great grandson. So every morning after the morning chores are done, I take my son to my mum’s house. This does not leave much time for blogging or cooking as me, my mum and her mum (my grandma) are busy taking turns and playing with my son. Mr R is very busy in office as usual and comes and picks me up from my mums place after work. We are travelling to Cochin this weekend as I am scheduled to get my gall bladder removed there. The only niggling factor i am worried about is Mr R’s capabilities in terms of child care. He’s a good dad but still getting a hang of the soft skills involved in day to day baby management. In any case, all those adventures are for a different post. Until then I will leave you with these very awesome power packed cookies. I am trying to get up early to get a post in these days and i have understood that I am not a morning person and takes a lot of effort. Till next post, Adios Amigos. 🙂
- Dark Chocolate – 250 gms
- Oats – 1 + 1/2 cup (Instant)
- Mixed Dry fruits – 1 cup ( I used pistachio + raisins and dry figs)
- Coconut Oil – 4 tbsp (50 gms of butter)
- In a microwavable bowl melt the chocolate on medium power at 30 second intervals and stirring frequently.
- Add the coconut oil to the melted chocolate. Set the chocolate aside to cool ( You could add cream at this stage to make it more creamy and rich)
- In another bowl add the instant oats
- Then add the dry fruits. I did not chop the nuts but you could if you want to
- Finally add the melted chocolate and coconut oil mix into the oats
- Stir well to combine and coat all the ingredients well
- Now oil your hands with a little oil and slowly make small balls of the oats mixture. Arrange them on a large cookie sheet
- Once you are done with all of them use a spoon and push them downwards (press them to form flat cookies)
- Pop the cookie sheet into a fridge and let them set till nice and hard ( 1.5 to 2 hours)
- Your breakfast cookies are ready!!
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!
So guess what!! This morning when I opened up WordPress I had this small little message pop up, wishing me ‘A Happy Anniversary’!! Yay!!
I cannot believe that its been one year since I started this baby! It still feels like yesterday when I asked my husband if he thought it was a good idea that I write down the recipes and photograph the food I make at home. From that day, to date, my dear husband has always been my inner voice and has always helped me with every post! Yes we are still in the “honeymoon” phase of the marriage. LOL.
Ok so this smoothie is such an easy drink to make and its actually just the addition of oats that makes it super filling. The figs and dates give it a very sweet yet fruity flavour and I absolutely love it.
- Oats – 1/2 cup
- Milk – 2 + 1/2 cup ( Cold milk)
- Dried Figs – 9
- Dates – 13 ( you can add or decrease according to taste) – deseeded
- Saffron strands – 1 good pinch ( more of garnish)
- Ice Cubes – 5 – 10
- In a small mug, add two table spoons of milk and heat to warm
- Then add the saffron strands to the warm milk and set aside (this is to infuse the saffron in the milk)
- Now in the bowl of your blender, add oats, rest of the milk, figs, and dates
- Blend well to combine
- Finally add the saffron infused milk and strands
- Blend for another 2 mins
- Serve right away
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
How are you all doing today? So I am back with another smoothie recipe. This time its a sour smoothie but as most other smoothies I post, this one is packed with healthy goodness. By the way, have you guys watched the new Kung Fu Panda? I haven’t yet, but I plan to this week 🙂 Do suggest any new movies that you think are worth watching. We try watching movies that are “kid” friendly when my son is awake. We reserve the ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes and other action packed movies for when he is fast asleep. But half of the episodes/action movies are seen on mute (read subtitles), cause there is this constant fear of waking him up. Like they say, everything is a balance. Like when we go out, we take turns to eat, the same way at home also we take turns with who gets to change the diapers and who feeds him! Its all a balance.
Ok so back to the smoothie.
Cranberries are a huge source of Vitamin C and Manganese. It help fight cancer and urinary infections. Apples help fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. So on the whole this recipe is one that helps keep you fit and healthy. You can add more sugar / honey as you like. I used greek yogurt and milk. But you could use almond milk or any kind of milk as desired.
- Cranberries – 200 gms
- Apples – 2 ( cored and cut )
- Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
- Greek Yogurt – 1 cup
- Milk – 1 cup
- Oats – 1/2 cup
- Honey – 3 tbsp ( add more if required)
- In the bowl of your blender, add the cranberries, apples, cinnamon powder, yogurt and oats
- Turn the blender on medium speed and add milk. Adjust the consistency as you like
- Finally add honey into the blender bowl and taste
- Serve right away
- The smoothie might be a little sour so add as much honey as you like
Hello my wonderful readers!!
How are you all doing ? So its Monday morning and while my little monster and the love of my life are fast asleep, I am sipping hot green tea and typing out this post. Its super simple and I just made it so I am telling you, if you want an awesome start to the week ahead, you have to give this smoothie a try. This time I used store bought almond milk simply cause I did not have the time to make it at home, but making almond milk at home is really really easy. I will write up a post about that too.
How was your weekend The husband had to work over the weekend so we made the most of our time at home cooking and cleaning. We did manage to have a lunch outside. The food was decent and the service was alright but the ambience was the best part of the place. After having made so many kinds of medetraninan sides, I found that the place did not live up to its name. Oh well. I will give it another try some other day and even then if it doesn’t score well I might write about it. Yeah I believe in giving every one a second chance! Even a restaurant.
A long time ago, on one of my numerous drives around the country with my mum and dad, we stumbled upon a botanical garden. I can’t remember where and when, but I remember seeing these huge figs, growing in clusters over a branch of its tree. That was the first time I saw a fresh fig. Till then we would have the dried kind. My mum made sure that we always had a balance diet of fresh fruits, dry fruits, vegetables and meat. It was all a balance. Even today, when we go home, there is always a secretly balance diet on the table, not compromising on the taste or the variety of the food. Mums have an inherent powder to do that, wouldn’t you say?
- Almond Milk – 2 cups
- Oats – 1 cup (instant)
- Pistachio – 1/2 cup
- Figs – 8- 9 + 2 for garnish
- Rose Syrup – 2 tbsp
- Pistachio Slivers – just for garnish
- In the bowl of your blender combines alomond milk, figs and pistachio
- Blend till you know that the fig and milk have combined
- Then add the oats a little at a time and adjust according to the consistency you like
- Now in 2 glass pour one table spoon of rose syrup around the side of the glass to get that crazy effect
- The fill with the smoothie but ensure you pour it directly into the middle of the glass so that the red syrup stays towards the side
- Finally garnish with fresh figs and pistachio slivers