Showing posts with label eggless. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eggless. Show all posts

Friday, December 21, 2012

Corn muffins: Weekend Brunch

I had never had a savory-ish muffin ever in my life. Then came A's friend- who went to a culinary school in New York while her husband was sent far away on a consulting assignment. Not only did she go to this school, but she actually got interested enough to stay on for a whole 9 months and graduate.  So when she came to visit us loaded with a tray-ful of goodies she'd baked herself, my jaw literally dropped to the floor. Not only did she bring melt-in-the-mouth cakes and muffins, but also awesome chocolate creations and a few of the savory corn and jalapeƱo muffins, that she said were leftover from their morning breakfast.  The first thought that went through my mind when I tasted her creations- her husband's never going to accept any more consulting offers ever again :-))

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sooji ka Uttapam- veggie no-egg frittata

When I think signature dishes, the ones that instantly come to my mind are my MIL's recipes. Probably because these were the ones that I encountered as 'new' in my adult life, and got to associate with especially her.  One of the first of these that I tasted from her was a Holi special (but we'll leave that for later). The other one is her favorite snack recipe. I've known her to make this up at any of those times when you're feeling hungry for no apparent reason, and meal time is hours away.  She's also been known to substitute this for an early dinner sometimes.  As for me,  I can eat her 'Sooji-ka Uttapam' anytime, anywhere and in humongous quantities - that's how good it is.  Despite my liking for this, I hadn't really tried to make this my own. This was something that was predominantly "mummy' domain- I demonstrated by appreciation by eating it, but leave the actual making of it to her. Although to be truthful, I've tried it a couple of times...and then left it for the experts like her!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Eggless vanilla Sponge Cake- for bookmarked recipes

Baking is not something that comes to me naturally- I am tempted to try on everything that I read about, but am too much of a chicken to do. What does appeal to me a lot are the eggless recipes.  
A and the kids eat eggs, and I am pretty impartial to using eggs in baking. But if I can lay my hands on any eggless recipes, I am absolutely eager to try them out. My main incentive being that my MIL comes to visit, and eggs get banned out of the kitchen, I can still sustain the kids hankering for a home-baked cake. I recently came across this recipe for an eggless  sponge cake that I had to try. I made this on Sunday to take to for the kids after-class-snack in Hindi school. As fate would have it, we missed Sunday Class (they changed venue quite suddenly), and I was left with a cake, but no kids!! My girls, a friend (one of the hindi class kids' mom)  and I polished off half the cake and I brought back the remaining to A.  He wolfed it down in less time than it took to mix the batter :-))

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Coconut macaroons: and our Halloween Pumpkins

Just as the Diwali excitement seemed to be dying down, I got swamped with "What are we doing for Halloween" concerns. My uninterested "nothing" for an answer did not go very well with little anxious hearts.   "Can we at least go trick-or-treating with Vienna?" asked Anya. "Yes mommy. I be a butterfly with Bienna", chimed in baby P. A and I exchanged a look, 2 looks actually. One with a "no" (yours  truly); and the other with a "let them go" (A, of course). And the decision was made. I called Vienna's parents to ask about the plans, and got invited to a pre-trick-or-treating sweet tooth affair. Which meant that instead of getting to spend a lazy Sunday, I had to come up with something to take to their place.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A cup cake is.....a cake in a cup

The summer of 2007, we were a work place full of pregnant ladies. 3 to be exact; all due within 4 months of each other. Looking back, I think only two of other female colleagues had escaped the pregnancy bug that summer; only because they were not committed yet! Plus we had many other friends that got pregnant that year. We had loads of fun comparing notes on aches and pains, doctors' visits and all matters icky related to pregnancy. We'd spend more time onliine looking at baby sites and ultrasound pictures than working! Those were fun times.... and it was that summer that I came across this recipe...rather the recipe came across my way.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Baking basics: Jeera Biscuit

I spend a lot of luggage-space bringing back food from India, both when we travel (which isn't often enough) and when I get my MIL to visit us. This past month, while A was busy finalizing his mom's travel plans, I was scribbling down hundreds of "most wanted" items. Then everything went haywire when he told me the new Airlines baggage policy, and asked me to pare down my almost nothing! The first things that got thrown off the list were my Jeera Biscuits, ostensibly because these are available in Indian stores in US. A refuses to believe that somehow the ones from back home are just different. Not to mention that they evoke special memories for me..........

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Effortless, Eggless Cake Bake

  1. We've been going through a bag of Entermann's mini donuts every two days, at least since after my birthday in the first week of March.
  2. Baby P peeks into the oven every other day and asks me what's cooking in there.
  3. Anya has actually started supplementing snacks with fruits.
  4. A was caught red handed snacking on the girls' gummy vitamins, and made quite a case for himself when questioned.
I've ignored all these tell-tale signs of sugar deprivation in my family for quite some time now.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Minding my B's- Banana Blueberry Bread

This post has been sitting in my computer for ages...just couldn't conjure up a story to go with it. Still can't, as a matter of fact. So am just going to quit trying and post it. My friend and I had decided to treat our families out to an open air concert evening and a Friday night picnic dinner. The idea was to just go home after work, look in our pantries and make something quick and convenient. Pulao and cheese quesidillas were an obvious choice for my meal. As I scurried around getting things together for the picnic, my eyes fell on a bunch of bananas gone over-ripe as a result of the the unprecedented heat wave the past few days. Rather than toss them into the dustbin, I chose the alternative of making use of these ugly looking, but perfectly good bananas while satisfying the kids' hankering for dessert. I usually make banana muffins for the kids. This time I decided to bake a loaf instead for the convenience of carrying it to the park. Without any further ado, here is the recipe:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Venturing into the unknown- Cheese and Dill bread

I've always been a fan of artisan breads. The shapes, the distinct textures and flavors excite me. Not that we had much exposure to them back in India. Now, I make it a point to try out every new bread that I can lay find in the stores. And before I knew it, I got obsessed with wanting to try making them.For my first attempt, I picked on a fresh dill and cheese bread. Don't ask me why... As I've mentioned umpteen times in this blog, I am not much of a baker. So this project began with a lot of 'what ifs..." and "how tos..". Apart from the baking aspect, dill was a new herb for me as well. I just wasn't sure about it- but many of my friends were all praise for this highly fragrant herb and I dived headlong into baking this flavorful bread.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


I love Facebook. It was here that I found my childhood friends and rekindled long-forgotten memories. We got back to calling each other those elementary school nicknames; laughed at our teachers again and extolled virtues of the school we hated in a not-so-recent past. And then, I hate FB. It was here I found my childhood friends and discovered that they were not those only the pranksters I knew. They all had lives and talents and expertise that I only dream of - jetsetting, media savvy, artistic bunch was what I found along with the goofiness that I’d been expecting. So I have no idea why I was surprised to find out that some of those old friends were also accomplished cooks at home. Their updates about food they cook made me turn green (but I’m definitely not the envious kind, I assure you). And then, when the pictures appeared, I turned greener. For not only were these aforementioned friends great cooks (or chefs, if you please), but they’re all great photographers. And what are all those exotic sounding foods and breads that they make? 

In one of my revved up “green” moment, I’d decided to bake the bread that a FB friend had on her page. I gathered all the ingredients…but then never had the courage to try her recipe. You see, I’m not very confident or adventurous around the little space in my house we call the kitchen. Whenever I saw her post another bread recipe, a little voice inside my head reminded me of the little packets of yeast sitting in my pantry. And I gave both the voice and my friend’s FB updates a cold shoulder. And then, I recently came across this recipe that was way too tempting to ignore. I had all the ingredients, so it was all a matter of picking up the courage and diving in. That was my project, this last weekend! I’ve pretty much followed the recipe to a T, except for the yeast proofing part. Also, I was too impatient to wait for the flour to rise the second time! The buns did come out excellent nevertheless, and I got over my FB greens without much stress :-).
Stuffed Veggie buns
For the dough:
All purpose flour 1 cup
Whole wheat flour ½ cup
Parsley 1 small bunch, chopped
Baking powder 1tsp
Salt 1tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Warm water ½ cup
Active dry Yeast 1tsp
Milk as needed
For the filling
Frozen Mixed veggies ½ cup thawed
Boiled potato 1
Salt, pepper to taste
Amchoor powder ½ tsp
Cumin seeds ½ tsp
Oil for tempering

  1. Add the sugar and yeast to warm water and keep aside for 15 min.
  2. In the meanwhile, sift the flours together and add the salt, baking powder and chopped up parsley to this. I also preheated the oven to WARM at this time.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the yeast-mix to it. Bring it all together slowly and make soft, pliable dough. Add warm milk as needed. Grease an oven-proof bowl and put the dough in this, cover with an oiled plastic wrap, and keep inside the oven for an hour. You can turn off the oven and just let the dough rest in the warmth.
  4. Prepare the filling meanwhile. I tempered the cumin seeds in a bit of oil, added my veggies, potato and spices to coat. Then allow the filling to cool.
  5. After 1h, the dough had doubled up and was very soft with holes on the outside. Punch down the dough, quickly divide into 6 balls. Flatten one ball with your hands, put the filling in the center and close the edges tightly. Flatten the filled ball again slightly. Repeat with all the six balls of dough.
  6. Keep all the filled buns on a greased oven-proof plate, about 2 inches apart. You can sprinkle them with poppy or sesame seeds now, but I didn’t have any
  7. Allow them to rise again in a warm oven for 1h- this is where I was impatient and only waited 20 min.
  8. Brush the tops with a little milk and butter. Bake them at 350F, until golden brown.
My two cents: The buns came out as well as the original post promised; but I do wish I'd allowed them to rise a bit more. Wonder what they'd have tasted like then.... I am sending this to YeastSpotting- the weekly cooking with yeast event, and to Lets Do Brunch..

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Piece of Pie

Nothing gives as much pleasure as the times when an impromptu brainstorming session culminates in excellent results. In this case, the result was a one of those "throw things together" kind of a dish that I have managed to perfect over time. But there is a story behind it. At work, everyday, I get together with a couple of colleagues to eat lunch. Sometimes they get adventurous, and ask to taste my rotis and/or sabzi that I pack from home. One day the conversation led me to confess that I am a non-baker. I had never baked in India, and haven't really experimented with the oven here. That led us to a heated discussion on how easy baking was compared to rolling out rotis!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Going Nuts and Bananas

Well folks, I'm back again. One more impromptu "We're craving for...." request sent me hurrying over to the kitchen. Don't get me wrong; I do feed my kin. But they definitely have a knack for putting me up against odds. Oh sorry! No more rambling; here's what happened. One of the holiest season amongst Jains is what is observed as 8-day long Paryushan by the Svetambra sect or the 10 holy days of Das lakshna by the Digambars. Its essentially celebrated as a festival of forgiveness, and observance includes fasting and abstaining from your favorite foods, to build self-control. So, we (read "I") decided that my family will give up store-bought baked products (as in cakes), which is essentially a staple snack around my home. 

Monday, August 31, 2009

Breakfast Biscuits with Blueberry Sauce.

So, I finally convinced my other half to agree on some DIY home projects in the coming months. And the first one I wanted was to paint our eyesore of a sun room. Ever since we moved into this house, the 1950s wood paneled, chocolate brown door sun room irritated me. It was too dark and gloomy despite full- sized windows on each wall. But my husband is a chronic procrastinator, and not at all handy with home repairs. As for me, I am a really good supervisor, and stick to this role with all my heart....So we jiggled the thought back and forth and ended up doing nothing. Until now, that is.

This saturday, we geared up and made a list of supplies and actually bought stuff we needed to begin painting. The plan was to get up early sunday morning and not waste any morning hours. And plans in our household are meant to be taken with a pinch of salt...or sugar, if you prefer! Sunday morning dawned with massive appetites, that wouldn't agree to the staple breakfast of milk and cereal with cookies. And so I bribed all the family into picking up tape and brushes, prime the sun room while I conjure up a "sunday breakfast". Don't be fooled by what I promised. I was in no mood to cook an elaborate breakfast spread for them. I was just going to toss some things together and come up with something edible. The first thing I saw in my fridge was a fistful of blueberries, picked out of the bushes in our backyard. They were smallish, and not very sweet- guess we didn't wait for them to ripen enough before picking them. Not good to eat, but good enough for a sauce! Hmm...and waffles or pancakes..or..voila- I'd try to make some biscuits instead. Pat on my back; good thinking D! And this is what I did.  

Blueberry sauce: Cook the blueberries in water over low flame for 10-15 min. When soft enough, mash the berries or blend in a blender. If you dont like the skin, pass through a strainer (I didn't), and return to the flame. Add some sugar and a dash of lemon juice.

Biscuits: All purpose flour 1 cup Butter 2tbsp Sugar 1/2 tsp Salt 1 pinch Baking soda 2 pinch Milk 1/4 cup Preheat oven to 375. Mix all the dry ingredients together, and crumble in butter. Add milk slowly while stirring to get a thick sticky batter- should be thicker than the pouring consistency. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Flatten with the back of a spoon and bake 7-8 min, or until golden brown. Sprinkle some powdered sugar when still a bit warm. Turned out that the biscuits were devoured even before i could click a picture!

So next time folks. And for purposes of full disclosure, the biscuits were flaky on the outside, and soft inside. Yummmm! Blueberry sauce will need some tweaking, me thinks- don't know for sure what kind though. So, either try making it at your own risk, or make do with the bottled kind instead!