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Orange Almond Cake #citrusgyaan

Wednesday 22 February 2012 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,foodaholics
  1. Boil 2 oranges in water for nearly 2 hours until completely soft.
  2. Once cool quarter them and discard the pips and the process the orange to a pulp.
  3. Beat 6 eggs in a large bowl, and then mix in 250 gms of ground almonds, 250 gms of sugar, 1 tsp baking powder and the orange pulp.
  4. Pour in a greased and lined deep round cake tin.
  5. Bake at 190 degree c for about 50 mins.
  6. And if you are lazy and short of time like me microwave the oranges!
  7.  Enjoy the cake warm at tea with some cream or compote- it’s musky, dense and spicy in character.

 

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A getaway to Bangalore and Dora Cake

Saturday 4 September 2010 | Posted by Kishi | Cake

I was in Bangalore for few days and I must say I loved the city.The food was amazing and city for sure has something special to offer for everyone.

I tweeted about food and every place I visited.

This was the cake I made as soon as I landed back in Delhi.

 

Ferrero Rocher Cake + Dora!

 

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SUMMER THEME RECIPES

Thursday 1 July 2010 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,Summer Recipes


I love to bake, I love to cook and then this passion became my profession. Time flies by and it feels just like yesterday I was fighting with my family how I wanted to pursue cooking as my career.

For a while a lot of people write to me to ask either about recipes or culinary school.
As far as the recipes are concerned I share a lot of them on Facebook Fan Page.
And as far as the culinary school is concerned I say the same…if you can afford it and have the time go for it but it’s not the end all.

Here is the recap of the recipes I shared on a daily basis on FB…enjoy!

•    QUICK SUMMER DESSERT:

1 mango chopped+1/4 cantaloupe(or melon)+4-5 litchi+3-4 cherry+half lime juice+1 tbs mint chopped put it in a bowl and mix/add a scoop of your fav sorbet or vanilla ice cream and drizzle some honey on it!

•    QUICK SUMMER DRINK:

½ Tbsp cumin powder+1 cup home made yogurt+1 cup ice+1 cup grapes (red or green) +1/4 cup of
Sugar syrup+ ½ tsp salt…put them in a food processor and garnish with fresh
Grapes and cumin powder! (I tried for the first time today and it’s quite interesting!)

•    SUMMER SALAD:

1 c fresh mozzarella OR feta cheese-cubed+ ½
Cucumber-diced+1 large ripe tomato-diced+ ¼ c red onion-diced+1 avocado-diced+2
Tbsp olive oil+ dash of fleur de sel: Toss everything together and enjoy with soup and bread!

•    SUMMER COLD SOUP-CUCUMBER GAZPACHO:

4 cucumber/diced

+1 tsp cumin

2 diced red bell pepper +

1 diced red onion+1 fresh chopped green chili

1 fresh chopped red chili

1/4 chopped cup fresh cilantro

1 cup yogurt+2 juiced lemon+1 crushed garlic+green onions METHOD:

Puree cucumbers+yogurt+garlic +lemon juice in blender. Transfer to a large bowl and add the rest
of ingredients + season to taste.

•    SUMMER DRINK:

1 cup pineapple juice+1 cup crushed pineapple+
1/2 cup coconut milk+ juice from one lemon – blend all with
Ice and serve in a tall glass with some mint garnish!

•    NO BAKE QUICK COOKIES:

115 gms butter +1/2 cup milk+ 2 cups sugar+1 cup chocolate chips+ 4 tbsp peanut butter + 3 cups oats+ 1 tsp vanilla extract

METHOD: Mix chocolate chips, peanut butter, oats, and
Vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Butter + milk+ sugar in a saucepan-boil for 1
Minute. Combine the hot mixture with dry stuff, stir well. Drop by spoonfuls
Onto waxed paper.

•    SUMMER COCKTAIL

3 C watermelon+¼ cup sugar syrup+3 tbsp lemon juice+1 cup
Your fav vodka+2 tbsp Midouri (melon liquor) +4 Cup ice:

Put everything in a blender/ Garnish with lemon
…slices and mint!

For the adventurous- spice it with freshly ground black
Pepper!

•    EVER HAD A BEER MARGARITA?

1 C lemonade+1 C tequila (patron if you can get your mitts
On it) +1 C water + 1 C beer (corona) +1C ice. Pour in a nice salted rimmed
Margarita glass and enjoy with some pico de gallo and chips! It put a smile on my
…face…give it a gander!

•    SUMMER FRUIT ICE CREAM:

1 can condensed milk +2 C milk+1 C
Cream+1 tbsp vanilla extract+ pinch of salt+ berries or mango

Whisk everything together, freeze for half an hour and whish
Again. Repeat the process few times to avoid ice crystals! And if you have an
…ice cream maker, voila!

•    SUMMER ICE CREAM SAUCE:

Bored of chocolate sauce?? Try a light lemon mint sauce::1 egg,
Beaten+1 cup sugar+ juice of 2 lemons+ grated lemon zest of 1 lemon+ put
All of
…them in a pan and cook till slightly thick add+1 tbsp butter + few mint
Leaves.
Pour over vanilla ice cream and savor!

•    SUMMER MELONADE

1 medium size rockmelon+1/2 c simple syrup+ hand full mint leaves+ crushed ice. Put everything in the blender and its ready! Add a dash of coconut milk if your heart desires, save the seeds!

•    SUMMER PANZNELA SALAD

4 C Stale bread (2 days old or dried in the oven)
2 C Tomatoes
1 C Cucumber
1   Red Onion
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
¼ C Kalamata Olives
Handful of Basil leaves torn
2 Cloves Garlic chop fine
¼ C Balsamic Vinegar
½ C Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Dice all the vegetables and bread. Mix garlic vinegar and olive oil. Pour over salad season to taste. Enjoy!

•    SUMMER WATERMELON SANGRIA

1 big watermelon+1 bottle white wine+1 c vodka+1/2 c triple sec or cointreau+½ c simple syrup+ some chopped watermelon+1 lemon+1 orange+1 cup berries- juice the watermelon and strain it, add the rest of the ingredients ,chill for 5-6 hrs and serve!

•    SUMMER DESSERT DIP

4 tbsp custard powder (Brown & Polson) +1-1/2 cups whole milk+¼ c orange juice+1/3 cup sour cream(or cream cheese)+ 1/4 tsp. ground ginger+ 1 tbsp finely chopped candied ginger + 1/2 c whipping cream+ 2 tbsp powdered sugar- whip everything together till soft peak. Serve it cold and enjoy with fruits like kiwi, grape, pears, and melons or make sandwiches with cookies. A great party snack!

•    SUMMER COCKTAIL

4 tbsp old monk rum
6 tbsp Coco Lopez-cream of coconut/coconut cream
¼ c pineapple juice
1/2 c crushed ice

•    SUMMER FRENCH TOAST

6 slices bread+1/4 c cream cheese, softened+1/2 fresh chopped mangoes+1 egg+1/4 c milk+1/2 tsp vanilla extract+1/2 tbsp butter+1 tbsp powdered sugar+1/4 c maple syrup
Make sandwiches bread+ cream cheese+ chopped mangoes in the middle. In a bowl, stir eggs+ milk+ vanilla. Dip bread into egg mixture, melt butter in pan. Cook 2 or 3 mins on each side until brown. Enjoy with sugar/maple syrup!

•    SUMMER MIDNIGHT SNACK:

1 bag popcorn+1/4 c sugar+1/4 c butter +1/4 c cream+1 tsp vanilla
Cook the butter+ sugar on med heat stirring at regular intervals till med wood colored and then whisk the cream/vanilla into it leaving no lumps. Pop the popcorn in microwave and toss the caramel sauce on it. Enjoy!

•    SUMMER PICO DE GALLO(SALSLA)

½ chopped onion+2 small cloves garlic, minced+3 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeds removed, chopped+2 hot chili peppers, Jalapeno, finely chopped+ 3 tbsp minced cilantro+2 tbsp lime juice+1 tbsp olive oil+ salt and pepper. Mix everything together, chill and enjoy with chips!

•    SUMMER DINNER:

Grilled Fish with fresh salsa
Use any white fish-Brush with olive oil and chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper. Grill (or you can pan fry).  Spoon on the salsa (recipe posted below) with added grilled corn or fresh cut mango.

•    SUMMER CHERRY COMPOTE

1 kg Cherries, Pitted+3 C Sugar+1 C Water+2 tbsp Cherry brandy (optional)+1tsp Vanilla
Add all the ingredients in a deep sauce pan and bring to boil, if any foam forms on top remove, simmer for 30 mins, add brandy last, cool and use as compote for ice creams or for cherry pie!

•    SUMMER SWEET NIBBLES:

1 c moist fresh shredded coconut+2Tbsp. butter, softened+1/8 c heavy cream+ ½  c powdered sugar+ ½ tsp vanilla+1/4 tsp coconut extract+ Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and make small balls. Freeze until firm. Now melt 1 ½ c chocolate chips and dips the balls and put on wax paper. Refrigerate and enjoy at tea time!

•    SUMMER QUICK SALAD

2 c cooked chicken+2 c diced apples + 1/2 c chopped walnuts 1/2 c chopped celery (optional)+ 1/2 c mayonnaise +3 tbsp honey +3 tbsp Dijon mustard +Dash of dried rosemary – mix everything/season to taste- rustic and tasty, enjoy!

•    SUMMER DRINK WHILE WATCHING WORLD CUP

Lemon Shandy: ½ c
sugar+2 c water+1 lemon zest+ ½ c lemon juice+ mint sprigs for garnish – Boil everything,
cool and add ¼ cup of this liquid with 2 chilled lager beer pints! Shortcut-Equal
parts light beer/lager and ginger ale/sprite:))

•    SUMMER SKEWERS

Potato Kebabs with a lemon herb marinade: Lemon-Herb Drizzle
1/4 c extra
virgin olive oil+3 cloves garlic,
minced+2 tbsp
chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, rosemary, marjoram and sage)
+1/2 tsp sea
salt/pepper +Juice of 1 fresh
lemon-Heat olive oil in a small saucepan until very
hot; remove from heat and stir in garlic. Let cool, then stir in herbs,
salt,
lemon juice and pepper; set aside

Potato Kebabs

-1# potatoes, med dice+ 2 each red &yellow bell peppers med dice+ 2 ears fresh
corn, cut into 1-inch pieces

+1 zucchini,
sliced 1/4-inch thick rounds: Microwave potatoes on high for 4 to 8 minutes or until tender .Thread vegetables onto skewers. Grill over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, brushing with herb
mixture in last few minutes of cooking. Remove place on
a platter; drizzle with herb mixture

•    SUMMER CUP CAKE

Quark cheese 2 c+Sugar 3/4C + Eggs 2 +Vanilla ext 1 tsp+ Cornstarch 2 1/2 Tbsps + Sour cream 1 c+ Orange Zest 1/Biscuit crumbs 1 1/2 c+ Melted butter 6 tbsps + Sugar – 1/4 c-Preheated oven 180 C MIX biscuit, butter, sugar press mixture onto the bottom 10 Cup cake liners, chill, Mix sugar, cheese, beat in eggs, vanilla, cornstarch, sour cream. Scoop batter into liners. Bake in a water bath for 35 mins.

•    SUMMER MIDNIGHT SNACK:

Amaretto and cinnamon milkshake

3 scoops of vanilla ice cream+ 1 shot amaretto+ ¼ tsp ground
cinnamon+ pinch of salt+ ½ c milk +Blend until smooth and garnish with roasted
almonds tossed in cinnamon sugar

•    SUMMER SORBET:

2 mangoes (cubed) +1/2 basil infused simple syrup (boil equal parts of water &sugar with bunch of basil leaves) + squeeze of a fresh lime/lemon: blend and put in ice cream machine and savor!

•    SUMMER CORN ON THE COB-

2 ears sweet corn- cleaned+1 lemon+2 tbsp butter+ Chili powder +Salt & pepper
Simmer the corn in water for 10 mins till tender+ drain+ squeeze lemon over corn and rub with butter+ season with chili, salt, and pepper+ to spice things up try a new mixture of walnut oil, sage, cayenne, garlic, rosemary and parmesan cheese

•    SUMMER COCONUT SORBET:

1 c water+1 1/4 c sugar+1 vanilla beans+4 c coconut milk+2 tbsp rum+ pinch of salt. Heat sugar, water, vanilla & salt. Strain over coconut milk and add rum. Run in the machine and enjoy.

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Enjoy the Desserts!

Thursday 18 February 2010 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,foodaholics,valentine's day

I guess this post is a little too tardy, considering Valentine’s Day is gone and I haven’t blogged in a while! But oh well you don’t need a “labeled name day” to enjoy. It can be made on a yet a regular day.

Over a month…No may be more 2 months I guess- I haven’t blogged and I also realized I am just a pastry chef not really a blogger. I can multi-task in the kitchen with 5 desserts at one but handling 5 jobs of one company can be crazy! That way if ask I love Facebook and twitter when it comes to work- uploading pictures are good enough! You can join me at both @foodaholics

So what have I been up to? Work work and more work! Sister was in town and then I had a short trip to Bombay, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. I will write about my experience there in the coming post as I do have stories to tell.

About a week back The Economics Times Approached regarding Valentines Day’s Recipes and I decided to keep them simple.

Have a read and make them for your partners: (You don’t need a valentine day to express love!!)

Quark Cheese Cake:
From her to him!

Your loved ones deserve a treat and I have just the right thing for you. All you need is a recipe and your hands to bake that perfect cake for your loved ones. Introducing the Quark Cheese cupcakes. Cheese so good that it’ll break the trend of
The usual Philadelphia cream cheese. Soft, fresh, white and smooth, this cake is foreplay to your palette. So good the texture and so strong the desire to never let the taste leave your tongue.

Couple the quark cheese and sour cream and add the kinky feeling of a tang to the recipe. Try it, rope him in and tell us how he couldn’t stop at one.

Photo:Ashwani Nagpal

Quark Cheese-Cake Cup Cake:

Ingredients

Quark cheese – 2 cups
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Eggs – 2
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Cornstarch – 2 1/2 Tbsps
Sour cream – 1 cup
Lemon Zest/Orange Zest- 1
Red Colour- Few Drops

For Base
Biscuit crumbs – 1 1/2 cups
Melted butter – 6 tbsps
Sugar – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 C
2.Combine biscuit crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup sugar together and press the  mixture onto the bottom 10 Cup cake liners.
3. Refrigerate in freezer for 10 minutes.
4. Mix 3/4 cup of the sugar with Quark cheese until smooth.
5. beat in eggs, vanilla, and cornstarch until just mixed. Stir in sour cream until blended. Scoop equal amount batter into the cup cake liners.
6. In a small container take out few spoons and add red colour and pipe small hearts on top and any other designs. Bake in a water bath for 30 to 35 mins until set.
7. Turn oven off and leave cup cakes in oven with the door ajar for 3 hours.
8 Once cool put in fridge for few hour and enjoy with your loved one!

Nutty Fudge
From him to her!

Which Valentines Day is complete without that perfect gift for your woman? I have got the perfect thing from you to her.
Women yearn for it and nothing turns them on more than large amounts of it. Chocolate. This recipe is easy -fool proof and anyone who finds himself challenged in the kitchen can also make it to spark the twinkle in her eye. Proven to melt in her mouth and win her heart. This chocolate fudge is love at every bite. Sprinkle nuts to add a crunch. Get naughty with this mishmash.

Photo:Ashwani Nagpal

Heart Shape Nutty Fudge

Ingredients:

400 gm sweetened condensed milk (1 tin Nestle Milkmaid)
¼ cup sugar
150 gm mixture of cashew nuts/raisins/almonds
½ cup cocoa
50 gm Unsalted butter

Method:

1. Pour Milkmaid into a thick bottomed pan.
2. Add butter, sugar, cocoa and nuts.
3. Swirl gently on medium heat till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
4. Pour evenly into a buttered dish and allow cooling and setting.
5. Cut into heart shape with a cutter and toss in icing sugar.

And here is the ET Article

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Saturday 13 February 2010 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,foodaholics

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