Purple Haze and Blueberry Bavarian

Wednesday 22 September 2010 | Posted by Kishi | Fruits,Product Knowledge

It amazes that many people around me don’t know about blueberry. Don’t blame them,We in India only know two types of berries in particular- strawberry and raspberry (The Indian gooseberry).

I just finished making some Blueberry Bavarian cakes.Sharing the same with you.I have used frozen blueberries in my cake and its close to impossible to find the fresh one in Delhi.One in a while if you get lucky you can find the same but at triple the cost.

Here is a little trivia on blueberry I had with me from my product knowledge class at CIA.

Blueberries are small fruits of a shrub tree. These berries grow in clusters and vary in size from that of the size of a pea, to the size of a marble. The colour often ranges from maroon to purple black. The flesh of the blueberries is semi-transparent and encases tiny seeds. The berries, which are cultivated, are mildly sweet, whereas those which grow in the wild are more tart and tangy in flavour.

They are round and flattened in shape. They have a crown like structure at the bottom, and a depressed ring at the top of the fruit. Blueberries are usually around 1/2 inch in diameter. These berries are native to North America, where they grow in abundance in the mountains, forests of US and Canada.

· Blueberries are best had in their raw form

· Frozen berries may be added to your breakfast shake to make it more zingy and lip smacking

· Dried berries can be added to the dull breakfast cereal to pep it up

· Blueberries added in yogurt and then frozen make an excellent low fat dessert. It can be topped with crystallized ginger for best results

· Blueberry jams, muffins, pies are the favourite among people of all ages alike. They can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Health Benefits
Blueberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and have various health benefits associated with them. Some of them include the following:

· Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants. The antioxidants play a pivotal role in keeping our body healthy and young. They help fight free radicals of the body, which damage the cells of the body as we grow older. They may also result in the degeneration of the DNA. Blueberries provide protection against the same

· These berries are rich in an anti-cancer agent, several, which helps combat the fatal disease

· They contain chemicals that are believed to decrease the growth of cervical and breast cancer cells by a considerable percentage

· Research has confirmed that blueberries not only slow the aging process but also reverse it

· Various experiments conducted have also indicated that eating blueberries improves short term memory loss and improves balance and coordination

· A compound found in blueberries called the pterostilbene, has been found to develop into a nutraceutical for lowering cholesterol

· If consumed regularly, these berries have shown to improve night time vision and promote quicker adjustment to darkness and faster restoration of visual acuity after exposure to glare

· They are also beneficial in reducing effects of age related conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia

· These wonder berries provide respite against both diarrhea and constipation

· They are rich sources of soluble and insoluble fiber and contain tannins, which act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation

· Regularly consuming blueberries helps in fighting urinary tract infections.

Varieties of Blueberries

  • Blueberry-Brigitta: This variety is a late season variety producing large, firm, and light blue berries. The shrub of this cultivar is upright and usually grows to a height of about 6 feet. The berry borne by the variety is large, crisp and rich in flavour and texture. Thus they make an excellent option for freezing as well as eating fresh. The fruits ripen towards the end of August
  • Blueberry-Chandler: This variety of berries is large, firm and has a wonderful flavour. Each berry weighs about 2g. The bush is extremely attractive and grows low to a height of about 150 cms
  • Blueberry-Earliblue: As the name of the berry suggests, it matures early as compared to the other varieties. The berries borne by the tree are large, juicy and have a mild and sweet flavour. The berries grow in medium sized clusters and ripen in the beginning of July
  • Blueberry Top Hat: It is an extremely nutritious variety, which also makes for an extremely ornamental plant. The berries produced are extremely plump and make an ideal ingredient in pies, muffins and jams

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A no fuss meal

Tuesday 4 November 2008 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking

Spanish Garbanzo bean soup : Recipes and Article in Mail today

Garbanzo bean 100 gms

Tomato 4 Nos

Garlic 2-3 cloves

Onion 1

Veg Stock 3-4 cups

Spinach ½ cup

Oil 1 tbsp

Spanish paprika 1 tsp

Cumin seeds, ground 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds, Ground ½ tsp

Fennel Seeds Ground ½ tsp

Salt and pepper to taste

Coriander to garnish

METHOD:

· Soak the garbanzo beans overnight, Boil and cook till tender.

· Slice the onion, chop garlic separately and puree the tomato.

· Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and onions

· Add the tomato puree and all the dry spices and cook will you see the tomato mixture leave oil.

· Add the vegetable stock and garbanzo beans and simmer till everything is mixed properly.

· Serve it in a bowl and add the spinach and garnish with coriander.

 

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Black Pepper Soba noodles


Soba Noodles 200 gms

Oil 1 tbsp

Black pepper 3 tbsp

Red chilli 1tsp

Veg oyster sauce 2 tbsp

Soy sauce 1 tbsp

Sugar 1tbsp

Garlic 2 tbsp

Onion 1 Chopped

Mushroom 6-7

Baby corn 5-6

Salt to taste

Tomatoes and Green onion for garnish

METHOD:

  • Boil the soba noodles and keep aside.
  • In a wok sauté mushroom and baby corn and keep aside.
  • In the same wok heat the oil and sauté the onion and garlic and add oyster sauce and soy sauce.
  • Add the sugar and dry spices and add the vegetables. Mix well.
  • Add the noodles and toss.
  • Serve on a plate and garnish with green onions and tomato.

Blueberry pudding with mascarpone cream.

Blueberry Compote 50 gms

Digestive Biscuits 2-3

Butter 5 gms

Mascarpone cheese 50 gms

Whipping cream 100 gms

METHOD:

  • Crush the digestive biscuits and add butter to it
  • Whip the cream and fold in the mascarpone to it.
  • Take martini glass add the digestive biscuit in the bottom
  • Add the blueberry compote and then some mascarpone cream
  • Add another layer of blueberry and mascarpone and garnish with some compote.
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