Monday, July 4, 2011

Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska: Ice-Cream Cake on Fire!
A recipe for your loved ones, suited for any occasion... ideal for anniversaries and romantic dinners.


Baked Alaska: Ice-Cream Cake on Fire!!!
Ingredients:
1 Sponge Cake
1 slab of ice-cream (preferably vanilla)
1 cup of canned fruits (chopped into small pieces)
1 tbsp brandy
5 egg whites
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar / lemon juice
Method:
Cut the sponge cake from centre into half, in such a way that you get two cakes (layers).
Meanwhile, melt the vanilla ice-cream.

Now measure your cake's diameter and take a cake tin of the same size and lay it with a cling-film.
Once the cling-film in placed properly in the tin, pour the melted ice-cream in it.

Wrap the ice-cream properly with the layered cling-film, and set it to freeze in the freezer, till it becomes hard.

Meanwhile, arrange the chopped canned fruits over the cake.

Now remove the frozen ice-cream, with cling-film it becomes easy to handle, and place the ice-cream on top of the fruits layer of the cake.
Place the other half of cake over it properly.
You need to cover the whole cake with a meringue.

For making meringue, whisk the egg whites in an electric hand blender for 5 mins, then add the cream of tartar or lemon juice, add whisk again, now add the icing sugar and whisk on high for 15-20 mins, until you get a firm peak (i.e. the egg whites should be whisked till they are so firm, that even if you turn the vessel upside down it won't fall).

Once this is achieved, quickly smother it over the cake and cover it completely, without leaving a single spot, otherwise the ice-cream may just start to melt and drip.
Now bake it in a pre-heated oven for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Meanwhile heat a big spoon (pali/karchi- with which you give tadka)
Once the cake is out of the oven.

Dim the lights of your room, place the cake over the table, get the heated spoon and start re-heating it with help of a lighter, now pour the brandy on spoon and create flambe(i.e. Once the spoon is heated and you pour the brandy, tilt your spoon a bit and let the brandy catch fire, now pour this over your cake- you will get the flambe effect)

Remember: always create flambe effect with dim lights, for that extra effect.

Enjoy Cooking...
Amrutha Langs









Friday, July 1, 2011

Healthy Recipes for Women

Healthy Recipes for Women:
Oats Smoothie, Muskmelon Chiller, Oats Chiwda, Oats&Mushroom Soup, Chicken n Oats Soup for the Woman's Soul, Egg n Asparagus Sushi Rolls, Lychee n Cucumber Salad, Oats n Olives Salad, Pear n Cheese salad, Minty Watermelon Salad

Dear All,
Its been really long since I've written a blog.. Well, but this time I'm not gonna apologize coz, I was really really busy.. Naah!! Not with work!!!
Well, the thing is that, WE, as in me n my hubby, have entered the mommyland and daddyland respectively.. yes!!!
We have been blessed with a handsome son on the night of 15th March 2011...
Our child has made his debut,
And I'm completely spellbound with his magical,wiggly humanness.. Really a child completely changes a woman's life..
The transformation from a girl to a woman and from a woman to a mother has been awesome!!!
I'm feeling great .. Yes , a bit tired at times, but enjoying every bit of it..
I remember that at the beginning of this series of blogs I had promised you all. 'A Recipe Per Day' .. but yeah.. yeah.. I am excusing myself for being a new mommy in this mad mad world called "mommyland"

Today I'm gonna give some healthy recipes for pregnant women, some post-delivery healthy recipes.. I dedicate this blog to women's health...
Cheers n enjoy the recipes

Oats Smoothie:
Ingredients:
1 cup fresh fruit pieces(any fruit of your choice-but mango/chiku/banana taste awesome)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup fresh cream
4 tbsp oats (dry roasted)
2 tbsp honey (more if you want sweeter)
1/2 cup crushed ice cubes
Method:
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend together till nice smooth and frothy.
Serve chilled in a tall glass.

Muskmelon Chiller
Ingredients:
1 cup pieces of muskmelon (take a ripe muskmelon)
1 cup vanilla icecream
1 cup milk
1 tbsp sugar
1 scoop vanilla icecream
Method:
Blend everything in blender and serve chilled with one more scoop vanilla icecream.
Awesome for summers.

Oats Chiwda:
Ingredients:
4 cups oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup pieces of dried figs
1/2 cup castor sugar
2 tbsp red chilly powder
1 tsp amchur powder (dried mango powder)
Salt to taste
1 cup cornflakes
Method:
In a big pan, dry roast all the ingredients one by one and keep them aside,roast them in the following order - cashews, almonds, peanuts (after roasting remove the skin if u want), dried figs and raisins together(don't roast raisins n figs too much).
Once done with this, start roasting the oats, let the oats start getting a mild brown colour, now add all the roasted ingredients, mix well and remove from flame. Now add sugar, salt, red chilly powder and amchur powder to it.
Finally crumble in some cornflakes.
Once cooled store in an airtight container.
If preserved properly stays for a month.

Oats and Mushroom Soup:
4 tbsp oats
1 cup mushrooms (diced)
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp fresh cream
1 cup vegetable stock
Salt to taste
Italian herbs or Oregano for flavouring
Method:
In a saucepan, take the mushrooms and start to saute, if you feel the mushrooms are sticking to the vessel sprinkle some water but don't add oil or butter.
Once mushrooms are about done add oats.
Now add the vegetable stock and let it cook for a while.
Once almost done add milk, fresh cream, salt and herbs.
Serve hot!

Chicken N Oats Soup for the Woman's Soul
Ingredients:
1 whole chicken
1 small stick cinnamon
3 cloves
5 peppercorns
1 inch ginger
6 cloves of garlic
1 stick of celery
5-6 leaves of thai basil or kaali tulas
2 bay leaves (fresh or dried)
1 small red chilly
1 medium sized onion chopped
1 medium sized carrot chopped
1 tsp lemon zest
Before serving:
1 tbsp oil
6 cloves of garlic
Coriander chopped
4tbsp roasted oats
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Method:
In a big vessel take all the ingredients and add water into it.
Water should be above all the ingredients.
Keep it to boil, remove the fat that floats on water at regular intervals.
Once chicken is done.
Take out the chicken from the stock and shred it.
Take the stock and boil some more and then strain the vegetables and take the clear stock and add salt to it.
In a serving bowl take the strained stock, add some shredded chicken pieces to it.
Now take a small vessel / bowl, take some oil in it and heat it. Then add garlic to it, once garlic becomes brown, immediately pour over the soup, add some lime juice, garnish with coriander, drop in some roasted oats and serve hot!

Egg n Asparagus Sushi Rolls
Ingredients:
1 cup shitake mushrooms
2 sticks of asparagus
2 eggs
Salt
Pepper
2 tbsp maida (all purpose flour)
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp oil
For serving:
Green chilly sauce
Method:
Lightly beat the eggs, and add maida, milk, salt, pepper to it, and mix well.
Heat a pan, and brush some oil to it.
Laddle the egg n flour mixture on the pan, making a smooth, thin crepes (dosa) out of it.
Once done flip over n cook the other side as well.
Meanwhile, blanch the asparagus and lightly saute the mushrooms adding a bit of salt to it and keep them aside.
Once the crepes is ready lay it on a plate.
Lay a small layer of mushrooms and a stick of asparagus over it.
Now roll the egg crepes tightly folding. It should hold the asparagus n mushrooms properly.
Once rolled cut into sushi sized pieces and serve hot with green chilly sauce.

Lychee n Cucumber Salad
Ingredients:
1 cup lychee (cut, de-seeded)
1/2 cup cucumber (cut into small pieces)
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh red chilly
2 tbsp sugar
Little bit of rice wine vinegar
Some corriander
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and serve chilled!
Ideal for summers..

Oats N Olives Salad
1 cup oats (soaked and drained)
4 black olives chopped
4 green olives chopped
1 stem of spring onion chopped
1/4 cup pomogranate seeds
1/4 cup black grapes seedless
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup black raisins
4 tbsp olive oil
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and serve chilled!
You can serve some crisp brown bread or multigrain bread alongwith this salad.

Pear n cheese salad
1 cup pears (diced)
1 cup paneer (cottage cheese) - diced
1/2 cup black olives
Some mint leaves
2 tbsp salad dressing oil
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and serve chilled!

Minty Watermelon Salad
Ingredients:
1 cup watermelon pieces (triangles)
1/2 cup black olives
1/2 cheddar / feta cheese pieces (triangles)
5-6 mint leaves (chopped)
5-6 leaves of iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup of onion pieces (rings)
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and give it a toss.

Cheers to Good Health!!!
Amrutha Langs