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Baklava Kosher Dessert Ideas for Your Party

Its festive time again, if you are wondering what must you gift your loved one, then I have a perfect idea. Why not just make some perfect dessert and pack them on glossy paper and present them to your loved one. It's a know fact that whatever may the occasion be Baklava dessert is a much loved dessert at all times. Make this time a bit different, Chocolates are fun but are an usual gift so if you want to give a surprise then try your hand with some Mediterranean dessert this time.

You can find Baklava in any of the bakery or sweet shop but will it not be fun to try your hands on some of its Recipe and bring a big smile on your loved ones face. Kosher Desserts are a great gift for people of all ages you can add your won flavors and deconstruct it to make it more appealing. If you are not too confident about your cooking skills then it is advisable to go in for the basic recipe and then move on to the more tempting and complicated ones. There are different kind of baklava the ones which you see in shops are mostly made by professionals and are made in Baklava factory which follows a strict recipe.

Gourmet Baklava Pastries and Greek Baklava are one of the baklava which are most cherished , not only does it melt in the mouth due to its fine layer pastries but also had added health benefits due to nuts and dry fruits. Due to its mind blowing taste it is fast moving and is getting quite popular throughout the world. Baklava was traditionally a Middle East and Mediterranean dessert but now is getting more and more popular in the west with every passing day. You can also find it recipes in various recipe books and famous websites.

Baklava is so tempting that it's very difficult to control at one piece. Baklava may be light and fluffy but is loaded with calories. Though it is also regarded as healthy as it has loads of dry fruits which helps in increasing the good cholesterol.

If you are a dieting freak and are conscious about calories then you can use sugar free instead of sugar. Because of its increasing popularity , baklava is now available in various supermarkets in various packaging especially during festive seasons. If you are not so lucky to find it in your supermarket then you need not get depressed as you can now order it online and it will get delivered right at your door steps.

If you are fond of cooking then you can also add a special dimension to the traditional Baklava recipe by adding fruits and flavors of your choice to make it more tempting. And if you are trying your hands on baklava for the first time, bear in mind that this dessert needs lots of patience and practice therefore make sure you try it over and over again until you attain perfection. Once you have mastered the skill of preparing baklava then you can very proudly present them to your friends and make your parties even more memorable.

Allen Mathews Photo The Baklava Factory is certified kosher by the Rabbinical Council of California. Online, you can purchase products and enjoy sweet Baklava pastry dessert. Find out more on Kosher Dessert .
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Parmesan Chicken Bake

 
We eat a lot of chicken here. Sometimes I think that I've done pretty much everything with chicken. I've seen this same recipe, slathered with mayo. I love the thought of using greek yogurt instead of mayo.  So many less calories and so much less fat.
 

 
 
 The pictures are not very appealing.  I realize that.  But trust me, it tasted delicious and we all loved it.




Parmesan Chicken Bake
Adapted from Finding Joy in my Kitchen

2 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts, I used tenderloins
1 cup plain, greek yogurt
2 tbsp. dried minced onion
1 tsp. dried minced garlic
pinch of turmeric
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Arrange chicken flat in a 9 x 13 in. pan.  Mix together yogurt, minced onion, garlic and spices.  Stir well. Mix in 2 tbsp. of the parmesan cheese

Spread the yogurt mixture over the chicken breasts.  Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese over the chicken breasts.

Bake for 45 - 50 minutes, uncovered

When chicken is browned and internal temperature reasches 180 degrees, the chicken is done.



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Jalapeno Corn Fritters with Sweet Pepper Pineapple Salsa



 
 Small, fried, finger food.  Gluten free and delicious too? What's not to love? 
 
I had a blast visiting Mariel and Mary Anne's blog Feast on the Cheap. They have amazing recipes and fantastic pictures of their recipes.  I chose several to make but decided on the Jalapeno Corn Fritters to showcase this month. 
 
The recipe called for Old Bay seasoning.  I didn't have this but I have a whole cupboard full of spices so I set out to make my own. I looked online and there were several versions of Old Bay recipes.  I sorta mixed a couple and made my own. It seemed to turn out pretty good. 
 
 
 I wasn't sure what the texture the corn mixture was supposed to be.  It wasn't thick enough to make a patty but putting heaping tablespoon into the hot oil worked perfectly.
 
 
 
After my bacon grease accident last month, I quickly decided that my husband would help me make these. After this first batch, I handed him over the batter and he did a great job making them.
  
 
 
These turned out beautiful and were very quick to put together.  The pineapple salsa was such a good addition to the Corn Fritters.  The sweet and the freshness were a perfect match.  I really couldn't stop eating these and ate way too many.
 
 
 
I'm so glad that The Secret Recipe Club introduced me to Feast on the Cheap.  I know I will be back visiting often! 
 
 
 
 
Jalapeno Corn Fritters with Sweet Pepper Pineapple Relish Recipe
Adapted form Feast on the Cheap
 
Sweet Pepper Pineapple Salsa
1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
1 20 oz. can pineapple, diced
1 small red pepper, or 1/2 large, diced
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. honey
 
Combine everything and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
 
Corn Fritters
 
1 jalapeno, seeded
2 cans of corn or about 4 cups of frozen corn, divided
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning OR use spice recipe below
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/3 cup flour, I used gluten free
Salt and pepper to taste
Canola oil
 
In a food processor or blender, combine 2 cups of corn kernels and jalapeno, process until quite smooth, about a minute. 
 
In a large bowl, whisk together egg and milk until smooth and stir in cornmeal, flour, garlic, Old Bay (or seasoning recipe below), salt and pepper.  Mix in remaining whole corn kernels and pureed corn. 
 
Pour about 1/2 inch oil in a deep skillet and heat oil until very hot. Using a spoon, scoop corn batter by tablespoons into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides, it only takes about 2 minutes per side tops. Transfer to plate with paper towels on it and serve topped with Sweet Pepper Pineapple Salsa.
 
Old Bay Seasoning (copycat)
 
2 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pinch EACH of dried mustard, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger









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Pretty things at The Shop ❤

Começaram a chegar mais belezuras da Miss Etoile, bem primaveris... Loiças lindas e diferentes, que dão um toque muito especial à decoração de mesas... Eu adoro, acho-as lindas!

E vocês? Gostam?

{mais informações por mail: susana.o.oliveira@gmail.com}






* Coffee Pot  / Bule de Café:  49€
* Gold dots teapot / Bule de chá com bolinhas douradas: 45€
* Polka dot cups (in pink, green and turquoise) / copos com bolinhas douradas (em rosa, verde e turquesa): 10€ each
* Butterfly or floral bowl (in pink, green and turquoise) / Tacinhas com borboletas ou flores (em rosa, verde e turquesa): 9,5€ each / cada
* Candle votives (in gold, green, pink and lilac) / Suportes de velas (em dourado, verde, rosa e lilás): 5€ each / cada
* Paper balls w/ ruffled edges (in pink & white) 25 cm / Bolas de papel pontas recortadas (em rosa & branco) 25 cm : 6€ each / cada
* Cake toppings (16 units pack - pink hearts, green diamond and blue stars) / Palitos para bolos (embalagens de 16 unidades - corações rosa, diamantes verdes e estrelas azuis): 8€ each / cada


The new Miss Etoile beauties have arrived, bringing a Springy feeling with them... Lovely china, with a different touch, I adore the table decorations you can create with these. I love them!

And you? Please tell me: do you like them too?

{for more information, please send me an email: susana.o.oliveira@gmail.com}
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Midnight Buffet at Main Street, Residency Towers, Chennai

There is nothing like being out with friends Friday night, go pubbing [pub hopping] or maybe catch a late evening show. But then, by the time you are out, it is nearly 11 and there are very options to grab a bite from. Well, Main Street in Residency Towers brings to you the Midnight Buffet. Yes, the doors open around 11.30 and it goes on till 4am. You read it right. It is the ideal place to head over to satiate your hunger pangs. Someone might want dosa, while another might want to dig into a big plate of Biryani while one might long for some pasta or salad. Well, whatever be your craving, you will find a dish here.





You walk into Residency Towers lobby; look no further, on your right is where you will find the entry into Main Street. The place has been done up to resemble the streets of Europe/UK. There are lamp posts, signage with names of Streets, a poster that says “Doner Kebab’, and even a small TV in the far end of the room. We sat near the far end where there was an ad for Marlborough with the Marlborough man looking straight at us.

The buffet counter is spread just outside the kitchen, so you can actually watch the Chef making a dosa or the tandoor dishes. The buffet starts with a soup, followed by a wide variety of salads, and then the main courses, and not to forget desserts.

You can pick from mushroom salad, pasta salad, green salad or head straight to the main course- a roti or Biryani [veg/non veg] with a dal makhani or maybe the roasted aloo and a dollop of raita. There is also freshly steamed idlis amidst the buffet. Dosas are served on order. These come with 3 varieties of chutney and sambar. The spread goes on, and for those who need comfort food, there is curd rice as well. If you still have space in your tummy, head across to the dessert counter and have a spoon of ice cream or sample one of the many pastries/puddings on display.








What surprised me was that the place was nearly half full. While chatting with the manager, I came to know that they do about 70covers every night, crowd starts coming in around 2-3am. Who would have thought Chennai had such a happening night life!!

But remember, this Buffet is available only on Friday & Saturday nights. You can even glimpse through the buffet menu before stepping in. And it is priced at Rs555 nett

Main Street
Residency Towers
North Boag Rd, Thyagaraya Nagar 
 Chennai - 600017
Phone: 044 2815 6363


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Falafel Patties with Cucumber Sauce


 
My friends and I get together for dinner every month or so.  We like trying different restaurants and this month we decided to go Greek!  I'm not overly familiar with Greek food so I was game.  My first thought was falafel. I love falafel and figured I'd be ordering it off the menu.  As I was perusing the online menu, I discovered no falafel to be found at all.  I did some research and found that falafel isn't Greek at all. It's actually middle eastern food.  Who knew?  Clearly not me.
 
I did still find the Greek experience to be quite tasty and fun.  However, my craving for falafel hadn't been met.  We then went to a restaurant that had Gyros and I ordered the falafel pita.  It was very good but I ended up eating the entire pita bread.  I try to avoid eating bread as it doesn't agree with me.   
 
 
I knew I had to make my own. I had made it several times before but just never got around to posting it.  So I gathered all my ingredients and made falafel.  My mouth was watering already.  I was almost done with the falafel part when I stopped to make the cucumber yogurt sauce. Much to my dismay, I found that my cucumbers were slimy and not good.  Ugh, what is falafel without the cucumber sauce!  I was without a vehicle to buy cucumbers so I put the falafel in the refrigerator for the next night.  Sigh. My falafel would have to wait.

The next day I got some cukes and made my dressing. I finally had falafel, it was good and totally worth the wait.  I ate mine on a salad with lots of cucumber sauce.  My brother ate his on a tortilla.  Yes, I know that might be a conflict of food interest but I didn't buy pitas and he we eat everything on tortillas. Don't judge. :-) 



Falafel Patties with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce Recipe

2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup parsley
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 eggs
1 tbsp. cumin
2 tsp. coriander
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
couple of pinches of cayenne pepper
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups bread crumbs, I used gluten free
oil or cooking spray for frying

Cucumber sauce
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 tsp. dill weed (or to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. mayonnaise

In a large bowl, mash chickpeas until thick and pasty.  Don't use the food processor, the texture will be too thin.  In a blender or food processor, process onion, parsley and garlic until smooth.  Stir into mashed chickpeas.

In a small bowl, combine egg, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon juice and baking powder.  Stir into chickpea mixture with the olive oil.  Add the breadcrumbs until mixture is not sticky but will hold together, add more or less as needed. Form small balls and then flatten into patties. 

Heat oil or cooking spray in a large pan.  Fry patties until brown on both sides. You can also bake these in the oven at 425 for about 30 minutes, flipping half way.

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, salt, pepper and mayo.  Chill for at least 30 minutes.



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Royal feast at Rajdhani, Phoenix Market City, Chennai



The question "Recommend a pure vegetarian[north indian] restaurant in chennai" would have only one answer if someone were to ask me. NO,  it is not Kailash Parbat or Cream Center, the only name to come out of my mouth would be "Rajdhani". Yes, the restaurant has not only impressed me, but also my family and many others, some of who happen to be staunch non vegetarians. That is how good they are! 

The 1st time I visited Rajdhani was the day they launched in Express Avenue. I had gone for a movie with friends and we hopped across to the food court and decided to have dinner here. One warning I must throw out is "make sure you are really hungry and your stomach is really empty" when visiting Rajdhani. The food here is that amazing and you will want to try out each of the dishes, which means you will be bursting in your seams if you stuff yourself. Food served here is pure veg, made with Ghee and the finest of spices and ingredients, and light on the masalas. 



Thanks to an ex-colleague and the bit of travel I have done, the cuisine is not new. But some of the dishes are equisite and delicious that you will go for a 2nd or even a 3rd helping. So, there I was, back in Rajdhani, this time in their 3rd outlet, the newest one, in Phoenix Market City. 





We were greeted in the traditional way, with a tikka and a welcome drink made with raw mango. And then, as you can guess was the feast. Spent a few minutes speaking to the Marketing head and team who'd flown down from Mumbai, heard the Hemji maharaj [head chef] explain each of the items on the menu [he apparently takes care of the South and shuttles between cities]. We also got a quick tour of the kitchen. While many of us assumed they had a central kitchen, we were told it was not so, each kitchen made the dishes every day. The only dish that was not cooked in the kitchens, and that came from Mumbai, specially for summer was Aam Ras. 

A new dish they have introduced is the Khoya roti, thick and yumm it felt it had been soaked in ghee and cooked with love. My favorite was the Daal bhati choorma, mango khadi, kichdi [ofcourse], khoya roti, pineapple kesari and jalebi. The meal has "I dont know how many" [72] items and is priced at Rs420/-. It is a meal that leaves you feeling like you are a King or Queen. Go ahead. Indulge!! And if you love mangos, this is the time to visit, they have included a few mango based dishes which are lip smacking


Address:
Phoenix Market City
Level 1, Velachery main Road, Velachery, Chennai , Tamil Nadu – 600 042
Mr. Ezhilarasan
9003738125
044-66513311/12 
Ampa Skywalk
Level - 3, Ampa Skywalk, No.1, Nelson Manickam Road, Chennai - 600029
Mr. Arunamachalam Jayaram
9962270705
044 - 43063532 

Express Avenue Mall
Level - 3, Express Avenue Mall, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai - 600014
Mr. Chinappa
9444002905
044 - 28464422/33


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Summer Lunch at Sandy's

One of those days when impromptu plans were made and I met a friend of mine for lunch. Neither of us were really hungry, it was proving to be a long day and added it was the sweltering summer sun. After a few messages we decided to meet at Sandy's, wallace garden. Walked in, found a table for 2 near the counter and began catching up. We ordered drinks, she a ginger ale and I went for a Lychee fizz. Hers arrived in a can, while mine was served in a beaker with a pink straw. For someone who hates the sight of pink colour, i enjoyed every sip of this drink, maybe 'cos i love lychee.


For lunch, we chose light food- I ordered for the Tabouleh salad while she chose the Falafel wrap. The place was empty when we walked in, but within minutes it was packed. There were groups of 2-6 filling the tables. A family of 4 arrived, with a little boy and a girl who insisted on sitting in the center, on the bar stool type seating. They had to be helped up by their parents and animatedly began pointing to things on the shelf and talking.




And there came our food. Mine looked green and inviting, hers neatly wrapped up in butter paper served alongside a cucumber dip and potato wedges. My salad was fresh, rich and filled with flavour, loved it.

We skipped dessert and headed home. Now that is what i call Lunch- light and yet refreshing. Sandy's never fails to please.. :-))

If you are wondering where to go for a quick lunch or some yumm desserts, this is whre you should go. They have quite a variety of food and desserts that will leave you licking the plate clean.. Not only is the food good, but service is also top notch. The staff leave you alone, without constantly coming over asking if you need anything or if all is good....


Sandy's
32, Khader Nawaz Khan Rd 
Wallace Garden [ adj to Subway and Harley Davidson showoom]
Nungambakkam
Chennai - 600034
Timing: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm


or

# 2/15 Ganapathy Colony Main Road, (Cenotaph 2nd lane), Teynampet, Chennai, IN.
Mansi- +91 9841277987 
Kailas - +91 8939933039, 
Baalaji - +91 9841409778
Timing: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm


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Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

 
I've been a lazy cook recently.  I've been making more of the "throw a bunch of stuff in a pan and call it dinner" kind of mood.  I haven't really been in mood to create new recipe and have been sticking with some old stand by recipes.  This is a great recipe that comes together quickly and is quite versatile. I've made it several times and it's never really the same every time.
 
I love putting a zucchini in this but found that my last zucchini was not good.  Very disappointing.  So I threw a red pepper in there instead. I liked it and will probably use both next time I make it.
 
You can get creative with the cheeses as well. Cheddar and Parmesan combo is probably my favorite but I always have Colby jack in the fridge so that gets used often too.
 
 

This is an especially easy meal if you have leftover rice in the refrigerator.  When I make rice, I always make a big batch and somehow it always seems to get used.  This time I only had about 2 cups of cooked rice rather than 3 cups. I thought about making more but you know, that lazy thing kicked in and I decided that 2 cups would do. 
 
What are some of your favorite lazy meals to make?


Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

2 tbsp. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour (I used gluten free)
2 cups milk
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (or whatever kind you have)
1/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded
3 cups cooked rice, I used brown
3 cups cooked broccoli florets
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 small zucchini, cut in rounds and halved

Spray a 9 x 13 in. casserole pan.    In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, add onion and saute for about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and saute for about a minute.  Whisk in flour and cook 3 - 4 minutes, whisking constantly.  Slowly stir in milk, mustard and season with salt and pepper, bring to a simmer for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add most of the cheddar cheese (saving about 1/3 cup for the top), add Parmesan cheese.  Stir until mostly melted, remove from heat. 

Stir in rice and broccoli florets, pour into casserole pan, sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup cheese over top.  Bake 20 - 30 minutes at 400 until bubbly and lightly golden on top. 


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The Methods to Prepare a Chocolate Cake Recipe

Cakes are known worldwide for being the most highlighting components during a celebration. There is no such festivity or carnival being celebrated without the presence of a cake. Hence, this is one of the food items that are liked by young and old people equally. You can also serve cakes as desserts during the parties and it would be more appreciated if the dessert you serve is a chocolate cake. Chocolates remain one of the favorites of children and hence chocolate cakes are always a success among the kids and the youngsters. If you have been looking for a simple chocolate cake recipe to try at your home, here is the one that will make your wish come true. You can win the hearts of your loved ones through the preparation of a birthday cake at home.

The raw materials:

Here is a foolproof and simple chocolate cake recipe which can also be filled with jam and whipped cream by replacing the chocolate icing. The main ingredients that are required for the recipe include butter, caster sugar, free-range eggs, self-raising flour, baking powder, cocoa powder along with a little milk. However, if you have kids at home who love the sweet flavor, you can also try icing the cake with the help of dark chocolate, softened butter and icing sugar that can be easily obtained from any of the stores. The preparation of the chocolate cake recipe can be quite easy and can be finished within 30 minutes. Moreover, you need not spend money on the cakes that have been sold by your favorite baker and can instead cook the same with the help of economic components. If you talk about the nutritive value of the cake then you will be amazed to know that it contains about 51g fat, 728kcals, 6.5g protein, 55g sugar, 66.2g carbs, and 0.8g salt.

The method of preparation:

Before starting with the cooking of the chocolate cake recipe, you should preheat the oven to about 180°C. A sandwich tin that is about 2 x 20cm in size can be greased with butter on a butter paper baseline. The butter and sugar can be put in a bowl and the two can be blended together until you get a light and fluffy mixture. You can then add the eggs one after the other and continue the process of beating after adding each egg. Put the flour through a sieve along with cocoa and baking powder. You can also add milk to the mixture until you get a dripping consistency and the mixture can be poured into the respective tins. Bake them for 20-25 minutes in an oven until you get a clean skewer when inserted into the center of the cake. You can take the baked item out of the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes. However, the cake is halfway ready and the next task is to make the icing over the cake.

For icing, you need to melt chocolate in a bowl kept over a pan of simmering water. When the chocolate melts entirely, you can cool it. In another bowl, beat the butter and the icing cream together with an electric hand whisk until they form a fluffy and light batter. You can then add the molten chocolate into the mixture. Your icing is ready and you can spread a little of it in the midst of your cake. The rest of the icing can be utilized for decorating the surface of the cake.

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Decorating a Chocolate Cake

A chocolate cake may be a delightful treat when served toward after taking a meal or at an afternoon which is pleasant, if you desire having something sweet. Use whimsical and fanciful garnishes to make your cake appealing. Select foods which look pretty if paired against dark chocolate backgrounds and are delicious. Ingredients needed for preparing your delicacy include chocolate, metal baking pan, butter, a cup of almonds, spatula, ribbon, fondant and one fruit pound. The others are one cup of wine, two sugar tablespoons, paper lace doily and powdered sugar.

To prepare your cake, make curls first. These comprise of chocolate bits that are folded up, resembling hair curls. Then chop a chocolate bar into minute pieces, thereafter putting these pieces into glass bowl. Introduce 1 tablespoon of butter for each 2 ounces of chocolate. Put glass bowl into pan containing little portion of water.

Next, use open flame to heat this water. Stir this gently until it melts entirely. Allow it to cool for around 30 seconds then pour chocolate over baking pan of metal till thin layer is formed. Let it stand until cooling is achieved. Employ a spatula of metal for pushing chocolate underneath at 45-degree angle. Doing this creates some chocolate curl which may be utilized for garnishing your cake.

Toast one cup almonds in oven for about two to three minutes in order to produce the most refined flavor. After chopping into small slivers, use frosting to ice your cake, which you then may top with chopped pieces of almond. The step following this is creating topping of fondant, which is any piece of rolled icing which one can turn into a desirable shape. Roll out your fondant layer on the cake top until it gets covered entirely. Use ribbon for decorating around cake bottom for a complete look.

Top your cake with alcohol-marinated fruit. Cut up one pound ripe peaches, pitted cherries or strawberries into huge chunks. Place chunks of fruit in 1 cup wine mixture and two tablespoon of sugar. Allow to sit for an hour at least. Chop up fruit into pieces which are smaller then spread across cake with spatula.

Make use of powdered sugar for making lacy pattern. Sugar in powdered form creates dramatic look if applied against dark background. Put paper doily on cake top, onto which also sprinkle some powdered sugar. Lift up doily gently and reveal the pattern underneath it. Blow on chocolate cake top mildly to clear away sugar accumulated on single spots excessively.

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Good Eating Advice for School Going Boys and girls

A superb morning breakfast is among the most essential routines; little children needs to be motivated good breakfast. It is important to preserve levels of energy high in order to stay lively while focusing, as well as play around at school. Fresh new or maybe stewed fruits or/and cereals with whole milk is undoubtedly a fantastic beginner.

For pupils while at school, it is essential that they find nutritious cafeterias which supply more fruits and vegetables that usually are rich in vitamin. Salads are fantastic choice too. Moreover other than various processed food, supply more like grain containing less of sodium and excess fat. Apart from wheat breads and buns, educational facilities may serve brown rice and whole grain pastas and cereal products. School cafeterias needs to give various vegetable and fruit, balanced healthy food for the students.

Besides school, little children must be urged healthy eating in the home too. If they are attracted to fruit and veggies and healthy foods in the home, it will be very likely that they'll prefer identical foods in school too. Or if you happen to be selecting for preparing lunch meal package for your little children, make sure its content has rich food items to ensure they are effective during the day in school. You may incorporate fresh or maybe dried fruits, salads, raw veggies, cheese with breads, pack of dairy milk, mineral water or possibly hummus or lean meats, and so forth.

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After school, they would must restore their energy, and so allowed them to eat as much as they need! Sandwich with milk, or toasted bread, soups, and so on are common great options. Later on, evening meal or diner is an essential moment for little children, not only healthy eating but it's the time when they could chat and share the day's actions they've done, how they have spent the day. Furthermore, they want to take a good and also a delicious food! Do them favor, ask them their very own choices, let them support in preparing meals as well, they'll like it! It is also a good venture to teach them concerning foodstuff, preparations, cooking food. Keeping in mind they should be asked to take lots of plain drinking water.

Lastly, kids need a selection of different foods each day. They must be provided well balanced meals which are rich in nutritional vitamins, minerals, high carbohydrate, high fat foods and even high fiber foods. The diet also should be abundant with iron, calcium.

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Significant Strategies Before You Make Gluten Free Christmas Cakes

Christmas cake is a usual cake for Christmas celebration. They may be considered as fruit cakes because of the fruits that it contains. It also has flour and nuts. This delicious cake is widespread in UK and as well in US. t can also be conventional in Japan as well as in the Philippines. If you could be unfortunate to have gluten intolerance, then this dessert just isn't for you. However, good thing there is certainly already a gluten-free baking that will allow you to create Gluten Free Christmas Cakes and make your Christmas far way better than last year. But remember the fact that it's also important to follow a guide when about to make one. Read below.

First, it can be crucial you have a plan about the quantity of people that will likely be eating the Gluten Free Christmas Cakes so you wouldn't think it hard to estimate the ingredients' measurements. If your Christmas is going to be celebrated with the whole family and relatives, it definitely is a great idea to bake a larger size of cake. Through that way, one and all will get the possibility to consider a bite of your delectable cake.

Another thing that you will definitely keep in mind is always to read the label to make sure that the product that you're buying is gluten-free. Do not also disregard the flour and the other products have to be carefully checked as well. Keep in mind to follow this step because this will likely assist you to have an ideal result.

Another, before leaving for the grocery shop, it will be indeed necessary for you to write the list of ingredients that you will buy. Carefully check your list first so you may see in case you have forgotten a single ingredient. The Christmas cake recipe has to be searched well too. You may try to find it online or at food magazines.

4th, being a customer, there is a need for you to be prepared with all the budget. In order for you to have a thought if just how much must your budget is, calculating the estimated prices of the ingredient would help a lot. In case you do not know each ingredient's price, it will be the best idea to search it online. It could be best to have an additional budget also so you wouldn't run out of money at the grocery store.

With the holiday season steadily approaching, the prospect of extended family visiting can be daunting. It pays to prepare early and pick this years Christmas cake recipe. Avoid any awkward dietary restriction of your lesser known relatives, and opt for gluten free Christmas cakes - you will also look very trendy!
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Cake Bakeries Give Tricks For Halloween Treats

Bakeries and cake shops warn that the witching hour is almost at hand. Homes are transformed from their lovely suburban colors and decor to spiderweb covered, ghost infested haunted houses. Young and old are buying or making their costumes. What to be this year? Your favorite superhero or a bunch of grapes? Oh, the possibilities are seemingly endless!

Children are ready to travel from door to door collecting sweet treats. Although their little pumpkin buckets will be filled to the brim with wrapped chocolate bars and other store bought goodies, why not add a little something extra this year and make some delicious homemade treats for the little ones in your life.

These Halloween inspired treats are sure to delight kids and adults alike, much like the sweets from the bakery stores:

Mummy Mouths:

Take a red apple, like a Macintoch or Red Delicious, and leaving the skin on, slice with an apple slicer to remove the core. Take one slice and slice it again, lengthwise. Lay one half flat on a plate, spread a layer of peanut butter, then arrange a row of marshmallows across the front. Spread a player of peanut butter on one side of the other half of the apple slice and lay that on top of the marshmallows. The end result will look like a big toothy grin!

Tombstone Pudding:

Fill a clear cup with chocolate pudding. Crush oreos and spread that on top of the pudding. Take a Nutter Butter, Vienna Cake, or any other kind of long, rounded cookie. Write RIP in icing on the top of the cookie and place that in your pudding ground! It is a chocolaty, yummy treat that everyone can enjoy.

Pumpkin Cupcakes:

There are plenty of ways to decorate your favorite kind of cupcake (we suggest pumpkin) to give it that creepy edge. You could go for an orange icing and decorate each like a jack o lantern. This would be a great activity for your child and their friends. Have the orange iced cupcakes ready to go and let them go to town drawing on faces with black icing! Or for a cool spider web effect, after icing your cupcake in your desired color, draw 4 circles with a contrasting color (like the rings of a tree). Take a toothpick and starting in the middle draw a line to the outside like the spoke of a bicycle wheel. The resulting effect will look like a web!

Bakery shop owners hope that everyone has a fun and safe Halloween with lots of sweet treats! Remember for those extra special celebrations, their stores can bake and decorate a cake to your likely with any theme - including Halloween!

Looking for the best bakeries 11234 to create the ultimate Halloween treats that kids will love? Visit duetbakeryny.com and have all of your sweet fantasies come true in the expert hands of Chef Diana Rodov and her staff.
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Kefi - Levantine Lounge


There I was, once again. Back after ages. Taj Mount road.. The entire building is lit up in hues of blue, and this continues to the roof top as well. as you get off the elevator, you are greeted by the dimly lit swimming pool , beyond which is the bar and Kefi, the restaurant thereon. 


The Exec Chef Siddiqui mentioned they serve food from 5 main regions and stay clear of Italian or other cuisines. This was my 2nd visit here, the 1st one was with a  few friends, we sat indoors and had a good fun meal. Tonight was part of their  Levantine Lounge. This is an initiative that happens every Wednesday, where the outdoor area transforms into the restaurant. there are tables laid out under the stars, soothing music in the background and a wide range of food- cold cuts, cheese, salads, and grills laid out to choose from. Oh, how can i mention the highlight- unlimited WINE... 

Photo Courtesy: Karuna Karan

I promptly ordered a glass of red wine, also got to have a glass of white wine that someone else had ordered but dint want. Strolling around the salad section, we noticed there were quite a few options for vegetarians [ such a treat]., and some of the salads were outstanding. We had multiple helpings of those. We were also served different kinds of bread, dips, and sauces on the table. 

They had quite a few varieties of  cheese as well. I did try the goats cheese, it was quite strong, salty and i kinda liked the taste. There was also the good ol loyal Feta and smoked mozella as well.  perfect for the hot summer days, these were such a relief. I infact skipped the main course, though i did try a spoon of cous cous with Moroccan veg curry from Deepa. While we waited, we yapped about the view, the other restaurants in town and what is coming up. 

The Desserts were a sampler plate- loved the Baklava and honey ice cream. The kheer had a tad too much of cinnamon and I wasnt sure if it fit into the theme. The Harissa was also good [ i remembered trying it at home] 

Photo Courtesy: Karuna Karan

It was a good fun evening with friends, food and good ambiance, perfect unwinding after a long day! Thank you Taj! 

The whole thing is priced at Rs999 [excl tax]

Only suggestion:
Could you have a seperate grill for veg items please. We did notice they were right next to the non veg and saw a whole pile of skewers below in a dish. Thank you! 
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Cookie Making Made Easy My Busy-Mom-Method

In the early 1970s, when I was very young and with small children to care for, I had a few cookie recipes I would make very often, because they were simple recipes, with ingredients I usually had at hand. Cookies are a terrific snack, don't require utensils to pick up and eat and can be made ahead for a party. However, even with all that, they are just not my favorite things to make, because they need to be made either by dropping individually onto the baking sheet, rolling out and cutting (making a mess on the counter and more cleanup), or the often added step of having to chill the dough before working. I like immediacy. I want to mix up a recipe, bake it, clean up and be done.

One morning I made a batch of these cookies, finally popped the last pan in the oven, and set the timer. Itching to get outside for a bit and see what the children were doing, I went out . . . and got distracted. By the time I remembered the cookies in the oven, they had burnt and shrunken down to tiny little black hockey pucks - not even the dogs had any interest in them! It pays not to get distracted when baking. This was the last straw. I had to think of a better way.

I came up with a brilliant idea that I call my "Busy-Mom-Method"; one I use to this day. Rather than take the time to make all the individual cookies by batches, with separate baking times (and time to get distracted), I would roll the cookie dough directly onto a greased baking sheet, working it evenly to the edges and baking it as one large cookie. It is best to use a baking sheet that has three open sides, as it is simpler to maneuver the rolling pin and get the cookie rolled evenly. Keep in mind also, that a little more flour may be needed in the dough to allow for lifting it out and forming into a rough rectangle for rolling. Also, a little extra flour over the surface while rolling helps to keep the rolling pin from sticking. Try not to add any more flour than absolutely necessary, or the cookies will come out denser and harder.

It takes a few minutes more in the oven with one large cookie, but it comes out perfectly. Just watch for the edges to be golden, and the center to be set. With these cookies, I also make a simple icing that is just 1½ cups of confectioners' sugar, a pinch of salt, ½ teaspoon of vanilla and enough water or milk to make a relatively thick consistency (very slow to fall from the spoon). Spread this over the hot cookie straight from the oven. The hot cookie warms the icing, making it melt and spread easily, using the back of the same spoon I used to mix the icing. I am all for less cleanup! Once the cookie cools, the icing dries and hardens, and I just cut the large cookie into small bar or square shapes, and voila; cookies in half the time! Two of my favorite recipes for this method were Hermits and Simple Vanilla Cookies. If you are a busy mom, try this method with any simple cookie dough. The Hermit cookies had raisins in them, but the thickness of the dough was no less than the thickness of the raisins, so it still worked well.

Simple Vanilla Cookies

Makes about 7 dozen

1 cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2¾ cups all-purpose flour

Cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add vanilla and salt. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in flour, mixing well. Drop from a teaspoon 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten with floured, flat-bottomed glass. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove immediately from pan.

These Simple Vanilla Cookies are incredibly good, from such a simple recipe. Don't take my word - try them out, either as individual cookies, or with my "busy-mom-method."

Chris Rawstern Photo My name is Chris Rawstern and I have been on a cooking and baking journey for 42 years. Many people have asked what A Harmony of Flavors means. Have you ever had a meal where the visual presentation was stunning, the smells were incredible, the taste was so remarkable that you ate slowly savoring every bite, wishing the experience would never end? Then you have experienced what a truly harmonious meal can be like. My passion is to teach people how to create a Harmony of Flavors with their cooking, and help pass along my love and joy of food, both simple and exotic, plain or fancy. I continue my journey in ethnic and domestic cuisines, trying new things. I would love to hear from you, to help me continue my journey to explore diverse culinary experiences and hopefully to start you on a journey of your own. Visit my Web site http://www.aharmonyofflavors.com/ or on Facebook. I will send you a copy of my monthly news letter full of recipes the latest tips.
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3 years of joy

A querida Conchinha fez 3 anos - e teve uma festinha pela primeira vez. Ficou doente, por isso  terminámos o nosso dia no médico. Mas ela ficou feliz e isso é o mais importante!

Aqui ficam algumas fotos, de uma festa pequenina para uma menina pequenina, em tons lilás e amarelo, a chamar a Primavera...









Featured at Amy Atlas

My darling little onen turned 3 - and she had a birthday party for the first time! She got sick that day, so we ended up at the hospital. But she's fine now and was happy all day long!

Here are some photos of our homey little party, in lavender and yellow, calling for Spring...
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Ice Cream Parlour For Your Special Ice Cream Memory

In a time when yoghurt-based and several other new kinds of ice creams are ruling the dessert scene, the variety available at Natural Ice Cream Parlour instantly reminds you of the simple and traditional ice cream. While its tag line reads Ice Cream of Juhu Scheme, today, the brand has gone way beyond the posh locale of Juhu, and is available at several places around Mumbai (and throughout India).

As soon as you step into the Ice cream outlet located at Lokhandwala Complex in Andheri (west), the huge posters of various ice cream flavours tempt you, and, may we add, confuse you, whilst taking a pick. Having said that, one of the best qualities of Natural is the fact that it truly believes in the virtue of less is more. While there is an interesting range of fruit - dry fruit- and chocolate-based ice creams, along with the basic malai flavour one, the specialty of this brand is that it doesn't have any special toppings (yet another 'in' thing in the modern-day ice creams) overpowering the original taste of the ice cream.

Its freshness keeps you asking for more from the very first bite to the last lick. Depending on the season, Natural offers an even bigger treat with its combination of mango or strawberry ice cream (only available in these two flavours), freshly cut pieces of the respective fruit, and a dollop of fresh cream. Absolutely sinful!

While the parlour can get a little crowded at times, especially during summers, you could perhaps pick up a cone or cup of ice cream (be patient, as, at times, the queue is rather long), and enjoy it over a stroll, or order it (it's free home delivery!) and have it in the comfort of your home. Take your pick - single or double scoop, fresh waffle cone or the typical one or just in a cup. The tubs are available in a quantity of half kilo. The reasonable price of the ice creams is one more reason why it can be enjoyed by anyone - from a college student to someone making big bucks.

For any reason and in every season, that dripping ice cream is always a 'hot' favourite. Everyone has a special 'ice cream memory', and a modest place, such as Natural, is sure to help you relive yours! You can find it at Natural, 21, Encore Apartments Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (west), Mumbai a little ahead of McDonald's and Food Inn restaurant.

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Cakes Decorated with Edible Ink Make any Occasion Complete

You cannot tell your child 'Go and have some edible ink''. But when you make a deliciously looking cake with images printed on the top of them using edible ink you are assured of giving your children a nice treat with sumptuous decorations that will delight their taste buds. This specially formulated ink is a food grade material that is used by professional cake bakers as well as home bakers for spicing up cakes, cupcakes, pastries and other items. The edible printing is done onto icing sheets or wafer paper and it allows the customer to design anything they like onto the cake surface. Edible ink is FDA compliant food coloring that doesn't contain any unsafe ingredient and it comes in a variety of colors that can add life to your food art. If you want to add colorful details to your cakes with pictures, use this special food coloring to enhance the look.

These special ingredients are easily accessible through various sources online and offline. To do edible printing at home all you need are edible printers, a variety of food colors and your creativity and these would all help you make striking cakes at home. You can get starter kits that contain almost everything you need to print designs. The kit contains one of the latest edible printer and assortment of different colors of ink and other essential items. Professional cake makers have been using this special food coloring to cater to the demands and needs of their customers and home bakers utilize it to make a surprise birthday cake for their dear ones. With advancement of technology, everyone can now have all the fun to create eye-striking edible images without spending a fortune.

Your creativity with edible stuffs can personalize cakes for birthdays and other occasions. Just imagine how much fun and enjoyment it could be to make cakes at home using edible printer and edible ink. Think of how you could make any special occasion memorable by adding images and photos of your dear ones printed on the top of your cake. You can buy edible cartridges from reliable online store. Also you can find other products that are needed to make magical decorations for your cakes. This way you could definitely surprise your friends with your creativity and set everyone's mood for the big birthday bash or any special occasion.

The information in this article does not represent any particular company's opinions or suggestions. Edible ink printing should follow the instructions of the manufacturer from whom you buy your edible ink supplies, and it should be noted that the mixing of edible ink and regular inks should not be done.

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Gluten-Free Baking - A Journey into New Territory

Gluten-Free foods are taking their place in the world these days. We are all becoming more aware of gluten, gluten intolerance, celiac (or coeliac) disease, and what this means for so many people. While I am not gluten intolerant, I often cook and bake for functions, locally. Last year I was asked to provide little treats for a Princess Party, put on by the Dacotah Prairie Museum. Accompanied by a "queen", little girls from tots to teens were invited, to learn about the lives of real princesses. They were taught how to wave properly, and curtsey.

Little girls hear the word "princess" and go dreamy-eyed. The program was sold out. I made lots of little treats, but found out one of the little princesses and her queen were gluten intolerant, and couldn't partake of many of the little treats. This was an intolerable state of affairs! I decided I needed to learn about this disease, be aware of what was involved, and provide alternatives that would be tasty and exciting.

Over the past year, I have been trying out different gluten-free flour mixtures, and making lots of goodies, mainly from my own normal recipes, converted by simply substituting gluten-free flour and adding xanthan gum. In the main, they have been a whopping success. In my honest opinion, as someone who has been baking for 42 years, some of the cakes, fruit or nut loaves turn out more moist and tender than when made with wheat flour; a very happy discovery, without a doubt. The "queen" mentioned above, works at the museum, so I took an afternoon to talk with this young woman and learn more about what was involved. I also had baked one of my favorite coffeecake recipes, gluten-free and took it for her and the museum staff to try. They all loved it; moist and tender and full of flavor. The young woman was happy with my experiment, as was I.

Another great help along the way was finding Shauna Ahern's "Gluten Free Girl" website. I have studied her site extensively and learned all sorts of things there. I mixed up her gluten-free flour mixture to experiment with, as well as trying out one of her bread recipes; another success. I took some of the bread for the woman at the museum to sample, as well as a slice I slathered with homemade pesto and cheese and broiled. She exclaimed, "This is the best bread I've tasted since going gluten free!"

This coffeecake recipe was given to me by my best friend of 54 years, and is a terrific recipe, no matter which flour you choose. This is the original recipe; for gluten-free, I substituted a gluten-free flour mixture made up of 6 cups brown rice flour, 2 cups potato starch and 1 cup tapioca starch. I used this mixture measure for measure in this recipe, and added 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the sifted dry ingredients. Be sure to check the labels of ingredients for hidden wheat when making this Gluten-Free!

Bundt Coffeecake

1 cup unsalted butter

1½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup chopped nuts; walnuts or pecans are good

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla and mix well. Sift together flour, soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Grease a 10-inch tube or bundt pan.

Mix together the chopped nuts, the 2 teaspoons sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle ½ of this topping into the greased pan. Put in half the batter - this requires "plopping" small spoonfuls of the batter into the pan as the batter is very thick. Then carefully smooth it to fill in any gaps. Tapping the pan on the countertop helps. Pour on the rest of the "topping" and again plop spoonfuls into the pan till all batter is used.

Bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cake if desired. Serves 12 to 16.

GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Replace the flour with your preferred gluten-free flour mixture and add in 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. Mix and bake as directed. (Sometimes baking is a little bit longer than normal, but since the texture and moistness is so wonderful, I can wait those few more minutes!)

Try this recipe, either way, and you won't be sorry!

Chris Rawstern Photo My name is Chris Rawstern and I have been on a cooking and baking journey for 42 years. Many people have asked what "A Harmony of Flavors" means. Have you ever had a meal where the visual presentation was stunning, the smells were incredible, the taste was so remarkable that you ate slowly savoring every bite, wishing the experience would never end? Then you have experienced what a truly harmonious meal can be like. My passion is to teach people how to create a "Harmony of Flavors" with their cooking, and help pass along my love and joy of food, both simple and exotic, plain or fancy. I continue my journey in ethnic and domestic cuisines, trying new things. I would love to hear from you, to help me continue my journey to explore diverse culinary experiences and hopefully to start you on a journey of your own. Visit my Web site http://www.aharmonyofflavors.com/ Let me know, and I will send you a copy of my monthly news letter full of recipes the latest tips.
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