Friday, June 19, 2009

Mushroom Magic

Mushroom Magic Recipe:
  • 300 gms. mushrooms, cut into halves,
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp. cornflour
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. dried fenugreek leaves
To be ground into a paste:
  • 4 large cloves of garlic
  • a piece of ginger
  • 2 tsp. coriander-cumin seed powder
  1. Wash the mushrooms, drain and keep aside
  2. Dissolve the cornflour in the milk and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil, add the prepared chilli garlic paste, fenugreek and saute the mixture
  4. Add the mushrooms, cornflour milk mixture and salt and saute till the mixture coats the mushrooms. Serve hot.

Mango Nut Muffins

Mango Nut Muffins
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup bananas mashed
  • 1 cup mango pulp
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Mix in oil, mango pulp and banana. Add nuts.
  3. Grease muffin cups or put muffin paper cups in muffin pan.
  4. Pour and bake for 18-20 mins till golden Cool and serve.

Lemon Recipes

Lemon Lollipops:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. yellow food coloring
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp. lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup water
Mix sugar, corn syrup and water in a pan.
Bake to 300 degree Fahrenheit or cook until mixture spins a thread.
Turn off head, add color and flavoring.
Pour the mixture in small aluminum moulds and insert popsickle sticks in them.
Allow them to set and become hard.
Your lick able lollipops are ready!

Lemon Cooler
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 bottle (200 ml) lemonade
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cucumber
  • 2 tbsp. chopped apple
  • 1 tsp. chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. honey
Chill the juices. Mix all the ingredients, pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

Coconut Roughs

Recipe for Coconut Roughs:

  • 1/2 cup mashed potato
  • 40 gms. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 cups coconut desiccated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  1. Place butter and mashed potato in a large bowl and beat well.
  2. Gradually beat in the icing sugar and cocoa.
  3. Add coconut and vanilla essence.
  4. Place small spoonfuls of mixture on over proof paper.
  5. Refrigerate coconut roughts until set.

Jam Tarts

Recipe for Jam Tarts:
  • 100 gms. plain flour
  • 50 gms. butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • cold water
  • jam
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree Calories.
  2. Grease patty cake tins.
  3. Sieve flour and salt together into a large bowl.
  4. Rub butter into mix.
  5. Gradually add enough water to make a soft dough.
  6. Flour board and rolling pin.
  7. Roll mixture until 1/2 cm. thick.
  8. Cut into circles using cookie cutter, egg ring, cups, etc.
  9. Place cut pastry into patty tins.
  10. Add jam (not too much).
  11. Bake for 15 minutes or until pastry is cooked.
  12. Allow to cool before eating!
Children Activity: (Make your naughty children do something interesting)
Give each child half of an English Muffin.
Spread Pizza sauce on it.
Let children break cheese slices into shapes for eys, nose and mouth.
Bake at 400 degree Fahreheit until cheese melts slightly

Friday, June 12, 2009

Interesting Puffed Cakes (Idlis)

  • 1 1/4 cups semolina
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup chopped, boiled vegetables (carrots, french beans, peas, corn, etc)
  • 2 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Eno's fruit salt
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • oil for greasing
For Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • a pinch asafoetida
  • some oil
  1. Mix the semolina, buttermilk, vegetables, ginger paste, oil and salt in a bowl to make a smooth batter. Keep aside for half an hour.
  2. Add the fruit salt, mix well and pour the batter into a greased (idli) pancake mould. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare the seasoning by heating the oil, adding the mustard seeds, sesame seeds and asafoetida and frying until the seeds crackle.
  4. Pour over the prepared pancakes.
  5. Cut into pieces and serve hot.

Ginger Punch

Ginger Punch
  • 1 cup sliced ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 bottle club soda
Bring the first 3 ingredients to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Let them cool. When cool, pour in a punch bowl and stir in the fruit juices. Add the club soda and ice cubes and serve in punch cups.
Green Flat Cakes (Dosas)
  • 1 cup soaked/sprouted green gram
  • 1 piece ginger
  • coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. rice or plain flour
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes without seeds
  1. Grind green gram, ginger, cumin seeds, salt and coriander leaves to a fine paste by adding water.
  2. Add rice flour to make thin flat cakes (dosas) on a griddle.
  3. Add a teaspoon of grated carrot, chopped onions and tomatoes in the centre.
  4. Fold into half and make a tight roll and serve hot.


Children Activity:
  1. Hard-boil one egg for every two children
  2. Have the children work in pairs to peel the shell from the egg.
  3. Slice the egg in half and carefully scoop out the yolk and put it into a small paper cup
  4. Have each pair mix the yolk with
    1-tsp, mayonnaise
    1/2 tsp. mustard and
    a dash of salt and pepper.
  5. Stuff this mixture back into the hollows of the white.
  6. Have each child make a sail for the boat with a toothpick and a paper flag with teh letter E on it.
  7. Don't forgot to stick the sail into their "boats" before they eat!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Love in Friendship Enemity is LIFE.

"Love In Friendship Enemity", in this line put the first letters, join them and read it is Life.

First of all, listen and analyze whatever your opposite person tells you, wait for a moment think and then answer them. You have built a relationship with them. That person would feel you are good.

Person can be anybody - your parents, in-laws, team mates, managers, children, strangers and so on.

Give up anger and wear a smile, this is the best thing to taste the sweetness of life.

When you wanted to tell something and impress others in a group, first understand their mood bring their attention towards you and reveal it. Definitely you have won the hearts of the crowd atleast 80%.

When you are angry on somebody don't show them be in an immense silence, that would make others understand.

This is how I have learnt tasting the sweetness of life.