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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Fondant Icing

For you to achieve a perfect cake covering you need to consider some tips. These tips include:

Have a perfect ganache: There is no way your cake will have a perfect finish if it has a crude ganache.

Roll a thin fondant: To achieve a perfect finish you should roll your fondant thin. You should roll it 3-4 mm or even thinner if your fondant allows you. To have an easy time you should make use of rolling pins with spacers.

Cut your cake neatly: To keep the bottom edge clean you should neatly cut your fondant. To achieve ideal results, you should make use of a pizza wheel. Also, use a super sharp knife or scalpel to trim the seam at the back of the cake. This plays a significant role in making the seam neat.

Add color: To give your cake an interesting look, it’s wise to add color to it. For ideal results, you should add one drop of food color at a time and knead the color into your fondant. It’s common for the icing to feel tacky. When it does, you should sprinkle a little powdered sugar into it. All you need to do is to gently rub it over the sticky area with the palm of your hand.

Seal the cracks: When you are applying the icing, it can break. When this happens, you shouldn’t worry as all you need to do, is patch the cracks using little water and your finger.

This is what you need to know about fondant icing. You should apply your preferred color and shape the unit in a design that you are proud of.

Cold Soup Recipes For Refreshing Meal

The Cool Cucumber

What you need:

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/3 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint

In a large bowl, mix together cucumber, garlic, vegetable broth, yogurt and sour cream. Blend ingredients together until smooth using an immersion blender. Add dill and mint to the mixture and blend again. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until soup is chilled.

Beet the Heat

What you need:

  • 2 cups sliced beets
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 4 cups fat-free buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

Combine beets, cucumber, onions, buttermilk, vinegar, dill and salt in a large bowl. Stir to mix ingredients well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

Coco Citrus Cold Carrot Soup

What you need:

  • 6 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil then cook 1 tablespoon cilantro, chili paste and cumin for 1 minute. Stir in onion, garlic and ginger and cook until onion is tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes to the pot and cook for 5 minutes more. Add coconut milk and vegetable broth to the pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Lower heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 45 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are tender. Remove soup from heat then stir in lime juice. Puree the mixture in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer soup to a bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with remaining cilantro before serving.

Cook Fresh Pasta

Storing Handmade Fresh Pasta

If you’ve made it yourself and you’ve already cut it, then you can either choose to refrigerate it for later use, or you can cook it right away. If you aren’t going to be cooking your noodles immediately after having made them, then you will want to give them 1 to 2 minutes of drying time on a baking sheet.

Next, give them a generous dusting with flour so that when you store them together, they won’t stick and form a solid clump. Gather them together into small bunches and either fold them in half or wrap them into small nests. Allow them to dry for an additional thirty minutes and then wrap them up and place them into the refrigerator. Fresh pasta will remain good for up to 2 days in the fridge. If you think that it will take you longer to consume the noodles, freeze them for up to 2 weeks.

Cooking Handmade Fresh Pasta

If you can cook dry noodles, then you can cook fresh pasta. The reason is that freshly made noodles are far easier and faster to prepare! Use a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. For about 4 nests, you’ll need around 8 cups of water. That may seem like a lot, but it is good to have a lot more water than pasta. This helps to ensure that the noodles will be able to move freely in the water instead of cooking to each other.

Once they’re in, bring the water back to a boil, and after a minute and a half (yes, that’s all!) of gentle simmering, you’re all set! Drain the water off in a strainer and serve right away with your favorite sauce. Don’t overcook it or you won’t be happy with the texture it produces. Al dente should be your goal. If you aren’t sure, just take a noodle out of the pot, let it cool for a couple of seconds, and take a bite!

Pepperoni Casserole

You can eat it by itself or add some meat to it to create a meal. I needed a meal idea and had several boxes of macaroni noodles. Since my daughter has a love thing for pepperoni, I came up with the idea of baked pepperoni casserole. Here’s my daughter inspired meal for you to try.

Ingredients

1 lb bag/box of elbow macaroni

1 package of sliced pepperoni

1 onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 can black olives

1 8 oz package of mozzarella cheese

¼ cup parmesan cheese

Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions or until al dente which is firm. Please do not overcook noodles in water since you will put the pasta in the oven to cook. Drain the noodles and add in a casserole dish. Chop up the onion and add to a skillet with the olive oil to sauté for a few minutes then put in the casserole dish. Drain the can of olives and add to the casserole. Add the entire package of pepperoni. Use your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce or you can make a homemade sauce if you choose. I like the brand Ragu. Add the spaghetti sauce to the pepperoni casserole. Mix in half the package of cheese to the dish and mix well. Use the rest of the cheese to sprinkle all over the top of the casserole. Then sprinkle the parmesan cheese over of the dish. Add the casserole to a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes or until nice and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve with buttered garlic toast.

Buttered Garlic toast

4 slices of Texas toast

½ stick butter (room temperature)

4 cloves garlic

2 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Warming Winter Soups and Stews

Stock

Using a home made or good quality fresh stock is always going to give you a better quality soup than using stock cubes or flavour enhancers.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own stock then there are some good quality stocks available form specialty food stores.

Also consider carefully which stock you use for which dish. It is better to use chicken or vegetable stock for light soups and darker stocks such as beef for heartier soups and stews.

Seasoning

Season your ingredients moderately as you go along. This will enhance the flavours of the individual ingredients without making the soup salty.

Use sea salt flakes instead of table salt for a better flavour.

Once the soup is cooked out adjust the seasoning as necessary. Taste the soup add a little salt at a time until the full depth of the ingredients can be tasted.

Such a simple step but so often the difference between flavour-some soups and bland ones.

Consider Texture

Different elements of your dish will need to be cooked differently to produce the desired texture. A carrot for example takes a lot longer to cook than a pea.

Texture comes down to selecting the right ingredients and adding them to the dish at the right time so they are all cooked through at the same time.

Consider from the start if you want a smooth blended soup or one with lots of body and different components.

Add green and leafy veg such as spinach right at the end to avoid it becoming over-cooked.

Croutons, cheeses, crackers, nuts, bean shoots or even pork rinds can be used to add texture and flavour.

Cut to size

Pay attention to the size you are cutting your vegetables and meat. Too big and it may be difficult to eat or take a long time to cook while other components over cook. Too small and it may break down completely.

Some Healthy Recipes for Kids

Would it not be great if you could find some quick and interesting recipes to make for your kids, while resting assured that you are giving them something they enjoy eating and yet, nutritious?

The simple solution is – incorporate almonds!

These nuts are not only a great snack option but are also convenient and deliver a host of nutrients like vitamin E, riboflavin, fibre, protein and many others. In other words, almonds are a healthy alternative for a variety of unwholesome snacks, readily available. In addition, since these nuts are tasty and crunchy, they can also satisfy your child’s sensory cravings.

Here are some super yummy yet nutritious recipes that you could try out for your kids:

Preparation Time: 20mins

Cooking time: 15mins

Ingredients

Flour – 1kg

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Lemon zest -2 tblspn

Salt – a pinch

Butter (unsalted)-700 gms

Powdered sugar – 300 gms

Almonds (finely crushed) – 200gms

Method

Mix cream, butter and icing sugar thoroughly. Fold in all the dry ingredients.

Shape it in small balls and roll it in crushed almonds.

On a greased baking tray, bake the cookies at 170 degree Celsius for 20mins. Serve.

Nutrient Analysis

Calories

11093

Protein

151.6 gms

Total fat

693.8 gms

Saturated

252.2 gms

Monounsaturated

179.7 gms

Polyunsaturated

44.7 gms

Carbohydrates

1060 gms

Fibre

24 gms

Cholesterol

756 mg

Sodium

822 mg

Calcium

690 mg

Magnesium

1286 mg

Potassium

2700 mg

Vitamin E

49.8 mg

Badam Elaichi Shake

This is one of the easy recipes to make which gives you a whole of lot of goodness from ingredients like elaichi, badam, honey and cardamom.

Preparation Time: 10mins

Cooking time: 15mins

Ingredients

Milk – 3 cups

Almonds (peeled and chopped) – 1/2 cup

Honey – 1tbl spn

Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

Saffron – 5 strands.

Vanilla ice cream – 2 scoops (optional)

Method

Mix all the ingredients and blend in a blender. Froth it up and serve chilled, garnished with almond flakes.

Nutrient Analysis

Calories

1216

Protein

38.8 gms

Total fat

82.8 gms

Saturated

22.7 gms

Monounsaturated

35.6 gms

Polyunsaturated

7.5 gms

Carbohydrates

78.1 gms

Fibre

1.25 gms

Cholesterol

108.4 mg

Sodium

317 mg

Calcium

1062 mg

Magnesium

355.9 mg

Potassium

1447 mg

Vitamin E

13.1 mg

Paneer Badam Ka Cheela

This Indian recipe, that pretty much every Indian household is familiar with, can be a great snack recipe for kids for mid-meal munching.

Preparation Time: 10mins

Cooking time: 20mins

Ingredients

Besan – 2cups

Baking powder – 1/4thtsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Ajwain – 1/4thtsp

Red chilli powder – ½ tsp

Oil – 3 tblspn

For the stuffing

Paneer (mashed) – ½ cup

Badam (chopped) – 1/4th cup

Jeera roasted – 1 tsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Green chilly chop – 1 no

Ginger chop – 2 tsp

Green coriander chop – 1 tblspn

Method

Make a thick batter using besan, salt, ajwain, red chilli powder, baking powder and water. Keep aside.

Mix together all the ingredients nicely for the stuffing.

Heat a non stick pan and drizzle a little oil. Pour a little batter and spread around thinly. Allow to cook on one side and then gently turn it. Flash cook on this side and turn immediately.

Now spoon out the stuffing and place in the centre horizontally. Fold the cheela like a dosa or a cigar.

Remove and serve hot.

Nutrient Analysis

Calories

1966

Protein

83.9gms

Total fat

99.5gms

Saturated

3.7gms

Monounsaturated

13.7gms

Polyunsaturated

10.9gms

Carbohydrates

184.2gms

Fibre

6.7gms

Cholesterol

4.2

Sodium

263.4 mg

Calcium

410 mg

Magnesium

462.9 mg

Potassium

2470 mg

Vitamin E

8.6 mg

Toasted Almonds and Tomato Uttapam Pizza

A western twist to a popular south Indian recipe can be all the excitement your kids can ask for, pre or post their play time.