Thursday, February 15, 2018

Strawberry Cheesecake in a glass

Desserts in a glass is what is preferred at home these days. It limits the amount of dessert that is made and consumed by a small family. Also they look so pretty. Plus, it could be directly served in a glass avoiding more dishes for you to wash 😜.

This strawberry cheesecake was made for our anniversary. I didn't add any gelatin in it for the firm texture as it would be served in a glass and I need not bother about its shape while serving. My lil one was also part of the party so I chose to just avoid using gelatin for him.


For the base
  1. 7-8 digestive biscuits, crushed 
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp of butter
  3. A pinch of salt
For the cheese filling
  1. 1 cup of chilled whipping cream ( before whipping )
  2. 4 tbsp cream cheese
  3. 2 tbsp of puréed strawberry
  4. 4 tbsp of powdered sugar
For the topping
  1. 8 medium sized strawberries, cut into small cubes
  2. 2 tbsp of sugar
  3. A pinch of salt

For the base
  • In a food processor, add the crushed biscuits and butter. Pulse it to get a wet sand consistency. If you do not have a food processor, just put the biscuits in a ziploc bag and crush it down using a rolling pin. Remove it into a mixing bowl, and working with your fingers incorporate the butter into them to obtain more like a wet sand texture.
  • Take two transparent glasses, spread about 2 tbsp of digestive biscuit mixture at the base of it. Pat it down using a spoon to form a hard base. Refrigerate it for about an hour.
For the filling 
  • Chill a bowl for about half an hour. To it add the chilled whipping cream and beat it well untill it forms stiff peaks.
  • In another bowl, take the cream cheese and puréed strawberry. Whisk it well untill smooth and lump free.
  • To it add the whipping cream and fold in everything with a spatula. 
  • To the glass with the digestive biscuit base, add a layer of strawberry slices facing the glass walls. Add the cream mixture untill the glass is a bit more than 2/3 filled. Keep it back in the refrigerator and chill it for a minimum of 4 hours. 
For the topping 
  • In a pan, add the cut strawberries, sugar, salt and 1/4 cup of water. Bring it to a boil. 
  • Turn down the heat to medium -and cook it till the syrup thickens and strawberries get tender and cooked. Remove it into a bowl and let it cool. 
  • Once cool, refrigerate it for about an hour.
  • Remove about 2 tbsp of the prepared syrup in a small blender jars for the filling. Once cooled, blend it well. Remove it into a bowl and refrigerate it for about an hour. 
  • Spread it on top of the refrigerated glass of cheese mixture to form a layer of it. 
  • Keep it back in the fridge to chill it for another hour. Serve it chilled.
  1. You could use the same recipe for the cheese cake in a pan too by adjusting the amount of ingredients. Also, you would need to add gelatin to get a firm texture to the cheesecake when making it in a pan. When made and served in a glass, it's easy to serve and present without adding the gelatin.
  2. To add the gelatin, soak the gelatin in normal water for about 5 minutes. Double boil it on the stove for about 10-15 minutes or untill the crystals melt. Let it cool. Once cool, add it to the strawberry mixture that would be go into filling as well as into the topping. Once refrigerated it would give the cheesecake a firm texture.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pickled Jalapenos

Every time we get our sandwiches/pizzas from outside, we love to have the jalapenos by the side to take a bite with every other bite of sandwiches. We love it that way rather than spreading it inside the sandwiches. Having married to a pickle lover, we always have stock of the indian pickles in the fridge. Now to add to it we have pickled jalapenos too that goes on top of pizzas every time we make it. Unlike Indian pickles, these pickled jalapenos are super easy to make too.

If you too are a pickle fan and would love to have it with your sandwiches and as toppings on your pizza, make it at home. Trust me, you would never go back to the store bought ones.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Honey BBQ Chicken Nuggets

No matter what the sport is, I never follow it unless its the finals. It stands true for the World cup Cricket or the Olympics or Football or any other sport. I would have no idea which match people would be talking about if it comes up in a conversation. But seeing me watch the finals with great enthusiasm would make people think, that I might have been following the match from the start. I think I really do not have the patience to keep waiting or look forward to matches every now and then. It stands true for tv shows too. I love movies which starts and ends on the same day in a matter of hours rather than watch an episode of a serial and keep wondering or worrying what would happen in the next.

Anyways, now that Super Bowl is tomorrow, I thought I should post a recipe that you would love to have while you catch up on the game. Isn't it fun to pair such events with food that each one of us like?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Capsicum and Corn Cheese Sandwich

With the bad weather change, we have been hit badly. The boy has been down and I know I am going down too or say I am going to be pulled down too. Because the lil one has been showing extra affection since he's been sick. So all those much as I love them I dread that they would end up getting me sick too and I just cannot afford to be sick. Like they skipping office/school, if only I could skip home..he he.

Thankfully I had cooked lots of food and stored, over the weekend and we have been surviving on that. But there is lots and lots of cleaning. Because my lil one hates those syrups and one dose of medicine would mean minimum of three trials to make one dose go in, rest all are just thrown up. So now, that we have the little one gone to sleep, I made myself some yummy sandwich and that is what I am here to write about. Blogging is hard work..all those clicking pics and then editing and uploading with the recipes written etc. But it is therapeutic. After a long day, it just doesn't seem to be a work now. So I am just lying on my couch munching down this sandwich and happily blogging about the recipe which you might love to have handy.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Green Chilly Pickle / Green Chilly Achar

When I say Chilly pickle, my taste buds just go out of control. I can literally feel my mouth flooding with water. And then I start walking down the memory lane which includes a red chilly pickle and Alice aunty. Once, Alice aunty came home after she went for pickle shopping. She brought in some red chilly pickle and gave us some to taste. Wow, super hot but delicious it was. I still remember having it with hot chapathis. It was heavenly.

I had never ever had such a mouthwatering pickle before. They were so good. While I was making this pickle, all the while I kept thinking about the red chilly pickle I had years and years ago and if only I could recreate that recipe. If you have a recipe, please do send me. I would be so grateful to you.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rava Dosa / Rava Onion Dosa

I am a breakfast person. Just can't skip it. Its in the morning that I am hungry the most. Infact, its the hunger that wakes me up. Even though it is a holiday, my eyes just open early. In a way its good, I get to make food and photograph it in the most appropriate time of the day, when the light is just perfect. And I don't have to rush through the photography as there is no one waiting hungry out there. I don't know if it is the hunger that makes most of my breakfast items seem to be very tasty to me and are my favorites. I have infact liked it the most since I was a kid. I don't mind if it is parathas from the north or idli-dosa from the south or pancakes from the west. I love all of them.

This rava dosa is one saviour on those days when I am hungry the most and have no clue what to make. With just simple ingredients available in the pantry they make way for the most amazing breakfast. I remember the first time I made it. It was a disaster. I just took it to be the same as our regular dosa and made the batter thick that it was just a lump of cooked rava. But with years and thankfully those youtube video, I can now make them and it is a family favorite.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chocolate Sauce

When you have a chocolate lover at home, you got to have this chocolate sauce handy. This homemade sauce is in stock always to go with pancakes, waffles or to drizzle on some icecream or even to dip some strawberries to enjoy it as snack.

This easy and yummy sauce can be put together in just minutes and stored in the refrigerator. So why not make it and stock it rather than getting it from store.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Crepe with Chocolate sauce

Who wouldn't like to have a hot breakfast served to them in the morning. It just makes my day. I have heard of people skipping breakfast, which is something I really can't think of. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of my day. I love it when you don't have to rush to somewhere in the morning but just enjoy your breakfast at peace, something which has not happened to me in a while now :).

I love to make these crepes. Super simple to make on a busy morning and is liked by all equally. We love to combine it with some chocolate sauce. So you know, having chocolate early in the morning has to make your day a good one :).

Friday, December 22, 2017

M&M Cookies

Clock is ticking. With just 2 days left for Christmas, someone little is happy that finally Santa is gonna come soon. He has been patiently waiting for Santa for so long. We had put up the christmas tree by end of November. After a nights sleep, when he got up in the morning, he came and started searching underneath the tree and said "Seems like Santa missed my gift". It was so hilarious to us but I could hear his heart fall apart. And then we had to sit down and explain. But then again, when his teacher mentioned that its December month, he got excited again. Well, he thought being nice one day would work .. he he...

My lil guy has been super confused because he saw Santa couple of times, ofcourse at the malls and then while we went watching christmas lights etc. He is like, why do you have to wait till christmas to give the gifts. You could hand it over to me when you see me in malls. In that way, Santa wouldn't have to take the trouble of coming down the chimney. Oh by the way, we don't have chimney at our place. Hope the lil one doesn't leave the door unlocked for Santa to get in .. he he.. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Chocolate and Cashew Biscotti

Anything chocolate goes so well for the festive season. I have been packing up edible treats to give away to family and friends and apart from the fruit cake, these chocolate biscotti is making into every treat bag. I don't know when will I succeed cutting down all those extra pounds already added and to be added this month. By the time I would exercise and diet to bring it down, it will be Christmas again .. he he.. But I must say it is just the happiest time of the year for me and I would just put away the worry of shedding down the gained pounds.

These chocolate biscotti's are good for any time of the year. Just dunk it into you coffee and enjoy or have it as is. They are super yum. And that extra crunch from those cashews is just a bonus, so don't miss out on that part. You could try walnuts or pecans or pistachios for a change.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


I know of so many people, who love waffles, but don't make it at home as it required waffle maker. Since these waffle makers are just meant to make waffles, they don't seem to be worth buying. Well, I had those waffle trays that came along with the grill that my brother had gifted me way back. But I somehow didn't make it.

The fear of doing something wrong or just predicting it to be too tough to succeed or may be shear laziness, made me not to try them untill last year. And I seriously think I should have tried it earlier, to have extended our breakfast options. So easy, so filling and so yummy.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

When you have a chocolate fan at home, most bakes tend to be chocolaty. Jordan keeps asking for chocolate cake, chocolate cookie at weird hours of the day - just before going to bed or as soon as he wakes up. And I keep promising that I would offer him soon if he does his jobs quickly. He usually takes an hour or more to finish breakfast. So these chocolate cakes/cookies turn out to be something to bribe him to make eat something healthy before going for it.

These cookies were a super hit the first time I made it. He was little then. I handed over one warm cookie, while he was watching TV and he not only ate it but also kept calling out to me saying 'It's nice mama...It's delicious Mama...It's tasty Mama...:) Now he usually acknowledges, when something served to him is good or delicious. But this time it happened when he was totally engrossed into Peppa Pig. So I knew it was really yum for him and he kept coming back to the kitchen to get another once and then another. After couple of them I had to literally hide it. Kids, I say, are the honest of all taste testers. Jordan wouldn't hesitate to say straight on my face that 'Mama It's yucky' if he doesn't like something. So I have hired him as my taste tester ..he he. And he has been doing a good job so far.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mangalore Buns

I was introduced to Mangalore buns by one of my colleagues. It seemed like she just had one breakfast option and that being Mangalore buns. She would always and always order Mangalore buns for breakfast. Back then I had no idea what made it so special because I had never tasted them. The day when I had these, I understood why my colleague had been so hooked to these fried bread. They are yumm. Best part, you don't necessarily need a side to go with them.

To use up the over ripe bananas, this is one great option. My husband loves Mangalore and has lived there for couple of years. But for some reason he never got to hear about them or have it. So the first time while making them, he showed least interest in it. But when he got to taste it, he says he has yet another reason to love Mangalore :). Ohh and my lil one, who is otherwise a picky eater, loves it.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Homemade Wine

Making wine at home, is a tradition that I have seen my grandmother and mother follow without fail. Its just the perfect thing to be served with Christmas fruit cakes. It is also something that is first served for the newly weds when they visit our home. The joy of christmas gets doubled when little things involved in the celebration has that personal touch of love. This wine is just the perfect example of that.

Last christmas, I tried making my mom's wine recipe for the first time. I went wrong with the schedules of stirring, and made a wine that would just make you high in just few sips. Wine making is not at all difficult, but ya remembering and sticking to the schedules is. So the second time I made it, I kept reminders and kept the calendars marked to follow it accurately and WHOLA! We were sipping on a wine that was just THE PERFECT. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ragi Paniyaram

Day turns out to be good, if you started good. For me, if I have managed to have a good breakfast, day goes good. Its a bonus if I get some time to make something special, which is on weekends, since all are off from school and work and get up late, which gives me enough time to make something else if my hopefully interesting recipes turns out to be a disaster.

On weekdays too, we make variety of breakfast other than just cereals or sandwiches, which helps me not to deal with the tantrum of lil one wanting for something different and ignoring to eat what is offered. Well, I have the luxury of being a stay at home mom, if I may say so, which lets me plan a variety of breakfast option, so why not do it right?

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