Monday, September 1, 2014

Corn on the Cob

My love for corn has always remain constant. And I have so many fond memories associated to it. As kids we used to have it every time they came in the market. But it was the grilled version. Later when I was in Pune, everyday, when we got back from work, as soon as we stepped out of the shuttle, there would be a lady vendor selling grilled corn. Our choices for snack would be either those grilled corn or vada pav or chaats. Then when I moved to Bangalore, again these corn appeared right outside our college, but in a different form - Boiled and seasoned with salt and pepper. I used to love that version too.





My father loves corn on the cob. He had mentioned it a couple of times when we were dining out. I so wanted to make it for him while he was here. Meena Kumar's post also reminded me to make it. But I don't know, I so got caught up with other stuff that I couldn't make it for him. Finally, during their last few days of stay with us, I made it a point that I would make it for him, for sure. Proactively, bought it but then everyday plans kept changing and ended up not making it. So when we made it after they left, I kept feeling guilty for not making it for him. Anyways, there is always a next time, unless the corn disappears from the universe. Well, that is one way of consoling myself for now.






Ingredients

  1. Two corns, peeled and rinsed with water thoroughly.
  2. Water - enough to have the corns covered in it
  3. 1 tbsp of melted salted butter
  4. Paparika or red chilly powder to taste
  5. 1 tsp of Lemon juice
Method
  • In a pan, take water and corn. Heat it and bring the water to a boil. Once the water starts boiling, turn the heat to medium high heat. Continue to cook untill the corns turn tender. You could check it by pricking it with a knife. It would take around 10-12 mins. Turn off the heat.
  • Remove the cooked corns on to a plate lined with paper towel. 
  • Once the excess water has been absorbed, remove it onto a serving plate. Brush it with melted butter. Sprinkle it with chilly powder and lemon juice. 
  • Serve hot with some sausage or baked chicken thighs paired with aerated drinks.
Tips
  1. If using unsalted butter, you may need to sprinkle some salt on the cooked corn.
  2. You could also use some ground black pepper, if you prefer to.
  3. You could either break the corn into small pieces or keep it the size it is. I prefer small pieces and hence broke them into smaller portions.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Mango Shrikhand

The only cousin who had got her vacations falling during the same time of the year as ours was Anu. On one such vacation, she always used to keep mentioning about Shrikhand and how much she loved it. Now I had no clue about it. And then I saw the advertisement of Amul Shrikhand, which otherwise had never seemed to have got attention from my end earlier. Somehow I never had Shrikhand made by Amul but yes other local companies. I have loved it ever since.



Summer can't be said goodbye without having eaten enough mangoes, simply diced or as Mango Shake or in any other form. When I mentioned about making Shrikhand, Jacob wasn't anxious about it even though he has never had it before. But when Jordan turned 4 months, I wanted to make something. Not big, but something simple yet special. Hence, this post happened. So when Jacob came back from work , I gave his share to him(I couldn't wait untill he was back, so ate as soon as it was ready :)) and he didn't even bother to ask me if I needed it (usually he does ask) but scrapped off every bit of it. So its gonna be made more frequent on the coming weeks before the mangoes disappear from the market. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kuzhalappam

Making of Kuzhalappam has some fond memories from childhood. During X'mas, we used to host X'mas party for our family friends at our house. Mummy would make variety of Palaharam/snacks to be served. Kuzhalappam would be one among the snacks.



Making of it would be a combined effort of all at home. Mummy would make the dough. Then the rolling and shaping would be done by Papa, chetan (brother) and me, while Mummy would fry these. I used to love that team work.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls

I am back after a long break. I would keep on disappearing here and there, depending upon how my little man behaves and cooperates. Well, this time my absence had little to do with him. This time it was the virus attack. Yes the viral fever took each of us down one by one. Ufff, I don't even wanna think about those days and I wish it does not repeat here nor to anyone out there.


The last time I logged into blogger was about a month ago, to write this post and then we fell ill and by the time we got better, it was time for my parents to leave. No doubt, I miss them. At the same time, Jordan also is missing them. Because he gets to see only two people always welcoming him after he gets up from sleep or may be to play with him. Well, we have to live with it now. We are trying our best to get back to a normal schedule now.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fruit tart

The only good thing about summer is you get to have mangoes and variety of berries. We love having mangoes the way they are or may be in the form of Mango Shake. When it comes to berries, we usually have it during breakfast, by adding into oatmeal or may be to bite into it while having Pancakes, French Toast etc.




Another way of having berries (if you don't want them to be eaten alone) is to go for this colourful tart. Don't they look so lovely? They taste good too. Every bite of it is so refreshing with so many variety of fruits in it that anyone is gonna love having it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Broccoli soup

Broccoli has never been my cup of tea. We had bought it just once and never again after that. Even at the restaurants, if it is served as a side , I would just leave it untouched.



Whenever I used to see recipes related with Broccoli in it, I would wonder what makes people to love it. And then one day, I saw Broccoli soup being posted by Meena and Divya. Those soups seemed to be attractive because they didn't have broccoli visible in them(they had added them having pureed). I thought may be if I try something similar, it could drive off the dislike towards Broccoli and it worked. We loved it. It served as a warm appetizer for our dinner.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A beautiful evening in Phoenix !

Just when we thought of going out to wipe out boredom, nature made our surroundings even more interesting.





Friday, July 4, 2014

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake

A visit to the IHOP is always meant either for pancakes or omelets. I just can't have enough of those. While I was pregnant with Jordan, I used to feel sick in the initial months. During those days the only things I could have was dosas or pancakes. I have had plenty of servings of them and I am so much grateful to all those restaurants who served me with those and made me feel good.



I have always made these pancakes in the past. But to make the pancakes fluffy was always challenging for me. Finally I learnt the trick of making them fluffier.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Arabian grape juice

Arabian grape juice reminds me of Oasis, a hotel that had opened up just next to our college. We used to looove the Arabian grape juice served there. We being a huge gang of friends, every month there would be one or two birthdays that we would celebrate. With Oasis having come up so close, we changed the birthday cake cuttings from cafeteria's or parks to Oasis. We(the noisy bunch of college students) could cut the cake as well as get a glass of this juice (which was super filling) so the restaurant guys also could not say no to us. Later we overheard a server nicknaming us as 'The juice gang'. So we had to put a full stop to our birthdays celebrations to be held there but used to still go there in small bunch to drink this juice.

I have no idea if the same restaurant does exist there but I would so love to go back and enjoy that chilled glass of juice to refresh old memories. But for now, as an alternative I am just going to drink this homemade juice sitting at home and pretend I am with that same noisy gang back there in Oasis :). Even though you may not have nostalgic moments attached to this grape juice, you should try it. It is so good and filling that you are sure to make this quite often.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Homemade Pizza

Who does not love Pizza? Well there may be few people who may not love it, but we definitely do, except for the guilt of stuffing ourselves with that amount of cheese, we are all in for it, anytime. 


Pizza making is not as big a deal as I had thought of. One day when I finally thought of trying it , it came out so good that it just vanished.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Torcettini

Its almost a year now that I made these. Last year this time is when I made it, to pack as snacks for a road trip. I thought, now that I would want to spend more time with my baby and at the same time keep my passion towards blogging intact, I could look back on all those drafts that have been lying behind untouched. So here it is.



I had made these the day prior to our trip and it tasted great. What I liked the most about it was the ease of making it while I was busy packing stuff for our travel. They are just so simple to make.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dhokla

I had not been a fan of dhokla untill 31st December, 2008. Ya, I am pretty sure about the date because that day I paid an unplanned visit to my mom's cousin in Bhopal. All thanks to Indian Railways to have messed with my ticket that made me jump of the moving train. Well the train had just left the platform and wasn't in full speed, else I wouldn't be writing this post right? Oh no, this is not what you think, not a suicidal attempt. Trust me, the very thought of it, still leaves my knees fellowshipping. But in a way it was good to have spent a new year and bond with relatives, who otherwise would have most probably been more familiar to me just by their names.



Anyways, getting back to dhokla - Alphonse aunty, who came to my rescue, made these at home and I must say that the taste of dhokla is still hanging around on my tastebuds.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps are a must to order when we are at P F Chang's. We love it. Every bite is so refreshing with the crunchy lettuce and made yummy with the filling in it. 



I just wanted to recreate something similar at home. Couple of times that we made earlier were not that great. Finally this version seemed to be getting much more closer to the ones that we usually have.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Semiya Upma / Vermicelli upma

Yup, I am back as I had told in the earlier posts that I would be. For the time being I have some drafts which I had been delaying in posting for a while now. Those drafts are gonna feed my blog untill my baby gets settled down in our crazy world. He still has got his nights and days mixed up. So while he is sleeping through the day, I thought I could do something else other than starring at him :). Anyways, this time it is Semiya Upma. Lazy morning breakfast option is what I would describe these to be.



During college days, when we used to attend camps, Rava Upma used to be served quite often. No complaints from my end, because I love Upma. But Upma is not very well accepted by all. Atleast that is what I have seen while I was in hostel or while attending camps. Even my man does not like it. But this semiya upma is well appreciated by him. So this is like a life saving breakfast option for me when we would get up late and have to quickly make something up for breakfast while I would be juggling with the options for lunch, to pack for him. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Birth Announcement ~ A very special post on Mother' day !

Happy Mother's day !

It's been almost a month since I had my last post published. I thought I owe an explanation to all my readers of the reason for me being absent from this virtual space of mine. Well, the reason being a very special and close to our heart, I am glad that I could publish this post on Mother's day. Nothing more apt than that.



God assigned me a full time job of being a mother and handed over a baby boy to us on April 21st, 2014. We chose to name him Jordan Jacob. He missed it by a day of becoming an Easter baby, may be because he wanted his foodie mother's wish of having Appam and Chicken curry made by his grandmother for Easter breakfast (an indirect way of him enjoying it too while he still remains in my tummy). 

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