Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Oreo Chocolate Brownies

Last brownie of this week's blogging marathon goes for an extremely chocolatey oreo biscuits loaded brownies.You might have noticed that am running this week's blogging marathon with Let them eat Brownies as theme. After two different brownies, i couldnt stop myself to bake some oreo biscuit loaded brownies just to please my kid's sweet tooth. We are in summer vacation here, obviously kids are around, and my oven is in on mode since ever our summer vacation started. Brownies when loaded with chocolate and crushed oreo biscuits,who can resist to these beauties. Kids went crazy when they saw this brownies.

Fudgy Oreo Chocolate Brownies

Monday, July 10, 2017

Vegan Avocado Brownies

Avocado is also known as Butter fruit, do you know Avocados replace very well fat content like butter, oil or shortening in bakes or in breads. And avocado puree gives super moistness to anything they are added with. I have been planning to bake some brownies with avocados since a while and finally i got a chance to bake some delicious and dangerously addictive brownies recently. Brownies is a cross between a cake and a cookie. They may includes nuts,whipped cream,chocolate chips or many more ingredients, a variation made with brown sugar and without chocolates called blondies is also a kind of brownies.

Avocado Brownies, Eggless Avocado Brownies

Gluten Free One Bowl Almond Brownies

Gluten intolerance is definitely one of most vast cause for more diseases. Its estimated that 99% of people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never been diagnosed. Even many European countries have a law on the labelling for gluten free foods either with glute free labels or else very low gluten. Obviously Gluten free dishes have their important place even in blogging world coz of the gluten intolerance. Gluten is the protein found in whole grains like wheat, rye and barley. When a dish is cooked without these grains is considered as gluten free dishes. Most of the gluten free dishes calls for rice based dishes or else with vegetables,fruits and nuts.

One bowl Almond Brownies

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Eggless Potato Chocolate Mini Cake

If you are a follower of my space, you might have noticed that am running this week's blogging marathon with a super interesting theme . My theme for this week's blogging marathon is 'Secret Ingredient'. How interesting na. After making a fabulous Butternut squash chocolate loaf like cake and a soft tofu bread, i couldnt stop myself to bake an another fantastic cake with potatoes. Yes you heard it rite, my today's post calls for mashed potatoes and that is the Secret ingredient of today's baking treat. Mashed potatoes are good replacement of eggs in cakes,if am making eggless cakes i'll replace eggs usually with applesauce or else with yogurt. But trust me, mashed potatoes works wonder to bake some eggless baked treats.

Mini potato Chocolate cake

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Eggless Cheese Stuffed Tofu Bread

Do you know i get tofu easily than Paneer, i have to travel atleast 30 minutes to get a pack of paneer. But just by going a walk i can grab a packet of tofu as am living in Chinatown. Obviously i do cook more often with tofu than paneer. Its been a while i baked a bread with silken tofu, yes tofu replaces eggs very well in bread or in cakes. Silken tofu gives a wonderful texture and softness to bread. Either your bread is yeasted or simple flatbread, do try to add some tofu, trust me your bread will be super soft than you can imagine. Whenever i feel like having soft flatbreads, i dont forget to add pureed tofu to my flatbread dough. One of the best way to sneak tofu is definitely adding them this way in most of our dishes just to feed picky eaters at home.

Tofu Cheese Bread, Cheese Stuffed Tofu Bread

Monday, July 3, 2017

Butternut Squash Chocolate Cake

This week's blogging marathon theme is 'Secret Ingredient', this theme sounds interesting na. Trust me, even i was so thrilled to make three different beautiful dishes out of three different secret ingredients. My today's post, goes to Butternut Squash. Almost like pumpkin, butternut squash works awesome to make some delicious desserts or cakes with it. I have already dished out couple of dishes out of this incredible vegetable. From Indian to Fusion dishes, you can prepare many different dishes from this vegetable. Once cooked and pureed, you can use the butternut squash puree to make delightful desserts out of it.

Butternutsquash Chocolate cake, Chocolate cake with butternut squash

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Corn,Vermicelli Aloo Bonda/Corn,Vermicelli Potato Bonda

Aloo Bonda/Batata Vada aka Potato bonda is a simple and tasty evening snack to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. Usually prepared with a simple onion mashed potato filling, these bondas tastes super delicious when served along with coconut chutney,but my today's post is definitely a innovative dish. Yes mine is quite a different from the usual potato bonda. I have prepared this fried beauties with cooked vermicelli and sweet corn kernels along with mashed potatoes. Adding corn kernels to this simple potato filling brings some crunchiness to this bonda.Actually am posting this crispy Aloo Bonda for this month's Shhh Cooking Secretly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel.

Corn, Vermicelli Potato Bonda

Monday, June 26, 2017

Eggless Japanese Sesame Cookies

Japanese Sesame Cookies, if you are looking for something super crunchy, nutty then you should look at my today's dangerously addictive Sesame Cookies. These cookies are eggless but not vegan, as milk and butter are used for binding the flour and other ingredients. With simple ingredients, you can bake out this ultimate Japanese sesame cookies with less efforts. Loaded with both black and white sesame seeds, this cookies are damn flavourful with super nuttiness. I bookmarked this cookies while we were running Mega marathon from Ruchi's Space, while she got this cookies from Gayathri's space. This cookie dough calls for oil, but i couldnt stop myself to add some butter to oil to bake this cookies somehow buttery.

Japanese Sesame Cookies, Eggless Sesame Cookies

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pinca - Croatian Easter Sweet Bread

Pinca/Pinza, this sweet bread is baked in Croatia especially during Easter holidays. Traditionally baked with loads of eggs, this bread will be super rich, soft and beautifully flavoured bread, obviously which will definitely tickle your tastebuds. Though earlier lard is used in this bread, nowadays Pinca is made with a butter and flavored with either with citrus zest or with orange zest, along with candied or dried fruits with some rum or rose water. Obviously this bread is a must for Easter table as Pinca remained as centrepiece of most of the Croatian Easter breakfast table. Pinca is often taken to Easter mass for blessings which is later given as a symbol of good wishes.

Pinca, Croatian Easter Rolls

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Uyghur Nan Bread

My love for Chinese foods, always pull me to cook different dishes from this cuisine often at home. If you cross a bread from this Cuisine, how can you resist to keep yourself away from trying your hands with it. Yes i crossed this Uyghur Nan bread at Ritu's Annapurnaz while we were doing a month of blogging marathon with different International cuisines. When i landed to her space to read her post, i completely fell in love with bread as this bread was very easy to bake. Obviously i gathered all the ingredients and baked this cuties at home. This Uyghur Nan bread is quite popular bread easily available in Xinjiang, China. This Bread is baked usually as a big, flat or disc shaped bread with thick edges and thin middle. Actually this bread is pricked with nail studded stamp called Uyghur bread stamp. 

Uyghur Nan Bread, Xinjiang  Naan Bread

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sambal Lampung/Indonesian Lampung Chilli Sauce

After a chinese sauce and a simple sour pickled cucumbers, am going to take you all to Indonesia. Actually to be honest, Indonesian cuisine is becaming one of my favourite cuisine recently. Their cooking skills are simply fabulous. With easily available ingredients and with less efforts you can dish out many interesting Indonesian dishes. Actually you wont miss Indian style of cooking while trying your hands with this particular cuisine. Needless to say since this cuisine is an Asian cuisine, you will definitely notice that this cuisine calls for chillies, ginger, garlic as much as Indian cuisine. Obviously if you want to try your hands with this cuisine, just start with simple dishes and am sure you will keep on exploring this incredible cuisine.

Sambal Lampung, Indonesian Chilli Sauce

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pickled Cucumbers

You will definitely forget to shop pickled gherkins or pickled vegetables, if you make yourself at home. Pickling vegetables at home is definitely an easy way to conserve your favourite vegetables. Though am a great fan of Indian style pickles, i dont forget to make some simple pickled vegetables at home to bring the sourness to homemade burgers or to tickle our tastebuds while preparing a meaty sandwich. One of the easiest pickle is pickled cucumbers. Though pickling cucumbers may varies, my today's post is one of quickest method. With simple ingredients, you can simply get a bottle of pickled cucumbers with less efforts.

pickled cucumbers

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce

Nothing can beat homemade spice powders, sauces or else dips. Since they are homemade no preservatives are added, hence they are harmless for the health of our family members. Though some sauces or spice powders are seriously hard to be prepared as homemade, we dont have any other choice than picking them stores. However if you have an option to prepare yourself the spice powders or sauces at home, dont hesitate a second as they may be sometime very easy to dish out. Coming to my today's post, I am an ardent fan of chinese dishes.Obviously i love to prepare their dishes often at home. Some of the chinese sauces are seriously hard to prepare eventhough few of their sauces can be prepared at home with less efforts. One among those sauces is my today's recipe aka Chinese Sweet and sour sauce.

Chinese Sweet and sour sauce, Sweet and Sour sauce

Monday, June 12, 2017

4th July Dark Chocolate Almond Fudge

Fudge, this incredible sweets are seriously very easy to dish out as this dish goes for very simple ingredients and easy cooking process. Sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and a handful of nuts is quite enough to prepare your own dose of some ultimate chocolate fudge at home. Since this sweet is very quick to dish, i do often prepare this fudges at home with different ingredients. Though my kids favourite fudge is always caramel fudges, i just love chocolate fudges. My today's post is an another simple fudge to dish and pack for a gift or for a picnic to munch. I used 80% dark chocolate for preparing fudge as i love 80% dark chocolate to munch. Not to forget that these dark chocolates are rich in magnesium.

4th july dark chocolate almond fudge

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Patriotic Tri-Colour Bundt Cake

After preparing some easy breezy Rice krispies treat, i couldnt think more than baking a cake. My today's post is a very easy cake as well. I opted for bundt cake pan, but still you can bake this buttery cake simply as pound cake with a loaf pan as well. You can bake this cake as a marble cake but i still bake as simple tri colour cake just by dropping the coloured cake batter with no-colour cake batter one over one. A surprise cake to serve and enjoy along with your friends. A prefect cake to celebrate the 4th July day as this cake prefect to pack for your picnic or attending a barbecue. Simple to bake, this cake is definitely a stylish one to place as a center piece in your dinner table on the National day.

Patriotic Tri-colour Bundt cake

Saturday, June 10, 2017

4th July Rice Krispies Treat

This week's blogging marathon theme is Easy 4th July dishes, though French peoples celebrates their National day on 14th July, Americans celebrates their National day on 4th July. Since this day is a National holiday, Americans spend their day often by celebrating either by hosting or by attending a picnic or barbecue. Obviously when you are supposed to prepare something easy and simple to pack for this day, i couldnt think more than preparing some easy breezy Rice krispies treats. Whenever i make this simple rice krispies, it gets generally disappears so soon from my kitchen counter and i rarely get a chance to save a slice for next day.

4th July Rice Krispies Treat, Rice Krispies Marshmallow treat

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ragi Flakes Chivda/Finger Millet Flakes Chivda

Chivda, this easy breezy crunchy snacks gets ready very much easily and ready to munch with less efforts.During my last trip to India , i got some packets of wheat flakes, ragi flakes from organic stores. Actually i bought those packets just to make chivdas back home. Both wheat and ragi flakes works wonder for making some interesting quick chivdas. I have prepared this chivda long back and this dish was sitting in my draft since a year. Finally i have a prefect theme to post this incredible chivda. Yes my theme for this week's blogging marathon is Recipes with Wholegrains, i have already posted two incredible dishes with both broken wheat and quinoa. To finish this theme, i couldnt stop myself to post this chivda which was sitting for a while in my draft. If you get this flakes, dont forget to dish out this chivda, as they are extremely healthy.

Ragi flakes Chivda, Finger millet flakes chivda

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Quinoa Mushroom Pulao

I can stop myself saying that my all time favourite wholegrain after Oats is 'Quinoa', i just love to cook with this wholegrains. Though i can get this grain from Organic stores, i just cant stop myself picking them whenever i cross an Organic store. Its been quite a routine for me to cook with quinoa, not to forget that this grain is seriously very versatile. Quinoa suits prefectly awesome to cook any sort of dishes from breakfast to dinner, and they works tremendously to cook Indian dishes out of them. I have been cooking quinoa for the past 4 years and everytime i cook with them i feel like exploring something new with this grains. With their nuttiness, this grains are seriously easy to cook and trust me everyone at home love this wholegrain.

Quinoa Pulao, Mushroom Quinoa Pulao

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Broken Wheat Biryani/Wheat Rava Vegetable Biriyani

Broken wheat, an extremely interesting ingredient to cook with, you can dish out many beautiful and delicious Indian dishes out of this incredible diabetic friendly ingredient. This broken wheat aka Dalia have its own place in my pantry. I just love to cook with this broken wheat as they are extremely prefect to cook from breakfast to dessert. My today's broken wheat biriyani goes definitely for an easy version, with usual spices you can dish out this one pot meal quickly in pressure cooker. Cooking through pressure cooker makes our life easier, obviously if you are in hurry just go with pressure cooking. With handful of mixed vegetables this incredible, diabetic friendly briyani makes an excellent meal to serve along with your favourite side dish and raita.

Vegetable broken wheat biriyani

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Eggplant Involtini with Walnuts

Involtini is an Italian word which means stuffed and rolled. My today' post is a delicious eggplant based Italian dish which is called Eggplant Involtini. Usually eggplant slices are stuffed with cheese and ham or any other meat makes this dish, but mine is a vegetarian version. Stuffed with mashed potato, cheese and roughly chopped almonds, this ultimate Eggplant involtini makes a super filling lunch or dinner to enjoy with your favourite salad or with some toasted bread slices. Eggplant is a wonderful vegetable which is quite an alternative to meat in most of the Italian dishes as this vegetable have somewat meaty texture. And this dish is going to this month's Shhh Cooking Secretly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel.

Eggplant involtini with walnuts

Friday, May 26, 2017

Amish Dinner Rolls/Eggless Amish Potato Rolls

Amish cuisine is a part of Ohio and Pennsylvania states of America, and their traditional cuisine involves their home grown foods. Amish bake  many varieties of baked goodies such as pie,cookies, cakes and also breads. Amish Dinner rolls are very popular as they are served in most of the Amish restaurants. These dinner rolls came out extremely fluffy, super puffy and soft. This dinner rolls calls for mashed potatoes, which gives the softness to this dinner rolls. I really loved this dinner rolls as they were extremely soft and super spongy than you can imagine and trust me these rolls are just prefect to make some ultimate sandwiches out of it. I have bookmarked this recipe from King Arthur Flour long back while i was searching for an easy breezy dinner rolls, and this dinner rolls caught my eyes immediately.

Amish dinner Rolls,Amish Potato Rolls

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Egg Manchurian/Steamed Egg Cubes Manchurian - Version 2

Indo chinese dishes are always H's favourite, and i will make sure to dish out an Indo chinese dish atleast once a week from this cuisine. Indo chinese cuisine are very much known for their adapatation of cooking style depending upon Indian taste with chinese seasoning. And most of the Indo chinese dishes are seriously very quick to prepare with a different cooking process. Though Hakka noodles and fried rice from this cuisine is my favourite, kids and H love Indo chinese style manchurian. I have already dished out couple of manchurians with different ingredients, eventhough my today's recipe is quite a different one from the usual one. Egg lovers will definitely enjoy thoroughly this different version of egg manchurian, you might have noticed that my today's post is Version 2. Yes i have already posted my version of Egg manchurian, do check here for my version which calls for hard boiled eggs.

Egg Manchurian, Steamed Egg Manchurian

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thor/Meetha Saata/Deepfried Sweet Pastries

This week's posts are going to be Bookmarked recipes. My bookmark list is overflowing, seriously i want cook or bake all those incredible dishes one by one to finish my list. But am sure its definitely a hard task to finish and close the list, however i dished out three of those bookmarked recipes as am running this week's blogging marathon with 'Bookmarked Recipes' as theme. I have bookmarked this delicious Thor from Jagruti's Space long back, to be honest a year back. I have been looking for a chance to dish out this incredible sweet and finally i prepared them at home. Thor ressembles almost between South Indian Badusha and North Indian Balushahi but with a simple preparation method.

Meetha Saata, Thor, Deep fried Sweet Pastries

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mini Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Single serving cheesecake are always welcome if you are planning for a get together, And my today's post is definitely an incredible mini cheesecake baked with homemade dulce de leche. Dulce de leche, i just love the flavor of this incredible spread, and preparing dulce de leche at home is definitely a tricky job but yet an easiest one. With a can of condensed milk and a pressure cooker is just enough to prepare your own dose of dulce de leche. I have already made many versions of cheesecakes but dulce de leche cheesecake was in my to do list since a long. Finally i baked some Mini dulce de leche cheesecake as i picked I love you Love you Cheesecake as theme. Once i picked this theme, my first choice was Dulce de leche cheesecakes.

Dulce de leche cheesecake muffins

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Death by Chocolate Cheesecake

Death by Chocolate Cheesecake, this recipe name itself says everything. This cheesecake is definitely an irresistible, richest, most chocolatey and seriously a real feast for chocoholic persons. This is one of most favourite cheesecake you should never fail to bake atleast once in your life. Loaded with oreo biscuits, followed with chocolate cheesecake, this ultimate cheese cake is topped finally with a chocolate ganache. Obviously a double bonanza for whoever love to enjoy their chocolate loaded dessert will definitely fell in love at the first sight. You might have noticed that am posting delectable and absolutely sinful cheesecakes during this week. As i picked I love you love you cheesecake as theme for this week's blogging marathon, obviously i couldnt resist to post this delicious cheesecake.

Death by Chocolate Cheesecake

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

No Bake Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake

Cheesecake, i have some huge fans of Cheesecake at home. Obviously if i plan for a cheesecake, i usually start gathering the ingredients immediately than searching for a cheesecake recipe. Yes i may sound funny, coz i always do groceries only on saturday. If i dont get the ingredients on saturday than i cant cook during the weekends, as i can able to cook for blogging only during weekends. I may cook 6-7 dishes or else 2-3 desserts depending upon my themes i usually pick for the blogging marathon only on weekends. When i picked 'I love you love Cheesecake' as theme, i decided to go with a no bake cheesecake, and two baked cheesecakes. When my kids loves baked cheesecakes, my favourite is always no bake cheesecakes. And this time, i dished out this alluring No bake strawberry oreo cheesecake, as this cheesecake calls for oreo biscuits and obviously strawberries.

No Bake strawberry Oreo Cheesecake

Friday, May 12, 2017

Badam Puri/Sweet Almond Puri/Badam Poori

Badam means Almonds, this nuts are very rich source of many nutrients, though they are rich in fat, they can be eaten raw. Indian cuisine are loaded with many almond based ultimate dishes. And my today's post is definitely an another tremendous sweet treat which you should surely give a try yourself at home to please your sweet tooth.These badam puri is one of my family's favourite which my grandma never fail to prepare during Diwali festivals. Easy to prepare, this sweet badam puri calls for simple ingredients. Almond paste is added to maida, rice flour to form a soft dough, hence this sweet dish is called Badam puris. These triangular puris fried in medium flame drenched in sugar syrup makes this ultimate Badam puri.

Sweet almond puri, badam poori

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Paruppu Urundai Rasam/Dal Dumplings Rasam

Paruppu Urundai Rasam, is quite a popular and very traditional South Indian recipes which have its own place especially in Tamil Nadu homes. This dish is a super protein rich nutritious Indian style soup to enjoy thoroughly with hot piping rice served along with some spiced roasts or fryums. If you are preparing this rasam, you have to get ready first with the lentil balls aka paruppu urundais. Usually these dumplings are prepared with toor dal, but my mom prepares her lentil dumplings with both toordal and channa dal. And her way of preparing this rasam is bit different from the usual one, she just drop the lentil dumplings directly to the boiling rasam. If you dont feel like dropping the dumplings directly to the rasam, just steam cook them and add them. However i follow always my mom's recipe and this paruppu urundai rasam tastes absolutely flavorsome and delicious, and this is my elder son's favourite. He love this nutritious rasam very much with spicy potato toast.

Dal Balls Rasam, Rasam Urundai

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Paal Poli/Rava Puri Paal Poli

My family have many Authentic dishes, born as a Pondicherrian, both my maternal and paternal grandma's have their own traditional dishes. My paternal grandma's recipe book is a real treasure and one of her signature dish is Paal poli. Later my mom makes this ultimate sweet for us as after school snacks, obviously its her favourite as well. And this paal poli is my childhood favourite and now its my kids favourite. Though you can prepare this same Paal poli with maida or wheat flour puris or else with leftover pooris, the traditional puris calls for semolina aka rava puris soaked in nuts loaded saffron flavored masala milk. This sweet is my family special dish, this authentic sweet when served chilled makes an absolutely delicious dessert for a get together. However kids love this rich paal polis, you can prepare them earlier a day to relish this pooris dunkened in fantastic milk flavored with saffron strands and chopped nuts.

Rava puri in Masala Paal, Paal Poli

Friday, May 5, 2017

Revithosoutzoukakia/Greek Chickpea Patties in Tomato Sauce

My today's post is completely vegan, yes as much as like Indian cuisine, Greek cuisine provides an abundance of Vegan recipes and today's recipe is one among those. Greek cuisine is very well known for their vegetable patties, obviously one of them is this chickpeas patties which is similar to the famous falafel. Chickpeas is very much used in Greek cuisine and this beans is my favourite, obviously i looked for an easy breezy dish to cook with this incredible beans to serve along with rice. And this Revithosoutzoukakia caught my eyes as this dish calls for a lip smacking tomato sauce. Trust me, we thoroughly enjoyed this dish and the sauce served along with rice makes a complete meal. The chickpeas patties is prepared with cooked chickpeas along with fresh tomatoes, yes you heard it rite. Tomato is used in making this patties which is later drenched in a red sauce prepared with tomato paste and olive oil.

Revithosoutzoukakia, Chickpeas patties in Tomato sauce

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vegan Lagana Bread / Greek Shrove Monday Bread

Shrove Monday or Clean Monday (Kathari Deftera) is a Greek public Holiday, usually celebrated by going out for a picnic and also by the custom of kite flying. As with most holidays in Greece, this one also revolves around food. As it is the first day of the Orthodox Lent, no meat, fish  or dairy products are consumed. This means that it’s the day of  the year to make all these traditional Greek recipes, like taramasalata, dolmades, semolina halva and of course the one thing that holds everything together is the traditional Lagana bread. Lagana bread is a Greek flat bread which is quite similar to Focaccia and this bread is traditionally baked only on Shrove Monday, the first day of Great lent before Easter. Since the fasting calls for no dairy products, this bread is completely vegan. An authentic touch is given to this bread by pressing the dough with fingertips all along the surface of the Lagana, with sesame seeds which is most common topping of this bread.

Lagana Bread, Greek Sesame Flatbread

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Revithosoupa/Vegan Greek Chickpeas Soup

Last month was Mega marathon and from today onwards we,  blogging marathoners are kick starting the usual three days of blogging marathon. You might have noticed that i have been blogging for a whole month with many interesting and traditional dishes from various parts of the world. If you have missed them, dont worry, just check my recap of those delicious 26 baked treats here. And this week's blogging marathon is going to be all about Greek recipes. Yes this week's theme is 'Flavorsof Greece' and am gonna share three different delicious dishes from this incredible cuisine. For the first day, am posting this Vegan, gluten free,nutritious and kid's friendly Greek chickpeas soup which calls for basic ingredients with handful of colourful vegetables and obviously cooked protein rich chickpeas.

Revithosoupa, Greek Chickpeas Soup

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Recap - 26 days of A-Z Baking Around The World

26 days of A-Z Baking Around The World, this was the theme of April month's blogging marathon, obviously i couldnt resist to participate as baking is one of my passion. Baking is definitely my stress buster, my ovens will be busy during weekends as i will be baking very much. Finding out different recipes from around the world with alphabets was definitely a big challenge. Needless to say i prepared my list of baking around the world since three months as am able to bake only during weekends. Preparing a list of baking earlier never happened to me but when life is busy with other stuffs, pre-planning is a must. This time pre-planning worked awesome and i started scheduling my posts earlier as well. Obviously this month's mega marathon was completely no-stress and i had enough time to visit my fellow bloggers and the bookmarking list is overflowing now. However my fellow bloggers are doing an awesome job and i came to know more interesting dishes which are quite easy to bake with less efforts.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Summer Salad in a Jar/Mixed Vegetables & Mozzarella Salad

Do you know you carry very well your salad in a jar, with a simple earlier plan, you can prepare your salad jar everyday easily to carry in your bag to enjoy for a lunch or else for a picnic. My today's post is a summer friendly salad which i simply prepared quickly with couple of vegetables, mozzarella cheese and golden raisins. Easy to prepare, this salad will definitely please you as most of the vegetables i used in this salad are completely healthy and raw. No oil is needed and no dressing is needed. Spiced up with salt and pepper powder, this salad is very quick to prepare.Actually am posting this salad for this month's Shhh Cooking Secretly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel.

Summer salad in a jar

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Za'atar Manakish/Manakish Zaatar/Lebanese Spiced Pita Bread

Zaatar Manakish or Manakish Zaatar is a traditional Lebanese spiced flatbread which is pronounced as Manaqish, manaeesh or manakeesh. This popular Levantine bread is also prepared with several toppings from cheese to meat. The most known topping is Zaatar, this spice mixture contains sesame seeds, salt, dried thyme and sumac. Sumac is a spice made from red berries which is grounded into powder. This gives a subtle flavor and its very much used in middle eastern cooking. I love this Zaatar spice powder, i tasted this spice powder mixed with olive oil for first time at one of Moroccan friend, she served this spice mix with her bread and i loved it to the core. But personally i never used this spice mixture in my cooking. Finally i got a packet of this Zaatar few days back and the first recipe came to my mind is this Manakish. Back home, i couldnt resist to prepare this super aromatic flatbread.

Lebanese Zaatar Manakish

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yorkshire Tea Cakes

Tea cake in England is a soft yeasted sweet buns prepared with dried fruits which is typically served toasted with butter. Tea cakes can be cookies, or sponge cake depending upon the countries they belongs to. Tea refers to the popular beverage to which these baked goodies are served as an accompaniment. Yorkshire tea cakes is a light,sweet,yeast based bun containing mainly currants, sultanas or orange peel. These tea cakes are typically split, toasted, buttered and served with tea. Usually baked as a flat, circular buns, these buns have a smooth brown crust and a light underside.Many cafes sell these buns for breakfast and for mid morning snacks.

Yorkshire Tea Cakes, English Tea Cakes

Friday, April 28, 2017

Xpresso Blondies/Espresso Blondies

X is one of the complicate alphabet to pick a baking dish with. Obviously i couldnt think more than baking Espresso blondies so that i can rewrite as Xpresso blondies as title to stick with this month's blogging marathon's theme. Blondies are known as blond brownie is a rish dessert. Its ressembles quite like the traditional chocolate loaded brownies but blondies are prepared /baked without cocao powder and its contains brown sugar hence this dessert have a deep brown colour. Blondies can be prepared very much by adding chocolate chips or any other flavored chips. Blondies are baked in pan as much as like brownies and they are cut in rectangular shapes for serving. One of my favourite way of indulging these blondies is to top them with a scoop of vanilla icecream drizzled with caramel sauce. Coming to my today's recipe, this blondies calls for Espresso coffee powder which plays an important role to bring the flavor in this simple but yet a delicious blondies.

Espresso Blondies, American Espresso Blondies

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Welsh Harvest Cake/Teisen y Cynhaeaf

The Welsh version of harvest cake is made with apples, sultanas and cinnamon, this cake resembles very much like Irish apple cake, which is baked with a layer of fruit in the centre.There are many regional recipes for cakes are baked during the harvest time, with many variations.Some of these cakes were cooked to fuel the workers during the hard manual labour, and some were produced to be enjoyed as part of post-harvesting celebrations. Before industrialisation, harvest  time would be more muscle-wrenching, dirty, hot and exhausting; obviously the workers in the fields needed all the calories they could get, and traditional harvest foods went some way to providing these. The Harvest Supper served by the farmer or land-owner after the harvest was completed. The foods  was very likely second only to Christmas in terms of what was provided for workers to consume. For the poorest labourers such food was a very welcome change from their usual diet.

Welsh Harvest Cake,HArvest Cake

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vanillekipferl/Austrian Almond Cookies

Vanillekipferl, my today's post is from Austria. This cookies are originate from Vienna in Austria and a speciality of the Bavarian town of Nördlingen. Traditionally, they are made at Christmas, thought these cookies are very well known in most of the European countries.Though these cookies are Christmas special, they can be enjoyed anytime of the year and are often for sale in Viennese coffee shops. They are said to have been created in the shape of the Turkish crescent moon symbolizing, the celebration of the victory of the Hungarian army over the Turkish in one of the many wars between the nations.These Crescent shaped almond cookies are baked in Germany and its very common in Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia as a part of the typical Christmas baking.

Austrian Almond Cookies, Vanillekipferl

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Un Kurabiyesi/Turkish Shortbread Cookies

Un Kurabiyesi, extremely delicious melt in mouth Shortbread cookies from Turkey. These cookies tastes absolutely fabulous obviously you cant just stop munching these butter loaded cookies. These Deliciously light shortbread cookies are definitely an incredible treat at tea time. These cookies are seriously very easy and quick to make as this cookies calls for simple and basic ingredients. No egg is needed, butter, flour and sugar when combined together and flavored with vanilla extract makes this extremely addictive cookies. Some recipes of Un Kurabiyesi calls for baking powder and some may not, obviously i baked mine without baking powder. Traditionally this cookies are rolled as round shaped cookies or else rolled as long ropes which is later sliced as small sized cookies. Since i dont want to break my head with shaping, i just went with the round shaped ones. Dont get surprised if you are able to see Un Kurabiyesi in different shapes.

Un Kurabiyesi, Turkish Shortbread biscuits

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tutmanik/Mesenitza/Bulgarian Cheese Bread

Tutmanik or Mesenitza is a well known and popular Bulgarian cheese bread baked especially with Feta cheese. Every village, every region and even every family have their own way of preparing this cheese bread and also the name get changes depending upon how they are prepared. Thats why i couldnt stop myself to name this dish's title with both Tutmanik or Mesenitza. Obviously the shapes,recipes and the name may varies but the basic ingredient remains the same. Yes the basic ingredient for Tutmanik are flour, olive oil, feta, yeast. If you are googling for Tutmanik you may also notice that some of the Tutmanik recipes calls for quick bread preparation with baking powder and baking soda. But trust me yeasted dough Tutmanik is something to give a try as this bread smells insanely good while baking. Tutmanik dough doesnt call for egg but an egg yolk is needed to brush the top of this bread to get a nice a brownish colour top but i skipped it completely and went with a milk wash.

Bulgarian cheese bread, Tutmanik

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Samoon/Iraqi Flatbread

Samoon is an Iraqi flatbread prepared simply with all purpose flour, wheat bran, buttermilk. Its a yeasted dough flatbread which makes excellent sandwich or served with any sort of spreads/dips.Coz of the wheat bran, this bread tends to be bit dense with great flavors and obviously rich in fibre.These Iraqi flat bread are shaped as a diamond. It is traditionally baked on the walls of a tandoor oven and often served as a part of breakfast with a thick cream or cheese. In Iraq, yellow diamonds are painted on the outside of shops to signify that samoon are sold there. Some samoons are brushed with egg yolk and topped with sesame seeds, also some makes slashes once or twice on the top before baking. But i kept mine as an eggless Samoon by brushing the samoon with a flour and water paste.

Iraqi Flatbread, Samoon, Eggless Samoon

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rieska/Finnish Potato Flatbread

Rieska, this bread is quite a popular one in Finland which is usually baked with healthy grain aka Barley flour. Though Rieska is a traditional Finnish flatbread, its preparation varies across the country. As i told earlier often it’s made with barley flour, sometimes this bread calls for oat or rye flour, and even potato which is popular as well. The thickness of rieska can vary too from cracker-thin to thick-and-bready. No leavening agents is needed for making this thin crispy flabread, however some Rieska recipes calls for baking powder if baked as a thick bread like Rieska. I went with a thin, crispy flatbread with mashed potatoes, which is a popular version of Rieska.  Usually baked at high temprature, this bread are baked in tandoor/wood fired like oven, but its really easy to bake this crispy flatbread at home itself. With less efforts and less ingredients, this Rieska gets ready very much prefectly at home with simple ingredients in it.

Rieska, Finnish Flatbread

Quark Rosinenbrötchen/Eggless German Curd Cheese Raisins Rolls

Quark is a well known German Curd cheese which is often used in most of the dishes in Germany. Though this curd cheese is not easily available here is Paris, i couldnt resist to grab it from a nearby cheese store, where you can find any sort of the regional or international cheese varieties easily. When i picked this Quark cheese, i checked immediately for an easy dish to dish with this cheese for this month's Mega marathon which i have been running since two weeks with A-Z baking around the world as theme. Obviously for the Alphabet 'Q' i couldnt resist to bake this Quark bread roll with loads of raisins. Quark is a fresh cheese which is quite similar to Greek yogurt which is less in tanginess and less in calorie with rich in protein. Some quark cheese rolls calls for yeast but this raisin loaded quark bread rolls calls for baking powder.

Quark Rosinenbrötchen, German Quark Roll

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pampushki/Ukrainian Garlic Dinner Rolls

Pampushki/Pampushky are fantastic Ukrainian's Garlic rolls served along with the popular Borscht soup. But these garlic rolls can be enjoyed with any meals as they are absolutely aromatic with fantastic flavor. Pampushki calls for an easy breezy bread dough which makes some soft and beautiful rolls. These aromatic dinner rolls are completely egg free, obviously you can bake these absolutely delicious garlic rolls in big batches. Trust me, Pampushki will definitely please anyone's tastebuds especially if you love garlic flavor in your bread. I followed this recipe for the preparing the dough and this video for shaping, as the original recipe i followed went for a simple shaping.

Pampushki, Ukrainian Garlic Rolls

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Obwarzanek Krakowski/Polish Bagels/Krakowian Bagels

Seriously i want to write today's introduction by a disclaimer, yes dont try to read or spell today's post's name. Am sure its definitely a hard task to spell it. By the way, my today's post is a Polish Bagels which is a chewy dough ring sprinkled usually with salt, poppy or sesame seeds. Obwarzanki are sold from rolling carts on every street corner in Kraków. These bagels become an unofficial symbol of this city. Known as the Cracovian bagel or Krakowian Bagel, the obwarzanek gets its name from the Polish word which means ‘par-boiled'. These Krakowian bagels are very much close to bagels though this Polish bagels calls for two strands of bread dough. Obviously these bagels are bigger roll as two strands are braided before baking. You can prepare fantastic sandwich with usual Bagels but these Polish bagels are not suitable to cut and make sandwiches.

Krakowski Bagel,Obwarzanek Krakowski

Monday, April 17, 2017

Nonnettes à la Fraise /French Strawberry Jam Filled Gingerbread Cake

Nonnettes are small French gingerbread cake which is quite popular in Dijon, a city in Eastern France.Usually filled with orange marmalade, this nonnettes de Dijon are christmas special baked treats. However many variations do exists. Though the traditional Nonnettes goes for Orange marmalade, many fillings like strawberry jam, mixed fruits jam etc are also used to make a different version of  Nonnettes. Since i dont have orange marmalade and none at home like this citrus preserve, i opted for our all time favourite strawberry jam. Spiced gingerbread cake filled with strawberry jam tastes absolutely fantastic with your favourite drink either for your evening snacks or else to enjoy simply to kick start your hectic day's breakfast.

Nonnettes à la fraise, French gingerbread cake

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mantecadas/Mexican Muffins

Mexican cuisine have many fantastic baked treats, and the list goes form yeast breads, puff pastries, cookie like breads and muffins like breads. If you want to give a try to a different muffins, just check this Mantecadas. Mantecadas is a bread-like muffins which gets ready very quick and easy to make to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea or else for a brunch on weekend or else simply to serve some sudden visits. Do you know, the best part of this muffins is the addition of yeast, yes you heard it rite. This muffins calls for both baking powder and instant yeast, seriously while going through this recipe i was simply surprised to see the addition of yeast. Initially i thought its was typo but then when i checked for the recipe video in Youtube, i came to know that instant yeast is a must to bake these fantastic fluffy and spongy Mexican bread-like muffins.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Ladenia Milou/Greek Olive Oil Flatbread/Ladenia Greek Pizza

Ladenia is a local food of Kimolos, a small Greek island in Aegean sea. Traditional Greek foods are served in Kimolos island and this island is quite popular for its Ladenia, a kind of pizza. Ladenia is Greek word of Olive oil, this flatbread is almost like pizza but without cheese. A bread dough when flattened and topped with onions, tomatoes with olive oil,once baked is called Ladenia. Since this pizza like flatbread is prepared very much with olive oil, this dish is also known as olive oil flat bread. This is a great snack or a light meal or else a simple starter depending upon how you serve this fantastic bread. This Ladenia is also famous in Milos, an another Greek island. Not to forget that this pizza is completely vegan.Obviously if you love pizza and if you are a vegan lover, then this Greek pizza will definitely please your tastebuds.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kiflice/Siberian Cheese Rolls

Siberian cheese rolls or Siberian mini rolls aka Kiflice is a popular savory soft rolls which is usually served as a starter at family meetings or as a finger foods at parties in Siberia. Every Siberian family have their own variation of the recipe. Some prepare this rolls stuffed with cheese or else with sweet spreads. However you can fill these rolls with various mixture of your choice or else without any filling These Siberian rolls tastes extremely delicious and great, all because of the dough. Yes the dough plays an important roll for making these dangerously addictive rolls. Though this Siberain rolls calls for butter while baking, trust me adding small butter cubes while baking gives a crispy and almost like fried bottoms to this rolls. Dont skip adding the butter or margarine while baking, if you are planning to bake this cute rolls. If you skip this butter part, you will get the just ordinary rolls.

Serbian Soft Rolls, Kiflice