Thursday, February 15, 2018

Eight Irresistible Desserts, Valentines or not!



Happy Valentine’s week! This is no doubt the week of love, and what can be a better way to spread love other than to bake some amazing desserts and share it with your loved ones this weekend?
After all, sharing food is another way of saying I love you. And because deciding what to make takes more time than actually implementing the recipe, we have done the hard work for you and listed some romantic desserts that you definitely should not miss:


  1. Hand Rolled ChocolateTruffles: Chocolate truffles are super easy to make, use a limited number of ingredients, and can be done in a variety of flavours. Make some flavoured truffles, top each with an edible rose petal and you are good to go. 
  2. Marshmallow treats: Who does not love marshmallows? Give the traditional ones a twist by dipping marshmallows in melted chocolate, and then cover them with a lot of pretty sprinkles.
  3. Edible shot glasses: Pour some melted dark chocolate compound into shot glass silicone moulds (click here to get one, Shot Glass Mold) and refrigerate them until they set. Demould the edible glasses, and fill them up with dark chocolate or strawberry mouse, and dig in!
  4. Red Velvet Cake Jars: Innovate the regular red velvet cake by creating the dessert in a jar instead. Just layer red velvet cake crumbs and cream cheese in a jar alternatively, and finish off with a strawberry or two. 
  5. Marbled Chocolate Treats: Colour some white melted chocolate using pink candy colour, and reserve some uncoloured one too. Pour the white chocolate into a large chocolate mould, add some coloured chocolate, and have fun swirling it with a toothpick. The result is totally gorgeous, and also a delight to bite into. Image result for desserts for valentine
  6. Strawberry Surprise Centre Cupcakes: The pleasure of having these cupcakes is to see the strawberry filling fall out from the centre of the cupcakes, as soon as you take a bite. And the method is relatively simple - while pouring the cupcake batter into the moulds, just fill the mould to about one-third, then add in a spoonful of strawberry preserves, and add the batter again. Bake as you usually do, and enjoy the surprised look on the faces of your loved ones!
  7. Oreo Pops: Simply dip the Oreos into a bowl of melted white chocolate, and then decorate them with sprinkles, coloured melted chocolate or other toppings of your choice. Now, how easy does that sound?
  8. Champagne Cake: Why just drink your champagne when you can eat it too? And champagne cakes are pretty easy to make. Just prepare a vanilla cake either with a concentrated extract or use champagne straight away, fill with whipped cream and cover the cake with pink buttercream frosting; and you will have a cake that tastes as amazing as it looks.  
So there you have it folks, not one but eight ways to show your friends and family some true love 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Herbal Winter Tea

Ingredients:

Makes 1 cup

Black peppercorns: 5-6
Cloves: 3-4
Cardamom: 2
Cinnamon stick: 1 inch
Black cardamom: 1
Fresh ginger: ½ inch
Basil: 5-6 leaves
Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
Clarified Butter (Ghee): 1 tsp
Honey: 2 tsp

Method:

  • Take all the ingredients except turmeric powder and crush them in a motar pestle.
  • Boil 2 cups of water and all the crushed ingredients, turmeric powder and simmer on low flame for 15 minutes, till a soft rolling boil is achieved.
  • Cover  and continue boiling till the water is reduced to half of the original and is a deep golden colour. 
  • Strain and add honey and ghee. Drink hot.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Friday Night Pasta Dinner


Ingredients:
250 grams orecchiette (or any other pasta of your choice.)
300 grams chickpeas, boiled
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 6-inch sprig rosemary
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmessan cheese, plus more for serving
2 cups baby arugula

Method:


  • Combine pasta, chickpeas, olives, tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, oil, pepper flakes, and 5 cups water in a large straight-sided skillet. 
  • Season generously with salt and pepper. 
  • Bring to a boil, then cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente and liquid is reduced to a sauce that coats pasta, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat, discard rosemary, and stir in cheese. Add more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin sauce if necessary. 
  • Divide pasta and arugula among bowls and serve immediately, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with cheese and pepper flakes.



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Have your shake and drink it too!

These gorgeous shakes are a piece of art in a glass - impress your friends and family this weekend with this incredibly luscious shake.




INGREDIENTS

For the Shake:
500 ml Milk
2 scoops Vanilla ice cream
1 tsp CCDS Vanilla Essence (Buy here: Vanilla)
1/2 cup Dlecta Whipped Cream, whipped up
2 drops of LorAnn Oil Bubblegum Flavouring Oil (optional)

For the Rainbow Ganache:
300g White Compound chocolate
150g Thickened Full Fat Cream (min 35% fat content)
CCDS Rainbow Sprinkles (Buy here: Rainbow Sprinkles)
1 drop each of yellow, purple, blue, green and red food gel.

Method:

  1. Add white chocolate to a large bowl along with the cream and microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Repeat until smooth. Split into 6 bowls and add food coloring to each bowl and mix until well combined. Transfer each coloured ganache to a piping bag and set aside. You’ll use the 6th bowl to decorate the lids of your serving jars.
  2. Add Dlecta Whipped Cream to a large metal mixing bowl. Whip on high using a hand mixer until cream thickens to stiff peaks that can hold their shape. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in the fridge.
  3. To decorate your glasses, dip each glass top into some of the plain white ganache. Let as much of the ganache drip off as you can. Then dip it into coloured sprinkles.
  4. To decorate with rainbow ganache simply snip off the end of your piping bag with ganache and pipe each color next to the other, slightly overlapping on the last color. Follow the order of a rainbow. Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue Purple. Once they’re decorated, set them aside in the fridge.
  5. Add milk, ice cream, bubblegum essence and vanilla extract to a food blender and blend until everything is well combined. Pour into your serving jar.
  6. Fit the end of your piping bag with a 1M tip and fill with whipped cream. Pipe on top of your milkshake. It may sink a little. One way to prevent this is to pipe starting in the center and make your way around the outside of the jar so that the cream sticks to the glass and then continue piping to create a cone effect. sprinkle with coloured sprinkles.
  7. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How To Make Molded Butter



The next time plan on giving your guests individual dishes of butter for a fancy brunch or breakfast. Here's a quick look at how to create little molded pats of butter — it's a tiny, extra-fancy detail, but sometimes we just delight in silly things like these!

It's really simple to make these. All you need is some softened butter and Wilton Candy Molds (get them here http://bit.ly/2gg8tj8) and you are all set for an elegant service!

Ingredients
Unsalted butter
Salt (optional)
Optional: Kick it up a notch by adding herbs. garlic powder or paprika or just use plain ol' Amul butter (nothing better!)

Instructions
1. Choose a mold that goes with the theme of the event - elegant roses, shells or even simple truffle shapes do well and very soft butter.

2. Fill the molds with softened butter, using a spatula to work it in. Try to make sure there aren't any air pockets between the butter and the pan. Press down hard.

3. Freeze the butter for about 1/2 an hour (it freezes quickly) or longer. It should be quite firm.

4. Then place a plate or pan on top of the butter, flip it over. If you have difficulty in getting them out, go ahead and press down, the Wilton molds are hard and will not get damaged with some pressure.

Refrigerate in a sealed container or chill in a bowl of icy water kept in the fridge.




Thursday, October 20, 2016

Enjoying our Veggies!

As the weather changes and we head to (hopefully) cooler weather, vegetables are in bountiful supply. What better way to eat them than roasting? Not only does this keep the nutrients intact but also lets you savor the natural taste of the vegetable itself. So we put together a bit of a cheat sheet for you, so you can get roasting!



THE BASICS:

For every one kilo of vegetables, mix with 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast at 200 to 225  C, turning once, until tender and golden brown. Since all ovens and vegetables are different, begin checking for doneness at the early end of the suggested cooking time.

HOW LONG TO COOK & HOW TO PREP:

25-35 Minutes
Onions: cut into wedges.
Mushrooms: trimmed, halved if large.
Cherry tomatoes: whole.
Cauliflower: cut into florets or into planks.
Broccoli: cut into florets.


35-45 Minutes
Carrots: peeled, halved if large, or whole.
Pumpkin/Zucchini: peeled or unpeeled, halved or cut into wedges, seeds removed.
Eggplants: sliced 1 inch thick or cut into wedges, salted 30 minutes, rinsed, and patted dry.
Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes: peeled or scrubbed, cut into wedges.
Cabbages: cut into wedges or planks.

45-60 Minutes
These foods should be roasted in foil so they don’t lose too much moisture, which will be caused due to the excessive exposure to dry, oven heat.
Garlic: top third removed, drizzled with oil, wrapped in foil, and roasted until tender.
Beets: scrubbed and drizzled with oil, seasoned with salt, wrapped in foil, and roasted until tender.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Refreshing Summer Salad


Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad

This combination is so wonderful - both savoury and refreshing at the same time. Sure to become a regular feature of your summer dinning table.

Serves: 8

INGREDIENTS

1 small red onion
4 lemons
1½ kilograms watermelon, chilled
250 grams feta cheese
1 bunch fresh parsley, whole
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
100 grams pitted black olives
Freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

  • Peel and halve the red onion and cut into very fine slices and put in a small bowl to steep with the lime juice, this will bring out the translucent colour of the onions.
  • Remove the rind and pips from the watermelon, and cut into approximately 1½ inch triangular chunks.
  • Cut the feta into similar sized pieces and put them both into a large, wide shallow bowl. 
  • Tear off sprigs of parsley so that it is used like a salad leaf, rather than a garnish, and add to the bowl along with the chopped mint.
  • Tip the onions, along with their pink juices over the salad in the bowl, add the oil and olives, then toss the salad very gently so that the feta and melon don't lose their shape. 
  • Add a good grinding of black pepper to top off. Serve chilled.