Art of baking

Baked sweet and savory recipes

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing I find more soothing & relaxing  than putting on my apron & head to the kitchen to bake a cookie or a cake or any fuss-free dessert. The excitement begins as I start mixing the ingredients to make a mixture of dreams! You create various shapes and sizes from the dough as desired and then oven does its job. My elation reaches its peak when I try & see through the oven glass to find they are turning out quite well. Choco chip cookies are may be the simplest out of all cookies recipes but the taste is nothing short of being heavenly, especially when served with a glass of milk.
 
And then in the end after all the efforts just looking at a perfectly baked dish created from scratch from my very own hands & the laughter among my family as they enjoy my creation is a wonderful feeling (sigh). 
 
They were right when they said – “Baking can be therapeutic“.
 
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These cookies hardly take long to prepare but the result is amazing! This is an easiest recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies I have come across.  
 

The week that was….

 

 

And some Apple – Oat Muffins

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It was weekend again – the time of the week eagerly awaited for by so many! For me it was that time again – to have a flash back and evaluate the week gone by. Although not a frequent habit, pondering on the activities of the past week is a way for me to spend some time with myself and bring myself on the right track in case of any wrong diversions taken!

Like I said, it was weekend and  there I was sitting on the couch by the window staring out at the tree outside the window. A soothing music being played in the background. To further explain – music has always been my constant companion or should I say the ‘voice’ that gets me going? And so my thoughts naturally wandered off to those ‘smiling’ moments of the past week – some goof-ups by my sister or her witty comments that never fails to start me on a laughing spree! I am sure I will get a word or two from her for mentioning goof-ups in association with her. But she is not here at the moment anyways to defend herself! Those little friendly ‘fights’ or ‘attacks’ between us that all the more heightened my affection towards her.

 
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Fresh from the oven Focaccia

 
Man, for centuries now, been driven by instincts and the constant urge to explore the unknown. An ambitious Christopher Columbus, the explorer & navigator traveled to a continent previously unknown to Europeans. We have Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic & thus opened up the skies to other women.We have had scientists like Charles Darwin, Galileo, Isaac Newton who have changed the thinking of mankind & made life convenient for us today. Artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Picasso introduced new & innovative styles of painting. 
 
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Coming to world of food, we have chefs who have explored areas & styles of cooking that are now  a part of our daily food habit.James Beard, called the ‘Father of American Gastronomy’ has left behind a legacy of culinary experiences. Antoine Parmentier refined the art of bread making. Back home in India, there are chefs & food experts who have made Indian Cuisine popular worldwide like Sanjeev Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey and so on. Continue reading

Simple yet Exotic – Banana Muffins!

We have been bitten by the ‘muffin bug’….or ‘banana muffins’ in particular.
 
banana muffins
 
 (Image updated on 24/8/16)
 
 Since the first time we tried out this recipe we just can`t get enough of this soft & super yummy delights! What caught my interest when I first read the recipe was the fact that they had bananas (which I am extremely fond of!) and they could be put together without too much of an effort and with ingredients readily available..So ideal for beginners too! As these lil darlings are baking in the oven, the entire house is filled with the delightful & enticing aroma of baked bananas…!!
 
 

Raisin Pillows

 
 
`Pillow’ is the right word to name these cookies. For the outer layer is just that, soft and delicate with the delicious aroma of butter and vanilla. The `pillows` are sandwiched with soft raisins having a hint of freshly squeezed lemon that perfectly complement the butter-y-ness of the cookies.
 

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All in all a perfect start off your home baking plans!

 

Irish Soda Bread

It was one of the warmest afternoons last Sunday. One of those days when a sane person would decide to relax, sipping into some lemonade with the air conditioning humming at the background. But well, it was a different scene altogether at our home! Mom had just finished making a simple Goan Potato Curry  for lunch and it was time for some ‘Breaking Bread with Family‘! . And yet there I was in the kitchen, literally planning on breaking bread, getting all ingredients ready to bake some bread! This was an easy bread recipe I had come across and just had to try it out, whether the weather was conducive or not!
 
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Simple Indian cookies – Nankatai

 
 
Nankatai, the all-time favorite Indian Cookies, said to have originated in Surat, are perfect at tea time!
 
Now you don`t have to shy away on the mention of cookies assuming they are time consuming or call for complicated techniques. This buttery cookie is a breeze to make and bake. Its a recipe you can always fall back on each time you crave for cookies. They are that easy to make. And they call for basic ingredients always stocked in your pantry – flour, sugar and of course desi ghee. There is no substitute for desi ghee (clarified butter) for this recipe. So please do not hunt for one, even if you are thinking of your diet chart and implications of ghee on it!! Some recipe are made with butter. But I personally feel it is ghee that brings out the Indian-ness of this cookie  and makes it different from all other cookies.
 
I therefore recommend, ghee and only ghee for nan khatais. Certain pleasure in life are to be had just the way they are, no shortcuts or substitutes!
 
 
 
 
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Fruit Crumble

 

“Happiness, contentment, the health and growth of the soul, depend, as men have proved over and over again, upon some simple issue, some single turning of the soul.”

~ George A. Smith

 

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”

~ Buddha

 

Eat healthy food for good health. Eat nutritious food. Have regular meals. All these and more we hear day in day out for good health. Feed your stomach with good food to live a healthy life. And all this time we are focussing on feeding our stomach but there is more to be done for a healthy living.

 

More??

 

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This is something I learnt yesterday. It is something I knew, we all know it well actually. But choose to not give it enough precedence. In our fast paced and competitive daily lifestyle little things that matter a lot in the long run are put aside and forgotten. And then we move on, picking along the way fear, negative thinking, jealousy and so on. At the end of it all even after a healthy diet we still feel we are lacking in something.

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Spiced Almond Cupcakes

 

 

The aroma of spices can be intoxicating and comforting at the same time. Particularly on a cold rainy day. The sky is dark and grey clouds hover over the earth. The scene is set for pouring of rains and dampening one`s spirit! The warmth of the kitchen with the perpetual aromatic flavors of spices seems a great comfort. A cup of hot coffee in hand and soothing music in the background is enough to make me forget of the grey, dull threatening skies.

 

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Tip of the Week
Eating Bananas can help fight depression.
Food Facts
Nachos, the Mexican dish, were invented in 1943 by a guy named ‘Ignacio Nacho Anaya’. The original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers.