They say Breakfast is a very important meal of the day and I know that lot of you ladies, like me, do not feel like cooking breakfast in the morning. I am definitely not a morning person and that is why I skip breakfast sometime because I just don’t feel like cooking as soon as I get up. I tried making eggs and toast for sometime but I just didn’t feel like doing it in the morning. So I ended up eating the leftover dinner for breakfast because all I had to do was just heat it in the microwave and it’s ready.
But for the past week, I have been thinking of going back to being healthy. I have lost the way ever since I came back from our trip to India. I stopped keeping my eye on the food I eat and suddenly I realized that some of the clothes feel tight on me and that is not good. So I ended up looking for ideas to get back to being healthy.
And lo behold, I found a health blog called Running with Spoons and I am getting ideas from her recipes and I love it. I kind of tweaked her recipe to what I had in my pantry and I made this oatmeal smoothie and ever since I am addicted to drinking them in the morning and I don’t feel hungry for at least 3 hours and that is great. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:3]
And there it is a yummy morning breakfast which I have been drinking with variations each day. Some days I add fruits or dates or almond butter, etc. I think this is one of my favorite, easy and quick breakfast in the morning.
I have never cooked Tomatillo in my life and somehow I just thought it was just a green tomato. Then I saw this in my grocery store and I thought why not try something. They looked gorgeous. They are covered by a dry papery skin and inside is a shiny green tomatillo. Be sure to wash the tomatillo since it kinda had a sticky feel to it.
I was looking at some recipes to try and then thought why not a Tomatillo Sambar since I have never made it before it could have been a disaster but somehow it turned out good. It was a little bit since I never thought that the Tomatillo will be sour but it worked out fine in the end.
Instead of the traditional Toor dhal, I used the Masoor Dhal because of the cooking time and it was really good.
I am obsessed with Thai Iced Tea and I think it’s more to do with the flavor. They have a distinct flavor which I love and it is also very addictive. I always get these in Thai restaurants, Though I love it, I still don’t like the sugary taste of it since they do add a lot of sugar. So I decided to try it at home. I researched online and found that Pantai Thai Tea is a good brand to use. I found them on Amazon and it as like $7 so I decided to see if I could find it in Asian Market. And I did find it from our nearest Asian Market and it was $3.99 and I was like :yay: and I was so freaking happy I found it.
When I opened the package the first thing which I noticed is the smell. It smells flowery but I just can’t hit on the exact smells. After lot of research (yes, I wasted my time doing it), I found that they add Dok Nom Maew which is a flower found in Thailand. But today they add artificial flavoring which taste like that. Also a thing to keep in mind is that it has food coloring which gives it a distinct orange color tea. Personally, I don’t mind it. I did find a recipe but I did find it too sweet. So with trial and errors I finally found a recipe which works for me🙂 .
- 16 oz/500ml Water
- 1/4 cup Thai Tea Mix
- 2 tbsp of Agave nectar
- 1/4 cup of Half & Half
- Boil the water and switch it off.
- Add the tea leaves to the water and leave it for 5 min
- Strain the water and leave it to cool off till its in room temperature
- Then mix the agave and the half & half.
- Serve it with some ice cubes.
I absolutely love looking at food blogs because you can be inspired and get ideas. I was searching for some dessert recipes since I have guests coming over for dinner tonight and I found this recipe and I fell in love with it. I HAD to try it. I love coconut milk and pudding/payasam who doesn’t love it🙂 . I found the original recipe from here but I changed some ingredients to suit me😀 .
1 1/2 cup tapioca seeds
3 cups coconut milk (drinking variety, found in the milk section near soy, almond milk, etc)
1 can of coconut milk (cooking variety)
1 1/2 cup of sugar
2 tsp of Pure Vanilla essence
12 pods of cardamom, powdered/crushed
handful of cashew nuts, broken
handful of raisins
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 tbsp ghee
- Soak the tapioca seeds in coconut milk (drinking variety) overnight.
- Place them in the stove and add the can of coconut milk (full fat). Let it boil in a medium heat. Stir occasionally so that the seeds don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Once it is boiling, add the vanilla, cardamom and sugar. Stir them and let it boil for 10 min.
- In a separate pan toast the sesame seeds till its light brown and keep them separately.
- In the same pan, add 2 tbsp of ghee and fry the broken cashew buts till its brown and keep them aside.
- Then add the raisin and fry till they get swollen and keep aside.
- Finally add the fried cashews and raisins to the pudding and stir them.
- Serve the pudding in a dish with toasted sesame seeds on top😀.
They tasted amazing, but I think I should have reduced the amount of sugar at least for me but hubby thought it was good😀 . Add sugar to your taste but this vegan dessert is fantastic version of our normal Payasam. Thank God It came out good😆 .
Ever since I have been playing with my iPad, I have found an app called Flipboard which is one of my favourite of the bunch. I have been subscribing to the food category and I found this recipe in one of their article. I took this recipe from a website called the year in food. As soon as I read this recipe, I had to do it. My mouth was watering for so many days and I finally did them on last wednesday. It is quite easy.
Strawberries – sliced, 16 0z
Coconut milk – 2 cans, not lite
Powdered Cardamom – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 1/2 cup
- Preheat oven to 350 deg
- Add 1 tsp sugar to the sliced strawberries and place them on a foil in the oven. Roast for about 30 min or till the strawberries are lightly caramelized.
- In a pan, Pour coconut milk, cardamom and sugar over a low flame. Stir till the sugar is dissolved and then cool it for 10 min.
- Combine it with the strawberries and pour them into the Popsicle mold.
- I got 6 Popsicle and lot of leftover which I kept them in the freezer in a box.
One of our friend is a Vegan and we have invited them over to our house and I did this dessert🙂 . It’s really simple and super tasty😀 . I never thought that it would be this easy. I was pretty skeptical when I got all the ingredients. I searched in the Internet and have joined 2 version to make this dessert. This recipe serves about 5 cups of dessert.
24 oz Silken Tofu, firm
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy milk
2 tbsp of Vanilla essence
4 large Bananas
6 Cinnamon Graham Crackers
4 tbsp oil
2 tbsp water
9 oz disposable plastic cups
- Add the pieces of Graham cracker, water and oil and make them into a crust. It must look like a very dry dough.
- Then in a different blender add 2 bananas, sugar and vanilla essence and blend them to a smooth paste.
- Then add the tofu and the soy milk and blend them. It ends up being a thick mousse like consistency.
- In a plastic cup, first add the cracker crust and press them so that it becomes a layer. Add some banana slices as the next layer and followed by the tofu mixture. Smoothen the top of the mousse and decorate it with a piece of banana.
- Refrigerate them for at least 2 hrs or in my case overnight🙂 .
I wanted to make soup for a long time and finally decided on making a Mushroom soup. This recipe was taken from The complete book of soups and stews by Bernard Clayton, JR.
Mushroom, sliced into thin pieces – 1 1/2 pounds
Heavy Cream – 2 cups
Milk – 2 cups
Butter – 1 stick
All purpose Flour – 2 tbsp
Ground Pepper – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Melt half a stick of butter in a heavy bottom pan.
Once it melts, add the mushroom and toss them around for a minute and close the pan for about 10 min or more till the mushroom is fully cooked.
Once done, keep aside to cool and then grind them in a blender or food processer. Grind them to a smooth paste.
Melt the remaining butter in the pan, stir in the flour and cook gently for a moment or so until it bubbles.
Gradually, add the cream and milk mixture, stirring over medium heat until the soup is smooth and thick, about 5 min.
Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and bring it to boil.
Turn down the heat and simmer for about 5 min, stirring occasionally.
P.S. This soup is so much filling that you don’t need an entrée :D . Just serve this with a toast.