Monday, February 23, 2015

{Recipe Redux} Spectacular Chocolate Espresso Brownies

Are you a dessert person? I  am not and that might be the reason why I have only about 22 recipes blogged since seven years!. Sometimes though a rare sweet craving hits suddenly and you will see me indulge on them, guilt-free. And I have friends, nieces and a husband whose regular sweet cravings must be attended to. So, now you know why I baked these absolutely delicious brownies when the lovely bunch of people at Recipe Redux chose chocolate combo as a theme for February. These Spectacular Chocolate Espresso Brownies are fudgy in the inside and cake-y with occasional melted chocolate puddles on the outside. Also, don't you all agree Chocolate and Coffee are match made in heaven? Try it to believe it!

Spectacular Chocolate Espresso Brownies

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Strawberry Cake Recipe

I was in Munich (Germany), far away from home when I first read about this recipe on Rev's blog. My immediate reaction was oh-my how beautiful does that look and next was - damn! why am I not home to bake the cake right away! Once I came back, I jumped on the first opportunity and made it - not once but twice in a row. It was that delicious. Sprinkling some sugar on top just before baking is a lovely idea to caramelize the top and to turn the strawberries into a goo-ey mess which are sneakily delicious. It is time to join the Strawberry Winter Cake Movement. Wohoo!

Nothing spells like #yum that this ridiculously easy berry cake. Trust me! :-) 

Strawberry Summer Cake
Strawberry Cake 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

[Quick Snacks] Crunchy Bagel Chips Recipe

My breakfast on most of the weekdays is an everything bagel with either cream cheese or an omelette sandwiched in between. Just like in my house, am sure by the end of week, there are a few bagels, more than a day old - just lying around on many kitchen counter tops. They are usually semi-hardened, hard to chew and I just can't bring myself to throw them into the bin. Today's recipe Bagel Chips is one easy idea to turn them into flavorful, healthy snacks. They are unbelievably easy to make and in less 20 minutes you have a jar full of chips to munch on. Whip up a batch of these for your next potluck party and they're oh-so-perfect for scooping with your favorite dip!

Monday, January 5, 2015

[New Year's Special Recipe] Creamy Goan Black-Eyed Pea Curry

It has been a tradition since past few years to welcome a New Year with a black eyed pea post. Last year it was scrambled eggs, the year before with some fried fritters (still a popular one for New Year's) and a curry with coconut, the year before that. The reason is simple - in some cultures, black eyed peas symbolize good luck due to their penny-like appearance. They also signify abundance and if there are any left overs for the day after, it is meant to demonstrate frugality and prosperity in the coming year! Don't get me wrong. I am not a stickler when it comes to any kind of customs or superstitions but it is always a good feeling to start something on a good note. Isn't it? Today's recipe is a vegan curry made with coconut milk and some aromatic spices. New Year's or not, this recipe comes together in a giffy, any kind of beans like red, garbanzo etc can be substituted instead of black eyed peas and it will still taste heavenly. Enjoy.

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