Strawberry Shake- Yummy and simple to make

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Arnav enjoying his Strawberry Shake

Arnav enjoying his Strawberry Shake

Strawberry Shake-

Arnav is not very fond of milk, so I have to keep on coming up with ways to make it interesting for him.  These days he loves to have Strawberry shake and we join him too!  It is refreshing and tastes awesome.  As you can see from the picture, he could not resist taking a sip when I was trying to take a photo for the blog.

Ingredients (2 Servings)-

10-12 hulled (leaves/stem removed) Strawberries

2 Cups Milk

2 Tbsp Ice cream (I use Vanilla)

Sugar as per taste

Method-

Put all the ingredients in a blender, cover the lid and blend for a minute- until smooth.  The Strawberry shake is ready, pour it in a glass, and enjoy!

Today is very special!

It is Mom-Dad’s Anniversary, here is wishing them the very best in life!

Parle Biscuit Cake- Quick easy and delicious

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Parle Biscuit Cake- Made in cooker

Parle Biscuit Cake

Parle Biscuit Cake- Made in a Pressure Cooker

Parle G Biscuits- I love them with tea and once in a while Arnav joins me to enjoy this treat.  I remember our pet dog Cheeku used to love these biscuits and I would treat him to my share of biscuits too. It was nice to have Cheeku around when we were growing up…to play with him after coming back from school and take him for walks…to bursting into peals of laughter when he scared strangers (now that is not kind I know, but who said we were perfect!).  I hope one day I can bring in a Labrador pup for Arnav ….it is good Arnav can’t read it out here or else he would insist on having one right now…right here.

I saw this recipe on FoodLyrics.com and fell for the idea…simple, quick, easy and what I liked the most about it was the ingredients were handy.It tastes good and the texture is fine too.  I followed the recipe and instructions that Deepa mentioned, I just added a little milk powder and milk cream, and here it goes-

Ingredients-

Parle G Biscuit powdered- 2 Cups

Grounded Sugar- 1 Cup (or lesser as per taste)

Vanilla Essence- 1 tsp

Baking Powder- 1 tsp

Milk- 1 Cup

Milk Powder- 1 Tbsp (optional)

Milk Cream- 1/2 Tbsp (optional)

Method-

In a bowl take powdered biscuits, add the sugar, milk powder and baking powder and mix.  Now add the Vanilla essence, Milk, and milk cream.  Whisk properly until the mixture is smooth. Add the dry fruits.  Now transfer this batter into an 8 inch round baking tin.

Place the tin in the pressure cooker.  Remove the gasket/ring of the cooker.  Keep the whistle on and bake the cake.  Like Deepa has suggested- the first five minutes on high flame and then 15 to 20 minutes on medium flame. Remove the lid to check if the cake is baked.  You can check by inserting a knife/skewer to see if it is baked.

It takes slightly more time for the cake to bake from center, so as Deepa suggests keep the lid on of the cooker even after you take it off the heat.  The steam helps to bake the cake from the center.

Remember-

Don’t put any water in the cooker

The cake batter should not be too liquid- change the milk/sugar content as per the amount of powdered biscuits.

Take the ring/gasket out of the pressure cooker while baking the cake.

It tasted very nice and we loved it!  Thanks again Deepa for this quick, easy and delicious recipe.

Why is today so special?

Leena and Kishore are our close friends and this cake is for their kids Saveer and Soni…they turn five today, I remember the first time I saw them, Soni a few hours old was looking  all  around, alert and active, Saveer was sleeping calmly. Here is wishing them happiness and good health! You rock guys!

Here is their picture as on 31  December 2005 (their first New Year Party), Arnav was 5 months and they were ten months.

Arnav Saveer Soni- First New year Party!

Arnav, Saveer & Soni- First New Year Party!

 

Chocolate Mousse- Melts in your mouth!

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Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse with Gelatin

My neighbor Kiran is an excellent cook.  Arnav often shows up at their house.  He loves the goodies that he is offered there which range from cold coffee treat to kaju barfi.  Arnav just walks in to their home with his trademark question “Is anybody there?”  Every time he wears a new outfit he has to go and show it to “Uncle”

The other day Kiran sent Chocolate Mousse for us and it tasted awesome.  She made it with a sugar substitute and I could not tell the difference.  My son loved it so much that I had to make it for him.  Chocolate Mousse has this rich flavor and lightness associated with it which makes it a perfect treat for adults as well as children.

Here is the recipe Kiran gave me and I just followed it- the verdict- super tasty!

 Ingredients (Makes- 7-8 Bowls)-

Sugar- 150 Gms

Milk- 300 ml

Eggs- 2 (Yolks separated from egg white)

Rum- 1 tbsp (Optional)

Vanilla Essence- 1 tsp

Gelatin- 2 tsp

Cream- 250 ml

Dark Chocolate- 125 Gms

 

Fill a sauce pan with about 2 inch of water and bring it to simmer on low heat. Place a bowl of chocolates on top of this.  This arrangement is also known as “bain marie” With a spatula stir the chocolate occasionally and melt it.  Once the chocolate melts add the beaten egg yolks and milk.  Add half the sugar to this mixture and stir.  Let it heat on a low flame till the mixture thickens.  Once done let it cool.

Sprinkle the gelatin in a small bowl and add about 2 tsp water.  The gelatin will solidify.  Once it solidifies, you can either place this bowl on the bain marie over medium heat and let it melt or add about 50 ml of boiling water to the gelatin.  The gelatin will dissolve. (Unflavored gelatin is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless thickening agent, which when dissolved in hot water and then cooled, forms a jelly.)

Now in a separate bowl add whipped cream, egg white (beaten) vanilla essence, the remaining sugar, and the dissolved gelatin.  Now add the chocolate mixture to this and fold, stir so that the mixture is even. You can now pour the mousse the serving bowl or individual dishes.

Refrigerate for 4-5 hours.  Decorate the decadent chocolate dessert with cream/cherries/marsh mellows and enjoy your treat!

Take off with a Fruity Rocket

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Fruit Rocket

Here is something that I found on the net and offered to Arnav- From the name- “Fruit Rocket” it was a “go” He enjoyed helping me make it, and relished eating it. Try it for your kids and let them enjoy this simple to assemble and healthy fruit rocket. The icing on fruit rocket- for the first time I did not have to remind him to finish his fruits!

Water Melon- 1 piece cut in triangular shape
Strawberry- sliced into half vertically
A couple of grapes
Apple- 1 piece cut like a trapezium/square
1/2 Banana

You can add a circular kiwifruit slice , pine apple , orange or any other fruit that you have handy at home.
Thread the fruits into a kebab stick. Sprinkle castor sugar on the fruits, or dip them in sweet yoghurt/cream. Watch the kids as they have a blast eating it.

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