Saturday, January 1, 2022

New Year Greetings!

 As we swing in the New year, may the year ushers lots of Bliss & New Beginnings loaded with happiness, fun & food with family!!!

Cherish the sheer celebration of life & Cooking new recipes, seasoned with love!!!!

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year!!!! 

New post coming soon!

Cheers from MCF!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Date & Walnut Birthday Cake!!!

Parenting is indeed a learning journey!

Each day is a new day, learning and exploring the wonders of our little bundle of joy!

This anecdote reminded me of John Lock's Theory of  “Tabula Rasa”. 

When a child is born, the mind is described as a 'blank slate' in Latin. An individual grows up as a product of an interaction between his environment and heredity. 

A dose of positive reinforcement and modeling helps to develop self-esteem and identity in the child.

 The energies can be channelized to harvest the best potential which will enable a child to carve a niche on the world map. 

I really wonder if my little one might be inspired to become somebody like Wright Brothers, Einstein or Da Vinci, one day! 

Date & Walnut Cake for the D Day! 

 Sumptuous Cake for my Morning Glory!

Moist & Melt in Mouth Cake! 

Roses from my Garden!!!

Take care and stay safe!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Rose Ice Cream for Wedding Anniversary!

A Wedding Anniversary is a day to celebrate the sweet memories and bond of unconditional love. Wish life could go in Slow-Mo on this special day of all !

As I pause today to refresh the memories and  have reminisces of the  beautiful and blissful times. 

I also reflect on the art of living I learnt all the way from the lessons of life, while nurturing my family. It is the need to lean on each other's strength and make an action plan to swap the Achilles heel/weaknesses into surprising skills!!! 

This day, is a time to refresh and share the memories down the lane...!

 We had traditional Indian Hindu wedding with "Saptapadi" which signifies the auspicious "Seven Steps". The majestic Seven Vows of Marriage are to nourish each other, to remain friends forever, to be together forever, to care for our children, to share joys and sorrows, to preserve our wealth and most importantly to grow together in strengths and forgive and forego each other's weaknesses!
The time flew and years after years rolled up in a breeze...!!!! 

The reminisces of all these moments make me realize that I ought to make the best of the present time and cherish the priceless memories!!!

This year, on our anniversary I decided to make Rose flavored Ice cream in the Rose Moulds, to keep it festive and flavorful!!!

Rose Ice cream with Fresh Roses & Silver Pearls!!

Delicate Rose flavored Ice cream - Super Creamy & Sumptuous!!!

Rose Ice cream - Flavorful and Festive!!!

Rose Ice-cream with fresh Rose, Silver Pearls and Rose Moulds!!!

The ice-cream was made with milk, heavy cream, fresh roses - gulkand, in rose moulds and finally garnished with silver pearls and rose petals. 

The ice-cream turned out to be super creamy and delicious, with a delicate flavor of rose and a very subtle pink shade in ombre effect. We thoroughly enjoyed it!!! 

The only tricky part was demoulding the ice-cream and refraining from having a bite before the shoot:)) But now we have mastered that art too by making a separate serving and relishing:))) and other tricky part is to run an extra mile other day!

 I also tried making keto pumpkin ice-cream and shall be sharing the post shortly!

Hope you all will enjoy Rose Ice cream! Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by my space.

Cheers, MCF!!!

Friday, January 1, 2021

Almond & Sesame Energy Balls or Till Bhugga Pinni with New Year Greetings!

Happy New Year 2021 !!! Let's swing in the New Year, a New Decade with new dreams and aspirations!!! 

The past year was indeed eventful and taught many precious lessons to the entire mankind from the university of life! I spent days together to Reflect, Learn, Unlearn and Relearn about the essence of life and yet pondering on myriad things after witnessing the historic moments of the Year 2020. 

I hope the new year turns out to be bright and beautiful, ushering new opportunities of growth, new beginnings to dig into our vast reservoir of skills and competencies and begin our journey of riveting our best-selves!

While reminiscing on the past couple of years, this year too, I made many new resolutions to make proactive efforts to make this year memorable in the books by working on my holistic wellbeing with immense gratitude to the Almighty. In my continuous quest to excel in my personal and professional life, I will continue my zest for learning and sharing my experiences with all of you!!!

This winter break was relaxing and rejuvenating and spent quality time with family, enjoying love and warmth of loved ones and relishing comfort food at home sweet home retreat! 

I made these super easy and delicious energy balls with almonds and sesame seeds, also well known as till bhugga pinni. The balls are soft and have amazing flavor. These laddoos are super tasty, healthy, refined sugar-free, and can be made in a jiffy and kindle sweet memories on the special occasions! These are the perfect sweet treats with optimal levels of sweetness and can be enjoyed in fasting or a quick rejuvenating bite on the go...!!!!!
Almond & Sesame Energy Balls or Till Bhugga Pinni - Rejuvenating Treat!!!

Scrumptious Almond and Sesame balls for Mindful Eating !!!
A Perfect sweet with snowflakes on a snowy day!!!
Happy New Year from My Family to Yours!!!

Sweet Treat Made at Home Sweet Home Retreat!!!

These energy balls are made with almond flour, sesame seeds, fox nuts. Added  jaggery for sweetness and cardamoms for flavor. Garnished with snowflakes. Quick and easy recipe to enjoy with hot chocolate on a cold wintery night.  

Enjoy the winters with these delightful sweets with your family. 

Stay warm, stay safe! 


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Quintessential Rainbow Vegetable Pickle with Pineapple, Cranberries and Cheese from my Learning Pad!

This blog provides me a platform to make Kitchen Island my Learning Pad and share my ideas. In my continuous zest for learning and experimenting, yesterday I did the much-awaited experiment, which was going on in my mind for the last couple of days in my learning lab, my kitchen! And Guess what all I ended adding to the pickle…?????

I did some out of the box thinking on what else to add zing to traditional mixed vegetable pickles and thought of giving a shot to fruits.

The star ingredients of the pickle are pineapple, cranberries, and Pepper jack cheese besides the seasonal winter vegetables - Caulifower, Rainbow Carrots, Mini Raddish, Turnips, Baby Corn, French Beans, Peas, Garden Chillies, & Ginger Jullien's!

The pickle is the perfect medley of savory and sweet flavors enhanced with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds and poppy seeds enjoyed with mini poppadums. 

It's the perfect time of the year to take out warm sweaters; hand knitted booties and caps by dear mom and curl up in a cozy blanket and get hooked to Netflix. 

How about indulging in winter specialties of sizzling Makki – methi paranthas with homemade pickle and a cup of hot brewed tea while watching the first flurries of the season gently falling down from the kitchen window. It indeed feels magical! 

Here I'm sharing the pickle which became a delightful appetizer with the incredible fusion of spices!

Welcome to My Kitchen - My Learning Pad!

 The Quintessential Retro Rainbow Vegetable Pickle!

Star Ingredients - Pineapples, Cranberries & Pepper Jack Cheese! 

Winter Special  - Pineapple, Cranberry & Cheese Pickle relished with Popadums!

Medley of Caulifower, Rainbow Carrots, Mini Raddish & Turnips, Baby Corn, French Beans, Peas, Garden Chillies, Ginger Jullien's, Pineapple, Cranberries, and Cheese!

Retro presentation - Simply Loved it!

Pickles & Popadums are the staple dining table jars that are definitely great accompaniments to any hearty meal.  It's great to try the retro recipes with a mashup of new ingredients and savor the eclectic flavors. 

I used the medley of Caulifower, Rainbow Carrots, Mini Raddish & Turnips, Baby Corn, French Beans, Peas, Garden Chillies, Ginger Jullien's, Pineapple, Cranberries, and Cheese!

The masala can be made with dry roasting and grinding fennel, fenugreek, mustard, cumin, carrom coriander, flax seeds, onion seeds, salt, chili, turmeric, cardamom and cloves, jaggery in the mix of olive oil and mustard oil.
Plus Kasturi methi, dry curry leaves.

Finally, garnish with a sprinkle of toasted poppy seeds and sesame seeds or with coconut flakes to get the feel of snow on the table. 

It's time to dig in & relish!

This time I made it with fresh pineapple slices but thinking of making another batch of this delightful appetizer with grilled pineapples, apples, peaches in another batch. Feel free to add a handful of fresh or dry cranberries, raisins, apricots, amla, coconut, and veggies of your choice.

Do experiment and share your version with me and would love to try your creations!

Have a great week!


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Apricot & Almond Sunshine Sweets for Ganesh Chaturthi!

 Wishing Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to Everyone!!!

"Shree Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada."
The essence of this powerful mantra is that I meditate on Sri Ganesha, Who has a curved trunk, large body, and who has the brilliance of a million suns. O Lord Ganesh, please make all my works free of obstacles, always!!!
Today, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha, also known as the God of Wisdom and Vighnaharta is worshipped to get blessings for auspicious new beginnings! The festival has a powerful message on living life gracefully and becoming humane human beings with a noble heart and spreading peace and happiness!

Last year I made traditional coconut ladoos for the occasion and this year I was looking to make something healthy and almost no-cook recipe to try. Here I go with - 

Apricot and Almond Sunshine Sweets with Garnish of Coconut and Almonds!

These instant sweets are made with just two key ingredients- Apricots and Almonds. 

These sweets are - Super tasty!!!!! Super healthy!!! Refined sugar-free, Keto-friendly, Gluten-free, Fast friendly, and can be made in a jiffy!!! 

What else to look for in the recipe and that too a sweet dessert. 

These are the perfect sweet treats with optimal levels of sweetness and can be enjoyed in fasting or a rejuvenating treat on the go...!!!!!

Feel free to either make balls or ladoos or shape them in moulds. I have tried another version by adding cashews, coconut, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds. Feel free to add jaggery or dates for more sweeter version. These additives taste superb but nevertheless adding these ingredients changes the color from sunshine to little brownish and more nutty flavor and texture. 

The Picture Credits for the post goes to my uber-talented husband, Ashish!

Apricot & Almond Sunshine Sweets!!!

Rejuvenating Apricot & Almond florets for Naivedyam!

Perfect Sunshine Apricot & Almond Sweets! 

No-cook Sweet Recipe, Keto Recipe, Gluten-Free & Yes, Refined Sugar-Free!!!

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!!

Indeed, cooking kindles sweet memories of the festivals and makes it more memorable with a personal touch!

Enjoy the sweet treats & Stay healthy !!!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Almond & Bottle Gourd Ice Cream for Fathers Day & Master Art of Living!

Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful Dads!!!!

The mind boggles down a wish to Pause, Reboot, and Cherish Life...!!!

There are many moments in my life where I continue to Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn the lessons of life with new meanings and new beginnings! 

Reflecting on the most valuable lesson of life I got from my parents - 

Learn to  Master Art of living while making a Living...!!!

Learn & Relearn " There is a Season and Reason for Everything in life"...!!! 

Learn to live life gracefully by giving our best shot in the quest of excellence...!!!

My favorite time of the day was when I used to snuggle my mom and my Dad used to read me a fable or two from the storybooks at bedtime. It became a nighttime ritual. The time flew by and now I  continue the tradition with my son!

 Finally, when I grew up I understood the essence of all the fables on how to capture the rhythm in life; to surf in the sea, or sail in the sky, and most importantly how to turn your Achilles Heel into core competencies in life...! 

The answer is not so simple and easy. Yet with some patience and practice, we can master the soft skill vis a vis hard skills to excel in the respective endeavors and reach the pinnacle of success in all walks of life...!!! 

For Fathers day Special, I made the signature recipe of my mom with a twist, cherished, and relished by all family and friends ever since... 

Almond & Bottle gourd Icecream with Rainbow Sprinkles in a Waffle bowl - 

No cook, No-Churn, Homemade Icecream Recipe !!!

Almond & Bottle Gourd Ice Cream with Rainbow Sprinkles in a Waffle Bowl !!!

Easiest and the Best version of homemade ice cream, free of preservatives tweaked and customized to your own tastebuds is the quintessential summer treat!

This version of Icecream is no-cook, no-churn, and can be ready in a couple of minutes is a must-try recipe.

Bookmark and master the base recipe and can be made with myriad flavors and toppings of your choice, which I will be sharing shortly! 

The key ingredients of the recipe are heavy cream, almond meal, bottle gourd & sweetener.  

The ice cream is so smooth, creamy, and luscious!!! 

Almond & Bottle Gourd Ice Cream with Peonies from the Yard!

I am happy to carry on the tradition of making sweets and treats for the family at home...!!!

Nothing like having a bowl of homemade ice cream after dinner on the deck with a cool breeze, watching the rabbits hopping around in the backdrop of lush green trees!

Almond & Bottle Gourd Ice Cream with Crispy Coconut  Rolls!

How about enjoying the ice cream with coconut rolls or pirouettes...

Homemade Creamy Icecream with Almonds & Pistachios!

Summertime Sweet treat for all ages!!!

Can't wait to click the final shot and dive in right away! 

As we take this time to relax and unwind, may everyone enjoy the treats and little things in life. 

Have a great Summer!!!

Picture Credits - Ashish Gupta

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