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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! 

Cheers!


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!

Cheers!

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 !!!
Cheers!

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

Monday, May 18, 2020

Yellow Velvet Cake - Orange & Custard Bundt for Bon Anniversaire!

Umpteen best wishes & blessings to my bud, on this special day!

This is the time of the year when I wish to pause and freeze time and want him to be my Lil' boy for yet another couple of years,

so I could hum him rhymes and tell him fables every night, 

go for evening strolls and wonder at the twinkling stars at night, 

get amazed at flipping the pop up books of superheroes, 


take out parades of Sesame Street's Elmo n Cookie Monster at noon, 

wait with curious eyes for Elves and Santa, 

blow bubbles in the park,

make sandcastles by the shore of the beach...! 

The memories seem to be endless...

These were holy days for sure but I do wish to see him playing with Lego's and Rubik's now. 

Simply love his handmade 'Love you and Get well soon' cards with a 'Scrabble signature'... 

And of course, I do feel proud on watching him surfing and skating and amazed at how this curious mind doodles its own way... !!!! 


The reminisces of the past make me realize that the good old days are rolling up fast. I need to make the best of the present time. 

It gives me immense pride to see him grow up as a smart and sweet young boy with a million-dollar smile and a heart of Gold. A very Happy Birthday to my little Prince as you happily march from the age of fairytales to the age of making Seabots!

While wondering how time flew and pondering on what future will bring for us, we decided to bake the classic family recipe of Orange & Custard Cake!

Time to Celebrate & Bake..!


Yellow Velvet Cake- Orange & Custard Bundt for Bon Anniversaire! 


 Simple & Elegant Orange & Custard Bundt Cake!
Sometimes, simple is the best..! 

Last year he had a birthday blast at the Escape Room with his friends. While this year was altogether different due to lockdown, planned a simple treasure hunt at home and greetings from family and friends on Zoom!

The cake came out pretty neat. I did a simple decoration by dusting icing sugar and embedding white pearls. 

Feel free to add a drizzle of Orange Glaze or Honey or Whipped cream or Chocolate ganache and lots of rainbow sprinkles and chocolate curls.

The vanilla custard gave it a beautiful pale yellow color, the crumb was melt in the mouth, the orange zest and fresh orange juice added a lot of flavor to the classic cake. 

This Birthday cake is as sweet as you, my Sunshine!

And my son said Mom,  the cake is super Soft and Moist!!!!! 

Indeed, the cake had an incredible velvety crumb and hence named it -
Yellow Velvet cake!


Blooms in the Yard! 
It was a perfect day with yard blooming with soft pink Roses, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, and Petunias, a virtual treat to see the labor of love in full bloom! 


The cake complimented so well with the ambiance. Didn't planned it though.


Happy Birthday, Bud!

Recipe for Yellow Velvet Cake- Orange & Custard Bundt

APF/Cake Flour- 11/2 cups

Vanilla Custard Powder - 1/3 cup

Baking Powder - 11/2 tsp

Baking Soda- 1/2 tsp

Salt- 1/2 tsp

Sugar - 1 cup

Butter- 1/2 cup 

Greek Yogurt - 1/2 cup

Milk- 1/2 cup

Lemon juice- 1/2 tsp

Fresh Orange Juice - 1/2 cup

Orange Zest - 2 tsp

Walnuts, choco chips, pumpkin seeds for sprinkling on top

Bake at 180 Celsius for 45-50 minutes in the bundt pan.

Procedure - 

Mix dry ingredients - APF, custard powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
Mix butter and sugar and add yogurt, milk, lemon juice, orange juice.

Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Add orange zest and nuts/choco chips etc.
Prepare the bundt pan by smearing butter and dusting flour.

Bake at 180 celsius for 45 to 50 minutes. 

Check with a fork. Let it cool down completely and Enjoy!

It is recommended to store the cake in an airtight container though mine vanished like magic. 😊

Notes- 
*Replace milk, yogurt, lemon juice with 4 eggs if making without eggless.

*Cake Flour recipe- 1 cup APF- 2tsp. Now add 2 tsp corn starch.

Dream big and May all your wishes come true! 

Wishing you lots & lots of love, happiness, and blessings!


Picture Credits- Ashish Gupta















Saturday, May 18, 2019

Birthday Greetings with Rosey Rice Pudding & Enchanting World of Swiss !


Bonjour from Switzerland - a Sweet spot of Europe or should I say the Prettiest spot in the world!

In the spring break, we went to visit my dream holiday destination since childhood. Plus to celebrate the birthday of our son while experiencing the sizzling beauty of Switzerland, a country nestled with gorgeous lakes and swiss alps is incredibly beautiful and indeed a paradise on earth!!!

Spring is a stunning time of the year to visit the enchanting world of Swiss when the roses, tulips, daffodils and the spring bloom is at its best! This is the time of the year when the city wakes up from the winter slumber and winter blues though the flurries and the snow have its own plenty of charm and beauty to relish!

Got to seize the moment and time, its very fresh cool breeze......! 

Lush alpine flora.....!!

Plush clouds.......!!!   

Skiing & Hiking trails or Paragliding in the pristine nature...!!!! 

Breathtaking lakes....!!!!!

Magnificent views from the snow-capped Swiss mountains are an absolute treasure to cherish...!!!!!!



      Zoom - Yes, both Eyes & Camera to seize the moment @ Mount Titlis !!!


    Spring, Sunshine and Swiss Alps - Dream come true...!


Romantic stroll @ Charming Lake Lucerne with Fabulous mountain Panorama !

The world-famous Swiss bakery, chocolates, ice creams are incredibly delectable...!

Since it was easter break, had these melt in mouth mini chocoladen gugelhopfli decorated with petite bunny's, white pearls and daisy's. 


   Mini Chocoladen Gugelhopefli - Enjoying the traditional Easter Bunny's! 

After a thrilling day of sightseeing, walking on the banks of River Limmat, riding a Bird, indulging in traditional sweets, it was time to unwind and take a lunch break at Hiltl, Sihlstrasse in Zurich. 

This restaurant holds the Guinness World Record of an oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant in the world! Thoroughly impressed by the beautiful myriad spread of salads, sweets, and curries with innovative combos.
                           Delightful Lunch @ Hiltl, Zurich 
# The restaurant holds the Guinness World Record of an oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant in the world!



Back to home sweet home....!

Mesmerized by the wonders of nature, taking a recap of the short and sweet visit, refreshing memories by surfing through the pictures time and again and of course, time to get back to work as well!



Bon Anniversaire to my Bud...!!!

Celebrating my Son's birthday with his all-time favorite traditional dessert - Rosey Rice Pudding - Kheer in a Crockpot...!  

Slowly cooked and caramelized kheer garnished with cardamoms, almonds and pistachio slivers. 

Can make a vegan version of the kheer by adding almond milk instead of whole milk. 
Birthday Greetings with Rosey Rice Pudding - Kheer # Made in Crockpot

 Kheer with a velvety texture and perfect sweetness...! 

Aromatic & Delectable kheer # Crockpot dessert 
# Blooms from my garden



Final Shot and Time to dig in!

Signing off for today and shall be back with more recipes and experiences from my learning pad!


Many Thanks for stopping by my space...!








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