Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Top 10 Flavors for the Year 2011

It's amazing how time flies, it was this week last year when I decided to finally start blogging seriously, we moved our subjects from under the light bulbs into sunlight, I started taking photography & writing seriously. And almost a year down the line & so many posts, this part of me is one of the best things in my life. Quoting G.B.Shaw "There's no sincerer love, than the love of food", my explanation would include - Creating+Photographing+Feeding :) the Food. It's this love of food & the love I get back from you all that keeps me going. With My.Creative.Flavors I have tried new cuisines, made new friends & learned a whole lot from new friends. I hope this journey continues in 2012 as we make new Friendships & cook-up some new Flavors on

I didn't want to follow the cliche' and bake myself a My.Creative.Flavors 1st B'day cake, but I'm gonna look back and pick my favorite posts from 2011 & remember the good times. Food & Photography experts have their opinions, I personally feel that if you have a vision for your own recipe and it has to show through your recipe+ingredients+styling+photography. What I learned was that various subjects like dim lights or lengthy shadows & some may like bright exposure, perhaps even a cross+process. My interpretation of my food has been driven a lot by the moods my recipes evoke. It is important the your photography reflects your vision and not get constrained by "The Picture Perfect Shot". Most of the times incidental ideas make the best recipes, incidental props make the best pictures & inadvertent angles make the best shots. Enough talk, back to our agenda.
So here are my Fvt creations in no particular order...

Unbelievable, how 1 year can change the way you think about food. It's safe to say as a Food Blogger all you do is dream about food. Hope you like this quick recap and yes ...

"Have great 2012, May you and your family have a best of everything & all your wishes come true".

Hugs, Sonia

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Vegetable Pakoras, Sweet Peppers & Fritters: Guest Post for Rasa Malysia

This time of the year is all about fun - fall - family and festivities. In these chilling winters, I just  want to curl up in a cozy blanket and watch my all time favorite movies and enjoy my hot cuppah chai with mixed vegetable pakoras. U bet its a great feeling - difficult to beat. What better than do what you like to do & get a chance to do a feature on Bee's fabulous site "Rasa Malaysia"I have always been very found of her easy to make and authentic recipes and look forward to her collection for all special occasions. I am really happy to do this feature & hope I will do justice to the high standards Bee sets for Rasa Malaysia.

So today we are going to do some Mixed Vegetable Pakoras - one of the most popular Indian snacks. Pakoras always make a special place on the table as appetizers  loved by family and in formal buffets too, across the globe. It's an interesting way to add some spice and zing to the veggies once in a while and the hot combo is simply irresistible.

Have you ever tried Stuffed peppers with spiced potato stuffing and coat in chickpea flour batter and fried as pakoras. Must do !!!

Enjoy it piping hot from the pan to the platter with sweet tomato, coriander and tamarind chutney and of course hot cup Five spice chai or Belgian Hot Chocolate.

So lets head to Rasa Malaysia to see the recipe,
Hope you will enjoy this experience...

Love all, Sonia !

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mexican Hot Chocolate

As promised I'm back with a  recipe from my Foodbuzz 24X24 post & today we'll be making some Mexicano style Hot Chocolate. If I remember correctly, I saw Ina Garten make this version on TV & like every other recipe she makes, I fell in love with this one too. It is easy, delicate, sophisticated & hot flavors have gotten me addicted. As you'd see the recipe is simple but the way flavors blend & bring out the bite that this beverage has to offer - It will never cease to amaze you. So lets go ahead & give it a shot...

Ingredients: -
4 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli chocolate chopped)
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
apinch of ground cinnamon
cayenne pepper, a small pinch - My fvt addition :)
Long cinnamon sticks for stirrers

Directions: -
In a pot add milk and brown sugar , place on simmer.
Reduce the heat & stir in the chopped bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, ground cinnamon.
Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes as chocolate dissolves.
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, stir again & allow to steep for 2-3 minutes. 
Now reheat the hot chocolate mix over low heat until it simmers again.
:) and yes we're almost done !!!
A good practice is to strain the hot chocolate before you pour into mugs. 

For Stirrers use long cinnamon sticks (and lick some chocolate out of these :P occasionally )

Perfect for a Nippy December afternoon !!!

You would love the flavors & love the bite of this beverage.
This is one hot & refreshing cuppa'...

So go ahead & make your own cup, & let me know if you like it !!!

Hugs, Sonia

Date & Walnut Birthday Cake!!!

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