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Friday, October 25, 2013

Simple Banana Bread Recipe for Your Kids

Dear Women of the House!

For ultimate bonding moments together with your kids during weekends, why not prepare some healthy homemade banana bread for them. Adding more fun is to let them invite their friends over and enjoy making and gobbling down these healthy banana breads together. To fully enjoy the weekends ask them to help you prepare and teach them little by little how to cook this yummy and moist banana bread.


Banana bread is very good food not only for your children but also for adults since it is made of healthy ingredients that are good and nutritious. If you don't know what the benefits are of this amazing snack, read and learn more:

The main ingredient of course is a banana. And as we all know that the bananas are rich in dietary fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, B6 and manganese. Indeed bananas are a healthy fruit that keeps on giving when eaten in moderation. It's a very good fruit in the morning and you don't need those sweet pancakes and doughnuts as this is already rich in natural sugar. Whole Wheat Flour is also important for your daily requirements of fiber, protein, manganese and selenium. Whole wheat flour can give you the fuel you need to keep your energy levels high throughout the day, while at play or working.




Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 bananas, finely crushed
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Another ingredient is eggs which we all know that it is rich in protein, vitamin D and amino acids. Regular intake of eggs for children can help build muscles, is good for their hair and nails, and and it is also proven to improve eyesight.

To give extra crunchiness and nutrition to your banana moist bread many parents put walnuts in as well, but this is optional. It's a great way to get your children to eat nuts which are excellent for them. Walnuts are one of the super-foods that are rich in protein, vitamin B and E, fibers and omega 3 fatty acids.

Directions:

1. Cream together butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs and crushed bananas.
3. Combine well.
4. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla.
5. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
7. Keeps well, refrigerated.

Besides these lists of health benefits, moist bread is very delicious every time. It's a great way to use over-ripe bananas that would otherwise be tossed into the garbage or compost bin. These banana breads can be served during breakfast together with hot coffee or late afternoon with a cup of tea. Every person in every age group will definitely say that banana bread is always a welcome addition for family breakfasts and snacks. Have fun baking your best banana moist bread! Just delight your kids with Simple Banana Bread Recipe.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Update your kitchen this Diwali


Updating a kitchen can be expensive. However, the kitchen is typically one of the busiest rooms during the holidays.

A few simple yet inexpensive updates can take your kitchen from worn out to "wow." Follow these kitchen updating tips below to help you - and your kitchen - sail through the holidays with style.

Evaluate your china plates and serving dishes :

Take a good hard look at your everyday and special occasion dinnerware. Is it scratched or chipped? Usually there is no need to replace the entire set; inexpensive decorative salad plates or glassware can dress up most everyday dinnerware.

Inventory your pots and pans :

If you plan to entertain, now is the time to plan your menu and see if you need any additional cookware or appliances. Most dishes can be made without fancy appliances, so to save money, plan your menu around your existing pantry and cookware. Only purchase something if it's an item that you will continue to use.

Replace your dish-towels, cloth napkins and hot pads :

These are the items in a kitchen that most quickly show wear and tear. Since they are the most inexpensive to replace, there is no reason to use that worn out hot pad on your holiday table. When you purchase cloth napkins, buy an extra two or three to have on hand to replace those that get stained.

Consider the lighting :

Many times we make do with whatever lighting is available, but adequate lighting is elemental to having a bright and functional kitchen. Replace worn-out appliance bulbs our outdated overhead lighting. Inexpensive fluorescent lighting works well in a kitchen, and the newer fixtures look great, too.

Organize that messy drawer :

This will be the drawer that guests will always open when looking for a fork or serving spoon. Pretty drawer liners (think scrapbook paper!) and organizing trays can be purchased on a dime.

Do a "Diwali" cleaning :

Before the holidays hit, invest in one day of thorough cleaning of all surfaces, inside and out. Clean out the fridge, oven and pantry, washing the drawers and shelves and discarding outdated food. Vacuum out kitchen drawers, wash the windows and curtains and/or shades, and dust the tops of cabinets and the fridge.

Wipe down or clean cabinet fronts :

It's amazing how many spills and splatters congregate on cabinet fronts. Use a soft cloth dipped in a mild degreaser or diluted dish soap then rinse with a moist sponge. Don't forget to wipe under the edge of the counter tops and along the bottom edge of cabinet doors where grime tends to hide.

Create a yummy ambiance :

Scented candles that release a pie, cookie or yummy holiday cooking smell can do a lot to enhance your kitchen's vibe. You can place these candles at the safe place which is out of reach from your kitchen even by providing refreshing fragrance.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ras Malai : Tempting and Mouth-watering

Indian sweets and desserts are well known world wide and are very tempting and mouth-watering. Be it the scorching summer heat or chilling winter, Indian desserts are too difficult to resist and are certainly not to be missed. There are a large variety of Indian desserts, ranging from the delicious 'kheer' and 'laddoos' to mouth-watering 'gajar halwa' and 'barfi' to 'Ras Malai'.




How to make Ras Malai? Just take a look here :

Ingredients:

Paneer - Made from 1 liter of milk
Full Cream / Whole Milk - 1 liter
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 tablespoon
Water - 4 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
thinly sliced almonds or pistachios - 1/2 cup

Method :

  • Mix the water and 1 cup of sugar in a pan and boil till all the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the fire and keep syrup aside.

  • Knead the Paneer in a platter till very smooth. Make into balls slightly smaller than the size of a walnut and flatten slightly in the center.

  • When the Paneer balls are made, reheat the syrup to boiling, then simmer and gently drop in the Paneer balls. Cook for 10 minutes. Turn off fire.

  • In another pan boil the 1 litre of full cream milk with the 1/2 cup of sugar, till reduced / thickened to 75 percent of its original volume. Turn off the fire, add the cardamom powder and mix well.

  • Add the syrup soaked Paneer balls (after draining) to the milk mixture and chill for a few hours.

  • Before serving, garnish with silvers of dried fruit.