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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ideas to decorate Cake

Dear women of the house!!!

Do you want to decorate your cakes to make them look delicious but are not sure what to do? Here are some simple and easy cake decorating ideas that you can try.

Before you start decorating:

One of the most important methods of cake decorating is to trim off the top of a cake with a serrated knife to make it leverl. Next, cut the cake into layers horizontally or use separate cake pans to make layers. Spread a layer of jam, whipped cream or icing between the different layers.

Cream base:

When it comes to homemade cake decoration, fresh cream can be your best friend. Add castor sugar to a cup of fresh cream and whisk it for a few minutes till the mixture is stiff. You can also add a couple of teaspoons of vanilla, coffee, chocolate or any other flabour, and egg whites to the mixture along with a few drops of food colouring. Once you have your cream mixture ready, apply it uniformity on your cake. Smoothen out the cream using a butter knife.

Icing base:

If you want to use an icing base instead of whipped cream whisk together icing sugar, butter and milk. You can add flavours and colours to it too.

Fresh fruits topping:

Seasonal fruits can make your cake appetising as well as beautiful. Get an assortment of colourful fruits like oranges, strawberries, black grapes, cherries, mangoes, or apples. Slice them thinly. Arrange them artistically on top of a cake layered with whipped cream. The fresh fruit toppig can make an ordinary cake look gorgeous and delicious.

Message on your cake:

Get a piping bag, fill it with whipped cream in a colour of your choice, and write your message. There is another option - get chewing gums which come in thin ling strips. Colour them using food colouring agents. Let the strips dry and use them to write your message.

Dusting the top:

Get some castor sugar, fine cocoa or coffee powder, and a sieve. Mix the castor sugar and cocoa or coffee powder well and sprinkle on the cake through the sieve.

Top it with candles and chocolates:

Arrange long thin strips of chocolates like Kit-Kat along the sides of the cake and tie them with a ribbon in a bow. Fill in the centre with your favourite candles. Gems are best as they add a splash of colour to the cake.

Black forest topping:

Here is very simple black forest cake decorating tip for beginners. Layer your cake with white whipped cream. Take a big piece of chocolate and peel off shavings from the chocolate with a peeler. Next, shred some of the chocolate using a grater. Stick the peeled chocolates shreds along the sides of the cake. Add the shredded chocolate on the top.

Line the edge of the top with cherries. With a pastry bag, you can add floral shapes made from whipped cream along the edge, and then add the cherries to those flowers. Alternatively, you can shred white chocolate and make a white forest cake.

Making patterns:

A fork can be used to draw waves or zigzag patterns, a knife to draw straight lines and stripes, and the back of your spoon can create elliptical patterns.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Perfect Mayonnaise : Recipe

Dear women of the house!

Learn this technique and savour the rich creaminess of homemade mayo.

Follow these steps to create creamy mayonnaise using the classic French method.

Step 1
Whisk 2 egg yolks, 2 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tsp Dijon mustard (optional) in a bowl. Whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil, a few drops at a time - if you add the oil too quickly, the misture may split.

Step 2
Pour in another 3/4 cup olive oil in a thin steady stream, whisking constantly, until thick and pale. Don't rush this step it's the secret to smooth, creamy mayonnaise. Season.

Top Tips
To make mayonnaise in a food processor, process the egg yolks, lemon juice and mustard to combine, then slowly add the oil in a thin steady stream until tick and incorporated.

Store the mayonniase in a sterilised jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Ways to enjoy homemade mayonnaise.

Mayo is great with seasfood, on sandwiches and in potato salads. Try these ideas too.

1. For a quick dip, mix mayonnaise and basil pesto.

2. Combine mayonnaise with a little wasabi paste.

3. Season mayonnaise with a pinch of chilli powder. Serve with barbecued corncobs.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fresh Salad on the go

When it comes to salads, the key to keeping it interesting is variety. Although it is easy to get used to eating green salads, don't forget that there are other types of salad out there.

To make a Jar Salad, you will need a Mason jar, salad dressing and your favorite salad ingredients. Use a large wide-mouth litre jar, which will produce a large salad. For a smaller salad, used a half litre jar. This is fast and easy to do, and you can make enough dressing for many salads for less than the cost of a bottle of processed salad dressing.

1. Slice, dice and prep your favourite salad items. You can use a mix of fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains, croutons and more. Be creative!

2. Start by placing your salad dressing at the bottom of the jar.

3. Pour in as little or as much as you usually put in your salads.

4. The next layer should be comprised of heartier vegetables. These will hold up when submerged in the dressing, and depending on how long you leave it in the fridge, some may even come out with a light pickled effect. Carrots, beans, cucumbers and radishes are good choices.

5. Keep layering the heavier veggies. This will separate your leafy greens from the dressing, preventing them from getting soggy.

6. The next layer will be your lettuce, which take up most of the space in the jar. It's okay to stuff them in, just don't push down too hard, as leafy greens are delicate.

7. Your final layer should be the lighter items. Corn is a good option, but you can go with nuts, seeds, croutons or dried fruit.

8. Finally, twist the lid on tight. When you are ready to eat, simply pour out into a bowl and toss gently. You can store these salads for 4-5 days and they will stay as fresh as the day you made them.

I grew up thinking that salad dressings only came from a bottle that you purchase at the grocery store. But now that I have learned how to create scrumptious fresh healthy salad dressings at home. Yeah! Salad always healthy for you.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Gobi Manchurian : A Mouth Watering Recipe

Dear Women of the House!!

I am going to illustrate the preparatory steps of 'Gobi Manchurian', a tasty and mouth watering recipe, in a simplified version.

Gobi Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese dish, very popular in India. Renowned as a starter recipe, Gobi Manchurian is spicy, delicious and appears dry or with a little gravy. Chinese style preparations are a favorite with Indians. The original preparation of these Chinese recipes has been altered to suit the taste of Indians. However the basic ingredient remains constant. For example, usage of cilantro leaves is a part of our Indian alteration. 

'Manchurian' has several variations - mixed vegetables, cauliflower/gobi, chicken or even lamb(minced) can be included. However gobi manchurian stands as the highly rated recipe owing to the distinguished taste and flavor.


For the Sauce:

1 cup - chopped spring onion
2 teaspoon - chopped ginger
2 teaspoon - chopped garlic
1/2 tablespoon - chopped celery
1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon - soya sauce
2-3 tablespoon - oil
1 & 1/2 cups - water
Salt - as required

For the Batter:

1 medium - gobi
1 cup - maida
3 tablespoon - cornflour
1 teaspoon - ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon - soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon - black pepper powder
3/4 cup - water or veg stock
Salt - to taste


Chop the gobi into medium sized or big florets. Boil water with salt and keep the florets in the salted water for 15-20 minutes. Drain and dry on a clean cloth.

The batter:

Mix all the ingredients listed for the batter except for cauliflower.

Dip the florets in the batter one by one and deep fry in hot oil. Keep aside.

Remove the extra oil.

The Sauce:

In the remaining oil, add chopped spring onions and stir fry till the onions turn transparent. Add the remaining ginger, garlic celeray and green chillies and fry for a minute. Now ad the soy sauce, black pepper and salt. Add 1 & 1/2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.

Add one tablespoon cornflour to 1/4 cup water and dissolve well. Make sure there are no lumps.

Gradually add the corn flour paste to the gravy and stir contiuously. Keep on stirring the gravy while adding the cornflour paste.

Simmer for two to three minutes till the sauce becomes thick and the corn flour gets cooked.

Add the fried florets and stir. Simmer for a minute.

Garnish the dish with the spring onions and serve with noodles or rice.

Your comments are anticipated ....