Monday, November 24, 2014

Spicy Cranberry Pickle

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Pickle is an integral part of Indian cuisine. There are so many varieties of this spicy preserve that it will probably take a life time to taste all. Each region has its own flavors and combination. Indian pickles are very different from anything I have eaten in the West. We have basically two kinds of preserves, one is oil based and can be preserved for many years and the other in brine. The brine is usually created by adding salt, by doing so the veggies release their own juices, creating a brine solution. Most of the oil pickles do not need refrigeration and can only be used 4-6 weeks after you make them. The brine pickle can be used in a week or so, unless it is lime or lemon, it takes longer for the peel to get softer and get rid of the bitterness. This pickle will be ready in 2-3 weeks and it stays good for a year, provided you do not use a wet spoon and take care to keep it dry.

I remember my childhood, when mom made pickles utmost care was taken to pick the best mangoes and wash them and then wipe them. We were not allowed to touch the big pickle jar and mother would always transfer the pickle to a smaller jar for day to day use. We had to make sure, we do not use a wet spoon or touch with bare hands. There were strict pickle protocol, in fact whenever a jar of pickle went bad I was the prime suspect…since I had been caught putting my hand in the jar, multiple times. Pickle would often be kept in the sun to quicken the fermentation process with solar heat. I have always loved the tangy  and spicy mango pickle. Since mango is not in season and cranberries are equally tangy I thought of making cranberry pickle in oil. It took me less then an hour to make a small jar of pickle. Wonder what has held me for so many years. I think this is a great Thanksgiving idea.

Every month, Ilva, Sophia and myself, get together and do a post with a similar theme. this month we picked preserves and I just had to do an Indian pickle. Hope you like our posts :)


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Linkz Party

We are back with another week of the holiday Linkz party. Thank you so much for all the links and amazing response.  I hope you are joining us this week too. Happy ThanksGiving to all of you !!
Stay warm and stay happy :))

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Great holiday recipes from now through Christmas from the best and most popular bloggers on the net!


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Orange Pound Cake


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Last weekend my teen baked an orange cake for us. I just love citrus, I have to have either an orange or grapefruit every single day and I am serious when I say everyday, I can finish a whole crate of oranges in a week and still want more. Well, you get the point. When teen asked me, if she could use 4 oranges, I was not sure If I would love the cake as much as I love the fruits that goes in it. But frankly did not want to disappoint her so agreed and played along. Am I glad I did, because this cake is the cake of the year, I just love it, it is SUPER MOIST.  Don’t go by the photographs, as I could hardly do justice to it. It was hard for me to keep my hands on the camera, all I wanted to do was eat this thing. It is a great recipe for the holidays. I am going to be baking this for Thanksgiving. It’s a no fuss recipe and you can make it ahead of time, stays very moist.

Since am literally running between ten things here today, I am going to stop writing and go straight to the recipe. But first I must thank Anjana from ‘Happy and Harried’ for the recipe.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOLIDAY LINKZ PARTY

We are back with another week of the holiday Linkz party. Thank you so much for all the links and amazing response. Absolutely loved pinning every single recipe. I hope you are joining us this week too.
Stay warm and stay happy :))

Happy Holidays Link Party | bakeatmidnite.com | #linkparty #recipes #DIY
Great holiday recipes from now through Christmas from the best and most popular bloggers on the net!


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Poached pears with mango sauce

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I love to have fruits in my desserts,  it not only adds flavor and color, but you can also enjoy it with a little less guilt. There are endless possibilities of cakes, pies, tarts, poached, ice creams, sorbets, custards and list is endless. I almost panic when I run out of fruits at home, husband and teen don’t get the urgency of refilling the fruit bowl…. it’s a sign of a poorly stocked kitchen. That’s a huge one for me, I am so proud of my kitchen stocking abilities and hate to have it threatened even in my own mind. :)

Poached pears is a great breakfast idea for the holidays, goes so well with french toast.  Hot french toast with poached pears and vanilla ice-cream. ahhhh…..this is life. When I posted the first image on Facebook, one of my friend commented “calories for the soul “ I love the phrase. Thanks Rumki for your beautiful words, I have added that as text on the last image, hope you like it.

I forgot to mention it in my last blogpost, I now have a portfolio site, to showcase my work. It’s a work in progress, any suggestions are welcome. I still have to write an ‘about me’…..postponed that forever, I really don’t know what to write. I hope I come up with something.

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