Chocolate Fudge – My Diwali Delicacy

Hey! Festive weekend is fast approaching, so everyone out there I’m sure will be busy with preparations.  So what’s the festive special at your places? Back here, even I’m looking forward for a long – extended festival weekend. Though am not busy with any sort of preparations, I just thought I could be of some help to my mom by preparing something. I’m surely not good at making the snack stuffs famous down here in the south. I’m just comfortable making few sweets – though not the authentic ones! I only make sweets I like (I know it’s a little biased – but still).  This Diwali, I’ve been given special importance and everyone at home unanimously has decided to prepare and eat My Favorites. I took up the responsibility of making sweet. So I made the all time delicious and everyone’s favorite Chocolate Fudge. Basically I have made this a couple of times (I repeat – this being my favorite). Every chocolate lover out there would surely enjoy the taste of this sweet. So let’s quickly run through the procedure. It is very simple to make with just a little of your patience through the preparation time and nothing else).

Ingredients

50 gms of Cocoa Powder (strictly unsweetened Cocoa Powder and not Drinking Chocolate- I used the Weikfield Cocoa Powder)
100 gms of Sugar (Sugar as it is and notcastor sugar)
1 tin Milkmaid (I used the Nestle Milkmaid Tin)
100 gms of Cashew nuts (neatly chopped)
100 gms of Fresh Butter (unsalted butter)

Method

Take a pan, add all the above mentioned ingredients one after the other and place the pan on the stove in medium flame, I repeat Medium Flame. Keep stirring the mixture continuously and never leave stirring it even for a minute. As the mixture takes the form of a ball and accumulates together, remove from flame and spread it on a greased tray and cut it into required shapes and sizes immediately (if you do not cut it immediately then you will not be able to cut it).

Enjoy the pleasure of relishing a delicious- heavenly homemade chocolate.

The preparation time varies from 25 to 30 minutes. Overall, as I mentioned earlier, it is a very simple homemade chocolate with just a little of patience (of course not patience to eat, but patience to make). The end product, I promise is a very tasty one!

I really feel that many of you will love this and try it out for sure. So why wait, just make it at your places this Diwali and brighten up.

I was supposed to write a review this time, but Chocolate Fudge kept me away from doing it. So I promise you to get back with a very interesting review at the earliest.

Happy Diwali! Have a Safe one!

See you soon…


Cheers!!!
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Tomato Soup – What a Challenging Saturday!

Hey friends! It feels good to sneak into my space soon. Being a Saturday, a holiday, what else can one ask for – A Perfect Day, Right? So was my day – A perfect one, when it began. After completing my routine stuffs I was just immersed in reading a book, when suddenly I felt like eating Tomato Soup. One bad habit I have is, if I feel like eating something I keep feeling restless until I eat it. So I decided to make it. The thrill of making the soup was my mom’s absence. She wasn’t at home and I just gave it a thought, what a surprise it would be for her when she is back. So I didn’t waste a single moment and went on to make a- so- called- delicious -tomato- soup (it turned out to be delicious). In the course of making the soup I had a splatter of Tomato Puree all over me (very common thing to happen with me whenever I make Tomato Soup). This is the second time I made tomato soup and I must mention that both the times I’ve had splatter of tomato puree over me because of the mixer (exactly due to not closing the mixer lid properly). It was a truly Challenging Saturday for me as I had to clean up the mess on myself as well as in the kitchen before my mom turned up!
Now let’s just have a sneak peek into what goes into the making of the tomato soup.

Ingredients

2 tomatoes (quartered)
1 carrot (diced)
1 onion (roughly chopped)
13-15 pepper corns
5 garlic cloves (roughly chopped)
1 tbsp butter (I used Nutrilite)
4 teaspoons of Corn flour mixed with water
About 1 – 2 cups water (as per our requirements based on the thickness we wish to bring in the soup)
Salt as per requirement
Method

Melt butter in a pan. Add garlic and pepper corns and fry for a minute. Then add onions and fry till it turns transparent. Then add in the diced carrot and tomatoes. Fry for a minute or so. Then add in 1 cup of water and salt, mix well, close the lid and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Then remove from flame and keep it aside. Let it cool completely.

After the mixture cools, grind it in a mixer and add the remaining water, if need be (but make sure you do not commit the mistake I committed, I know you guys are not foolish like me).

Strain the mixture, add corn flour mixture and bring it to boil. The delicious tomato soup is ready to relish.
You can top your soup with a teaspoon of butter and powdered peppercorns.
PS: To get a bright red colored tomato soup all you need to do is add a small piece of beetroot. However, as I didn’t have it readily available at home, I did not add it.
It’s very simple to make. So why back out! Just give it a try and you will surely like it.
I will get back with a review at the earliest.

Till then, Cheers!!!

Chocolate Milkshake – On a Thirsty Thursday Evening!



Hi all.. How have you all been? We are almost towards the end of October and as I had mentioned in one of my previous posts – the days are just running, I must say, FLYING! It’s not just that October is ending, 2013 is also coming to an end to give way for an even more glamorous year ahead. So let’s just rush and accomplish all that we wish to during the year end. With rains lashing out every day back here at Mysore, anyone would want to eat something spicy. But being the opposite as always, I spent the somewhat rainy evening today relishing the Divine Chocolate Fantasy (Dark Chocolate Milkshake) I prepared. All chocolate/ chocolate ice cream lovers would really be feeling ’J’ for Jealous! But I could surely help you and reduce the Jealousy. It isn’t difficult to make. It’s just as easy as it can be. But all you need is a superb Chocolate Chip Ice cream.


Ingredients (Serves 2)

Chocolate Ice Cream (around 4 + 2 = 6 scoops) – I used Kwality Walls Divine Chocolate Ice Cream
500 ml Milk

Method

Take 500 ml of boiled and cooled milk in a mixer. Add 4 scoops of Chocolate Ice Cream to it and churn it. I did not add sugar to it as I like tea – coffee – juice – milkshake with less sugar. But, if you want to, you can surely add 1 teaspoon of sugar. However, keep one thing in mind, never add too much of sugar to any milkshake for that matter, the royal taste vanishes when more sugar is added (this is what I feel).

Take a glass of your choice. Pour in the milkshake and then top it with the remaining ice cream. Just get lost in the Divine Chocolate Fantasy.

So how many of you’ll are already rushing to get lost in the Divine Chocolate Fantasy (this is the name I’ve given for the Chocolate Milkshake to make it a bit more interesting).

Just treat yourselves to it, while I go in search of something new!

Cheers!!!

Dry Spicy Corn Masala – My Experiment on a Fantastic Friday

Hello friends! I’m back very soon- this time with an experiment. I had to put up this post yesterday itself, but just could not squeeze in due to time constraint. I had mentioned in one my previous posts that I happen to check out recipes on different pages, one such page being Archana’s Kitchen on Facebook – I found this recipe – Spicy Corn Sabzi for Chapathi/ Pulao right there. I wanted to try it at the earliest. So without even bothering about it being a week day I decided to try it out yesterday only. I’m happy to tell all of you that my experiment was a great success. Everyone at home just loved it. The recipe I saw on net was that of gravy, but I made a variation and made a Dry Spicy Corn Masala. I’m here to share the recipe with all of you.


Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 Sweet Corn (boiled)
1 cup Ground Nuts (Roasted and coarsely powdered)
2 Tomatoes (pureed without any extra water added)
1 inch Ginger (grated)
1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric
A pinch of asafoetida (Hing)
½ teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
2 Green Chillies (finely chopped)
Oil (as per requirement)
Salt as per taste
Coriander Leaves (for garnishing)
Method
Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, grated ginger, asafoetida and the powdered groundnuts. Fry for a minute. Then add in the tomato puree, garam masala powder, turmeric, red chilly powder, green chillies and salt as per requirement and sauté until the mixture combines together well and begins to boil (boil in the sense, when you notice big bubbles- this being a dry sabzi). Add in the boiled sweet corn and mix well. About 8- 10 minutes of cooking is required for the sweet corn to combine with the masala well.
The chatpati Dry Spicy Corn Masala is ready to serve.
Garnish with fresh Coriander Leaves and serve with Chapathi.
Total preparation time is about 30 minutes (a very ideal cooking time on a busy weekday).
It can be served along with Chapathi and Pulao. You can also eat it plain like a chat on a rainy evening with lemon sprinkled on it! If you like it spicier you can anytime increase the quantity of ginger, red chilly powder and green chillies.
So I hope you will all try this easy to make dish and get back with the results and any variations you would prefer.Why wait! Rush in and try it out.

See you soon with something interesting as always.

Till then, Cheers!!!

My Review on P.G.Wodehouse’s “Right Ho, Jeeves”

Hello!!! We are all just out of the festive mood with the end of Navrathri and all set to enter the Diwali mood in a while. How’s the festive season been treating you’ll? Super – Awesome I suppose! It’s during these festivals that we get an opportunity to eat a lot of sweets without feeling guilty. So why bother, indulge yourselves in sweets till the end of Diwali Season, because you like it or not after that nobody will run after you offering sweets to you. Enjoy what you have at the moment. Coming to the festive season at my end, it’s been super awesome with food and fun. But, what a shock it was for me to see the crowd in Mysore during the Dasara this year. Just before Dasara could begin I chanced upon to have gotten my hand on one of Wodehouse’s books featuring Jeeves. I had heard that the book is super comical types. So the interest to read the book increased. I should thank the person who suggested me the same because for the first time in my life I literally laughed while reading the book (my mom who was sitting next to me had developed serious doubts that I’m going mad, gradually, ha ha). But, whatsoever it is, the book was mind blowing. The story is folded and unfolded with a subtle comedy in a fantastic manner.


The main story is set at Brinkley Court, the home of Aunt Dahlia, Bertie’s Aunt. However, it begins with Bertie Wooster returning from his Cannes trip. On his arrival he gets to know that Jeeves has been advising Bertie’s childhood friend with regard to wooing the girl he loves. Wooster finds Jeeves’ ideas silly and funny. So he suggests Jeeves to stay away from the whole matter and decides to take up the matter himself. While he tries to settle the issue of his friend by sending his friend and his lady love to Brinkley Court, he gets a call from his Aunt Dahlia that her daughter has called off her engagement. Now, Bertie has two tasks at hand to handle. He decides to go to Brinkley Court himself along with Jeeves. The way the story unfolds is simply awesome. Whatever Bertie plans turns out to be a disaster and it tangles things in such a way that it looks unmanageable. Any new idea he puts into force has an effect directly on Bertie himself. He is fed up with how things are turning out and so one evening calls out for Jeeves, discards the restriction he placed on Jeeves and tells him to sketch out a plan with regard the same.

The night of plan is around and the plan is out into force. The plan is executed but somehow doesn’t seem to work for Bertie. So Jeeves sends Bertie away on the pretext of getting a key and what follows the incident is simply tummy tickling – rib tickling types. Simply Awesome!

I mean this is the first comedy sort of a novel I have read so far and Oh My God I’m truly taken away with the book. It’s a small book with about 208 pages or so. If you are a fast reader you can finish it off in a day (me being the slower types took days to finish it). What I can promise is, you will surely love the way the story is woven and I must say you’ll surely appreciate the comedy as well.

So what’s stopping you, just try out the book and rush back here to my space and let me know your experiences as well. Till then let me try another Jeeves’ book.

Have fun..


Cheers!!!