Cold Coffee -My Summer Special

DSC_0016Hello friends!! I am back soon this week! Hope all of you’ll have been good since I wished you last week. Everything’s been good at my end as well. I, along with scores of people, have been praying for rain, rain and rain. And I must say the rain Gods have been kind enough to bestow upon us unconditional and unlimited rain over the past few days. Hope it continues for sometime at least in May. The summers haven’t been good at all this year. It’s been too testing and hot. In the testing hot weather it’s really not possible to drink a cup of piping hot coffee in the evening (though that is what I prefer). Once in a while, when I feel it’s too hot and a hot cup of coffee, instead of doing good could make it worse for me, I prefer drinking another version of coffee – the Cold Coffee. It is very simple (when I say very simple, it really is!) to make and very tasty to sip on a hot day. So instead wasting time let’s just check out what goes into its making.

Ingredients

1 glass of cold milk

1 big ice cube

1 ½ tsp of Sugar

2 tsp of Nescafe Instant Coffee Powder

1 scoop Vanilla Ice Cream

Method

o    Take the cold milk, sugar, instant coffee powder and ice cube in a mixer and blend them all together until the mixture is smooth.

o    Add in the vanilla ice cream and blend it well again.

o    Take a serving glass and pour in the mixture.

o    Top it with 2 spoons of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle the instant coffee powder on it.

Yummy and tasty Cold Coffee is ready to be relished. It’s time you all tried this easy but yet tasty summer drink. Also make sure to get back to me and let me know your opinion.

Will see you all soon again!!

Cheers!!!

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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!!!

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!!!

Custard – My Thursday Treat

Hello! Here I am on My Space again. The reason for me being on the blog quickly is delicacy. As I said in my previous post that it was almost one month since I cooked something, all of a sudden I’ve got the urge of cooking often. So on a cool Thursday evening I just thought of treating myself with simple, yet delicious custard. It isn’t very difficult to make custard. What you have to do is just follow the recipe given on the carton of the custard powder. That is what I did!
To make things easier for myself in the future and people like me out there, here, I list the ingredients that go into and the procedure in the making of Delicious Custard.

Ingredients(Serves 1)
1 ½ tbsp of Pillsbury Custard Powder
2 teaspoons of Sugar
250 ml milk
Finely chopped fruits and dry fruits of your choice (I used apple, banana, cashew nuts and almonds)

Method
Keep aside about 50 ml of milk, add custard powder to the milk and mix well. Heat the remaining portion of milk with sugar. When it is about to boil just add the milk-custard mixture and bring to boil. Remove from heat and keep it aside. Let it Cool. After the plain custard has cooled, add the chopped fruits and dry fruits and mix well. Refrigerate it.

Serve Chilled.

Simple isn’t it? Well, this is the most common dessert I make at home very often when I feel that I cannot drink plain milk anymore.  There’s nothing so difficult. So, why wait, just rush and treat yourself with the all time favorite Fruit Custard!

See you soon with some interesting posts as always.

Cheers!!!

Coffee Cake – My Experiment on a Cool Sunday

Hi friends… It’s a Sunday again! Sundays come so quickly and fly away even before we realize.  So what’s special this Sunday at your end?  My Sunday has been very interesting so far. I wanted to try out baking a cake since long, but somehow could not. I decided to get on with it today. I’m here on my space after a successful baking session. Yes, you guys are right in having guessed that my post this time is not related to books! My mom always had a complaint that I write only about books. So here I’m with a different post.
Till date, I have tried baking chocolate cake (everybody’s favorite, I suppose).  But I wanted to try out a coffee flavored cake, of late. I wasn’t sure about what goes into a perfect coffee cake. I browsed through various websites, but still didn’t find the recipes very satisfying due to a variety of my constraints. I just decided to follow the basics of baking and went ahead. I didn’t follow any measurements. I just let it be and added whatever I felt like adding (I think my mom was laughing at me all the while).  But I must say that the cake turned out to be pretty nice, above all its edible. If by chance had it turned out the other way round, I had to eat the entire thing all alone!  
All cake lovers out there who do not wish to spend a lot of time can simply follow the steps as under and you’ll be relishing on a delicious coffee cake.
Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour; ½ cup wheat flour; 1 tin sweetened condensed milk; 6 tsp instant coffee powder; 2 tsp cocoa powder;1 tbsp baking powder; 3 tsp hot water; 1 tbsp unsalted butter

Method:
Mix all the dry ingredients together (keep aside 1 tsp of coffee powder to make decoction). Melt the butter (do not heat it on stove in order to melt it). Add condensed milk to the melted butter. Add 1 tsp of coffee powder to hot water and add it in the condensed milk mixture. Slowly go on adding the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the mixture into a greased pan and place it in a cooker/oven and bake it (I followed the cooker baking way). After about 25 minutes just check it with a knife and if it comes out clean your coffee cake is ready to indulge in.
On a cold Sunday evening here I am indulging myself completely in this coffee cake and pani puri my mom has prepared!
I’ll be back again tonight with my book review as usual. I cannot wait any long to write about another interesting book by Sidney Sheldon. See you soon!
Cheers!!!