Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Cakes

Happy Valentine's Day :)
To my husband. My love.
And to my parents who also celebrate their 33rd engagement anniversary today.
110 g butter, softened at room temperature 
110 g caster sugar 
2 eggs 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
2 tbsp red colouring 
110 g flour 
2 tsp baking powder 
2 tbsp milk 
  • Cream butter and caster sugar till pale. 
  • Beat in eggs one at a time. 
  • Stir in vanilla extract and red food colouring. 
  • Fold in the flour and baking powder, adding the milk till the batter is of folding consistency. 
  •  Bake in oven at 180C for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top turns golden brown. Tip: You will know when your cake is ready when you poke a toothpick in and it comes out clean. 
  • Cool the cake on a wire rack. Once cooled take it out of the pan and slice the cake about 1cm thick. Take a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut of the hearts. 
  • Place either one on top of the other, stacking three of them like I did. Or simply lay them out on a plate. You can also choose to add buttercream in between cake layers. 
 Have fun baking! Let me know how it goes.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Brown Matte Crisscrossed

I simply cannot get enough of this brown matte nailpolish by Faces Cosmetic. It looks wonderful.

Wonderful enough to add a little accent to a finger or two.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Caviar Highlight Nails in 3 easy steps

For this manicure I used,
Revlon - Red
Embellish - Caviar Beads
Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush - Liquid Jelly
Top Coat

Step 1: Put on a base coat in red. Paint the ring finger last as you need it wet to get the beads to stick on to it.

Step 2: Drop the caviar beads on to the ring finger. Cover your nail well. Press down lightly. Dry nail well before you apply the top coat.

Step 3: Now use Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush - Liquid Jelly and cover the rest of your nails. I used 3 coats to get some bling. Apply top coat to add extra gloss.

My Tip: Caviar beads tend to fall off in a few days. Reinforce them every day with the top coat especially the tip of your nails.

Have fun!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Brown Matte

Matte nail polish is simply fantastic. I normally wouldn't pick such shades but what the heck a girl can never have less of nail polishes. In India, Faces is a brand that I like with the other one being Sally Hansen. 

So for this manicure, you would need the following.

Faces Matte Caramel

Faces Mississippi Mud Pie
Now the thing with Faces Nail paints are that they are of a reasonable cost. But most importantly, the brush being flat makes application perfect. And they are fast drying polish, so you really don't even need to wait in between coats. 

Getting started
The brown matte polish was quite translucent, so in this case I used  four coats of the polish. 
I gave it sometime to dry before I used my cheeky plates to add the stripes. Alternatively you can use a brush and do it freehand too. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Spicy Baked Basa Recipe

I love baking. So, here are my four simple steps to baking a spicy dish of Basa

You will need: 
500 gms of skinless and boneless Basa
3 tbsp Olive Oil
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp chilli powder
1½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp sugar
1½ tsp dried basil

Step 1: In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except the fish.

Step 2: Cut the fish into pieces. A 2X2 inch cube should be just right.
However if you want to use the fillet as is, you can do so.

Step 3: Into a baking dish pour a little of the mixture, now place the fish onto it
and empty the remaining contents over the fish.

Step 4: Bake in an oven for about 20-25 mins at a temperature of 150 degrees.
Serve hot.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pork Stir Fry

1 Kg pork, cut into big cubes
Olive Oil
Crushed Pepper
5 Kashmiri Chillies
4 capsicums, cut lengthwise
6 onions, sliced

Method of Preparation: 
Slow cook the pork for about 2 hours till tender. Let it rest for about 30 mins.

Transfer to a skillet and to the pork, add the pepper, salt and olive oil. Pepper and salt as per taste. Give the pork a healthy Olive Oil drizzle. Break the Kashmiri chillies into half and drop it in. Mix all the ingredients well and leave it to marinate overnight.

Heat a large pan with oil. Saute the onions and capsicums. To this add the marinated pork and cook for 30 mins on a low flame. Once the meat is tender saute the mix to add some colour.

Serve hot with bread.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Chef’s Special – Paneer

Last Christmas we had new additions to the family, many of whom were vegetarians. So when faced with the daunting task of preparing a veg dish, I had to call on the expert – Executive Chef Conrad. Well he improvised a recipe on the go and it was delicious. 

Here's the recipe:

1 kg Paneer (block)
  • Cut the Paneer into two inch squares and roughly one finger thick. See that you have even number of pieces as you will need to create a sandwich of sorts.
  • Now onto the paste that will come in between the Paneer blocks.

The Paste
1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tbsp Chilli Powder
½ tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
Pinch of Salt
  • In a bowl mix the above ingredients to a coarse paste. Add a little more ginger garlic paste if need be.
  • Now smoothen this mixture between two blocks of paneer, like a sandwich.
  • Keep aside while you work on the chutney.

1 bunch Mint leaves
½ bunch Coriander leaves
2-3 tbsp Curd
2 limes (only juice)
A little salt to balance the flavour
  • Blend the above in a blender to a smooth paste. In case you are having trouble blending the mixture, add a little water.
  • Now add the paneer sandwich blocks to this mixture and let it marinate for an hour.

  • After an hour remove the paneer sandwich blocks and roll them in semolina (rava) coating them evenly. Place onto a hot pan and cook for about 5 mins on each side or until the semolina starts to darken.
  • Place on a kitchen towel to drain out excess oil. Serve hot.
  • You can use the chutney used for marinating, simply transfer it into a bowl. 

And here's the Chef with his little girl supervising the prep.
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