Thursday, 20 March 2008

Poached Pears Tarts in Chocolate Sauce

This is one of those dessert which one think is difficult to make as it looks so good, but then when you read the recipe and make it, you are surprised how easy it is to make them.
Not to mention how delicious it is. It was as they all are finished now.

How can it not be delicious, it has puff pastry, pears, nuts and CHOCOLATEFor sure I am going to make them again.............

This I am sending to Ragga of Singing Chef who in her own words I'm a singer and cook trapped in the body of an HR professional.She is hosting this month
This is my last post. Taking a break as my daughter is having her spring beak.Will be back after the first week of April.
During this period I have promised myself I am not going to take even a peek in any blogs :-)

And before I go I have to say I got this Lovely You make my Day Award from Ruth's Kitchen Experiments.
Thankyou Ruth I was overjoyed when i got it.
Normally I have to pass this to few fellow blogger, but I coudn't decide who all to give it. So this is for all my friends who visit me here and say such encouraging comments.

3 firm pears, peeled
400 ml water
Few ornage peels
1 tbsp Vanilla essence
1 bay leaf
50 gm sugar6 square sheets of puff pastry
40 gm real cacao powder5 tbsp cream
25 gm soft butter
50 gm walnuts chopped
1 egg
A bit of sugar to sprinkle

Few of the ingridients

Boiling in the sugar syrup

Ready to go in the oven


Half the pears and remove the middle and scopp a bit out from the middle.
Bring the water to boil in a pan abd add the orange peel, vanilla essence, sugar and bat leaf.
Bring it to boil and add the pears.
Boil them for 10 minutes in slow fire with a cover.

Now take the pears out and keep the sugar syrup aside ( remove the ornage peel and the bay leaf) Let the pear cool down.

Preheat the oven to 200°cNow take the pastrt sheets and cut them into pear shapes ( show in the pic).
Apply egg wash over tray.

Mix the butter ,sugar and the walnuts in a bowl.
Take a tsp of the filling and fill the holes of each pear.
Lay the pears the filled side down on the puff pastry.
Sprnikle with sugar.

Bake the tarts 15 to 20 minutes or untill it is golden brown.

In the mean time. Put the sugar syrup in a pan and cook in a high heat for 10 minutes.
Mix the cacao powder with 4 tbsp of cold water.
Add the mix to the sugar syrup and mix well.
Let the sauce get thick till you have 150 ml left
Now add the cream and mix it very well.

When the tart is baked, serve them with chocolate sauce poured over it.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Achappam Mould for Click

My Entry for Click
From the time The famous duo announced their theme for this months click
I have been thinking about what to send for them.

Few times I passed their Image Gallery and came back depressed seeing all the beautiful pictures from the other participants. If you ladies go and have a look there you will know what I mean.
But then I do think main thing is to join up the event.
And still there is more than 2 weeks to go so you can imagine how many more entries they are going to get.This is the mould to make achappam a traditional Kerela snack made with rice flour,coconut mil eggs etc.If you want to see how the achappam looks just visit Aparna's My Diverse Kitchen.

My mom used to make them for special occasions.
I have never made them, this mould I got gifted from one of our friends who went for their annual visit to Kerela.
I still have to use them......So in the meanwhile I thought I will make use of it atleast like this by taking a picture and sending for this months

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Oven Fried Potatoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I did send Sia of Monsoon Spice a potato dish for her event Ode to Potato which she is hosting .

I am sure few of you did more than one entry to her as potato iss something we used in the kitchen a lot.
In Belgium, French Fries are very famous, here they call it Frieten or Friets.
I am sure if you have visited Belgium you would have surley tasted friets from one of those stalls in the streets,
Well Friets are for another post.
This is Oven baked Chips. I do this a lot of time at home and we all love it. Mostly I serve them with fried chicken and salade.

I love to do this as it is hardly anywork and you can just make them in the oven.If you like you can aff few sprigs of tyme or few cloves of garlic in the tray with the potato.This time i made them just plain. Just added salt that is it.

Sliced and washed potato

Ready to go in the oven

Crispy and Delicious

750 gm potato
3 to 4 tbsp of oil
Salt to taste

Peel the potato and cut them into thick pieces and par boil them.
When it is par boiled drain them.

Preheat the oven to 200°C to 225°c.Spred the potatoes in a tray and coat the potatoes with the oil. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake them in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
Around half time you can turn over the potatoes. So both the sides are crispy.
If you want you can sprinkle chilie power with the salt or even if you have cajun spice powder you can add them too.

Monday, 10 March 2008

Carib Cream

This is my entry for Sigs Monthly Blog Patrol March which she is hosting.
The event was started by Coffee of The Spice Cafe......
I don't think any one of us were SURPRISED with her theme :-) What is it MIXED DRINKS !!!!! and we all know what kind of drinks she means by mixed drinks.
Just go to her place and you will se the lot....Gitatini, Banana Colada, RumRazz Should I continue go and check it out here

I would have send sig a cocktail but hubby dear is on diet so no cocktails for a while.
Thankyou for hosting the event sig

Sig was just kidding about you choice, you know we adore you and your blog

I took Carb Cream from one of our favourite blogger around. I don't think I have to mention her name.
Without even mentioning you all will know who she is.
Well I will still mention her name Asha :-))
She had written her kids loved it.
So this is what i made for Shyama when she came from school today to her Delight.
Girls I am fast I made it took the pic and am posting them fast...
After all the dull days, I was so glad to see some sunlight in the room and i took the picture saying yuppiie there is sunlight for once and I will have a beautiful picture, but instead of it what do i get a pic with shadows etc....
I coudn't take any more pictures as my daughter had drank the Carib cream half......

I did take a sip and it was delicious. I am going to make this again. Actually it is a really healthy drink. Asha added half cream and half milk. I added just milk.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Chocolate Cup Cakes

I saw this cup cake yesterday in Rosies place and this is what she had written.

Imagine sinking your teeth into firstly the fluffy flavoured icings and onto the lushness of the sponge, these cupcakes are a sheer experience of delightfulness my friends!

Well after reading this what can you expect,

I had to go into my kitchen and make them :-)

Rosie had used Tia Maria in her cake batter and in the icing,
I didn't had them ( it is in my must buy list now) so I addded Cacao Liquer in the cake mix and left out in the icing, i added vanilla instead as I made the cupcakes for my daughter and few of her friends.

At the moment they are doing a group work for school. So from her room I can hear lot of talking and gigling.

Sometimes when they are here for group work i do ask my daughter are you all doing some work or just gossiping and giggling............ofcourse they tell me they are doing the work and also gossiping etc................every time for their group work they get good grade so it is ok.

Just imagine us when we were 16 with our friends ( Shyama will be sixteen in jully). We were also same gossiping and gigling etc.................. I have to admit the gossiping is still there with me, but the gigling, i hope I have grown out of the giggling part :-))))


Cake Mix
In and out of oven
Delicious creamy icing

I am sending this to HomeMades to the event she is hosting Spectacular Cupcakes 2008!
You can find the recipe here