Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving cake pops

How could I let you go, without throwing out some Thanksgiving cheer? Especially after we've known each other for so long. Moreover, I feel the need to fire your creativity, perhaps inspire/motivate while I desperately  show off some of my  handiwork. display some things that have kept me busy for the past few weeks.

Don't worry. We won't have a lengthy conversation on positioning cake on a stick,which is precisely what the above group of colorful confections are- cake, crumbled, mixed with frosting and strategically stuck to a paper stick. If you consider doing this, it may not be too hard, provided you've prepped for much of what's to happen in your kitchen tomorrow, perhaps even primed the huge bird that is mere balanced on the edge of your refrigerator shelf(is this just me?).

My original cake pop post was in 2012, with maybe a couple of follow up articles on how to shape and mold, like the Snoopy pops below.

The Fall-ish theme comes together with no more than 4 colors of Wilton candy melts. Mini leaves, acorns, and even the turkey are made from an overflow of homemade marshmallow fondant. I am thankful for this abundance, but more so my preschool-like desire to still play with playdo.

So, then, with that, I shall take leave.

May your cranberry sauce be perfect, your bird basted and brown and may you sense the spirit of gratitude that uplifts your soul and brings a long lasting smile to your face. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Enjoy and happy eats🦃🥧

A few themes and images to match tastes and birthday kid wishes.
"When you feel like you don't fit in, may you walk in faith because you have a place at the Table of Grace. When you feel like you're just not enough, may you remember that His Enough is more than enough for you. When you trip up and fall short, remember that He stoops down to make you great. And when you don't feel victorious, remember that you're already seated with Christ because He won the victory for you. Have a great day! You're firmly seated with Christ." Susie Larson
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Yoghurt rice(curd rice)

Before I proceed with today's dialogue, I need you to know that it began, complete with pictures, a month and a half ago. Those of you who have followed my recipe writing for the past 5 years know that I possess neither the multitasking skills nor the high diligence of a disciplined food blogger. So this is not much surprise to you...the same song, my anthem on repeat

It is a subject that has been on my mind waiting to get expelled onto screen, in, like, forever. That it has not reached blogger gates until today, is quite the anomaly because it's the dependable 30 minute rice that's, several days of the week, on my table, in my refrigerator, and packed for kid lunches. My keenness in getting it here, no matter how slow spanning it was, should be applauded. Don't you think?

Honestly, I wanted you to eat curd rice in October. Of course, it's November and I know the delay can be as much dismaying to myself as it is to you (I'm right, right?). Though, on the bright side, this is the best example of comfort food and I'm delivering it at the start of a season where we often desire comfort in our food, as well as everywhere else, more than any other time of the year. 

Yoghurt/curd rice, colloquially known, as thayir sadam ( tha-year saah-th-um) originally comes from a part of India that can claim bragging rights for paperiest dosa, the real indigenous lungi dance and a magnificent number of brilliant, technically skilled minds.

Creamy, white and seasoned just enough, it's the onepot meal, which is an entity all to itself, perhaps the stuff legends would beckon for if its versatility hadn't been played down so much. It may often be frowned upon and considered an afterthought of leftover dinner food and curdled milk, and perhaps, not so chic-ish as a thicked-on biriyani. Still, t.sadam can be made with as much love, devotion and foresight to take it from commonplace to regal in a matter of minutes.

Rice that gets all glo'd up before its transcendence is always a prescription for success. Yoghurt crescendos the performance, and despite its volume, turns the end into an incredibly light yet immensely satisfying meal. Where else can you find the dual feast advantage of gratifying tastebuds and cooling your tummy at the same time?

Some say yoghurt rice can find its Western world equivalent (starch+dairy) in macaroni and cheese, but I think the comparison might actually be a disservice (as much as I love the latter), in that the former's sharp tang and addictively savory nature can actually allow you to eat several servings in a single sitting without developing a sudden gluten/ dairy intolerance combined with an upset stomach (then again, this could just be me).

Experiment people. Thayir sadam is wonderful on it's own. But when strategically placed next to a sidecar curry, sadam turns astounding. Try it with beef. Try it with pork. Try it chicken. Try it with lentils and totally vegan

There it is. The gold at the end of the stupendous eats rainbow. And your ticket to scheduling into your routine menu a not-so routine thing at all. 

Wasn't it worth the wait?

 That it keeps well is one key feature of curd rice, even in inferno like temps I sit in. Packed at 5 am in a steel tiffin, it reaches perfect eatability criteria by noon.

 With fish curry, for which I need to give you a recipe. Soon.
  • oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 1-2  dry red chiles, broken in half
  • 1 tsp masoor dal/orange lentils
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 ½ c cooked white rice(I use basmati)
  • salt
  • 2 cups plain lowfat yoghurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard leaves, and onions, 
  • Saute onions until light brown and wilted.
  • Stir in ginger, jalapeno, red chiles. Stir to cook through.
  • Add masoor dal and allow to crisp up for about half a minute.
  • Add curry leaves.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Stir in rice and salt.  Combine well.
  • Whip yoghurt and milk together until you get a smooth consistency.
  • Stir yoghurt/milk mixture into seasoned rice thoroughly.
  • You can mash the rice and yoghurt with a large spoon or ladle to give it a softer, creamier texture. 
The rice  I make most weeks, a regular feature, with eager leftover potential. The kind that changes a monotonous lunchpacking life.

Past Novembers~

"And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.” Zechariah 2:5