Thursday, March 24, 2011

cheese cake

well i do like to challenge my culinary skills every now and again....and a couple of weeks back, i decided to make the seemingly impossible cheese cake....little bit of research on google and i realized that the task wasnt as difficult as i had anticipated...even then i was nervous if i would get the consistency and texture right..well i did get it right..and so here is the recipe :)

for the base:
  1. 1 1/2 cup honeymaid cracker crumbs (u can grind Parle G or marie...be sure to add more sugar if u are using marie biscuit)
  2. 3 tbsp sugar
  3. 1/3 cup butter
  4. cinnamon powder (for flavor)
Method:
  • mix the crumbs, sugar, cinnamon powder and melted butter till is form an even consistency mix....then using a spoon press the mixture in the baking dish..it should be 1/2 " thickness...pre heat the oven at 325 degree F....bake the crust for ten min........
for the filling:
  1. 16 ounces (2 packet) cream cheese
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp lemon juice
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1 pinch salt
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
Method
  • Beat eggs, add sugar, vanilla, salt, lemon juice, mix well....add cheese and blend everything well...if u not using an electric beater u can use ur mixture as well (i used it)
  • Pour it over the crust and Bake for 55 min at 325 deg F or until the knife comes clean at the sides
  • you notice that the middle is still loose but that will set when cooled.
  • After 55 switch the oven off...but keep the cake in the oven till it cools down..if u remove it out immediately it might crack....(mine did..) once it is room temperature, refrigerate it for 4 hours or overnight...
  • decorate with strawberries or fresh fruits while serving...you can add strawberry topping

Its really easy to make this...and very very tasty....trust me...everyone loved it :)

Song of the day: ainvayi ainvayi from band baaja baraat...love the music, words and dance...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Leaf, Wind, Tree

Leaf departure is because of Wind pursuit. Or because Tree didn't ask her to stay Leaf departure is because of Wind pursuit. Or because Tree didn't ask her  to stay Let us see what they have to say...


Tree People call me "Tree".I had dated 5 girls when I was in Pre-U. There is one girl who I love a lot but never dared to go after. She didn't have a pretty face, good figure or an outstanding charm. She was just a very ordinary girl. I liked her. I really liked her. I liked her innocence, her frankness, her intelligence and her fragility. Reason for not going after her was that I felt somebody so ordinary like her was not a good match for me. I was also afraid that after we were together all the feelings would vanish. I was also afraid other's gossip would hurt her. I felt that if she were my girl, she'd be mine ultimately & I didn't have to give up everything just for her. The last reason, made her accompanying me for 3 years. She watched me chase other girls, and I have made her heart cry for 3 years.She was a good actor, and me a demanding director. When I kissed my second girlfriend, she bumped into us. She was embarrassed but smiled & said, "Go on!" before running off. The next day, her eyes were swollen like a walnut. I did not want to know what caused her to cry. Later that day, I returned from soccer training to get something &; watched her cry in the classroom for an hour or so. My fourth girlfriend did not like her. There was once when both of them quarreled. I know that based on her character she is not the type that will start the quarrel. However, I still sided my girlfriend. I shouted at her & ignored her feelings and walked off with my
girlfriend. The next day, she was laughing & joking with me like nothing happened. I know she was hurt but she did not know deep down inside I was hurt too.When I broke up with my fifth girlfriend, I asked her out. Later that day, I told her I had something to tell her. I told her about my break up. Coincidentally, she has something
to tell me too, about her getting together. I knew who the person was. His pursuit for her had been the talk of the School. I did not show her my heartache, just smiles & best wishes. Once I reached home, I could not breathe. Tears rolled & I broke down. How many >times have I seen her cry for the man who did not acknowledge her
presence? During graduation, I read a SMS in my hp. It said, "Leaf's departure is because of Wind's pursuit. Or because Tree didn't ask her to stay" 



Leaf People call me Leaf. During the years of Pre-U, I was on very close terms with a guy as buddy kind. However, when he had his first girlfriend, I learnt a feeling I never should have learnt - Jealousy. Sourness to the extreme limit. They were only together for 2 months. When they broke up, I hid my happiness. But after a month, he got together with another girl. I liked him & I know he liked me. But why won't he pursue me? Since he loves me why he didn't he make the first move? Whenever he had a new girlfriend, my heart would hurt. After some time, I began to suspect that this was one-sided love. If he didn't like me, why did he treat me so well? It's beyond what you will normally do for a friend. I know his likes, his habits. But his feelings towards me I can never figure out. You can't expect me a girl, to ask him. Despite that, I still wanted to be by his side. Care for him, accompany him, and love him. Hoping that one day, he will come to love me. Because of this, I waited for him. Sometimes, I wondered if I should continue waiting. The pain, the dilemma accompanied me for 3 years. At the end of my
3rd year, a junior pursues me. Everyday he pursues me. He's like the cool & gentle wind, trying to blow off a leaf from a tree. In the end, I realized that I wanted to give this wind a small footing in my heart. I know the wind will bring the leaf to a better land. Finally, leaf left the tree, but the tree only smiled & didn't ask me to stay. Leaf's departure is because of Wind's pursuit. Or cause Tree didn't ask her to stay. 



Wind Because I like a girl called leaf. Because she's so dependent on tree, so I have to be a gust wind. A wind that will blow her away. When I first met her, it was 1 month after I was transferred to this new school. I saw a petite person looking at my seniors & me playing soccer. During ECA time, she will always be sitting there. Be it alone or with her friends, looking at him. When he talks with girls, there's jealousy in her eyes. When he looked at her, there's a smile in her eyes. Looking at her became my habit. Just like, she likes to look at him. One day, she didn't appear. I felt something missing. I can't explain the feeling except it's a kind of uneasiness. The senior was also not there as well. I went to their classroom, hid outside and saw my senior scolding her. Tears were in her eyes while he left. The next day, I saw her at her usual place, looking at him. I walked over and smiled to her. Took out a note & gave to her. She was surprised. She looked at me, smiled & accepts the note. The next day, she appeared & passes me a note and left.It read, "Leaf's heart is too heavy and wind couldn't blow her away." "It's not that leaf heart is too heavy. It because leaf never want to leave tree." I replied her note with this statement and slowly she started to talk to me & accept my presents & phone calls. I know that the person she loves is not me. But I have this perseverance that one day I will make her like me. Within 4 months, I have declared my love for her no less than 20 times. Every time, she will divert away from the topic. But I never give up. If I decide I
want her to be mine, I will definitely use all means to >win her over. I can't remember how many times I have declared my love to her. Although I know, she will try to divert but I still bear a small ray of hope.Hoping that she will agree to be my girlfriend. I didn't hear any reply from her over the phone. I asked, "What are you doing? How come you didn't want to reply?" She said, "I'm nodding my head". "Ah?" I could n't believe my ears. "I'm nodding my head" She replied loudly. I hang up the phone, quickly changed and took a taxi and rush to her place & press her doorbell. During the moment when she opens the door, I hugged her tightly. Leaf departure is because of Wind pursuit. Or because Tree didn't ask her to stay... 




First of all...let me clarify i did not write this...but thought it was very meaningful...as most things/ situations in life happen due to multiple etiology (causes)...and we must always try to see what part have we played in whats happening to ourselves or to our loved ones...how there are so many perspectives to one situation...this also tells us how we must not take anything/ anybody for granted...more dissection of this post later :)

song of the day: will put it up later!

Friday, March 11, 2011

pad thai and stir fry tofu

almost every weekend I try to make something interesting I have never made before. and since I am especially partial to thai cuisine I felt like going beyond the thai curries and tried to take up a seemingly tough task to making pad thai noodles (restaurant style) and of course I decided to try making stir fry tofu as there was some tofu in the house....

well well, what can I say....the result (at least the pic) is for all to see...and I assure u and I am sure rushika will vouch for it too, that it was indeed super tasty, restaurant style pad thai noodles...and of course, let me tell you, it was surprisingly easy and quick....so now here is the recipe for all you thai food fans (even chinese food fans) to give it a shot....
Pad Thai noodles
Ingredients:
  1. Pad thai Rice Noodles 
  2. 2 spring onions
  3. 1 medium onion chopped
  4. 3 cloves of garlic
  5. ginger
  6. 1/4th cabbage
  7. 2 eggs (optional)
  8. 2 tbsp soysauce
  9. 1 tbsp stirfry sauce
  10. 1 tbsp chilly sauce
  11. 2 tbsp vegetable broth (optional)
  12. 1 tbsp vinegar
  13. 1 tsp sugar
  14. salt to taste
  15. 2 tbsp oil
  16. chopped coriander/ cilantro for garnishing
  17. 1 tbsp roasted powdered peanuts (optional)
Method
  • saute onion, garlic, ginger in oil. Once onions are tender, add spring onions (if you like it raw, you can save some for garnishing, else add all of them). let it cook for a min, then add chopped cabbage. To the cabbage add chilly sauce, stir fry sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. add the vegetable broth and let everything cook
  • simultaneously, keep water for boiling on other stove, once water comes to boil, shut the stove and add noodles to it and cover. Noodles will cook in 10 min. (see instructions on packet for exact quantity of water)
  • If you are adding eggs, in a pan scramble the eggs. and then add the scrambled eggs to the veggies and add noodles too once they are cooked and mix well.
  • Add salt last, as all the sauces have some bit of salt to them, so if u add it before, u ll make it too salty.
  • garnish with coriander and/or spring onions and powdered peanuts.
  • ENJOY!
Stir fry tofu
Ingredients:
  1. 1 packet tofu
  2. 2 cloves of garlic
  3. 1 tbsp chilly sauce
  4. 1tbsp soy sauce
  5. 1 tbsp stir fry sauce
  6. 1 cup vegetable broth/water
  7. 1 tsp corn starch (optional)
  8. 1 tsp sugar
  9. 2 tbsp cooking oil
  10. salt to taste
Method:
  • saute chopped garlic in cooking oil, once they turn golden, add chilly sauce, to this add tofu, soy sauce, stir fry sauce, sugar and 1cup vegetable broth.
  • if you wish to add corn starch, dissolve 1 tsp corn starch in minimum water and add to the mixture.
  • let the entire gravy simmer on low flame, till desired consistency is achieved. taste and then add salt as needed.
the best part is that both these recipes are really quick...the pad thai takes around 15 min and tofu less than 10 min.and can be made with everyday ingredients, as usual i substituted some ingredients with what I had at home.you can use tamarind paste instead of vinegar for pad thai, and I substituted chinese cabbage (baby bok choy) with regular cabbage. tofu with broccoli, so in the same gravy you can add instead of tofu, mushrooms, baby corn, broccoli and a make very tasty side dish along with pad thai.

you can google and have multiple sites give you the recipe (thats what I do) but if you just decide to stick by this recipe I guarantee you are going to have a very tasty authentic thai food :)

song of the day: dheere jalna from paheli...one of my all time favourites..love the lyrics...and the music