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Archive for October 2009

Sticky plummy chocolatey cake

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A slice of plummy chocolatey sticky low fat cake

It is the brandy syrup saturating the cake that does the trick! The cake tastes way better than it looks – very plummy and full of molten chocolate. And the addition of liqueur, in our case Calvados, makes its aroma richer and the taste more voluptuous than you would think from the small amount of fat in it.

Thank you Clotilde, it is one of the best chocolate cakes we have eaten yet. Ad Hoc can try this one out instead of the ho-hum brownies that they chose to serve us after their not-so-good ribs.

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October 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Celebrating with bubbles and ?

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Chocolate souffle

Chocolate souffle

I always keep a bottle of sparkling wine in the refrigerator. Nothing too fancy, mind you – that would defeat the purpose. Just something that makes small celebrations affordable, say, Veuve du Vernay Rosé or Antech Cremant de Limoux. And I mean small celebrations like harvesting a batch of potatoes from the backyard or your first handstand.

My favorite morning celebration calls for souffle and a glass or two of sparkling wine. Souffle requires a spouse who is fond of baking and pantry basics like flour, chocolate and eggs.

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Written by Som

October 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm

In search of “the” perfect potato stuffed flatbread

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Potato stuffed flatbread

Potato stuffed flatbread

Aloo paratha – potato stuffed fried flatbread. I thought it was going to be a lifelong search but I may have found the first near perfect version.

A combination of crushed and whole spices and whole grain flours supply the textures and tastes. Traditionally fried in ghee, these new age parathas are low in fat – made using a a clever application of oil with a silicone brush.

To start – grow your own potatoes. They are easy to grow and there is no comparison of the taste and smell of fresh potatoes grown in your backyard compared to the rather tastefree lumps in the grocery store.

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Written by Som

October 20, 2009 at 11:50 am

Banana bread – be happy and healthy

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Chocolate buckwheat banana bread

Chocolate buckwheat banana bread

Growing up in India, soft ripe bananas usually translated to sweet and savory banana fritters. Now, they also end up in banana bread.

Yesterday, instead of the tried and tested banana bread recipe from Joy of Cooking, we decided to go for a new one. So, we substituted whole wheat pastry and buckwheat flour in David Lebovitz’s banana bread recipe, and added 1% homemade sour yogurt instead of sour cream.

Result: A dark, nutty and moist banana bread with only 120 calories per generous slice.

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Written by Sachin

October 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Stinky goodness of sun dried cauliflower

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Sun dried cauliflower

Sun dried cauliflower

Not as bad as your stinky tofu or durian but we are splitting hairs. When cooked, it is yummy – obviously. So, lets take  this cauliflower journey – from raw to sun-dried to hydrated cauliflowers.

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Written by Som

October 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Meal replacement cookies

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Bean cookies

Bean cookies

Maybe I should have done a calorie analysis beforehand,  the name itself should have provided that hint. We made smaller cookies than Heidi recommended and got 34 cookies from her recipe. Each one  is about 100 calories; Heidi’s would be 200 per cookie. Now I know why she calls them marathon cookies. The original recipe can be found here.

This has an interesting array of cookie ingredients – white kidney beans, dates, sesame seeds, and aniseed.

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Written by Som

October 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Pecan coffee cookies

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Pecan, Coffee, Butter...

Pecan, Coffee, Butter...

I am a fan of Heidi Swanson’s unusual combination of ingredients and textures. Original recipe for this cookie can be found here.

I did some variations. Like I chopped the pecans by hand instead of making a fine meal. Why? I like using a knife – a bit of blood, sweat and tears always makes the food taste better. Kidding!

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Written by Som

October 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm