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Monday, 28 May 2012

Butterscotch Pudding

To show you how obsessed I was with writing recipes, here's a glimpse of what I usually did in the pretense of studying ... I managed to clear all exams so I don't think Ma should have a problem seeing this! :-D

Thursday, 24 May 2012

I'm a Notable Newbie!

Just a short post to let y'all know that a few weeks ago, BlogAdda thought I deserved the Notable Newbie Award! :-D And I was featured on their homepage for a whole week. I love the badge they've given me. You see, I'm a new blogger. And I'm 'notable'. :-) Aye sir! I'm the Notable Newbie! :P
Unfortunately, I wasn't online at the time to fully "feel awesome". But my dear friend took a screenshot of the page. Check out the right side corner. That's me!!!!
You can also check their list of Notable Newbies here and scroll down to find me. :D

Have a good day, folks! :) I'll be back soon! :D

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Essential Equipments for Baking

I keep getting a lot of questions from beginner bakers regarding cups, spoons, pans, how to get started, substitutes etc. I  thought, why not write a post on the knowledge I've gathered in these past few months? :D
Today, I'm going to be talking about equipments that are absolutely necessary for every baker. This is the perfect shopping list.Of course, you can go ahead and buy fancier equipments if you have the money and space to store them. :)

Monday, 14 May 2012

Baking in Microwave Convection Oven

OTG vs Microwave Convection is a topic that has been widely discussed. I have used both. And even though it took me a few burnt cakes to get the settings right, I like my convection microwave oven more. I think it can be a very efficient choice for your kitchen. Most of us have tiny kitchens. In such cases, having a separate oven for baking and a separate one for microwaving makes no sense. Convection ovens are handy and make almost anything albeit they are more expensive than regular microwaves. (Click here to read about different types of ovens)

A convection microwave is a combination of a standard microwave oven and a convection oven. It allows food cooked in the convection microwave to be cooked quickly, yet come out browned or crisped as in a convection oven. For example, a convection microwave oven can be preheated to bake cakes, which is not possible with standard microwave ovens.

I have an Onida Black Beauty Convection Oven. But I'm sure the principles of baking are the same in all convection microwave ovens. Any questions, just leave a comment. I shall try to answer as correctly as possible! [Disclaimer: I'm not claiming to be an expert!] ;-)
I've tried to demystify some of the questions and doubts involved with baking in a convection microwave oven. There are of course so many other functions your could try, but in this post, I'm sticking to Baking. (I'll probably do another one on other functions like defrosting, cooking, grilling etc)

Friday, 11 May 2012

Thengai Poli | Cooking With Kin #17#

I didn't want my blog to go into a funk just because some exams were in the way. But I had to prioritize and so, cooking + blogging took a backseat. Out of an adversity, Cooking With Kin was born! :-) I have another blogger here with us today to share her recipe as a part of my CWK Series. Seriously, what would I do without these people?! :-D They are responsible for keeping my blog alive all these days. Ok, before I start getting all mushy with gratitude, I'll introduce our guest of honor - Jeyashri from Jeyashri's Kitchen! You will find so many authentic Indian recipes on her blog. And the variety of recipes is simply outstanding! What are you waiting for? Go check out Jeyashri's Kitchen. Wait. Go after seeing this post fully! ;-) Over to Jeyashri -

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Strawberry Cake | Kitchen Blooper No. 1

I don't even know why I'm sharing this recipe. It was my first failed cake. But once in a while, its okay to show off your flopped attempts too. :-) I did figure out why the cake tanked. So this is not a completely useless post either. :-)

Monday, 7 May 2012

Types of Baking Pans

There are many different types of bake-ware available for baking a variety of baked goods. Some types are essential in producing the desired end product and some bake-ware can be used for several purposes. Bake-ware can be found made of many types of material, such as tinned steel, stainless steel, glass, silicone and stone. The type of material the pan is made from can have an effect on the cooking times or temperatures, requiring that they be adjusted.
Below is a list of different types of baking pans available. It is not an exhaustive list, so if I have left out anything, please let me know.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Self Rising Flour

It is flour that has a leavening agent – baking powder – and salt added to it during packaging. Since the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the flour, you will get the same nice lift to your baked goods every time you use it.. Here's how to make self-rising flour if you don't have any on hand

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoons baking powder

Combine all ingredients; store in tightly covered can or jar.
Use in any recipe calling for self-rising flour.

Tip: It is a good idea to sift the mixture 2-3 times before storing.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Chinese Fried Rice | Cooking With Kin #16#

I'm a sucker for good looking food photographs. (well, who isn't?) No matter how good your food tastes, your success as a food blogger lies in food styling, photographing & presentation. Nisha, from Spusht is one such blogger I follow religiously. Some of her recipes like the Gobi Manchurian, Almond Pudding Cake, Manchow Soup just give you the best use of time spent on just-another-food blog. The photographs are so beautiful that you wont even care about the recipe! You'll just want to ape her creation. I'll stop yakking now. Here's Nisha with her Chinese Fried Rice.
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