HAPPY VALENTINE’s DAY 2019 to all my followers, fellow bloggers and friends out there. This recipe is coming as a treat for the Valentine day celebration. Make this easy dessert for your valentine this Valentine’s Day.
Panna Cotta on its own is an awesome dessert by itself. But I have combined it with a layer of chocolate cake, so it has become a decadant dessert that can be served at parties. As this is just a small serving it reduces the mess of cutting and serving, and also it is perfect for parties. Many may not know what is panna cotta or mustn’t have tasted it anywhere. Even I didn’t know until we stayed in a hotel on full board, where they served this as a dessert. I have tried it few years ago. Think the blogging mind in you allows you to do more research on the new dishes you try and make it yourself. All bloggers will give a hi fi on this……….
Getting back to Panna Cotta – It has its origin from Italy. It is nothing but Sweetened Cream which uses gelatine or agar agar to set like a pudding. It is so easy to prepare and is a Classic on its own.
I have combined a Chocolate sheet cake and the panna cotta together in shot cups to serve as a decadent dessert after a get together. The recipe of the Chocolate Sheet Cake is here. Just cut the sheet cake and place them in the cups you want to serve and then make the panna cotta mix and pour it over the cake and allow it to set in the refrigerator for at-least 4 to 6 hrs. AND the Chocolate Panna Cotta layered cake mini’s are ready to be served. You can skip the Cake part and just make the Panna Cotta alone as a dessert option.
Do try this easy and yummy dessert for your next gathering and let me know if you enjoyed it.
This recipe is going to be a part of Valentine Dessert Challenge hosted by Sophie of My Dainty Soul Curry. She is a good friend of mine and she has a beautiful blog with lot of healthier options. We knew each other via a WhatsApp group of food bloggers, who help and give suggestions to make our blogs a better place for all.
Below are the links of the other bloggers recipes participating in the challenge.
Mini Chocolate Panna Cotta Layered Cake
Cuisine: Italian | Category: Dessert Recipes | Prep time: 15 mins | Set Time: 6 hrs | Servings: 14 Shot Glasses & 6 Small Ramekins | Recipe Source: Here
Ingredients for Making Chocolate Panna Cotta
Water – 1/2 Cup
Unflavoured Gelatin – 5 tsps
Bittersweet Chocolate – 7 1/2 ounces
Milk Chocolate – 5 ounces
Whipping Cream – 2 1/2 Cups
Whole Milk -2 1/2 Cups
Sugar – 1/2 Cup + 2 tbsps
Vanilla Extract – 1 1/4 tsps
Vanilla Beans – 1 1/2 ( Split Lengthwise)
METHOD with VISUAL CLICKS : :
Get all the ingredients ready.Make the Chocolate sheet cake using this recipe. Allow it to cool down completely.
Cut them to the shape of the serving mini glasses or the ramekins.
All the serving cups are filled with a layer of cake.
Take normal water and sprinkle the gelatin over it.
Hi friends and followers am sure all of you must be wondering what happened to me and my blog. My friends and family know the reason and even my close blogger friends know that am super busy in a joint family setup. To be frank when we were out of Malaysia I started blogging just to while my time, to kill my boredom and to keep myself alive. This platform got me a lot of virtual friends with awesome friendships. I definitely enjoyed the journey. I always wanted my blog to be only food based but nowadays I realize the love for blogging is just wanting me to post something or the other. So here I am with my ramblings/musings.
Initially I used to wonder why everyone are blogging.
Then I found so many reasons why one should blog.
Blogging is definitely very ADDICTIVE. Hope all bloggers will agree on this. You want more followers, you are happy when you have more views. The want makes you give/do more.
Blogging made me realize virtual friendships aren’t frightening as I used to think. Before blogging I never used to accept anyone as friends whom I really don’t know personally. But after blogging I have made real friendships with fellow bloggers and my followers which otherwise wouldn’t be possible.
Blogging is just writing your heart out in the field of interest. Just writing in a dairy might not be interesting until it gets published so that others read and appreciate. The whole thing is about you getting some acknowledgement.
Blogging gives you a new identity like you can say you are a blogger instead of a homemaker. Yes house wife’s who don’t get the chance to do a full time work can just do this for a self satisfaction. The best part is you can earn if you do it right.
Blogging teaches you a lot of stuff or rather say you learn lot of new things. I can say I learnt a lot in this journey. Like photography, WordPress usage, ……… In my case I have a food blog and that has made me do a lot of stuff from scratch. Initially I used to think why not take the shortcut and buy stuff but after blogging I have started to do myself ( For example::: Ginger garlic paste, Bread crumbs, Paneer, Pav buns, Pizza base…… The list is non stop).
START YOUR BLOG AND KNOW FOR YOURSELF IF AM CORRECT.
Do List your reasons on why you blog ???? in the comment section below. I would love to read.
Making a chocolate cake is very easy until we find the right recipe. Making the perfect sheet cake is just putting the batter in a baking tray and baking it until done. Actually I wanted to make a different cake for my hubby’s birthday so I tried a chocolate layered panna cotta cake and it came out well. The recipe I found was for a 10″ Springform pan, but I din’t have one in hand and just for this cake I din’t want to buy one. Instead I wanted to use my 6″ springfoam cake pan and make it, so I decided to tweak the recipe and use the same measurements but made the cake in a sheet pan, then cut and used as layers for the 6″ springform pan.
Last month I had a big bunch of guests at home and I wanted to make this as a dessert as it was a chilled cake and it tasted all goodness of chocolate. If making a cake then serving will be a problem so I finalised to make these cake with the panna cotta layered in shot glasses (One serving cups), which worked perfectly and all of them enjoyed. Without much ado lets get started as am sure all want to try this awesome dessert. I followed this recipe.
Do try and let me know if you liked it.
Suggestion:: Owning a measuring scale is very important when starting to bake. It makes a lot of difference and knowing how to measure the dry and wet ingredients correctly is another important aspect in getting good results while baking.
Chocolate Sheet Cake
Cuisine: World | Category: Baking/Dessert Recipes| Prep time: 20 mins | Preheat Temp: 160 Degree C | Baking Time: 20 mins | Size of Baking Tray: 22″ x 22″
All Purpose Flour/Maida – 1 Cup + 1 tbsp
Bittersweet Chocolate – 4 Ounce (Chopped)
Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened) – 3 tbsp.
Hot Coffee – 1/2 Cup
Hot Water – 1/2 Cup
Baking Powder – 1 tsp.
Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp.
Salt – 1/8 tsp.
Oil – 1/3 Cup
Sugar – 1/2 Cup
Brown Sugar – 1/2 Cup
Egg – 3 Nos. (Large)
Sour Cream – 1/2 Cup
METHOD with VISUAL CLICKS
Take all the ingredients ready.
Take the baking pan and grease them with oil.Line the baking pan with the baking sheet and set aside.
PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 160 DEGREE CELCIUS ::
Measure all the dry ingredients(Flour, Baking soda, Baking Powder and salt) in a sieve.Sieve all the dry ingredients together.Measure the chocolate.Add the cocoa powder.Now add hot water to the chocolate mixture.Next add the hot brewed coffee.Whisk everything until the chocolate melts and becomes a smooth mixture.Take oil, castor sugar and the brown sugar in the beater.
Hi all, am sure all must be wondering where did I disappear all these days. The last two months had been a bit busy as we shifted back to KL, Malaysia from Nairobi, Kenya. As the winding up and packing of stuff, meeting with friends all took up my time before leaving Nairobi. Returning back to home country, finding schools for kids, refurbishing the house and all has become challenging to blog. Being an expat is all about changes and now we have come back to KL for good.
Today we going to see a unique recipe that is made with soy protein – called vegetarian chicken. This is mock meat and is an option for vegetarians to include more protein in their diet. My hubby is a vegetarian but he can eat all the mock meat varieties. You can buy these in grocery stores in Malaysia.
Do try to let me know if you liked it.
VEGETARIAN CHICKEN MASALA
Cuisine: Indian | Category: Side Dishes for Rice | Prep time: 20 mins | Serves: 6
Take all the ingredients ready.
Defrost the vegeterian chicken for half an hour.
After half an hour just wash them to reduce the excess oil.
Drain them and set aside.
After sometime cut them into two or three pieces as shown.
Chop onion and tomato as shown.
Make it into a fine powder.
Add little tomatoes and grind them until you get a smooth paste.
Prepations were over, all the tickets needed to be booked in advance were done. The train tickets from Edinburgh to Liverpool, and then from Liverpool to London were all booked. Fianlly 14th Aprilcame and each one of us with our own happiness headed to the airport. Little one(Santosh) is always happy to fly in a plane as they have a small tv which has some cartoon and a remote which can be controled all by himself is the highlight of the whole thing. Elder one (Harish) is equally excited to go to London as he had been asking to go there for long. Hubby excited to visit Liverpool and his dream coming true. He wanted to watch a football match there but there was no match being played during our visit. Am sure this dream will come true someday. Me excited to visit London and ofcourse to get sometime off my routine is always fun.
Our flight was from Nairobi to Doha and from Doha to Edinburgh reaching on 15th afternoon, with 45 mins only to transit in Doha. With the excitement within we didn’t even realise that the flight in nairobi was delayed atleast 30 to 40 minutes. We landed in Doha early morning at 6.40 am and to our dismay we couldn’t catch our flight to Edinburgh which was at 7.05 am. All other flights to U.K left the same time and so we had to wait in Doha for a day. This was a disappointing moment, we all felt a bit sad. Qatar airways gave us a 5 star hotel on full board. So we went to the hotel in a shuttle and then rested for a while. There was awesome flower arrangements at the entrance. If you would have been following me in Instagram then you would know that am a great fan of flowers and I go crazy and start clicking them. That’s what happened here also.
The food was awesome and couldn’t stop from clicking the small bottles of sauce, mayonnaise, mutard and tobasco. They look so cute right ??? As we had to spend a day in Doha we decided to make this an oppurtunity to go around Doha. We got a tour booked with the hotel guys, in a car for three hours to take us to 6 important places.
Museum of Islamic Art – This museum is built by reclaiming the land in the lagoon area, the driver cum guide told us this info. It’s a beautiful structure with garden and there is water around the museum building and that was a beautiful view to see.
View of the cafe from second floor.
As soon as you enter, the main thing that falls into our attraction is the architecture of the building. The staircase is curved and reaches the first floor from both the sides. It’s a lovely architecture to be awed.
The view of the staricase. Pic Courtesy – From the museum website.
The exhibits are from various parts of the world and mainly portrays the islamic history. We spent 45 mins going around the museum and then left to go to the next destination.
Souq Waqif – The Souq is marketplace that has lot of small shops which sells Spices, Nuts and Traditional items. It also has lot of cafe’s with Shisha and a lot of restaurants to enjoy a meal. Another interesting thing we enjoyed was the pet shops, there were lot of aimals for sale. Like the Parrots, Love birds, Rabbits, Squirrels, Puppies, dogs and many more.
Doha Corniche – It is the waterfront promenade, with..
Carrot Halwa aka Gajar ka Halwa is one of the delicious sweets that can be served at home or it can be made on occasions. Who doesn’t like Halwa? Actually am not a fan of the usual Halwa but this carrot halwa doesn’t fall in that category as it doesn’t taste like the traditional halwa, as this has milk it is more like a milk sweet. The carrot gets cooked in the milk and turns so soft and the end result is a melt i nthe mouth texture.
Gajar ka Halwa comes from the Northern part of the Indian region. It is made using the red coloured carrots not the orange ones. But I don’t get the reddish carrots here in Nairobi and so am doing this using the orange ones. But the taste is the same just the colour changes.
The important thing to be noted in this preparation is, don’t grate the carrots using a fine holed grater. It has to be a bit bigger, when one fine it gets mashed up while cooking. I have added a little khoya that is just optional and you can skip if you don’t need them. Actually last week I had guests at home and I had prepared this for dessert. It can be served warm or cold.
Do try and let me know if you liked it.
CARROT HALWA/GAJAR KA HALWA
Cuisine: Indian| Category: Sweets | Prep time: 10 to 15 mins | Cook Time: 45 mins to 1 hr. | Serves: 10 to 14 | Recipe Source: Vahrehvah
Carrots – 4 Cups flat(Grated in a big mesh)
Milk – 2 Cups (Full Cream)
Sugar – 1 Cup (Increase or Decrease accordingly)
Ghee – 2 tbsp.
Khoya – 3 tbsp (Optional)
Cardamom – 1/8 tsp.
Cashew – 1 tbsp (Chopped)
Pista – 1 tbsp.(Chopped or sliced lenghtwise)
Salt – A Pinch
METHOD with VISUAL CLICKS
Get all the ingredients ready.Peel the carrots and wash them. Grate them in a big holed grated. I used a food processor.Measure the grated carrot.Now the grated carrots are ready.Take the ghee in a heavy bottomed non-stick pan(that is wide mouthed).Add the carrots and saute in ghee for few mins.Now measure and pour the full cream milk to it.Cook the carrots in the milk in medium flame and keep stirring occasionally to avoid the sweet from getting burnt.After 10 mins.Another 10 mins.Now slowly all the milk is reducing and the carrots are cooked soft.
Today being Monday and the starting of a week and am here to say that my blog has been selected as No.81 among 100 Indian blogs. What else can make your day. Just found the mail from Feedspot and there is no other happiness related to blogging like this. Am floating high and feeling accomplished. Though 81 is not a great result but this are baby steps and am so glad to have started to blog. Many at times I have asked the same question “Am I doing it right”, I used to question if I am doing justice in my blog as there are lot of blogs out there. Sometimes I used to get demotivated and stop for a while, then one of my friend or relative will tell me that your recipes are good and that will make me do it again. So gald to have you all here at my space, without you all I wouldn’t be getting this aprreciation at all.
I think this whole world will stop if people will stop appreciating it’s awesomeness. Same thing with humans also, we all cannot accomplish anything without appreciation. Appreciation is something which will let us go on and on without stopping. Glad to find many good friends in this world. This appreciation is dedicated to all people who visit my blog regularly and fill me with positivity. THANKYOU so much.
Sandwiches are something I have never had when I was small or even until I finished my school. My mom never used to prepare any sandwiches. I used to prepare after learning from one of my friend. But nowadays kids love samdwiches and sometimes these sandwiches get packed in the lunchbox also. They don’t want to take food that needs time to be eaten, so this is a best option though.
It’s easy to prepare in the mornings and is less messy also. Am going to make a very simple sandwich. You just need boiled eggs for this recipe.
Do try and let me know if you liked it.
EGG MAYO SANDWICH
Cuisine: World | Category: Sandwiche Recipes | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins
Pepper – 1/8 tsp. (Increase or Decrease according to taste)
Salt as needed
METHOD with VISUAL CLICKS
Take all the ingredients.Cut off the corners of the bread.Take the boiled eggs in a bowl.Using a fork just mash them as fine as possible.Add pepper and salt to taste.Mix everything well.Apply mayonnaise on one side of the bread slices.Like this.Then top it with the mashed egg mixture.Finally cover the bread with another moyonnaise spread bread.The sandwich is ready to be enjoyed. Cut them diagonally or into squares before serving.
Note : Can use whole wheat bread also.
There is no need to trim the edges of the bread. Its just to make it appealing for the kids.
If you have boiled eggs this sandwich comes together in just 5 mins.
No need to toast the bread, it tastes great when the bread is fresh.
Intead of applying the mayonnaise on the bread we can just add little to the egg mixture and then apply that to the bread slices.
The Mayonnaise is ready to be served with any fried items or as a creamy base for sandwiches or saldas. Try and let me know if you liked it.
Today May 23rd is my 2nd blog anniversary and I wanted to thank each one of you for making me blog until now. The comments, likes and the stats make me running the show. Sometimes I get demotivated and feel low, then I immediately hide into my shell, not wanting to show my face. Then someone would tell me your recipes are good and I realize after all am doing what I want. The best thing about all this is when I don’t post for almost a month, I do have people visiting the blog and that makes me feel awesome. Many may not follow the blog but am sure many are visiting. For all the love and support everyone are showering am treating you all with this sweet today.
It’s time to celebrate and am making an easy Milk(Dhoodh) peda with just three ingredients and that too the good news is all this can be churned in microwave in just 3 to 5 minutes. So easy to whip this whole thing and it can be a quick fix if your kids want to eat sweet. My little one (Santosh) suddenly will ask me make Paalkova (I have another instant paalkova in microwave recipe in blog)or this Milk Peda, so am happy I can churn both within 10 mins.
Do try and let me know if you liked it.
MILK FUDGE/DHOODH PEDA
Cuisine: Indian | Category: Sweets | Prep time: 10 to 15 mins | Makes: 50 small Peda’s
Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1 tin (14 Oz/390 g)
Milk Powder – 2 Cups
Ghee or Butter – 2 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder – 1/8 tsp. (Optional)
Nutmeg – A pinch (Optional)
Salt – A pinch
METHOD with VISUAL CLICKS
Take all the ingredients ready.Take the sweetened condensed milk and ghee together in a bowl.Add the milk powder.Mix everything well until you get a lump free mixture.Like this.Put it in the microwave for 1 minute in high. It becomes a soft mixture.The consistency is like this.After another minute in the microwave.It’s like this.Add nutmeg and cardamom powder. Cook for another 15 seconds.Fianlly cook till you see no moisture in the mixture.Like this. Allow it to cool and when you are able to handle the mixture make it into peda’s.
Let me start to say about Google Keep(This is definitely not a paid post – Just writing about my experience) and the story of how things got easier. Nowadays if I don’t take a list to the supermarket of what I need I forget few items and so I used to write a list in paper and take a pen with me to tick the stuff. Since Google keep has been introduced it is the best ever app I could think off. I type a list of things to be got in supermarket and when you go the supermarket you can tick the things you have put in the cart. Google Keep came in handy with our itinerary planning as well.
Pic Courtesy: Google
I finished in preparing the list of places to visit and sorted which attraction needed tickets to be booked earlier. Me and my hubby slowly started booking tickets. The interesting point to be noted in U.K. is the advance bookingof tickets included a time slot. This made the planning of the itinerary a bit more difficult. With the tickets booked and the timings known for some attractions I planned the day to day list of places to visit with the idea of how long to spend in a particular attraction and the opening timings. My hubby was so keen in adding timings as well and I was not so keen about this as we have never done this way before. Let me show you the planning of the days.
EDINBURGHThis was the plan we made for Edinburgh. The plan started from Saturday afternoon and was until monday evening. As we left to Liverpool via train on tuesday morning. The train tickets also we got it booked.
We booked the Edinburgh Castletickets to beat the queue and it was few pounds less when you book online rather than you get it there. We didn’t book for Royal Yatch Brittania as it was the same price at the counter and also there was not much crowd expected there. The Camera Obscura tickets were also not available online. Need to go get there directly. This attraction was the one opened late in the evening until 8 or 9.
Liverpool – The tickets for Mercy ferry and Anfield Stadium Tour were booked before hand. Princess Road Synagogue is one of the few Jewish community syangogue. There was a private tour to see the inside of the synagogue. I called them to book but they had a celebration on tuesday and so they could book only on 11am on wednesday. But Anfield tour gets over only at 10 am so we decided to give it a try if we have time. We had the train booked from Liverpool to London at 2:15pm on wednesday.
LONDONIn London we booked the tickets for Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and London Bridge exhibitions seperately and it didn’t require any time slot to be there. There were packages of 4 attractions or three or 2 which can be booked together for some price reduction. We booked London Eye, Shrek’s Adventure, Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Tussaud’s together with a time slot(15 mins) for entering Madame Tussaud’s. London Eye River Crusie required a time slot and that tickets were also booked for wednesday afternoon.
With all the tickets booked in advance now all of us were awaiting the date of travel……….
I hope you also will await for my next post to see waht happened to the first day of the trip. Did we land in Edinburgh on Saturday or not?????? ………… Just wait for the next post to read the unexpected twist in the trip. Until then stay happy …………