Monday, February 27, 2012

Daring Bakers February 2012: Delicious Quick Bread

Kudos to Lisa for supplying yet another wonderful Daring Bakers Challenge!! No surprises for guessing that I picked to do the Savoury version of this recipe!! With some changes of course. I made a Bacon and Cheese Beer Batter Bread!! Only it had neither beer nor bacon in it!!

Confused? Well I substituted the beer with buttermilk, added an extra teaspoon of baking powder, replaced half the AP flour with whole wheat flour, and some vegan bacon strips. The latter I fried per the instructions on the packet, let them cool completely, and then chopped them into bite size pieces. I added them with grated cheese into the batter and baked it for 45 minutes to get a beautiful, incredibly tasty quick bread.

This Challenge has so many doable recipes, I look forward to trying them all eventually!!

Post Script: The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Daring Cooks February 2012: Potato Rosti

This is a Challenge I could do any day!! We love Patties and I make so many kinds so often I have lost count of them!! Burgers, Cutlets, Tikkis, Vadas, all kinds of vegetarian and vegan versions have been made in my kitchen from time to time. Wish I had as much time to actually sit and blog each and every one of them!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Kathal Pulao | Rice with Tender Jackfruit

Kathal or raw Jackfruit is not available in my part of the world. Even Indian stores do not carry it. The only way to indulge any craving for Jackfruit is to get it canned from Asian stores that import it from Thailand. I remember Kathal largely from my time in Delhi. My Mum would get it from vegetable vendors in the Sarojini Nagar market when it was in season. Kathal is not an easy vegetable to prepare, just the peeling, cutting, separating the seeds and removing them from their tough shells is a cumbersome task. This is usually made even more difficult by the sticky sap that oozes out of the peel when it is cut into!! We were kids in school and for us it seemed more like an adventure - to get to the delicious flesh of this wonderful vegetable!! And so the end result was always more than worth the trouble.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Delicious Baked Potato with Vegan Chili

Nothing warms the kitchen and a home like a bake in the oven. Adjusting to the temperature change ever since I returned and its not been easy. This despite the fact that we barely seem to be having a winter around here!! I mean today is only the second time its snowed since I returned and that is not normal for this time of the year.