19 Sep

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

V has a habit of gifting me some special & exclusive mementos depending upon what I am into at that time.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

When I was regularly practising Yoga, he gave me a  Yoga Journal and

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

when I started this food blog over 3 years ago, he gifted me the coveted Moleskine Recipe Journal and many such special gifts over the years.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

And I have a habit of saving each of them for a special time, a special occasion or a special task. I am happy in treasuring them alone.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

But V wasn’t happy & he lately took to using sarcasm to highlight how I do not use any of the things he gives me.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

I have never managed to win the war of words and I guess I never would.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

I couldn’t convince him that such things are a treasure for me and I am holding onto them, taking care of them.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Since I am more into food photography than recipe development, I took to using Moleskine for jotting notes on photography (shot list, shoot pencil sketch, etc).

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

One such moment was captured while practising shots with plums.

Coming to the recipe, I used my earlier recipe of apple & pear crisp to make this one. I replaced pears with plums.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

You can use any fruits and make this wonderful crisp.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

If the plums are too tart, I suggest serving with whipped cream or ice-cream.

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 5-6 six-oz ramekins

Apple and Plum Crisp | Moleskine Recipe Journal

It is perfect for a party as a make-ahead dessert or an impromptu one too.

Ingredients

    Crisp Topping:
  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of oats, I used quick cooking type
  • 1/3 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • Apple Plum Filling:
  • 3-4 apples, preferably tart
  • 350 grams of fresh plums
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven at 190 C. Grease 6 oz ramekins.
  2. Place all topping ingredients in a large bowl. Use your fingertips or pastry blender or a food processor to gently bring them together. I used a potato masher.
  3. Peel, core & chop into 1? chunks apple and place in a large bowl. De-seed and chop plums into 1-inch chunk. Add corn starch & sugar. Toss them to coat fruits evenly.
  4. Place the filling in the prepared dish, evenly spread the topping on top of it. Place the dish on a baking sheet to catch any dripping juices.
  5. Bake in pre-heated oven for 35-45 mins. or until bubbly and the topping is brown and crispy. Remove from oven & cool on a wire rack for 15 mins. Serve warm with a scoop of ice-cream or whipped cream.

Notes:

adapted from here

You can replace plums or apples with any fruit of your choice.

If the plums are too tart, it is best to serve the crisp with ice-cream or whipped cream.

You can replace whole wheat with all-purpose flour as in original recipe.

http://lemoninginger.com/2014/09/19/apple-plum-crisp-moleskine-recipe-journal/

Sending the Apple & Plum Crisp to Bake Fest # 35 an event originally started by Vardhini

17 Sep

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

Before I start on the new menu at The Brooklyn Shuffle, a pat on my back for reaching 200 posts on LiG. :)

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

It has been quite a journey. Yes it has been!

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

The Brooklyn Shuffle last week launched its new menu. I have been there earlier at the beginning of the year, so when they invited me again for a tasting, I was more than happy to oblige.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

The diner as usual is abuzz with activity almost throughout the day. Since V was also invited (yes, I didn’t have to ask, they invited him), we visited them on weekday during early evening.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

V tasted the non-vegetarian, I tasted the new menu offering in vegetarian and kids stuck to fries and ketchup mess.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

The new menu includes the introduction of salads and mains in both non-veg & veg options. They have also reduced their breads (sandwiches/ burgers) which were non-movers.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

My only brief to the team was to serve smallest serving possible so that we could taste more and I left the choice of dishes to them.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

The tasting started with 2 salads – Watermelon with Feta and Greek salad. The watermelon feta salad was slightly over sweet for my palate but overall good.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

Greek salad was nice too. If you are looking for salads then both could be considered.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

For the main course, V had Beef Steak done medium-rare, fried chicken with cheese fondue and roast chicken with mushroom pepper sauce.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

V was quite happy with his selection.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

In vegetarian, they served me Corn, Jalapeno crunchy potato steak with creamy pesto, char-grilled cottage cheese steak with red pimento sauce and mushroom ragout with brown rice.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

For me the sauces both pimento & pesto were good but cottage cheese steak a total fail. It was rubbery & a misfit in an American diner.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

The clear winner was mushroom ragout with brown rice. I highly recommend it.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

We rounded off the meal with their ever-popular cheesecake & brownie with ice-cream. As expected they were both spoon-licking worthy.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

Overall it was a pleasant evening. Vegetarian options are there but I would recommend this place more for non-veg options (as declared by hubby). You can stick to mushroom ragout, salads, sandwiches and burgers for veg.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

Special thanks to Parth for being an attentive and gracious host. And thank you for inviting us.

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

New Menu Tasting at The Brooklyn Shuffle | An Experience

Do stay connected with the restaurant for all the latest happenings.

The Brooklyn Shuffle – 390, Sanskruti Lifestyle Complex, Opposite Post 91, Lane 7, Koregaon Park, Pune

Timing – 11:30 am till 11:30 pm

Price – 1600 (with alcohol) for two.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBrooklynShuffle

Twitter: ​​@TheShuffleLife

Instagram: @TheBrooklynShuffle

15 Sep

Dry Red Chillies | How To

Dry Red Chillies | How To

It is simplest of the DIY. Really!

Dry Red Chillies | How To

Dry Red Chillies | How To

All you have to do is select the green chillies with slight red tinge, wash and dry them and leave them in sun to dry out.

Dry Red Chillies | How To

Dry Red Chillies | How To

Within 2-3 days you will see them change color from green to red/ orange.

Dry Red Chillies | How To

Dry Red Chillies | How To

You need to let them dry till the water content is lost, otherwise it will get mold as soon as you store them.

Dry Red Chillies | How To

Dry Red Chillies | How To

They also dry well in shade if there is no sun like winters, though the time required for water to evaporate is higher.

Dry Red Chillies | How To

Dry Red Chillies | How To

Wasn’t it easy-peasy!

Dry Red Chillies | How to

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: as many as you pick

Dry Red Chillies | How to

DIY Red chillies at home. It is so simple to dry them at home.

Ingredients

  • Green Chillies

Instructions

  1. When buying green chillies, select chillies which have started turning just a wee bit red around the mouth or any other part.
  2. Place them in sunlight spread over a fine mesh cloth/ muslin. You can even use a platter for the same.
  3. Bring them back into the house after evening otherwise they will absorb more moisture from mist.
  4. After a few days, you will notice that the whole chilli has turned red and has wrinkled. It means that you are on right track.
  5. Just be patient and allow some more days of sunlight till it totally looses water content and become dry. Once it reaches this stage, remove and store in an airtight container in a clean and dry place.

Notes:

You can dry the chillies in shade or kitchen also if there is no sunlight. It may take a little longer.

http://lemoninginger.com/2014/09/15/dry-red-chillies/

Sending this to Basics, Tips & Tricks

12 Sep

Hot Lemon Tea

Hot Lemon Tea

I not a tea drinker at all. Marriage, kids, job, everything failed to convert me to a tea drinker.

I occasionally enjoy coffee. Rather, that occasion has been turning to frequent lately.

Hot Lemon Tea

Hot Lemon Tea

I gotta watch that!

Then how come I am posting a tea recipe. This is not my first tea recipe here, few months ago I posted Iced Orange Tea. I too have aberrations.

Hot Lemon Tea

Hot Lemon Tea

Hot Lemon Tea is my go-to drink when ill specifically with cold & cough. It immediately gives relief. And when I am visiting people and they insist on serving me tea, I ask for lemon tea. So this comes as a perfect relief in those situations too. :)

It is the healthiest tea with hardly few tea leaves, little sugar, boiled water & some drops of lemon juice.

Hot Lemon Tea

Hot Lemon Tea

With oncoming winter do take time to have a sip of this and trust me, you will be a convert.

In other news, I have been begging, borrowing and buying lot of props. So trip to in-laws place during summer, made me ask my MIL for an old knife she was using, she was so thrilled that she happily took out some other old utensils from her repertoire and offered them to me.

Hot Lemon Tea

Hot Lemon Tea

This vintage silver tea set is one such. She was intending to donate it to the local temple trust as it was of no use to her, I begged her to give it to me and she did.

So here it is.

Hot Lemon Tea

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Hot Lemon Tea

A healthy take on tea. It is very effective for common cold and cough.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon tea
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Boil water and sugar together in a small pan.
  2. Add tea leaves and switch off the flame. Cover the pan and allow the leaves to steep for a minute.
  3. In the meanwhile, divide the lemon juice in 2 cups.
  4. Now strain half the tea-water in 1 cup and the remaining in 2nd cup. Stir and serve warm

Notes:

You can add some Indian Basil (Tulsi) leaves on top while serving.

Adjust the sugar as per your taste.

You can also replace sugar with honey if you like.

http://lemoninginger.com/2014/09/12/hot-lemon-tea/

08 Sep

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

After baking the Olive Bread a few weeks ago, I had enough dough leftover for one more loaf.

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

This time I shaped it into a simple boule & baked as a plain loaf.

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

This recipe is a keeper & a frequent addition at my place.

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

A healthy alternative for bread aficionados. Enjoy it warm or next day.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1/4 cup water for cornstarch wash

Instructions

  1. Pour water in a 3-quart bowl. Add salt & yeast. Mix using a wooden spoon.
  2. Mix in the remaining dry ingredients without kneading. Use a wooden spoon. You may need to use wet hands to incorporate the last bit of flour.
  3. Cover (not airtight) and allow to rest at room temperature till the dough rises & flattens on top, roughly 2 hours. Refrigerate the dough without closing the container air-tight.
  4. On the baking day, dust the refrigerated dough with flour & cut a pound size piece.
  5. Again sprinkle some flour on the dough. Working quickly use your thumbs & palms to stretch the dough downwards and keep tucking it under using your fingers. Rotate & continue around till you get an evenly shaped ball. It is explained with a tutorial here.
  6. Place the prepared dough on a pizza peel or worktop liberally sprinkled with semolina. Cover with plastic wrap or overturned bowl and allow to rise for 90 minutes.
  7. Prepare the cornstarch wash by mixing 1 tsp of water with cornflour and then adding the remaining water. Boil or microwave the mixture till it becomes glassy.
  8. Preheat the oven to 230 C. Paint the loaf with prepared cornstarch wash. Slash in any pattern of your choice about 1/2 inch deep.
  9. Slide the dough onto the baking tray, quickly cover with another aluminium pan to facilitate steam generation. Bake for 25 minutes covered, remove the overturned pan & bake for another 15 minutes to brown well.

Notes:

For details check earlier [recipehttp://lemoninginger.com/2014/08/18/olive-bread/]

http://lemoninginger.com/2014/09/08/knead-light-whole-wheat-bread/

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

Sending the No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread to

  1. Bake Fest # 35 an event originally started by Vardhini
  2. Yeastspotting