December 30, 2012

Homemade Caramel Sauce

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I made it... Duh!!!  of course I made it. Uh!!! What I mean is that I actually made my own caramel sauce for the first time ever. I simply could not understand what I felt so terrified about this simple sauce. May be reading and listening to the scary stories made me feel that. But thanks to my friend that I tried it. You see, she did something very sweet for me and I wanted to thank her properly and asked what she wanted in return and a bottle of Caramel sauce is what she requested. Jeez.... I’m sorry if I cursed you J, but thanks for the much needed push.

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December 26, 2012

Chocolate Fudge / Condensed Milk Fudge

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Hope you all had a blessed Christmas friends... Last week was quite crazy at my end. With the exams getting over for the kids and packing for our trip to drop them off at their grandparents home and me making some goodies to be taken there and some to be delivered to our friends before starting, I was super busy without finding any time to sit and draft the posts. Apart from a coffee cake which I shall post later, I made this chocolate fudge to be taken on our trip. I love making anything with chocolate and condensed milk. I’m not a person who clean up as I go about my cooking and let all the vessels pile up to be cleaned at the end. But when I make anything with chocolate the cleaning up work gets very easy and you all know the reason.

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December 21, 2012

Eggless Slice N Bake Cookies / Eggless Tutti Frutti Cookies (Vegan)

Eggless Slice N Bake Cookies
These cookies are one of my favorites and you can get them in any bakery at my place, especially during Christmas as they give such a cheerful look and add to the festive atmosphere. I love tutti frutti and can eat them just as they are by handful and if you are new to tutti frutti, they are nothing but candied fruits. I had always known these cookies as Tutti Frutti cookies and was surprised to know that the other side of the world know them as Slice and bake cookies which is also very apt for it as that is how you make them. The making of these cookies involves very less effort, ingredients and time but the result is something you will love and cherish.

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December 18, 2012

Mocha Muffins with Coffee Glaze

Mocha Muffins
I hate coffee. Yes, you heard it right. I’m a tea person and I just can’t stand the smell of strong brewing coffee at all. My native being Kumbakonam, which is known for its aromatic and strong “Degee Kaapi” (Filter coffee), many of my friends and relatives just cannot understand my hatred for the beverage. Earlier whenever I visited a relative’s home and when offered coffee, I used to gulp it down without turning down their offer as I did not wanted to offend their hospitality only to end up nursing a migraine but now-a-days I don’t bother explaining myself.
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December 17, 2012

Eggless Thumbprint Cookies

Eggless Thumbprint Cookies

These bejeweled cookies are a delight to make and the coconut coating only enhanced the delight in eating them. I had always wanted to make them but somehow kept postponing them. I’m a way too lazy especially when it comes to baking cookies, as I have to do them in batches. There are so many varieties of the good old thumbprint cookies and this is just the basic one which I had baked eggless. I just adapted these from the snowball cookies and I did not have the time to store them a they were all eaten warm out of the oven.

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December 12, 2012

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
To tell that I loved baking these cookies would be an understatement. I felt like a kid while watching these cookies develop the fissures on them. I just could not move away from the oven at all. This is the first time I’m baking these cookies and my first experience was just awesome. This is one of the most easy-peasy cookie that you can put together. I had no idea how these were going to taste and I was totally surprised when the cookie had a cakey bite to it.
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December 10, 2012

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This sandwich is not for the faint hearted and for all those who are working out to lose weight, so please just drool and pass on.... This is loaded with two main goodness that life bestowed upon us, Cheese and Butter and I’m sure that you will be celebrated by your kids when you present them with this loaded sandwich. I do make a very mean egg sandwich, mind you. As the younger one’s school adhere to strict vegetarian food in their school which means absolutely no eggs, he gets to eat egg sandwich either for breakfast or as the evening snack after play time at least three times a week.
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December 7, 2012

Mexican Wedding Cookies / Russian Tea Cakes / Snow Ball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

And the aliases do not just end with there.... These cookies are also called as an Italian Butter Nut, a Southern Pecan Butterball, a Snowdrop and a Viennese Sugar Ball. Wow, that’s a lot of names for such a humble cookie. But no matter how it is known as, it was an absolute pleasure to bake and munch on these cookies. These cookies were so easy to put together with just the regular things that you can find in your pantry and does not require any expert skill at all. I’m sure my even my 10 year old kid would do an awesome job at baking these sugary, buttery, snowy balls if let loose.

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December 3, 2012

Eggless M&M Cookies

Eggless M&M Cookies

It had been my long time wish to bake these colorful cookies that I chance upon in the internet frequently. Finally made it last week and they turned out absolutely great, just the way I wished a perfect cookie to be. Slightly crisp around the edges and chewy in the middle and around. I did not even get a chance to store them. All were gone within minutes of taking them from the oven. When I surfed the net for the recipe all of them had eggs in them and though I do not have any objection to using eggs, my thought was, why add an extra ingredient when you can still get the result without having to add it. So I just followed my eggless chocolate chip cookie and found it to work well.

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December 1, 2012

Seeraga Kulambu ~ Spicy Cumin Gravy

Seeraga Kulambu
Hi friends, I’m back after a long break, I guess. Its been something or the other lately which took more priority and I had to leave this space of mine go hungry. But not anymore. I’m sure many of us may feel a bit stuffed and so full especially after the day we had celebrated and eaten too much and want to keep the food simple yet hearty the next day. If so, please meet the new comfort food on the block that you are gonna love. It is quick to prepare, takes minimal ingredients (just 5) and is full of digestive properties that is going to keep your tummy happy.

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