I love the taste of musk melon and we used to cube it, add sugar and serve it chilled. When I saw this at the fruit shop, I bought home one to make the above preparation. But then I started paleo diet and I didn’t want to add sugar to it. I was also not sure whether my daughter would like it as she is the only person who is having sugar at home. So I decided to make a smoothie instead. When I sliced the musk melon, I was surprised that it was not at all sweet.
I am back with an event announcement. It has been such a long time I hosted an event in my blog and here I am with Srivalli’s Kid’s Delight. I have chosen mini bakes as the theme for this month. I am sure kids like anythin that is smaller in size. I remember my daughter loving mini dosas, mini chapathis and adais. But being a blog specializing in baking, I wanted to find out more mini baked goodies which could satisfy my daughter. Even though I will not be making everything, I am sure that my daughter will have a great virtual treat from you all. Usually I do linky in the post, but this time I am going the old way. Send me your entries and I will do a round up. I think that is more fun than the linky tool.
Wishing You All A Very Happy Pongal
Harvest Festival is celebrated in different parts of India with different names but it is such a great part of our people. Fresh produce is used to make festive dishes and people take part in various games, they visit temples, visit relatives and friends and this is such a joyous occasion. I remember celebrating Sankranti in Mysore. We used to dress up so nicely and take ellu bella packs to all the neighbours and friends and it used to be so amazing. But nowadays, the getting together is missing so much. I myself confine myself to our home. Without mom, there is no one to talk to and it is becoming so boring nowadays. Guess, this is the side effect of getting old!!
For the final day of Chinese recipes, here is a delicious veg manchow soup for you. I am not a huge fan of soups. The only soup I make often is made with drumstick leaves and is often taken a a medicine than for fun. But after I shifted to paleo, I have been making soups daily and I am also enjoying it thoroughly. Most of my time in kitchen is spent in cutting vegetables. I use lots of cabbage, carrots and mushrooms daily and this soup uses all these veggies and makes a great filling meal. Yes, you heard it right, this is what I made for dinner. If you are serving it as an appetizer, then thicken the soup with corn flour. The amount will serve minimum six persons, but if you are having this as your whole dinner, then the given amount will serve only two persons.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am on Paleo diet, which is a low carb, high fat diet. Usually meat is the main food for paleo dieters, but being a vegetarian, it is very hard to get proteins from vegetarian options. In a strict paleo diet, milk and cheese are in gray zone, they need to be either avoided or had by minimal quantities. But for a vegetarian paleo diet, milk makes a good part of the diet. 100 gm of paneer has 23 gm of protein (information collected from the web). So it is a good source of protein and can make up the protein deficiency in a vegetarian diet. There is a paleo dieters group from India who give these vegetarian options. As it is a tried and trusted ingredient, I didn’t even think twice while planning my menu.
Baking without oven is an interesting technique and it has been so popular in India. In fact my mom used to bake her cakes in a cast iron pan filled with sand which creates the required temperature inside needed for baking the cake. But after we got our first oven, we completely forgot about it. Once I started posting videos, I have had so many readers asking me to do recipes without oven. So I started baking with pressure cooker again. My first recipe Eggless Red Velvet Cake was a hit among viewers. So I made these soft and tender pav buns in pressure cooker for all those who love baking but don’t have access to oven.
I know the name of the dish is weird. But let me explain. I have started with paleo diet and am finding it difficult to find filling meals. This is a meat based diet but being a vegetarian, it is tough to find sources of protein. It is R & D daily in my kitchen and this dish is one of our success dishes. When I found about the cauliflower rice, I was so happy. And now we get cauliflower in abundance. So I have two to three cauliflowers in my fridge always. This rice can be used as a regular rice and can be made into variety of flavours. With the need to incorporate as many vegetables as possible, I am learning the art of variety cooking. I use this rice atleast once in a day and try to vary the flavours. Till now I have tried biryani, fried rice, mushroom rice and vegetable pulao. All the recipes turned wonderful and hubby is so happy with my cooking. I think all these years in blogging is helping me so much with this diet.
Brioche is an enriched French bread with a very soft, tender crumb. Traditionally, it’s made with a good quantity of eggs and butter, but for those who don’t eat eggs for any reason, this recipe is definitely a keeper. And to make it more interesting I have used wheat flour or atta to make these buns. You can use it a sandwich/ burger bun or just taste it slathered with nutella or butter or jam. However you serve this it tastes so buttery and yum. This month’s Bread Bakers host Pavani of Cook’s Hideout wanted to make us healthy breads. So I used wheat flour in this recipe but I couldn’t skip butter as the whole recipe depends on butter.
For the second day of Cakes and Cookies theme, I chose to make chocolate muffins. My daughter is a great chocoholic and she loves anything chocolate. Muffins are easy to bake and makes a lovely snack for kids. When I went through the list of muffins I have baked, I saw that I don’t have a chocolate muffin in my archive. So I decided upon these muffins and to make it more interesting, I added tutti frutti and choco chips to the batter.