For the third day of vegetarian grilling I have an extremely delicious paneer cutlet recipe. Usually we use potatoes to bring any cutlet dough together but in paleo potatoes are excluded as they are very starchy. I had to use flax seed to bind the dough. Another option is egg. But if you prefer cutlets without eggs, then try flax seed powder as it works great as a binding agent. To up the flavour I used some home made feta cheese in the dough. We usually use bread crumbs as the crust for cutlets for a nice crispy finish, but as bread is also excluded, I used some coarse almond meal to get a good crunch. It worked so good.
For the second day of toasts, I made one for us. As Sruti was sick after all the travelling, I couldn’t make her any bread recipes. So I made a paleo recipe so that myself and hubby could taste it. I had bookmarked an almond flour bread recipe from Headbanger’s Kitchen long back, but didn’t get an opportunity to try it. And this theme was the perfect occasion to try. To the batter I also added some Italian seasoning to make it more flavourful. This recipe has an egg in it so if you are following veg paleo diet, please excuse me. As I wanted to add more protein to my diet, I have started consuming eggs in different forms.
I am so late in posting this week’s recipes, but it is better late than never. We usually don’t plan our holidays. Whenever we plan something, it never happens. So this week, we were little surprised when hubby asked us to pack for a trip. We nagged him about our destination, but he never gave it until we started our journey. It was Coutrallam this year. It is one of the places we have never visited and so both myself and Sruti were super excited. But sadly this was off season and when we reached Coutrallam, the place was deserted. There was no water in the falls. And the hotel where we stayed was also deserted. But still we went to visit the old Coutrallam, which was far from the main place where we were staying. There were hundreds of monkeys and only one vehicle apart from ours.
Peynirli Cicek Pogaca literally translates to Cheese Flower pastry. Pogaca are savoury pastries filled with cheese, olives and potatoes and available all over Turkish bakeries. They are enjoyed as breakfast or tea time treats. When I saw the shape of the breads, I just immediately decided to make it for this month’s #BreadBakers theme. The theme was to make a Mother’s day inspired flower bread. There are so many ways to make beautiful shaped breads and this is one of the easiest methods.
Empanadas are pastries or bread stuffed with meat or any other filling. This is a dish common in Spain and Latin American countries. It is either baked or deep fried according to the region it is served. These are so easy to pack and so makes a great snack to take on picnics. I am doing picnic hamper recipes for this week’s BM and this recipe is a part of the theme. As I mentioned earlier, you will be seeing international dishes this week.
Every year we do a mega marathon during April and I enthusiastically signed up for it. It was my most favourite theme, A-Z bakes around the world. I had my list ready before 6 months, and started baking before three months and was done with nearly 13 dishes. But everything doesn’t happen as you plan. Infact, nothing happens as planned for me, so due to some personal hurdles, I couldn’t participate in this BM which I am still sad about. I have been so disinterested in blogging this month and have been in some kind of zombie mode for the past four weeks. I hate to do anything. And somehow I got my brain working and wanted to blog today. So here is my post which was supposed to be done for the first of this month. I hope to regain all my confidence to blog again.
Here comes the next week of Blogging Marathon and I have chosen Easter treats as the theme. At first I was planning for some breads, but I couldn’t make them ahead and on the day of posting, I didn’t want to go for any complicated recipe. When I was browsing through recipes for easter desserts, they are mostly chocolates and I came up with one of my own. I put this together with all the ingredients from my pantry. You can go for any filling you like as this is so versatile.
This cream cheese platter along with onions and cucumber makes a great snack option for your diet or you can serve it as a side dish for your lunch or dinner. However you serve it, it is so delicious and I am sure you will go for a second helping. I could just live off with this plate for weeks. I served it along with oven roasted veggies and pumpkin soup for my lunch.
For the second of Blogging Marathon, I chose to do three Swedish dishes. As you know I love bread, and whenever I get a chance to bake bread, I do it. And when I saw the theme Swedish recipes, I chose to do three Swedish breads. Selecting the recipes was tough. There were so many beautiful breads in Swedish cuisine and I had a hard time selecting three from the list. The very first recipe is the crispbread which is most common in Sweden. They are crispy flat breads which can be served with any topping and the Swedish stock it regularly in their pantry. The bread used to be made with a hole in the centre so that they are stocked up on a wooden rod and left out for drying. But nowadays, they are sold as squares with various seed toppings.
I am on paleo diet for almost two months now and I try to maintain it properly. Snacking can be a problem when it comes to paleo if you are unaware of the tricks to make delicious snacks. I am yet to learn those tricks. I think I will get there in a few months. I usually snack on almonds and curd. But recently, I am trying to incorporate more cheese into my diet. This grilled eggplant is one way of adding cheese without affecting the diet. When I announced that I am making an eggplant pizza, my daughter was curious. She wanted to remove the eggplant pieces from the pizza and eat the remaining. But she didn’t expect that the eggplant itself is the base for these mini pizzas. She was totally disappointed.