Black forest cake is one of the hot selling cakes in any bakery. And even the recipe in my blog and YouTube have got a good number of views. Whenever I post cake recipes, I get so many requests for cooker cakes. In India, before OTGs came into normal day to day use, pressure cookers were the ovens for most of the housewives, including my mom. My mom used to add some fine sand in the bottom of a cooker or a cast iron pan and baked cakes in it. The sand used to maintain even heat throughout the pan and so the cake baked will turn out so good. I started pressure cooker baking only after some viewers asked me for the recipe.
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 think you guys remember my post on Butter tea a while back. After starting with my diet, that was my breakfast most of the days. I actually omitted the tea and mixed only milk and butter. But when I left for Delhi, my hubby was left to make it for himself. And he tried to make it with tea leaves. When I returned back, he told me that adding tea leaves made the tea more delicious and he felt so full until mid afternoon. So I decide to make it again. But before attempting it again, I wanted to check out the perfect recipe for the tea.
I have stopped using store bough tomato ketchup as it is loaded with sugar. I have been off sugar for the past two months and so I had to look for a sauce recipe without the sugar which I could use as a dip. I used to make tomato ketchup at home before marriage, but I used to add a lots of sugar to it. So I had to change that recipe slightly to make it perfect for my current diet.
After the green chilly sauce I posted yesterday, I also made the red chilly sauce. This is almost like the green chilly sauce but with little variations. I made a paneer dish with both sauces and we just loved them. It is so much better than the pricey store bought sauces. You can store these in refrigerator for three months because of the vinegar in the sauce. The reason why I chose to make these sauces was because of my paleo diet.
For this month’s BM, I chose the theme sauces and preserves for week one. We use a lots of sauce in cooking and I always had stock of green chilly sauce and red chilly sauce and use them up whenever I make Indo Chinese dishes. But after I started paleo diet, I have started reading labels and when I went through the labels of sauces, there were so many ingredients which we don’t take in paleo such as sugar, potato and corn flour. But still I made chilly paneer often for our dinner and so decided to make a home made sauce with only paleo approved ingredients.
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.
Kid’s Delight – an event started by Srivalli has been going on for years and I have hosted it once before. When I chose to do it for the month of Jan- Feb, I selected the theme as mini bakes. As you all know I love baking and so having baking as the theme was apt for my blog. And my daughter loves anything that is tiny. So the theme mini bakes. I have got beautiful entries for the event and I have compiled them all together in this post. I hope you will find it wonderful and useful too.
Vegetarian version of the white chocolate mirror glaze has been in my to do list for long. I have even tried it so many times and failed it. So I just stopped trying. But my readers and viewers haven’t stopped asking me about it. I used to reply that I will do, but didn’t get the needed push to do it. When I went to Delhi, I met with one of Vaishali’s nieces who wanted a recipe for white chocolate glaze so that she can make it for her kid’s first birthday. I promised her that I will post a video immediately.
Are you ready for the final post on our meet. I will be covering both fourth day and the fifth day today. The fourth day was a much awaited day as we were doing a workshop on bread baking and cake decorating. And our colour code was white. So before getting ready for the workshop, we got a photo clicked with the costume.