January 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
- 4 tomatoes (deseeded, quartered)
- 1 onion (quartered)
- 1 carrot (sliced in no particular order really)
- bay leaf 1
- peppercorns 8
- cloves 4
- a spoon of butter
- 3 cloves of garlic, grated
- 1/4 cup of milk
- italian herbs dried or otherwise
And the procedure would be –
- Take a pot, add the tomatoes, onion and carrot and add water as to cover them completely and then some, about an inch topping that. Add bay leaf, pepper corns, cloves and bring to a boil and then let simmer for 15 mins.
- After it cools down a bit, separate the water and the veggies. Keep the water aside for thinning the soup later. Put the veggies in a blender and blend away.
- In a pan add butter, then garlic. Then add the italian herbs and immediately add the tomato puree.
- Add a little of the strained water and then add salt, pepper and a little of sugar. Bring to boil then simmer.
- Just before taking it off add the milk and stir. Simmer for a minute and VOILA!
The easiest and foolproof recipe for a quick tomato soup! Not as heavy as the cream of tomato soup and not as light as a stew. Just a scrumptious soup for winters!
October 12, 2012 § 4 Comments
October 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
Some of the dining and kitchen area. I ve always found the kitchen to be the hub of activity in a house. Maybe because it was so at my parents place. But the kitchen is a great place to connect, have fun. Especially if you have kids! It can even be multi-functional… I remember studying at my kitchen table… or reading.Even painting. It can be fun to explore it as something more than just a dining area…
*all images taken from (random sources) the internet*
May 16, 2012 § 4 Comments
My recent visit to a farm for strawberry picking with my husband… and I found this charming shop of theirs. Filled with all cutesy stuff. Signs, jams, fridge magnets, stickers, strawberry crush… all things cute and charming!
And for a change, today we are gonna watch the pictures in a slideshow… 🙂 Cheers!
ps- some of these are courtesy hubby dearest!
November 29, 2011 § 5 Comments
Sweeter than the sweetest
Darker than the darkest
You are the fix that I want
When things are looking down
(or even when things are looking up)
All joys and sorrows
I wanna spend with you
My dear chocolate.
When the skies are dark n grey
And the umbrella’s gone astray
You come to my rescue
N suddenly the skies are blue!
So to show my love
This lousy attempt of a prose trying to rhyme
N to tell you, dear chocolate
You’ll always be mine!
February 27, 2010 § 3 Comments
re are somethings that make me feel all warm inside. Like shopping for shiny green peppers. Isn’t it just absolutely lovely! Not to forget peppers come in yellow and red too now a days. Shiny clean healthy peppers. And tomatoes! heh. No m not gonna talk about how to shop for veggies.
Today m gonna share my foolproof french recipe of PFC for dummies whose cooking skills end at boiling water. Heh. There’s nothing called ‘PFC’… it’s just what my bro calls it as he thinks it’s better than KFC. I ve tried it hundreds of times and its so easy. Know how stuff goes wrong when your mood isn’t right? That doesn’t happen here. It’s always perfect.Even when you are in a foul mood! 😛
So what is it? It’s a french recipe of a simple pan-fried chicken dish which is juicy, nice and very snacky… just don’t complain about the butter… the french believe in butter like you believe in god!
Here’s what you need… for serving one…
2 chicken breasts, flour, 1 egg, oil to fry, a dollop of butter, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs.
1.Take the chicken and rub in a little salt and pepper. Keep aside for like five mins. (if u have italian dried herbs you can put in a little of that too for a change.)
2.Take three plates. Put the sifted flour in the first plate. Whisk the egg a little in the second. The breadcrumbs go in the third. Place them in this order to make it easy.
3.Heat a thick bottomed pan. Add oil. Heat a little. Then add the butter. One spoon will do.
4. Now take the chicken. first coat it with the maida. Shake off the extra maida. Then coat it nicely with the egg. Then coat it with the breadcrumbs… and off it goes into the pan to shallow fry.
5. Turn the heat to medium. If u sliced the chicken into thinner strips then it’ll cook faster. I like to make even 2 cm thick pieces. cook for 3-4 mins on each side.
Make it golden brown on each side… and VOILA! done!
I ll try put up a snap… you can throw in a little salad tossed in some olive oil-honey-pepper dressing (i might give you that recipe too later) and maybe some simple tomato soup and you get a fab meal. Do try and let me know!