Thursday, July 24, 2014

Food Craft - Open Fish Sandwich

BM # 42  Week 4  Day 1

For the last week of this marathon I picked one of my favorite themes, Edible art. I really enjoy any kind of art work whether it is paper or food. Getting creative with food can be very interesting. The options are umpteen, but I decided to pick open sandwiches to try my art.

Children like food which is appealing to the eyes just like any of us.They get bored with the same sandwiches and a little twist with a little imagination the children would be really delighted. In fact get the ingredients ready and let them play around, they will enjoy and laugh at what they create, plus eat everything without a fuss.
For the first day it is a fish for breakfast...a fish with juicy cucumbers.

Things needed
Bread slices
Hung curd / Butter

How to go about
Apply a nice layer of salted hung curd to the bread slice.
Slice the cucumbers, and then cut them into half, so you get semi circles.
Blanch the carrots lightly and then cut them into circles with the help of a cutter.
Follow the picture to get that fish and bubbles.
You get innovative and make a complete aquarium .

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fruit Cream Pinwheel Sandwich

BM # 42  Week 3 Day 3  

Holidays are so much fun and they leave back some beautiful memories. This fruit cream sandwich immediately takes me back to Japan. While on my trip there my neice got amazing sandwiches from a place called Sandwich Factory.There were three four types but this cream one was the best and ever since I have thinking of trying and giving the sandwich a new avataar. So while working on my snack box theme for the 3rd day of the third week I made these pinwheel sandwiches filled with fresh whipped cream mango , banana and cherry.I packed these with a dipping sauce...and what better than chocolate ganache!

There is no recipe but I shall tell you how to go about..
What you need
Bread slices with sides trimmed.
Whipped cream
Chopped fruits

How to go about...
Using a rolling pin roll the bread slice a little thinner.
This will make it pliable .
Mix fruits with the whipped cream and apply a layer.
Gently roll up the slice, the filling might ooze out but never mind...just lick it up.
Taking a cling film, roll up the fruit roll and twist the edges tightly.
Place it in the frig to make it a little firm.
Remove after an hour, remove the cling film.
Cut into slices and dress them with a cherry.
Serve with Chocolate ganache.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Beet and Spinach Tikki

BM # 42 Week 3 Day 2

I had never tried beet root tikkis and when my daughter in law suggested to make these I wondered how they would taste.I was truly surprised to eat them as they were really very delicious, I could never think that this root which I use only for salads could give us such a healthy snack.We made the tikkis and they got over in seconds, I could not even think of clicking. Ever since they were on my mind and with the healthy lunch box theme I decided to make these in a mini version . I added spinach and rolled them in sesame seeds. Sesame gave it a wonderful crunch and spinach made it more healthy and colorful. Well this is a different version than the ones my daughter in law made but I shall definitely post her version too.

Coming to the recipe...
2 beet roots, boiled and grated
1 potato, boiled, mashed
Handful of finely chopped spinach
1 tsp ginger, garlic , chlly paste
1 slice bread , made into crumbs
Pinch garam masala
Few drops lemon juice
Salt to taste
Sesame seeds for rolling
Mix all ingredients very well, except for sesame seeds.
Pinch out small balls and make them into mini pattys.
Roll them in sesame seeds and shallow fry till crisp and golden.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Broccoli Tikki

BM # 42  Week 3  Day 1

We begin a new week and for this week I have chosen to cook healthy snack box recipes.We mothers are always in search of snacks that are healthy and easy to pack. The kids hate to take food which is messy. They just want to finish the snack box and run to play. Today I have made Broccoli Tikkis . These are simple to prepare, healthy and taste delicious . I have shallow fried them, as everything is cooked and I did not want to spoil the nutrition by deep frying.

250 gms Broccoli
2 Potatoes, boiled
1 tsp ginger garlic and green chilly paste
2 slices bread , crumbled
Pinch garam masala
Coriander leaves
Mint leaves
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients and mash well. shape into tikkis, you could choose the shape you like.
Shallow fry till golden.
Serve with mayo and some finely sliced cabbage, carrot and capsicum.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cheesy Mice

BM # 42  Week 2  Day 3

As kids mom used to make these cheese rolls very often, at times she used to stuff potatoes.Its been years since I had these. Every one loves these but somehow I never get around making them, guess deep fried is the reason. These are actually sinful, also when you start eating you cant stop at just one. For the last day of  Easy Tiffin recipes we have these delicious Cheesey Mice to please the kids. Enjoy!!

What you need...
Bread slices with crust removed
Water to soak the bread in

Grated cheese
Green chilly
Coriander leaves
Mix everything and use as a stuffing.
The proportions can vary as per taste.

Remove the crust from the bread slices.
Soak the bread in water ...just for a few seconds.
Gently squeeze the water.
Place the stuffing in the center and bring the sides up to cover it.
Press lightly and form into rolls.
Deep fry to a golden.

To make the mice I used...
Almonds, cloves and cut out from cheese.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Teddy Burgers

BM # 42   Week 2  Day 2

Day 2 of Easy Tiffin theme and here is a burger . The burger is simple, with a vegetable patty , but the kids will fall in love with it. I made these while my grand kids were here , initially they did not want to eat, they just kept gazing but when they did they just loved it.
Not a very big recipe , you could use any patty, whatever you have on hand. I used mixed veggies and some spinach.

2 boiled potatoes, mashed
1/2 cup mixed vegetables, boiled
1/4 cup spinach, washed and finely chopped
2 tbsp bread crumbs
1 tsp ginger/garli/chilly paste
Salt to taste
Mix and mash all ingredients well with your hands.
Make patty according to your bun size.
Deep fry or shallow fry.

Assembling the burger
Slice the bun into two, apply butter.
Place a lettuce or cabbage (I did not have either of them )
Place the tomatoes and then place the patty.
Cover the bun .
Make eyes with olives, place a carrot or cheese slice, which can be cut into a round shape for nose.
Again use olives for that smile.
I made ears from a piece of other bun.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pav Bhaji Frogs

BM # 42  Week 2 Day 1

We start with the second week and for this week I have chosen Easy Tiffins. .These recipes are for those in between times when you want to have a satisfying bite but not a meal. I am doing the edible art theme in the last week and some how while working on those got carried away so I am catering to kids this week , of course grown ups can indulge too.

For Day 1 I made these cute frogs . You could make a nice mix vegetable stuffing and stuff the pav with it along with salad. I am a great fan of Pav Bhaji so decided to stuff Pav Bhaji . But make sure this bhaji is quite dry , else it will keep popping out the minute you take a bite .

These are simple to make and what you need is
Bhaji / stuffing
Slit the pav, apply butter generously.Specially on the top .
Place some salad.
Place the bhaji.
Place a cucumber slice,for the tongue and make eyes with olives.

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