Sunday, June 21, 2015

Black Plum a.k.a Naaval Pazham


Black plum is a seasonal fruit known in various names all over the world.

 It is also called as Java plum, jamun, black plum. This fruit is called Jamun , Jambhul , Naaval Pazham , Nhara Pazham , Nerale Hannu , Neredu Pandu, Kalojam, Jamukoli , Jambu,Dhanbu , Dhuwet/Juwet, jamelão, jambo , guapê , jambulan, rotra , reyang dut or krian dot.



Did you know?


  • High in Vitamin A and C ,the seed of this fruit is used in  Ayurveda to control diabetes.
  • Dried extract of the seeds reduces blood sugar.
  • The pulp of the fruit can be juiced.It tastes great when sprinkled with salt. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake - Sponge cake layered with real strawberries and whipped cream

Happy Mother's day to my mom and all wonderful moms out there !!





Strawberry Shortcake has always been my favorite of fresh fruit cakes.They are delicate ,moist and just melt in your mouth. Layers of sponge cake are sandwiched between sweet delicious strawberries and fresh whipped cream.

Sponge cake  has no butter or oil in it.It gets its soft pillow like texture with the help of eggs .The egg yolks and whites are separated and whisked in a very high speed and the cake batter is folded gently.So be calm and gentle while handling this cake else you will end up with a big mess.Ya I learned my lesson a little late :)



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Saffron Banana Oatmeal - Breakfast series




We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day blah blah....But honestly most of us skip it no matter how free we are at home.Why is that ? The truth is breakfast is not fun unless its sweet.

I would love to have cakes or a brownie for breakfast but we all know that's not good..Oatmeal has been the most trending breakfast these days and I used to love the different oatmeal which we get in stores.But nightmare stuck when I read the label .They are full of artificial flavors and preservatives .
So I mixed and matched few fresh fruits and nuts and the oatmeal turned out to be really fun.

This recipe calls for the the most scrumptious elegant saffron and the ever sweet banana with a hint of cinnamon.

This recipe is very nutritious and it just takes 3 mins to make.



Ingredients :

  • Old fashioned oats - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1 to 1.5 cups
  • Banana - 1 chopped
  • Saffron - few strands
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Sliced almonds - a few pieces
Method:
  • Take a pan and add oats and water.Boil in medium flame for 1 min .
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and let it cook for 2 min.
  • Take a cute bowl and pour some oats.Top it off with some almonds and saffron.Serve warm.


If you have interesting oatmeal ideas please do share it in the  comments section below.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Instant Chocolate Fudge - Microwave Recipe


Fudge is soft chewy ,chocolatey and it just takes 2 min.Can you believe it  ?? 2 Minutes .

All you need is a microwave..Just mix the ingredients and let the microwave do its magic.The fact that I am eating a few while writing this post makes me even more happy  :)


Instead of writing a long blog post ,I have just broken down all the steps into pictures.Hope it helps !
Add a pinch of salt as it will bring out the flavor but it is optional.



Don't forget to line your pan with aluminum foil.This comes in handy when you can take the fudge out of the refrigerator to cut them.



These smooth melt in your mouth fudges are so easy and a very quick fix for a dessert if u r having friends over at your place...What are you waiting for.Go ahead ...make it and eat it !!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Rose Bouquet Birthday Cake



"Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
 And so are you."

Women love roses no matter which form they are in.Dunno why a rose cheers a women and makes everything look lovely for the rest of the day.However bad a day can get, a bouquet of roses make you smile.

I made this Rose Bouquet Cake for a birthday party and everyone loved it.So thought of sharing a few pics here with everyone.This is a Chocolate layered cake with Vanilla butter cream frosting. I recently posted the recipe for the chocolate cake,which you can find it  here

Anyways I'm posting the entire recipe below.We have two different frosting here.One is the slightly buttery Peach colored frosting which covers the entire cake.Second is the rose colored icing which has a slightly hard consistency and is used for the icing decorations - roses and shells etc

I have posted a few videos below  - Piping the roses and shells.Hope it helps out !!



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Breakfast Recipe series - Tomato Mozzarella Panini

The Breakfast series is something which I wanted to start for a really long time.But I have been so tardy because taking pictures with camera,editing and posting here is a long process.So unlike other recipes which I take with camera,these breakfast series are gonna be quick posts using Mobile Photography.You can check out  Laavy's Kitchen Instagram page for daily recipes.


Well the first recipe is Tomato Mozzarella Panini inspired from "Panera bread".

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Chocolate Pirouette cake with Nutella frosting

Christmas Chocolate Pirouette cake


Happy Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone :) 

This is a chocolate 4 layer cake with Nutella and Chocolate butter cream frosting.
Making a layered cake takes time and patience.So this post is gonna be quite long with lots of pictures.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Seven cups cake - Diwali sweet recipe



Happy Diwali everyone :) Hope you all had a wonderful Diwali with your family.Diwali, the festival of lights is really the happiest time of the year when we get together with family to celebrate the triumph of good over evil with colorful dresses and sweets.Bursting of crackers is a tradition followed in India during Diwali and who doesn't love the bright colors in the sky :)

So I thought of making something sweet and unique this time to represent Diwali. I decided to make small lamps or diyas or velaku however you call them ...edible with the sweet.Considering the texture,size and taste,I decided to go ahead and make the 7 Cups cake (aka) 7 cup sweet.

Crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside
As the name suggests there are seven cups of ingredients which makes this soft mildly sweet delicacy.It consists of 1 cup each of Besan,milk,coconut,ghee and sugar.You can use 3 cups of sugar for authentic recipe but I wanted to make it lightly sweet so made it with just 2 cups of sugar.