Friday, April 27, 2012

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This week has been a really busy one for me ! Spring days are always like this ! So many happenings and so much chores. The one thing I don't like about Spring is weed picking ! With one light shower comes a truck load of weeds.But this time ,it is so warm for a Spring here ! Isn't mother nature acting so weird this year ? I feel so. I really hope we get some nice rain showers soon,though I'll have to break my back to get rid of all the weeds

I  Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mango Rice with Cucumber Mint Raita

How are you all? Hope you had a great week end ! We had a fabulous week end with lots of good food,good company, fun and laughter.Food tastes great when you share it with somebody,don't you think?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies

This is such a popular version of brownies, I don't need to tell you much about it ! The legendary actress, Katharine Hepburn shared her family's signature brownies recipe during an interview with a magazine and ever since they published it in 1975, so many, including Saveur magazine and n number of blogs reprinted it. Here is my version slightly adapted from Epicurious.

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chakkayada (Jackfruit preseve Dumplings made on banana leaves) and Happy Vishu !

Wish you all a very happy Vishu/New Year ! May this year be filled with fun, love,hope and happiness !Below is a picture of "vishukkani", the first view one should have on a Vishu morning. We believe that it brings us luck and prosperity.Elders cover the eyes of kids, and lead them to the room where this is kept. I will tell you about the traditional way of keeping all this ready some other time.

Vishu makes me nostalgic, just like any other big festival we celebrate in Kerala.I have told you a lot about Vishu and my stories here and here. But I can tell you even more stories ! A fresh morning after a rain the day before, or the anticipation of 'vishukkaineettam" ,or the big family get together and the 'sadya' and so on. As a child I used to relate Vishu to Summer vacation and also to mango/jackfruit season .Wonderful memories, down the lane !

Monday, April 9, 2012

Whole Wheat Focaccia

I am trying out a lot of whole wheat baking for my little family. I did not get around to take pictures of most of it, but from now onward I promise you that I will try to keep a record of recipe and pictures to share with you all. I really enjoyed baking this bread and sharing with my family.They even commented that this tastes better than this classic Focaccia I often bake.The lil guy was keeping on coming back to kitchen to snack on this. I must tell you that he is such a picky eater when it comes to cakes and bakes !

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Strawberry Trifle

It is snowing here,today ! I know I was complaining how unusually dry it was in March, in my last post. But this may not be good for our little pear tree which is full of bloom.The snow is giving an extra coat on the white flowers and the branches are drooping a bit. Hope it gets warmer soon and we get more rain showers instead of snow.This is so expected in this place, if you know a little bit about Colorado weather. The temperature was in late 80s till Sunday and on Tuesday, it went down to 30s !

{Warning: Loads of pictures coming up ! I got carried away ,forgive me. If you don't want to see them all, just scroll down to the bottom, for the recipe }

Strawberry Trifle