Monday, February 24, 2014

Molten Lava Cake

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This Recipe is very easy to make. It will take only 20 minutes. Here i made it for serving 2 persons. so you can add the quantity according to the number of persons.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet choco chip
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 whole egg , 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • Butter for greasing baking bowl
  • 1 tbsp powder sugar for decoration
Method:


  1. Preheat oven for 420 deg F in Bake mode.
  2. Take a microwave safe bowl, add in choco chip and butter. Microwave it for 1 minute.
  3. Mix the melted choco chip and butter using fork/spoon. 
  4. Add powdered sugar and mix well.
  5. Add eggs in it and beat nicely.
  6. Finally add all purpose flour, mix it without lumps.
  7. Grease the baking bowl with butter, pour the batter in it.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes and let it cool for sometime.
  9. Run knife around the edges of the bowl , place a plate on the top and flip it carefully.



Note:
1. Do not cool it completely, because the inside chocolate became thicker. then you wont get molten choco lava

2. To decorate the heart shape in the centre.cut paper towel in heart shape, place it on the centre of the cake and sift powdered sugar on it.

Enjoy the Molten Choco Lava Cake :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cook'n Recipe Organizer Software v.11 Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Cook'n is the #1 Best-Selling Recipe Organizer and is the ultimate kitchen companion. 
By using this software we can get all the recipes in one place and also we can create our own cook book. 
Cook'n is the Only Recipe Software that lets us:
  • Easily Enter our Personal Recipes
  • Get Ideas for What to Make for Dinner
  • See a Visual Menu Planner
  • Auto-Generate Shopping Lists
  • Capture Recipes From Favorite Websites
  • Calculate Nutrition of our Recipes
  • Capture & Sync Pinterest Recipes 
  • Scan Printed Recipes 
  • Discover New Recipes w/Live Feed 
  • Print Themed Recipes 
  • Use Snip-It to Capture Blog Recipes 
  • Import recipes from Word 
  • Share Recipes with Social Media 
This is the home page of this software. This page shows the collections of different recipes from different websites.


There are lots of recipes available under each chapters. The chapters are classified into Breakfast, Desserts, Main Dishes, Salads, Sandwiches, Sides and Soups. Just clicks on the chapter to get the recipes.


Here i chose Main dishes. It showed lots of recipes under that category. I decided to make Chicken Pot Pie.



Once i clicked on Chicken pot pie, it redirected me to the recipe page. In this page, it showed the recipe image, where the recipe was taken, how many serves, prep time, cooking time, ingredients and method of cooking. It is very neat and clear.


Analyze Recipe Nutrition:
We always wanted to know what nutrients are in the foods we are eating. Cook'n recipe software helps us stay organized in our dieting! Analyze the nutritional elements of recipes and menus (even the ones we add in the Menu Planner) Cook'n makes it simple to calculate the nutrients our body is receiving. After typing in a recipe or importing one from the internet, simply click a button for the information we need.


Shopping List Generator:
Cook'n also calculates the approximate cost of your shopping list. Cook'n automatically combines the food on our menus and makes a grocery shopping list. It even converts tablespoons of tomato paste to 8 oz. cans! Cook'n organizes your shopping list by aisle to save you time at the store.


Menu Planning:
This is the one we always need. Menu Planning. Cook'n is the perfect solution to organize our personal recipes.With the Visual Menu Planner we can create custom menus and meal plans.
When we have entered your personal recipes into Cook'n we can:

  • Create a family Cookbook
  • share our recipes easily
  • Enhance the recipe by adding photos and stories
  • Get the nutritional facts for our recipes
  • Get the shopping list for our recipes


Setting:
We can change our Preferences under the setting option.

Search:
We can search the recipes according our preference. (Like by cooking time, preparation time, Ingredients)


Share our Recipe:
Cook'n makes sharing our favorite recipes a snap! Post our favorite recipes on Facebook or pin our recipes on Pinterest with just one click! Print a family cookbook and give a gift that everyone will treasure or simply e-mail a recipe to a friend. Tweet our recipes, embed our recipes in our web pages, and link to them.
Share your recipes on:
- Pinterest
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Google+
- Email
- Text
- Printed Cards
- PDFs
- Blogs
- Websites

Price : The cost of Cook'n Revipe Organizer Software v.11 in Amazon is $79.95. I could say its really worth for this price. Visit their website to know more DVO and Facebook Page.


Cook'n is offering a free download for one of Lucky Reader. Just enter into the Give away to win this software.( This is $80 Value)

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Pizza | Heart Pizza | Vegetarian Pizza

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Wish You All  Very Happy Valentine's Day


Ingredients
For Pizza Bread
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp of sugar/ Honey
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of Salt
Toppings for Heart Pizza
  • 1o sliced mushroom
  • 1 cup of bell pepper (orange, red, yellow)
  • 1/2 cup of sliced onion
  • 3 tbsp of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp of thyme
  • Olive oil for brushing/spraying
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes (optional)
Method:
Making Pizza Bread dough


1. In a small bowl add warm water, sugar, salt and yeast. stir until the sugar and yeast dissolves and rest for 10 minutes.

2. Take a large bowl, add all purpose flour, 2 tbsp of oil, yeast mixture and knead for few minutes.

3. Add oil and knead well to make the dough right consistency. 


4. Close the dough with plastic wrap/ wet cloth. Rest for 2 hour.

 
5. After 2 hours, It should double the size. Punch them and again knead well.

Assembling Pizza Toppings: 



1. Preheat oven to 200 degree C.

2. Take a baking tray, spray olive oil and sprinkle flour on it. (you can sprinkle with sooji/corn flour)

3. Flatten the dough on the tray and shape the dough into heart shape. 

4. Spray olive on it and Spread the tomato sauce on the pizza.

5. Sprinkle thyme on it.

6. Arrange mushroom, bell peppers and onion on top.

7. Spread the mozzerella cheese on it.

8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust turn golden brown.

9. Sprinkle chili flakes and serve hot.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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Ingredients:

  • For cake:
  • 1 cup all Purpose flour
  • 1 cup choco chip (semi sweet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For Icing:
  • 1(8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • For cake Decoration:
  • 1/2 cup choco chip (semi sweet)

Method:

To make  cake:

Preheat Oven to 350 F. Prepare 9-inch cake pan by brushing butter and lightly flouring.


1. In a small saucepan, add about an inch of water and bring it to simmer. Place a small plate over the saucepan and add choco chip, cook until the chocolate melts. Let it cool for sometime.

2. Take a mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and milk, mix until all combine.

3. Take egg, vegetable oil and vanilla extract in small bowl, beat for sometime.

4. Add egg mixture into the flour batter, mix altogether.

5. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted and comes out clean.

6. Remove from the oven and let it cool for sometime, then remove the cake carefully from the pan.

To make Icing:


1. In a large bowl, add cream cheese, sugar, salt, whipping cream and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

To Decorate Cake:

1. Evenly spread the cream cheese icing on the cake and decorate with choco chips.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sura Puttu | Shark Podimas | Meen Podimas

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Ingredients:
  • 1 lb of Shark fish
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 green chilies, slitted
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp of oil

Method:


1. Boil the fish with enough water, turmeric and little salt.

2. Drain the water, remove the fish skin and bones. Shred  the flesh using fork.

3. Add chili powder and salt. Mix well and keep aside.

4. Heat oil in pan, add fennel seeds, garlic, ginger and saute for few minutes.

5. Add green chili and onion, fry till it turns golden brown.

6. Add Fish mixture into the pan and mix well. Cook until the raw smell goes away.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Helping Hands are better than Praying Lips

Milaap (Loan a Little, Change a Lot)

Milaap (Hindi word for ‘unity’) was initiated in June 2010, by three passionate young entrepreneurs who had a single vision – to change people’s concept of giving and make it a personal, transparent and
sustainable process. The end borrowers are the deserving, working poor of India – students, small businesses, families - who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better.
They are a mission driven company changing the way people fund and impact communities in need. Every day, They connect hundreds of hardworking borrowers looking to start a small business, pay for education, install better facilities in their households, and more – with people around the world willing to lend and rally their friends and family with as little as Rs. 500 ($25)

How it Works:

Choose a borrower to lend to from the list of profiles on Milaap site. You could choose one based on their story or from an impact area that you feel strongly about.

You make a loan online. They disburse the amount to our Field Partner on the ground. Borrowers receive 100% of your money and use it for the specific need they were given the loan for.

As the borrower repays the loan, the Field partner collects the repayments on the ground. These are accumulated in your account on Milaap.org, as 'Credits'. You’ll receive progress updates from Milaap through your email and your Milaap account.

You can choose to withdraw your accumulated Milaap Credits or re-lend it to another borrower listed on Milaap. By choosing another borrower, you will keep the cycle of change going with the same loan amount.

I chose to lend 2 groups,
1. Maheshwari and Group from Musiri, Tamil Nadu.  Lend Now
2. Kavitha and Group from Musiri, Tamil Nadu.  Lend Now

Maheshwari and Group:


About Them :  Maheswari, Manmani, Kavitha, Rajalakshmi and Dhanalakshmi are married women who live with their families in Musiri village of Tamil Nadu in India. All five of them are agricultural labourers and earn a meagre income which is just sufficient to supplement their families. Constructing a toilet in each of their homes still remains an unrealised dream for them as it entails an investment of Rs. 10,000. As many people in their village do, these women relieve themselves in an open area every day. These women, however, are now resolute to realise their dream. They wish to construct 5 toilets by securing the necessary amount of Rs. 50,000 through a loan.

Kavitha and Group


About Them: Probably the most important things a mother can do for her children is to provide clean drinking water and safe sanitation so that their water does not become contaminated, which could lead to illness. That's exactly what Kavitha, in the middle of the photo, Revathi, Jeyalakshmi, Ammasi, and Jeyalakshmi, women from Tamil Nadu want to do. Together they want to borrow Rs. 45,000 to build four toilets and provide a clean water connection for drinking and bathing. Jeyalakshmi would like to get a piped water connection at home, while the rest of them wish to build toilets. This will substantially improve the overall health and quality of life for these five families from Musiri in Tamil Nadu.

In our country, many peoples are living without basic needs like water connections, toilets. Maheshwari and Group , and Kavitha and Group, from Musiri, Tamil nadu, applied loan for to construct toilets at their homes through Milaap. Help them to fulfil their dream.Your help in the form of a loan will not only provide these women and their families with access to toilets but also inspire others in their neighbourhood to look beyond the malady of open defecation.

 Contributing small amount can make a very big difference in their life.

Click Here LEND NOW  to help them

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