Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Homemade Crayon Playdough


Crayon Playdough recipe is very simple to make. You can make different colors of playdough using different shades of crayons. It gives bold color to dough. Try it out for your preschooler, they will love it for sure. Do some fun activities with your kids like learning shapes, colors, drawings, letters using these playdough. I am having great time with my little one. She is just loving it ;)

Ingredients




Some different colors of crayons
2 cups of All purpose flour
1 1/4 cups of Water
2 tbsp of Vegetable oil
1 tbsp of Salt
2 tbsp of Cream of Tartar

Method



Take all dry ingredients in mixing bowl and mix all together until well combined.

Roughly chop all crayons into bit size pieces



Since we are using crayons, I would suggest to use old vessel to make this playdough.

Heat pan over medium flame, add oil and crayons into it.

Once the crayons completely melted, add in water and bring it to boil.




Once water started boiling, add dry ingredients and mix well with spatula immediately to avoid lump formation.

once the flour absorbed all water, transfer the dough into flat surface area. ( i used my cutting board)

Allow it to cool, until you can tolerate kneading.

Knead the dough for few minutes and let it completely cooled down.



once it cooled down, store the dough in air tight container to prevent hardening.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Grilled Prawns

Grilled Prawns

Grilled prawns are made with marination of vinegar and spice powders. It is so spicy and tasty.

It would be a great appetizer for party or get together. Please do try this simple recipe, you will definitely love it. Thank you.

Ingredients


15 no of Prawns, peeled, deveined and tail intact

2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

1 tsp Garam masala

4 tbsp White vinegar

3 tbsp of Olive oil

2 tbsp of Cilantro, chopped

Salt to taste

Method


Take vinegar, chilli powder, garam masala and salt in mixing bowl. Mix it all well until combined.

Add prawns into it. Mix well and marinade it for 1 hour.

After marination time, take prawns and thread onto bamboo/metal skewer.


Heat oil in pan over medium flame.

Once the oil heated, grill prawn for 2 minutes on each side or until prawns are cooked well.

Serve with lemon slices.

Grilled Prawns

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Baked Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta


Recently i got a pasta sample from Del Monte. I have experimented many pasta dishes and published some recipes in my blog. But this time, I really wanted to try something different which i have never tried before and it should be simple with easy available ingredients. So here comes Baked Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta.  The star ingredient of this recipe is Del Monte "Penne Rigate". I decided the dish should be rich, creamy and cheesy. Hence I chose to make Alfredo sauce, which is so creamy and yummy. The combination of pasta, stir fried chicken and veggies with Alfredo sauce is absolutely luscious. We enjoyed it lot. So, please try this recipe and share your feedback. I would love to read that. Without taking so much time, I am gonna share this recipe now. Read on for the detailed recipe. Thanks.


Origin of the Dish : Italy
Preparation time : 15 minutes
Cooking time : 35 to 45 minutes
Level : Easy
Method of cooking : Stove top and Oven method
Equipment: Skillet, pot, spatula, glass baking dish
Servings : 5 Adults

Ingredients :

For boiling pasta:
Del Monte Penne Rigate - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups
olive oil -1 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp

For Stir fry:
Chicken boneless and cut into cubes - 250 gm
Vegetables - 1 1/2 cups ( I used Zucchini, carrots, peas, corn, mushroom )
olive oil - 2 tbsp
Salt and pepper for seasoning

For making Alfredo sauce:
Butter, room temperature - 1/4 cup
Heavy cream - 1 cup
Parmesan cheese, shredded - 1 cup
Garlic clove, crushed  - 1
Fresh Parsley, chopped - 1/4 cup

For Topping:
Mozzeralla cheese, shredded - 1 cup 



Method for making Baked Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta

Step 1: Making Boiled pasta



In a large pan of water, cook 2 cups of uncooked penne pasta with olive and salt for 9 to 11 minutes.

Once it cooked, drain the water with colander and set the pasta aside.

Step 2: Making Stir fry:



In a large Skillet or pan, heat a tbsp of olive oil and add the uncooked chicken , season them with some salt and pepper.

Saute it for few minutes until it cooked well and there is no pink raw meat in the center of chicken chunks. Then transfer the cooked meat into plate and set aside.



In the same skillet, heat a tbsp of oil and add in all vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and saute until it cooked well. Then transfer the stir fried veggies into chicken plate and set aside.

Step 3: Making Alfredo Sauce:



Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 F.

In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium flame. Add in fresh cream and simmer for 5 minutes.

Now add crushed garlic and Parmesan cheese. whisk quickly and continuously until it get thicker. 

Add in fresh parsley leaves and stir well.

Step 4 : Making of Baked Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta



Add cooked pasta, stir fried into Alfredo sauce and mix well until all combined.

Transfer the pasta mixture into glass baking dish and spread mozzarella cheese evenly on top of the pasta.

Bake it for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and turn to slightly golden brown color.

That's all :).. Yummy Baked Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta is ready is serve.

For a complete meal, I would suggest to serve this with toasted bread, leafy salad and a cup of fresh juice.



This post is written for the contest "DEL MONTE: BLOG YOUR WAY TO ITALY"

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Review : Very Healthy Spiral Slicer by Varietyland


Recently I got a chance to review a product Very Healthy Spiral Slicer by Varietyland.  I am using this little kitchen gadget since  a month. Today I am going to share my experience about this product.

It comes in a compact box, which is perfectly packed. In the box, you will get Spirailizer tool,  little brush for washing/cleaning, pushing attachment and mini cook book.




Spiral slicer is a compact kitchen gadget. you don't need much space to store it. 

It is built in with premium quality of sharp stainless steel blades .  you can make  two types of vegetable strands. (Thick and Thin)

Cleaning the spiral slicer is also so simple. It's comes with a small brush, which you can clean it without hurting yourself.

You don't need to assemble the gadget. Just attach the veggie in push attachment and slice it. 

You can make strands of veggies like carrot, radish, cucumber, zucchini, tapioca, brinjal, broccoli. 



Vegetables are rich in fiber, proteins and minerals. It is important to add in our daily diet. But my daughter is a picky eater. She doesn't eat veggies more than a mouth. I made baked vegetables using this spiral slicer.  she could not recognize that is vegetables and she liked the appearance (just like colorful noodles). I am sure, it will help many moms to add healthy veggies to their picky eater kids.

Overall, I am impressed with this product. It is very useful for me.
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