Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Orange pudding

One of my friends posted a mouthwatering recipe of mango pudding in Facebook. Another friend posted a lip smacking recipe of tangerine ricotta pudding in her blog. I went through the two recipes and I had been thinking to prepare both of them. Few days ago I even bought a one gallon bottle of whole milk to prepare pudding. However, I didn’t gather much enthusiasm to do the same. Yesterday after coming back home from my son’s school in the evening I desperately want to prepare pudding. Then I opened my laptop and went through both of the recipes. The tangerine ricotta pudding was little bit time consuming. So, I thought to prepare the other pudding without mango. But, in both the cases I found that some of the ingredients were missing in my pantry. I was so desperate that I didn’t want to give up. I browsed the Internet to find some solution. However, none of them were promising. I thought to do something by mixing all the recipes, and I prepared orange pudding in my own way.

 

Ingredients:

3 ½ tbsp. of all-purpose flower

2 cups and 3 tbsp whole milk

1 big orange (or 2 small orange)

Juice of one big orange

1 cup, and 1 tbsp. sugar

3 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla essence

 

Method:

Cut the orange in thin slices and arrange in a baking sheet, and sprinkle one tbsp. of sugar on the slices. Bake the slices at 200F for 18-20 minutes or until becomes little brown. Make a fine batter of flour with 3 tbsp. whole milk. If you need, you can put more milk. You must use cold milk; otherwise lump will be formed in the batter. In the mean time boil 2 cups of milk with sugar. When the milk starts boiling, add the flour batter in the milk and stir slowing. The milk will start thickening. After 3-4 minutes put the milk out of flame and let it cool. In the meantime whisk eggs, orange juice, and vanilla essence in a bowl. Then add it in the milk. Grease an oven-proof pan. Pour the batter into it. Arrange the orange slices over the batter and bake for half an hour. Set the pudding to cool down. Chill it and serve.

N.B.  After baking the pudding will look in a semi-liquid state. Don’t be spooked. The pudding will solidify after cooling.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another Cross stitch

Cross stitched table cloth. I found the designs on the Internet. It was too difficult to keep patience. It was a great relief to me, when I finished it.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Handmade cards (3)

For my sister's birthday

For my niece's birthday

For one of my friends' anniversary

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Egg curry with mustard paste


It is one of the favorite egg curry preparation of mine. Long ago, one of my cousin sister prepared egg with poppy seed paste. It was awesome. After that, I prepared egg in same style for many times. Then I started to experiment the same dish in different styles. This preparation is a deviation of the original.

4 eggs

1 medium sized onion

1 medium sized tomato

½ tsp. ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp sesame seeds

½ tsp. coriander powder

¼ tsp. fenugreek seeds

1 dry red chili

Pinch of turmeric

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

Method:

Boil the eggs. Cut the onion in big cubes and boil until transparent. Set it to cool. Cut the tomato in cubes. Take out the onion cubes from water, and keep the water for later use. Make a fine paste of onion and tomato. Heat one tbsp. of oil. Break the dry chili into two parts. Add dry chili and fenugreek seed in the oil. When the seeds start spluttering add onion-tomato paste. Fry in medium heat for few minutes. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry until oil separates out. Make paste of mustard seeds, sesame seeds, and coriander powder. Add the paste. Add a pinch of turmeric powder, and salt. Add the water which was kept aside.  If you need add another cup of water and bring it into boil. Shelled the eggs and add to the curry. Boil until the gravy turns medium thick. 

 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lost and found


Couple of day’s back, on one Sunday morning I was cooking for our guests. It was already 12:30 in the afternoon, and they were going to arrive at one o’clock. I was in hurry to finish everything. While cooking the pasta I felt that it was going to be less for five people. I asked my hubby. He suggested me adding some more pasta. However, when I went to open a packet of pasta, I couldn’t find it! I searched every nook and corner of our home. After putting much pressure on my memory I couldn’t remember, where exactly I store the packets. It was really astounding that, I couldn’t find out such a big packet in my one bedroom small house. I couldn’t find any solution. I had little more pennoni pasta in my kitchen, while I had been using fusili pasta .My hubby told me to put that pennoni pasta.

Actually, my kitchen is very, very small. So, the highest shelves of the closets in my house serve as my pantry. From jelly-belly to portable heater, everything can be found there. So, that Sunday  afternoon I searched those shelves thoroughly after my dear hubby searched for the same there. I couldn’t rely on him, so I searched second time without any success. Where the packet could be? Even my wild guess turned out to be wrong. Anyway, the preparation was good, so the shape of pasta didn’t matter.  However, that remained as a mystery. Where was the packet? The next day was Monday, and I was still in weekend mood, so I didn’t feel to find the pasta packet. I thought to find it out later. After two days while I had been arranging things in the closets I thought to find the pasta packets.  I searched every shelf in the kitchen. There was no sign of the packet. Even I didn’t forget to search the shelves in the bathroom!! But, where it was???  That was really an eerie circumstance. Then I opened all the suitcases. I knew that the packet couldn’t be in the suitcases, still I searched all the suitcases. I started rearranging everything. I put something out of suitcases, which could be used in near future, and put, something in which had no use. Suddenly I felt to throw away some cartons which kept under our bed for crafts. I thought that I might be not going to have time to do crafts in near future, so, instead of hording those cartons in the house I would trash them. Getting cartons in the future wouldn’t be a problem. First I peeked under my son’s bed. There were two empty boxes of cereals. I kept them there to make a shoe shelf!!! My wild imagination!!!  Am I a nut? Anyway, I pulled out one, and the pasta packet was inside it!!! I laughed at myself. A cleanliness fanatic person could do such kind of thing to keep her house clean.

Monday, June 4, 2012

My little son



This nice folder type card I found in the letter box. Then only I decided to create a scrapbook on my son using the card .


 

Here is the end product.

I drew the picture of the little boy.