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Whole Roasted Carrots

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Whole Roasted Carrots
Ever get that feeling - why on earth didn't I make it before! That's exactly what popped into my head over and over again while the family polished off these beautifully caramelized whole roasted carrots directly from the baking sheet! These were just that good! We just couldn't stop munching on these! The end product photos do not do justice at all! I was running a little short on time and just managed to take a few photos before I called it a wrap.
And making these roasted to perfection caramelized carrots was a cinch! Just next time, I will pick out similarly sized carrots so that they roast even and not just for the "these will look gorgeous in the photos" - factor.
We didn't mind the extra crispy ones though. In fact, the almost 7.5 yo fought over one with his Baba! But that's just our dysfunctional foodie family! Yours might be different!

Ingredients for Whole Roasted Carrots A bunch of carrots, scrubbed and patted dry with…

Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup

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Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup
This Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup recipe has been lying in the draft section for long enough! I have made and blogged about quite a few recipes after I had made this yummy and spicy (you can adjust the spice level to taste) soup a couple of months back. It at last gets to see the light of the day!
Many a times, while we are eating at a restaurant or cafĂ©, I have found myself saying, - "oh you guys like it, I'll make it for you at home". This has become a standing joke between the husband and I! Though, truth be told, I am not sure why he finds it so amusing! May be he's laughing at my forgetfulness. I'll ask him tonight, that is if I remember to! I mean, I know that I said I'll recreate the Panang Curry but ended up making this Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup and at other times I have just plain forgotten what it was that I wanted to recreate in the first place.
But I did make this Orange and Cranberry Buttermilk Scones - one of the few million t…

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Raspberry Brownie made in Cast Iron Skillet - For Two

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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Raspberry Brownie made in Cast Iron Skillet - For Two So here's the very belated Valentine's Day treat for the husband. I just tweaked my Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie) a bit and came up with this gorgeous skillet Chocolate Chip Raspberry Brownies. I used my birthday gift - this lovely 6-inch cast iron skillet from my friend and co-blogger - PG (of WhiffofSpice). And you see that cute little creamer - that's a gift from a family friend! I am truly 'gifted' - see what I did there! Hah.
Okay, ahem, back to the recipe.


Small Batch Chocolate Chip Raspberry Brownie made in Cast Iron Skillet - For Two4 tbsp. all purpose flour5 tbsp. of granulated sugar3 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powderA fat pinch of salt3/4 tsp of instant coffee granules4 tbsp. of melted butter1 large egg, at room temperature2 tbsp. + 1 tbsp. of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4 tsp of baking powder1 tsp vanilla essence9 to 10 fresh raspberriesChocolate Sauce (op…

Semi-homemade Raspberry Galette

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Semi-homemade Raspberry Galette I learnt something new today - those tiny bumps on the raspberries are called druplets. How fascinating! Now the trick is to remember it! The forgetful being that I have become! The other day, the almost 7.5 yo told me - Ma.. you knew more when I was 6! We were playing a game during dinner time that he had come up with about 3 years back - 'animal-animal'. We give each other 3 clues regarding an animal, and the other person has to guess! I had a hard time keeping up with him (I used to rock it, before). He, very generously, offered to help me revise the animals names and suggested that his bedtime gets pushed by half an hour! Nice try!
Anyways, coming back to the recipe - I call it semi-homemade since I took the easier route and used a store bought pie crust. It did save me a lot of time, but I will stick to making my own dough in the future.


Semi-homemade Raspberry Galette: IngredientsStore bought pie crust, thawed and at room temperatureFres…

Dhyarosh er Sobji: Bengali style stir fried Okra

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Dhyarosh er Sobji: Bengali style stir fried Okra
We make a trip to the Indian store once every 4-5 weeks and load up on goodies! We pick up at least 7 or 8 different kinds of Indian cookies that we call biscuits and Bourbon (the biscuit), Marie biscuit, Hide 'n Seek, Nice and Milk Bikis are always on our list! And along with these we stock up on savory munchies too!
These trips are mostly made on Thursdays, and over the weekend we will manage to polish off at least half of the goodies with our evening cup of tea! Pure bliss it is!

Peppermint Blondie made with leftover Holiday Candies

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So what do you do with all the leftover peppermint-y candies from the Holiday season? Easy, add it to a yummy blondie recipe and make it even yummier. Here's presenting Peppermint Blondie! Now you may ask why am I sharing a recipe with leftover Holiday candies now.. in the third month of the brand new year.. ahem.. it is because, as usual I have been procrastinating and my draft section has been getting fuller and fuller!
But today I am determined to finish and schedule at least 3 or 4 blogposts to be published over the next few days! Fingers crossed!
Peppermint Blondie made with leftover Holiday Candies: IngredientsFor the blondie: 1 Cup of All Purpose Flour 1 Cup packed light brown sugar  1/2 Cup or 1 stick of butter 1 large egg, at room temperature 1/2 Cup mini chocolate chips 2 tsp of vanilla extract 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract (optional) 1/4 tsp of salt
For the peppermint-chocolate layer: 3/4 Cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup of assorted peppermint candies - cand…

Spicy Roasted Garbanzo Beans

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Spicy Roasted Garbanzo Beans Last Monday, the almost 7.5 yo gobbled up a bowlful of Stir-fried Kale with Roasted Garbanzo beans that I had made (and photographed) for a client. And a week before that he couldn't stop munching on these Spicy Roasted Garbanzo Beans. He snuck in every couple of minutes to ask me if I was done taking photos and each time he picked up a few to sample - see the empty spots on the baking sheet - that was him!

Yup, we are going through a phase alright where the almost 7.5 yo is surprising us by trying out new food with gusto and re-trying things that he had previously refused after a single bite! I sincerely hope that this lasts long enough!



Spicy Roasted Garbanzo Beans: Ingredients 1 can of Organic Garbanzo Beans (look for BPA-free label) or 2 Cups of cooked Garbanzo beans Lemon wedges 1 tbsp. of oil 1 tsp Chaat Masala (mix of Indian spices, available in Indian Stores) 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp chili powder 1 tbsp. cilantro, choppe…