September 19, 2012

Oatmeal Roti / South Indian flat bread

This is a 100% handmade fresh Indian flat bread. The most popular South Indian roti is the Rice/Akki roti (recipe here) and Millet/Ragi roti (recipe here). Here is yet another soft and tasty roti, only healthier.

Fresh fruit cocktail

And here is the recipe of that fantastic cocktail I told you about in my previous blog. This is truly just an alcohol syrup that bathes chunks of fresh mixed fruit. A highly recommended recipe for  alcohol and fruit lovers :-)  Indresh, here is your recipe :-)

Have you visited my NEW section - Kids Lunch Ideas?

There are lunch box Ideas I have come up with for my son who started first grade this fall. I intend to keep it as a balanced diet, for the most part, and colorful. 

I will take a picture of his lunch box this entire school year. I hope it helps other busy moms too. Please feel free to send in your constructive comments and suggestions. Enjoy!

September 18, 2012

Dajaj Mashwi - Arabian Grilled Chicken

Here is an amazingly simple yet exquisite tasting grilled chicken that bears its roots from the Arabian land. It requires simple ingredients, fresh boneless chicken, and a hot grill. 

September 10, 2012

Ninja party Ideas and Ninja Cake

Here is a Green Ninja cake inspired by my son's favorite character Lloyd in the Ninjago cartoon. I could have made it out of fondant, but wanted to try it out of Butter cream.

Decorations I came up with for the Ninja party. Regular baloons with ninja eyes. Cups and plates with Ninja eyes. A take home gift wrapped in green with ninja eyes. 

For the games:
1. Slay the dragon - We had a Ninja sword to slay the Ninja dragon pinata that I bought online.

2. Dart the Ninja! - The ninja darts game i bought online.

3.  Ninja kicks - I bought styrofoam/thermacoal and cut them into long strips so they kids could punch and kick them like karate pros :-)

4. Join the Ninja puzzle - I made a ninja and cut them into 12 puzzles that all the kids could put together.

For party favors I drew a little ninja and got it custom photographed on to mugs as the kids take home gifts.

Soccer birthday cake!

Ninja Cookies

Here are some fun Ninja cookies to pull off a cute birthday for Ninja crazy kids like my son. He wanted a Ninja cake. I had an interesting inspiration, green and black ninja cookies, cakes, and decoration.. it was a fun project to do. 

The recipe for the cake and decorations is the same as the Teddy cookies recipe here. 

Basil 'n gourmet sausage noodles in plum sauce

Here is a quick and easy dinner recipe, a fusion of sausages and aromatic basil with warming red peppers on noodles. I used regular quick cooking Chinese noodles, you may improvise as you like. 

What you need: Serves5-6
4 gourmet chicken sausages, but into 1/2 inch rings
A handful of fresh basil leaves
1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1-14oz pack of noodles
2 cups red peppers, chopped into large bits
1 cup white onions, chopped into large bits
2 Tbsp plum sauce
1 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp or more chili garlic sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil

Make the noodles according to the instructions on the pack, or bring a large pot of water to boil. Break the raw noodle cakes into quarters and add them into the boiling water. 

Add salt to taste and a few drops of oil to prevent sticking. In 5 to 6 minutes, the noodles will be soft yet firm, drain them into a colander and run cold water over it. Drain and set aside.

Place a saucepan on medium-high heat. When the pan is nice and hot, add olive oil, immediately followed by the sausages, cook for a few minutes until they brown. 

Add in the peppers and onions; saute for a minute. Pour in the sauces, salt and pepper. 

Give it a quick whisk; add in the basil leaves and saute for just another minute on medium heat. Toss in the noodles, and some olive oil. 

Mix well with tongs. Serve warm along with a good red wine. Enjoy!