Vegan Beet and Potato Stir-fry recipe

Here is a simple vegan stir fry, a classic South Indian side dish that can be had with bread, chapati, or with a warm lentil curry and rice.  Serves 4 2 cups beets, peeled and diced 2 cups potatoes, peeled, diced and soaked in water 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 tsp cumin/jeera powder Salt to taste 1 Tbsp. vegetable or olive oil A sprig of curry leaves Directions: In a wok or large saucepan on medium heat, add oil. When it begins to smoke, add the curry leaves and allow it to splutter.  Toss in the diced beets. Turn up the heat to medium high. Sauté for 3 minutes.  Drain the diced potatoes and add them along with the beets. Sauté them together for a good 5 minutes.  Add in the powders and salt. Combine well.  Turn down the heat to low, cover and cook for another 5 minutes.  Once the beets and potatoes are soft (to press down between your fingers), yet firm enough to hold shape, turn off the heat. Serve warm.  You may garnish it with some fresh chopped cilantro/corian

Birthday cake for Pa - Palette knife art on a checkerboard cake

Palette knife cake art

I have been trying new techniques to frost cakes, and I have been watching palette knife art lately. So here is my attempt to try a lotus. Its my dad's birthday and lotus is his favorite flower. The lotus looks more like chrysanthemum... lol.  

Palette knife art - checkerboard cake

Lately, I have cut down on using tons of buttercream. The filling layers as well as crumb coating have a very thin layer of buttercream. The naked cake finish also uses very little buttercream. The top of the cake is created using a butter knife, as I dint have a palette knife. 

Checkerboard cake:

To start with, bake a vanilla and chocolate cake, 8 inches in diameter.

Cool the cakes and cut them horizontally into two layers. 
Next, cut each layer into three rings concentric rings and a center. Use cups of two different sizes, place them on the cake and cut through with a sharp knife. refer to the picture as shown. 

Checkerboard cake

Each cake will now have three rings of different diameters. 
For the first cake layer, place the largest chocolate ring, then a middle ring of vanilla and a chocolate center. Add a layer of buttercream on top to glue them all in place. Place the second cake layer. 

For this, place the largest vanilla ring, then a middle ring of chocolate and a vanilla center. Repeat a layer of buttercream. 
Do this two more times to get for cake layers alternating chocolate and vanilla. 

Checkerboard cake

Add a thin layer of buttercream. all over the cake, to cover the crumbs. Chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 mins. 

Now you can frost the cake the way you desire. I frosted a naked cake and topped it with a thin layer of buttercream knife art. Also made a dozen cupcakes to go along with the theme! 

Palette knife cake art