Posted on February 10, 2012 by recipesbysam
Have fun with kids or surprise everyone with a rainbow cake. Simply make a basic vanilla cake mixture and divide it into 7 parts. Add food colouring for VIBGYOR – Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red to each part. There is no need to get seven different colours. The primary colours, blue, yellow and red can be used to make the rest of the shades. However, you need to use a lot of food colouring to get bright vibrant shades.
Once the seven batters are prepared, grease the cake tin. Drop violet cake batter in the middle. This will form the base of the cake. Drop indigo cake batter on top in the middle and continue till you have dropped the red one. The cake batter will move slowly on its own to fill the cake tin. You can also start from red and go to violet.
Bake the cake as per instructions and let cool completely before cutting and see everyone’s jaws drop and eyes light up!
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Posted on February 9, 2012 by recipesbysam
The ultimate Valentine’s day sweets are chocolate covered strawberries. The ingredients are few and the equipment required is little but the romance quotient is very high.
1 pack ripe strawberries
100 gm milk chocolate
50 gm while chocolate
Chocolate covered Strawberries
Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave by heating for 20 sec and stirring and repeating 2-3 times.
Dip the strawberries in the chocolate and lay down on a plate or parchment paper.
Refrigerate till set, around 30-45 mins.
Melt white chocolate in the microwave as for milk chocolate.
Dip a fork or spoon in the white chocolate and swirl it on the strawberries. Freeze again till set.
Tip: Chocolate nibs or bars can be used. If using bars, break it into small pieces before melting. Chocolate can also be melted in bain marie. If using microwave, be careful not to burn it. Even the most careful of chefs are susceptible. You can also decorate the strawberries with crushed roasted peanuts or coarsely ground pistachio nuts or leave them as is.
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Posted on February 8, 2012 by recipesbysam
It is always hard to replicate the flavours of a foreign cuisine at home. I have always struggled with Chinese dishes and was almost about to give up when I came across a recipe for Manchow soup. This is a great dish and I found it very versatile as it can be used as the base for veg ball manchurian dish or you can add fried paneer and capsicum to make it a chilli paneer dish. It would go perfectly with fried noodles to make it American chopsuey or can be eaten with fried rice as well. Just adjust the consistency.
Here is my version of Manchow soup.
¼ head cabbage
8-10 french beans
1 large onion
8-10 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
1 Green chilli
2 tbsp oil
3-4 cups water or vegetable stock
1 tbsp chilli sauce
2 tbsp dark soya sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp vinegar
4-5 tbsp cornflour
Salt and Pepper to taste
The first step is to prep the vegetables. Some people like to chop them into tiny bits. However, it is easier to shred them in a food processor. It will give better texture and the process itself is very fast. So shred the carrot, cabbage and capsicum to get about 2 cups of vegetables. Chop or julienne the french beans. Keep aside.
Chop the onion, garlic and ginger as well as the green chillies.
Heat oil in a large pan and saute the onions, garlic and ginger followed by the rest of the vegetables.
Add the water or if you prefer, vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer on low.
Add soya sauce, ketchup and chilli sauce.
Add salt and pepper.
Mix cornflour in a few spoonfuls of water and add to the soup. Let the soup thicken. Keep stirring continuously when adding cornflour to avoid forming lumps.
Add vinegar and let the soup simmer for 10-15 mins.
Serve hot with croutons and cream.
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