Friday, 20 May 2011

Annabella !!!

Who doesn't know about samosas. We all do and those who dont its an Indian all time snack/fingerfood/zwischendurch food which is available almost everywhere. Its mostly filled with boiled potatoes and peas (with some spices of course) but can also be filled with your choice of meat. Annabella the Women's magazine made it easier for me. In this month's issue they have given a very good recipe to make samosas with chtuney. Try it its worth it and if you are not the person who like frying than I am giving you another eaiser option. Take blatterteig, either make single samosas with it, or  put the teig on the baking tray, put the filling on the border and roll it like a swiss roll. This version I have done it in kinder courses and I do it at home all the time. There are two benefits of doing it this way: one you will need less time to form samosas, just make a roll and give some slits on the roll about 3-4 centimeters apart like an appel strudel and secondly you will not need that much teig (so less guilt of eating white flour). The reason of giving slits is that after baking its very easy to break them into pieces and secondly with the warm heat of the oven the potatoes get a bit crisp from inisde. I over fill it and sometimes the girls complain. Mama there is so much filling in this than the teig. I serve it with a small salad and chuntey of course. Another way of serving a very big samosa is to make it in the size of a calzone, so you can serve one only. I know I always have too many versions, can't help it. Enjoy !!!

Samosas in Hülle & Fülle

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Barter system is back !!!

Today I had the pleasure of experiencing how Barter system should have worked. As I had the opportunity of witnessing it today. I love sewing and most of my life I sewed on a very basic sewing machine but now I have a Bernina (an old one) but still quite modern from what I knew. I was looking for a sewing teacher who could teach me the functions of my machine. Through a friend of mine I got to know about a woman who used to be a kids sewing teacher and who was kind enough to agree to give me a class. Of course I was very thrilled and wanted to ask something to give her or do for her in return. She happend to love food and accepted that if I could give her a cooking class. So we had a deal. First she showed me different stitches on the machine and also some great tips and after that I showed her how to do an Indian Chai, Samosas with Blatterteig and a Mango dessert. It felt so great to do this today.

It felt great to this because it was so different than what we are used to do things today, ie. in exchange of money. This was just person to person. You getting help for something what you need and giving the other person an opportunity to see or try something new. I am sure I will look for more opportunites like this.

I am soon going to put all the three recipes on the Food page soon. I am telling you the Mango Dessert is a killer. Not because I made it but because the main ingredient is "The King of Fruits" THe Alfanso Mango.

So I wish you a good evening.



Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Grilled Aubergine or Aubergine Caviar

Aubergine, Bringal, Eggplant or Baingan in Hindi. In India it is considered at "The king of Vegetables" and I happen to agree. In my family we all love Aubergine whether its Aloo-Baingan, Bhairwa-Baingan, Baingan ka Bhurta, the Italian Parmigiana, the Greek Moussaka or my simple Aubergine Caviar!!! so we call it at home.

This recipe is inspired by the Indian Baingan Ka Bhurta. It tastes so good and can't get simple than this.

Here is what you will need:

1. three medium sized aubergines
2. garlic cloves 3-4
3. 1 green chili or to taste
4. salt to taste
5. handful of fresh coriander/basil
6. olive oil

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Mother's Day

Maa, mother, mummy, madre, mom, ma, माँ ...and so on. God has made this person with such thought. I don't think we could survive without her. Her love, care, support, friendship, understanding and above all the unconditional love she gives you is overwhelming. Thank you God for making a "Mother". I read somewhere God made mothers because he could'nt be in person in every single home and I think that is so true.

I thank God for giving me the Mother he gave me. I am so proud to be her daugher. For all her support, love, care, understanding and always being there for me.

I remember when I was in school, I must be around 10-12 years old. They always asked what you want to be when you grow up, some kids said doctor, engineer, teacher, one even said The prime minister. I stood quietly there(being the shy kid that I was) thinking not about carrer or anthing else, I just thought when I grow up nothing should go wrong and I should be able to be a MOTHER and  thank God I did. For me that was the most important thing. The most primary and other things I knew will fall in place. Being a Mother fulfilled me as a Woman. I feel so complete. I am not saying I am the best Mother in the world. I go with my instincts and try to do my best.  I do argue with my girls, sometimes fight, shout or what I am saying is show them Hard Love which is sometimes needed.

But again I think God has given any Woman this power to do this job rightly. It differes from person to person but the thing is everyone does it in their own way and they have their own instincts and it works for them.

Today I got some little goodies from my girls.

This Gogelhop from Sprungli is becoming kind of a regular on Mother's day. The best little chocolate cake ever.

From my little one I got this card, loved it :)

                                   and she made a collage on me, I laughed my head off !!! So cute it is !!!


I am putting these little things on my Blog because over the time we tend to forget how much blessed we are. Over the years the girls have done so many little things for me mostly which I remember but some have faded a bit. But now I want to keep my blessings closer. One rainy day I can look at them and feel happy again. I hope you all had a good day as well. Keep smiling. 

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