Whole Wheat Focaccia

I have a die hard fan of focaccia’s. I have been trying different versions of it but I guess I landed on a recipe that works out the best for me.
For those of you who do not know what this is, focaccia is a flat bread that resembles a pizza dough. It can be topped with tomatoes, olives, onions and herbs.

You shall need:
1.5 cup… Whole wheat flour + more for dusting
1/2 cup… All purpose flour
2.5 tsp… Active dry yeast
1/2 cup… warm water
1 tsp… Sugar
1.5 tsp.. Salt
2-3 tbsp+ more to drizzle on top… Olive oil
2 tsp.. Rosemary
1.5 tsp… Red chilly flakes
1/2… onion sliced in crescents
1 small… tomato sliced in crescents
Few tsp cold water

Method:

  • In the warm water, add yeast and sugar. Cover it and keep aside for 10-15 min to froth.
  • In a bowl, add the flours, salt, red chilly flakes and mix with a fork.
  • Make a well in the center, add the yeast mix and mix well.
  • Add a tbsp of cold water at a time to bring it all together.
  • Once a dough is made, take it out on a clean platform/chopping board.
  • Dust it with some flour and knead, knead and knead. Push the dough away with the base of your palm and bring it back together.
  • Do this until it is nice and smooth and gluten is formed. We are looking for elasticity.
  • Add the oil and knead it one final time.

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  • Put it in a clean bowl and cover it with cling film.
  • Let it rise/proof for 1.5-2 hrs.
  • Once it is done, oil the baking tray.
  • Punch the dough and put it in the tray. Make sure it is well spread. We dont want few flat and few very risen bits.
  • Poke the dough with your finger and drizzle oilve oil.
  • pre heat oven to 170C
  • Put onions and tomatoes on it (press them in) and let it proof for 30 min.

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  •  Bake for 15-20 min. The done-ness of bread will be when you touch it, it should spring back on you.
  • Take it out of the oven. Let it cool down for 10 min.
  • Get it out of the tray and cut it in shape you like.

focc3Let me know how it comes out, if you try :)

Cheers,

Pallavi

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Of New Breakfast Menu and experiments

Sometimes I feel we must get out of the rut and create new things with the same food like Maggi chop suey, spaghetti pizza or even cornflakes laddoo. Yes you heard me right there is something called Cornflakes laddoo. If you dont believe me, check this out ;) Kellogg India has a lovely series of videos/recipes for your family.

Kellogg wants to know why I would like to go to Gupta ji’s home for breakfast?

Well first of all, look at these happy faces. <3 Who would not want to start the day with them? :)

Source: Kellogg India

Secondly, they have a scooter. It reminds me of the time when my father used to have one and the four of us used to fit on it and go places. Come-on remember the time you were asked to scoot on the handle. ;)

Third reason, Kellogg has made a lot of alterations to the original product, to fit the Indian breakfast scene, it is high time we look at it with a praise. The very idea of dunking cornflakes in cold milk was bizarre for Indian masses. The brilliant research team worked on it, made sturdier flakes and voila today we can eat it with milk at an temperature of your choice. Perhaps they made “boxed” food a household staple with the right marketing and target audience.

Fourth reason, I love the family affairs where the mother goes all out to make sure the guest is looked after. The father makes polite conversations and the young ones are all enthu to tell us a thing or two.

Fifth reason, I will get a chance to escape my own question “What should I make today?” As a working woman, I feel handicapped when it comes to the menu for the day. I always want something fast, fresh and yumm.

Sixth reason, Life is too short to only know a few people. Let us make new friends and learn about/from them. “Mingle often with good people to keep your soul nourished ~ Anthony Douglas Williams.”

Reason No. Seven, maybe they will call their neighbours too and I can get to meet colonel uncle. Ex-Army people always fascinate me. They have so many stories to tell. Why miss a chance ;)

Reason no. eight, if they are in Mumbai, I will get to travel to another part of the town. being new in town makes you cringe and cry about the place. Unless you go out, how will you come in terms with the place and love it eventually. :)

So Gupta ji, will you call me to your home?

Cheers,

Pallavi

 

 

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Warm Broccoli and Almond Salad

Since we moved to the new house, I didnt do anything special for us. So I planned a date night. Got dressed up, cooked a lovely meal and ofcourse we clicked pictures.

Oh and do you know about the #100sareepact ? So whoever joins in promises to wear a saree 100 times in a year. Not tooo much to ask, for sure. Plus I love wearing sari :)

Coming to the Broccoli salad. Here are few things about broccoli that will inform you about why it is important to eat it:

  • Lowers cholestrol (steamed ones)
  • De-toxification of the body
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cancer prevention
  • 1/2 a cup of brocolli has about 22 calories
  • Lots of fiber
  • Helps damaged skin
  • Keeps eyes healthy

So what are you waiting for, get that tree of life and get cooking. :)

Here is what you shall need for my recipe: [serves 2]

1 head/about 1.5 cup… medium size florets of a broccoli

1/2 tsp… Chilly oil/garlic oil/olive oil/any oil that you like

1 tbsp… Sesame seeds (white)

1/4th cup… Almond flakes

1 tsp… roasted garlic / minced fresh garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

1/8th cup … water

A non stick pan

Method:

  • Wash the broccoli thoroughly and keep aside.
  • In the pan, heat the oil, add the sesame, garlic and  almond flakes.
  • Roast them on a medium heat until the seeds pop.
  • Remove from heat and empty the contents in a bowl to be used later.
  • In the same pan, add the broccoli and salt and half of the water.
  • Cover and cook on a medium heat for about 2 min.
  • Water would have evaporated, if not check the done-ness of the brocolli. We don’t want a mush. Insert a knife in one of the florets and make sure it is able to pierce the floret easily.
  • Stop cooking instantly/add more water if needed.
  • Once done, take it out in a bowl and place over another bowl of cold water. We want the green color to be intact hence, shocking it will do the trick.
  • Once it is nice and warm/not hot, add the sesame and almonds.
  • Serve with love.

IMG_2858Cheers,

Pallavi

Sending this to: Jacqueline’s blog and Food and Spice

Fuss Free Flavours, Utterly Scrummy and Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Eat Your Greens‘ and A2K – A Seasonal Veg Table.

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How to cut a DragonFruit

Oh boy, I have seen so many versions of the butchering that people do to this beautiful fruit.

On my trip to Thailand, I saw this lovely street vendor cut the dragon fruit in style. Oh and it involved using a knife and a spoon.

Check out how it is done the Thai way :)

You shall need:

One sharp knife

one Dragon fruit

A spoon

Method:

  • Halve the fruit horizontally (Pic 2)
  • Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh (Pic 3)
  • Remove the pith, if any and cut it in cute little cubes and fill on the hollow dragon fruit shells.
  • Chill and enjoy.

IMG_2477Hope you enjoy it hassle free :)

Cheers,

Pallavi

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The new #StartANewLife

In 2008, a 24 something girl moved to Bangalore to work for a very prestigious IT firm. She met new people, learnt how to drive in a big town, experienced the joy of hypermarkets, worked for charities, partied, sent gifts home, learnt to cook and discovered that “She was a paper weight”. She did not like changes as much but then someone as quick as a lightening came in her life and taught her how to be spontaneous, how to not order the same dish in all restaurants, how it is okay to go a little far from my driving limits to see the stars and how to actually believe in myself more than just pretend.

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Thus began the journey of PP-PP towards AWESOME. We started a life together and began to appreciate even the things that we used to dislike earlier. Change is inevitable but if it coupled with equal appreciation and a little hand holding, the journey is absolutely worth it.

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The 1206 days of Mr-Mrs had some testing times well. I reckon, Mr travelled for almost 3/4th of the time but in the meanwhile, Mrs picked up baking and food blogging. She went to restaurants and hotels for valuable reviews, met excellent chefs and of course the other blogger friends that she made give her so much perspective.

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After a few months into the marriage, Mrs moved her job and joined an organization that let her be as wild as she could possibly imagine. Selfies with colleagues where the VP’s jump in too, Annual Day, Friday Funday and most important dear colleagues who turned to be great buddies too.

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So much change for an all girls’ convent educated girl from a small town in Rajasthan was soul stirring. However she emerged to be better and more brave.

IMG_2320With some more courage Mrs and Mr, booked a house for themselves. It is the happiest they have been, EVER. The parents, family and friends were so proud of them.
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A couple of month back another chance was sent our way and that was to start a new chapter in Mumbai. Mrs. knew how important this move shall be for the Mr, so she said yes instantly. She failed to realize how difficult it would be to pull the roots from Bangalore where she spent almost 2500 days of her life. Packing the material possessions was the easier part, but to pack away friendships, love and memories.

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Here is when Gumption takes you over, in a good way. It makes you look forward to the new place with same wide eyed joy and anticipation. There will be no fun in being in a new place if you are just going to sit in a corner and miss the old place. We wrapped up Bangalore and got to Mumbai. :) After stumbling a little with the “house situation” I guess I am in a good place. We did a little mandatory Mumbai Darshan last weekend and met friends and their adorable kiddos.

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I guess all this can only be one thing, A pretty good Start :) Just like housing.com’s

Thanks for reading :)

Cheers,

Pinksocks

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We’re moving to a new city :)

Hello My Blog,

Sorry to keep you waiting. I am busy wrapping up things at Namma Bengaluru to set up a new place in a new city.

More details in a bit.

Love,

Pallavi

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Pineapple Upside down cake

I have forever been a fan of the gorgeous glassy appearence of the upside down cakes. <3

It is an art to decide the artwork that should be placed at the bottom of the cake pan, before we pour the fluffy batter on top. A lot of people like the blonde look on the cake, but I love the caramel color brown sugar gives to the base. I based me recipe on the classic cake recipe I found on Sally’s blog.

You shall need:

For the topping-

8-10 pieces… Pineapple slices (I used delmonte slices)

6-8… cherries or 3-4 tbsp… tutti frutti

3 tbsp…. Brown sugar

3 tbsp… melted butter

For the cake:

1/2 cup… butter

1/2 cup… white Castor sugar

1/4 cup… Light brown sugar

1/2 cup… Pineapple syrup from the canned pineapples

1 ans 1/3 cup… All purpose flour

1 tsp… Baking powder

1… whole eggs

1… egg yolk

3/4 cup… Butter milk (In 3/4 cup of milk, add 1 tsp vinegar and let  it send for 10 min)

1 tsp… vanilla essence

Method:

  • Pre heat oven to 180C and line a cake tin with butterpaper on bottom as well as sides.
  • To the melted butter, add the sugar and layer it evenly at the bottom of the lined cake pan.
  • Now arrange the pineapple slices and cherries/tutti frutti in a pattern that you like.

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  • Cream the butter and sugars in a bowl.
  • Sift together, flour and baking powder.
  • Add the egg to the creamed butter and sugar mix and mix well.
  • Now add the yolk and mix well.
  • Put about half the flour mix and mix well.
  • Add the pineapple syrup and half the butter milk and mix.
  • Add the remaining flour, syrup and butter milk and mix until incorporated.
  • Lightly spoon the batter on the pineapple base.
  • Level the cake from the top.

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  • Bake for 25-30 min or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

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Serve with love.

Cheers,

Pallavi

Sending this to Bake fest by Vardhini hosted by Taste junction

Sending this recipe to Kid’s delight hosted my My Cooking Journey.

Nupur’s whats with my cuppa?

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Cheese Sauce with Cheese Slices

One of those days when you are in no mood to cook but have to entertain guests, this version of the cheese sauce comes to my rescue. Serve it with some chips, veggies, croquet or even nachos and it will never fail you.

You shall need:

5 Nos…. Cheese clices

1 cup… Full cream Milk

1/3 cup… Fresh cream (I used amul)

pepper and salt to taste

Method:

  • Bring the milk and cream to a simmer in a pan.
  • Add slices one by one and whisk until they are melted.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with love.

You can also add finely chopped herbs/garlic/paprika/veggies to elevate the taste.

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Pallavi

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Of Airports and Life #HowWeMet Stories

Airports bring out so many emotions in human beings. Happiness, sadness, love, surprise, disgust, anger… yet all the trips we take have a distinct memory. One such memory is from my travel to South Africa via Dubai.

On the third layover at Dubai, I finally decided to meet this beautiful person I kept seeing over and over again. Stark white hair, flawless caramel color skin and well dressed. The green scarf was a stand out. It was hard miss the smiles this person brought. People would laugh, cry, mindlessly wander to wonderland or even befriend with this person.

The innate warmth and welcoming feel was what drew me to him. There were no presumptions or judgement about him. Every person would treat him differently. When I walked up to the gentleman next to him, he smiled at me and asked for my name. “Pallavi” was what he registered in his mind ad I am glad he did. After a series of questions and a few minutes later I got the opportunity to share the Iced Caffè Mocha with my beloved.

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Hours turned to days and then came the year 2011 when we got married. Three gorgeous years hence and the love, companionship and friendship have endured. May there be peace, joy and faith always.

Did you meet this wonderful person yet? If not, rush to the nearest Starbucks store, meet new people and share your #howwemet story :)

Cheers,

Pallavi

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