Friday, March 24, 2017

Sweet Potato and Banana Pancakes

The natural softness of both, sweet potato and banana makes this pancake delightfully soft and fluffy. This has no baking powder, baking soda and only natural healthy ingredients. Whip it up for your little foodie and see them devour it with joy! :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pumpkin and Potato Bake

Pumpkin and Potato Bake for the mini. Because tiny tums also need some fancy yums, no? :)
Note to self : Make an adult's version soon! You cannot keep stealing mini's food! ðŸ˜›

Apple Wheat Pancakes

Apple Wheat Mini Pancakes with a drizzle of honey, for the mini's evening snack! 
Quick to put together and a lovely soft texture suitable for a baby! 👶

Buttery Roasted Veggie Soup

Buttery Roasted Veggie Soup for the happy foodie mini!🍵Oh wait, it was yum enough for his mum too (she may have stolen a spoon or two while feeding him! 😜) 

Baby-friendly Veg-Au-Gratin

Baby-friendly Veg Au Gratin for my 1-year-old mini foodie! From the almost polished-off dish, looks like it is approved by the tiny fellow with a big grin! 😀

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oats and Nuts Granola Bar

Now, who would not like to munch on something that is incredibly delicious, ridiculously easy to make and also truly healthy snack?! Well, I am always on the look out for such recipes. Being a nursing mum to a one-yr-old, I am always hungry! I need a snack at any hour of the day. And of course it has got to be healthy.

When I bumped into this recipe by Vikas Khanna in a cook book for kids, I simply had to try it out! It seemed to fit the description of an ideal baked snack! Granola bars are just an answer for such hunger pangs! Guilt-free, wholesome and absolutely yum!

I am fond of granola bars and have been meaning to bake my own batch for quite a while now. I am so glad I chose to bake this as my first as it is simply very easy to make. Very few ingredients and quick to put together. I was delighted at the soft yet firm, chewy texture of these bars. So satisfying and oh-so-yummy! :)

So this granola bar is a basic one with just a few add-ons like almonds, raisins and chocochips. You can get creative with your add-ons and put in anything that you fancy... toasted sesame, cranberries, pumpkin seeds... anything at all! 

Am sure you will love this recipe... go ahead, get baking! :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wheat and Jaggery Cookies

Baking makes me happy. I bake for occasions, for family, for friends, or just because I feel like it! 

And lately, my baking has begun to revolve around my infant son. I have been eagerly waiting to feed him homemade healthy bakes and watch the glee on his face as he enjoys them. Well, finally at just over 10-months-old, I have been able to give him tiny bits and pieces of my cakes and much to my delight, he does enjoy munching on them! :) 

While the happiness I get when I feed my baby homemade goodies is priceless, I am also conscious about the quantity that I feed him. Since our regular bakes contain refined sugar and white flour, I do not give him too much of it. Just a teeny weeny piece at a time. 

However, his appetite is ever growing and I have to keep ready healthy munchies every few hours to feed his hungry tummy. Apart from the usual baby friendly stuff, I wanted to give him variety and something ready that I can just take off the shelf and feed when hunger strikes. 

...and so begins my baking journey to create baby friendly bakes! :) 

While browsing for ideas, I found this recipe on Padhu's Kitchen and by just a quick glance at the ingredients was convinced that this was the perfect bake for my little guy. Took me all of 30 mins to put them together and keep away to bake. Once done, I gave him a tiny bit to taste and it was an instant hit! He gobbled a lion and nibbled on a giraffe on the first sitting :D  

These cookies are perfect for babies as they contain no refined sugar or flour. They are absolutely healthy. I had these adorable little cookies cutters sitting and waiting patiently to be used. I used them to shape these cookies and was ecstatic at how incredibly cute they turned out! :)

If you have a teeny tummy to feed at home, this recipe is a must try! Actually, these may just please you too... go ahead and try a small batch and see if you like these healthy bites! :) 

Happy Baking! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Snowman Pizza

It is December and Christmas is just round the corner. Not that I really celebrate it, but somehow this month brings in a lot of holiday cheer in me and makes me want to bake, bake and bake! Well, I guess its just another excuse to bake! ;)

The Christmas Fruit cake is a must-bake during Christmas and is on every body's bake list this season. I mean, how can Christmas pass by without an indulgence into a flavoursome, nutty, fruity cake right?! 

So having baked the much awaited fruit cake this year, I was in for more baking and wanted something savoury and different this time. Something cute yet festive.

That was when this little guy popped in my head. Having seen similar bakes on Pinterest, I have been long wanting to bake these cuties. Now was the right time! 

And also since I cannot make a snowman with snow, I thought I will bake a snowman with dough!! Teeheehee... thanks for bearing with me through that cheezy rhyme! :D

So this isn't a recipe post really, its more of how to shape and decorate a regular pizza into a snowman pizza. For measures on making a pizza dough, the link is in the ingredients list. For the rest, its totally up to you on how you want to decorate your little guy. I have mentioned here what I used to decorate my snowman. 

Happy Baking! :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Eggless Orange Cake with Orange Glaze

Simple flavoursome cakes entice me more than fancy shuancy looking pastries with oodles of frosting and cream.

So on our recent trip to Pune, one of my aunts, a passionate baker, had made this delicious cake for us. I could not stop with just one piece of the goodness. I gobbled a few slices at one sitting and oh boy, was it good! It was a very simple orange flavoured eggless cake she said. I simply loved it and wanted to recreate it when I got back home.

So, when I finally did get some time off mommyhood I decided to bake this yumminess. I used my trusted Eggless Vanilla Cake recipe and tweaked it a bit to make this orange flavoured eggless cake. The citrusy flavour that the orange juice and zest imparts in this bake is simply yum!

And the best part you ask? It has a good portion of whole wheat in it and brown sugar to up the health quotient. This cake is all the more dear to me since it is the first bake of mine that my little one tasted and loved!

Wheat cakes are generally slightly more dense when compared to entirely all purpose cakes, but since this one has a good measure of orange juice to moisten the batter up, the final texture of the cake is not dense at all, in fact is very moist and soft.

The light orange glaze on top... oh, that completes the citrusy goodness of the cake :)

If you love simple cakes as much as I do, this one has surely got to be tried! Happy Baking!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Vegetable Au Gratin

Continental cuisine has always been my got-to choice when eating out. The creamy sauces, herbs, cheese and spices make these dishes flavourful and enticingly appetizing. There are so many dishes that I have eaten and loved. But for some reason have been putting away recreating them at home. I always had this inhibition that these fancy dishes may be too hard to replicate at home. Au Gratin has been on my to-do list for ever! 

Au Gratin is basically a French method of cooking something with a topping of crusty cheese or breadcrumbs. The base could be vegetables or meat. 

The ingredients are mildly cooked and mixed in a creamy white sauce and then baked with a topping of cheese. The cheese melts and turns a beautiful golden brown and voila, your Au Gratin is ready to be devoured! :) 

The beautiful medley of vegetables, creamy sauce and cheese is my kind of Yum! Mild flavoured vegetables such as carrots, peas and potatoes are the most preferred while making an Au Gratin. 

So a few days back, after a super exhausting previous day, I needed something to cheer me up! And nothing cheers me up better than cooking good food and of course enjoying it! I just chose Au Gratin as my dish of the day. I had a basic recipe for gratin which I tweaked a bit and began gathering the ingredients. While the baby napped, I was able to put together this dish and also enjoy my fancy meal-for-one at peace! 

Now, that totally cheered this Mumma up! :)

I was blown away by the ease of the recipe and decided to definitely blog it. This dish is a keeper and I am so glad I tried this. Now, to try more variations of gratin recipes! Stay tuned :)

Treat yourself to this delicious creamy dish. If its your first time, you will love it! And if you are a gratin lover like me, you know what am talking about!! :) 

If you would like more flavour in your sauce, you can also add in some tomato ketchup to spike it up. And if you like some crunch, you can add in some bread crumbs as well along with the cheese toppings.

To complete the fancy meal, pair the Au Gratin with some Garlic Bread. They are a match made in food heaven! Enjoy! :)