Simple Tomato and herb salad

 

Today’s recipe is going to be a simple Tomato and herb salad.

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As the summer approaches we start gravitating towards the summery stuff

I have to say in the salad domain cucumbers have always dominated my life!!

They are cooling and are a total treat when chilled on a hot summer day!!

I am not arguing the gloriousness of cucumbers here

What I want to bring to light is another vegetable which always seem to take an optional place in salads

TOMATOES!!

Something just screamed lets go with all tomatoes today!

All i had was a bunch regular tomatoes and some cute little cherry tomatoes and some parsley! For me the idea is simple toss in chopped ingredients, play flavor with go to favs and than enjoy with bread!

minmal chopping minimal mess minimal time consumed and maximum flavours.

With thsi tomaot and herb salad i wanted to go bold and big with flavours. Nothing to hinder teh juicy tomatoes. No green chillies to ace it up.  or cucumbers or onions to pair. Just simple.gorgeous.tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil adn lemon,

If you dont knwo what i mean you have got to get the best qualtiy tomatoes at the peak of its season! The falvor is just goooorrrgeous!! They are robust and juicy and full of this bit tart flavor! I tell you summer is the perfect time to dig into these natural beauties!!

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INGREDIENTS

Tomatoes                         4-5

cherry tomatoes            4-5

parsley                            handfull chopped

lemonjuice                    1/2 tsp

olive oil                           1 tsp

a dash of salt

Method:

  1. Dice the tomatoes and parsley.
  2. squeeze the lemon juice adn olive oil
  3. Toss with a dash of salt.
  4. Sit back and enjoy!!

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And how cute it is in this tin!! Just pop it in and you are good to go for a road trip or an outdoor snack!

Not only this Simple Tomato and Herb salad is super easy its also big no flavor!!! Have fun making it!!!

Have a gorgeous Wednesday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freak Shake

With the winters around for some time now  I always start craving for summer around this time! Although we know that we are gonna get a real good taste of summer! But still we humans!

To bring some of the summer back I treated myself to this freakshake

And loved it soo much I ended up using it for the CARS Birthday Party I recently held for my 3 year old!

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Its a very simple very delicious very (may I say) gorgeous Freak Shake!!

It relies on one of the principle ingredients Nutella to derive its flavour and fun from.

Topppings!!! hmmmm well they vary!

I chose the toppings I relied on the most! a.k.a oreos, and maltesers and a chocolate straw!

Nutella Ice cream shake

Ingredients:

vanilla ice cream                             1 cup

milk                                                     1/2 cup

nutella                                                2 Tbsp

Method:

  1. In a food processor blitz together milk, ice cream and nutella.
  2. Take a mug and smear some nutella on the inside with the back of a spoon. Than using same spoon smear some on the outer rim of the glass. Take oreos and stick them to the chocolate.
  3. Pour the ice cream smoothie in the Mugs and top with chocolate cake and some whipped cream or some more ice cream!!! Add chocolate straw and chocolate syrup or nuts!
  4. Enjoy!!

Ferraro Rocher brownies

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What do you do with leftover chocolates!!! how can you make chocolate better!! What could be better than chocolates!! Turn them into oyeeee goyeeeee brownies!!!

I had like about three boxes of chocolates around! and even I thought to myself this is a bit more than I would like to see consumed or spoilt in a few days. So I had to figure out to make a use of it!

My solution… Make a big batch of brownies and freeze some for those desperate cravings or for five minute gorgeous desserts orrrrrr to binge eat with a tub of vanilla ice cream!!!!

My absolute fav brownie recipe is surprisingly easy Is adapted from one of olllld Nigella Lawsons recipes. But is an absolute go to and a smacker evvvvverytime! And this time was no exception even if the ingredients were not as fancy as one would imagine!

Ingredients

Butter                                                    300 gms

white sugar                                           150 gms

brown sugar packed                           150 gms

cocoa powder                                        3/4 cups

eggs                                                          4

baking soda                                           1/2 tsp

flour                                                         2 cups

ferraro rocher chocolate chopped    1 cup

Method

  1. In a sauce pan melt the butter. Add the sugars and let them all melt .
  2. Add cocoa powder and flour to it as well.
  3. Remove from heat and add the vanilla essence and eggs one at a time.
  4. Make sure the melted butter and sugars are not hot enough to turn it into scrambled eggs.
  5. In the end add the chocolate rubble and stir it all with a wooden spoon.
  6. Pour in a tin foil mould for easy removal and cleaning and bake in te oven for about 320 C.
  7. Let it cool. n enjoy.

It can last in the freezer for about three months.

The secret to most amazzing fudgy from the inside and cracking from the top brownies is in removing it out of the oven while the toothipck inserted comes out with abt three to four dots of the batter. That way the brownies are cooked through but not dried out!

Juuuust perfect!

Chai latte

 

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There is nothing in winters than a big pot full of bubbly creamy sweet chai latte simmering with cardamoms and smelling diviiiiiine!!!!!

I have many a fond memories associated with the sweet milk teas on cold winter nights with cracking peanuts!!!!

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There is just sometihing sooooo waaarrrm and cooozy about it

The whole idea just fills you up with warmth!!!

There are homes which are constatnly simmering these concoctions by the minute!!

After a long day nothing beats wrapping your fingers around the hot mug of steamy chai latte and chattering with your loved ones while cuddling in blankets…

Can I say it brings people together 😀 😀

And makes the world a better place?!?!?!?!? 😀

I don’t know about the rest of you but it makes MYYY world a better place!!!

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There are several ways of doing it. There is no particular right or wrong it’s all about preference. As far as I know evvvvveryone has their own version of it. Their own pressure point which they want to meet in each and every cup! And once they create the perfect cup! It makes their day bright and everything easy-ier!!!

Here is what you need to do to make a big pot! Yes I  say pot!!Coz it should be something like bigger like not just for the individual but for the friend dropping by or your spouse coming home after a long day!! Or maybe you need two instead of one!! Like all warmth inducing things we want them BIIIIG and plenty!!!! And to be able to share!!

You can certainly cut it down! With one tea bag one cup of water and milk about 1/2 cup!!

Okay back to the recipe

I use brown sugar for absolutely no particular reason. Plain white sugar would be just as fine! Milk should be full fat. There are skimmed milk version as well. But the traditional recipe calls for good quality full fat creamy milk, and I recommend not replacing it! My favourite ingredient has to be the cardamom pods!! The aroma is just overwhelming!! I love it!!! Some prefer to skip it! (I fail to see Y) and you most certainly can! But I would definintely recommend it always!!

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Ingredients

3 cups milk

3 black tea bags of your choice

2 tbs brown sugar

2 cardamom pods

3 cups water

Method

Step 1: Bring water to a boil.

Step 2: Add cardamom pods and tea bags adn let it simmer for a minute or two. You can add the sugar here as well. Or if not you can add it to your personal mug later.

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Step 3: Pour milk. Bring the pot to a boil and than turn the heat down to a simmer.

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Step 4: Pour it in mugs and serve with your favourite biscuits or cake!

I love mine with these date coconut oat bars!! Soon to be posted!!

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Here is to a warm winter and a cozy coming december!!!!