February 24, 2014

Lavash Crackers

It's time for yet another "We Knead to Bake" project, but with a small change. Just for this month, Aparna let us choose to bake any bread of our choice. Coincidentally, I had this book "The Bread Baker's Apprentice" by the ever so famous "baking guru" Peter Reinhart lent from our local library and had umpteen different options in front of me to choose. Just like a kid in a candy store, I was completely lost, over-whelmed with the varied options that the book had to offer, right from stiff breads like lavash to rustic breads like ciabatta and anything & everything in-between. The book has a lot of information from different types of flour to detailed recipes, very well laid out, thorough and precise, all at the same time. The book clearly shows the experience and wisdom of the author in the art of bread making. It is a baking tutorial, recipe collection, and also a bedtime book, for baking enthusiasts like me!!

Long story short, I decided to start with the easiest one, Lavash Crackers which is a stiff (50 - 57% hydration and that means easier handling of the dough), and a direct bread (without the need for pre-fermentation)!


February 17, 2014

Raw Cashew Cake

This recipe made me change my opinion about desserts... totally!!! Desserts needn't have to be always high-fat and healthy dessert doesn't necessarily mean compromised food!

The terms "healthy" and "tasty" have always been mutually exclusive in most of the "so-called" health recipes that I have tried. But, on the other end, you also have recipes.. dessert recipes like this.. which uses natural & healthy ingredients, is surprisingly simple and delicious, all at the same time!

February 16, 2014

Garlic butter

The best garlic butter recipe ever!

This recipe was inspired from "cheesy garlic bread" that we recently tasted in a local Italian bistro here! Hands down, theirs are probably one of the best in town. Garlic bread were fresh & hot out of the oven, and every bite was cheesy and crunchy with lot of flavors going on.

February 15, 2014

February 13, 2014

Avocado Pasta

Want the best of both worlds?! Say hello to this creamy, filling & healthy pasta recipe that you can proudly add to your repertoire!!

One of the easiest pasta recipes around and undisputedly healthy... that too in under 20 mins! To all pasta-holics out there, this is one great recipe for your busy mornings...!!

February 7, 2014

Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili

What's better than this vegan, protein-rich quinoa chili to enjoy on a cold & dull rainy day! Low fat, low calories, cholesterol free; with a toast on the side, this is one guilt-free food that you can go on & on! Besides being loaded with lots of vegetables, this recipe also has shelled edamame which significantly helps in increasing the protein content of this chili!

February 5, 2014

Chocolate cupcakes with Strawberry cream frosting

This year,  Cupid ❤ decided to show up at our house a little early! With valentine's day just around the corner, is there a better way to celebrate cupid's arrival than baking a delicious "double" chocolate cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting, that too an eggless version?! Pure joy !!!!

February 3, 2014

Avocado Raita

This cool & refreshing avocado, cucumber and mint raita is a healthy tweak to your regular raita's and a great way to add yogurt to your diet.

Avocado gives this raita a thick & solid base and so, you could even use buttermilk to make this raita. If using yogurt, add required water to thin it out. Use greek yogurt / sour cream to make this raita and voila.. you've just made yourself a creamy & healthy dip for your veggies & chips!!