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Kartoffelbrei turns into Dessert & (Charles Bridge – Prague Attractions)

18 Jul

I don’t know whether to call this a Fusion, a remake, a Czech recipe, or an experiment transforming into different yummy recipe…Today, I made Kartoffelbrei(Mashed potatoes)  for our dinner. My daughter’s one of the most favorite dish in German cuisine. But after tasting a bit, she said it is not the one she used to enjoy in her KG and refused to finish the remaining. Reason, I made the mashed potatoes in low calorie version using low fat milk without adding butter and cream.

Our recent visit to Czech Republic  inspired me to learn their cuisine. One of those is Potato flatcakes. This traditional dish is prepared with few ingredients like Potatoes, Flour, Salt and Oil and topped with cream, cheese, youghurt and or fruit sauce.

As basic ingredients are same for Mashesd potatoes and Potato Flatcakes, without any delay I started making this cute little patties. For the toppings, I used low fat yoghurt and Jam. Jam used in this recipe were homemade by our dear friends, who are so nice to share specialties made from their garden.  I would like to thank them for sharing the delicious Jam with us.

Over to Recipe…

Ingredients

  1. Mashed Potatoes  - 1 cup
  2. White flour – 3/4 cup approx
  3. Oil for smearing on the flat cakes – few spoons
  4. Yoghurt – few spoons for topping
  5. Jam – few spoons for topping (Redcurrrant & Blackberry).

Method

1. Add the  mashed potatoes and white flour to make it like a smooth dough until it  is not very sticky.

2. Now roll the dough into small circles. you can also use a cookie cutter to cut in to your favorite shapes.

3. Heat the griddle and place these cakes and cook them on each side for 2 min. Smear few drops of oil on top of them while they are cooking.

4. Now arrange the done flat cakes on the plate and top it with your favorite Jam and yoghurt. Enjoy!!!

Tip: These potato flatcakes can be made little bigger and served with indian curries.

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CHARLES BRIDGE

One of the most famous attractions in Prague city of Czech Republic is Charles Bridge. The bridge tower  is a magnificent building which depicts the typical Gothic architecture. Speciality of this bridge, other than connecting the old city and Prague castle, is the alley of statues running through the bridge.  It was interesting to know that  people who touch  St. John of Nepomuk statue will get good luck and will return to Prague sometime in future. As every statue has a story behind it. You can find more information about each statue here in this links Southside Stautues & Northside Statues .

Tourists visiting Prague city should not miss Charles Bridge. Amazing  place to go for a walk and enjoy the art, music and little souveniour shops on the sides.

Some pictures from Charles Bridge……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day – Celebrating with Panacotta

08 May

Panacotta is an Italian “melt-in-mouth” Dessert. The ingredients are simple but the dessert is so rich and can be made in whatever flavors you like them. One of our favorite dessert these days. Last week my daughter asked to prepare for her again. But I wanted to do it and surprise her on Mother’s Day.

I know that Riya has been making presents for me over last week in her KG.  She wanted to keep everything as a surprise to me until today morning.  Additionally, Whenever she gets a paper in hand, she was drawing and coloring lot’s of heartin and gifting me. Today was wonderful for me . I felt like as if my B’day is celebrated one more time with lots of love, fun and hand made presents.

I am lucky to get all these presents from Riya. They are looking  lovely.

One more cup of Panacotta…

Ingredients:

  1. Fresh Cream( Whipping cream) – 300 ml
  2. Milk – 200 ml
  3. Gelatin – 10 gm ( Powdered or Gelatin sheets)
  4. Sugar – 80 gm
  5. Flavors – few drops ( I have added Strawberry Essense, the color the flavor was together)
  6. Color – favourite food color, little

Method:

1.  Add gelatin in a bowl and add little water to soak it. Leave it for 5 minutes.

2. Heat the fresh cream and milk  in another utensil and  add sugar. let it for 5 min in medium flame.

3. Now add the gelatin and mix it well . You can see the gelatin getting dissolved in the milk.

4. Add flavoring and color as per your wish  and switch of the stove. At this point this mixture can be separated in to portions for adding different colors and flavors.

5. Finally pour this mixture in a bowl and leave it the refridgerator overnight.

Note: After pouring the cream milk mixture in to the bowl, I have added few drops of essence and made like swirls which gave me a marble pattern effect . I drew other designs as well when the mixture is still liquid. After Refridgerating it , the outlines were drawn.

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Wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day.

 
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Almond Sweets

09 Nov

I am glad to write this recipe, as some my friends has requested it. Here it goes….

Ingredients:

  1. Whole Almonds – 300gms
  2. Sugar – 250 gms
  3. Milk – 1 1/2 cup (or)  1 cup Water
  4. Rose Essence – little
  5. Red color – a pinch (add little red to get pink color)
  6. Green colour very little
  7. Powdered Sugar – 1/4 cup
  8. Shortening(any) – a little( to help making the shapes)

Method:

  1. Soak the almonds in hot water for 1/2 an hour. It will help to peel of the skin.
  2. Add the peeled almonds and milk to a blender and blend it to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat a nonstick  pan in a medium flame and add almond paste.
  4. Cook it in a medium heat until all the water content is evapourated and the almond paste resembles as a dough.
  5. Now add the Essence and before adding red colour save a  little for adding green color for stems and leaves.
  6. Add red colour mix it lightly to have a blend in colours.
  7. Allow it cool for 10 minutes and then shape it in to a ball.  When making balls add little shortening and  your palms and roll the balls in powdered sugar.
  8. Mix a pinch of green colour and shape into green stalk and leaves and arrange it to the top of the balls.

For this measure you can make around 45 – 50  gooseberry sized apples.

 
 

Happy Diwali 2010

05 Nov

Almond Sweets

Today is Diwali and this grand festival is celebrated all over India. This is one of the main festival of Hindus. Attractions of this festival apart from Pooja (Workship to God) are fireworks, Crackers and lots & lots of sweets. As part of our celebration, I have sent these homemade Almond sweets and Jilebi’s to little friends of Riya in KG. Hope they like it. I am very busy today - still making some more sweets as our friends are joining us for dinner. See you all soon in my next post.

Jilebi’s

I wish all my friends and viewers a very Happy Diwali.  Have a great Blast!!!!! and enjoy the day.

 
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Pancakes

26 Jul

Pancakes can be served for breakfast or it can be had as a dessert. Sometimes I make it as evening snack too. Simple to make, yet yummy pancakes can be liked by anyone. Spreading Jam , Chocolate cream and the like will give a good twist in taste and children would love to have it more.

Ingredients:

  1. All purpose flour – 2 cups
  2. Milk – 3/4 cup
  3. Egg – 1
  4. Sugar – 3 Tbs
  5. Salt a pinch
  6. Oil – 3 Tbs
  7. chocolate cream – few Tbs to spread on pancakes
  8. Strawberry Jam – few Tbs to spread on pancakes

Method:

1. Mix all the ingredients 1 till 5, one by one in to a bowl and beat it with whisker.

2. Pour a little of batter on the pan or griddle and spread it.

3. Apply few drops of oil to the sides and turn it to other side.

4. When it is done, apply the strawberry jam or chocolate cream evenly and roll it. Now it is ready to be served.

 
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