Saturday, 13 September 2014

Broken IKEA Mirror -- Part 1

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Remember Dufus? No? Click here. Well, he broke an IKEA KRABB mirror.
C(K)raap(bb) maan!
So, it sat in several closets for a really long time while I kept thinking about what to do with it. Finally I came across this amazing artist's work. Paul Bozzo makes awesome textured paintings and you can see his work here: http://bozzoart.blogspot.com/. His work inspired me to create this with one half of the broken mirror.

I glued the mirror onto a 1/2" thick piece of plywood.

I played with the positioning of the mirror until I was happy.

The textured painting part was created using the techniques used by Paul Bozzo.


Poli Saamiyaar, however, decided that he would have to sign this piece and claim it as his!!!




Sorry about the poor quality pictures!


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No Flour Dessert Crepe

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A dessert that at least has some protein! Or a Sunday breakfast.
Unfortunately, it was too good to bother with clicking picks ;)

The Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 2 squares of dark chocolate -- at least 70% cocoa. I used 85%
  3. 3 handful berries -- fresh or frozen
  4. 1 pod cardamom
  5. some fresh squeezed orange juice
  6. some lime juice
  7. a pinch of salt
The Method
  1. Break the eggs in a bowl and whisk them
  2. Open the cardamom pod and grind out the stuff inside. Add it to the eggs.
  3. Heat a flat pan, grease it with either butter or your choice of fat.
  4. Pour the eggs in. 
  5. Cook both sides until done and plate it.
  6. Melt the square of dark chocolate until it liquefies. (If you are too lazy to do this, you can also just put the dark chocolate on the freshly made crepe and fold it so it melts in the heat)
  7. Pour the melted chocolate onto one half of the crepe you just made.
  8. In another pot add the orange juice, lime juice, salt and the berries and gently heat
  9. Use only enough juices to make the berries "come together" but not so much that the mixture becomes runny
  10. Spoon this mixture into the melted chocolate side of the crepe.
  11. Fold over and enjoy!
Variations
  1. If you want more sugar you could add stevia or sugar to the berry "reduction"
  2. You can also use pectin to thicken
  3. If you want compote consistency, you could use -- well, compotes!
  4. Another way to make things sweeter is to add a ripe banana or dates
  5. If you want chocolaty-er, just melt more chocolate!
References:
  1. Compote recipes: 
    • http://allrecipes.com/recipe/summer-berry-compote/
    • http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/blueberry-compote-recipe/index.html
  2. Crepe recipes:
    • http://allrecipes.com/recipe/basic-crepes/


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cottage Cheese Ice-Cream -- An ice cream that could actually be good for you

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Summer, ice-cream. They kinda go hand in hand.
But if you are the health conscious types... hmmm well...
But, what if there was a healthy way to eat your ice-cream?

Here is the recipe:

  1. 1 tub of cottage cheese -- low fat, no fat, full fat -- choice is yours
  2. Add to this 3 or 4 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. Add stevia to taste -- go real easy on this, because it is very sweet.
  4. Give it all a whir in your favorite food processor. Until the texture is mousse like
  5. Use any freezer safe container. Pre-chill it in the freezer for 5 minutes or so, if you like. 
  6. Fill the good stuff in it.
  7. Freeze until done. If you are really finicky you can take it out of the freezer in 20 minutes an churn it again before returning it to the freezer.
  8. You may have to thaw it in the fridge before serving.
  9. Serve with berry coulis for add fun!

Closer look at the texture
Cooking the berry coulis
Enjoy!
Nutrition information:
If you don't add the berry coulis, it is pretty much what is in the cottage cheese you put in. Stevia does not really add anything.
Other flavors to try:

  1. Mango ice cream -- add some ripe mangoes instead of the cocoa powder -- no additional sweetener necessary
  2. Pina Colada ice-cream -- replace the cocoa powder with frozen pineapple + frozen coconut and maaaay be a hint of stevia.
  3. Berry ice-cream -- your choice of frozen berries replaces the cocoa.
  4. To boost protein content, add eggs or protein powder.



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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Tofu Cabbage Kofta = Tofta?

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Presenting the tofu kofta.
Inspired by: http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2009/04/23/cabbage-kofta/

What you need:

1/2 a medium cabbage
2 packets extra firm tofu
salt
3 green chillies
3 pods of garlic
1.5 inch piece of ginger mashed
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds ground up
oil of choice (I used Coconut oil)
chili powder to taste
turmeric

To do:
  1. Shred the cabbage
  2. chop the green chilies finely
  3. mash up the ginger and garlic
  4. grate the extra firm tofu in a food processor or a hand grater
  5. mix all of the above with 1 cup besan, salt, ground cumin, turmeric, chili powder and a little oil
  6. It will look something like this
  7. Heat oven to 350 F
  8. On a large baking tray, spread some aluminum foil and grease it with a little oil
  9. Arrange the kofta balls and slide it in the oven

  10. Cook until done. Time depends on the oven. It took me nearly 45 minutes. Next time, I might set the oven temperature to 375.
  11. Should look like this when done:
  12. Enjoy with either the traditional kofta sauce or in a pita with other veggies, like a falafel; or just eat it as is!


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