Baked Cucumber Cake Mangalorean style/Thekkare Adde

It’s the Memorial day weekend,  the unofficial start to Summer, all signs of it, in the air.The outdoors  are beckoning, it is a shame to not step out and miss the joys of  what the beautiful weather has to offer, this season.Planning to go trekking, wanting to cook something healthy to take during our trip,…

SWEET POTATO RICE DONUTS

SWEET POTATO RICE DONUTS ( KOREAN DISH) / ‘Goguma Chapssai’ Donuts The Thanksgiving break is slowly coming to an end,wanting to try a new dish before the week’s routine started,I was looking around for some ideas for Sunday breakfast in my pantry. The sweet potatoes, I had bought last week stared back at me…..memories of…

CHEDDAR BAY BISCUITS

Cheddar Bay Biscuits The lure of the nation’s most ubiquitos seafood restaurant,The Red Lobster, can be found in a wire basket loaded with these Cheddar Bay biscuits.When customers are not up to their elbows in crab shells, you’d see them solemnly tearing apart these Cheddar Bay biscuits chunk by chunk.Though the slavish devotion and culinary…

STRAWBERRY GLAZED MINI DOUGHNUTS

Strawberry Glazed Mini Doughnuts There was this Summer sale going on and I found this cute mini doughnut baking tray there, ever since have been wanting to try making mini doughnuts,not that I have ever made the regular ones before. Each time I saw someone grab coffee & a brown bag of doughnuts for breakfast…

EGGLESS SPICED FRESH PEAR PIE

Eggless Spiced Fresh Pear Pie Summer does not officially start until mid-June, but it seems that once Memorial Day weekend comes around, we’re all in summer mode. Suddenly everyone is breaking out their grills and outdoor cooking tools, bonfires are lit, backyard furniture is dusted off, and the pools are opened.For those of us who…

NAN KATAI/INDIAN BISKOOT

Nan Khatai / Indian ‘Biskoot’ ‘Deepavali’ the festival of lights is a time to share home made sweets packed with a great deal of affection & days of planning ahead.Memories of the “festival chef” as they were called then, coming home days ahead to make loads of sweets & savories to be distributed to the…

ROASTED CHERRY BROWNIES

Roasted Cherry Brownies Come get your Cherry fix, we are smack in the middle of the cherry season.These sweet fruits are amazingly delicious as is, and they have the power to transform your taste buds even more in pies, pancakes,desserts & summer cocktails. The weather has been pleasant this weekend, blue skies and bright sunny…

CHOCOLATE RASBERRY AVOCADO CAKE

Chocolate Raspberry Avocado Cake Raspberries, are in season from late Spring through mid fall .They are delicate but carry an unforgettable fragrance and needless to say they are a plenty in the markets now. They do not last for more than three days so have a recipe handy when you buy them or beat them…

DEEP DISH MINI PIZZAS

Deep Dish Mini Pizzas It’s the Memorial Day weekend, a time for parades, picnics and patriotism.The weather is just perfect for outdoor picnics, so the long weekend celebration started early.Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza and I have been wanting to try my hand at it for several months now after tasting it…

STEAMED CUCUMBER CAKE ( MANGALOREAN STYLE)

“Nesel Adde”/Steamed Cucumber cake( Mangalorean style) Have you ever been nostalgic about a smell,something that brings memories flooding…well my home today smells of that nostalgic divine cucumber cake called “Nesel Adde”( in Tulu,my native language).Summer holidays in childhood meant a visit to Mangalore, where my Dodda’s/Grandmom’s lived in two different villages, both exceptional cooks,with a…

BANANA CRUMB MUFFINS

BANANA CRUMB MUFFINS The sun’s shining brightly , the outdoors are calling….what better way than baking these round little darlings which are a picture of simplicity and a snap to make.Which kid does not like a moist treat shaped like a cupcake? So here, I was baking these banana crumb muffins, listening to the birdsongs…

STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

SPRINGTIME STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES Spring is here!! (yes, this weekend wink emoticon ) Sshh…Sshh!!, if we speak loudly it might snow again grin emoticon grin emoticon.Holding on to holy sunshine with both hands & tuning into the bird song. A beautiful long weekend, with lots of sunshine calls for some treats, what better way to be…