Announcing Recipes for the rest of us - Fruits

Recipes for the rest of us is aimed at introducing newbies to the joy of cooking. Started by Ramki of One Page Cookbooks , this event focuses on very simple, fool proof recipes.

Guidelines :
1. Cook anything simple using fruits and post the recipe on your blog.
2. Multiple entries / archived entries welcome. However, do edit the archived post to include a link to this event and One Page Cookbooks
3. Include the logo in your post if you wish.
4. Please send an e-mail to akamalika@gmail.com with the following details on or before July 20 2009
5.*Subject Line: Recipes for the rest of us : Fruits* Blog author:* Blog name:* Dish Name:* URL of the post:
6. The roundup of would be posted a week after the event closes.

Note :
1. Please avoid exact measurements. Please use very simple measurements like a handful or a pinch.
2. Please avoid complicated steps.If the recipe takes over 5 steps to prepare, it would not be suitable for this event.
3. Please avoid recipes demanding a good deal of manual skill.
4. Please avoid recipes demanding fancy kitchen equipment.
5. In short, it should be something a ten year old kid should be able to cook up.

I look forward to your recipes.

Rava Ladoo - Indian Cooking Challenge

Yes , this is exciting and at times frightening too. The Indian Cooking Challenge is here. The array of dishes in the challenge is definitely making the whole event very exciting. I'm very happy to be a part of this great excitement. Kudos to Srivalli for this magnificent idea. Happy events are always started with a sweet, so here I am with the Rava Laddoo, for all you people out there.
You will need :
Rava / Semolina - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee - 25 gms
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Cashew nuts - 10 whole nuts
Raisins - 10 nos
Roast the cashew and raisins separately in the kadai using a little ghee.In the same Kadai heat some more ghee and roast the rava till its slightly brown in color. In the mean while powder sugar in a blender and keep it aside. Transfer the roasted rava to a separate plate and let it cool. Powder the Roasted Rava also in the blender and mix the two powders in a bowl. To this add the roasted Cashews and Raisins along with the cardamom powder , Mix well. Add ghee little by little so that you can form balls in your hand. I made close to 25 rava laddoos and even before I could store them , my dad had popped in 4 of them. I got the verdict immediately.


FIC - June - Delectable Combinations

Our lives are full of color and generally we accept color as part of our lives in a casual and nonchalant manner. But color affects us very deeply, on a physical level, an emotional and psychological level and a spiritual level. Our individual identities are largely expressed by our own personal understandings or feelings toward color. It defines our fashion sensibilities, expressed in our ability to create art, our interior and exterior environments, and can encourage or adversely affect our health and well being. Color can be erotic and sensual, calming and passive, expressive and vital.

The color of food is an integral part of our culture and enjoyment of life. Who would deny the mouth-watering appeal of a deep-pink strawberry ice on a hot summer day or a golden Thanksgiving turkey garnished with fresh green parsley?
Even early civilizations such as the Romans recognized that people "eat with their eyes" as well as their palates. Saffron and other spices were often used to provide a rich yellow color to various foods. Butter has been colored yellow as far back as the 1300's.Color and the appeal of various foods is also closely related. Just the sight of food fires neurons in the hypothalamus. Subjects presented food to eat in the dark reported a critically missing element for enjoying any cuisine: the appearance of food. For the sighted, the eyes are the first place that must be convinced before a food is even tried

Wondering what is the color for this month, its Delectable Combination . Meaning cook anything with a color combination of the food in your mind. The color combination should appeal to the recipients eyes. As I mentioned earlier, its the nose that tastes the food first with the smell followed by the Eyes with the sight of food and only then comes the tongue which actually tastes the food.
Before I go ahead and announce the color for this month, a special mention to the brainchild behind this colorful event, its Harini of Sunshinemom
It can be any color combination, the only condition is that it should be delectable, the very first sight of the food should be able to attract people to eat it.
Some Delectable Combinations as examples

  • Creamy White Curd Rice with Red Potato Fry

  • Multi Colored Veggie Briyani with White Raitha

  • Brown Tamarind Rice with Off white coconut thoivayal

the list will go on endlessly.. so get your creative neurons on action and cook something with delectable combinations.

Rules for the Event:

1.Raw vegetables are not allowed except if used as such in salads or prepared food!

2.Multiple entries are welcome as long as they are posted between 01.06.09 and 30.06.09.

3.No Linking back to the previous posts

4.The food item should be vegetarian which means no eggs, the post should be a vegetarian post. 5.If your food is cooked from any other blog or site please link your post with the name of the blog/site rather than 'here'. Also link your post to this post announcing the event and also to SunshineMom's Event Announcement .
6.The use of logo is optional,though recommended.
7. Email me at akamalika@gmail.com- your email id alongwith these details

subject line - FIC Delectable Combinations,
Your name, The name of your blog and its link, Your Favourite Colour
The name of the dish and the link and 300 px width/height picture if it cannot be picked up from your blog.
If you do not have a blog, just email the recipe and a picture.-----

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