The guest post session in my blog comes ad hoc but of the writers, chief thinkers and executers whose blog I love to read / admire, virtually drool and more. Today's post is a special post from yet another long time virtual blog buddy Lubna from Yummy Food. Hop over to her space and drool over the wonderful dishes and treats, specially the microwave treats that Lubna makes in a jiffy. Her blog run's a Ramadan Special Fast to Feasting event every year, introducing new guest writers with their yummily delightful treat. 
I have been wanting to introduce Lubna to my writers for a very long time, but time and occasion didnt fit right.Days passed and months and we are in winter now! Lubna came up with her a totally innovative Microwave Muffins and the wait was totally worth it!!!This post was intended for November.Having said that since I am still holidaying until mid January,we decided to bring the delicious treat to cover my absence.
 There is hardly any microwave recipe in this blog and thats what makes this post special. The guest posts brings some spice and flavour in their own speciality and thats exactly what Lubna has brought for us. Why not treat your family and friends this christmas with some Microwave Muffins..
Thank you Lubna for taking time and writing such a delectable treat post !




Nearly a month back I think…I bought blueberry jam from a local bakery shop. Once I tried the jam sandwiching between the whole wheat bread slices….but neither Lil’M nor her ‘papa’ liked it....and gradually the jam bottle vanished from dining table and reached kitchen cabinet…over the period of time…the bottle took backseat in the cabinet too…
Last evening when Lil’M was having in-house doll party with her friends and requested me to make something for her friends…I thought of making muffins instantly as making muffins in microwave is something I love the most…While gathering the ingredients to make muffins…I saw the blueberry jam bottle peeking behind the flour jar. Quickly picked it up and started working on making the muffins…..



First I thought to mix up the jam in the flour and then I thought of adding jam to whipping cream and top it on the muffins….but finally I decided to go by making jam centred muffins. Though the jam was not exactly in the centre of the muffins…as they are made in microwave….the blueberry jam has given a wonderful taste to the muffins and the kiddo loved the taste of blueberry jam in muffins and gulped them in no time…..



Long back I have been asked by Sandhya to do a guest post on her blog Sandhya’s Kitchen….Busy or call it laziness….or say adjusting to new things….or blame on poor internet connection which keeps me away from virtual world most of the time….the post got postponed….but Sandhya let me tell you…I never forgot about the post….When I sent her a message regarding these muffins….she happily agreed to have them at her blog. So here is the recipe for delicious, soft and yum Blueberry Muffins which are made in microwave. Thank you Sandhya for having me over here….Hope you all love trying out these delectable muffins for your loved ones….



INGREDENTS:

1½ cups + 1 tbsp. All Purpose Flour
1½ cups Icing sugar
½ tbsp. Baking powder
¼ tbsp. Baking soda
pinch of Salt
1 Egg
½ cup Butter, room temperature
¼ cup Milk, room temperature
1 tbsp. Vanilla essence
3-4 tbsp. Blueberry Jam
1 tbsp. Almond flakes, roasted

PREPARATION:


  • Line silicone muffin mould with paper cases and set aside. If not using paper cases then gently brush butter inside the muffin mould and dust with flour.
  • Sift flour, icing sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt all together for 2-3 times. This process is just to incorporate everything together.
  • Beat egg, butter, milk with vanilla extract together. Now slowly fold in the sifted flour. Fold in gently.
  • Pour the batter into greased and dusted silicone mould or paper cases up to ¼ th capacity of the mould and spoon ¼ tbsp. of blueberry jam on it and then again pour in a layer of batter. Tap around to make sure the batter is scattered evenly.
  • Sprinkle roasted almond flakes on top and microwave on high for 1 or 1½ minutes or until the toothpick/skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave the muffins in the microwave for another 1 minute before taking out.  Leave it to cool for 2-3 minutes and remove from silicone mould and place on cake wire stand to cool completely.
  • Last but not least add your 'love' to make the dish 'YUMMY'.




NOTE:
Microwave time will vary depending on the microwave model.
Start checking from 30 seconds, if you are making muffins.
Microwave cakes do not carry shelf life. They had to be consumed with in a day.

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Christmas Trifle



Ho Ho !! Jingles all the way .We are totally in sprirts of Christmas and festivity in air. Tinsels, baubles, tree top decorations, ribbons, lights, trinklets and we are all geared to enjoy the festivity.
The lights have been twinkling in our local village markets and high streets. The high streets were jam packed with people of all ages shopping as a family for the presents.Something we look forward to every year.


With the season of fun and holidays kicking in , a friend of ours brought us some spices ginger cake and German Stollen.Yet another chance for jubilation. Chritmas is an adopted and much sort after festival here at home, after Diwali . My  6  years old son begun his coundown as soon as December kicked in. He has embraced the festival and looks forward to the customary rituals we have been following for the last few years. We have been surprising kids with a new pair of pyjamas/ onsies that they could wear on the eve of Christmas and go to bed. The littlest one - our 2 years old and the elder one - partners in crime looks forward to unwrapping the presents and secret santa's letter kept under the Christmas tree . Thats Christmas for them :) But this year , our celebration is going to be in India with family , extended family and friends. All the presents for the little ones are getting wrapped up and will be carefully transported in our suitcases. Vedant has made up his list of things to do and has his present unwrapping scheduled for 25th. Cute and Cheeky too , Isnt it???



Couple of days back , I received a parcel by courier and it had a range of goodies, trifle cups ( yes! you read it right, the cups in the picture) from Hartleys,challenging me to come up with the Christmas trifle. What better stint can it be than the spell of merriment in this joyful month. Is there any reason to rethink when this fun confrontation was posed? Off course not at all. I readily agreed , though there has been short of time as our much awaited holiday was near. On this note , I take this opportunity in wishing my readers, friends and family merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Someone , once told me , A Sunday trifle is a melody of everything that is left over from desserts from Saturday's party. Jelley's, Cake, Cream, Custard and fruits !! Until I put them all together , I wasnt sure about it and believe me He was right ! Either you can make everything from scratch or buy readymade cake,custard and then bring them all in a delightful cup.
As I mentioned before, I have been running short of time , I decided to use some store bought ready custard and the Waitrose triffle sponge was already sent to me .
VERDICT: Absolutely delicious and droolworthy and we totally loved it. The combination is fabulous , infact much better in taste than it looks!! H has already placed a request for mini trifles for our next party at home. I am definitely going to put in in my Menu.




CHRISTMAS TRIFLE



INGREDIENTS:

Trifle Sponge from Waitrose
Custard
Double Cream
Strawberry Jam
100g Fresh Strawberries
Hartley’s Black Cherry Jelly
1 pint of Water ( hot + cold separately) for making the Jelly
Lemon wedge , sugar

DIRECTIONS:

For the desired look you will need 2 glass cups. Wipe a wedge of lemon around the edge of each cup . Dip the cups in a bowl of sugar, moving it round clockwise until the rim is covered in sugar.  Set aside until they are ready to be filled

For making the trifle,

  • I have set a small portion of jelly in my trifle cups.
  • Over that I have placed the trifle sponge. Prepare the trifle sponge by slicing them into 3 -4 pieces, pushing down to make sure it covers the jelly. Next pour the raspberry syrup generously over the sponge.
  • Take the chilled jelly from the fridge and spoon into the cup on top of the sponge.
    Spoon in some custard on top of your jelly layer.  Next whip cream and apply over the fresh custard.
  • Finally place a couple of fresh strawberries on top and pop in the fridge to chill for two hours before enjoying with family and friends.

To make the jelly
 Make the jelly according to the packet instructions.

To make the syrup
 Add ¼ pot of Hartley’s strawberry jam to a sauce pan with your fresh strawberries. Cook on a medium heat for 5-10 minutes before removing from the heat and leaving to cool

For making whipped cream
All that you need is a bowl, double cream/whipping cream and a paddle attachment mixer. Keep the mixer on from low to medium speed until desired peak is achieved.

NOTES:
I have used store bought trifle sponge. You could use some left over madeira cake instead. 
You could also make your own custard at home.



With many thanks to Havasww and Hartley's for sending across a lovely set of Christmas Goodies .All the views expressed here are my own and under no influence.

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Indian Street Food | Dahi Puri


 Having spent my entire childhood in Mumbai, some flavours always linger in your palate and one always looks for them even when they grow up. Chat is one such affair, I have had since childhood. It is still my first love ! I  hate to try chat in restaurants in London , as I do not find the authenticity in flavor and presentation.
So its always home !!



Oh what can I say about this Cooler Street Food. Its got all the goodness of Yogurt and tidbits from here and there. Absolutely refreshing and healthy too. The filler that goes inside the fried puri's is entirely your choice. It can vary from sprouts to mildly spiced potato or a mixture of chickpeas and potato. What not!!
Chat is my comfort zone and I thoroughly enjoy its preparation . Some elements of the chat got to be the same way everytime I make them and there can be no alterations to it like the green chutney, dates chutney and the final elements. Only element that is allowed some sort of leeway is the filling.


Our family friends absolutely love Chat , that I bring together in a plate and they look forward, when I would plan for a Chat party. I am not kidding at all. We had unlimited Pani Puri for starters for my daughter's second birthday party and it was absolutely mind blowing. Its wasnt a hooligan task to make the chat ingredients before the party..Just had to make the Chat Pani concotion in a concentrated form and add enough cold water before the action time. Another Mumbaikar like me, a new friend in to our gang helped me serve pani puri's non stop like the telawala's. My !! What an evening it was ! Followed by Pani Puri , my menu was completed with Mumbai's Pav Bhaji. Chat's can make me go non stop Chit Chat with the goodness, completeness and wholesomeness in one platter.

There are other Street food recipes in my space like Sev Puri ,How to make Papdi's , Ragda Patties, Kala Chana Chat. Feel free to help yourself with them .





DAHI PURI
Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Serving Time: 5 Minutes each platter | Serves 4


INGREDIENTS:
40 Puri’s
3 Large Boiled Potatoes, cubed and seasoned with salt
1 Cup Red Chutney | Dates tamarind chutney
1 Cup Green Chutney | Coriander chutney
3 Cup Stirred Yogurt  + 1 Tsp Sugar + ½ Tsp Salt

For Garnishing:
Nylon Sev as needed
Chilli Powder
Chat Powder
Cumin Powder
Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves

DIRECTIONS:
  •  Arrange 5 or 6 puri’s in a plate. Crack the middle of the puri to make a small hole, just enough to accommodate the fillings.
  •  Peel the boiled potatoes, cube them and season with required salt. Prepare the dahi (yogurt) by stirring well, without any lumps. Season the creamed yogurt with salt and sugar. I usually buy Stirred yogurt, so all that I had to do with so season them.
  •  Fill in cubed potatoes, ½ a tsp approximately of red chutney and the green chutney. Top it up with Yogurt.
  •  Garnish with sev, a pinch of all the powders listed under the garnishing table and some coriander leaves. Enjoy your Dahi Puri immediately, before it gets all soggy and mushy.
  •  Repeat the process until you exhaust all the puri’s.  If you want to make them for your little ones omit the green chutney in the process. They will enjoy too.
NOTES:

Green Chutney is otherwise referred as coriander chutney .Find the recipe here.
Red Chutney is otherwise referred as Dates Tamarind Chutney or vice versa. Find the recipe here
 

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