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Eggless Orange Cake


Whisking a cake, is more than creaming butter and sugar. For me, it is equal measures of indulgence, fun and absorption. The thought of that elusive perfect cake, keeps lingering in my mind and occupies all the space, in my tiny mind. And I search for 'that' recipe. Everytime. 


Once the recipe has been settled for, the fun part of making the cake starts. Seeing few simple ingredients to come together to form a creamy sweet batter, is a pleasure. And then to see the evenly baked, perfectly done cake, emerge from the oven, is a mix of relief and delight.

After the cake, gets its due rest, it becomes my canvas to have fun. With sketchy ideas of the final look or even flavour combinations, and with even sketchier skill sets to decorate, I still jump into the game. And soon the game is won, with something simple and pleasing.


This time, the eggless orange cake became a "sunny" ground, with fluffy peaks. Inspite of it not at all being perfect, I loved this one - I guess, has to do with the bright color. Just made me feel happier and brighter. Yes, we all need some sunshine in life. And this one had some tiny butterflies also taking flights in the sun...as my friend described it :)

This cake was also my first cake on order. Felt good, doing it and hence I ensured that all requests were met: eggless - check, no chocolate - check, less cream - check, and no - butter too. Wow seems like a keeper of a recipe for easy eggless cake.



Eggless Orange Cake Recipe
Recipe Source: Here 
(Easy eggless cake, flavoured with fresh orange juice. Makes an 8' inch cake)

Ingredients:
All purpose flour - 1 1/4 cup
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Condensed milk - 1 can (400g) sweetened
Orange Juice - 1/2 cup
Oil/ Butter - 1/2 cup (I used oil)
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Powdered sugar - 1-2 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Orange zest - 1 tsp

Method:
  • Preheat oven at 180C. Line an 8" pan
  • Sift together, all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda, to mix
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together - condensed milk, orange juice, powdered sugar, oil or butter, vanilla essence and lemon juice, till all mixed
  • Add this wet mix, to the dry ingredients and combine, till no lumps remain
  • Add orange zest and fold it in the batter. 
  • Place batter in prepared pan. Tap to remove air bubbles and bake for about 25mins, till tester comes clean
  • Keep aside to cool, before cutting it
Note: If using fresh juice, check for the sweetness level. For me even 1tbsp was more than enough. Or you can use packaged juice, and skip sugar, all together too.





For Vanilla Frosting:
(Its a very light and not very sweet frosting, so works great to make cakes bit lighter)

Ingredients:
2 packets of Dream whip frosting
1/2 cup cold milk
Yellow food color
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:
Add milk to the dream whip powder, in a bowl. With a hand blender, whip them together, on high speed, till it forms soft peaks. Add food color and vanilla essence and whip again. Put in piping bag, and use as desired.

Note - Adjust consistency, by adding drops of milk, if needed.













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GRANOLA BARS - Guest Post BY SHREYA


If there is one topic that will not evade the discussion of mums, it has to be about "eating concerns". Its kind of a bond that unites us all moms. A wave of emotion, that a mother of every origin, experience and character would relate to. 

And with 2 fussy eaters of my own, I know its so hard to keep a combination of taste, variety, ease and nutrition in their meals. One "online group" that surely helps me to get inspired, after "PInterest" is the "Nutrition for kids" on Facebook. With almost 8,000 mums sharing their tips and recipes, it gets easier to sail though the "lunchbox mania" Hope you are there too.




Not just the recipes, I also get to interact with some fabulous mums. And such lovely lady is -Shreya Brahme, who is a trained dietician, specialising in "child care nutrition" and "Sports nutrition". Also a a yoga and naturopathy practitioner. Wow, just the kind of person, you would love to discuss about your child's health concerns. Right? So I thought it would be great to share her wisdom with all of you. You can know more about her at her website or her Facebook page. Over to Shreya............

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Hey all!! This is my first time sharing my blog with you, feeling really wonderful! Since 5 years, I’m working as a dietician, as wife and a mother. I’m always trying to keep my family healthy and happy. Cooking, making healthy choices from smart food is my hobby. 


My views and tips about today's kids and mums: 

According to me many times we are only one responsible for kids' eating habit and our self too (I mean mother too). Healthy food introduction is very important at this age (3-6 yr). It is not good to feed something junk just because he did not have his or her meal properly and he must have to eat before going to sleep. Please don't do this, dear mothers remember it is not only about food it's all about appearance, taste, colour. Please try to understand what your child's actual demand of that time, which colour, taste or food she attracts. 



For mother specially newly mother, who tries to manage her job, baby, and housework, in this chore she forget about her meal, don't do this. If there is too much gap between two meals, it may lead to weight gain. Have proper balanced 4 meals in day, it will keep you happy. My funda "Happy mother, healthy child". If you are happy you will be in a good mood to cook healthy food and feed your kid patiently, and kid will healthy.



Tips which I personally follow and tell to my clients too



  • The best way to manage all this plan your weekly routine.
  • Spend time with them, educate your kid at their level.
  • Take them when your are going to shop vegetable, fruits or grocery.  
  • Educate them to read labels.

Kids love granola bars, but store bought ones, will have too much added sugar and preservatives. By making it at home, you will give your child a healthy snack, that is easy and tasty.So presenting my new recipe with you all hope you all find it helpful for you.



Health benefits of this homemade energy bar


 Contain good complex carbs, which releases energy slowly slowly, this will help you stay    energized for longer hours.
 I added Oats, which gives good amount of fiber
 Ghee- gives healthy fat to your body.
 It is best pre exercise and sport bar.
 Ideal for Growing kids.


Oats Nutella Energy Bars Recipe:



Ingredients:-

Plain Oats- 1 cup (I use Kellogg’s) 

Muesli- ½ cup (I use plain Kellogg’s)
Honey- ½ cup
Nutella- 2 tbsp
Brown sugar- 1 tbsp
Ghee/ homemade butter- 1 tbsp (I used ghee)
Water- 1 tbsp
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Dry fruits- 1 tbsp (optional)
Butter paper

Method:-

1. Heats a pan, dry roast the oats until they are slightly brown n colour.
2. Now add muesli, roast for 3-4 mines.
3. Switch off the gas and keep aside
4. Now again heat a same pan with ghee once ghee melted, add honey, sugar, Nutella, vanilla essence, and water. Boil the mixture for 2-3 mins.
5. Now add oats and muesli, dry fruits mix well coat all with honey mixture.
6. Take a plate place a butter paper, spread the above mixture on paper, 
and make square or rectangular shape.
7. Cover this with another butter paper, put this into refrigerator for 5 mins
8. Take out from refrigerator, remove covered paper, cut into your desire shape, again cover with same butter paper, refrigerate for 15- 20 mins. or until it becomes crispy

9. Now remove both papers, your oats Nutella bar are ready to eat.

10. You have to store this into an airtight container.


11. Complete the meal with glass of milk.



Please try this recipe and let me know your feedback..Thank you hope we will meet again.
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Please note that the granola pics in this post is from the earlier Granola recipe and the bar pics are from this recipe.

Thanks Shreya for the wonderful tips and yummy recipe. We also hope to see more of you.

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Whisking affair - Baking Class


One more birthday cake has been cut. Gifts have been opened and another year has been added next to me. To my age.

As one grows older, birthdays are less about celebrations but more about appreciation. Appreciating and being thankful for all that I have been blessed with. And I have been blessed with lots. Most importantly a lovely family. 



Birthdays are also a good time to ponder, to pause and to restart. Almost like New Year. And this birthday I decided to make every day count. Do what the heart desires and to go with the flow. To keep caution away and to live the moment.


The birthday weekend started with a fun outing to the Dreamland water park. And after hours and hours of splashes and rides, giggles and laughters, we were all exhausted. So a restful night at Barracdua resort, right next door, was  like a life saver. A perfect quiet way to wind a hectic action packed day.

The days after the weekend, brought a new start with a baking class. Something which I had been keeping on hold for very long, since I wasn't so sure. But then when the timing is right, the heart say yes. So yes I said for this lovely group, who wanted to learn baking. And it was so much fun.


Over chit chat, we all learnt to bake - eggless vanilla cake, checkerboard cookies and tarts. Chocolate mud cake is also on the list. The best part of baking with friends, is the camaraderie. Of sharing the experience, of tasting the treats and laughing over silly things. Yes, definitely I'm doing it again!!




While teaching these recipes, I realised that many of them are not even posted on my blog. Time to add them to my favourites. But the one that is there is the Mud cake . And I'm soon going to update that post with new pics as well.




Till then, enjoy these virtual treats, from my kitchen to yours.




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