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Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Breakfast | 1 comment

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Do you love cinnamon rolls? I do..a lot..actually we all do in a my family.So when i had asked my daughter earlier this month,what we should have for breakfast on Christmas morning?Her quick response was cinnamon rolls.I couldn’t have guessed ! I have watched PW cinnamon rolls episode,when it first came on and i had grandiose idea of making dozen pans full of cinnamon rolls  covered in ooye- gooyee sugary goodness ever since,just like Ree did.*sigh* it didn’t happen like that,this year again. Then a week or so before Christmas,mails arrived.And there it was in packet,one of the most delightful  fragrant  spice.Vietnamese cinnamon,one of my sweet friend had sent me this little surprise.Now the first question,do you have cool friends like that?I am glad you do :-).Second and last question,do you get EXCITED to see something like Cinnamon or Annato or Kafir lime in your mail box?Yes,i was pretty thrilled too,as if you can’t tell. So the next best thing,after indulging in aroma of this exotic intense cinnamon was...

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Breakfast | 0 comments

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

…..SO i am late.. really late…This post was meant for the day after thanksgiving ,when you have leftover cranberry sauce staring at you and you are trying to decide,if kitchen sink is its only destination.*sigh*.I am late in posting it but i did end up using the leftover cranberry sauce in making muffins later that week. For the record,i really liked the homemade cranberry sauce this year. I will get round posting that recipe may be by next thanksgiving 🙂 I came across the recipe of making muffins using leftover cranberry sauce at twopeasandtheirpod and decided to give it a try.I was taking a risk with it i knew. My family do not like to bite on tart piece of oozy fruit from their muffins or cake or bread.So for that reason,i stay away from jam and jelly filled baked goodies .Stawberries,blueberries do not make up for good experience in our house,if biting through it can not be avoided in baked yums.So you can understand,i was taking a chance with the...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Breakfast | 0 comments

Pumpkin Cardamom Chai  Bread

Pumpkin Cardamom Chai Bread

What if pumpkin grew at the foothills of Himalayas in fall?Can you imagine,orange pumpkin heads bobbing out from the leafy tea covered hill? Well,it doesn’t happen but i imagined it anyway,when i came across pumpkin bread infused with tea.East meets West in fall ! I am not a tea drinker.Are you surprised?Growing up,first thing my mom did and still does when she wakes up, is to put a kettle of tea for brewing.It is an Indian thing.On few occasion that i do drink tea,i like mine infused with cardamom and ginger.Best tea combination ever if you ask me ! Since i have always preferred my rare occasion tea with cardamom,i profusely added cardamom,one of my most favorite spice to this bread.I should have added ginger too.Oh well for next time experiment.My kitchen was filled with cardamom aroma as it baked slowly for an hour. And now the verdict..i had to wait till evening.. When your not-so-pumpkin-lover husband tells you that “it is good,you should make it often”.Well,being a good wife that i am,i must...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Breakfast | 1 comment

Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel topping

Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel topping

Yesterday my sweet friend Jessica visited us.We have playdated since our kids were wee little.By that i mean,when they slept in their car seats during playdates.Yeah,now you are thinking if it was a playdate or mommydate  :-). Since we moved out from the city,we don’t see each other as often.So you would guess that it took us only five times of rescheduling and couple of months that the day finally arrived.I kept it complete surprise from my kiddos.Its more fun that way ! We took advantage of it.Girls  and a little boy played and rode and climbed the trees while moms chatted outside 🙂 It is fall in Texas, as good as fall can be here.So I am in ‘pumpkin’ mood.Let me tell you something,pumpkin as i know it in US, is new thing to me.I had a very hard time explaining to my family in India,what Americans mean by Pumpkin.What we called ‘pumpkin’ in India is called ‘Opo Squash‘ here.So this is for you my family in India....

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 in Breakfast | 0 comments

Honey Cornmeal Muffins

Honey Cornmeal Muffins

This past week have been insanely busy for us and we are not even playing sports.I love fall and i get caught up in fall frenzy projects.So last Friday i was scouring the streets of the city for burlaps.Yes I  love burlaps.Earthy,not so chic burlaps.During this burlap spree,i found out that In every two-three week that i visit city,new road construction,road repair and enhancements starts somewhere on the route,i will go through. I have a knack for getting stuck into the traffic,like in a lane where 18 wheeler,evidently did not take the turn at an angle correctly and was stuck. Gas prices varies by block by block and yes i have developed the penchant for noticing 2 cents drop in gas prices. Cutting a burlap is an art which i really wished,all store fabric cutting folks would have  mastered it. You should take a physical small piece of fabric/burlap you are trying to match,so you are not trying to match it against the image that is imprinted in your brain. Once i did...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Breakfast, Indian | 0 comments

Rava Upma

Rava Upma

“Upma” is very typical South Indian breakfast.Because of the ease of making it perhaps,i had several instances of getting acquainted with it during my college days.We didn’t like each other first and then we got along 🙂 There are mainly two kinds of upma.Both semolina based.One uses the flour(Rava) and one uses the very very thin semolina noodles(semiya).My favorite happens to be the noodle based.My mom used to make it for us both ways time to time, since it takes such little time. Peanuts or groundnuts as we call that in India,is a crop of south.So you will find it being used very widely across the dishes.I remember when i first tasted the food cooked in ‘peanut oil’ coming to south,i met with strong reaction from my taste buds,which was acquainted with ‘mustard oil’ at home.Nowadays it is so well refined,i can not tell the difference much. You can make upma very basic or you can perk it up with veggies such as carrots ,beans,peas and such. Upma has thick consistency...

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