Saturday, December 31, 2011

YUMMY Chocolate Cake for Chocolate Loverss!

Yayy! I get to post the first recipe of this year...This past year was great. Especially during Christmas, I was able to share some good time with my family and close friends. I am grateful for all the blessings in my life.. Now I am eagerly looking forward to face all the opportunities and challenges this New year has to offer..Wish you all a Happy and Blessed New Year!!

I was searching for a good brownie recipe for a while. I have tried so many brownie recipes over the past and they were all a flop. So this past week, I stumbled across a chocolate cake recipe on all; I decided to give it a try because all the reviewers raved about it plus I had lots of free time on hand. I didn't have any unsweetened cocoa on hand so I used some hot cocoa that my mom got as a holiday gift.To my surprise..the end result was awesome!!

First, a word of WARNiNG! - All CHOCOLATE Haters and CHOCOLATE Allergicss, PLS stop reading this and go Back to your Business. Just kidding;) This is a chocolate cake meets Brownie recipe.

Recipe Link:

This time I made it in a bundt cake pan. I am planning to make some cupcakes for my coworkers soon. Also, dont forget to put your favorite Frosting on it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Meat Ball Pasta

Its almost the end of year 2011. This year went by really fast. I am so glad that I have this last week off..... I can relax,have some 'me' time and just sit home and do nothing:) Hence, I decided to update our blog..

" Meat Ball Pasta" aka "Pasta with meat balls and Cheese (of your choice)". I know the name of this recipe sounds very generic. I did not follow any recipe for this. This is my own creation, so I took the liberty to call it with a name of my choice. This is something I make occasionally, and every one at home seems to like it a lot.

Ingredients for this recipe are the following:
1. Pasta (tubular shaped) -See the picture below
2. Mozzarella Cheese(or any cheese of your liking that we normally use for lasagna)
3. Meat balls(store bought or home made)
4. Spaghetti Sauce - 1 and half jar (I used meat flavored)
5. Garlic Cloves-2
6. Butter-1 table spoon
7. White Onion - half of 1

1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package (al dente) and drain it. Be careful not to over cook your pasta.
2. While your pasta is cooking, take a large non-stick pan. Melt 1 table spoon of butter and sautee chopped garlic cloves and onion.
3. Add 1 big jar of spaghetti sauce to the sauteed onion and let it simmer on medium heat.
4. Cook the frozen meatballs in microwave(according to package instructions). Add them to the spaghetti sauce and let it cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add drained pasta to the meatball sauce and mix them well. Then add about 3/4 th cup of cheese and let it melt.
6. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
7. Add pasta and meatball mixture to oven baking dish. Then pour about half a jar of spaghetti sauce on top of it and spread evenly.
8. Then add rest of the cheese on top of the sauce. I added a little Parmesan cheese as well on top.
9. Cover the dish with Aluminum foil, and bake it for 20 to 25 minutes.

I hope you all enjoy this. This is a quick and easy recipe.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

March Madness!!!

March was Great!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Tea to Remember!

So this weekend, my mother and i went to the mall for some light shopping and as we start walking down the corridors, we smell a familiar nostalgic fruity smell, Ripe jack fruit. Jack fruit is a common fruit known for its distinct smell and taste found in southern India where we grew up. So obviously we were compelled to stop and check out where this pleasant smell was originating from. To our surprise it was from a tea shop called Teavana. They had brewed tea out for sampling, so of course we couldn't pass up a free sample especially if it smelled like jack fruit. So on our way back, we stopped at the Tea Shop and sampled all 4 teas. Two of them fruity but we weren't a big fan, the one that smelled like jack fruit had a mixture of fruits including acai and blueberry that gave it its distinct smell. But the white ayurvedic tea with samurai chai matte and the jasmine green tea was awesome. So i had to get it. I didn't even know how they sold the tea, which looking back if i had known i would not have been writing this blog as i sure as hell would not have gotten the tea. I went to the cashier and said i want these 2 teas and he said a pound or two and then started talking really fast about the teas, i mean i don't know even how much a pound of tea looks like. a weeks supply? a years supply? God knows! He then said most people buy the half pound, well if most people do that then that HAS to be the right way right? so i got the most people order. As far as prices he talked really fast and just spewed off number that really didn't add up in my head. there was 10% off, per pound, 32, 48- too many damn numbers. And the guy was like would you like it in a tin and i said YEA ( oohh a free tin) and then he said its only 7 dollars and put my tea in the tin - DAMN ITT!! So all in all this was most i ever spent on Tea. $88.47.

Did i feel like a sucker when i walked out the store. YES. But as i sip my white ayurvedic tea while writing this blog I'm quite content in the purchase. One because it is damn good tea and two because it gave me material to resurrect this blog. Miss you girls!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Weekend Success

One fine Friday afternoon, My cousin and I went to my favorite sushi place, Wasabi for lunch. By that morning i already knew what i was going to get - Lunch special sushi rolls - salmon avocado, white spicy tuna and crab something(my cousins choice). I naturally thought she was going to choose sushi too, but instead she said she wanted real food. go figure! So she looked at the lunch boxes and finally ordered Beef Negimaki. She said she One friday afternoon, My cousin and I went to my favorite sushi place, Wasabi for lunch. By that morning i already knew what i was going to get - Lunch special sushi rolls - salmon avocado, white spicy tuna and crab something(my cousins choice). I naturally thought she was going to choose sushi too, but instead she said she wanted real food. go figure! So she looked at the lunch boxes and finally ordered Beef Negimaki. She said she doesn’t know what it is but wants to give it a try. So when it came i didnt even give it a second look, i was too concentrated on my sushi rolls. So finally she said, Jewls just try it and i did. It basically looked like a sushi roll except it was beef with scallions inside. I had one bite and was hooked, it was DEeeLISh!!! The first thing i thought was i need to learn how to make it, it would be perfect for my low carb diet. So last week during a slow day at work i printed off some recipes. Beef Negimaki - Sweet Potato Chicken curry and a Beef Marinade.

So this weekend i followed the recipes for both and then with the left over beef and scallions, i made a stir fry - i followed Pheeb's recipe of beef n chrysanthemum something that she had posted a while back.




Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Zumba Review

One of my favorite workouts at gym is the Zumba. Mainly because i get to shake it and you are doing lots of different moves unlike most cardio excercises. Plus you get to listen hot latin music that sometimes sounds like Indian too. Actually once they did play an Indian song - Jai ho.

So i figured when I am home for the weekend what better way to exercise than Zumba. So one Saturday morning i saw an infomercial for Zumba know the rest -- #1 Marketing sucker right here! So anyways i was all excited, they claimed its high energy so much fun,shaking this and that and all that stuff. And Beto- the zumba guy is so motivating and hot and blah blah. So i was excited to get the DVD..there was like 4 DVD's in there - Basic step learning, abs, a toning one ( with a 1 pound shaking weight - some toning that is going to be) and a live work out video.

So within the last 3 weeks i tried all of them, Let me just tell you this was nothing like the workout at the gym. This was BORING!!!! That beto guy did nothing but bore me and he was not that hot either. The girl next to him was more entertaining. The biggest let down was that it felt like i was doing cardio and the same salsa steps over and over.
The only one i kind of liked was the live workout which after the first 10 minutes was kind of fun. So boo thumbs down for at home Zumba. Nevertheless since i did spent the money on it, my goal is to do at least one zumba DVD a weekend which so far i have been doing!

This is what i got

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole, Tres Leches cake, and Stir-fry Green Beans

Hi Ladies, long time no post! Back in March, I have made couple things that I really like, and I would like to share with you. Of course, there is a pasta dish! Ha!

Pretty simple... I used Chicken, onion, green pepper, pimentos, cheddar cheese, cayenne pepper, can of cream of chicken soup, can of cream of mushroom soup, seasoned salt and of course spaghetti. I cooked the chicken and shredded the meat. I then cooked the spaghetti and drained. 

Then mixed everything except a little cheese which saved for later. Then poured into a baking pan, and top with the remained cheese. Put it in the oven and baked until bubbling, and it's ready to eat!!!

Tres Leches Cake has become one of my favorite dessert now... Very sweet, but I like it! Before I made it, i didn't know what Tres Leches means, then people who ate my cake told me that Tres Leches is spanish, and it means Three Milk... oh, it makes sense, because the cake has a sauce that is made of 3 different kinds of milk! So the cake is very simple, I bake the cake by following the recipe. And I took the cake out(upside down) onto a bigger pan and let it cool down.

Then I stabbed (my favorite verb) the cake with a fork a lot to make many tiny holes, and I slowly poured the cream "sauce" which was made of condense milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream on top of the cake. Then wait... for at least 1/2 hour for the cake to absorb all the juice!!!

Lastly, I spread a layer of icing, which is heavy cream and sugar. And then EAT!

Ok, I think the following recipe is the easiest but, it's still pretty tasty! I stir-fried some green beans with garlic. 

And while the green beans being cooked, I combined soy sauce, brown sugar, and peanut butter, yup, you read it right, peanut butter in a big bowl! The recipe asked for sesame seed too, but I didn't have any...

After the green beans were cooked, I put them into the sauce, and mixed them, and again, it's ready to EAT!

And here are the recipes: