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Jeny

Christmas Specials !!!!

 

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Christmas is here and have you all decided on your menu for the great day?  Here are a few collected from my blog that would just make your day even more great……

Merry Christmas to one and all……………………..<3

Roasted Chicken                              -   http://www.jenycooks.com/2014/11/roasted-chicken/

Spaghetti with Mushroom Sauce   - http://www.jenycooks.com/2013/12/spaghetti-in-mushroom-sauce/

Spicy Mutton Curry                          - http://www.jenycooks.com/2013/11/spicy-mutton-curry/

Chicken Biriyani                              - http://www.jenycooks.com/2013/11/chicken-biriyani/

Cinnamon Infused Chicken           - http://www.jenycooks.com/2014/07/cinnamon-infused-chicken/

Wreath Bread                                 –  http://www.jenycooks.com/2014/11/cinnamon-wreath-bread/

Amritsari Chicken                          - http://www.jenycooks.com/2013/07/amritsari-chicken-curry/

Apple Wine                                      - http://www.jenycooks.com/2013/10/homemade-apple-wine/

 

 

Cinnamon Wreath Bread

Cinnamon Wreath Bread

Christmas is almost here and it is so much fun to prepare goodies that is loved by all in the family. I know it has been some time that I have written in here.  Was a bit busy with a few cake work that went out in the last month and I am pretty happy about it….all the cakes have been updated in my Cake page. Never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be baking one day !!!

People who know me, when they see my cakes and blog, they are like” U and cooking ??? “…..lol .. Believe me, there was a time that I used to always say, that cooking is not me, but art and craft is. Over a period of time, that changed. At that time time, I was literally scared of baking and always thought Baking was great science and it is not my cup of tea….. But, Trust me, ever since I started baking, I have been hooked to it…:) Kind of addiction….lol…. Now, when I don`t have anything to bake for a day, I wander around as to what to bake….and today happened to be such a day….

Cinnamon wreath bread slices

After lots of thinking on what to bake, the Wreath bread crossed my mind. I had noted this recipe some time back, but did not get the time to do it. Today was perfect!!! Also I had promised my son, I would get him something baked, when he is back from school.Went ahead with my baking and with all the ingredients mixed up, a lovely wonderful Cinnamon Wreath bread was baked…..Gosh..my kitchen smells like heaven and the taste is just awesome….. My kids just loved it…..:) <3

So easy to make and perfect for the season….You should definitely give a try…

wreath bread

Recipe adapted from here

Serves – For a 8 inch pan

Ingredients

2 Cups All purpose flour

1 tbsp Flax Seeds or 1 Egg ( I used the egg )

1 1/4 tsp Active yeast

1 1/2 tbsp Sugar

Pinch of Salt

Half of 1/4 cup oil

1/2 tbsp Vinegar

3/4 Cup warm water

For the filling

3 tbsp butter , melted

1/4 cup Light brown Sugar

1 tbsp Cinnamon powdered

Method

For the Filling

. Melt Butter and mix the brown sugar and cinnamon to it till well mixed. Keep this aside.

.  In a large bowl, mix in all the ingredients to form an elastic dough. 

. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a bowl greased with oil.

. Cover it and let it stand for about 60 minutes , for the dough to double.

. Flour the work surface well and then flatten the dough to a rectangle shape.

. Keep the filling of your choice. ( the filling could be savory too)

. Now roll it slowly and tight, just like a Swiss roll. Cut this roll into half from the long side.

. Place the two strips with the cut side facing outside. Make a plait or cris-cross the two strips like an “X”.

. Form a wreath and gently place it on a greased pan and allow it to rise for another 30-40 minutes.

. Bake at 200C for 10 miutes and then lower the temperature to 180C and bake for about 15-20 minutes or till done.

. Enjoy the aroma of a freshly baked bread fill your house and have it warm along with a cup of coffee.

There is nothing else better to make your day perfect !!!!  :)

 

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken  edited

 

Lately, I have been quite busy with my baking and cake decorating, that I could not post in something here, though I really wanted to. I am glad that many of my followers did even inquire, as to what happened to the silence and it was really great to know and see that , there are so many great people out there who really looks forward to my posts!!!

These days 24 hours are not sufficient for me….lol….With baking, decorating, photographing, editing and finally posting along with the day to day household chores…phew !!! so many tasks to handle. But I am just loving it as it keeps me busy and thinking all the time.

Christmas being just hardly a month away, I decided that I would put in something that would definitely link with the wonderful festival and what better way to enjoy a feast with a Roasted Chicken !!!  Right from marination till the chicken get on the table, my kids were always around me and finally when served along with salads, dips and sauce, my daughter looks at me says” I would like to have this everyday !!!! ” lol……they just loved it and we had a great weekend lunch. It was just great to see the happy and content faces of my kids and my hubby, who also has been asking me to do this for a long time…..

chicken roasted

This is indeed a simple recipe and yes I have to admit, I took the short cut..;)….but was really very very yummy.

Serves – 4-5

Ingredients

For marination

2 kg full chicken

2 tbsp lemon juice + 1 tsp salt

6 tbsp thick curd

4 tbsp Tandoori Masala powder

2 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 tsp Salt

Method

.  Clean the cavity of the chicken and remove the skin.

.  Wash and dry the chicken with a clean kitchen towel.

.  Keep the chicken in a large basin that holds the chicken and then make incisions on the thighs and breast.

. Marinate the chicken with lemon juice and salt and keep it for about 15 minutes.

. Then marinate the chicken in side out, specially the cavity too, with all the other ingredients and keep it overnight or for at least 12 hours.

.  Then tie the legs with a twine and cover the foot of the chicken with aluminium foil, so that the bones do not get burnt.

.  With the Rotisserie equipment’s of your oven ( mine was a long rod with two sharp forks with screws for holding the chicken in place, place your chicken for the roll.

. Then set the oven to rotisserie mode and place the chicken in a pre- heated oven and then let it roast for about 1 to 1.5 hours or till the chicken is crisp on the skin and tender in.

. Apply oil or butter occasionally, if required to maintain the moisture of the chicken.

.  Serve the chicken hot along with pita bread, nan , Rumali roti or Chapatti ( flat Indian bread)  and a wonderful bowl of salads.

.  It was such a pleasure to see my family enjoy the whole meal.

Tips

. Marinating the chicken for longer duration enhances the taste,

. Do tie the chicken of the leg without fail, or else you may end up having a chicken that looks something odd.

. I used toothpicks to hold the wings, neck and legs in place ( tight and intact), so that you get a good looking chicken.

. The chicken can also be roasted with stuffing inside of your choice, to make it more fuller.

 

 

 

Easy Coconut Pudding

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Diwali is here and how could one spent Diwali without sweets….:) Coconut being our favorite, there was no doubt on what should be prepared this time for Diwali.  This is a very simple and quick recipe and from the time the pudding was almost off the fire, my lil one was wandering all around the kitchen to get a lick.  Though I warned her, it is too hot, she just wanted some , as she could not resist the aroma !!!

Diwali is the festival of lights and I remember, right from my childhood, we kids in our locality would light lamps and burst crackers in the evening and have loads of fun. Exchanging  sweets among us were there from then and I guess that is what makes me make follow this process even today.  Now when I light the ‘Diya’ during the evenings for Diwali, my kids love and I guess, they too might take it forward to their times too. It is so much fun and a beauty too. 

coconut dessert

Sweets are a must during this festival and this year I decided on something simple and easy. Love this dessert for its simplicity and yumminess……

The other desserts that could be tried from my space  would include the Coconut Burfi/ Ladoo, Carrot Halwa , and for a change the Vanilla Panna Cotta

Servers – 2

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups Coconut Milk

2/3 cups Milk

1/4 cups grated Coconut

2/3 cups Sugar

a pinch of cardamom powder ( Optional)

Almonds, Pistachios or Cashews for garnishing.

Method

. Heat a deep bottom pan on moderate flame and in it and mix the milk and coconut milk and bring it to a boil.

. To this add the grated coconut, sugar and cardamom powder and keep stirring till it gets thickened.

. Pour it into serving bowls and let it cool.

. Garnish with finely chopped almonds, or pistachios or cashews.

. Serve either hot or cold.

 

Best Homemade Hummus

 

homemade hummus

Being bought up in the middle east, hummus was one thing that we most commonly had and it was so much loved that every other day or two, we used to have it home. But then,it was mostly bought from the stores or food vendors and making at home was less. Then gradually my mom, started observing on the taste and after several trials and error, she found the recipe to nail it. Since then, we used to have hummus made at home.

Hummus, is basically a dip made from chickpeas and is such an easy and simple dish to make, which is also nutritious. A very common and famous Middle eastern cuisine it has become. Hummus has many added benefits. It could help in weight management, helps in reducing cholesterol, helps to prevent cancer, a great and easy spread for any time of the day and so on….( Source from here).

hummus

Last day I had soaked some chickpeas for making my chickpea curry for breakfast and after I took what was required in the morning, there was this excess cooked chickpeas. I was thinking on what I should be doing with this and then suddenly it struck me, Why not make some hummus? Though I have never made it before, I thought I would give it a try.

Checked with my mom, got the recipe from her and then gave a proceed. Trust me, the most simplest recipe and the best in taste. I have never loved hummus so much and it was really very yummy. My kids just loved it and was in need for their next day sandwiches for school snacks.  Guess, I will be making more hereafter, as I just got addicted to it…lol…:)

Serves – 4

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

4-5 cloves of garlic

1 1/4 tbsp Lemon juice

3 tbsp tahini paste

a pinch of cumin

1 tsp salt

around 2/3 cups water or the liquid obtained from cooking chickpeas ( this adds more flavor than water)

Olive oil for serving

Seasoning as per your choice.

For Tahini Sauce

2 tbsp white sesame seeds

1 tbsp or more extra virgin olive oil

Method

For Tahini Sauce – Roast the sesame seeds till light brown. Be careful not to burn them. 

. Grind the sesame seeds and olive oil in a blender or food processor to make a thick paste.

Your tahini Sauce is ready.

For the Hummus - 

Put in all the ingredients into a grinder or food processor and make it into a fine paste.

. Add olive oil generously over the top at the time of serving.

. Season with chilly flakes or anything else that you would prefer.

. Enjoy the aroma and flavor of freshly made hummus within no time.