Did some baking after a long time. have a box of plain corn flakes which we dont eat. so thought of making cookies with it! so instead of choc, i added corn flakes. a nice crispy touch to cookies. i had no idea how it would tun out but it actually turned out quite nice. not very sweet unlike choc cookies. M liked it in the first bite. B snatched it immediately! Experiment successful!

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here is the recipe (makes 30 odd cookies)

250g butter

1 cup sugar

2 cups sifted flour

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 eggs

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cups corn flakes

pre heat oven to 180 deg. lightly beat the eggs and butter. beat eggs and vanilla essence in it. then mix the sifted flour with baking powder and add to the mixture and beat the mixture properly. then add the cornflakes and mix. drop the mix with a table spoon on an ungreased baking paper. leave 2-3 cms between every cookie for it to rise. bake for approx 10 mins or till they turn lightly goldenish brown. remove and let it cool on wire mesh.

Cookies ready. Enjoy!


Ramadan-calmThe Holy month of Ramadan has arrived. Everyone knows its the month of fasting, prayers, iftaars… But its much more than just the iftaar parties. here are a few things not many Non-Muslims know about this month…

  1. Dates Are the Fast-Breaking Food of Choice – yes a date is traditionally the first food eaten to break the fast.
  2. People name their sons Ramadan – yes its true! i read it an article in Time magazine that this name was quiet popular in the 90s and is slowly getting its popularity back since 2005.
  3. the date changes each year – Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar and begins with the hilal, the Arabic word for crescent or “new moon,” in the ninth month of each year. But because the lunar cycle steadily moves backward compared to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan falls earlier and earlier each year.
  4. Ramadan is good for TV Ratings – sadly its true that Ramadan is a keenly anticipated, prime-time TV season. Arabic, and increasingly Turkish, production houses work around the year to create 30-episode miniseries — one for each night of the month — in the hopes of snagging viewers, advertising dollars and the opportunity to boast that their series was the most popular.
  5. Fasting predates Islam – Fasting has been around much, much longer than Islam. Indeed, mentions of abstention from food and drink can be found in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, both of which predate the Prophet Muhammad (who was born in A.D. 570).
  6. Ramadan is a huge month of charity – Donations to charities see a significant rise during the month of Ramadan, as many Muslims choose to give their charity for the year during the holy month.
  7. Its not a great diet plan – Despite the daily fasting, Ramadan is notorious for being a month of weight gain. There are many reasons why practicing Muslims often gain, instead of lose, weight during this time. Foremost is that fasting and low activity levels during the day often give way to binge eating at night. Such behavior results in slower metabolic cycles that cause the body to store fat instead of burning it. Additionally, iftar meals — the evening meal served when Muslims break the fast — are traditionally heavy, high in carbohydrates and lacking in nutritional sustenance.

well my first Ramadan with B has begun. and by the looks of it, its going to be a tiresome one; not spiritually but physically (unfortunately). Looking forward to this month! Ramadan Kareem everyone!!

I have downloaded this fantastic new app on my iphone, BigOven. well the app is not a new one, and going by its popularity, many of you might be having it on your phones too. but for the other few like me who dont have it, download it todaayy!!

It’s such an awesome app. everyday i get up with the thought ‘what do i cook today??’ and then search the net on different sites for something new to try. well am surely not going to do that anymore. this app is like a mini kitchen. so it works like this. first it has more than 250000 delicious recipes. you select the recipe you want to try and it will automatically make a grocery list for you from the ingredients mentioned in the recipe. then you just delete the items you already have. the ones you don’t, get added to your grocery list. it also has a menu planner so you can plan a whole week’s menu in advance and get a grocery list all on your phone. so all you do is take your phone shopping over the weekend, buy the stuff you need for the week’s menu and you are all set! it’s that simple! no more missing out on items or stocking extra ones! isn’t it awesome! you can also save your own recipes in it, email grocery lists, menu planners etc.

I am soo addicted to this new app! its my 2nd best assistant in the kitchen! the first being my M ofcourse!! xoxo