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March 17, 2012

Filter Coffee


Quiet times !!! I always love my quiet times. Job, kids, cooking, cleaning, laundry etc., makes me always think of the next task. Even I'm doing one, I have to plan for the next. So I relax during those silent times. Feeding Jake his favorite food when he is really hungry, cutting vegetables gazing the green grass outside, folding clothes when everyone else is sleeping are some things I love to do. Sipping a strong cup of Filter Coffee on a sunday afternoon can also be added to the list.

I'm not a big fan of coffee, that too in the US I totally stopped drinking it until I tasted this wonderful coffee from costco. It tastes exactly our South Indian filter coffee. More than drinking I love to prepare it for others. When Mom and Dad were here they loved it. If you are a ardent filter coffee fan and do not like the ones in the US you should try the Kirkland's dark supremo roast coffee. Strongly brewed coffee on a rainy day is something I love !!


Preparation Time : 20 min

Serves : 2

Ingredients

Coffee Powder - 2 tbsp
Hot water - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 3 tsp
Milk - 1 cup

Preparation of decoction
  • Add the coffee powder to the stainless steel filter's top portion and place the perforated stick slightly tight on the top.
  • Heat the water until it is boiling.
  • Carefully add the boiling water to the filter.
  • Leave it aside for about 15 min.
  • Decoction would be collected in the bottom portion of the filter. 
Method for Coffee
  • Heat the milk.
  • Add 1 1/2 tsp of sugar to a serving stainless steel tumbler, add milk and mix well.
  • Slowly add 2 tbsp of the decoction and mix well using another stainless tumbler so that coffee is frothy.
  • Serve hot.

 Notes 
  • The decoction has to be thick for better tasting coffee. So place the stick filter silghtly tight but do not press too hard.
  • Adjust sugar level according to your taste. Coffee has to be slightly bitter
  • Coffee has to be served very hot.

March 10, 2012

Fresh Fruit Salad with Icecream for 2nd Blog Anniversary !!


It's Celebration time !! About 2 years back with full of excitement I started "From My Home Kitchen" and made it like a personal diary and kept it to myself. I had planned to post 50 recipes and show it to MK on his birthday which was yesterday and surprise him. He was thrilled !! I really feel happy when I look back at the last 2 years. I decided to post my favorite dessert on this day which is super fresh needs no cooking and sweating.

This blog means a lot to me.I got so many friends through this blog world, learnt many new dishes and most importantly have something to myself which I'm proud about. I feel good when people ask how do I manage to blog with a full time job and 2 hyperactive kids. Now I know I can really manage my time.Intially I was getting stressed about cooking for the blog, posting regularly and what not. But now I'm more composed and do things only when I can. To me blogging is truly something much more than just a hobby. "From My Home Kitchen" is something very special !!!!

Preparation Time : 10 min

Serves - 2

Ingredients

Apple - 1/2 no
Pear - 1/2 no
Banana - 1 no
Strawberry - 6 no
Red Seedless Grapes - 15 no
Orange - 1 no
Fresh Orange Juice - 2 tbsp
Honey - 1 tbsp
Vanilla Icecream - 2 scoops

Preparation
  • Wash and pat dry the fruits.
  • Cut the fruits into bit size pieces. 


Method
  • Place the cut fruits in a bowl and add the orange juice to it.
  • Drizzle the honey on the fruits and give a slight mix.
  • Transfer the fruits into serving bowl and place a scoop icecream on top.
  • Serve immediately.
Notes
  • You can use any fruits you like for the salad.
  • I prefer vanilla icecream with my fruit salad try other flavors too.

March 1, 2012

Strawberry Banana Milkshake | Kids, Adult and Infant Version


Most difficult thing on a holiday is to keep the kids occupied with something. Every now and then Shweets gets bored. When she gets bored automatically she goes to the fridge and looks for something sweet. Mommy I'm hungry is the excuse and our normal food would not suffice that hunger. Something out of the way and colorful has to be made. Ok it's just a kids holiday but I have tons of work to do so I cannot to afford to make something lavish. I need to make something that can be made easily and quickly with what we have. Milkshakes are real saviours in this kind of situation !!!

Milkshake was the easiest item I could of think of and when something is colorful it is approved !!! This is not just with the eldest one, even the 8 month old cannot eat or drink the samething. He loves to try new food and I introduce new fruits and vegetables at regular intervals. He usually has starwberries in the form of flavored yogurt, this time I made milkshake with his infant formula and he loved it. Strawberry Banana Milkshake is something you got to make. It is so good and makes you feel full for a long time !!

Preparation Time - 5 min

Serves - 1 person

Ingredients (Milkshake for Kids and Adults)

Ripe Banana - 1 no
Fresh Strawberry - 5 no
Milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Vanilla essence -   3 to 4 drops

Preparation
  • Wash the strawberries and pat dry them with a tissue. Hull the strawberries.
  • Cut the banana into slices. 
Method
  • In a blender jar add the fruits, milk, sugar and vanilla essence and blend well until smooth
  • Serve chilled in tall glass.
  

Ingredients (Milkshake for Infants 6 months onwards)

Ripe Banana - 1/2
Fresh Strawberry - 2 no
Infant Formula - 1 scoop
Warm Water - 2 tbsp

Preparation 
  • Wash the strawberries and pat dry them with a tissue. Hull the strawberries.
  • Cut the banana into slices.
Method
  • In a blender jar add the fruits, infant formula (milk based powder) and warm water and blend well until smooth
  • Serve the baby in small amounts with a spoon. Don't forget the bib !!!  
Notes 
  • Addition of banana will change the color of the milkshake so serve immediately.
  • When preparing for infants make sure to blend well so there are no big pieces.

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