Cream Cheese Brownies

  After those delicious avocado brownies, let’s come to another sinful one as a part of the “Let them Eat Brownies” theme for the Blogging Marathon #78. Is there anything less sinful than brownies? I mean, you make them in any way and they will eventually end up being really addictive, that you feel sad to be sharing them. 😉 Most of the brownies that I have shared on the blog have all been baked and shared, not because I am generous, but because I didn’t want more fat to accumulate all over myself as much as I have already now! Somehow, I always emphasis that blogging has made me gain a lot of weight off late, but still my mind doesn’t allow me to really blame blogging 100%. There are a lot more factors that made me bake like mad some times. My colleagues actually enjoyed a lot during… 

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Carla Hall’s Avocado Brownies

  Time for the second round of the Blogging Marathon #78! While I was scouring through the themes, I was a little confused on which one to select. Finally I ended up selecting the theme “Let Them Eat Brownies”! While I had gone through the heart attack of having to make three cheesecakes in two weeks last time, this time I thoroughly checked my drafts, ensured I had at least two drafts of brownies so that I had minimum baking. To my excitement, I had three to cover just enough for the marathon! That is one advantage of having too much in the drafts, I suppose! 😀     The first brownie I choose to share with you are these delicious avocado brownies. These were my first trial of brownies with avocados, even though the only one that appeared on the blog was the vegan version. I had initially made… 

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Complete Breakfast Smoothie

  I am an avid watcher of “Food Network”. We don’t get it in our cable all the time, but on special occasions, this channel comes up and I watch it continuously for hours. In fact, that’s the only channel the girls don’t ask me to change to see their cartoons. 😉 When the channel goes off, I watch the live telecast through their website, but then time is always a constraint so I don’t do it more often.   During one of the episodes of a programme called “The Kitchen”, I happened to watch this recipe of this super smoothie. The host Jeff Mauro whipped up this smoothie and called it the “Complete Breakfast Smoothie”. It stuck in my head, thanks to the banana and coffee concoction. I didn’t recreate it in my kitchen till I started my workouts a couple of months ago. This smoothie was perfect for… 

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Spiced Broccoli Dill Soup

  I know it’s summers here and nobody wants to have soups on a hot afternoon or night, when the temperatures are fluctuating between 40-45 degrees and the humidity is a good 80 percent. But I beg to differ. I love soups even during summers. Making them may not be the best experience, since the kitchen turns into a mini furnace during this season. But I always rely on my pressure cooker for my soups. So after the initial sweating of the garlic and onion, I end up dumping everything into the cooker, closing the lid and running away from the kitchen into the A/C-switched-on-hall! 😀 Once I finish counting the whistles, I come back, switch it off and run away again. After half an hour, I come back to blitz it, and serve it warm. Sometimes I make it in advance and keep in the fridge for having cold… 

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Coconut Rosewater Ice-Cream

  Normally, you will never see me doing more than one post a day. I have done that only once and that too in my early days of blogging. But today, I am doing it again. When the email from Sarah came with the theme of this month’s Fantastical Food Fight, I couldn’t resist not participating in it. The only post I have done for this event is this one, after which I couldn’t participate due to many varied reasons. This month’s theme is “Ice Cream”, so how could I not participate in this one? 🙂 Did you know that July happens to be the “National Ice Cream Month” in the USA? 😀     The summers are really hot and all you need is something really cold to go down into your system. Even though getting a ready made lolly or a cup of BR is so much easier,… 

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Lamingtons

  This is the first dish I cooked up for the Blogging Marathon #78 for the theme “Oceanic Cuisine” but got chosen to become the third post! Hehe…   I have been wanting to make Lamingtons since very long. The buttery cake surrounded by chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut is definitely a treat for sweet lovers. I have never seen these pretty things being sold here anywhere – maybe I haven’t looked too far! – but going through many recipes and pictures were tempting enough to make me want to try them. All I did was wait for an opportunity. Once the theme was declared and I selected it, I had to go ahead and make these, since Australia is an Oceanic country (or continent) and Lamingtons are considered to be a part of its tradition. Would you love to read the history behind this treat? Then read… 

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Chicken and Corn Quesadillas

  The second country I chose to cook from under the “Oceanic Cuisine” theme for the Blogging Marathon #78 was Mexico. The cuisine from this country is so well accepted, thanks to the Nachos and Tacos that do rounds at almost all food courts! The world is coming to like the Mexican twist of adding chilli to chocolate (like this hot chocolate and these shots!) and not to mention, the Dulche De Leche!   I have been wanting to try quesadillas (read them as ke-se-di-ya) for quite some time, considering how easy it is to make them. I really wanted to make the tortillas (read them as to-ti-ya)for scratch, but as the dates for the publishing approached, I gave up on myself and relied on making them from store bought tortillas. There is one thing you must never miss in your quesadillas and that’s cheese! It must have cheese. The… 

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Thai Mango Pudding

  After sitting out of the Blogging Marathon last month, here I am participating in two weeks this month. Since I will be travelling back home next month, I thought of not missing it this month. The first theme I have chosen for the Blogging Marathon #78 was “Oceanic Cuisine”.   Oceanic countries are basically countries which are surrounded by two or more oceans. I did skim through the list several times to decide on which country to cook from. Although my head had millions of ideas, I settled down for the easiest options that I could search for. 😉 Here goes the first one…     The first country I chose to cook from is Thailand and since mangoes are still available, I decided to make this delicious mango pudding with a coconut milk base. Searching on Google gave me several options of puddings set with agar agar/ China… 

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Be My Guest ~ Baklava

  Here is a delicious guest post by Maise Huns for all of you, while I go ahead and enjoy my weekend… 🙂   Maise Hunns is a keen traveler and journalist. She enjoys travelling to the Middle East and volunteers with charities helping in countries like Iraq and Syria. Her Middle Eastern roots mean that she has a love for the cultural and traditional food and enjoys cooking and feasting with family and friends.     Whether you have recently come back from, or soon to be travelling to, the Middle East your taste buds are probably looking to experience the taste of the area. If you are looking to relive the amazing dishes, or sample what you are in store for, there are some dishes that you quite simply have to try.   The Middle East is home to some of the best culinary creations in the game… 

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Thakkali Thokku ~ Spicy Tomato Relish

  If you had seen something red peaking out in my Ari Dosa post, then it was this delicious “Thakkali Thokku”. Thakkali Thokku is basically a tomato chutney prepared in parts of South India – not Kerala though 🙂 – and goes amazingly well with anything – chapathis, as side for rice, with dosas and idlis. You name it, it goes really well with it. I am not a tomato fanatic but somehow blogging tempts you into staring at certain recipes and it keeps replaying in your head till you make it. That’s how the Thakkali Thokku happened and now keeps happening when tomatoes are available at a good price. I don’t need to tell you how expensive these red roundels have become off late!     The best part about this recipe is its adaptability. I have kept it as mildly spicy as possible for my whole family to… 

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Dragon Fruit Smoothie

  I pick up a dragon fruit once in a while. Not that I love the fruit, but at times when I see the pretty fruit, I feel like picking it up. A good way of eating it is with a sprinkle of salt and sugar. It really spikes up the fruit. Another way I like it is when it is made into a smoothie with coconut milk. Somehow I don’t like it with milk, the fruit literally spoils the milk! But with coconut milk, it tends to gel so well. The little seeds also give the smoothie a pretty look, just like how kiwis do.   If you like dragon fruit, then here are other recipes on the blog for you: Dragon Fruit Pudding Dragon Fruit Milk Pudding Off to this simple recipe…       Dragon Fruit Smoothie   Save Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 1… 

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Ari Dosa ~ Malabar Thin Rice Crepes

  Some recipes tend to delude you, irrespective of how much ever you try. One such recipe is the thin rice crepe that we all make in Malabar. Mine would always crack, always… How much ever I follow the instructions, when I finally pour the batter on my pan, it ends up with cracks. 🙁 There is nothing more irritating than that. That is when I landed up on this link and how much it has helped me improve my dosa after so many trials!   The interesting thing is that the Mangalore Neer Dosa is so similar to our neriya (thin) Ari Dosa. It can be because the only difference happens to be a border. I have heard how similar Mangalore style food is to our Kerala cooking, and that was proof enough when I tried this delicious sukka my colleague P had shared with me. Anyway, I somehow wanted… 

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Chocolate Honey Granola

  The tenth of the month, it is, and time for the Muslim Food Blogger Challenge! This month, the theme chosen was “Cooking with Honey”. We all know what honey is and how, just like coconut oil, it has gone from being super-food to notorious food back to “good food”. Did you know there is a chapter in the Quran called as “An-Nahl” (Chapter 16)?   Your Lord revealed to the bees: “Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures which men erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.” From inside them comes a drink of varying colours, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect. (Surah An-Nahl:69)   While reading through, I found some very interesting articles about the mention… 

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Chana Pulao ~ Chickpea Pilaf

  The first weekend without the kids passed by, and I must say I managed well, though it was a bit overwhelming at times. Since HD is mostly busy with his work, my company are the girls and I tag them along wherever I go. So driving without them in the passenger seat on Thursday night and at home on Friday evening when HD had gone to finish off some important work, was a little emotional for me. But at the back of my mind, I told myself that this may be something that will happen every summer vacation from now on, as long as I will be working, so I better get used to it.   Yesterday, we had a lovely get together at Huma‘s place for lunch. Ria, Priya (your names seem to rhyme! 😀 ) and Zerin were able to join us. We had so much fun chatting,… 

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Qamardeen Tea Sorbet

  Once Ramadan is over, most of the households in the Middle East would have a leftover pack or half pack of dried apricot sheets, after making the Qamardeen drink. At least, I do. Most of the time, I end up drinking all of the leftover juice, so I make it in small batches to avoid over indulgence. Hehe… I find Qamardeen a very addictive drink, since I love apricots, whether ripe or dry. So it was no surprise when this trial of making this Qamardeen Tea Sorbet was really loved by me and even the kids!   Instead of just making it a normal sorbet, I spiked it up with some black tea, that was  cooled and then blitzed along with the soaked qamardeen sheets. The tea gave it a very subtle taste. After all, I consider sorbets as a very guilt free dessert, since there is no diary… 

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