Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How To Make Marshmallow Fondant

Hats off to the person who thought of marshamallow fondant , I just love using it to decorate my cakes and it tastes absolutely yummy too and above all very easy to make because it's just marshmallows and icing sugar . This is good for people like me who can never get a smooth finish with butter cream , fondant is surely the way to go and not the sugar fondant , but marshmallow fondant . You can even get ready made fondant at the supermarket but believe me they don't taste good at all and since this is so easy to make and inexpensive too , then why waste your money .
 Many of them have asked me the recipe for this and the best thing there is no certain recipe , it is just melting the marshmallows and adding icing sugar till you get a nice pliable dough but I have decided to measure what I use for you guys .

The amount of icing sugar also depends on where you live , if you live in a hot and humid place like me then you will need a bit more than those who live in a cooler place . It's just that easy .


150 gms marshmallow
500 gms icing sugar
oil for greasing


Lightly grease a bowl and add the marshmallows with a little sprinkling of water .
Microwave this for 30 sec.
The marshmallows will puff up .
Now with a greased wooden spoon beat the puffed up marshmallows and then you get a sticky paste.
Add the icing sugar bit by bit and knead it till it no longer sticks to your hand .
Grease the dough and store it in an airtight container .
You can add whatever color you want .
You can use this straight away but it is always better to use it after a day .
You can also store it in an airtight container for about 2-3 weeks .


You can also make chocolate fondant by adding 2-3 tbsp of cocoa powder to the melted marshmallow and then proceed to knead it to a smooth dough by adding icing sugar , it's quite yummy .
Another tip is that if the stored fondant seems dry , cover it tightly in a cling wrap or plastic and immerse in hot water for a while just to soften it ,taking care that none of the water gets in . Do not microwave it coz then you will land up with one hot gooey mess .

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Blueberry Smoothie

Fruits to my hubby are like how chocolate is to me and frankly , is it for real ? I wonder about this mystery very often . Ok , I like fruits but not as  much as chocolate but my hubby is  addicted to fruits , he just loves it and I am bothered by it . Once we both went on a diet of just fruits and vegetables  and while I was struggling with it , he was so happy and cheerful that I wanted to throw the big watermelon I was cutting at him . He had such a great time doing that diet and rubbing my nose in it so  never again will I ever do that mistake of taking up that diet with him ever again , never ....never...ever...never.

Anyways this post is dedicated to him coz he loves all things which contain fruits . This smoothie is pretty easy to make and also even prettier to look at so here goes...........


2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup skimmed yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk


Blend the blueberries with 1 tbsp of sugar and lemon juice and divide between 2 tall glasses or 4 small glasses.
Blend the rest of the ingredients .
Pour this mixture over the blueberry juice and do not mix it , you will get the swirls as you pour the milk-yoghurt mix.
Serve immediately and enjoy.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

I was fortunate enough to travel to many places and even better had the opportunity to try out the different cuisines too and this one is from my childhood memory of travelling to Thailand with my parents  . It is quite a colorful place and the best thing about it is the air is filled with all sorts of aromas of the various street food and lots and lots of wonderful fruits . This is something I had eaten from there and just loved it but back then there was no google to find out what goes into it ( OMG , I feel so old writing "back then" :(  ).

Ok so now back to the future, I have started making them and my family just loves it . It is spicy and sweet and very delicious and this is my version of making them . Here we like things spicy , so my version is on the spicy side with a very small touch of sweetness so here goes.......


500 gms boneless chicken cut into strips

for the marinade

1/2 creamed coconut or 1/2 cup warm water + 3 tbsp cocnut milk powder
1 tbsp red curry paste
1and 1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
a pinch of red chilli flakes
1 tsp or more fish sauce ( fish sauce is used instead of salt , so add it according to your taste )
1 tbsp peanut oil or any vegetable oil

for the peanut sauce 

2 spring onions ,white part only chopped
2 fresh red chillies chopped finely
3-4 garlic cloves minced
1 tbsp red curry paste
2 heaped tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup creamed coconut or 1/2 cup warm water + 3 tbsp coconut milk powder
1 tsp yellow curry powder
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste


Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and mix it with the chicken
Marinate it for 2 hrs or more .
In a pan , heat the oil and add the onions , garlic and red chilly
Add the red curry paste and saute for a few min.
Now add the rest of the ingredients and simmer it for a few min.
If the mixture seems thick , add a little water and turn off the heat .
Puree this mixture if you want it smooth or leave it as it is .
Skewer the chicken pieces and grill it till done .
Serve with some steamed rice and enjoy .

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Strawberries and Cream Cake

Strawberries are my fav fruit and what better way to eat strawberries than having it with whipped cream . This is a simple vanilla cake with a strawberry filling and whipped cream frosting with even more fresh strawberries. It is very fresh, light and not overly sweet ,  just a perfect dessert for the summer so here goes.......................


1 recipe vanilla cake

for the filling 

1 cup strawberries frozen or fresh
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

for the frosting

1 cup liquid whipping cream
100 gms cream cheese
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
Fresh strawberries for decoration


Grease and line two 8 inch sandwich cake tins .
Bake the cake in a preheated 180 c oven for 15-20 min.
In a saucepan , add the strawberries and heat it till the strawberries start to break , then add the condensed milk and mix it all up till it becomes a paste and turn off the heat .
Cool this mix a bit and add it onto one layer of cake .
Chill it in the fridge for a half hour.
Meanwhile make the frosting , add all the ingredients for the frosting in a large bowl and whip it till stiff .
Now add a little frosting  on top of the strawberry sauce and add the next layer of cake .
Now frost the entire cake with the whipped cream frosting and the fresh strawberries .
Chill the cake for an hour and enjoy .

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fruit Kebabs with Vanilla Yoghurt Dip

Now that summer is here , there are all sorts of fruits available in the market and here we all are fruit lovers and I try to make to make many things with them . This dish is pretty easy to put together and it tastes really fantastic . The dressing for this fruit kebab is quite simple , it is just lemon juice and fruit chat masala which can be store-bought . It is spicy, tangy, sweet , it is quite a burst of flavours in your mouth and the dip balances the heat from the masala . This is quite refreshing and healthy , perfect for the summer so here goes...................


1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of melon balls
1 cup of diced green apple
1 cup of kiwi quartered
1 tbsp or more of fruit chaat masala
1/4 cup of lemon juice or orange juice

for the dip 

1 cup yoghurt skimmed or whole
1-2 tbsp honey according to your taste
1 tsp vanilla


Put all the fruits in a big bowl
Add the lemon/orange juice and the fruit chaat masala powder and mix it all up making sure all the fruit pieces are coated with dressing .
Mix up all the ingredients for the dip .
Serve the fruits on wooden skewers and enjoy .

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cajun Spiced Prawns in Parsley Garlic Butter

Whoa !! That was quite a mouthful , and I have given away all the ingredients that is used to make this dish , hahaha , seriously they are the only ingredients used but it tastes just awesome . This recipe is adapted from Pioneer Woman's spicy shrimps , I love her site , I go there almost often and just drool at all the pics there , she is absolutely the best . So without further ado here goes....................


1 kg prawns cleaned and de-veined
2 tbsp cajun spice powder
1 tbsp red chilli flakes
100 gms butter cold
a handful of parsley
1 clove of garlic


Marinate the prawns with the cajun spice powder for a half hour
In a chopper , add the butter , garlic and parsley and grind it all up .
In a baking tin add the prawns in a single layer and add the chilli flakes
Now crumble the butter on top of the prawns .
Bake in a preheated  180 c oven for about 20 min or the prawns are done .
Transfer them to a serving dish and pour over all the juice on top of it .
Now enjoy your prawns and have some crusty bread to dunk into the juicy goodness , absolutely yummm!!!