Sunday, May 10, 2009

Aunty Brinda and Cuckoo Masi's Chocolate Cake

1 & half cups flour (200 gms)
1 tsp soda bicarbonate
3 tblsp cocoa
1 cup sugar
half tsp salt
6 tablespoons butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs
1 cup milk

Sift flour, salt, soda and cocoa powder

Blend butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk.

Bake in a well greased square tin in a medium oven for about 45 mins.

Ice with a glazed chocolate butter icing
400 gms icing sugar
half cup butter
4 tablespoons cocoa
Very hot water, as much as needed
Sift the icing sugar with the cocoa

Cream the butter till light. Add the icing sugar mixture. The mixture will look lumpy. Start adding the hot water very slowly, mixing vigorously, till icing sugar reaches the needed consistency.
It should be soft and spreadable.

The nice thing about this icing is that it sets with a light crust, but maintains its softness. When sandwiched in the middle of the cake, it keeps the cake soft and moist

This is easy, and most importantly, really economical and foolproof. I got this from your Aunt Noella, Pallavi. We were constantly looking for recipes which not only made food tasty, but also were economical. When our kids were growing up, basic ingredients like cocoa, or mushrooms, or fresh herbs etc. were not readily available in Kolkata, and we would always buy in bulk if we were travelling and found things we wanted...and always bought a little extra to share with 'cooking' friends. Many in our generation didn't necessarily cook, as there were always people available to cook and clean...but Noella and I always found cooking a relaxing and thoroughly creative activity!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Khow Suey

Much Khow Suey has been had this season, so here's a recipe. This one is from Sudeep's mum.
Marinate shredded chicken with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes and salt (all ground to a pasty consistency).
Heat oil, add in some red chilli paste and a tsp of fish sauce.
Add the chicken and cook till the masala separates.
Sprinkle some dry, roasted besan.
Add in coconut milk (according to the amount of gravy you need, add water if necessary).

The measurements are missing but this recipe is too easy to mess up: just go by your foodie/greedy instincts!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday Breakfast ala Baggy

Reeling from Baggy's breakfast, grilled tomatoes with olives, coriander and roasted garlic, jacket potatoes with bacon and sour cream, scrambled eggs with sausage... Happy sunday folks!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Experiments with cooking and eating continue as usual, had two glorious weekends with two Khowsuey recipes, one at Rukminee's and the next at ours, recipes and more updates to follow shortly! its's been a while..