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Spicy Crepe Packets

These Crepe Packets have been on my mind for quite some time. I had seen crepe packets with a fish filling (I think) on a food show on TV some time back. I forgot to note down the recipe and also forgot where I saw it, but the idea kept hovering in my head.

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There is an ever hungry lad in my house who, sometimes, needs to be fed every hour! The little lady on the other hand is very very choosy. Finding a balance between their diverse tastes and wants is quite a challenge. One rainy afternoon (yesterday actually 🙂 ) when the kids had a holiday, they pestered me to make something ‘nice & tasty’ and so the crepe packets were made! I am happy to report that these Spicy Crepe Packets got a thumbs up from both of them and both of them thought they were ‘nice & tasty’.

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Since I did not remember the recipe I saw, I used a basic crepe recipe. Mushrooms & Corn are loved by the kids in any form. So they went into the filling. The veggies were flavoured with a Cajun spice mix and fresh Oregano from our garden. But as you will see from the recipe, pretty much any seasoning or masala mix or for that matter any filling of your choice should be ok. The lad had the Crepe packets with Sriracha Sauce while the little lady preferred it with Tomato sauce. I thought they were good on their own too.

The crepe packets were accompanied by a glass of Hot Chocolate (made with a Homemade Hot chocolate mix) and the awesome weather !

Participating in food events provides the much needed motivation for me to blog regularly or I just keep posting photographs on My Foodcourt’s  FB page or Twitter or Instagram ( If you are not already following me, please do so now 🙂 Thank you)

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These Spicy Crepe Packets is my second entry to the Monsoon Snack Recipe Challenge @ The Hub hosted by Archana’s Kitchen

Thanks Archana, the Hub is providing the much needed blogging motivation for me 🙂

Here’s the recipe for Spicy Crepe Packets

Makes ~ 8-9 Crepe packets

Ingredients

For the crepes

½  cup Plain Flour/Maida

¼  Cup Whole wheat Flour

¼ Cup Oat Flour (Ground Instant Oats)

1 Tbsp melted butter or Ghee

2 eggs

½ tsp salt

½ cup milk

~ ¾ cup  water (more or less to get a thin consistency batter)

Pinch of baking powder (optional)

For the filling

1 packet button Mushrooms cleaned, stems removed and finely chopped (~ 1 cup chopped mushrooms)

¼ cup Sweet Corn Kernels

1 Onion finely chopped

1 small Bell pepper finely chopped (Red/Yellow or both)

2 Cloves Garlic

2 tsp Cajun Spice mix (I used Spice Supreme)

½ tsp Chilli Flakes

Salt to taste

Grated Cheese as required

Few Fresh or dried Oregano leaves

2 tsp Oil

½ egg for brushing and sealing the crepe packets

3-4 tbsp Ghee or butter for frying the packets

Method

For the filling

Heat Oil in a pan.

Add the Garlic and onion and sauté for few minutes.

Add the corn and cook covered for 4-5 minutes

Add the mushrooms and cook on high flame till the water evaporates (2-3 minutes).

Add the bell peppers and cook 1-2 minutes more.

Add the spice mix, salt, chilli flakes and oregano leaves.

Mix well and keep aside.

For the crepes

Sift the flours, salt and baking powder together.

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender or by hand .The consistency of the batter should be thin. Add more water if required. Sieve to remove any lumps.

Keep the batter aside for ½ hr to 45 mins.

Heat a nonstick pan.

Pour a ladleful of batter and swirl the pan immediately to spread the batter evenly. (I used a 6” non stick pan)

Cook for 30-40 seconds or brown spots just appear on the bottom

Take it out the crepe and place it on a flat surface.

Repeat the procedure for more crepes

To make the crepe packets

Place a crepe, cooked side up on a flat surface.

Place about 1 tbsp filling in the centre. Grate some cheese over it.

Fold 1 side of the crepe over the filling and brush with egg.

Fold the other side and brush again with egg.

Fold the ends to make a packet and press slightly to seal.

Brush with egg on the folded side as well as the other side.

Heat 1 tbsp butter or ghee in the same non stick pan and place the crepe packets, folded side down .

Fry on both sides till brown.

Repeat for other packets.

Serve Hot immediately with Sauce or Chutney of choice.

August 12, 2015 at 11:38 am 2 comments

Saying Goodbye 2011 with Gingerbread Cookies

‘Stay Tuned’ that’s what I said in my last post- 3 months back! Those of you who ‘stayed tuned’ thanks a lot- I really appreciate your patience, those who didn’t please come back..coz I am back! 🙂 Yes the hectic life is getting the better of me and is keeping me very very busy and still I wanted to drop in here for the last time in 2011 with a simple recipe for Gingerbread cookies.

I am hoping 2012 will be a much better year for me- blogwise; I hope I can be more regular so that I can share my kitchen adventures (there have been many!) with you more often.

The Gingerbread cookies; Almost everyone has a recipe for them. Mine is from a lovely book called ‘Home Baking’. This book (publisher: parragon book) is packed with recipes to suit all tastes and occasions -from pies to tarts to muffins and biscuits, simple cakes to elaborate gateaux. So don’t be surprised if you see some more holiday recipes from the book in the New Year.

With 2 small vacationing kids at home, I ran out of ideas to keep them away from any mischief! The little one is quite a handful and the 6 yr.old gets bored easily without any activities.  Gingerbread cookies kept them busy for almost 2 days- 1 day cutting and baking, the next day for decorating. I didn’t have the gingerbread men cookie cutters so our gingerbread cookies are all shapes from Halloween to Christmas 🙂

The cookies were absolutely delicious with the warm ginger + spice flavour and were consumed in no time by the 2 little elves in my kitchen.

Here’s the recipe:

Gingerbread cookies from ‘Home Baking book’

Ingredients:

115g butter plus extra for greasing(I used Amul butter)

450 g plain flour(Maida), plus extra for dusting

2 tsp ground ginger (Soonth)

1 tsp mixed spice (I used apple pie spice mix)

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

100 g golden syrup

115 g light muscovado sugar

1 egg beaten

To decorate

85 g icing sugar

3-4 tsp water (or as required to make a thick paste)

Method:

Preheat oven to 160oC

Grease 3 large baking sheets.

Sift the flour, ginger, mixed spice, and soda bi carbonate together into a large bowl.

Place the butter, syrup and sugar in a sauce pan over low heat and stir until melted.

Pour onto the dry ingredients and add the egg.

Take care the butter mixture is not too hot or the egg may scramble.

Mix together to make a dough.

The dough will be sticky to begin with but will become firmer as it cools.

You can store the dough in a plastic wrap upto a week in the refrigerator.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to about 3mm/1/8th inch thick and stamp out different shapes of your choice.

Place on the prepared baking sheets. Re-knead and re-roll the trimmings and cut out more shapes until the dough is used up.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until firm and lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

To Decorate:

Mix the icing sugar with the water to a thick consistency. Place the icing in a small polythene bag/piping bag and cut a tiny hole in one corner. Pipe the desired design on to the cooled biscuits.

Let the icing dry and if you have any left by then store in an airtight container. I didn’t have any left to store! 🙂

I will be hosting a Giveaway in the New Year 2012! So please stay tuned till then 🙂

Till then its Goodbye 2011 …

….see you in 2012 : another New year..lots of new dreams,hopes,ideas and recipes!

 

December 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm 1 comment

Doughnuts for a 5 year old Foodie

5 yr old foodie: Mama, can you make Doughnuts?

Me: Doughnuts?

5 yr old foodie: They are round like Medu Vada, with a hole in the centre. But they are not spicy they are sweet. (satisfied that he knows more than his mama)

Me: Is it?

5 yr old foodie: Yes and you have to pour lotso’ black colored sauce over it.

Me: Where did you see the doughnuts (since they are not a very common bakery item here)

5 yr old foodie: Saw it on the T.V. So can you make them?

Me: I am not sure. Don’t know the recipe

5 yr old foodie: Why don’t you checkup on your laptop, you are searching recipes all the time!

With a non stop follow up for the next 2-3 days he was successful in persuading me to make Doughnuts.

I found a very simple and easy recipe in Tarla Dalal’s ‘The Chocolate Cookbook’

I made the doughnuts as per the recipe and topped them with powdered sugar and Hershey’s Chocolate syrup

The 5 yr old foodie did total justice to all my efforts and all the Doughnuts disappeared in no time! (He is already asking when I can make the next batch! 🙂 )

 Here’s the recipe:

Source: ‘The Chocolate Cookbook’ by Tarla Dalal

 1 Cup Plain Flour

10 grams fresh yeast crumbled

½ cup milk

3 tbsp Sugar

½ tsp Vanilla essence

1 tbsp butter, softened

(Add ½ tsp salt if using unsalted butter)

Oil for deep frying

 Powdered Sugar and

Chocolate Sauce/syrup for serving

 Mix the Flour, yeast, sugar and essence in a mixing bowl. Gradually add the milk and knead into a soft dough. (Add the milk carefully and adjust the quantity so that the dough doesn’t get too soft)

Add the butter and knead it again for 2-3 minutes

Cover the dough with a wet kitchen towel and allow it to proof till it doubles in size. (~15-20 mins)

Press the dough lightly to remove the air

Roll out the dough into a sheet of 6 mm. (1/4″) thickness

Cut out circles with a cookie cutter (~3” diameter) and using a small cookie cutter cutn out the centre portion of each circle to make a hole in the centre.

Roll out the leftover dough and repeat above steps.

Cover with a wet kitchen towel till the doughnuts double in volume again (~ 5 – 10 mins.) (I placed the doughnuts on a butter paper and then left them to double up so that they were easy to lift)

Heat oil in a wok .

Carefully insert each doughnut in the oil and fry on medium heat till golden brown.

Drain on some adsorbent paper.

Place on a serving plate and dust with powdered sugar.

Drizzle Chocolate sauce/ melted Chocolate over the Doughnuts and serve.

July 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm 16 comments

Jammy Buns

I have been intending to try out this particular recipe for a long time. Lack of time is a major factor that has constrained me from doing so. When Nandita announced Baking for Breakfast’ as the theme for WBB#7 I decided to finally make it.Thanks Nandita for that .Baking is one culinary activity I plan to take up regularly. I am still at the trial stage. That is I still try my baked recipes on others! Thanks to food blogging and events like this I can hone my baking skill! I found this recipe in a lovely book ‘Baking- Simple cookery’, a collection of recipes by a team of experts. (No names on the book)  jb41.JPG

 I had most of the ingredients – Wheat flour and Cranberries were the ingredients that tempted me to try out this recipe! And I found it to be very simple for a novice baker like me.

Delicious and crispy Jammy Buns for WBB #7 hosted by the versatile Nandita.  jb2.jpg 

For 12 Jammy buns

175 g Plain flour (2 cups)

175 g Wheat flour(2 cups)

2 tsp baking powder

150 g butter

125 g caster sugar

50 g dried cranberries(I used orange flavoured)

1 egg beaten

1 tbsp milk

4-5 tbsp mixed fruit jam 

The original recipe used golden caster sugar and raspberry jam. I have used white sugar and mixed fruit jam instead.  Preheat oven to 190 oC/ 375oF 10 minutes before baking. Lightly oil a baking sheet.Sift the flours along with the baking powder into a bowl.Cut the butter into small pieces. Rub the butter into the flours untill it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.Stir in the sugar and cranberries.Stir in the beaten egg and milk.Mix to form a firm dough. Divide the mixture into 12 and roll into balls.Place the dough balls on the baking tray, leaving enough space for expansion. Press the thumb into the centre of each ball making a small hollow. Spoon a little jam in each hollow. Pinch lightly to seal the tops. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. 

Jammy Buns were delicious and turned out to be good for a first attempt. You have to excuse a little rocky shape for my crisp buns since my little one helped me do it. He was down with a severe bout of Dysentry and I had to entertain him!!

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November 29, 2006 at 9:51 pm 7 comments


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