Saturday, August 27, 2011

Roasted figs in sauce


8 Figs
Juice from 1/2 an Orange
3 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp of cinnamon


Put all the ingredients except the figs in a saucepan and bring it to a simmer on a low flame. Slit a cross in the figs going all the way to the bottom. Place them in a baking dish and pour the sauce on the figs
Bake at 375F for 15 mins.

Serve warm.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Whole Grain Banana bread

This wholesome bread makes a good morning breakfast with a glass of milk or as a dessert after a meal. The sweetness to this bread comes mostly from the ripe bananas and the nuttiness from the wheat and millet.


1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup millet flour
2 ripe bananas mashed
1/8 cup buttermilk(or thinned yogurt)
1/8 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp soda powder
1 egg
1/4 cup fruit cake mix (optional)


1. Beat egg in a bowl, add butter followed by sugar and whisk so that the butter mixes well into the sugar and egg.
2. Add mashed bananas followed by fruit cake mix, buttermilk and again whisk.
3. Next add both the flours little by little and keep whisking.
4. Finally mix in vanilla extract and soda powder
5. Pour this into a greased baking dish and bake at 350F for 30 mins or until a knife pierced through the cake comes out clean.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yogurt ice pops with berries


1 cup berries crushed
3/4 cup yogurt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp honey
zest from 1/2 a lemon


In a saucepan boil water and sugar, take off heat and add lemon zest. Leave covered until it cools down.
Blend together the above syrup with honey and yogurt. Fill the molds 1/4 way through with the yogurt mixture and let it set in the freezer for 1 hour. Divide the crushed berries amongst each of the molds and top it with the rest of the yogurt mixture. Freeze the molds for another 4-5 hours. Unmold and enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Strawberry Ice pops

Strawberry Ice pop or Ice candy as we call it back home was my first attempt in the kitchen at these frozen treats. I recently got hold of a book dedicated entirely to ice pops, shaved ice and aguas frescas, its called Paletas by Fany Gerson.
When I first checked out the recipes I couldnt believe my eyes how could I have not known this before! They are totally worth the little if any, effort, needed to have perfect homemade ice pops. Its so much better than store bought once because I can control the sugar, plus I can be sure its 100% fruits and not loaded with artificial flavors and coloring.

1 cup strawberry hulled
2 tbsp sugar
1/8 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice


Let the strawberries sit with the sugar for 15 mins, boil them for about 5 mins along with the water. Let it cool and then give it a quick pulse with the lemon juice in the blender(leave some strawberry chunks dont grind it too fine).
Pour it into molds and freeze for about 4-5 hours.

To unmold: I dip the mold in a cup of warm water for about 10 secs. I then pull the ice pop by the stick from the mold, it comes off easily.

Now all you got to do is sit back and enjoy every bit of that strawberry ice pop :)