Friday, 26 April 2013

Colourful Friday

Hi Everyone,
  Yayyyyyyy!!! Its friday and I get to be at home for 2 days. I plan to sleep early and get up late, go out for lunch or dinner with my husband(its been quite sometime since we went out ) , deep clean my house (I promise I'll try ;-)), some crochet accessories shopping, post them all with lots of pics here and ofcourse crochet :-) oh god I'm talking as if I've a week off.
    I always tell myself, that I would write atleast 1 post a week. Sometimes I don't have finished projects to flaunt about and most of the times I don't find time. Never mind, I'm improving... I'm back so soon this time (just one day after my previous post ... hooorrraaahhh)

As promised in my previous post, today I'm going to show you all my new size 20 crochet thread collection. :-) My mum got a shock when she saw me buying sooooo many balls of thread. She had this "Are you sure you need SO many of them ???" expression all along as I was choosing these colourful balls. hehehe

Okay its time to have a look at the new additions to my stash :-) :-)

                                                      I just love the lavender shade.

Being friends with the neighbourhood shopkeeper is so beneficial sometimes ;-) He agreed to get me a wonderful collection of these balls :-)
I'm planning to make rose doily. I was inspired by Sangeetha of crochetkari :-)  Many earrings for my sister ofcourse :-) annnnnd I don't know yet.
Would love to have some suggestions!!! So what are you all up to ?
Okay then, I'm off to have a look at all my favourite blogs.


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Radish Salad and Paneer in white sauce

Hope you all had a great Thursday and are looking forward to a wonderful weekend!
It's been quite sometime since I posted about my cooking.

Last evening I happened to return home a bit early , so I decided to make something that I don't, very often. Thanks to the Bangalore summer and the extremely annoying power cuts, 2 packets of milk got spoilt this week. I was feeling very guilty to throw such large quantities of milk and I decided to make "Paneer"(Indian cheese) out of it.  

I've been on this chapathi making spree since a few weeks, trying to avoid rice in the evenings ;-)
Paneer in Tomato gravy is quite common, so I tried my hand at Paneer in white sauce.

White sauce is a very simple recipe which can be made with milk or cream and can be used with a variety of vegetables, pasta, paneer etc.

Here's the recipe for my quick side dish:

Ingredients: this is for 2 people
Paneer - 15 cubes (I used home made, so not sure of the grams)
Almonds, cashew and raisins - 10-15
Milk   -   1 cup
cornflour  - 2 tsps
Freshly ground Pepper powder - 1tsp
Origano(optional)  - 1/2 tsp
Butter/oil - 2 tbsp
salt to taste

Heat butter/oil in a pan . Add cashews, raisins and coarsly crushed almonds. 
Add milk to it and let it boil lightly. 
Mix corn-flour with little water/milk and add to the pan. Mix well immediately to avoid formation of lumps.
The sauce will thicken in a min or so. Add salt, pepper powder and origano. 
Shallow/deep fry the paneer to turn the surface light brown. Add to the sauce and garnish with coriander. 
Give a standing time of around 15mins for this dish, to help the paneer absorb the flavour.

After having made this simple dish, I realised I had energy and even time left for another quick side dish. 
I made radish kosambari (salad in Kannada). Got this recipe from my sister in law. I've just garnished it with peanuts.

Radish -  2 grated
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Green chilli - 2 finely chopped
Coriander leaves -  finely choppped
Salt to taste

For the seasoning:
Oil - 2tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Hing/Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Peanuts  - 15 in number

Mix all ingredients except salt. Heat oil in a small pan, add mustard and cumin seeds, wait till they splutter. Add asafoetida, then peanuts. Mix with a spoon to fry them evenly. when peanuts turn slightly dark in colour, add ural dal. wait till urad dal also turns light brown in colour.
Add this to the grated radish.
Add salt just before serving to prevent the dish from becoming watery.

I served it with phulkas and it tasted yumm!!
I'll be posting something very exciting in my next post. Any guesses ??? okay.... Its my new thread collection :-)

Till I post again!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Cool blue in the hot summer

Hi Friends,
     Hope you had a great week and are looking forward to a wonderful weekend.
Bangalore is getting hotter by the day and there's no rain relief. Its difficult to bear the heat on weekends as we're in the bad habit of AC in office everyday.
I've got a matka (earthen pot) to store drinking water at home and its so refreshing to drink that water :-)
I feel it is always better to drink the water from these pots than the chilled water from the refrigerator.   Don't you agree??

My crochet projects have been moving at a very slow pace. I do have reasons , but more on that later.
The hook case I made (see my previous post) was the first crocheted thing I made for myself. Quite J from the fact that, I've gifted everything to family and friends my husband goes like this "You've made something for everybody except me" :P
Every time I plan to make something for my dad or husband, I end up browsing the net for hours looking for projects and eventually don't find anything suitable. All the crocheted items I've made till now have been quite girlie you see :P
After having accepted the accusation of not being "PathiVratha" (hehe), I've decided to make something for him.
Ladies I'm waiting for suggestions!!! I would love to hear from you!
Okay okay its time to talk about a recent crochet project.This time its not mine, but my mum's :-)
Here are some pics of the Inga's crochet bag she made recently. I helped her in adding a zipper and line it. The pattern for the bag is HERE . A video is also available for it on youtube.

Isn't the colour combination awesome ???

                                         I surprisingly found a zipper in the exact shade of blue.

Doesn't the cool blue shade beat the summer heat ???  :-) :-)
Do let me know what you think about the bag?
Waiting for you lovely comments.
Have a great weekend!!!
Bbye!!!! :-)