Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry christmas-2

~ Merry  Christmas  ~
 (Christmas party  for lil tummies)

Christmas is incomplete without sweet treats and  beautifully 
decorated  X-mas trees. Be it the traditional christmas pudding 
or the yummy spiced Christmas cookies , the cheer of holiday 
season is a perfect excuse to sink your tooth into a generous
 holiday indulgence.

I just love the colors of Christmas , its  the time for celebration 
 everywhere.  Once you step out of your house, you are simply  bound to
 be a part of the ongoing activities all around the town.The gorgeous
 decorations at all the shops , malls and  hotels seem to be silently
 competing to draw the maximum attention and highest  footfall .

                                                                                   Pics clicked at Grand Hyatt Goa

Little guests on christmas surely need some more pamper and
 an extra welcome with a large slice of yummy cake but what if
you come to know about their visit the very last moment !!
Keeping in mind my  lil one who dosen't relish the deep flavors n
soaked fruits of Christmas cake the  answer had to be something
 beyond traditional- a  wonderful nutty banana choco cake :) :) 
for sure. While the aroma of the cake wafted in the house - 
I was  busy with the preparation of some quick
 Gingerbread cookies !!!!!Christmas party means lot of 
homemade stuff ....isn't it ???

To add some more fun to the tiny party , the kids had to decorate 
some  gingerbread cookies too - with less time on hand , piping 
some royal icing decorations was jus out of question - so the 
 colorful edible food markers surely came in for rescue. (Thanks
Sailaja,for the lovely gift- I just loved scribbling with it too :) :) )

Baking for Lil ones

Nutty banana choco cake 

1 cup refined flour (maida),1/4 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
1/4 cup cocoa powder , 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2  cup yogurt 
(room temp),1/2 cup mashed banana,1 tsp baking powder,
 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/3 cup olive oil , 2 tbsp choco 
chips , 3 tbsp chopped walnuts ,raisins n  almonds.

Preheat oven to 180C. Sift together  flour and cocoa n keep
 aside. In a large bowl whisk together yogurt , mashed banana 
& sugar to a smooth creamy consistency,  mix in baking
 powder & soda to it. Keep aside or 3-4 mins till the mixture
is slightly frothy. Gently mix in oil & the flour mixture. 
Add half the nuts & choco chips & reserve rest for topping.
Pour the mixture in a 7" loaf tin , top with remaining nuts & chips 
and bake in a preheated oven for 40- 45 mins or till toothpick 
inserted in the centre comes out clean.Cool for 10 mins in the tin 
& then remove to cooling rack .Cool completely. Slice and serve.

The best part of blogging is the passion that it instills in oneself 
about creating , cooking , clicking & sharing. Sending my alcohol free 
 festive cake to  Jungle frog's Christmas cakes & Monthly mingle. 

Easy peasy Ginger bread cookies 

1/3 cup butter softened , 1/2 cup castor  sugar ,1 egg beaten,
1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp mixed spice ( powdered nutmeg, clove,cinnamon,
 1/4 tsp fresh ginger juice,  2tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp baking powder.

Whisk together butter and sugar for 4 mins or till pale. Mix in rest of the 
ingredients and knead to a smooth dough (sprinkle some flour if required)). 
Shape the dough into a flat disc , cling wrap & chill in the refrigerator 
for 45 mins. Preheat oven to 180C. Roll the dough on a floured surface to
 3 mm thickness & cut out fancy christmas shapes. Transfer the cookies
to a lined baking tray & bake for 10-12 mins.Cool completely on a wire 
rack before serving.

Do check out my fun food creations 'Santa's Goodies' in the
 Dec issue of Child magazine , India on Pg 60-61. Cute x-mas
pizza, star shaped crackers some easy DIY decorations on cupcakes/
muffns & cookies can surely give a new twist to the party :) :) 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Merry Christmas-1

~ Merry Christmas ~

Beautiful Christmas trees with lovely colorful baubles, 
wreaths of  aromatic pine on the house doors, jingling 
bells & shining LED stars all across the pathway of the 
church, tiny little hands making the beautiful holiday
 crafts and the heavenly smell of cinnamon n nutmeg from
 the bakery shop kitchens remind that its Christmas
 time once again....... 

The real magic of Christmas lies in happy children and 
their tiny peals of laughter . Add a touch of the fun to the 
festive spirit by transforming  simple crackers  into
 objets d'art. 

These cuties are perfect if you are looking forward  to pamper
 your tiny  guests a little more than just a regular bite . 

Rudolph- the Red nose reindeer 
With his spunky spirit and shiny red nose this cute symbol of
 Santa's legend  is sure to bring a smile on the tiny faces. 

Veggies- capsicum, cucumber, olive & tomato dabbed with
 some flavoredcheese & topped on a cracker.

Frosty - the Snowman
Dress up your regular crackers to make this super cute
 snowman. Add a zing with some green peppercorns or 
add a milder punch by substituting it with capers. 

Veggies-  cucumber, olive  tomato& green peppercorn
dabbed with some flavored cheese & topped on a cracker.

Crunchy Christmas tree 
These holly jolly trees are a perfect treat to the little 
tummies. Top the cracker with some cucumber moons 
or make a sweeter version with some peanut butter & 
sliced & halved kiwis. 

Cucumber dabbed with some flavored cheese
 & topped on a cracker.


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