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A place where information that I know is shared, in the simplest and purest form so that it is easily conveyable to my viewers ,is what my blog is all about.

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Jeny

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Thanks you once again for the kind support and encouragement that you all have given me till date and I expect the same in the future too.

Love

Jeny

It has been almost a year and a half  that I have started blogging and it has truly been a wonderful experience. New learning, new contacts, new horizons and the growing has been so much fun and exciting. 

I now plan to have an up-gradation of my blog as a part of my growing and I would like to inform all my followers that I would be upgrading soon ( within a matter of days to a new platform). I shall be posting the latest details very shortly and  you could also find me posting the updates at my Facebook page and Pinterest page.

Every like, every comment and every follower ( either mail , through RSS or other means) have only encouraged me to get better and better. If not for each one of your support and encouragement, I may not have been where I am today. I expect the same kind of support and encouragement in my future endeavors. 

Please do visit me at my new site and shower me with the same support and love you all have showed me till now...( my new site would be named as jenycooks.com).

I thank each one of you for being with me and showing constant encouragement and I expect to meet you all there soon. Like and follow my Facebook page and Pinterest page for latest updates.

Once again, thanking you all.

Lovingly

Jeny

Chocolate Vanilla Cake

Chocolate Vanilla Cake

 

I am so excited !!! guess why???  I have niece`s  birthday coming up and these lovely pastries I made for her B`day Party !!!! When my sister told me that she is giving me in charge of all the cake baking for the birthday, I was overwhelmed, I really did not know what to say….

Chocolate Vanilla Cakes

Ever since she told me I would be given the full responsibility, I was in deep thoughts of what flavor should I choose to make for the pastries. After doing a little bit of research, the combination of chocolate and vanilla sounded best and pastries in their combo was not so common. I always like to pick something different all the time. So went ahead with this wonderful combination.

Remember the Chocolate Coffee Cake I made for my son on his birthday? That was then microwaved, but this time I have my new oven and I baked it.  I had the Vanilla cake recipe with me that my mom always make and so I went ahead with the perfect combination of these two. Layered them and sandwiched them with Whipped Cream. My kids are like, ” Mom, they look like the ones that we get from Cake Shops !! ? What more do I have to hear….:)

Vanilla Chocolate Cake

This was made in a large batch and so you can make alteration as per your requirement.

Servings – 45 pieces

Ingredients

For the Vanilla Cake

1 Stick ( 1/2 Cup ) Unsalted butter

1/2 cup oil

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 tbsp Vanilla essence

1 3/4 cups whole milk

For the Chocolate Coffee Cake

3 cups All purpose flour plus little more for dusting pans.

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa powder

1 tbsp baking powder

2 cup cold buttermilk

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla essence

2 cup freshly brewed black coffee.

Other Ingredients

Whipped Cream

Chocolate Shavings ( Optional)

Method

For the Vanilla Cake

. Pre-heat the oven at 370 F. Grease pans and keep aside.

. Sift the all purpose flour, baking powder and salt and keep aside.

. In a large bowl, beat Sugar and butter till light and fluffy.

. To this add the oil and vanilla essence and beat.

. Beat in the eggs till fully incorporated.

. Beat in the flour to this butter mixture, alternating with milk, where you begin and end with the flour. Beat till Smooth.

.Bake for about 25 minutes or till done.

For the Chocolate Cake

. Pre-heat the oven at 370F

. Sift the  flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder into a bowl and keep aside.

. In another bowl, first beat the eggs and powdered sugar till fluffy. Then add in the vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla essence and beat well.

. Fold in the dry mix to the wet mix till well combined.

. Then add the prepared coffee and mix well.

. Bake the cake for about 25-30 minutes or till done.

Assembling the cake.

.Split each cake into two.

. Alternate layers as per choice with whipped cream and finally spread whipped cream on top.

. Garnish with Chocolate Shavings or any other toppings of your choice.

.Enjoy the wonderful beauty that you have made….:)

 

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It is the lent season and almost majority of the Christians would be on a vegetarian diet. There are so many variants to the vegetarian recipes that at times, you may even forget to have the non-vegetarian food..lol

Well this is one among the dishes that we make often and I remember my mom making them in large batches, so that there is sufficient to stock that would last long. However, these are so tasty that, at times it may not last the period that she had in mind,….lol

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This is so simple and easy to make and you would just keep wanting for more. Just this one dish would be sufficient to have a bowl full of rice and this is one of the main stars that is served on Good Friday along with rice soup or Kanji after the Church mass. The very thought of having Kanji in earthen post along with this Mango Pickle makes my mouth water and I thoroughly enjoy it every year.

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Servings – 3-4

Ingredients

3-4 Raw mangoes cut into small cubes

1 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilly powder

3/4 tbsp Chilly powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp Mustard Seeds

1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds

1 tsp Asafoetida powder

1 1/2 tbsp Vinegar

1 tsp Sugar

Salt to taste

2 tbsp Oil

Method

. Wash the mangoes thoroughly and cut them to small cubes. Marinate them with salt and keep them refrigerated overnight. This makes them to get softer.

. Bring the mangoes to room temperature. Make a paste of all the powders.

.In a hot pan, add some oil and crack the mustard and fenugreek seeds.

. To this add he powder paste and mix well.

. When the raw smell is done, add in the vinegar and sugar and mix well.

. To this add in the mangoes and give a good mix. Add water only if required and that too in small amounts. Check salt at this stage.

. Once the mix is thoroughly coated on the mangoes and it just starts to bubble, take of from flame.

 

Tips :  Cool well and store in clean air tight bottles.

Do not use wet spoon as the shelf life would be reduced.

If stored in refrigerators, you could use for longer periods.

 

Chocolate butter milk cake

This is a very special cake for me as this was an order placed from my co-sister from Bangalore, for her one and only sister in Cochin, to be presented as a gift. The choice was entirely left to me and hence I needed to meet her expectations. I told her, that I am just a beginner and why me…She just said,” I know you would meet my expectations”…Now that is whole lot of trust on you and a great responsibility !

Graduation Cake

I spend weeks working on this. Had sleepless nights thinking on how to get it right, what design to make, which cake to make and so on. Since this cake was gifted for attaining a PhD, I then thought the graduation cap idea would be a good pick. I then started doing trials and working in mind of the various color combinations, how to decorate and so on. In fact I even started dreaming cakes in my sleep!!!! 

Few days back, I made this cake for my little sweet 2 year old neighbor and it was well appreciated and so I thought, would take up the same cake and design it differently. This time it was a bigger one. A 2 kg cake for the first time ! wow…lots of new experiences. Anyways I thought will take that extra step and give a try.

Cake that I made for the little girl....

Cake that I made for the little girl….

Servings – Measurements for a 9″ pan

Ingredients

100 gms Butter

1 1/2 cups Castor Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla essence

1/4 cup Oil 

4 eggs separated

1 cup All purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup Cocoa powder

3/4 cup butter milk

For Vanilla Butter-cream Icing/ frosting

100 gms butter

3-4 cups Castor Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla essence

2-3 tbsp Milk 

Method.

. Pre-heat oven at 370 for 10 mins. Grease the pan and keep aside.

. Sift the all purpose flour,baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder and keep aside. ( dry ingredients)

.In a bowl, mix butter, sugar and vanilla essence till creamy. To this add the oil and beat well till smooth and creamy.

. Separate the egg yolks and whites. Beat the egg whites separately till soft peaks are formed.

. Mix the yolks to the butter mix and blend till just mixed. To this add the dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk and mix well.

. Fold in the beaten egg whites gradually.

.  Pour the batter to the prepared pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes or till cake is done.

For the butter-cream

. Beat the butter till soft and fluffy.

. Add in the vanilla essence and sugar. Add sugar one cup at a time and taste as you go. Just add up to your requirements.

. Add in milk just to make it a smooth consistency and hence add one spoon at a time.

Once cake is baked and cooled,design the cake to your choice.

 

 

 

Mango Smoothie

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Summer has already hit this part of the  world and it is getting hotter and hotter day by day. The best way to keep yourself cool is get in lots of fruits, yogurt, milk, water and anything that would keep you cool internally too.

It is the season of mangoes and this time when I visited the grocers, got lots of them, especially the ripe ones!!! My son has started his exams and he gets drained very easily. Since it is too hot out, I thought I would get him something cool when he is back from school.

smoothies

This is a very easy and simple shake or smoothie and I have added in all possible things to get it very cool. My son thoroughly enjoyed this glass of cool drink when he got back from school and has asked me to get on more in the coming days….Thinking of variants now !!!

mango smoothie

Serves – 2

Ingredients

3 – 4 ripe mangoes cut into pieces

1-2 cups cold milk

1/2 cup yogurt

1/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp whipped cream ( optional )

Method

. Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender till smooth.

. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with whipped cream. This is purely optional.

. Serve Chilled.

Linking this recipe with Kitchen Dreaming Social Week – 12

Kitchen dreaming

Summer Salad

 

Summer Salad

The heat has already hit us in this part of the world…..I know it sounds funny as in the other part, people are still fighting the cold. However, the heat here is rising high and now switching to some cool foods could only keep us cool from within. Salads are one good option to keep you cool as well as to keep you full and healthy. I love salads and I always have salads ready at home. Variety of salads , which range from the simple to the lengthy ones,are always prepared and I thoroughly enjoy them.

Salad

Salads are great fillers too. A perfect much for mid-day snack or along with sandwiches or rolls. At times, I use these prepared salads are my filling for rolls and they taste so great. Quick and easy and packed with lots of nutrients in their raw form, which makes it even more better.

This is one of my trials. On my grocery purchase, I happened to see all these different varieties of leaves and other veggies, that I could not hold back myself from laying my hands on them. So fresh and crisp !!!!  especially the Lettuce. The lettuce being packed with lots of health benefits, especially one that aids in weight loss is one of my favorites too.

A wonderful salad that could keep you cool and energetic for the entire day.

Salad Summer

Servings – 1 big bowl

Ingredients

A handful of Green Lettuce leaves

A handful of Red Lettuce leaves

A handful of Grass lettuce

1/2 cup Red bell peppers cut length wise

1/2 cup Green bell peppers cut length wise

1 cup Zucchini or Cucumbers coarsely chopped

1/4 cup Tomatoes cut length wise

2 tbsp Coriander leaves finely chopped

1 tbsp Mint leaves coarsely chopped

2 green chilies , slit and finely cut.

1/4 cup Thick curd

1/3 cup fresh cream

4-5 Tbsp Mayonnaise

2 tsp Pepper powder

Salt as per taste.

Method.

. Add all the veggies together and toss well.

. To this add the cream ,curd ,  mayonnaise, pepper and salt and toss well.

. Serve chilled.

Note : You could add in anything of your preference to this salad. There is no hard and fast rule that you need to stick to these ingredients.🙂

 

 

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