I had a major OMG moment recently when I had my very first bite of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It was unlike anything I have had before - Sweet, nutty and chocolaty. Me: Sold!
If you are like my pre-Reese’s self, and have not tasted one of these yet, let me tell you what it tastes like…heaven! On a serious note, it is a three-layered chocolate and peanut butter treat. Peanut butter is sandwiched between two layers of chocolate.
These little bite-sized sins are quite the treat and hard to stop at one. The good news though, you can now make them at home. It is very easy to put together and makes a fantastic chocolate gift if you are into the whole DIY thing. With just 5 ingredients, this is a sure winner!
Although not the healthiest of recipes on Kitchening About, you know exactly what you’re putting into these chocolate cups and cut down on the additional sugar when you make it at home. And come on, even the healthiest of us love a naughty treat every now and then. ☺
I have provided two methods to make this. One on microwave (the easiest option of the two) and one that you can make on the stovetop. Hope you enjoy making this at home as much as I did.
Things You’ll need:
A miniature chocolate mould or a mini muffin tin
A clean spatula or mixing spoon
Recipe yields: 12- 15 pieces
Dark chocolate bar – 1 bar, roughly 220 gm
Peanut butter (smooth) – ¼ cup, 150 gm worth
Butter – 2 tblspns
Salt – 1 small pinch
Popcorn (optional) – 1 handful
Tava Idlies (Pav bhaji flavoured idlies)
When the South Indian favourite Idlies and Mumbai’s famous pav bhaji meet, you get tava idlies.
The star of the dish - the humble idlies are quite the powerhouse hiding inside a very soft and spongy exterior.
It is low in fat, easy to digest and comes loaded with iron B vitamins and other micronutrients, thanks to the lentils that go into preparing it.
Since these spongy delights are steamed, makes it that much more healthy to consume.
Besides being nutritious, it renders a bland taste, which makes it perfect to pair with a lot of curries, chutneys, sambhars and so. It is the versatility of the idlies that make it a perfect for this dish.
Now coming to pav bhaaji…where do I begin?
My introduction to Japanese cuisine is fairly new. I remember having a wasabi-based dish a few years ago and it was a very forgettable experience.
Fast forward to 2015, I went out for a Japanese dinner on my birthday and it was instant love. I started researching a bit more about sushi and figured they were a healthier alternative to other fast food options, if I felt like a takeout.
Sushi thus became a frequent healthy indulgence. Sometimes after gym, I’d pick up a baby box to replenish some carbs. As much as I enjoyed it, the fact that I was paying $3 for teeny tiny pieces of sushi did not settle well with me.
I saw an instant challenge here and wanted to take it on. I spoke to a Japanese friend in gym and asked her how to make sushi like the ones we get in the shops. She specified that they were called ‘Makizushi’ – it literally meant rolled sushi.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I can’t help but think of the love affair I have with food. Gone are the days when I treated food like an answer to all my problems in the world. I have developed a healthy and special relationship with food. I have learnt to brace the goodness of Mother Nature’s abundant bounty.
I gave a long, hard thought about things I can make that symbolises this love for food. Cakes, drinks, ice cream, chocolate-loaded treats and even some calorie-rich savoury foods came to my mind. But, if you have followed Kitchening About for a while, you’d know that here it is all about fresh (well, mostly!), light, easy, nutritious and not-so-calorie-dense goodies.
Well, this dish covers most bases that Kitchening About stands for. It’s fresh, simple, healthy and very tasty.
Here’s wishing all of you a beautiful Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing my love for food. ☺
Sweet? Check. Savoury? Check. Tart? Check. Spicy? Hell, yes!
This is the salad that has a bit of everything and sure packs a punch.
Where do I begin with my love for Sriracha sauce? I drizzle this sauce on most things I eat. I was thinking of ways to incorporating this awesome sauce (Lol, I said it!) in a sweet-tart-savory dish. I had a lovely, ripe mango sitting pretty in the fridge that was begging to be used. I’ve had a broccoli and mango salad with a generous drizzle of Sriracha of course, and loved it. Based on that flavour combination, I came up with this dish that is nutritious, absolutely delish and easy to make.
Oh, and I can’t stress enough on the goodness that broccoli comes with. It is one vegetable that is fully-loaded with vitamins, fibre, folate, calcium, zinc and the works. Low in calories when steamed (like in this recipe), it is a low-glycemic veggie making it perfect for diabetics and those on a low GI diet.
I love a good snack that involves a flaky puff pastry. If it savoury, it is that much better for me.
Having puff pastry in the freezer is super handy when you have to dish out some quick snack for those major cravings and when you have guests over. It is also one of my favourite things to take with me when I go for a potluck or picnic. It is easy to make and is liked by many.
This time, the puff pastry gets ‘herby’ with the addition of fresh skinny pesto and is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! It is so tasty that you’ll have a hard time stopping at just one.
Here is my belated treat for Kitchening About’s second birthday! It has been in the works for quite a while. In fact, my sister and I planned that I should post this for the 1st birthday! But I guess, it is better late than never, right? ☺
This dish is inspired by the gorgeous smells of Christmas. You know what I am talking about - the dreamy sweet and spicy aroma of the treats that get made for the season. Well, this dish perfectly captures the essence of that culinary spirit.
The best part of it all? You can enjoy the gorgeous flavours without the hassle that comes attached with making tarts and pies. Yes, no kneading, stewing or blind baking!
This makes a quick and tasty treat for a festive table or picnic.
Note: Apple tart and pie puritans, please excuse me. This dish is aimed at convenience and providing a quick-fix for those ridiculous apple pie cravings. ☺
When the king of fruits and the king of spices, come together, can this be anything short of amazing? Sweet mangoes, fragrant saffron and dairy make this lassi the deliciousness this is.
It is not your regular lassi, it comes fully-loaded with all things rich and luxurious. Saffron adds a beautiful hit of fragrance and ‘un-missable’ taste, taking the regular mango lassi to a whole new level! Drink this up to wash down a spicy meal or treat yourself to a sweet indulgence just because you want to. Mango and kesar lassi gets done in no time, and it is the perfect drink savour mango in the best possible way!
On my trip to Europe, I managed to squeeze a wee bit of time to watch some TV. Although many major channels there play shows in local languages (without subtitles of course!), it is not that hard to understand what they are showing. In one particular cookery show, the host made crispy baked salmon and I was super tempted to try the same with some vegetable.
Upon researching, I found that asparagus could be worked the same way to get an amazing dish. And presenting to you crispy oven-roasted asparagus!
The herbed breadcrumbs add a crispy texture to the crunchy asparagus. When you take a bite of the crispy goodness, you can’t help but think of comparing it to deep-fried French fries only healthier and guilt-free.
This is a light, low-calorie and delish snack or side for a meal. Asparagus is a lovely source of Vitamins K, C, E, zinc, magnesium and folate. If you have been giving this vegetable a miss, perhaps this recipe can convince you to think differently about it! ☺
A lot of my cooking inspiration comes from the fresh food aisle in the local supermarket. There is never dearth of ideas there. Recently, neatly packed boxes of Jamie Oliver’s products caught my attention; it had raw cauliflower florets, a pack of ready-to-use-spice and mint yoghurt dip. All you have to do is take it home and cook it according to the packet instructions.
Although the idea was cool and convenient, I thought how difficult could it be to actually prep it from the scratch? Well, that was where the idea for this dish came from.
This light, quick, fresh and nutritious appetiser is a burst of flavours. It has interesting flavours that complement cauliflower’s rather unique taste.
While devouring this, I figured that it was a great way to consume this vegetable; it is a great low-carb option for those craving something salty and tasty. What’s more? It is low in fat, high in nutrition and gluten-free (for those of you maintaining a gluten-free) diet.