Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gibassier - A French Anise & Orange Flavored Loaf

Gibassier is a French loaf which makes an excellent bread for breakfast, this bread is prepared with candied orange, orange blossom water and aniseed which is later topped with plain or vanilla sugar. Gibassier is baked during christmas season when orange is found abundantly, some old French stories says that earlier during xmas,orange is given as a gift from Santa to poor childrens. When you check for Xmas special French bakes most of the breads or cakes have this citrus fruit in it. Gibassier is also named as large cookie from Lourmarin as they looks like oval shaped leaves.Gibassier sounds as much as like Italian Panettone, and its believed that it must apparently be torn apart with the hands when served to bring good luck in the New year.

Ragi Vegetable Uthappam/Finger Millet Vegetable Oothappam/Vegetable Ragi Uthappam

Usually uthappam is prepared with lightly sour dosa/idli batter, this thick spongy dosa makes an excellent breakfast, tiffin or simply for a dinner.Actually my kids love uthappams made from Idly batter prepared with rice-urad dal mixture,since am becoming a health nut i seriously want to give a try to some healthy versions of uthappams.Uthappams,this spongy dosas always goes for simple onion or onion-tomato topping, but trust me even a mixed vegetable mixture makes an excellent toppings too. Ragi replaces very well the rice here,since i dont want to go for parboiled or raw rice i used brown rice. Trust me whole fingermillets aka ragi gives an incredible nutritional value to this beautiful dish. May be the colour of this uthappams will intrigue many, but one should give a try to this nutritious dosa atleast once a while.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pizza Soleil/ Sun Shaped Mushroom & Chicken Sausage Pizza

Sun shaped pizza, you might have crossed this beautifully stuffed sun shaped pizzas if you would have searched for a different shape pizza's collection easily available in this virtual world. Recently i baked this gorgeous looking pizza at home as am a member of a French Baking Group Defi Boulange, created  by Nadia and Manue.Its a group where Manue and Nadia shares their beautiful bakes every month and the members of this group should bake their version of the month's challenged bake with their own ingredients. This month's challenge is this Pizza Soleil, soleil means Sun in French as this pizza looks like a Sun, the name suits absolutely prefect na. Since my kids are in vacation, we had loads of fun making this pizza at home and the measurements given for making the dough for this pizza is quite enough to feed largely 4-5peoples. Make it for a lunch or dinner and enjoy with a salad, am sure you will definitely have a satisfying meal.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pearl Millet Vermicelli Kheer/Kambu Semiya Payasam/Kambu Semiya Paal Payasam

An Indian festival is not complete without a kheer, every household have their own way of making payasam aka kheer. You can see varieties of kheers in this virtual world, from Sago to vermicelli, with varieties of wholegrains, this delectable sweet is prepared with many interesting ingredients. I cant imagine my festive meal without this milk based semi liquid constitency sweet. My daughter love vermicelli kheer very much, she can have it anytime, if i make kheer with vermicelli, i usually go for a huge quantity of kheer. If i starts cleaning my pooja room, she will immediately ask me whether am going to make kheer for our lunch, for her if its a religious festival then there will be definitely kheer for the lunch.For this week of blogging marathon, i picked festival foods as theme. After a delicious Mango coconut burfi for Raksha Bandhan and a health Ragi paal kozhukattai for Ganesh chathurthi,today am sharing an another healthy kheer for Krishna Jayanthi celebration.