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Friday, April 19, 2013

Quick and Easy Homemade Strawberry icecream

It's strawberry season here....and the markets all full of these lovely red berries!! What's the next better thing than eating them fresh.....turn them into a creamy luscious pretty pink Strawberry ice cream!! Agree??
I love this Quick and easy recipe of using whipped cream and condensed milk to make ice cream.The ice cream comes out creamy, perfect texture every single time.
It took 4 mins to 'make' the ice cream mixture and then 5 hrs to set it in the freezer! There was no mixing every 1/2 hour, no tedious work involved, no ice crystals.....and the results were still luscious and heavenly!!
Using the same recipe...this is my favorite Mango ice cream..and I promise it will be yours too:)
Quick and Easy Mango Saffron ice cream

This is all you need!
1) 12-14 fresh strawberries
2) Half of the 8 oz tub of Kraft Cool Whip
3) Half of the 14 oz can of Sweetened condensed milk
4) 2 tbsp milk
5) 2tbsp Strawberry syrup

1)  Thaw the cool whip in refrigerator for 1/2 hr till softens.
2)Wash and Cut off the strawberry leaves and stems.Put them in the blender along with 2tbsp milk.Puree them.
2) Mix the 1/2 container of cool whip, 1/2 container of sweetened condensed milk, strawberry puree and syrup.Mix gently till lumps are gone.
3)  Pour into a freezer safe container/ individual serving glasses( I like the 'bath' cups...they are perfect for single serving of ice cream)
4) Freeze for 5-6 hrs.Done!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pearl Barley and Spinach Patties

"Barley"...yet another grain..I hadn't cooked with before. Yesterday, I cooked it with an intention to make Barley soup..but these patties came impromptu to my mind...and made a delicious evening snack!
Pearl barley:

Barley is yet another "Nutritional powerhouse"(http://www.barleyfoods.org/nutrition.html) It has the slow digesting carbohydrates called "beta glucans" in the grain.I also read that, the beta glucans and the fiber is distributed throughout the grain and hence...even if it is "pearled" barley( bran and outer layers removed)...it is still better than many other refined grains.(http://www.oprah.com/health/Why-Barley-Makes-the-Best-Breakfast)
 Cooked Pearl barley:

1/2 cup pearl barley (pressure cook in 1 cup water plus little salt)
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 boiled potato(mashed)
3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs( E doesn't like his sandwich with crust.I cut them off,freeze them..pulse them to make these whole wheat bread crumbs.)
1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2tsp red pepper flakes
1/4tsp cumin
olive/ canola oil for shallow frying

1) Cook the pearl barley in pressure cooker -3 whistles.Let it cool completely.
2) Mix the cooked barley,chopped spinach,onion,mashed potato,garlic,red pepper flakes,cumin,salt,1/4 cup of bread crumbs and mix well.
3) Heat a non stick pan with oil for shallow frying.
4) Make patties with the above mixture.Roll them in the bread crumbs and fry on medium- low heat till they are golden brown and crisp on the outside.
5) Serve hot along with your favorite sauce/ maggie hot and sweet sauce( I love it!!)/ green mint chutney.