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February 2015

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Surprise Cookies with Strawberry Deliciousness

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  • February 27, 2015
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The entire winter season, I couldn’t bake anything owing to the gas shortage in our part of the world. But, it’s back again! and here I’m with super easy Surprise Cookies recipe with strawberry deliciousness

This cookies recipe is great in so many ways, a few are 1. its super easy 2. it uses less ingredients 3. it has a surprise inside 4. it has strawberries 5. its quick to make 6. it tastes amazing 7. its an awesome treat! I can go on with the list, but I’ll keep that for you to enjoy and share. By far these are the best cookies I’ve made and the taste is so amazing that it was a definite hit at my place and these were gone in just no time at all.

Now, for the surprise, as they say “its whats on the inside that counts” it goes with these too. The surprise is on the inside and that is Oreo Cookies (ta-da)

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 And these Oreo cookies are covered with peanut butter goodness and then topped with strawberry deliciousness. Oh! what a divine combination (isn’t it?)

So, next time you’re thinking of making cookies and want to have some fun in the kitchen (even with kids) remember this recipe and wherever you serve these, they’ll be a hit for sure!

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by February-27-2015
Surprise cookies with strawberry deliciousness, but its whats on the inside that counts! A perfect treat that’s fun and simple to make

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: makes 15 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Castor Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (Smooth or Crunchy)
  • 4 Tbsp Light Corn Syrup
  • 1+3/4 Cup Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 15 Oreo Cookies
  • Strawberry Jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degree Celsius and line a baking tray with parchment paper
  2. In a stand or electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until well combined
  3. Then add the peanut butter and corn syrup and blend well
  4. Gradually add in plain flour and baking soda and combine until you have a thick dough
  5. Take about a tablespoon of the dough and flatten it onto the lined baking tray. Take one Oreo Cookies and press it gently on the flattened dough, and fold the edges over the Oreo cookie until it is completely covered. Make an indentation in the center with your thumb lightly
  6. Repeat with all the cookies and pop the tray in the oven
  7. Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes, depending upon your oven, or until the edges start turning golden and the cookies are baked to your liking
  8. When golden, take out of oven, if indentations look shallow further define them and fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon of jam. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack
  9. Serve while still warm, with a scoop of ice cream, a glass of milk, coffee/tea or just as is. These make great gifts too

Tags: Cookies, Easy,Baking

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Chinese easy Main Dishes

Chicken Manchurian

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  • February 17, 2015
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I’m back on the blog with yet another recipe that will tantalize and tickle those tastebuds for sure. As promised here it is the recipe of the very famous Chicken Manchurian.

 Before I go on with the recipe, I’ll share where I’ve been all this time. Well, I got busy with a few projects which initially started out as personal projects but then became client projects (for which I’m really glad and thankful). So at first, it was my little sister’s birthday and she wanted a Golden Themed Princess Birthday and we decided to give her a surprise birthday party, there was a lot of work and this is what we came up with

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She was really happy and appreciated our efforts 😀 it made us all so happy, you know sister love. From here it all got busy. Do you notice those chocolate bouquets on the table? Yes, I made those and those little beauties brought me clients. Till now I had been busy with client orders and had fun making these beauties.

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So, it has been all about happiness, love, sharing smiles and all things good. Continuing with the month of love, I thought of sharing the recipe of Chicken Manchurian, since its all red 😛 and btw, Chicken Manchurian did not originate from China, the Chinese won’t even be aware of  its existence, but this dish has become a famous Chinese dish in both Pakistan and India and can be found on the menu of every Chinese Restaurant of the country.

Question is, then where did it originate from? Well, this dish came into existence out of a cooking experiment of Nelsan Wang, a restaurateur from Mumbai in 1975. The dish came into existence when Nelsan, working in a small hotel heard that Taj Hotel in Mumbai, has brought on board chefs from Sichuan  and has opened a genuine Sichuan Restaurant, because Indians wanted Spicy Chinese Food. It was then, when his customers began to ask for spicy Chinese food and he came up with the idea of this dish that had some fried ingredient since Indians are fond of fried foods and created sauce with a fusion of Indian spices and Chinese seasonings. The name Chicken Manchurian came out as a joke name as Manchurian in China means ‘mad’, since he made up this dish so he gave it this name. Interesting, isn’t it? 🙂

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Many variations of Manchurian have sprung up since its existence, there is Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower Manchurian), Seafood Manchurian, Paneer Manchurian (Cottage Cheese Manchurian), Chicken and Vegetables Manchurian, all have their own unique tastes.

This Chicken Manchurian recipe is an all time favorite. Whenever Chinese meal is being prepared at my home, this is a must dish on the menu and even in restaurants too, we order this the most and I just love the sizzling sound of it on the hot plate. I remember, as kids me and my sister would impatiently wait for our order  just to hear and enjoy that sizzling sound (good childhood memories). This one is as easy as my other recipes and you can serve it up with gravy or dry, we like it with gravy at my home so this one is with gravy.

For my veggie friends do check out the notes section of the recipe for a veggie variation. Also, if you have a different Manchurian recipe do share by commenting below. Try this recipe too and share its picture with me on my Facebook Page.

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Chicken Manchurian
by February-17-2015
Chicken Manchurian – Batter fried, golden chicken pieces in a hot and peppery sauce

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

Chicken Batter

  • 1/2 Kg (1lb) Boneless Chicken, diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Corn-Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • Oil for deep frying

Chili Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Chinese Salt (optional)
  • 3 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Red Chili Powder

Manchurian Gravy

  • 3/4 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 Cup Tomato Ketchup
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Chinese Salt
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • Chili Sauce, prepared or store bought

Instructions

  1. In a prepping bowl mix together the ingredients of Chicken Batter, add the chicken pieces and let marinate for 15-20 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan prepare the chili sauce, by adding all the ingredients. Mix well and let cook until the sugar dissolves completely
  3. In a pan heat oil over medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces, working in batches fry until crisp, golden and cooked through. Remove from oil and transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil and keep warm until needed
  4. In a pan add 1 Tbsp Oil and stir fry chopped garlic until fragrant. Add the fried chicken pieces to it along with all the sauces. Cook for about 1-2 minutes and add chicken stock, bring to a boil and then add tomato ketchup. Mix well, taste check and adjust seasoning. Bring to a boil and let simmer for sometime. The sauce will thicken on its own
  5. Dish out on the hot plate or serving dish
  6. Serve with steamed rice,vegetable fried rice or pasta

Notes

  1. I don’t use cornflour and water paste to thicken the sauce. If your sauce isn’t thickening you can add more tomato ketchup and adjust seasoning accordingly or you can add 1 Tbsp cornflour+ 1/4 Cup water mixture to thicken your sauce to desired consistency
  2. If you don’t want deep fried chicken, you can simply stir fry it
  3. Veggie Version: use Cauliflower florets instead of chicken, you can avoid egg and instead make a thin batter of all the batter ingredients mentioned, dredge the florets in it and deep fry. For the sauce, use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock

Tags: Main Meal, Chinese,Easy Meals

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Freebie Useful Resources

Freebie! Valentine’s Day Love – Free Art Print

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  • February 16, 2015
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Hey TTTB readers! Happy Valentine’s Day :D, hope you had a day full of love and all things red.

I have been away from the blog for some time now, the routine had been crazy, a lot had been going on, will share it all with you in my next post. So, here I’m with yet another Freebie for my awesome readers (it still isn’t too late for this, isn’t it?) so share some more love and say it all to your loved ones.

I really am loving the art prints and I’m thinking of doing this more often, bring you fun and nice art that you can print, download, stick on your wall and even gift it and make someone’s day.

Spread some love wherever you go with these free art prints. When designing these the idea was that these printable would go to two people, just like that best friend pendants remember? One stays with the person gifting it and the other goes to the person it is being gifted to. OR it stays together in your favorite place that you share with your favorite people, your loved ones.


>>Download FREE Art Print Here

Till then Keep Tickling those Tastebuds and keep spreading love!

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