Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Recipe for Raspberry and Hazelnut Roll.

Ì Raspberry and Hazelnut Roll...
2 Cups Hazelnuts 13/4 cup Whipping cream
 5 eggs (separate egg whites & yolk) 2 1/4 cup Raspberries
1/2 cup superfine sugar Mint leaves for Garnish (if desired)
  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  • Line a Jelly roll pan with double layer of aluminum foil and oil thoroughly
  • In a food processor , process the hazelnuts until finely ground
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and superfine sugar until thick and creamy.
  • Add ground hazelnuts to egg yolks and sugar mixture.

  • In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until firm, but not dry. Mix it with the nut mixture.
  • Pour the nut mixture onto the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until risen & firm to the touch.
  • Cover with a damp towel, and leave it overnight.

  • Next day , transfer the cake out onto a sheet of aluminum foil thickly dusted with superfine sugar
  • Peel off the foil
  • In a bowl whip 1.1/4 cup of cream until stiff.
  • In a separate bowl lightly crush 1/2 cup of Raspberries, then mix them into whipped cream
  • Spread the Raspberry cream over the cake.
  • For decoration dot the raspberries over raspberry cream.
  • Then roll up the cake with the help of the foil. Thereafter transfer it to a plate.
  • Whip the remaining cream until thick
  • Slice roll and serve with Whipped cream.
  • Garnish individual servings with additional raspberries and mint leaves if desired.
  • Serves : 6

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Recipe for Gingerbread coffee

ingerbread Coffee

    * 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    * 2 cups hot brewed coffee
    *1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1. In a small bowl, mix together ginger and cinnamon until well blended.
2. Add about a 1/4 cup of coffee to each cup, then stir in about a tablespoon of the spice mixture until dissolved. Fill cup to within an inch of the top with coffee.

3.Add a light dusting of cloves.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sugarless Oatmeal raisin cookies

Sugarless Oatmeal raisin cookies...
3 bananas
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup skim milk
Preheat oven to 350. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. 
Mix really well. Let stand about 5 minutes, until oats become wet. Heap teaspoons with dough and drop dough onto greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheets. 
Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.
Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire racks to cool
Makes 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

Friday, May 17, 2013

An architecture that captures generations of spirituality and history.

The Swaminarayan temple in Chino Hills, California is a place worth visiting.
The architecture of the temple is par excellence. Guided by the ancient scriptures, the architecture
captures generations of spirituality and history.
It is constructed with a combination of Indian pink stone and Italian marble. It has:
  • 2 domes
  • 5 pinnacles
  • 4 balconies
  • 122 pillars
  • 129 archways. 
Each piece of stone is intricately hand carved.

Earthquake safe:
The temple utilizes cutting edge seismic technology to protect itself from earthquakes. The technology, known as base isolation systems, consisting of steel plates stacked together with viscous liquid to allow for lateral movements in the event of an earthquake. The temple is supported by 40 isolators, which allow the upper portion of the temple to remain separate from the lower structure.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gandhi : Power of non violence

  Power of non violence

Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the M.K.Gandhi Institute for Non-violence, in his June 9 lecture at theUniversity of Puerto Rico, shared the following story as an example of "non-violence in parenting":

"I was 16 years old and living with my parents at the institute my grandfather had founded 18 miles outside of Durban, South Africa, in the middle of the sugar plantations. We were deep in the country

and had no neighbors, so my two sisters and I would always look forward to going to town to visit friends or go to the movies.

One day, my father asked me to drive him to town for an all-day conference, and I jumped at the chance. Since I was going to town, my mother gave me a list of groceries she needed and, since I

had all day in town, my father ask me to take care of several pending chores, such as getting the car serviced. When I dropped my father off that morning, he said, 'I will meet you here at 5:00 p.m., and we will go home together.'

After hurriedly completing my chores, I went straight to the nearest movie theatre. I got so engrossed in a John Wayne double-feature that I forgot the time. It was 5:30 before I remembered. By the time I ran to the garage and got the car and hurried to where my father was waiting for me, it was almost 6:00.

He anxiously asked me, 'Why were you late?' I was so ashamed of telling him I was watching a John Wayne western movie that I said, 'The car wasn't ready, so I had to wait,' not realizing that he had already called the garage. When he caught me in the lie, he said: 'There's something wrong in the way I brought you up that didn't give you the confidence to tell me the truth. In order to figure out
where I went wrong with you, I'm going to walk home 18 miles and think about it.' So, dressed in his suit and dress shoes, he began to walk home in the dark on mostly unpaved, unlit roads. I couldn't leave him, so for five-and-a-half hours I drove behind him, watching my father go through this agony for a stupid lie that I uttered.

I decided then and there that I was never going to lie again. I often think about that episode and wonder, if he had punished me the way we punish our children, whether I would have learned a lesson at all. I don't think so. I would have suffered the punishment and gone on doing the same thing. But this single non-violent action was so powerful that it is still as if it happened yesterday.

That is the power of non-violence."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Recipe for Coffee Bananas

4 Small ripe bananas 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tbsp Instant coffee granules or coffee powder 1 1/8 cup strained plain Yogurt
1 tbsp hot water 1 tbsp toasted silvered almonds

  • Peel and slice one banana and mash the remaining three with a fork
  • Dissolve the coffee in the hot water and stir into mashed bananas
  • Spoon a little of the mashed banana mixture into 4 serving dishes & sprinkle with sugar.
  • Top with a spoonful of yogurt, then repeat until all ingredients are finished.
  • Swirl the last layer of yogurt for a marbled effect.
  • Complete it with a few banana slices and silvered almonds.
  • Serve cold.

Calories per portion about 200.
Serves 4.
Cooking time About 2 minutes

You can sprinkle some cinnamon powder also.
For special occasions you can a tsp of brandy or Rum to the bananas (about 50 calories extra)

Quote by J. Krishnamurti

“Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.”
Jiddou Krishnamurti

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Recipe for Blueberry lemon cream tart

Ì Blueberry Lemon cream tarts...
1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4 oz cream cheese, softened 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 1/3 cups blueberries (6 oz) Confectioners sugar for dusting
Special equipment: 4 (3 3/4-inch) nonstick fluted tart pans or 4 (8-oz) ramekins    photo
Preheat oven to 350°F with a baking sheet on middle rack.
Stir together graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and butter in a bowl with a fork until combined well, then press mixture with your fingers and back of a spoon evenly and firmly onto bottom and up side of each tart pan. (If using ramekins, press mixture 3/4 inch up sides.)

Put tart pans on preheated baking sheet and bake crusts until slightly darker, about 10 minutes, then cool 10 minutes on a rack. (Ramekins will need to cool an additional 5 minutes in refrigerator.) Gently push bottom of each tart pan to loosen crust, then invert crust onto your hand and place on a serving plate. (If using ramekins, leave crusts in ramekins.)

While crusts cool, whisk together brown sugar, sour cream, and vanilla in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Beat cream cheese in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, then add sour cream mixture and zest, beating until just combined well.

Divide cream cheese filling among tart shells, spreading evenly, then top with blueberries and dust with confectioners sugar.
Makes 4 desserts.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Square ring studded with diamonds

Square ring studded with diamonds

Recipe for Sugarless Oatmeal raisin cookies

Sugarless Oatmeal raisin cookies...
3 bananas
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup skim milk

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Mix really
well. Let stand about 5 minutes, until oats become wet. Heap teaspoons with
dough and drop dough onto greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.
Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire racks to cool
Makes 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Band ring with diamonds

18k band Gold ring with diamonds
The band ring defines luxury. The ring is studded with 1.54 carats of diamonds. There are 9 diamonds in the centre flanked with a diamond border.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Multi tone Gold ladies ID with leaf design bracelet

Perfect for the one you love. This 14k Rose, white & yellow Gold bracelet has an ID which can be engraved. The bracelet has a granulated border. The bracelet strap has leaf design with lobster clasp. If gifted, it would be a lovely way to convey your love.

Recipe for Classic Cheesecake...

Recipe for Classic Cheesecake...
1 ½ cup Graham cracker crumbs

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened.

¾ cup sugar.   2 eggs.

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon Grand mariner

1/3 cup butter melted

Sour cream topping (see below)

 Place crumbs in mixing bowl and add ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon, then stir in butter. More butter, up to ¾ cup, may be added if needed.

Butter an 8 inch spring form pan on bottom and sides.

Sprinkle a thin layer of crumbs on bottom of pan and press down with metal ¼ cup measure. Work around sides with fingers to make crumbs of even height. Any remaining crumbs may be added to bottom crust.

Bake crust at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

To make filling, beat eggs until light. Then add ½ cup sugar and beat 5 minutes.

Add cream cheese, vanilla and grand mariner and mix well.

Turn into prepared crust and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Cool for 15 minutes and then pour sour cream topping over filling and bake at 475 degrees for 5 minutes.

Cool cake and chill overnight before serving.

 Sour cream topping:

1 pint sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

6 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon grand mariner

 Blend sour cream, sugar, vanilla and grand mariner well. Then pour over filling and bake as directed above.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Recipe for 7 layer Jello or Jelly

Recipe for 7 layer Jello or Jelly...
4 packages of knox gelatin
4 packages of jello (3 oz)
1 cab eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1)      1st layer of flavor jello:
         ½ package of knox gelatin
         1 cup of hot water
         Mix and pour into 9x11 pan - let set.

2)      1 can sweetened condensed milk; add 1 cup hot water in a bowl.

In another bowl mix 2 packages of knox gelatin and  1 cup hot water. Mix both together - set aside.

3)      Place 1 cup of cooled milk mixture over set jello (1).

4)      After milk sets… add next color of jello. Continue with milk then flavor of jello. MAKE SURE EACH LAYER OF JELLO IS COOL BEFORE POURING ON THE NEXT LAYER!!!!

Multi tone Gold Mama bracelet

This Mama bracelet is a sure conversation starter. The flower chain on the bracelet is wrist flattering.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Recipe for delicious fruity Protein chocolate shake to lose weight

Recipe for Protein drink
To lose weight, doctors recommend that we consume more proteins and reduce Carbohydrates and fatty foods.
Protein can be consumed in the form of foods or protein drinks.
Unfortunately the protein drinks are not delicious and hence hard to drink them regularly.
Here is one recipe which I tried and it works for me:

8 Fl oz (237 ml) Protein shake in chocolate flavor
One Banana
One Pear
One cup ice
Put them in a blender and churn.
The Banana Pear chocolate protein shake is ready to drink.

Protein shake contains 14g of proteins and 160 calories
Banana contains           2g of proteins and 200 calories
Pear contains                4g of proteins and 157 calories
Total                          20g of proteins and 517 calories