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Cocoa Mousse-a-Cotta “Eating more consciously now feels like a way of being. I actually think about how my food got to my plate.”
Oprah Winfrey

Cocoa Mousse-a-Cotta a food experiment that went off track, was however delicious! Yet the thought through the day was, “What do we eat today?”, the eternal question for the harried homemaker! Life is a food fight to the finish. Ever since I picked up food blogging, the entire algorithm  of what appeared on our table changed. Biggest change – carbs down, protein up!
Wholewheat Apple Walnut Cheddar Thyme Hand PiesStudying home science in school, nutrition, vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates ruled the text book, the interest obviously low. It was only much later as a young mother and food blogger that I connected with those wanton days in school. My food now made sense to me! Yet the protein struggle ruled. Tough fight.
Wholewheat Garlic Oat Soda BreadLife is tough when you are the provider. I sleep every night thinking of the ideal food to serve the next day. Mornings see me hit the ground running, no calories lost of course. With such an informed audience, the questions have changed. When I plan, different food groups run in my head. These Oat Walnut Trifles with Roasted Peaches & Plums for instance – oats, walnuts, clarified butter, low fat cream, fruit, herbs – quite balanced and always welcome.
Oat Walnut Trifles with Vanilla Roasted Peaches & PlumsIt’s often the mains that don’t stand scrutiny! From ‘Oooh this is delicious’, they now say “Looks yum, but first, what’s in it?” On comes a fitness app, the meal fed in, and much to my horror, stripped bare. It says more protein Mama. And I’m left thinking, there’s something missing. We’ve done the list – egg, cottage cheese, nuts, chicken, loads of dairy, fruit as much as I can push.The Sweet Potato Pound Cake with salted butter caramel sauce is a good example. Didn’t pass the protein test!
I beat a hasty retreat and mumble “OK, let me think of something”. More eggs perhaps but there’s a limit to how many! Ideas pop out of my head. The logical one goes like, “Skip dessert today. You’ve reached the sugar limit!!”.Don’t change the topic”, they holler as dessert is polished off! Now guess what? I’ve found the something missing. Protinex!! Happily enough, this gap can be bridged with the help of Protinex in your daily diet.

Chettinad Chicken CurryAs I wrap up for the day, I’ve gone from “What should I do?” to “I’ve got it figured out finally!”  Just a daily glass of Protinex bridges the protein deficiency gap.  Do take the Protein test which will help you figure out how much protein is present in food you create everyday. Maybe add some Protinex to your next dessert? I might!

Did you have days like these where you found something missing?

Tell me please. And while you think, here’s some more food for thought.

A dessert I made the other day, an experiment which went deliciously wrong. A panna cotta which failed, became a mousse-a-cotta, turning out sinfully delicious. Obviously it had something missing, and that seems to be the story of my life at the moment. It’s something that I will erroneously make again till I get the recipe right, and I think you should too! Watch this space while I figure things out!

Cocoa Panna Cotta
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Cocoa Mousse-a-Cotta, a failed panna cotta experiment that became a mousse. Deep, dark, indulgent dessert experiment which turned out deliciously wrong. It had something missing in the ingredients, but certainly not in taste! Try this you must, until I reach the right one!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
7 minutes 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
7 minutes 8 hours
Cocoa Panna Cotta
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Cocoa Mousse-a-Cotta, a failed panna cotta experiment that became a mousse. Deep, dark, indulgent dessert experiment which turned out deliciously wrong. It had something missing in the ingredients, but certainly not in taste! Try this you must, until I reach the right one!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
7 minutes 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
7 minutes 8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Warm milk to tepid and sprinkle over the gelatin. Leave to stand until soft.
  2. Place cream, sugar and cocoa powder in heavy bottom pan, whisk well to mix.
  3. Simmer over low heat until bubbles begin to appear around the edges, stirring constantly else the cocoa will get lumpy.
  4. Take off heat and stir in the gelatin. Whisk well to mix, cool for about 15 minutes, then pour into moulds to se.
  5. Chill overnight. Serve with grated dark chocolate.
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Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies
“I love linen in soothing colors for any room in the house.”
Nate Berkus

Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies are possibly the easiest cookies to make ever. This is my favourite recipe as it is as simple as the end is delicious. Healthy too. For one the cookies are double chocolate {almost everyone’s favourite}, and they are also a 100% wholegrain. To make them better, I halved the butter! Guess I couldn’t ask for more! They turned out pretty effortlessly in the KitchenAidIndia stand mixer, which turned out a perfect cookie dough in a matter of minutes. Absolutely delicious comfort food!

Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies

With so little effort I turned my attention to some beautiful table linen from a concept store called IDAM. The beauty of this shot and the few others that I attempted to capture, IMHO, of course comes from their aesthetic and impressive range of linen. The more I shoot their linen, the happier I get. Do check out their work. It is so inspiring, so real. Importantly their statement of beliefs hit the right chord with me.

Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies

“Taking a step closer to sustainable and responsible design, we have pledged to use 100% organic fabrics for all our products. We use 100% fair trade certified fabrics. We carry over the great work done in the farms to our manufacturing factories, which always follow ethical fair labour practices. We take pride in our work ethics where we do not encourage child labour, gender discrimination or low wages.”

IDAM StoreIDAM was born out of numerous car ride discussions to and from college between a duo of dreamers, Nayanika & Gazal. From an idea, it has now evolved to a full fledged print and surface design studio that translates its aesthetics onto contemporary home and lifestyle products. Each product is unique as it has a story behind it. Be it a doodle in a diary or the fallen leaves outside their studio, or how folk art adorns the streets of India, it’s all brought to you in an array of prints, almost like a glimpse into the dreamers daily escapades.

Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies The  fabric is gorgeous, the attention to detail has me fascinated. It’s the small ideas that translate into print that makes me love them. Every piece is so me – the whites and blacks, the beige and slate grey, the blue and white, the understated Ikat print. This is just one small peep into their beautiful world. 

IDAM STOREAnd of course, do bake up a batch of Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies

 

 

Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies
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A new baking recipe. An easy baking recipe. The Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies are chippers gone healthy, yet still deeply satisfying. This is not your everyday quintessential chocolate chip cookie. This one is better and is also 100% wholegrain. Deep dark chocolatey + chewy + fudgy = comfort food! Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies
Servings Prep Time
24 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies
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A new baking recipe. An easy baking recipe. The Brownie Butterscotch Wholegrain Cookies are chippers gone healthy, yet still deeply satisfying. This is not your everyday quintessential chocolate chip cookie. This one is better and is also 100% wholegrain. Deep dark chocolatey + chewy + fudgy = comfort food! Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies
Servings Prep Time
24 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line 2 cookie trays with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl {in the microwave or over a double boiler}, whisk until smooth, then stir in the cocoa powder.
  3. Place egg, yogurt and brown sugar in bowl of stand mixer, and whisk at high speed for 1 minute. Beat in vanilla extract, salt and baking soda, followed by the melted chocolate mix.
  4. Fold in oats, whole wheat flour and butterscotch chips on the lowest speed until just combined.
  5. Allow to stand for 5 minutes for oats to absorb moisture. {If the dough feels a little 'loose', add an extra spoon or two of oats.}
  6. Scoop out dough with cookie scoop or drop spoonfuls on a tray, shaping as you go, at least an inch apart. Flatten with the tines of a fork.
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the top feels set for a soft fudgy cookie, {I use the KitchenAid cookie tray for baking chocolate chip cookies, and the lower element only in my oven}
  8. Leave to cool on tray for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Store in a cool place.
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Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart“There is nothing in this world more motivating than cheese.”

Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart. It was a tart that was meant to happen. For two reasons. One I had made a batch of cookies earlier and in my carelessness had forgotten to record the weight of clarified butter. Yes, clarified butter, my new favourite pantry ingredient. The second reason was of course that there was a cheese contest running on Better Butter, a website I love contributing to. Oh, and a third reason – WE ♥ CHEESE AT HOME!!

Lime Curd, Homemade, ThermomixSo I decided to get to work essentially to remake the cookie dough for the biscuit base. It’s not a lot to do actually because the biscuit base is a two step procedure, basically from the jar of one food processor into the bowl of the stand mixer. Loads to be thankful for. The Hamilton Beach Blender/Chopper is going strong and is great to have on my shelf. Tropical Mango Cooler Then of course there is the work-a-holic kitchen helper. Now I wonder what I did for all these years? It’s an absolute boon to have the KitchenAid Stand Mixer on my counter. From whipping a sponge, to churning out butter, to kneading bread dough to a one step cookie dough, that’s all  I use. What do I love most? That it keeps my hands free, and that the quality of the gadget is fab. Did I mention cold pressed juices? ♥♥♥. You can find my recipe for the Tropical Mango Cooler on the Kitchen Aid Blog.Lime Curd, Homemade, ThermomixTalk about my love for kitchen appliances. Last but not the least the Thermomix. Makes to coolest and most delicious lime curd. In goes everything and out comes lime curd! No standing, no stirring, nothing. You just need to turn the buzzer off once it’s ready, and transfer the lime curd into clean jars! I made a batch a couple of days ago, and that happily found its way into the Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart.lies 1000Our lime tree has been quite productive of late and has amazed us with a full crop of limes. Beautiful organic, thin skinned, no seed beauties. There’s nothing like home grown produce, the joy unparalleled. While we had a constant flow of lemonade through summer, I always enjoy making lime curd. Lime Curd, Homemade, ThermomixI don’t enjoy the taste on its own because for me it’s a little too ‘eggy’ {not for some friends who happily eat it out of the jar}. Yet add some to whipped cream, an frosting/filling or buttercream and the taste comes alive. Beautiful, citrusy, zingy, clean, fresh, summery is how this tart turned out to be topped with mascarpone lime curd! Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat TartI had made a batch of walnut, lime rosemary,walnut shortbread this past winter, so I knew that lime and walnuts pair quite well. While the initial plan for the tart was chocolate, the Better Butter contest changed that a bit. I had mascarpone cheese in the fridge, so the easiest filling turned out to be this! Of course it helped that I had made the lime curd two days ago and it was well chilled.Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat TartAnd because the process was so simple, because the Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart was so good, and because walnuts and oats are good for you, also because the tart turned out to be so popular, I made another one. Actually a half batch, and this time gave it a dark chocolate filling as per original plan. Addictive good stuff!  So for a 7″ tart shell I made a ganache with 150g 70% dark couverture chocolate, 85g single cream and 15ml full fat milk. Warmed the chocolate with the cream in the microwave, agitated it, added a splash of milk, agitated it a bit more {with a balloon whisk}. Once it chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes turned it into the baked shell, and let it set. Took about 2 hours and we had tart!

Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart
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Beautiful, citrusy, zingy, clean, fresh,summery is how this tart turned out to be topped with mascarpone lime curd! A healthy biscuit base makes the Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart even better. You can make cookies with the same dough, as also use different fillings to top the tart.
Servings Prep Time
2 7" tarts 1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 7" tarts 1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart
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Beautiful, citrusy, zingy, clean, fresh,summery is how this tart turned out to be topped with mascarpone lime curd! A healthy biscuit base makes the Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart even better. You can make cookies with the same dough, as also use different fillings to top the tart.
Servings Prep Time
2 7" tarts 1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 7" tarts 1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Instructions
Oat Walnut Cookie Base
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Place oats, walnut halves, brown sugar and baking soda in jar of chopper. Blend in short bursts until you get a uniform brown sugar like consistency, just until it feels like moist breadcrumbs. Don't overwork or the walnuts will release their oil.
  3. Transfer to bowl of stand mixer, flat mixer attachment, add the clarified butter/ghee and mix at speed 4 until it comes together like cookie dough.
  4. Line the base of the tart tins with parchment paper. Divide the cookie dough between the two. Work up t the edges, and then flatten the base.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, then cool completely on cookie rack.
Mascarpone Lime Curd Topping
  1. Whisk the mascarpone with a balloon whisk until light and smooth. Whisk in the lemon curd. Don't over mix else the topping will lose volume. Pipe into the pie shell
  2. Using a microplane zester, grate over some lime zest. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Chill until ready to serve.
Thermomix Lime Curd
  1. Place sugar into TM bowl, mill for 15 seconds on speed 10.
  2. Add zest, mill for 20 seconds on speed 10.
  3. Scrape down jug, add butter, eggs and lime juice. Cook for 20 minutes at 90°C on speed 2, without measuring cup.
  4. Insert measuring cup and mix for 25 seconds at speed 6. Pour into 2 hot washed jam jars with twist-off lids and close immediately. Cool completely before storing in the fridge.
  5. Note: You can use the same measurements to make a stove top version. Cooking times might differ.
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