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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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Dark Chocolate Layered Cake with Almond Meringue Topping “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.”
Jo Brand

Moist, dark and absolutely delicious are words enough to describe this Dark Chocolate Layered Cake with Almond Meringue Topping. The base is a simple chocolate genoise sponge, layered with a low fat whipped cream. The top is a brown sugar meringue topped with slivered almonds, quite optional if you are torn for time, but it does add a lovely touch to the final look. The secret to the moist cake and whipping up low fat cream is melted, cooled clarified butter/ghee. This is my new favourite sponge recipe and my new favourite light buttercream.Eggs and chocolateIt’s been a busy last few months and I stare at a hungry blog. We’ve had a great food styling workshop just recently, packed to the gills, on one of the hottest days of the season. It was a LOT of work and planning, but it was all so worth it. The venue {Lodi – The Garden Restaurant, New Delhi}, the folk who attended, the food we ate and shot, was all great fun. A great learning experience too.Food Styling Workshop, The Lodi, New DelhiThen of course there is obsessive everyday shooting, something that keeps me so engrossed, I often lose track of time. Some work for others, some for myself, yet all a learning process. Add to that Sunday Stills where I join Simi as she shoots stills. Pitcher #sundaystillsAmaltasThe Masala Dabba with Dolphia has fallen prey to procrastination but I will get back there soon since spices is what I enjoy shooting a lot! Gundu Chilies from Karaikudi

Masala Dabba, spices

The Masala Dabba #2Getting back to baking and this wonderful cake, here’s something I recently discovered. I often find a lot of folk these days baking out of a box and frosting the cake with ready made cream,  ingredients loaded with preservatives, enhancers, emulsifiers and what not. Read the label and you’ll figure out. Baking  or cooking ‘from scratch’ conjures up images of cooking with fresh ingredients and lovingly preparing meals. Boxed meals emphasize just the convenience. Add a few ingredients and then you’re done. Making a cake from scratch gives you control over the quality of the ingredients, also allowing for a bit more creativity. Wholewheat Dark Chocolate Fudgy Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting 3 1000 1Creativity and experimenting go hand in hand. The revelation that I could use clarified butter / ghee instead of normal butter has made life really simple for me. The recipes need to be adapted a little here and there, but the huge plus is that clarified butter stays good on the shelf for long. You don’t need to melt and cool in summer as it doesn’t set hard at warm temperatures. The convenience of use is indescribable in weather like we have here these days at 45C! That’s how I got the low fat 20%  cream to whip up so I could pipe it.  Wholewheat Dark Chocolate Fudgy Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting 2 1000 1Worked each time but once when it was really really hot and humid. Whip chilled low fat cream to medium soft peaks at a high speed. Then drizzle in about a teaspoon of cool melted clarified butter / ghee for every 100ml of cream and continue to whip at high speed, you will notice the cream gradually firming up and holding shape. This is because you’re putting the fat back into low fat cream. I have also seen this works better with the ‘Go’ brand of fresh cream as compared to ‘Amul’ {in India}. Do let me know if it works for you!Dark Chocolate Layered Cake with Almond Meringue Topping Well everyone can’t ‘do it from scratch’, and even though additives etc are often considered part of the package when it comes to boxed meals, it really doesn’t have to be. Interestingly enough, at least one company thought that way. San Francisco-based food tech company Hampton Creek offers a new take on shelf-ready foods, striving to take out additives and other unnatural ingredients from common, off-the-shelf goods. For eg, their premade cookie dough doesn’t contain common additives, is an eggless dough mix that is also dairy-free. Baking from a box or a premade mix can be as mouth-watering as a meal made from scratch; guess you need to know what to look for.

Until then, here’s my Dark Chocolate Layered Cake with Almond Meringue Topping Cake!

Dark Chocolate Layered Cake with Almond Meringue Topping
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Moist, dark and absolutely delicious are words enough to describe this Dark Chocolate Layered Cake with Almond Meringue Topping. The base is a simple chocolate genoise sponge, layered with a low fat whipped cream. The top is a brown sugar meringue topped with slivered almonds, quite optional if you are torn for time, but it does add a lovely touch to the final look. The secret to the moist cake and whipping up the cream is melted, cooled clarified butter/ghee. This is my new favourite sponge recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Dark Chocolate Layered Cake with Almond Meringue Topping
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Moist, dark and absolutely delicious are words enough to describe this Dark Chocolate Layered Cake with Almond Meringue Topping. The base is a simple chocolate genoise sponge, layered with a low fat whipped cream. The top is a brown sugar meringue topped with slivered almonds, quite optional if you are torn for time, but it does add a lovely touch to the final look. The secret to the moist cake and whipping up the cream is melted, cooled clarified butter/ghee. This is my new favourite sponge recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Chocolate Genoise Sponge 1
Meringue topping
Servings: people
Instructions
Chocolate Genoise Sponge 1
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line the sides and bottom of 2 8" spring-form round tin with parchment. {I have just 1 tin and an oven that fits only 1 cake at a time. I kept the parchment ready while the first sponge baked}
  2. Place 4 eggs and 1 egg yolk in the bowl of the stand mixer with 125g brown sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk on high speed until light, very mousse like and tripled in volume, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt 2 times. Reserve.
  4. Place cooled clarified butter in a medium sized bowl. reserve.
  5. Once the eggs are whisked and mousse like, sift over 1/3 of the flour/cocoa mix and gently stir in in figure 8 moves so that the beaten air doesn't escape. Repeat 2 more times.
  6. Take about a cup of this batter and fold into bowl with melted ghee to loosed the mixture. Now turn this batter back into main batter and gently mix through taking care not to release the beaten air.
  7. Turn into prepared tin and bake for approximately 40 minutes, untl a pick inserted comes out clean.
Chocolate Genoise Sponge 2
  1. Repeat as above, turn into prepared tin and top with brown sugar meringue spreading gently and uniformly with an offset spatula. Scatter slivered almonds over and bake for approximately 40 minutes, until a pick inserted comes out clean.
Brown sugar meringue
  1. Whisk the egg whites with brown sugar on high speed to stiff peaks, about 5 minutes.
Frosting and filling
  1. Place chilled cream, icing sugar, clarified butter in bowl of stand mixer. Whisk at highest speed for 7-9 minutes until stiff peaks form. Adjust sweetness if required.
Assemble
  1. Gently cut each cake into two horizontal layers. They will be very moist and delicate.
  2. Place one layer on the cake platter, top with about 1 cup of whipped cream, spread evenly. Repeat with remaining 3 layers. Frost the sides of the cake with remaining frosting, maybe pipe a border around.
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