Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Pasta Salad

I am a great fan of Pasta and more so, Pasta salads. I had read Jamie Oliver's version of Pasta salad sometime ago and found it interesting. I tweaked his recipe to include my favourite ingredients and the outcome was superb. This is one of the best meals that can be packed off for a picnic or an outing.


Ingredients:

Whole wheat Pasta twists
Cherry tomatoes
Sweetcorn kernels
Baby Corn
Mixed bell peppers (I have used Red and Yellow here)
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil for the dressing

Bring a large pan of salted water to boil. Put in the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and drizzle some olive over it.
Add the other ingredients, mix well and put it in the refriegerator. You may add some italian seasoning as well.
Enjoy your chilled pasta salad as a yummy snack or a meal.

This goes to Presto Pasta Nights started by Ruth of Once upon a feast and currently hosted by The Sweet Kitchen.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Awards Time


I am honoured to have received awards from our lovely friends in the Blogging community. PJ of Seduce your Tastebuds has passed on the Honest Scrap award and Shaista of Mixcalculations has sent me the other awards.
Thanks so much both, I am highly obliged to have received these lovely tokens from you.
I will follow up with the tagging and the rules.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Low Fat Fruit Custard

When it comes to desserts, I think nothing can beat a simple 'Fruit custard'. This comes handy if you are on a diet and your taste buds demand a yummy low fat dessert. What can be better than lovely fresh fruits dipped in custard sauce? This custard goes well with Skimmed, semi-skimmed and Full fat milk.
My workplace canteen in Mumbai would make this once a week and I was sure to never miss that.
I have tried 'Bird's Eye' custard powder this time and it works well. Back in India, I was a fan of 'Brown & Polson'.

Ingredients:

Semi Skimmed milk
Condensed milk (Nestle Carnations Light condensed milk is Low fat)
Custard Powder
Peeled Fresh fruits of your choice (I have used apples, bananas and grapes)

Make a paste using custard powder and little cold milk. Keep aside.
Heat remaining milk and once it starts boiling, add the custard paste and keep stirring continuously. The milk will start thickening. Remove from heat. Bring it to room temperature.
Add condensed milk to this according to preferences. It gives sweetness and a wonderful flavour.
If you would like to use sugar instead, add it when you put the milk to boil.
Mix the peeled fruits in your custard and put this in the refrigerator.
Relish your chilled fruit custard!!!

Tips:

Do not use papaya. If it is not peeled properly, then the entire custard will turn bitter.
Avoid melons as they leave water.
Chickoo tastes amazing in custards.

This entry goes to 'FIL-MILK' event.