Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Food for the Soul: Pull-Apart Garlic-Herb Buns.

These is my go to garlic bread/bun/dinner rolls recipe as an accompaniment to my continental (English bakes and gravies) menu.
Its easy to make and sooooo much tastier than the store bought garlic buns or dinner rolls.
Sorry couldn't take a picture of the garlic buns once they were outta this dish...
They just vanished in no time!
but next time I make a batch, I will definitely take better and more organised pictures.

So anyways... here is the recipe:

1 teaspoon dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp butter-melted
1 tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour (maida)

For the glazing/topping:
3-4 cloves of garlic- crushed and chopped finely
3 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
(I used chopped fresh tulsi leaves instead of dried basil- about 2 tbsp)
1/2 tsp sugar
a pinch of salt
1/2 tsp dried onion powder (optional- I use mine once in a while coz u don't get them here!!)

1- Combine the yeast, sugar and the warm water, keep aside for 10 minutes.
2- In the meanwhile combine all the ingredients of the topping and keep aside.
3- In a big bowl, take the flour and make a well in the centre.
4- Then add milk+salt +butter  and the now foaming yeast+sugar mixture in the centre.
5- Knead with a dough kneader or with your hands till the mixture comes together and leaves the side of the bowl.
6- Now make a kind of flattish loaf out of the kneaded flour ball.
7- Cut the loaf into small squares.
8- Dip each little square into the butter-topping mixture and arrange them in a pre-greased baking pan (leaving some space between them) Reserve some butter for later basting.
9- Cover with a plastic wrap or a moist cloth and keep in a warm place for it to rise and double up- approximately 1 hour.
10- Once its doubled up, put it in a preheated oven at about 180C and bake for 20-25 minutes till the top is nice and golden.
11- Once they are out of the oven, brush the top with the butter mixture and serve warm.

If you want cheesy Garlic buns....simple-
just sprinkle Parmesan cheese generously over the buns and then bake them!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another couple of paintings from my series: 'Tryst with Thar"

been busy making some oil paintings for an upcoming exhibition.
here is a small one that is just 12"x 16"
Titled: "raahgir"

another small one: 12"x 16".... titled "Veiled Vibrance"

Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy Independence Day, India.

On the eve of Independence day, with all the tamasha happening on all the channels regarding the OROP, this country needs a gentle reminder....
or like we say in Fauj....Lest we Forget....

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

100 Saree Pact illustration: Sexy Back!!

Am back with my contribution to the trending #100sareepact
this time I go Black and White with a strong graphic feel.
what are sarees without a few sexy blouses?
this one is a classic... long sleeves, deep back with a fine detailing on the edging...
and a just outta-the-shower, untidily pinned up hair and a lovely profile...
Do leave me a comment if you like this interpretation of the classic saree!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Saturday Slurp: "Sunrise Surprise"

Saturdays are for partying...
Good food.
Great company.
Scintillating Music.
and of course pretty drinks!
one special Sunrise Surprise coming up!

Orange Juice
Sprite or any lemon flavored soda
Grenadine Syrup
Ice cubes.

1- Fill each glass halfway with ice
2- Fill 1/3 of the glass with Sprite and remaining with Orange Juice
stir gently to combine.
3- Add a splash of Grenadine syrup and see the shade forming as the heavy syrup flows down to the bottom of the glass... its a nice sunset gradient.
4- Garnish with a cherry or a thinly sliced blood orange wheel (ore a simple orange slice will do) and a pretty umbrella!

Easy Peasy!!

and in case you are interested in another extremely yummy, refreshing, mocktail...
here is a Virgin Mojito for YOU... (click here)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday Watercolor...Veggies are good for you!

As usual been missing in action becoz of the erratic rains and freak storms and hence no internet!
but I have been working so here is my latest offering for your Wednesday Watercolor:
With Veggies on my mind!
I think they'd look good on your Kitchen or Dining table wall, whaddya say?
I have also been toying with the idea of selling my art prints online but just not being able to decide on the how and where esp with my nomadic existence...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 2015 Desktop Calendar: Happiness!

Trying to get my Desktop Calendars out on time...
So here's my way of spreading happiness to you via yr computer!

and here is the much requested tablet/phone version....

just right click+save, set as desktop picture!

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