June 10, 2013

5 Years of Blogging & a Giveaway


Exactly 5 years ago on this day, I began a lovely journey with my food blog & it's quite surprising that after 60 months, I still love blogging.

Blogging did take a backseat last year due to my pregnancy & since the arrival of Baby K. But I still manage to steal some time & write a post when Baby K is napping or when the husband or my mother is baby sitting him. I hope, I will be able to blog & do photo shoots like before in the months to come.

I am giving away a copy of 'Mini Cakes' by Joanna Farrow. It's a cute little containing some 50 odd recipes of Mini Cakes, perfect for those cravings.

To Enter the Giveaway, All you have to do is leave a Comment on this Post. That's it !!!

Guidelines:
·       It is Open to Residents in INDIA Only. For people outside India, you may still enter & have it mailed to a person of your choice anywhere in India
·         Anyone (Bloggers & Non- Bloggers) can enter this giveaway.
·         The contest ends on 30 June 2013
·    The winner will be picked using a Random Name Generator. Be sure to check back for an announcement of the winner so I can get your mailing information.
·         Make sure you provide your valid email address so that you can be contacted in case you are the winner


June 5, 2013

Tomato Orange Soup

It has been raining in Namma Bengalooru for the past one week or so. This means, we have bid goodbye to Summer & the famous Bangalore weather is back.

I made a large pot of tomato soup to welcome monsoon. And, I am glad that Soup Nights are back again


Tomato Orange Soup


You Will Need:


  • 1 large onion
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot 
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • juice of 3 oranges
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream (optional)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp any cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • Chilli flakes for garnish
  • Parsley for garnish

How To:

Roughly chop the onions & tomatoes & set aside. Dice the carrot, cook them, Puree in a blender & set aside. 

In a cooking pot, heat oil, add ginger, onions & saute for a couple of minutes. Add green chillies & tomatoes with some salt. Saute until the tomatoes are nicely cooked & tender. Set aside & allow them to cool. Once cool, puree in a blender & strain.

Transfer the pureed mixture into the cooking pot, Add pureed carrots, Milk, some water to adjust the consistency. Add tomato puree & check for salt. Allow it to simmer for about 5-8 mins. Add fresh cream, if using, Orange zest & orange juice. Whisk well & simmer for a couple of mins. Turn off the flame. 

Pour into individual soup bowls, Garnish with chilli flakes, cracked pepper & fresh parsley. 

NOTE:

  • I used freshly squeezed orange juice. I haven't tried adding canned juice but I have a feeling that it might taste bitter. 
  • Pureed carrots not only add colour to the soups but it also cuts the tartness of tomatoes. Make sure you add them