Browsing Category

Baking

Almonds, Baking, Christmas, Christmas Cookies, Cookies

Stuffed Shortbread Cookies with Walnut-Fig-Cocoa Halwa/ Kolooche

Stuffed Shortbread Cookies with Walnut-Fig-Cocoa Halwa/ Kolooche |foodfashionparty| #holidaycookiesexchangeThis is ridiculously delicious and incredibly impressive.  What if I said it was ridiculously simple too?

If you’ve followed me along in my food journey, you know very well that I love to create fancy food with a twist.  Also, I’m not very picky.  I like simple food that has a punch and is pleasing to the eye.  I can’t ice cakes, and I can’t decorate fancy cookies.  Still, I do love pretty things.

Continue Reading

Baking, Breakfast, Christmas, Entertaining, Thanksgiving

Apple Cake-Pancake with Candied Walnuts

Apple Cake- Pancake with Candied Walnuts |foodfashionparty| #applecake #pancake #applecakepancake

Happy November!!!  Happy Fall!

Fall is absolutely my favorite season, for its beautiful rich dense colors and the chill in the air. While summer has its own glory, this time of the year brings out the warmth, coziness, and hospitality in all of us.  The plethora of colors we see when we go for a walk is unmatched, although living in the Bay, the fall colors are not easily seen.

Weekend comes and I always almost have waffles, muffins or pancakes.  The thought that comes when I make these is that, they would come handy on the weekdays too.  Guess what, I make 10 or 30, they are gone by Sunday evening.

Continue Reading

Baking, chickpea, Dinner, Entree, healthy, Indian, Non Vegetarian, Side, Spicy

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix (Easiest Recipe)

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|

Indian food is quite simple, and this is a recipe which shows just that.

The vibrant, intensely colorful Indian food has found its way into many hearts.  However, I do hear very commonly that “the spices are overwhelming.” I completely agree, especially for someone who is completely new to the array of spices Indian food has to offer, although it is not really too hard.  In fact, I do tell many that you can always create an Indian flavored dish with ingredients you already have at home.  It’s that simple.

I don’t exactly remember the first time I had it, but I do remember who taught me to make it.  After that, I’ve never stopped.  The best thing about this recipe is that you can use the spice mix for many vegetables: stuffed potato, stuffed cauliflower, stuffed bitter gourd, or you could even toss the spice mix in a beans curry! It’s all so good.  This is a basic recipe, and a very popular one.

I definitely try to hold on to every part of Indian culinary culture I’ve learnt, and try to simplify it so that it’s attainable. I definitely think you’ll agree that this is one of the simpler recipes that’s still so authentic.  I really hope you get to try it out.

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Okra - 1 pound
Spice Stuffing mix
  • 3 tbsp peanuts roasted and coarsely powdered
  • ⅓ cup chickpea flour
  • ⅓ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ⅓ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp sugar(optional)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • Bake at 400 degree for 20 minutes
Instructions
  1. Prep the okra by wiping it with a damp cloth and trim off the ends and the top and set aside.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing mix and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
  4. Slit the okra/bhindi in the middle but not fully, it still needs to hold it's shape. Stuff 1 tsp of the mixture in the middle and line all in a baking tray.
  5. Lower the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Drizzle oil evenly over the okra and bake them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until the okra is completely cooked.
  7. Serve it with rotis or soak them in yogurt and serve it with some rice.
Notes
This spice mix c an be stored in a bottle in the refrigerator for upto 2-3 months.

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|

Baking, Cake, Dessert, Entertaining, Fusion

Nectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake / Tart

Nectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecake

Happy Summer my friends!!

I am looking forward to those summer cool night walks.

The foraging we do on our hikes.

The warmish sea that we can dip our feet in.

The late mornings.

The late nights.

Movies, Books and Cooking with boys.

We really do have so much to celebrate.  The beautiful shining sun, the cool shade, the long talks with friends.  Vacations and  family.

The fresh bounty in the markets.  The trees all showering us with their fruits.  All the summer picnics, the gallons of lemonade, and beautiful summer cakes.

Let’s celebrate summer with this beautiful cake/torte/tart.

 

Nectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecake

This definitely is a denser tart kind of a cake because it is baked twice.  It’s quite an easy cake, but packs a huge presence.

The frangipane makes it rich, while the fruits make it fresh and summery.  The cake base is my basic Orange cake that I used, and it works great every time.

Hope you get to make this beautiful cake this summer.

I will be in Indian this summer and can’t wait to write about it in future posts.  I might do a post dedicated to Bangalore..

What are your plans?

HAPPY SUMMER!!  Sending you all hugs.

Ash

Nectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecakeNectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecakeNectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecakeNectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake / Tart |foodfashionparty| #nectarinecake #summercake

5.0 from 1 reviews
Orange-Nectarine Cake with Pistachio Frangipane
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp Orange Juice
  • Zest of one whole orange
  • pinch of salt
for the pistachio frangipane:
  • 4 ounces shelled raw unsalted pistachios
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (½ stick)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
to top the cake
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Garnish with berries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the base and sides of a 20cm square or round baking tin.
  2. Sift All Purpose Flour+baking powder+salt+ powdered sugar
  3. Beat egg whites to soft peaks
  4. Mix oil+yolks+orange juice+zest.
  5. Add the dry ingredients, all purpose flour and everything with the oil, yolks, orange juice and zest. Mix well to incorporate everything.
  6. Then fold in the egg white in 3 parts to incorporate well.
  7. Pour in round pan and bake for about 30 minutes in a 325 degree oven or until it golden brown, will be not be cooked through. Let cool for 20 minutes until you can proceed.
For the Frangipane.
  1. In your food processor, grind the pistachios, flour, salt, and sugar to a powder (or as fine as you can make it!). Add the butter and process until no longer visible. Add egg and vanilla, blending until it forms a smooth paste.
  2. Spread the filling over the cooked base. To decorate like I have in the photos, cut the nectarines/apricots into diagonal strips, then slide each half onto a knife and fan over the pistachio frangipane. Alternatively, you could put the halves straight on or cut the stone fruits into slices and decorate as you wish.
  3. Bake the cake in a 325 degree oven for 45- 50 minutes, or until they are golden and a skewer inserted into the pistachio comes out clean.Around mid point of the bake, turn the cake pan and sprinkle some sugar for the extra caramalised bits.
  4. Leave in pan to cool.
  5. Decorate with more berries and serve with some Ice cream.

 

Nectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecakeNectarine Pistachio Frangipane Cake/ Tart |foodfashionparty| #summercake #nectarinefrangipanecake

Follow me on Snapchat and I’ll take you around Beijing and Bangalore.  Snapchat-Ashfoodfashion

‘ALL RIGHTS RESERVED’

ALL IMAGES AND POST COPYRIGHT PROTECTED.   Do NOT copy it, do not use it anywhere without our consent.    PLEASE give due credit if you do recreate it for your blog with your own special touches.

Bake with Kids, Baking, Banana, Bread, Cake, Coconut, Dessert, Entertaining

5 Deliciously EASY CAKES for Mother’s Day

5 BEAUTIFUL and Easy Cakes for Mother's Day |foodfashionparty|

Hi my friends,

Some parts of the world celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend.

“What do you want for Mother’s Day?” asked my little one.  To that I thought for a few minutes, and responded, “Nothing, I just want to sit at home, on my couch, in my pajamas, all day, watching movies, eating junk, and most of all, no one asking me anything. Lastly, I don’t want a messy kitchen!” I added quite sternly.

He looked at me like, I just wanted to know what to make for you.  Oh, well.

Continue Reading

Almonds, Baking, Cake, Dessert, Entertaining

Pineapple-Almond-Coconut Honey Syrup Cake

Pineapple-Coconut Honey Syrup Cake |foodfashionparty|

Happy April!!

I can’t believe we’re in mid April already!

Four years!  It’s been four years and two days since I published my first post.

It is a relationship.  A bond between the writer/creator, blog space and readers/friends.  A relationship I take quite seriously and cherish every bit of it. Continue Reading

Almonds, Baking, Bread, Chinese, Dessert, Fusion, Sweets

Red Bean-Cardamom Buns

Red Bean-Cardamom Buns. Sweet bread stuffed with Red bean paste. |foodfashionparty| #chinesedessert

What’s your favorite dessert?

I couldn’t pick just one.  It’s coffee cake one day, falooda another, or a simple gulab jamun, which I always love.

While San Francisco is famous for it’s Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and earthquakes, it’s also very famous for its restaurants. There are no words to describe the popular sourdough of San Francisco, it’s amazing. The food truck festival is a very popular one.  The Ghirardelli ice cream is just to die for. My mouth just waters with the memory of the English muffins from Model bakery. Ahhh, so good. Little Italy has some beautifully created dishes as well. While burritos are considered sacred here,  Chinese food is like an institution. We have some very very popular chefs who have great restaurants, and I’ve been to a lot of them.  It is a food heaven filled with culture and beauty.

Continue Reading

Baking, Christmas, Christmas Cookies, Cookies, Entertaining, Nuts

Cashew Linzer -Sandwich Cookies

Cashew Linzer -Sandwich Cookies @foodfashionparty

Sometimes, you have such a great idea that you think you’ve almost won a lottery with  it. A few days ago, I had an idea….

Sitting on my dining table, with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and typing in the other. I typed in ‘snowflake cutters’, and there it was at William-Sonoma website.  I added it to the bag, quickly forgetting about it, as I had lots to do that day.  After a couple of days, I was watching my favorite Vlog on YouTube, when I saw an ad of those same snowflake cutters staring at me.  It’s funny how the advertising agencies can monitor all your Internet activities.  And, of course, it’s showing me the thing that I wanted to buy. Weird.  I finally went ahead and ordered and waited for it for 4 whole days.  They came on a Thursday, so pretty and screaming at me to use them soon.  My idea: making Lintzer cookies with the snowflake cutter.  The bottom cookie would be a round plain one and the top would be this gorgeous snowflake like cookie dusted with powdered sugar and jam peaking through the tiny little cutouts.  They looked perfect in my mind.  I didn’t see anything like that on Pinterest or anywhere. They definitely are going to be stunning. Oh well, I thought it would be stunning.

Continue Reading

Almonds, Appetizer, Baking, Christmas, Entertaining, Gluten Free, Nuts, Snacks, Starter, Walnut

Balsamic Spiced Mixed Nuts

Balsamic Spiced Mixed Nuts- Indian Spices and Vegan

Christmas is  just around the corner. It will come by, before we know it and will pass by in a blur. The journey during December is a beautiful one.

Amidst all these you guys, it’s been a tough last 4 weeks for a place very dear to my hubby and a lot of people who belong to Chennai.

I met my husband in Chennai Airport for the first time.  A memorable moment that I will never forget. What Chennai and the 6 million people in it won’t forget is, what they saw and experienced in the last few weeks.

Continue Reading

Almonds, Bake with Kids, Baking, Cake, Dessert, Entertaining, Fusion

Sesame-Almond Apple Cake

Sesame-Almond Apple Cake

Have you ever asked yourself, “If I were to re-live the last 10 years, would I do some things different?”  I definitely ask myself that sometimes.

We rush to achieve perfection in everything, and try to juggle a ton of stuff when all we can do is manage one.  After all, we are just human.  I would like to change small things.  I didn’t have to vacuum everyday.  I didn’t have to buy that perfect gift and drive around 4 hours to find one.  I really didn’t have to eat that whole bag of chips (although I enjoyed it then).  I would’ve loved to visit family back in India more often.

Continue Reading