Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I made them ....funny faces

I made two of them this morning as a surprise for Aadu. He loved it when he saw it and called it 'Happy Face'.

I would like to tell you that all together it took me about 7 minutes to put it all together.
I think I added a bit too much Jam in the cake crumble...next time I'll add a bit less so that the ball turns out sort of loose yet bound together....get what I mean??

Sadly my pack of Smarties did not have any bright colors :( so I had to make do with these rather dull ones...

Do make your Funny Faces and send me the snaps...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Funny Faces - it's a sure hit with kids

This one is for you Malina...especially for Nazu's upcoming birthday....

Funny faces is a goody snack that you can serve at a birthday party or any gathering where you know there are going to be little bubbly kids.
It's a very simple dish to make, actually involves hardly any cooking and it gets done very fast and the best part is that you can prepare it well in advance !!

You will need:
  • Sponge cake - vanilla and or chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate - grated
  • Milk,
  • Jam - your choice of flavor
  • Round, colorful chocolate...."Nestle Smarties" is the brand available in SG
  • Almonds, Cashew - you could replace these with other shapes of candy if you wish to avoid any kind of nuts.
  • Ice cream cones
  • Plain biscuits like Marie
  • Crumble the cake into a fine mixture
  • Add some jam to this, so that you can roll it into a ball shape
  • Melt the dark chocolate (use double boil method), and add some milk to it so as to form a thick-ish paste.
  • Roll the cake-jam balls in this chocolate-milk syrup/paste
  • Now you have the main face of the item
  • Next put on the ice-cream cone (wafer cone) over the ball like a pointy hat
  • Stick the colored round candy for eyes, the almond forms the nose and use the cashew to make a happy or a sad or a funny face...
  • Finally place this on the biscuit so that you can move these 'funny faces' around easily.
  • I personally would prefer to place the cake-jam ball covered with chocolate over the biscuit before the decoration.....I think it will be easier and less messier.
Here is a video (in marathi) of this recipe.....just have a look to understand the flow of events....it is very simple to understand...and in case of difficulty ...I am right here to handle all your queries....

Funny Faces Recipe Link Courtesy of ZeeMarathi on Youtube

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Our favourite place to eat in Bandar Kinrara

We found this place, on the ground floor of the Giant Hypermart @ Bandar Kinrara. Don't ask me the name of the place...it's long and I refuse to memorise it !! But it is bang opposite Bata; so this should help anyone of you who wishes to explore this place.

The concept of this place is health. You will see a weight & height measuring instrument at the entrance. Each table has a special table-top-calendar-like menu. Now this is not the main menu; but this one is only to describe & detail all the food-nutrition-calorie information of each dish served there. Even the juices and other drinks have this kind of information drawn out.

The lovely hostess Linda (you can see her in one of the pictures) told me that the place is actually a Government initiative to get people to think about food with their health in perspective. The effort is worth an applaud. I just wish that they open up some branches near the city center so that it becomes more popular.

The food is the best part of course!! why else would I talk about the place !!
My favorite so far is the nasi goreng-chili-padi which is a fried rice with green chilly (lots of them for me) and has a generous amount of vegetables and chicken in it.....it's just yummmmm !!
The husband has liked the nasi goreng paprik which is fried rice dish with a gravy; and the gravy is the best part of this dish. The second time we went there, he ate nasi goreng - kampung, that is kampung (village) style fried rice, this one had loads n loads of vegetables in it, and was also great to taste.
I have eaten my favorite one when ever we've gone there. I also like her teh-tarik (tea).

Some pictures....

Linda the beautiful, chirpy, cheerful, friendly manager of the place.

A close up of the nasi goreng kampung

Nasi goreng kampung - the full dish

My Nasi goreng chili padi

Another shot of my favorite thing