Category Archives: Snacks

French cheesy-sauced eggs baked in toast muffins | The Novice Housewife

While I do have a recipe for this french lunch time snack of a bread muffin cup with a cheesy egg filling- to share today, I also have some news. The reason for my absence after my last post.

Two weeks back I lost my grandmother. Even though she was old and had not been keeping that well for years, the news of the death was unexpected. I was to visit her on the 20th and had my travel planned and tickets booked accordingly. Now I wish I had first come to her and then gone to visit my brother, but I guess that’s how it was supposed to be.

My grandmother loved and took care of all of us the best she could, and believe me she could.

For her, feeding us was the best way to show her affection, and she thought us polishing off everything she made was the best way we could return ours. And since most of my summer vacations during my school years were spent at my grandparents place, in two months of our stay it was a norm that my brother and I would at the least gain 10 kgs; the highest for me being about 18 kgs and and an increase in jean size from a respectable 27 to a not so healthy 36 inches. No doubt my grand mother was a great cook. I had plans during this visit to learn from her her chocolate ice cream (made from bottle gourd/ giya ), her sesame seed potatoes and her lip-smacking pickles. She had given me the recipes for all on the phone, but I thought I will ask her to show me once as well. But I guess that too was not meant to be.

Her recipe for dal paranthas is my go-to recipe when I can not think of anything better to make for V and me. And it will always remind me of her now.

Although growing up, my grandmother showed a slight preference towards my elder brother, once I was in college both of us became closer. The 6 months I spent trying to set up a baking venture, living at my grandparents place before I got married, got the two of us even more close. So when I got married she did not like that I was staying so far away and would constantly be worried and checking whether I was happy in the US, telling me that I have gone too far away.

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Pyaaz ki kachori (Deep fried Pastry stuffed with spicy onion filling)If you have been following my blog since I started it then either you are one of my friends B, the Pious Hippie or G, or my mother or V.

My point- I have posted this recipe for Pyaaz ki kachori before. Way before. Three and a half years back. Just a few days after I started this blog.

Kachoris are flaky, crispy deep fried pastries that are filled with different savory fillings and served as a snack in India. Pyaaz is the hindi word for onions, and pyaaz kachoris are very popular in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.

Since it has been such a long time and since most of you hadn’t even heard of my blog then, I decided to repost the recipe with a little update about it, instead of just updating that recipe with new pictures and a print friendly recipe. If you would like to check out the original recipe, pictures and what I was up to on August 3rd, 2010 you can check the original post here. Else continue to read on here.

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Brie in puff pastry with cranberry sauce | The Novice Housewife

Whole cranberries cooked to make a sweet tart sauce, spread on top of a block of brie (a soft cow’s milk cheese), sprinkled with toasted almonds and then covered with puff pastry  which is baked to golden brown perfection.

That’s the recipe I am sharing with you guys today.

Easy and quick, especially if you are using store bought puffed pastry sheets. If you are feeling adventurous you can use this recipe to make homemade puff pastry. If not, store bought will do just fine. The results either way will be lip smacking good.

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