Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Healthy vs Yummy

Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes

I recently heard a little boy in a pizza parlour sighing "I wish pizza was healthy". The boy loved eating pizza but I guess he was not allowed to have it on a regular basis because it wasn't considered healthy.

I have often heard myself thinking on the same lines. It feels like a cruel joke sometimes. A food is so delicious that you can go on eating it for the rest of your life. But the catch is that, if you do so, you might not be left with much of a life!

Though I am not a health-freak or anything, I sometimes try to find middle-ground in the battle between taste and health. One such experiment is my recipe for this post. I've been trying to make a cupcake that tastes wonderful and is also healthy. Carrots have been added to this cake for fibre and for the vitamins, minerals, other good-for-health stuff that are present in it. Thus making the cake healthier than their no-carrot-added counter-parts.

I know, I know, you must be thinking that there are already a 100 plus carrot cake recipes on the net. But this recipe is the result of my cooking experiments. And I can guarantee you that the end-result will be delightfully yummy.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Pizza Party

Recipe: Pizza

One of my favourite party foods is Pizza. And what kind of pizza is the best? Home-made, of course and its so easy to make. In fact its one of the easiest party foods to prepare.

The only preparations you need to do for a pizza party is:
1) Make the dough for the base and allow it to rise for 2-3 hours
2) Make the pizza sauce. This can be made a couple of days in advance and frozen.
3) Get your favourite toppings cooked/chopped/sliced and the cheese grated. In fact, if its a party of close friends/family, you can ask each one to bring their favourite topping.
4) If making thick pan pizzas, then you will have to blind bake the pizza bases before-hand.

Assembling and baking the pizza hardly takes 20-25 minutes or so. And can be done even after the guests have arrived so that the pizza can be served piping hot. Maybe even tweaked to individual preferences. Or even individually assembled, if your guests are keen and few in number.


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