3 Portions of Fruit Sorted, that too for Breakfast

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Some friends of mine are constantly travelling to Ubud and punishing me by posting photographs of their fruity breakfast bowls. And they have been making me salivate. As the temperature rises here in India, the cold fruit and yogurt bowls are more tempting than ever.

This one here is berry involved and sorts our daily 3 fruit portion requirement easily. Nutrition concentrate and taste un-compromised, these bowls of goodness are ideal pre workout meals too. The fibre of choice for me was oats (rolled oats if made overnight, or if like me you are lazy then the regular oats work just as fine) and psyllium husk. These two things almost give this smoothie bowl a dessert like quality as they give texture and adds to the fibre consumption. What’s not to love.

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Ingredients
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup frozen bananas
1 cup fresh strawberries
2 tbsp oats
1 cup thick yogurt/ coconut yogurt
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbsp hemp powder
2 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds

1. In a blender wiz together blackberries, bananas, half of the strawberries, oats, yogurt and hemp powder.
2. Stir in psyllium husk.
3. Pour over your favourite bowl and decorate with the half cup of strawberries sliced and the roasted pumpkin seeds.
4. Dig in
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P.S.
Watch
Series – F.R.I.E.N.D.S. – Who said you cant watch something over and over again and from anywhere
Movie – As a runner I am inspired today as we started on the Adidas #100daysofrunning. There are some inspiring movies that come to mind
Silver Lining Playbook – Jennifer Lawrence twisted and loveable to the core – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/
Marathon Man and Dustin Hoffman in it – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074860/

Listen
Never miss the theme of Chariots of Fire when talking of running – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY3XiM7oGj0
Great peppy songs to run to:
Something Different – Why Don’t We – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QKreWPyPwc
Gypsy from Catch Me if You Can – Norda and Mike de Ville – https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/gypsy-catch-me-if-you-can-feat-joanna-jones-single/id1227738030
Shape of You – Ed Sherman – if you have ever kick boxed you will love it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dK2tDK9grQ
Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Great story, great peppy number – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=papuvlVeZg8&list=PLx0sYbCqOb8TBPRdmBHs5Iftvv9TPboYG&index=2

Blog – https://www.halfbakedharvest.com this blog is a recipe treasure trove

Book – The Handmaid’s Tale – Margret Atwood – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38447.The_Handmaid_s_Tale

Poem – Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

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Whole Grain Tortillas

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Mexican and Tex Mex food is a hit with kids and adult alike. I love it too, more because  I love any chance of indulging in fresh guacamole, salsa and sour creme.

But think party food and think how to feed the kids and you do know that tortillas are an answer.But we don’t want that much gluten added to our already sedentary lifestyle do we?  And thus I decided to make some for quesadilla for a party. Trying such food on adults first and then finally was loved by the kids too.

In making these whole grain, low gluten, they end up being made with a super grain and vegan too. Ragi and some whole wheat flour do the magic here and you don’t miss the flour at all, plus an interesting colour. Great to make ahead and store in ziplock pouches.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup wheat germ flour
1 1/2 cup ragi flour
1 tbsp roasted flax seed
5 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/3 cup luke warm water (Based on the Rh Factor of the place that you live in and the season this quantity can vary. The idea is to have a soft dough. If the dough is dry add 1-2 tbsp of water and if the dough is too sticky, leave it outside to dry out a bit, then dust with a tbsp of whole wheat flour and the dough will come back together)

1. Mix the whole wheat flour, ragi flour and flax seed in a bowl

2. Transfer the mix onto the kitchen counter. Make a small well in the middle and pour the oil. Rub the oil into the mixture till it looks similar to sand.

3. Use Luke warm water to knee the dough to a soft ball.

4. Allow the mixture to rest for 20 minutes.

5. Divide into 16 balls and roll out the dough using a rolling pin.

6. Heat a skillet. Cook each tortilla evenly on each side till some brown spots are visible on the tortillas. Cool and store.

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P.S.
Watch : movie – Munich (2005)
Listen – River by Leon Bridges – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hegd4xNfRo
Read- The Narrow Road to the Deep North -Richard Flanagan

April is the cruelest month – some Sangria often helps

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April. For the northern hemisphere, it is spring. For us nearer to the equator, the demise of this month is start of cruel summer. Afternoons become an avalanche of heat and are meant to stay in, awaiting the sundown. And before you get really caught in this rigmarole to stay indoors, to escape the heat, just call some friends over and throw a sundowner.

Seep some favourite fruit in alcohol and spices over night. Keep good bottles of wine chilling in the fridge and just top the jug of sangria with a soda of choice and conversation will be flowing and memorable moments will come to life under air conditioned, fairy light lit roofs.

Below is the recipe of the classic red wine sangria

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Red Wine Sangria
1 apple (cut in small cubes as neatly as possible)
1 plum (cut in small cubes as neatly as possible)
3-4 star anise
250 ml Dark Rum/ Brandy ( I used Old Monk Rum – who said the are for winters only)
1 cup clear apple juice
1 bottle red wine of choice
350 ml soda water

  1. Soak the apples, plums and star anise in rum and apple juice. Keep this in the fridge and let it seep overnight.
  2. Just before serving, top the jar with the red wine and soda. (Keep every thing chilled)
  3. Clink Glasses and watch the girls get chatty

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P.S.
Watch
Mad Men – I am watching this talked about series and in the middle of season 3. Like the whole world i am trying to decipher the man. A treat to the eyes for all the women out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCPawawb1Ck
Movie – Late Spring – Yasujiro Ozu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQMQnHyUwJM

Listen
April Come She Will – Simon and Garfunkel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYD-DIggB2k
It Might as Well be Spring – Frank Sinatra/ Nina Simone – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9NVeieLZ60
The First Days of Spring – Noah and the Whale – https://vimeo.com/7799870

Read
Blog – http://www.hintofvanillablog.com – Just this blog transports you into food coma.
Book – A MAN CALLED OVE – by Fredrik Backman http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18774964-a-man-called-ove
Poem –  Numbness is never felt.

The Waste Land – T.S.Elliot

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

Morning Credits – Mango Chia Breakfast Bischer

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To what do we owe the start of a good day. A good Breakfast perhaps. If you do not eat eggs in the morning then you are struggling like me to not get bored with breakfast. Thankfully we Indians have a lot of savoury non egg options but come warmer weather then you want something cold and refreshing and filling for breakfast.

So breakfast bowls are an easy answer, a combination of fruit and a slow digesting grain. They take care of about 3 portions of fruit consumption (if thought through) and are easy to prep the night before. One can also can enjoy them on the run if prepped in take away jars instead of bowls

My sister hates granola and that makes breakfast bowls a struggle really. Finicky eaters these younger ones and if you suffer like me then this quick recipe is sure going to help. Oats are replaced by chia seeds along with the seasons first mangoes, this is quite a tropical breakfast. Plus this one is vegan.
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Ingredients:

1 cup mango pulp
1/2 cup mango slices
1/2 cup coconut milk
2-3 tbsp chia seeds
2-3 tbsp dedicated coconut lightly tossed in a pan to enhance flavour, save some for garnish
2-3 tbsp sliced almonds for garnish
1 kiwi/ banana to top up the bowl

  1. Mix together the mango, coconut milk, chia and desiccated coconut.
  2. Leave it overnight.
  3. Serve with sliced almonds, kiwi/ banana slices.

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P.S.

Watch
HBO series – Big Little Lies – This Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley starred HBO 8 episode miniseries is the series of the season. Great who dunnit with great stories of each of the leading ladies.
Movie – The Breakfast Club – Since we are talking breakfast movies

Listen
We are in the times of great cinema and greater television series. The power of being in our drawing rooms and the greatness of opening credits
Cold Little Heart – Michael Kiwanuka – Big little Lies  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOubjLM9Cbc
The Crown  – Hans Zimmer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLhBEeT4wQg
The Affair – Fiona Apple – Container – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6muh9kTlr88
The Suits – Ima Robot – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWYNr4rPads
Narcos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtJ6yAGjsIs

Read
Blog – Sarah Britton has been an inspiration to a generation to create plant based recipes and the writing is just as amazing as the photographs.https://www.mynewroots.org/site/

Book – All the Odes – Pablo Neruda – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13538718-all-the-odes
Poem –

Auguries of Innocence

By William Blake

To see a World in a Grain of Sand 

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 

And Eternity in an hour

Not so chocolatey

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What comes to mind when you hear chocolate cake ? Sinfully dark chocolate sponge, sandwiched with velvety ganache in the middle and topped with a silken chocolate icing. Well basically a chocolate strewn dream that puts a smile to the face and a serious craving could thus manifest.

If you relate to this then you are my kind. But I thought with regard to chocolate cake there were only my kind till a friend told me that chocolate yes, but not too chocolatey . Imagine my surprise. I would never shy away from a little  extra cocoa powder each time I am making a chocolate cake. And here there are adults who want less chocolate in the cake. Weird I thought but then I was also told by friends that some kids do not like overtly dark chocolate cake either. So I had to try once, especially for the approval from both the adults and the kids. 

So then I just got about to bake. This cake is inspired by the French Chiffon cakes where the fat is in the form of oil and not butter. And this one is eggless as well and very fudge-y. Its my no-fail recipe and this time of the year, spring around the corner or spring breaking out into summer, they were topped with fresh juicy red strawberries from my own farm. You can choose any fruit you like and actually the less chocolate in the cake pairs well with a lot of fruits.  So afternoon teas and coffee breaks are sorted.

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Ingredients:
dry
250gms all purpose flour
200gms unrefined sugar/ powdered sugar
3tsp cocoa powder
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1tsp salt
wet
200gms oil(any vegetable oil)
200gms yogurt
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp white vinegar
1/2cup water

Fresh strawberries to top the cake

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients and run it through a sieve. This makes the cake more airy.
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients
  3. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper and ready the tin.
  4. Whisk together the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients. We need to work fast as the raising agents will start working as soon as they come in contact with wet ingredients.
  5. Transfer to to loaf tin and bake in a pre heated oven for 45 minutes at 180 Degree Centigrade or till the knife comes out clean from the cake centre
  6. Once done, cool on a wire rack. Top with sliced strawberries and dust with icing sugar. Ready steady dig.

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P.S.

Watch:
Netflix – Rick and Morty. Imdb rates this at 9.3 and this is super comedy and animation.
Movie – Watch Poorna. The heroic story of the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest which is a biographical Indian film directed by Rahul Bose. His own depiction of a bureaucrat is fascinating.

Listen: I  am currently listening to (on loop)
Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2LQdh42neg
Only Yesterday – Taken by Trees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfISngTyaR0
Rave on sad songs – Jason Collett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAva3m-HXlk

Read –

Blog: The pictures in this blog are totally captivating. http://www.greenkitchenstories.com
Book: Graphic Novels
Maus: The Complete Maus – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15195.The_Complete_Maus
Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen – A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!, for all the Batman fans. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31222856-batman?utm_campaign=2017_2&utm_content=graphic_novels__comics_pos0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=new_releases

Poem:
Strawberries : http://www.edwinmorgan.com/pop_carcanet_strawberries.html fullsizeoutput_b85