As they say, enjoy it while it lasts! First time in last 3 years I have witnessed the best summer in London. The transition from the wet, grey and cold to warm, blue and sunny is beautiful. Summer brings along lots of outings and get togethers. Our first summer destination was Wales.
It is, the prettiest part of the country, with unlimited breathtaking views. Wales is to United Kingdom as Kerala is to India. Fresh and crisp weather, greenery as far as the eye can see and surrounded by mountains. The drive from London was about 4 and half hours, long but worth it. As soon as you enter Wales you see a remarkable change in the scenery and landscape. The best bit was when we drove on the narrow road with mountain standing high on one side and river flowing on the other. It rained throughout but the rain made the trees and leaves look even more prettier. The whole atmosphere soothes the soul and relaxes your mind.
Well this short trip to Wales only and only makes us want to go back there again and again. After that getaway we have been busy with friends and family. This only means lots of fun, laughter and FOOD!
This seasons top 3 picks are
1. The best brunch recipe – Pancakes All american Style!!
- 200 gm plain flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 200 ml milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- to serve – fresh strawberries, banana, fresh cream, nutela, maple syrup
Sift together the flour, baking powder,salt and sugar. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and milk to this add the melted butter. Pour this mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix everything very well and let the batter stand for sometime.
In a non stick fry pan add a dollop of the batter and spread to make these pancakes. Once the top starts bubbling add some butter and turn it over to cook the upper side. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Its best served straight from the pan.
Everybody has their own preference of how they like their pancakes, I like mine as a sandwich- spread nutella on one of the pancakes, top it up with sliced banana, strawberries and then cream. Sandwich this with another pancake.
Some people like it simple, just some maple syrup on them. You can have these pancakes as a dessert as well, add some ice cream on the side!!
2. Baked Dark Chocolate cheese cake.
Caution: Get ready to stuff yourself. This can be an overwhelming dessert. Here’s how its done:
- 400 gm dark chocolate
- 100 gm milk chocolate
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 175 gm castor sugar
- 100 gm butter
- 200 gm soft cheese (philadelphia)
- 200 gm double cream
- 1 pack any chocolate biscuit
Phew! Its a tall order but out comes an absolutely rich and lush dessert so no regrets, right. You deserve to be treated well every once in awhile, at least thats my excuse.
We start with melting half of the dark chocolate using the double boiling method. In a separate pan heat the cream with coffee powder. Grind the chocolate biscuits, you can use the rolling pin or use the dry grinder. Add the melted butter to the crushed biscuit well and transfer it into the bottom of the springform. Once the dish is layered keep it in the fridge for 45 mins to set.
Combine the heated cream with coffee and the melted chocolate. To this mixture add the cocoa powder and 75 gm sugar. Finally, add the cream cheese and mix everything well.
On the earlier prepared biscuit base now add the above chocolate cream cheese mixture. Bake this cake at 200 deg celsius for 65 minutes. Make sure the cake has a jelly like consistency when done.
Lets prepare the icing now, heat the 100 gm of cream and melt the remaining dark chocolate and 100 gm sugar. Once the cake is cooled, pour this icing over the baked cheese cake. Make sure there are no bubbles. Refrigerate this cake at least for 3 hours, overnight is even better. I made this at midnight and woke up to this delish. A very rich scrumptious cheese cake.
3. Mango Raita
Thanks to my dearest friend Nidhi who sent me this recipe. It was an instant HIT! When you hear the name, you just can’t think about the taste, it feels very weird, but this is a must try. Here’s what’s required:
- 1 ripe mango diced into small cubes.
- 250 ml greek yoghurt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
- 1 dried red chilli
- 1 tbsp oil
Mix the sugar and yoghurt well. Add the diced mango to the sweet yoghurt. In a pan, with some oil add the mustard, methi and dried red chilly. As the seeds begin to splutter, add this to the yoghurt. And yes, thats it! The yummy mango raita is ready.
Its your turn to try these dishes and tell me what your taste buds say.
Oh and thanks for reading!