Indians are very fond of their coffee and tea. Especially for almost every South Indian, their day begins by brewing their coffee decoction in a special metal filter of which the Indian women are proud of. But of course now many possess different kinds of electric filter and expresso machines which makes the coffee decoction in a jiffy. South Indians just love their filter coffee.Many households in India prefer to buy fresh coffee beans,roast and grind it on a daily basis.Its not unusual but I, like many people love to start my day with a cup of coffee too. I rise quite early in the morning, but like to hustle up with the usual chores of whipping up a good breakfast and lunch boxes for hubby and kid. Its only after that I settle myself with a cup of coffee and have it in solitude.Having this exquisitive potion calms my soul and rests my mind. Its just 10 to 15 minutes when I have to resume my other activities for the day. But I do really look forward for those precious ten minutes each day to enjoy my daily dose of caffeine. I am not too particular about having filter coffee though I would love too. I make do with the instant coffee.
I make it a point to try the local coffee of any place or country that I am visiting. Every country I visited have their own distinct flavour and I love to imbibe that aroma and taste of the uniqueness.I love the different taste,flavours and combinations and prefer it with a little sugar and milk. A few days ago, I came across Gourmesso coffee where they offer a couple of coffee flavours suitable for your taste.I would certainly be buying them one of these days as they look quite interesting,unique and the prices are quite reasonable too and for a coffee lover in me would never want to let that go!!
The strong aroma and the flavour of coffee really intrigues me and I dont mind having a dessert with coffee or a cold beverage with the flavour of coffee too. Along with ice-cream, cold coffee has always been a relief during the hot summers. I love adding a little coffee powder in my chocolate cakes as it gives a deep brown colour and also a mild flavour of coffee in it. So one fine afternoon, I decided to skip my usual drink of hot coffee, instead decided to make a quick cake with a coffee flavour.
I added two different coffee flavours and it turned out quite well. So if you are fond of the bittersweet taste in your desserts, go ahead and make this one. It takes only 5 minutes of your total time. Skip your coffee and have this dessert instead!!
Microwave coffee mug cake - for coffee lovers
A quick coffee flavoured cake made in 2 minutes.
Add the flour,baking powder and cocoa powder in a mug.
Add instant coffee granules and sugar and mix with a spoon.
Add the oil.
Add the yogurt and coffee decoction and mix well.
Sprinkle chocolate chips on it.
Microwave for 2 minutes with a interval of 1 minute in between.
Allow it to cool.
You can have it with a spoon.
Add chocolate syrup or sweetened cream or even icecream as you prefer.
I have always loved trying out different vegetarian cuisines of the world. My family is totally in love with indian food and prefer going to indian restaurants and are quite happy to order their comfort food almost everytime. Even when we have travelled to different countries, they are always in a hunt for an Indian restaurant and settle on a subway sandwich or a veggie pizza if nothing is available.
From the last few months I have coaxed them to try different cuisines. We did go to a few places.But we have frequented the chinese vegetarian stalls at a few places and we have liked it.
I have been searching the net for a good vegetarian thai food restaurant from a last few days. We had had lot of thai food during our bangkok trip a couple of years ago. We had liked it , especially the flavours are quite similar to indian food and we really did not have to develop a special taste for it. We just liked it.
So one day when I was visiting the library at west mall, Singapore, I spotted this ‘Thai express’ restaurant. We flipped through the menu and were delighted to find vegetarian options. So one fine sunday, we decided to visit this place. My family really enjoyed the food there and I am sure , we will be visiting this place regularly now. We ordered a few dishes and I have posted the pictures. Looks tempting?????
The above picture if of pineapple fried rice. This is one thing which we have had a couple of times in many different places and is available in many vegetarian stalls in the foodcourts of singapore. I had loved the way where they served this rice in a pineapple itself!! It looked quite attractive here too. It was served inside a folded banana leaf, perhaps to keep it warm. They had also placed some tofu satay and some roasted cashews along with it. The whole thing was quite appealing and delicious!!
I had ordered basil tofu with rice. I have recently developed a taste and enjoy the flavour of basil . I definitely liked this one. The above picture is of deep fried tofu. It was nice and spicy with a combination of different flavours. This was one dish which we all enjoyed equally. Phat thai or pad thai noodles was ordered by my son. It was a bit spicy for him, but he enjoyed it. The served this some red chilly flakes and coarsely crushed peanut powder. Mango sticky rice was something which we definitely wanted to have. I have heard a lot about this dessert and even wanted to try making this at home, but it never happened. We loved the mildly sweet dessert with the lovely flavour of rice cooked in coconut milk and having this with mango was pure bliss!! The above drink is coconut crush , a fresh coconut drink which was quite delicious!! The above drink needs no introductions as it is the popular thai mango blend. This was quite good too!
We really enjoyed the meal and am already looking forward to visit the place again. I would love to try their raw mango peanut salad. The waitress offered to make a vegetarian version of this , but we had to politely refuse as we were too full to have anything else. There are few puddings and desserts especially their thai tea which I will be trying next time. So finally I have found a good place to eat thai food. But sure , I will be exploring more!!
We love to eat out regularly, but its not possible for us to travel far all the time. Ordering food home has been an option for us for a long time. It has been a hectic job to find out a restaurant close to your place, the cuisine they serve, their delivery charges etc. Recently, we got to know about an online food ordering site called foodpanda. So I thought of letting the readers know about this as many of you like me may not find time to cook food on a regular basis due to your busy schedules. Food panda is an websitethat operates by delivering food from a wide range of restaurants to either homes and/or offices in 11 cities of India namely Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore ,Mumbai,Pune etc. You can check out the number of popular restaurants listed on their site . Select your favourite restaurant close to your locality and browse their menu card, order and pay online. You can order your food online with just a few clicks!!They have also included the delivery time and minimum cost you may have to order. So go on and order your food and wait in the comforts of your homes.Your food is just a few clicks away!! Continue reading “Foodpanda – Order your food the online way!!”
Last weekend we visited the Peranakan musuem of Singapore where they are exhibiting a special section on Ramayan -revisited as they call it. It was a wonderful experience and we had a good time there. It was enjoyable for us as well as for the kids. There were volunteers who were telling stories of different episodes of Ramayan to kids and to the keen tourists interested in the ancient Indian mythology. Continue reading “Visit to Peranakan museum – wonderful experience”