American Archive

  • Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating it. Though in India we have our own harvest festival called “Sankranti” where we thank God for the blessings of a good harvest, but two American holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween are catching up fast with the globe-trotting urban Indians. MNC’s too now a days host Thanksgiving lunch / dinner for their employees, thus bridging the gaps between two different cultures or may be a reason to lighten up the workloads.  Moreover 5-star […]

    Herb crusted turkey breast with sage butter and roasted garlic gravy

    Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating it. Though in India we have our own harvest festival called “Sankranti” where we thank God for the blessings of a good harvest, but two American holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween are catching up fast with the globe-trotting urban Indians. MNC’s too now a days host Thanksgiving lunch / dinner for their employees, thus bridging the gaps between two different cultures or may be a reason to lighten up the workloads.  Moreover 5-star […]

  • It was fall and now winter is almost here knocking at my door. I told my smart phone to remind me once a day at least that I have to post a fall special recipe that will feature pumpkin or butternut squash as a star. I guess there is some unwritten law about it. But I keep forgetting it like the other things. I presumed my neurons are working fine or are they over exhausted? So next time I told OOM […]

    App-ing the roasted savory butternut squash pancakes

    It was fall and now winter is almost here knocking at my door. I told my smart phone to remind me once a day at least that I have to post a fall special recipe that will feature pumpkin or butternut squash as a star. I guess there is some unwritten law about it. But I keep forgetting it like the other things. I presumed my neurons are working fine or are they over exhausted? So next time I told OOM […]

  • In the middle of deep prussian blue color Pacific ocean, lies a beautiful coral island called Bikini Atoll and beneath it lies the most exciting city of the world called Bikini bottom with a population of roughly around 500 plus. The city has structured government, various businesses, law enforcement system but what sets it apart is the most happening restaurant of our times Krusty Krab. And the sole signature dish of Krusty Krab is Krabby patties, though other variations were […]

    American Crab cakes the way Spongbob Squarepants makes krabby patties

    In the middle of deep prussian blue color Pacific ocean, lies a beautiful coral island called Bikini Atoll and beneath it lies the most exciting city of the world called Bikini bottom with a population of roughly around 500 plus. The city has structured government, various businesses, law enforcement system but what sets it apart is the most happening restaurant of our times Krusty Krab. And the sole signature dish of Krusty Krab is Krabby patties, though other variations were […]

  • The weather is cool, the air is crisp, leafs are turning gold, days are getting shorter .  An unmistakable scent of autumn is in air and you know it is that time of the year again. Time for celebration, harvest, autumn festivals and also a hot-pot of steaming soup simmering on the hearth for long hours, time to spend the chilly evenings with something hot,comfortable and warm. So starting from today we are going to blog about simple and easy, […]

    Creamy potato and corn soup

    The weather is cool, the air is crisp, leafs are turning gold, days are getting shorter .  An unmistakable scent of autumn is in air and you know it is that time of the year again. Time for celebration, harvest, autumn festivals and also a hot-pot of steaming soup simmering on the hearth for long hours, time to spend the chilly evenings with something hot,comfortable and warm. So starting from today we are going to blog about simple and easy, […]

  • A Simple Life is its own Reward. Just like this simple baby portabella mushroom slider sandwich. The meaty portobellos are often regarded as alternative to steak burger, much to the delight of vegetarians. Both in taste and texture these baby bellas can make any carnivore hungry for more. I have tried so far just four or five variety of mushrooms like porcini, crimini, shitake and enoki, portobello remains my favourite for its sheer versatility. You can stuff them with anything […]

    Portabella mushroom and caramelized onion slider sandwich

    A Simple Life is its own Reward. Just like this simple baby portabella mushroom slider sandwich. The meaty portobellos are often regarded as alternative to steak burger, much to the delight of vegetarians. Both in taste and texture these baby bellas can make any carnivore hungry for more. I have tried so far just four or five variety of mushrooms like porcini, crimini, shitake and enoki, portobello remains my favourite for its sheer versatility. You can stuff them with anything […]

  • Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and topped with some toasted grasshopper ! How does it sound ? Appetizing ?  Eww…insect diet ? Dont panic. I don’t eat insects nor do I have any inclination to become an entomophagist (one who eat insects as food) in the future. Even if that means saving the last crumbs of my bread. However, it may arrive as an alternate diet for humans in near future, as per UN reports. Few days back I was […]

    Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and an insect diet ?

    Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and topped with some toasted grasshopper ! How does it sound ? Appetizing ?  Eww…insect diet ? Dont panic. I don’t eat insects nor do I have any inclination to become an entomophagist (one who eat insects as food) in the future. Even if that means saving the last crumbs of my bread. However, it may arrive as an alternate diet for humans in near future, as per UN reports. Few days back I was […]

  • ” Soup is cuisine’s kindest course, it breathes reassurance,  dispels the distressing effect of cold winter days, it warms up your soul and fills your heart with hope. It comforts you, uplifts your mood and recharge you to face the life once again.”  These past two weeks have been really difficult for me,  filled with lots of pain and agony that life has suddenly decided to bless me with. Every problems and difficulties does not have solutions, you have to […]

    16 bean soup with smoked chorizo – a warm and hearty winter meal

    ” Soup is cuisine’s kindest course, it breathes reassurance,  dispels the distressing effect of cold winter days, it warms up your soul and fills your heart with hope. It comforts you, uplifts your mood and recharge you to face the life once again.”  These past two weeks have been really difficult for me,  filled with lots of pain and agony that life has suddenly decided to bless me with. Every problems and difficulties does not have solutions, you have to […]

  • This season is perhaps the most colorful of all, specially if you stays in US and Europe.  Even in India, it is the festive time. Colorful vistas, hues of rich and vibrant color presents an enchanted visuals and to make it more sweeter and warmer, there is orange, red and green pumpkin and squash to make the holiday season more beautiful and enjoyable. My first brush with pumpkin as sweet dessert happened few years back when I was watching a […]

    Thinking pumpkin – bread, pies and spice recipe, Halloween roundup

    This season is perhaps the most colorful of all, specially if you stays in US and Europe.  Even in India, it is the festive time. Colorful vistas, hues of rich and vibrant color presents an enchanted visuals and to make it more sweeter and warmer, there is orange, red and green pumpkin and squash to make the holiday season more beautiful and enjoyable. My first brush with pumpkin as sweet dessert happened few years back when I was watching a […]

  • Life is all about experiments. The more you do, more it will make you better. Just like this whole wheat fruit and nut bar. Couple of years back when I started baking the cakes and pastries, I never imagined that one day I will experiment with different types of flour, that too with durum whole wheat flour. Till now I was using the regular recommended flour from the supermarkets, that are known to yield good results. I was happy at […]

    Whole wheat chocolate fruit and nut bar and is egg free

    Life is all about experiments. The more you do, more it will make you better. Just like this whole wheat fruit and nut bar. Couple of years back when I started baking the cakes and pastries, I never imagined that one day I will experiment with different types of flour, that too with durum whole wheat flour. Till now I was using the regular recommended flour from the supermarkets, that are known to yield good results. I was happy at […]

  • Life is just a bowl of cherries. Deep toned . Cherry red color. Plump with shiny cheeks. Cherries are cute little sweet bombs. They entice you with their sweet whispers “pick me up ! pick me up, pretty please !”   You pop some in your mouth, dunk some in the brandy and chopped some in the brownies. Then an evil idea strike you. You put some cherries on a baking dish. Shower them with brown sugar. Sneak a stick […]

    Roasted cherry icecream – life is delicious

    Life is just a bowl of cherries. Deep toned . Cherry red color. Plump with shiny cheeks. Cherries are cute little sweet bombs. They entice you with their sweet whispers “pick me up ! pick me up, pretty please !”   You pop some in your mouth, dunk some in the brandy and chopped some in the brownies. Then an evil idea strike you. You put some cherries on a baking dish. Shower them with brown sugar. Sneak a stick […]

  • Few things are as irresistible as icecream chilled no bake cheesecake in the summer time. Sorry for striking through the ice cream. I know ice cream lovers will not pardon me. It was just to emphasize my point. So pardon me please ! In few words, please DO GIVE IT A TRY !   It goes by many names – simple no bake cheesecake – sound delicious !  no bake cheesecake tarts or tartlets – even better, no bake layer cheesecakes […]

    No bake lemon cheesecake with blueberries for summer – eggless and gelatin free

    Few things are as irresistible as icecream chilled no bake cheesecake in the summer time. Sorry for striking through the ice cream. I know ice cream lovers will not pardon me. It was just to emphasize my point. So pardon me please ! In few words, please DO GIVE IT A TRY !   It goes by many names – simple no bake cheesecake – sound delicious !  no bake cheesecake tarts or tartlets – even better, no bake layer cheesecakes […]

  • “Stressed spelled backward is dessert ” Coincidence ! I think not ! “ This week we will feature two summer special chilled dessert and yes both will be no bake treat ! Back in my own country, summers are highlighted by incredible variety of fresh and juicy mangoes. Being a devout chocolate lover by birth I was never a fan of fruit desserts, but over the years the seamless transgression of classic dessert soaked in fruity flavours has able to change my […]

    Strawberry yogurt cake – no bake chilled summer dessert

    “Stressed spelled backward is dessert ” Coincidence ! I think not ! “ This week we will feature two summer special chilled dessert and yes both will be no bake treat ! Back in my own country, summers are highlighted by incredible variety of fresh and juicy mangoes. Being a devout chocolate lover by birth I was never a fan of fruit desserts, but over the years the seamless transgression of classic dessert soaked in fruity flavours has able to change my […]

  • It gives me immense pleasure to share with you all that a short Q & A style interview of mine has appeared in Nari Sakhi, an online forum for women and many thanks to Laksmi, the editor of Nari Sakhi for showing interest in Saffronstreaks.  It was pleasurable experience answering their queries. Now, there is another exciting news, yeah todays post is double bonanza, you see ! It has just arrived – my first ever DSLR camera, it is Nikon […]

    Key lime pie spiked with chipotle jam and a short interview at Nari- sakhi

    It gives me immense pleasure to share with you all that a short Q & A style interview of mine has appeared in Nari Sakhi, an online forum for women and many thanks to Laksmi, the editor of Nari Sakhi for showing interest in Saffronstreaks.  It was pleasurable experience answering their queries. Now, there is another exciting news, yeah todays post is double bonanza, you see ! It has just arrived – my first ever DSLR camera, it is Nikon […]

  • Carolina is finally warming up and between the hot seasons,  a cold spell of day makes it more pleasant. Though the beauty of cherry blossoms are hard to find here but we have our own Dogwood tree, native to Carolina and it bloomed this spring to paint the landscape in white. Time is just apt for planting some home-grown vegetables, so we planted some radishes, cherry tomatoes and chilli peppers. It gives me much high to notice that the plants […]

    Summer lemon star cookies and a winner

    Carolina is finally warming up and between the hot seasons,  a cold spell of day makes it more pleasant. Though the beauty of cherry blossoms are hard to find here but we have our own Dogwood tree, native to Carolina and it bloomed this spring to paint the landscape in white. Time is just apt for planting some home-grown vegetables, so we planted some radishes, cherry tomatoes and chilli peppers. It gives me much high to notice that the plants […]

  • Have you ever wondered how far a leaf can travel , if I say thousands of miles across the continents ? Quiet literally, the other day as I was leafing through the pages of my  year old travel diary, I found one dry autumn leaf pressed inside its pages. I have this unmindful habit of preserving the leaves pressed inside the books, not that I seriously get involved in some artistic project, but it is more an oblivious habit than […]

    Maple glazed apple cinnamon mini bundt cake – fall memories

    Have you ever wondered how far a leaf can travel , if I say thousands of miles across the continents ? Quiet literally, the other day as I was leafing through the pages of my  year old travel diary, I found one dry autumn leaf pressed inside its pages. I have this unmindful habit of preserving the leaves pressed inside the books, not that I seriously get involved in some artistic project, but it is more an oblivious habit than […]

  •  ” Where there is love there is life ” — Gandhi VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL RECIPES DAY 2 It is movie time now !  and I know popcorn are just irreplaceable, but give these little cuties a chance to win your heart. The classic flavour of tomatoes and cheese rolled up in a flaky crust is just waiting to melt in your mouth, and if you love bacon, then go ahead and decked up these cute little hearts with bits of bacon […]

    Tomatoes and cheese hearts for your Valentine

     ” Where there is love there is life ” — Gandhi VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL RECIPES DAY 2 It is movie time now !  and I know popcorn are just irreplaceable, but give these little cuties a chance to win your heart. The classic flavour of tomatoes and cheese rolled up in a flaky crust is just waiting to melt in your mouth, and if you love bacon, then go ahead and decked up these cute little hearts with bits of bacon […]

  • “Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. ” Speaking about love – this summarize everything ! One of my favourite few lines from “The Notebook” This week we will feature Valentine’s day special recipes, you bet these will be different, as we think […]

    Banana pancakes with choclate chips and pecan – breakfast in bed

    “Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. ” Speaking about love – this summarize everything ! One of my favourite few lines from “The Notebook” This week we will feature Valentine’s day special recipes, you bet these will be different, as we think […]

  • It is the perspective that matters ! So what if  ” there  is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights ” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie Beginning a new year on a sweet note, chocolate banana oat muffins, healthy delicious and power […]

    Chocolate banana oat muffins – healthy bites

    It is the perspective that matters ! So what if  ” there  is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights ” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie Beginning a new year on a sweet note, chocolate banana oat muffins, healthy delicious and power […]

  • Is this dark and intense enough ? Divine … Delicious … Decadent !!!  A slice of heaven might slipped you into midnight reverie. A delightful interlude waiting to unfold its aura… where soul reborn again ! Come and join me in this sinful journey of utterly delicious triple chocolate fudge cake where depth of flavours arises from the unknown fathoms and the silky and velvety chocolate ganache shamefully brings the temptress in you ! Chocolate is divine as in heaven, it is aphrodisiac, it […]

    Triple chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache – Southern style

    Is this dark and intense enough ? Divine … Delicious … Decadent !!!  A slice of heaven might slipped you into midnight reverie. A delightful interlude waiting to unfold its aura… where soul reborn again ! Come and join me in this sinful journey of utterly delicious triple chocolate fudge cake where depth of flavours arises from the unknown fathoms and the silky and velvety chocolate ganache shamefully brings the temptress in you ! Chocolate is divine as in heaven, it is aphrodisiac, it […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving ! Small, little and cute muffins are sure to win any heart and they also acts as a saviour whenever you need to plan an elaborate meal for your guests, say a quick Thanksgiving meal ! I was never much into baking with corns, somehow the idea never inspired me much, but a recent trip to a Southern diner here at NC change it all, I was bowled over by these little cuties. Sweet, warm and tender corn muffins makes my heart […]

    Southern honey cornbread muffins

    Happy Thanksgiving ! Small, little and cute muffins are sure to win any heart and they also acts as a saviour whenever you need to plan an elaborate meal for your guests, say a quick Thanksgiving meal ! I was never much into baking with corns, somehow the idea never inspired me much, but a recent trip to a Southern diner here at NC change it all, I was bowled over by these little cuties. Sweet, warm and tender corn muffins makes my heart […]

  • I never thought that one day I will end up as  a food blogger (very obvious and general statement), cooking and eating were always different genre for me, but down the years when the two world collides and seamlessly merged into one, I am here sharing my thoughts on food …. food …. and food only. And it would be ironical enough to say that I never had this temperament for cooking, I was never a child prodigy in cooking unlike my […]

    Bacon wrapped jalapeno and cheese appetizer

    I never thought that one day I will end up as  a food blogger (very obvious and general statement), cooking and eating were always different genre for me, but down the years when the two world collides and seamlessly merged into one, I am here sharing my thoughts on food …. food …. and food only. And it would be ironical enough to say that I never had this temperament for cooking, I was never a child prodigy in cooking unlike my […]

  • They say “baking is the heart of cooking” and if this is true, then I am able to finally reach here after long days of struggle. Can you differentiate between a pro baker and an amateur baker ? Now, do not judge them by frosting or decoration skills. Baking needs passion and understanding of the exact measurements and frosting or icing requires aesthetic and artistic skills. And it too depends upon one’s personal preferences. For instance, I prefer lightly frosted […]

    Banana pecan quick bread for a healthy morning breakfast

    They say “baking is the heart of cooking” and if this is true, then I am able to finally reach here after long days of struggle. Can you differentiate between a pro baker and an amateur baker ? Now, do not judge them by frosting or decoration skills. Baking needs passion and understanding of the exact measurements and frosting or icing requires aesthetic and artistic skills. And it too depends upon one’s personal preferences. For instance, I prefer lightly frosted […]

  • Today I woke up with the sun, after a long time, yes, I am not an early riser but some days are different. It snowed yesterday, for few hours but the cars, trees and grass are still covered with the fine sheet of snow, the tar covered roads which has now a thin sheen of snow are glistening in the first flicker of sun rays. And as the morning slowly breaks into bright crimson day with promise of sunshine, I decided not to skip […]

    Ultimate double chocolate drop cookies

    Today I woke up with the sun, after a long time, yes, I am not an early riser but some days are different. It snowed yesterday, for few hours but the cars, trees and grass are still covered with the fine sheet of snow, the tar covered roads which has now a thin sheen of snow are glistening in the first flicker of sun rays. And as the morning slowly breaks into bright crimson day with promise of sunshine, I decided not to skip […]

  • I always have this liking for game bird and prefer country chicken over the poultry one, but I have never tried a turkey before. Roasting a whole chicken in the oven has its own gastronomical pleasures, so I started first with Cornish hens which were a huge success and this pushes my limit further to try the turkey next. So when turkey starts appearing at the middle of November (how they are so seasonal ?)  announcing the Thanksgiving, Holidays and […]

    Turkey roulade stuffed with mushroom-cranberry and served with apple cider gravy

    I always have this liking for game bird and prefer country chicken over the poultry one, but I have never tried a turkey before. Roasting a whole chicken in the oven has its own gastronomical pleasures, so I started first with Cornish hens which were a huge success and this pushes my limit further to try the turkey next. So when turkey starts appearing at the middle of November (how they are so seasonal ?)  announcing the Thanksgiving, Holidays and […]

  • Who doesn’t love to have some cookies, the sugary, buttery and the utterly delicious which can be baked in every form and flavor ever known to man, and you ought to bake some fresh ones when it is Holiday or Christmas season. You call it tradition or an integral relationships, but cookies are very much part of this season, they are the reason to bring smile and cheers on every gloomy faces. I baked these rosemary cookies a week ago, […]

    Rosemary cookies with lemony flavour

    Who doesn’t love to have some cookies, the sugary, buttery and the utterly delicious which can be baked in every form and flavor ever known to man, and you ought to bake some fresh ones when it is Holiday or Christmas season. You call it tradition or an integral relationships, but cookies are very much part of this season, they are the reason to bring smile and cheers on every gloomy faces. I baked these rosemary cookies a week ago, […]

  • Finally after much delays, here I am with apple fest for the flavor of fall, though winter is right here, knocking at the door. In one of those fall color road trips, we picked few bags of apple from apple cider farms, all are Macintosh (no, not the apple lappy..S.J. RIP) and I have heard they are good for baking too. So, next followed was series of apple-cious days which has seen some yummy fritters, poorly stuffed apple pies 🙁 […]

    apple cranberry cinnamon rolls / buns

    Finally after much delays, here I am with apple fest for the flavor of fall, though winter is right here, knocking at the door. In one of those fall color road trips, we picked few bags of apple from apple cider farms, all are Macintosh (no, not the apple lappy..S.J. RIP) and I have heard they are good for baking too. So, next followed was series of apple-cious days which has seen some yummy fritters, poorly stuffed apple pies 🙁 […]

  • You know what we did last weekend..we cooked this – see below the pic…two Cornish hens roasted in oven and glazed with maple and honey. This was kind of some kitchen experiments for us, as we never cooked a whole chicken before. The idea of cooking a whole chicken never seems to me too appealing, but then perspectives changes with time and there is always a first time for everything.  It not only brings us out of our comfort zone but also pushes ourselves to new limits, […]

    three herb roasted chicken with maple and honey glaze

    You know what we did last weekend..we cooked this – see below the pic…two Cornish hens roasted in oven and glazed with maple and honey. This was kind of some kitchen experiments for us, as we never cooked a whole chicken before. The idea of cooking a whole chicken never seems to me too appealing, but then perspectives changes with time and there is always a first time for everything.  It not only brings us out of our comfort zone but also pushes ourselves to new limits, […]