Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cup cake Workshop at Paparazzi!

On the festive season of Diwali Royal Orchid Central had invited me along with family for a fun cup cake making session. What more can kids ask for!! These cup cakes were very different from the regular ones. The frosting was all desi tasting ingredients and was very innovative. For example, Gulkand, kesar (saffron), Masala chai and many more..

CUP CAKE WITH DESI TWIST in TOPPINGS:
  • Peanut Butter cream
  • Kesar Khoya Cream
  • Gulkand Frosting
  • Jamoon Pistachio Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Masala Chai Frosting
  • Kahlua Oreo Frosting
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache chili Frosting




Chocolate Ganache

Other toppings like Gulab Jamun, Oreo cookies, Pistachios, chilli flakes and many colorful kid friendly toppings!


CUP CAKE
History
The cup cake evolved in earlier 19th century in the United States. According to food historians have yet to point, exactly where the name of Cup cake originated. There are two Theories coming up… 1) the cake were originally cooked in cups 2) The ingredients used to make the cup cakes were measured by the cup.
Earlier times cup cakes were not that popular around. The cake made of regular ingredients like Normal cake. But, today cup cakes have expanded to a worldwide. In modern trend cup cakes were uniquely topped with various frosting.
Cup cakes were convenient because, they get cooked much quicker than larger cakes.


Chef  Hafizullah Baig
Chef Baig was a very friendly and creative person. He showed us the step wise procedure of making a good cupcake and also gave me alternatives of eggless cup cakes!

Mix and match of different colors!

Mixing chocolate!



PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING
INGREDIANTS
UNIT
QTY
Unsalted Butter
gm
50
Icing sugar
gm
100
Peanut Butter
gm
100
Whip Cream
ml
50
Rainbow Sugar Balls
Garnish


METHOD
  • Keep Butter at room temperature. Should be soft in texture not be Melted.
  • Mix Butter, icing sugar, peanut Butter with electric beater until smooth and creamy on Medium speed.
  • Finally add the whip cream on high speed until the Mixture is light and Fluffy.


KESAR KHOYA FROSTING

INGREDIANTS
UNIT
QTY
Whip Cream
ml
50
Sweet Khova
gm
100
Kesar(Saffron)
gm
0.5
Silver Sugar Balls
few
Garnish
Saffron Threads
few
Garnish
METHOD
  • Beat Whip cream with electric beater until smooth, light and Fluffy.
  • Blend Sweet Khova in whip cream without lumps.
  • Dissolve Saffron in hot cooking cream add along with mixture.


GULAB JAMOON & PISTACHIO CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

INGREDIANTS
UNIT
QTY
Unsalted Butter
gm
20
Icing sugar
gm
20
Philadelphia cream cheese
gm
100
Lemon zest
No
1
Whip Cream
ml
50
Gulab Jamoon

Garnish
Pistachio
Slices
Garnish
METHOD
  • Keep Butter at room temperature. Should be soft in texture not be Melted.
  • Mix Butter, icing sugar, Philadelphia cream cheese, Lemon Zest with electric beater until smooth and creamy on Medium speed.
  • Finally add the whip cream on high speed until the Mixture is light and Fluffy.


MASALA CHAI FROSTING
INGREDIANTS
UNIT
QTY
Whip Cream
ml
50
Masala Chai Extract
ml
100
Icing Sugar
gm
50
Cadbury Gems
few
Garnish



MASALA CHAI EXTRACT
INGREDIANTS
UNIT
QTY
Water
ml
300
Tea Leaf
gm
50
Cinnamon
gm
2
Cardamom
gm
5
Cloves
gm
1
Fresh Ginger
gm
5
Combine all above ingredients and keep it on Simmer for 30mins, Bring down masala Extraction to 1/3, Strain it and Cool it down in refrigerator.

METHOD
  • Beat Whip cream with icing sugar in electric beater at medium speed.
  • In co-operate Masala chai extraction slowly into it.
  • Garnish it with Gems.




KAHLUA OREO FROSTING

INGREDIANTS
UNIT
QTY
Unsalted Butter
gm
50
Icing sugar
gm
100
Espresso Coffee
ml
50
Sunrise Coffee Powder
Gm
2
Kahlua Liquor
ml
50
Whip cream
Ml
50
Oreo Cookies
Few
Garnish

METHOD
  • Keep Butter at room temperature. Should be soft in texture not be Melted.
  • Mix Butter, icing sugar, Espresso Coffee, Coffee Powder with electric beater until smooth and creamy on Medium speed.
  • Finally add the whip cream and Kahlua Liquor on high speed until the Mixture is light and Fluffy.
  • Garnish it with Oreo Cookies


GULKAND FROSTING

INGREDIANTS
UNIT
QTY
Whip Cream
ml
50
Gulkand
gm
100
Rose Petals
few
Garnish
Chocolate Vermicelli
few
Garnish



METHOD
  • Beat Whip cream with electric beater until smooth, light and Fluffy.
  • Blend Gulkand Compote (Available in Market) in cream.

DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE CHILLI FROSTING

INGREDIANTS
UNIT
QTY
Dark Chocolate
gm
200
Heavy Cream
ml
100
Unsalted Butter
gm
75
Dried Red Chilies
gm
1




METHOD
  • Combine all the above ingredients in a Bowl except Chilies. Use Microwave or Double Boiler to melt the chocolate.
  • Add chilli flakes (without seed) into the mixture, stir gently with wire whisk to get silky and smooth texture.
  • Allow it cool in Refrigerator till the time it becomes thick and firm.

Gulkand with some sprinkles!

colorful creativity of goodness!

It was indeed great fun workshop for me and kids! We also got a goodie bag filled with these cupcakes!

Royal orchid central
47/1, Manipal center,
Dickenson road, 
Bangalore- 42

"PAT CHAPMAN GRILLS THE WORLD" with BARBEQUE NATION

In Festive October, UK’S Curry King To Delight Bangalore with 14 scintillating marinades from Around The World!

About Barbeque Nation:
Barbeque Nation is one of the most successful casual dining restaurant chains in India. With more than 38 outlets across the nation, it offers a happy blend of American, Mediterranean, Oriental and Indian cuisines in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices.  

Patrick Lawrence Chapman, who amongst other numerous titles, has been called 'The Ambassador of Indian Food' and the 'Curry Leader' by renowned food reviewers in Britain, has also been credited by Daily Mail for ‘Baltifying Britain’ for his bestseller cookbook – the first among 36 recipe books penned down by him with cumulative sales topping 1.5 million copies. Pat was a regular guest chef on the QE2, the leading luxury liner, for many seasons, and the Hilton and the Taj. Such is his understanding of the nuances of spices that he has been called upon by the Government of India in Kerala, to lecture on spices!


Barbeque Nation, one of the most successful casual dining restaurant chains in India, will partner with UK’s Curry King Pat Chapman for a whole new Barbeque experience during Festive October across the country. Pat Chapman’s effervescent 14 new marinades will get introduced across the country and mark the entry of a completely new genre of barbequed food.

The chef had stirred up some interesting marinades from which I liked the Arabian Marinade which had sesame seeds, Tahini etc and broccoli was used for grilling!



For the ‘Pat Chapman Grills The World’ Food Fest, 14 new marinades from Chef Chapman’s amazing repertoire will be laid out at the Barbeque Nation. From the British Isles come the Yorkshire Marinade, Worcestershire Marinade and the Spanish Valencia Marinade. Pat Chapman’s recipe from the Middle East comprises the Lebanon ~ Arabian Marinade and Persian Marinade. He whips up a fiery bunch of marinades from the Americas with the hot American Texican Marinade, Albuquerque Atomic Marinade, New Orleans Incendiary Marinade, Aztec ~ Mole Poblano Marinade and the Jamaican Jerk Marinade. From Australasia comes the Outback Emu while Pat’s delectable Far East marinades include the Mighty Hot Mai Thai, Chinese Sichuan and Indonesian Bumbukacang recipes.

Some marinades and sauces!
 Corn, sweet potatoes, mushrooms!
 Cajun Potatoes

Pat Chapman will be hosting a special cook out show on days that he is behind the counter and promises to whip up a storm with his inimitable style and preparations. ‘Pat Chapman Grills The World’ brings to Indian barbeque lovers a lifetime of work from the iconic Pat Chapman.


Where: Barbeque Nation outlets - Indirangar |Kormangala | JP Nagar | Lido Mall | Whitefield Road | Kammanahalli | Electronic City
Date: October 3-31, 2014
Average meal for two: Rs 1600
Timings: Lunch and Dinner hours



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Habanero - Truly tex-mex !

Habanero has introduced its new menu and I got an opportunity to try some of them ! It's called the Mexican Discovery lunch.

 



Dan Durkin, COO – Habanero Chef Dan Durkin, a native of Colarado, US, spent a significant amount of his youth in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, which inspired his interest in and love for Mexican cuisine. A certified chef with more than twelve years of experience under his belt, Dan has consulted with several prominent food and beverage brands in Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia Hong Kong, Jakarta and Thailand. He has been involved with Habanero from its inception in 2011, when he helped to create the recipes for Bangalore’s first Tex-Mex dining experience.The current menu includes his personal signature creations as well classic Tex-Mex favorites.

I got an opportunity to meet chef Dan Durkin and taste his recipes! Cuisine
The menu is experimental and bold, full of rich, spicy flavors that characterize Tex-Mex cuisine. The dishes are inspired by various parts of Mexico and the bordering American region.
The First  thing we saw was a person dressed in Mexican style bringing us a live counter of freshly made Guacamole right in front of us. The menu card also has some interesting facts about the origin of Guacamole and other dishes too.



Guacamole and chips which is a perfect creamy combination of avocados, garlic and cilantro made fresh at the table, upon request and served with warm homemade chips.
Zucchini Fritters with Tomatillo Relish
 

Habanero’s signature appetizers include Macho Nachos, consisting of layers of corn chips, topped with melted cheese, beans, tomatoes, olives, jalapeno peppers, guacamole and sour cream

Stuffed Roasted Red Pepper
Healthy and pure veg: sweet red capsicum stued with paneer and rice and served straight from the oven.
Classic Tex-Mex dishes on the menu include a choice of six fillings served as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, burrito bowls or chimichangas.

Tres Leches cake :This is a lovely looking desert made with milk and served with milk which has to be poured on the cake while eating. A butter cake soaked in different types of milk and garnished with fruit.
These were some of the mock-tails we enjoyed!

Décor:
Simply summed up, Habanero is a little piece of Mexico, right within Bangalore. With brightly painted interiors that lend a cheerful and cozy ambience, it’s an ideal place for people to have loads of fun over drinks and authentic Tex-Mex food.


Location: Conveniently located in three central locations in Bangalore -– Whitefield, Indiranagar and Koramangala -- the restaurant’s proximity to companies as well as residential areas make it an ideal spot for business lunches and celebratory gatherings.