January 27, 2016

Celebrating 6th birthday with StarWars vanilla cupackes

celebrating birthday with vanilla cupcakes

Lil A turned six. Before I get too sentimental, let me tell you all about the party.

Birthday was a big discussion for weeks. Lil A changed themes every week if not every day. We finally settled on Lego birthday theme. I started preparing, ordered a few things when he announced that it had to be Star Wars birthday.

We switched gears midway and finally settled on Lego activities and Star Wars food for the kids birthday party. A few of his friends came over and we hosted it at home.

The menu was:
    celebrating birthday with vanilla cupcakes
  • Cheese and pepperoni pizza
  • Carrots
  • Watermelon
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Grape lightsabers
  • Starwars chocolate in both white and dark chocolate
  • Marshmallow stormtroopers and
  • Starwars cupcakes 
Ameya made Lego masks for his friends and some friends chose to make it themselves. Then we played a game of Lego bingo. I wasn't sure but the kids really got into it. They would shout out "Bingo" as they crossed a line on their page.

Finally, it was time for food and the Star Wars theme won over some of the critics as well. The cupcakes are really my go to vanilla cupcakes with Star Wars pictures! But we'll keep that a secret.

Those who know me know that I have been experimenting with oil, buttermilk combination in cakes and the cupcake has it too. I find them more moist and kids prefer it too. The frosting is just whipped cream, another favorite. In fact, they come for multiple tastings when I am whipping it, acting as my testers. :-)

Here is the recipe:

(makes 12-14 cupcakes)
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 tspoon baking powder
1/2 tspoon baking soda
1/2 tspoon salt
2/3 cup oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cup heavy cream
3-4 tbspoon powdered sugar
food color (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degF. Butter the cupcake liners and put them in the pan.

Sift all the dry ingredients together and keep is aside.

Whip the 2 eggs for about 1 -2 minutes till it turns fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for another minute.

Then add the oil and vanilla and beat for another 30 seconds till well incorporated. Then add the dry ingredients in three and buttermilk in two installments, ending with the dry ingredients.

Make sure to clean the sides.

Pour the batter, which is a little liquidy into the liners filling a little more than half.

Bake for 12-16 minutes till the toothpicks come out clean.

Cool them completely before frosting.

Beat the heavy cream with sugar till soft peaks form. Use it to decorate the cupcakes.

I got the pictures of Star Wars characters from here which I cut out and put on toothpicks.

celebrating birthday with vanilla cupcakes

The cupcakes are ready to serve.

January 09, 2016

Khao soi

Khao Soy

-->Happy New Year!
I am back with a new recipe - Khao soi. It is coconut milk soaked noodle dish topped with meat/vegetables and a variety of toppings. It's can be a lot of fun to have this at dinner parties where everyone can make their own bowl.

I made it several times in 2015 and it was a lot of fun. Instead of preparing a prepared bowl, I put all the ingredients on the table and everyone could choose and make their own Khao soi bowl.

It can be done with chicken or any other meat. I also added a vegetable dish as I had vegetarians on the table as well.

After you add the coconut soup, noodles on top and choose chicken and vegetables, then come the toppings - fried onions, fried garlic, ginger soaked in lemon juice and sugar, cilantro, spring onions, crispy bhujia, fresh radish, boiled eggs or any other multitudes of combination you can think of.

It may take a little bit of time getting all the ingredients, but the bowl with all the toppings will be the talk of the night, not to mention so delicious that it will be gone in no time.

Here is how I do it:


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