Kiddie Treats

Last Saturday was a kid’s class at SK Culinary Studio! Kids’ alongwith the culinary team enjoyed churning out some yummy yet healthy dishes including nachos, mac n cheese, cookies, chocolate ice cream and the likes. I was wondering, children’s stomachs have a limited capacity, but at the same time their energy demands are high. Moreover, I had read somewhere that children are a pain in the neck when around and a pain in the heart when not! Both ways loss is ours! Now that the summer vacations have already begun, kids demand tasty foods after playing for long hours in a sun-baked playground. To keep up their energies high, it becomes essential that children are fed every three to four hours.

It is the responsibility of parents to develop healthy food habits in their growing children and these have to be inculcated in the early years of life. However, treating kids with their favorite food items twice a week should be included alongwith nutritious meal. Besides, the age of two is a good time for your child to start eating meals with you at the table. Preschoolers these days are smarter than we think. No amount of convincing them that ‘drink milk and you will become big’ or words to this effect can make them drink up the milk. They have to be served everything that is tasty and if the environment around them is non-fussy about food, the child too will respond positively. Moreover, as the child grows up his/her tastes change. It would do the child good to have everything that is cooked for the family. There is no reason to cook differently. The trick to win over the palate of the young ones is to present novel foods that are nutritious too.

Get creative with staple dishes! Some of the recipes I suggest to get creative with are:

Dal Puri
It is a common thing in a Punjabi home to take last night’s moong dal and knead a dough for paranthas in it! That’s a nourishing breakfast ready in a jiffy. The same idea has been used here except that the dal is freshly made and I made puris as they are more kid-friendly breads.

Dal Puri

One pot pasta
Call it a boon, especially on a lazy day! My kids love all types of pasta and they are not finicky about it being al dente! This recipe is handy for Alyona when she gets the request for something fast, yummy and nice (read junk food!) but she knows pasta is a welcome treat always!

Apple Crumble
This is one of the easiest and tastiest desserts ever and children are simply going to lap it up. You can give this conventional dish a little twist by adding a little oats to the crumble mix to give it an interesting texture and at the same time making it more nutritious. My elder daughter Rachita likes a sprinkling of powdered peanut chikki on the top.

Apple Crumble
Apple Crumble

Who doesn’t love mangoes? Mostly all kids love chilled stuff much to our chagrin! This smoothie is thick n sweet, I have replaced ice with frozen mango so it’s as good as it’s yum!Mango Smoothie

Try it out today and let me know they turn out!

Happy Cooking!

Happy Summers.

Baking with tiny tots!

What a day it must have been for my team members to spend a day at Mini Mehra’s “Miniland Playgroup Nursery” in Juhu with all the teeny-weeny ones. Since past twelve years my team has been having a baking day over here and they did have a baking session there today. Filled with energy and enthusiasm, Chef Sheetal Kadam and Priyanka Bose went there to be a part of the Baker’s Day.

Tiny tots, they are such a delight, love the fact that they get to mix batters, make a mess, lick the bowls and then watch them bake! Amidst sweet nursery rhymes and the colourful interiors, the young ones had a “cookie baking” session with my team, all the fun way! Mix the batter, roll the cookies and pop into the microwave to bake. Then the cookies were dipped in chocolate and decorated with colourful balls, and voila! Cookies were done. The young ones had the flour all over them and half of the chocolate went inside their small tummies before the cookies were finally done! It must have been messy for sure, but whenever its kids, it’s sure to be super exciting! Also, the teachers do enjoy this special treat and love to judge which of the small kids has an inclination toward food and cooking!

Sharing a few pictures of the entire enjoyment of the lil’ brats, for more check out my fan page on Facebook.

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Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor


Christmas eats – have a plan

Christmas dessert recipes are high in demand! Well, there is no dearth of them! With Diwali too around the corner, it is truly a time for creating sweets, mithais and desserts, isn’t it! Following these paras you will find some baked Christmas Dessert Recipes that you should be able to get right even on the first attempt.
Baba au Rum: Sieve 2 cups refined flour with 10 grams salt and put it in a big mixing bowl. Mix 10 grams fresh yeast with 1 tablespoon sugar in one-third cup of lukewarm water. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the dissolved yeast, stir a little, cover and let stand five or six minutes. Beat 4 eggs and add them to the flour and yeast mixture. If necessary add a very little warm milk. Mix well and keep aside to rise for about thirty to forty five minutes in a warm place.Then add 10 tablespoons melted butter and beat again for five minutes. The batter should not be thin. Put the batter into moulds or individual cups, cover and leave to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size which may take about one hour. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Bake for about twenty to twenty-five minutes or until light brown in colour. Empty onto a rack to cool. Make a sauce by boiling half cup of water and ½ cup of sugar until quite thick. When cool thin it down ½ cup strong black rum, pour this sauce on the cakes and let them soak for fifteen minutes. Garnish with rum soaked cherries, serve cold or flambéed.
Baked Carrot and Brandy Pudding: Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Butter and flour a 20-cm round glass cake pan. Peel, wash and grate 3 large carrots. Cream ¾ cup butter until fluffy. Beat in 400 ml condensed milk. Beat in 4 eggs one at a time. Stir in carrots, 1 cup dry breadcrumbs and ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence. Mix well. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake at 175 degrees C for thirty to thirty five minutes or until a knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool completely in pan or on a rack. Bring 2/3 cup sugar and quarter cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Boil for two minutes. Remove from heat, stir in ¼ cup brandy. Cool slightly. Spoon evenly over cooled carrot pudding. Refrigerate for one hour. Cut into wedges and serve.
Christmas Desserts are something that can use some rum or brandy. So when it comes to these ingredients, hope you liked the two yummy choices given for you. In case you would like something without spirit, try these for sure Walnut Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla Sponge with Fruit Cream, Boondi and Rabdi Stuffed Pancakes.