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Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

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It’s the berry season! Yesterday I went to a dog park with a very dear friend (three forks dog park, the most amazing dog park i have ever seen) and all around this outstanding field were gigantic blackberry bushes. so as we walked around the park with our tupperware in hand, we collected a heap of ripe juicy blackberries.

when we got home we contemplated on what kind of dessert we should make with them, then my friend carol gave us her favourite buckle cake recipe. I had never heard of a buckle cake — but then again i’m french (wink). So if you are also wondering, it is a cross between a coffee cafe and a crumble. Not a bad combination if you ask me!


2 cups ~ 500ml ~flour ~you can use a gluten-free flour if you wish
3/4 cup ~ 187.5ml ~sugar
2.5 tsp ~ 12ml ~baking powder
3/4 tsp ~ 4ml ~salt
1/4 cup ~ 62.5ml ~butter ~softened (1/2 stick)
1 cup ~ 250ml ~milk ~you can use a dairy-free alternative
1 ~large egg
2+ cups ~ 500ml ~blackberries ~or any type of berries ~ add more if you have more!

Crumb topping
1/2 cup ~ 125ml ~sugar
1/3 cup ~ 83ml ~flour
1/2 tsp ~ 2.5ml ~ground cinnamon
1/4 cup ~ 62.5ml ~butter ~softened (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup ~ 125ml ~oats


• preheat oven to 375ยบ
• blend all the ingredient together: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, milk and egg.
• mix well until the batter is perfectly smooth.
• spread half the batter in a 9 x 9 inches buttered pan.
• add the fruits evenly on top, then cover with the rest of the batter.
• sprinkle the crumb topping over top.
• bake for 45-50 minutes (until inserted toothpick comes out clean).
• optional: drizzle with glaze if you wish.

Lastly, serve warm if you can as it is even more delicious! This little sweetness is great for tea time and brunch. If you add a lot more berries (i used about 3 cups) then you won’t feel so guilty having it for breakfast! (wink)


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Eggless Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

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With a moist creamy texture and a enticing flavor of chocolate this cake would be the perfect weekend treat or potluck take-along and maybe a perfect treat for a deepavali get together as it is egg less !! .Its very light on the stomach and you can enjoy every soft bite. So here is it ...


    1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/4 cup cocoa powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 cup butter
    1 cup hot milk


Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.Grease the 8 inch round baking pan and keep aside. Sieve the dry ingredients,all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder together 3 times.

In another bowl add sugar,sour cream,butter and hot milk. Beat till sugar melts.Combine with the above dry ingredients and mix nicely until all lumps dissapear. To mix this you can use the hand blender with minimum speed.

Pour the batter in the greased pan, tap it for all air bubbles to escape. Bake it in the preheated for 30 minutes or test it with a toothpick until it comes out dry and smooth.

Take it out and keep it on a cooling rack. Once it cools overturn it on a plate.Decorate it with a little icing sugar sieved through a stencil.

Note:You can make your own sour cream at home by mixing 1 tsp yogurt with 1/2 cup low fat cream and keep it in a warm place for 3-4 hours to set. And you can use in your recipe as a sour cream.


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Street Foods in Bangkok

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Bored of dining in Luxury restaurants and food malls? Try the spice routes of Bangkok streets instead. There are several food stalls on the streets of Bangkok that serve you anything from spicy snacks to a full meal for a reasonable price. If you are hitting the street for a day long sightseeing or shopping in Bangkok then you can consider having some street foods in Bangkok and skip a four course meal in any of the Bangkok restaurants. Not only will it be a welcome change in the dining routine but also it will give you a feel of adventure and experimenting with food.

You will find street food shops in nearly every street in Bangkok. The street food vendors in this city sell a variety of food for a very small price. At any of the street food area in this city you will such a wide variety of food that it will be difficult for you to decide where to start from. The street food vendors offer you anything from fresh fruits to cooked meals. There is such a wide variety of food available at the street vendors that you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner of the streets of Bangkok.

If you are fond of fruits you can start the day with fresh cut fruits from the street vendor or enjoy some fruit juice too. For a more filling food you can choose the noodles or rice. Noodles or even falafel can serve as a good lunch on the streets. A tall glass of some freshly squeezed juice is a great way to end the meal. For dinner a plate of Pad Thai noodles is a great choice. Couple it with a drink or a beer and you are sure to derive great satisfaction. For the teetotalers a glass of juice is the perfect pair for Pad Thai at night.

Thus spending less that $5 you can have a tasty, healthy and satisfying meal on the streets of Bangkok. Falling in love with the street food in Bangkok is surely an affair to remember.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal

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 1 cup dry 5-minute oats
1 cup water
1/2 cup skim milk
About 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 or 2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
1 or 2 tablespoons your favorite jelly
Kosher salt to taste


1) Combine oats, water, and milk in a small pot. Heat over medium.

2) After a minute or two, add vanilla extract, peanut butter, jelly, and salt to taste. Stir to combine, though the peanut butter will gradually melt into the mixture as the oatmeal heats up. Cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

3) When the oatmeal reaches your desired consistency, taste it. If you’d like a little more of either PB or J, add it in.

4) Serve, and wonder why you’re not eating this for every meal.

Approximate Calories, Fat, Fiber, Protein, and Price Per Serving
304 calories, 7.4 g fat, 2.9 g fiber, 7.9 g protein, $0.38

1 cup dry 5-minute oats: 147 calories, 2.3 g fat, 4 g fiber, 6.1 g protein, $0.30
1 cup water: negligible calories, fat, fiber, protein, $0.00
1/2 cup skim milk: 45 calories, 0.4 g fat, 0 g fiber, 4.4 g protein, $0.11
About 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract: 6 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, $0.03
1 1/2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter: 135 calories, 12 g fat, 1.5 g fiber, 5.3 g protein, $0.09
1 1/2 tablespoons your favorite jelly: 84 calories, 0 g fat, 0.3 g fiber, 0 g protein, $0.21
Kosher salt to taste: negligible calories, fat, fiber, protein, $0.01
TOTAL: 609 calories, 14.7 g fat, 5.8 g fiber, 15.8 g protein, $0.75
PER SERVING (TOTAL/2): 304 calories, 7.4 g fat, 2.9 g fiber, 7.9 g protein, $0.38  

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Green Curry Chicken

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1 tablespoons Green curry paste
2 cups coconut milk and 1/2 cup water
Sliced chicken breasts (your choice of meat like beef,pork )
1 cup sweet peas
Sliced eggplant (just 1 1/2 eggplant)
2 tablespoons Fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
4-5 orange chilies cut lengthwise, Fresh Thai basil, Kaffir lime leaves,
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Garlic 2 cloves minced


In a pan heat oil over medium heat .
Fry garlic until brown and put in the curry paste for 1 minute or until smell good
Add chicken, sugar and fish sauce..stir well then add about 1/2 cup of coconut milk
When the chicken is almost done add the rest of the coconut milk and stir till boil
Add sweet peas, eggplants, Kaffir lime leaves and orange chili.
Taste and add if needed.
Stir a few more times, add Thai basil and remove from stove 

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Mamoul cookies

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Tomake 12 cookies (3-inch long-oval cookies)

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup fine semolina
2 tablespoon melted butter or ghee
2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoon Orange blossom water or rose water
1/2 cup reduced fat Milk(a little more if needed)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon powdered anise or ground anise seed(optional)

pinch of salt


1 cup(4 ounce) about 6-8 dates,pitted and pressed to make a paste
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup Walnuts or pistachios,chopped


Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl .Butter,sugar,orange blossom water and milk mix in another bowl. Gradually add this in to the flour mixture,knead the dough until evenly mixed.The dough should be smooth and moist,add little more milk if needed.Cover and let rest for one hour.
Prepare the filling by combining the pressed dates and cinnamon .Make 2 inch long rolls of the mixture and Set aside and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make walnut-sized balls of the dough. Press down each of the balls using a thumb to form a cup to place the filling.place the date roll.Close the open end and roll between the palms to form a cylindrical shape.Place on a baking sheet and finish making the rest.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until bottom is lightly brown. Completely cool on a rack.Store in an air tight container.Tastes best if consumed within 4-5 days since its low in fat and could dry out sooner.

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Chicken and cheese biscuits

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It's very tasty and easy to make. I have made it yesterday night with help of my friends.


1 stick of butter

1/2 cup flour

4-5 chicken breasts (cooked and cut up)

1-14oz can chicken broth

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste

milk (optional)

1 can biscuits


Place cooked and cut chicken in a greased 9x13 pan.

Simmer butter, salt, pepper, and broth in sauce pan.

When melted and hot, add flour and whisk until smooth.

If your sauce is a little too thick, you can thin it down with a little milk or broth.

Pour sauce over chicken.

Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Top mixture with biscuits.

Bake according to directions on biscuits.


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