Jan 16, 2014

Coffee-chocolate Semifreddo and Apple Cobbler

Sorry for being a bad blogger, we moved into a new apartment and I quite underestimated how much I hate moving, lol. Anyway, back to business now. I would love to share with you my NYE ice cream and apple crumble recipe.

I've wanted to try homemade ice cream for quite a while. I read about this semifreddo and after hearing that it's smooth and silky unlike the hard texture of a regular ice cream, I was completely sold. The recipe takes patience. That's it. No special equipment required. No stand mixer or ice cream maker. It would be nice to have a hand mixer to whip the cream but I did fine without it. I have a very helpful husband ;) Now this is not one of my easy-breezy recipes. It has a few steps and requires some time commitment. But the results are absolutely worth it, I promise you!!

Coffee-chocolate semifreddo (Adapted from Laura Vitale)

Ingredients -

Eggs - Yellow only - 7
Sugar - 2/3 cup
Whipping cream - 1.5 cups
Trader Joes Mocha Cappucino mix - 1 scoop (use a different mix or instant coffee to your taste)
Walnut pieces - 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 2 tsp

Method -

1. Place a mixing bowl in the freezer

2. Line a loaf pan with cling wrap leaving a little bit extra on both sides

3. Beat the egg yolk and sugar till smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract and the coffee powder and fold into the mixture till evenly distributed. It would be better if you dissolve the coffee powder separately and then add it to the mixture.

4. Place over a double boiler and cook this mixture for 8-10 minutes stirring constantly.

5. Whip the heavy cream in the chilled bowl from the freezer till you get stiff peaks. This is the hard part and it takes about 10-12 minutes.

6. Fold the whipped cream into the cooked egg-sugar mixture.

7. Place the walnuts at the bottom of the loaf pan and pour the mixture over it. Cover with the overhanging wrap and freeze for 10 hours. I used a silicone flower mold to make half the semifreddo and a mini loaf pan for the rest.

There you have it. A few steps and a 10 hour wait, you are left with a beautiful, smooth semifreddo.

Now for the easy apple cobbler. I used up all my eggs in the ice-cream, so this a simple eggless cobbler made in a cast iron skillet. I wanted something warm to go with the ice cream and this fit the bill perfectly.

Easy Apple Cobbler (No eggs)

Ingredients -

Flour - 1/2 cup
Butter  - 3 tbsp melted
Milk  - 5 tbsp
Sugar - 5 tbsp
Cinnamon - a pinch
Apples - 3 small, chopped.

Method  -

Mix all and pour into a greased baking dish or skillet and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.

Our dessert plate for the new year's eve -

It was a fun and super tasty start to the new year. I hope you try making these recipes and I hope you enjoy them!

Jan 6, 2014

Happy New You!

A very happy new year everyone! I've had some questions about my fitness plan for the coming here, so I thought I'd share it on the blog. 

I was super excited to see my weight last week - 59.9kgs. This is the first time my weight has been in the 50s in 5 years!! It gave me a HUGE push and I decided to use my Amazon Prime's offering of Six Week Six Pack by Jillian Michaels. Today was the first day and I thoroughly enjoyed/moaned through it. I think the publisher just has Level 1 on Youtube, so you could start off with that and purchase the next level if you like it.

I want to go to my target weight of 58 by this summer. Let's see if that's possible.

Added to the DVD, I'm continuing my meal planning. Last week, I was sick, so there were a lot of soups and idlis made by my hubby but we are back to schedule this week.

Some ways in which I'm reducing carbs and increasing my protein intake is by incorporating quinoa in our meals. Since this is new to me, I started with some safe recipes such a quinoa pulao and a quinoa pongal. Both of them turned out very tasty, so I might get a little more adventurous this week.

Quinoa Pulao

The next thing is hard to admit - even to myself. Everyone knows how much I hate salads. I did hate them a lot. BUT -
I've been making some really fun salads and they are nothing like the ones that I've had in crappy buffets. I made a wild rice/greens/red onion/mozzarella salad with herb oil. It was freaking amazing. Now I'm fully committed to finding amazing salads and having them for lunch at least twice a week.

The salad that started it all - wild rice, greens, mozzarella, red onion, basil infused olive oil

Lastly - I bought a some workout stuff from Old Navy. For the 30 minute DVD that I do, I find it quite sufficient. I've also worn it on hikes and walks and found them comfortable and flattering. If you are in need of good, moderately priced workout gear - check out ON. They have 40% off their active wear right now. (I'm not even a little bit sponsored). Some of my favorite workout picks currently -

GoDry tank
Compression capris

Workout tee 

Again - wishing a very happy and prosperous new year. 

What are your fitness goals for the new year?