Homemade Strawberry Ice-cream

homemade strawberry icecream

I don’t know why I have always shied away from making ice-cream at home..especially, when it’s one of the preferred dessert of the family. I guess it’s always about getting the perfect texture – only creaminess and no ice crystals that made me run away from the thought of making ice-cream at home.

I always knew whenever I plan to make ice-cream at home it will definitely be using the below given easy-peasy recipe which many ladies of one of my recipe communities swear by. It is a no-cook, 10 minute recipe calling for just 3 ingredients; fresh cream, milkmaid and fruit puree/pulp.

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Husband is an ice-cream lover and that’s how I got hooked to it. Obviously, Nabeel followed suit and now, it’s a fortnightly ritual post dinner to walk down to the nearby ice-cream parlour, known for its fresh hand churned ice-creams, for a quick treat.

We usually like eating Strawberries on their own or once in a while I whip up a Strawberry milkshake but this year the berries are not in their best form – very tart and sour, making it impossible to eat them raw. That’s how I decided to use them to make an ice-cream.

Did you know Strawberry is one of the top 3 flavours of ice-cream along with Vanilla and Chocolate?

The Homemade Strawberry Ice-cream Recipe shared is jhat-pat (jiffy) kind and I love the fact that it’s so convenient –  you just decided to make ice-cream and within 30minutes the mixture is ready and sitting in your freezer. I must admit this was not a 100% crystal free ice-cream I mainly suspect that’s because of the sugar and water that goes into making the sauce. If you use natural pulp then the ice crystals are nil. However, we enjoyed the luscious ice-cream which was creamy and full of flavour.

easy strawberry icecream

Homemade Strawberry Ice-cream Recipe
Makes 400ml

200ml / 1 cup milkmaid
250ml fresh cream
2 cups chopped strawberries
2 tbsp sugar (this may vary as per the tartness of the strawberries)
Red food colour, only if you desire

Step 1 – Start by preparing the Strawberry sauce. Mix strawberries with sugar in a thick bottomed pan, add about 1/4th cup water and cook till the berries are soft and sugar has melted to a sauce consistency. This may take about 10 minutes or so. Once done, keep aside and cool. The batch of strawberries I used to make the ice cream was very sour so I had to cook them with sugar. If your berries are sweet you may omit this step and roughly mash the strawberries.

Step 2 – In a big bowl, whip cream till frothy.

Step 3 – Pour in the milkmaid and mix well.

Step 4 – Add in the Strawberry sauce and whip for a minute to mix well. Do not over whip, as all the berries will liquidize. An ice-cream with fruit chunks tastes much better than a smooth one in my opinion.

Step 5 – Pour the ice-cream mixture in a container. Add few drops of food colour, if using. Mix well.

Step 6 – Cover the container with a tight fitting lid and keep in freezer for 4 hours.

Step 7 – Remove the ice-cream and mix using a fork. Place the ice-cream back in freezer till frozen completely.

Step 8 – Scoop and serve as desired.

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Other Strawberry Recipes you should try

Berry Lollies

Strawberry & Guava Juice

Real Strawberry Pops

 

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Party Shake Ideas for KIDS

party shake ideas

Planning a menu for a kid’s gathering is a mind-boggling task. While the food items are somehow easier to think of and finalise, what gets most of us is what drink to serve the kids.

I know the most common and easiest drink served at kids parties is the “fresh n juicy” mango drink but let’s admit it is as unhealthy and inappropriate as any soda-based or tetra pak drink.

For a few parties, I too served it to my son’s friends with guilt of course. That changed one day when I had a ‘Eureka’ moment of whipping up yummy shakes. Tried, tested and loved by Nabeel and his friends too!

Sharing below some recipe ideas of shakes you must try for your child’s next birthday party


Almond and Banana Milkshake (Makes 1 glass)

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey or more as required
  • 4-5 nos almonds
  • ½ cup chilled milk
  • Honey for garnish
  • Crushed ice, if desired

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • For a fancy presentation, drizzle honey along the rim of a tall glass and freeze it for a few minutes for honey to harden. Pour the milk shake and serve.

Chocolate and Coconut Milkshake (Makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup vanilla ice-cream
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Crushed ice, if desired
  • Desiccated coconut for garnish
  • Chocolate chips or vermicelli for garnish

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • Dip the glass rim in milk and then in desiccated coconut, pour the milkshake and top with chocolate chips or vermicelli.

True Berry Milkshake (Makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup assorted berries (strawberry, mulberry, cranberry, blueberry), pitted and slightly crushed
  • ½ cup mashed frozen banana
  • 1 cup chilled milk
  • Honey or sugar as per taste
  • Crushed ice, if desired
  • Cocktail paper umbrella for garnish
  • Some chopped berries to top

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • Insert the cocktail umbrella in the glass, top with chopped berries and serve.

Orange and Carrot Shake (Makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • Crushed ice, if desired
  • Cocktail paper umbrella for garnish
  • Orange slice for garnish

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • Insert the cocktail umbrella in the glass, place the orange slice on the rim and serve.
  • Note: The drink has bits of carrot which might go well with older kids. If serving to young kids its best avoided as straining the drink might rob it of its goodness and texture.

Dates and Vanilla Milkshake (Makes 1 glass)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream
  • 3–4 seedless dates
  • 1/4th cup chilled milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or as required
  • Crushed ice, if desired
  • Chocolate wafer roll for garnish

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • Insert a chocolate wafer roll in the glass and serve.

Disclaimer: This article was originally written for and published on BabyChakra

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Sambhar with drumsticks and brinjal

Simple Sambhar but loaded with goodness. One can add more vegetables like gourd, brinjals, okra, pumpkin, etc

Straight From The Garden

So all those cheesy-easy-breezy pastas take the kitchen by storm and I try everything possible with the help of online cook books, share pics and get enough of attention for so called fancy culinary skills. And as days pass all I want was nothing more than steamed rice and dal.

Welcome aboard! I was not all excited to cook proper meals, (you can read it as a simple sambhar and rice 😬) . It was out of bad craving for home cooked. So I decide to try it with mom by my side, okay by my virtual side.

Chopping veggies, cooking dal before hand, so far so good. One part which I repel in making sambhar is extracting tamarind extract. No!

But I see no shortcuts here so I get going in soaking it in hot water as long as possible to make the process less daunting.

Here it goes…

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Stained Glass Cookies – Christmas Special

Stained Glass Cookies – These pretty looking cookies caught my eye few months ago during my usual “blog inspiration” search. I knew instantly they would feature as my Christmas special recipe on the blog. And, here they are.

stained glass cookies

The cookies are nothing but sugar cookies with a colorful center of crushed sugar candies. The soft cookie melts in your mouth leaving a hard, crunchy candy center to bite on. Unlike other cookies, this one is quite adventurous on the palate.

christmas ornament

To make the cookies more Christmasy I have flavoured them with cinnamon powder, which explains the light brown tinge. They make good edible ornaments too.

star cookies

While I chose the flower shape to make my cookies, Nabeel made Stained Glass Cookies using his favourite smiley cutters. The star shape in particular. I think it looks so pretty and fun. Glad Nabeel is getting creative with food : )

The recipe is Basic Eggless Sugar Cookie Dough which I have shared earlier in this recipe –  Halloween Finger Cookies

christmas cookies

Stained Glass Cookies – Christmas Special (Basic Sugar Cookies flavoured with Cinnamon)

Ingredients
½ cup powdered sugar
½ cup butter, cold
½ teaspoon Vanilla essence
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon powder
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
Milk, if required
Colored Sugar Candy – approx 1 cup (I used Poppins. Fox candy also works well)

Method
Step 1 – In a dry bowl, place butter and sugar together. Cream them using a whisk.
Step 2 – Beat the mixture, till light and fluffy.
Step 3 – Add in the vanilla essence, mix.
Step 4 – Carefully fold in the flour, cinnamon powder and baking powder, mix gently to make dough. Use a spoon or two of milk, if required.
Step 5 – Rest the dough in fridge for 10mins before shaping.
Step 6 – Divide the dough into 2 parts and roll them out, one by one, into 1/4inch thickness.
Step 7 – Use any shape cookie cutter but ensure you have 2 sizes available in it.
Step 8 – Use the larger cutter and cut out cookies. Then use the smaller sized cutter and cut out the center. Place the cookies on a lined or greased baking sheet.
Step 9 – Crush same colored sugar candy and carefully place it in the centre hollow part of the cookies. If you wish to use the cookies as Christmas Tree Ornaments then make a hole in them before putting to bake. Refer to this image 

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Step 10 – Place the cookies in a hot oven which has been pre-heating for 10 minutes at 180 C. The cookies should bake in about 15 minutes.
Step 11 – Remove from oven and cool the cookies.

Hope you enjoy making and sharing these cookies as much as I did. You can also try out the below listed Christmas Special Recipes.

Santa Crunch
Yule Log 
Edible Christmas Tree Decorations – Post 1 & Post 2

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Digestive Raisin Sticks – Iron Rich Recipe

digestive raisin sticks

Raisins or Dried Grapes are a good source of Iron. If you are looking at consuming Iron Rich foods then make raisins a part of your daily diet for sure. The best way is to snack on them couple of times during the day. Sharing here an easy recipe of Digestive Raisins which can be consumed after meals and also munched on as a mouth freshner.

Recipe Credit: This is my mom’s recipe. She serves it after meals for her popular food soirees. It is highly savoured and big hit with family and friends. These days am relishing the raisins to up my Iron intake and also help change my mood and taste buds ..after all being pregnant needs to have its perk 🙂

iron rich raisins

Digestive Raisin Sticks 

3 tablespoons Raisins
1/2 cup Orange Juice
2 teaspoon roasted jeera powder
1/2 teaspoon chaat masala
a pinch of salt

Step 1 – Remove Raisin stalks and quickly wash them.
Step 2 – Soak the raisins in orange juice for 1 hour or till they are hydrated and plump.
Step 3 – Drain the orange juice and toss the raisins in remaining ingredients.
Step 4 – Arrange the raisins on toothpicks and refrigerate. Consume as required.

I am submitting this recipe for the Livogen Iron Chef Contest. You too can submit your favourite Iron rich recipe here.

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Review – Baby on Board Hamper

What to expect when you are expecting? Lots of pampering, of course! My pampering just got to another level when I was sent a curated pregnancy hamper for my first trimester. The hamper aptly named Baby on Board (BoB) is the product of Pamper Hamper and is a very thoughtful box full of elements that are useful for women who are undergoing the most beautiful phase of their life.

The Baby on Board hamper sent to me was attractively packed in pink & green net. The contents of the hamper were:
1. Mommylogy – Activity Book
2. Happy Mommy Cards
3. Pregnancy Keepsake Pillow
4. Baby Bump Ahead – Board Game
5. Pregnancy Cook Book – By Tarla Dalal
6. Garbh Sanskar Audio CD

Watch the hamper UnBoxing Video here and read below, my review of all the items I received in the Baby on Board – Beginning of the journey Hamper and their importance in making the pregnancy journey joyous.

1. Mommylogy – Activity Book
The Mommylogy activity and baby brain development book is a highly researched book developed after consulting Doctors, Garbhsanskar Gurus and expecting moms. The book has a set of activity, puzzles, colouring pages individually focusing on the development of the 9 months.
I personally enjoy the book while resting and when I need to jog my brain over some intellectual stuff. Even though it’s my second pregnancy, I learnt a lot about being pregnant and fetal development by doing the various activities in the book. Particularly enjoyed the colouring pages, something I indulged in after ages. Once you start, it is impossible to keep the book down. The book is a great way to wade through the lethargic, bored moods of pregnancy in a creative way.

 

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2. Happy Mommy Cards
Happy Mommy Cards are illustrated cards that can be used as props to click pictures during pregnancy. They are a great way to capture little developments and preserve them as sweet memories. When did the baby first kick, or what was the most bizarre craving you had, etc can be captured through the cards. You can also use them as a way to announce your pregnancy to friends and family.

 

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3. Pregnancy Keepsake Pillow
An attractive pillow that covers the 9 month journey, in a quirky manner, with illustrations and caricatures. I love its vibrant yellow tone which instantly lifts my spirits. The pillow is made of fine cloth and can be used to rest on the bed or as a back support during car travel.

 

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4. Baby Bump Ahead – Board Game
A pregnancy themed board game specially designed for moms-to-be. The very fact already makes you feel like a queen and takes you on seventh heaven. This by far has to be the best item in the hamper. This is the ideal thing for any pregnant lady who often finds herself restricted indoors missing out on all the fun. Now, she can rejoice and gather family and friends for her indoor fun can be taken to another level. Besides the fun element the board game is a good way of understanding a pregnant lady’s journey and how exactly she feels.
I often play the game with Nabeel (my 5 yr old) who is very fond of the game. He too is learning how the baby will behave and is excited to welcome his sibling.
The game is designed on the snakes and ladder theme and has very cute pegs in the form of a baby’s hand n foot, pacifier and a feeding bottle.

5. Pregnancy Cook Book – By Tarla Dalal
Something a pregnant lady is always advised to concentrate on is a healthy diet, right from the planning to the breastfeeding stage. The right food intake is essential both for mother and the baby and a pregnancy cookbook by an expert like Tarla Dalal comes very handy. The book has simple doable recipes using common ingredients and also a lot of content related to how to choose ingredients and plan a daily diet. This book is definitely a to-be- moms best kitchen guide.

6. Garbh Sanskar Audio CD
Listening to soothing music during pregnancy is a way of creating “Happy Hormones” in the body. The Garbh Sanskar CD has a good selection of devotional and instrumental music that helps de-stress and unwind. I listen to it before sleep time which helps me sleep better and indulge in some sweet dreams 

About PamperHamper
Pamper Hamper is a one stop destination to find perfect gifts for an expecting mom and her newborn. A lot of their products are in-house and are created after thorough research and care. One can buy individual gifts or even opt for customized hampers as per the stage of pregnancy. Know more here

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Creamy Mushroom Crostini – Iron Rich Recipe

creamy mushroom crostini

Iron deficiency is a common problem in women. As per statistics, every second women in India is Iron deficient which causes a lot of serious mental, social and economic issues in her life.

The most simplest and effective way of overcoming this problem is to start early with an Iron rich diet made of foods and supplements that supply enough nutrient to the body.  Being pregnant myself, I have devised a daily diet which includes Iron rich ingredients like mushrooms, dates, leafy vegetables, chicken, etc that ensure a good supply of Iron to the fetus for its right development.

Here is an Iron rich recipe – Creamy Mushroom Crostini using mushrooms and whole wheat bread, both excellent sources of Iron, which I regularly whip up for its nutrition quotient as well as the ease in which it can be prepared. The recipe is a equally savored by my 5 year old child making it the perfect dish to prepare for the entire family.

mushroom starter

 

Creamy Mushroom Crostini
Makes 8

Ingredients
8 Wholewheat bread slices
2 cups thickly sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon cream
2 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon pizza seasoning or oregano
Salt & Pepper
1 cup Grated cheese
2 – 3 cloves of peeled garlic
Olive oil to drizzle

Method
Step 1 – In a non-stick pan heat butter and sauté the mushroom slices for 5 minutes.
Step 2 – Add in cream, water and all the seasonings. Give a stir, cook on simmer for 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
Step 3 – Toast the bread slices. Rub garlic on hot toast and drizzle with little olive oil.
Step 4 – Spread the creamy mushroom mixture and top with grated cheese.
Step 5 – Place in a hot oven for few minutes till the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

mushroom on toast

I am submitting this recipe for the Livogen Iron Chef Contest. You too can submit your favourite Iron rich recipe here.

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