Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration Recipe

Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration

10.22.14 by Jackie

Today Aria's preschool teachers planned a small Diwali celebration in school. Diwali is a Hindu festival and it's India's biggest holiday of the year. It's also known as the "festival of lights." The day began with a non-religious story of Diwali, then there was a beautiful Rangoli demonstration (an art and craft session), followed by a potluck lunch for the boys and girls. I volunteered to bring a nut-free dessert for the children and since I knew other mothers would bring typical, popular Indian desserts, Aria and I prepared a colorful, playful dessert instead for the children. 

Rangoli picture

For the occasion, I transformed our little Aria into an Indian princess and tried to match the dessert with her colorful, festive attire. The dessert consisted of individual servings of a cookie baked in a mini cupcake liner and filled with cardamom-flavored triple chocolate cream (lemon, strawberry and milk chocolate). Needless to say, the children adored the sweet treats and Aria was so proud to tell her classmates she had helped preparing them.

Indian clothes


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Feeling Zen by Kneading Dough (Making your Own Bread) Recipe

Feeling Zen by Kneading Dough (Making your Own Bread)

10.20.14 by Jackie

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test ourselves. I try to stay positive and see those challenges as blessing. Well, this weekend I've dealt with a fair share of difficult situations. And when that's the case, I motivate myself by finding a de-stressing activity. My solution this time was kneading dough; I think it's the best way to be energized in my quest to break free from life's inevitable anxieties!

I've listed some of the paratha (Indian bread), baked goods and pizza dough I prepared over the weekend as well as other dishes I'm about to bake for the upcoming holiday. Enjoy!

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Coconut and Pineapple: The Perfect Flavor Combination Recipe

Coconut and Pineapple: The Perfect Flavor Combination

10.17.14 by Jackie

When I run out of fresh fruit for desserts, I usually raid my pantry and either use chocolate or go for a flavor combination that gives me the most pleasure: pineapple and coconut. This particular flavor pairing works well together; I think it's because the subtle acidity from the pineapple helps to cut the richness of the coconut.

This afternoon, I prepared pineapple coconut oatmeal cookies with similarly flavored mousse cups. I barely had the time to let the mousse rest in the refrigerator, but little Aria had time to advertise the product of our labor to the family. By the time I wanted to shoot a few photos, everything was gone! This made me happy because it was probably the best compliment any mom could want coming from my little one. I'll prepare some more over the weekend and hopefully I'll be able to showcase the delicious treat. 

Meanwhile I gathered a few desserts using the same flavor profile, and they're as delectable as the ones our family had today !

 

 


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Delicious Drinks to Enjoy This Fall Recipe

Delicious Drinks to Enjoy This Fall

10.16.14 by Jackie

Several times a week, I take little Aria to "Toddler Story Time" classes, which she enjoys tremendously. The theme these days is about the fall season. Miss Rose, the teacher, explained that leaves begin to change color and Aria seemed mesmerized by all the changes this season suggests.

When we went home, she made a drawing with trees and leaves. While she was busy, I made a pumpkin smoothie for a tasty seasonal treat. Then I told her we'd start cooking more fall-flavored dishes to satisfy her daddy's seasonal holiday cravings. For now, I'm sharing with you delicious drinks to enjoy this pre-holiday time. 


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Beef Prime Brisket Recipe Recipe

Beef Prime Brisket Recipe

10.15.14 by Jackie

My daughter Aria and I are huge fans of fork-tender beef brisket. My secret tenderizer is a combination of baking powder, dried spices and coarsely-ground black pepper for the dry rub. I kept the flavorings pretty simple, using garlic, onion, sugar, dry mustard, dried oregano and bay leaf.

For a nice contrast of texture, I served the slices of brisket on a bed of red cabbage slaw. 


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