Easy Cake with Leftover Bread

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My family has a limit to how much bread they will eat. So every now and then we are left with a pound of bread.Of course, I am left to wonder what to do with it. So, this time I thought let me try to make some cake straight out of this bread.

So I made the bread crumbs and for the rest of the ingredients I used the things I would have used for a regular cake.

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Ingredients

Bread Crumbs 

2 Eggs

3 Cups of milk / Cream (optional)

1 tsp of baking powder, 1|2 tsp of baking soda

6 tsp of ghee or butter melted

Tutti Fruity (optional)

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Whisk the milk and the sugar, and when the sugar dissolves add the eggs and whisk into a frothy consistency. Melt the butter and add it to the liquid. Add the bread crumbs and the tutti fruity. Butter the cake dish of your choice. I used the baking sheet because I wanted to give it the flower shape. Pour the batter in the baking pan.

Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 Celsius, and bake the cake for 20 minutes for 180 degree celsius. Cool it and using a cutter of your choice cut them into shapes you like.

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Apple Kheer Recipe

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Here is a recipe that is as regal to taste as it is easy to make, Apple Kheer. Since apple is not my most favourite fruit I did not expect it to become my favourite dessert. Here is this simple but very delectable Apple Kheer Recipe.

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Ingredients : 3 Red Apples

Kaju katlis 5-6

6 cups of Whole Cow Milk or 5 cups of regular milk and Full cream 1 cup

2 cups of sugar

Few saffron strands

ghee 5 tsps

Dry fruits of choice

Peel and grate the apples, sieve the excess water from the apples. Heat the ghee, roast the dry fruits till they change colour. Add the grated apple and sauté it till it loses all its crispy moist quality and gains a soft soggy brown look.

Pour the whole milk and keep stirring on sim till it blends in. If you do not have whole add the full cream at this point. Let it cool down and after it cools down add the sugar. Stir the sugar till it mixes. Take a few strands of saffron and add it to 3-4 tsps of hot milk. It starts losing colour, add this saffron to the Kheer.  Heat it up and serve with puris. Or chill it in fridge and have it as dessert.

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Happy Mongo Books

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I am back with my second instalment of Happy Mongo and their fun learning education series. As I have said before Happy Mongo is a tool to develop a child’s speaking, listening and reading skills. They also have lessons in Mathematics and General Knowledge.

I have tried their lessons on the website, the ones on listening are the best showcase of what can be achieved through the fun learning method. Besides developing the listening skills, it is an excellent exercise for the concept of comprehension, which sets apart the reading activity from understanding. If you are confused I want to remind you of the old pedagogical learning method from earlier Indian schools where students “rote-learned” their lessons without any understanding of what the lesson intends to convey.

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I have their book in my hands now which is as creatively compiled as it is simplistically put. They are marked for 6, 7, 8 year olds. On first glance, it looks slightly easy for the age group but as I browse through I understand the intent, that is make the child’s foundation stronger. 

I can give you one instance to make my point clear. I remember my own childhood when I had trouble learning mathematics, especially, “Multiplication Tables!” To me it appeared like a random matrix of number that for some reason we had to, to use a very Indian term, “mug up”. Now when my daughter is receiving a much better education I can see how a better education is made better, they SIMPLIFY! For instance, when my daughter started learning her multiplication she was told a simple fact, this is Repetitive Addition. Some people who may have been good at Math may wonder, “Duh! What else did you think it was?” But for someone who did not naturally have a flair for Math, it was not apparent to me.

That is what Happy Mongo Learning intends to do, but they also add the element of fun and storytelling to each of these lessons so that it does not seem like a chore to the student.  

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The books combine the web-based learning tools for Speed Reading and Listening lessons. These books are also a great way to understand where your child stands in understanding what they have read and how fast they can grasp information.

My personal experience is, my daughter finished the book in about an hour and she seems to enjoy the online “games” as she calls them, more. I am loving these books too and their web-based lessons too, especially speaking because it is more than just Grammar and Diction, it also teaches a bit of  oratory skills such as enunciation and intonation. Stay with me while I continue to explore their books more.

 You can interact with them here on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/HappyMongoSpring/

Discover more on Twitter or exploring #HappyMongoLearning

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Happy Child Happy Learner

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Happy Child with Happy Mongo

Hi all! Before i tell you what i am talking about in the title here are a few thoughts to ponder. These are good times to be a child when the meaning of education is more than preparing a child for a job and more as a tool to develop the child’s personality. Gone are the days of empty rote learning because we have realised that the ultimate goal of education is create a happy person. And a happy child will always reach its highest potential.

I am certain consciously or unconsciously you have the same emotions about this for your child. As parents we want them to excel in academics just like our parents did but now we know that learning can be fun. And I am sure like me you are searching for such tool. Well I would like you to check out Happy Mongo.

Happy Mongo is a combination of various online games that enhance a child’s learning abilities. Especially in writing reading, speaking, and listening. Moreover they have learning tools in Mathematics as well as General Knowledge. Go ahead try their website for free exercises.

They have more interesting exercises in book form as well. I will be using them for my daughter and posting my experience here so you will know just how good they are.

Here is their website if you want to try their exercises: https://www.happymongo.com
Or their Facebook page to interact directly with them.: https://www.facebook.com/HappyMongoSpring/

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Savoury Green Gram Dosas Recipe

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Look at the lovely pistachio colour!!! 

Dosa is a fantastic recipe. It is easy to make, lasts long. However dosa need at least some preparation a day of soaking. So when I discovered these green gram dosas I was so happy and they are one dish recipes meaning you can skip the accompaniment like chutney if you wish. So here is this simple yet so tasty dosa recipe you can make on the go. Serves: A breakfsst for people.

Ingredients:

Green gram whole 500 gms., Green chilly 2 or as you like, coriander half a bowl, garlic 3 cloves, spoonful of cumin seeds, salt to taste and oil half a cup.

Procedure: Soak the whole green grams for 5-6 hours. Soak them in enough water so they can double up in size.

Blend them in a smooth paste in a blender. Before blending add the coriander, green chillies, cumin seeds, chopped garlic salt and some water. The consistency you want is like the cake batter a little runny won’t be a problem. Pour 2 tsps of oil in the batter.

Pour this batter on a hot pan with a bit of oil brushed on it and spread them for a paper thin dosas. Or even bread like thickness tastes great too. Blend a chutney if you want or sauce but you can just eat them rolled up.

Tip: If the batter is a little runny you can add a bit of semolina and whisk the dough.

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Storable Garlic Chutney Recipe

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Chutneys are wonderful dips that can make an already tasty dishes even more tasty. Moreover, they are so easy to make.  The wet chutneys may last only about 3-4 days but the powder ones can last up to a year. One of my most favourite is the Garlic Chutney. You will love it and it is so healthy too. So here is the super easy chutney.

Ingredients :

Garlic cloves 6-7, a bowlful of roasted peanuts, Red Chilly powder, Salt. Optional Dried coconut grated or you can use the desecated variety.

Just grind all this well and eat it with anything you like.

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Savoury Shakarpade Cheese-it Recipe

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When we were growing up I was not a big fan of snacky things like biscuits although I loved chocolates. But then my dad got these savoury, crunchy snacks. So it was a welcome surprise when my aunt shared the recipe to make these at home.

So here’s how I made them.

500 gms. Of refined flour

Cheese 2 bowls

4 tsps butter

Milk 2 cups 

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

I also added a few spices because I am an Indian and it’s a force of habit. 

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp carom seeds

1 tsp black pepper powder 

Procedure

Add the refined flour, salt, pepper powder. Blend the carom seeds and cumin seeds into fine powder. Add it to the flour and mix the ingredients.

Grate the cheese into the dry mix. Melt the butter and pour it to the mix. Pour the milk and knead the dough. The dough should not be soft.

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Roll the dough into a thin line and using a cutter cut small diamonds in a criss cross. Separate them and fry them on a mid flame. 

Let them cool down and store them in an air tight container.

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