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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Very Berry crunchy parfait

Another 2 more days guys...send in your berry dishes to win either of the two Books in the giveaway selected randomly! Check out the details here.

Again keeping with the theme of the event....I made this Berryful berried yogurt parfait with some crunchy goodness and awesomeness. It surely has all the healthy benefits from the berries, yogurt and oats granola with nuts. Can it get any better??
Well give this a try and I am sure you will love it. it makes for a great after school snack or even to snack on anytime.

I used Greek yogurt for my requirement here....but if you like it juicy and not too thick like Greek yogurt can be, use regular yogurt, use non-fat and make much more better and healthy!

I used a mix of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Well its a parfait as long as it has fruits and yogurt with some little added crunch!


A mix of berries like strawberries, raspberries,blueberries
plain or vanilla flavored non-fat Greek yogurt
crunchy granola with or without nuts


Chop strawberries if required.

Add a dollop of yogurt on the bottom of the glass you are going to use.

Add a mix of berries and top of with some granola.

Add more yogurt and more berries with granola in layers.

Serve chilled. Enjoy!!!

Sending this to Archana from Mad Scientist's Kitchen, who is guest hosting 'Fast Food not Fat food', event started by Priya of Now Serving.

And to Srivalli's 'Kid's Delight' Party event on her blog.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blueberry pound cake

Guys....Let me first remind you of the event going on here which will end this Friday! Don't forget, there are 2 lovely fabulous books to be won by random picking.
So what are you waiting for ...send in your yummy berry dishes to Healing Foods - Berries event at my blog....only 4 more days to go!!!

Life does really come to a stand still...that is when i cannot access a  computer or a laptop as freely and whenever I want!! and let me tell you it really frustrating to me!!!....that is when I cannot blog or check out other blogs...hmph!!
Tho there are so many computers in the house, I was at a loss when all my pictures and my 'creativity' was on my computer which stopped charging!!
Well now I have it back, but looks like it still has the problem and will have to go back to the shop yet again!!
I am getting it work somehow today and decided that its the best time to write a blog post today and get my other posts ready for the next couple of days! Dunno when I will get to blog again!

So keeping in theme with the event here on my blog....I made this yummy Blueberry Pound cake, which turns out delicious at every try and so easy to make that you can never go wrong. The crust comes out crunchy and the soft melt away texture with the tangy and sweet berries is one of the best I have ever ate.

I followed the recipe from, but didn't want to make a very large one, so tweaked it a bit to make just a loaf. But to my surprise, the first loaf disappeared with in a few hours and I had to bake another one the next day!

So I promise you, as long as you stick to the recipe.....this recipe is a keeper!!


1 cup sugar
2 eggs ( at room temp)

1/2 cup butter (at room temp)
1 cup all purpose flour or maida + 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
1/2 tsp baking powder

1 to 2 tbsp apf to coat the blueberries
1 cup blueberries
1 tsp vanilla extract

A 9in loaf pan coated with butter
about 1 tbsp brown sugar to coat the loaf pan (white granulated sugar can be used instead)
Oven at 325 degrees F for about 40-50 min.


Pre-heat the oven to 325 Degrees.

Wash and lay out the berries to dry on a paper towel.

Butter the pan and sprinkle the brown sugar around the pan.

Beat the Butter and sugar at medium speed until totally incorporated using a stand mixer or hand mixer.

Mix the All purpose flour and baking powder together.

When the sugar and butter are mixed, add in the eggs , one by one and beat till they are mixed in.

Next add the APF slowly little by little, so that its totally incorporated and no lumps form. Add the vanilla extract. Beat for about 2-3 minutes.

Coat the blue berries with the APF.

Using a Spatula, fold in the most of the berries, leaving a few to the top the batter.

Put the batter into the pan coated with brown sugar.

Top it with the remaining blueberries.

Bake it for about 40-50 minutes. Its Done when the top is brown and a when a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

Serve warm or cold....but it was really good when it was warm :)


Sending this to Srivalli's 'Kid's Delight Party' event on her blog.

Also to Rak's Kitchen who is guest hosting Celebrating Sweets - Fruits and Veggies, event by Nivedita of Nivedita's Kitchen.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Announcing Event - "Healing Foods - Berries" and 'Pritya Books' Giveaway!!

Hi Guys...How is everyone holding up after Ganesh Chathurthi festivities?...How much did you eat and how much weight did you gain? just kidding!!

Well Summer is almost coming to an end and I am sure everyone has taken full advantage of all the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables that are available to you during this time. If not, then there is still some time left.....Go on and enjoy!!....and whip up some delightful recipes and send to them to my event selfish me!!:)

I am happy to announce "Healing Food - Berries"  - an beautiful and interesting series started by Siri of Cooking with Siri. I am actually late...sorry...but you guys still have a month!

I am sure everyone already knows the important benifits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Getting them into our diet in any form is quite important.
Berries are rich in many vitamins and also anti-oxidants which has everyone is raving about, very important to our diet. They also keep our skin healthy and shining too.

They actually taste very good when added to any and many recipes in our day to day life...and are also yummy enough to eat with some yogurt topping or just plain.
My Kids cannot get enough of strawberries and blueberries! They just disappear in my fridge!

I found a very interesting website which shows the pictures and also explains how each berry can be used...check it out!

So what are you waiting for!!...Whip up some exciting dishes and send them by email!
Here are the rules and guidelines you goto follow :))

1. Whip up any dish with berries as one of the main ingredient. The berries used can be of any stage of ripe or raw. It can be a main course, appetizer, side dish or a dessert or a snack or anything you think of! 

2. Please link to this page and Siri's Healing Foods event announcement page.

3. Send in as many entries as you wish. I will also accept old entries as long as they are reposted and  linked back here and Siri's page.

4. Use of logo is appreciated

5. Ends on Sept 30th 2011

6. Send an email to Smitha(dot)Joga(@)gmail(dot)com with the following details:
Blog Name:
Recipe Name:
Recipe URL:
Picture (resized to 400 px)

7. Non-bloggers can also participate. Send in your recipe with a picture to the above email id.

Coming to the interesting part of this event....There is a Giveaway yaaaaayy!!!

Two randamly selected LUCKY WINNERS will win EITHER of the two beautiful and interesting cookbooks by Jigaysa and Pratibha of Pritya Books. I would surely love to own these books. Two really good Books - Check them out below!

Awarded Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World 2006, this book features traditional recipes by documenting the culinary legacy of an illustrious Indian grandmother.

Winner of Best Health & Nutrition Book in the World 2009 – Second Place, this Indian cookbook is a guide to healthy eating & has been researched at Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga retreat near Pune.

You donot have to be in India or in USA to win these books....They will be shipped to anywhere in the world!
If you have any questions, drop me an email and it will be answered the same day or the next.
Have fun cooking with berries in the next few weeks....Enjoy!!!