Monday, August 22, 2011

Cookies and Salsa

I get the inspiration to cook like the monsoons in Bangalore. Somedays there is nothing - zilch, a very dry spell. Whatever the cook makes, we shall eat.  And on other days there are heavy showers of motivation and an intense desire to cook something. Last week we had one of those heavy shower days and the after effect was very pleasant and mouthwatering.
And I started watching Nigella Kitchen recently so am inspired all the more :) Cheers for Nigella Lawson, the hot sexy mama who cooks awesome food.

I collected some of these beautiful coloured veggies and roasted them in the oven.  


I added these for some tangy yummy flavours.


Pulsed them in the mixer and made this hot tangy roasted tomato and capsicum salsa.


What's salsa without some nachos? Umm, yumm and like N says "Yummy in my tummy" combo.


But that couldn't satisfy my sweet tooth. So, I took these ingredients (in pic below) along with some butter and sugar.


And made these simple, flavourful and melt-in-your-mouth cookies.


If you need exact recipes or process, let me know, will share.

Linking this in to Patty's Weekly Party and Tanya's Tea-Time Thursday!














Happy Monday!!

Edited to Add - Here is the recipe link for the cookies (It is by Rachel Allen) - http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/8947/basic-cookie-recipe
I modified the basic version, slightly, by adding Hersheys cocoa powder and reducing the amount of plain flour to accomodate the cocoa powder. You can go light or dark based on taste and colour preference. I added some crushed walnuts too. And ofcourse I did not want to make 35 cookies, just a trial sized amount so I reduced the quantities by 1/4.

Happy Baking!
The salsa was as simple as the pictures show - just roast/grill the veggies (tomato, onion, capsicum, green chilli (as hot as you want) and garlic) in the oven/microwave (use grill mode). Then blend them along with the coriander, lemon juice, salt and some cumin seeds. Now dig in with some nachos (for the ideal combo) or some chips :)


30 comments:

  1. Simran, the salsa looks absolutely mouthwatering! ...and the cookies...ummmm...yummy:)

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  2. dont need recipes, need the ready products - they look absolutely devour-worthy!

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  3. awesome pics...either u share receipe or we are coming over to have them....

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  4. yum!........both the dishes looks awesome and mouth watering. How do u remember to take the pictures, I always forget.....

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  5. Thanks ladies!!! I am a big chip n dip fan, however unhealthy that may sound. Can't resist dips - tomato based or mayo based. And you are wlcome to munch with me anytime. In fact I think I should have a party for all my girl friends :)
    Sharma - will send that recipe also and u shud still come over.

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  6. Simran, I am so definitely coming over for those goodies:):) Yummy and the photos are gorgeous:):)

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  7. You are a true inspiration!! I never feel like going anywhere close to the kitchen *grin*.. Thanks for always linking in.. Simran!! You rock!! Im hoping to you have a lovely week ahead.. and make some more awesome meals.. :-)

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  8. Cookies look so good,ny kid gonna luv these

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  9. Thank you all!!
    Kala - Welcome anytime :)
    Patty - Coming from you those are such sweet and encouraging words!! I love your blog for a whole lot of reasons, some of them sentimental :)
    Notyet100 - Try them out, am sure the kids will love it!

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  10. Recipes please, but also please invite me to the party...the dishes are mouth watering!

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  11. hey simran, the salsa looks yummy, i am gonna surely make it soon...pls post the receipe for "melt in your mouth cookies" jaldi se...me waiting. PK

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  12. mouthwatering and amazing shots too...

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  13. Thanks PK and Nisha! will put up the recipes soon :)

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  14. Salsa looks absolutely delish!!

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  15. Thank you Poornima! I would love to try some Hummus though ;)

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  16. What a coincidence, Simran. I made salsa (recipe from gluten free girl) and chocolate last week. And then went to taste some delicious salsa at Cream Center in Indira Nagar. You should check out the place if you haven't been there already. And yes, please share your recipes.

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  17. Hey Lakshmi! Thanks for dropping by :) And how cool is that. I will def try Cream center, have never been there. Recipes coming up soon.

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  18. Yum Simran.. I just had lunch but my mouth is still watering :)..
    Is this one of the Cookie recipes through FB - do share which one it is - it seems to have worked out so well !

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  19. Aparna - I wanted to try a basic recipe first to make sure all my equipment works and I get the hang of it. The FB recipes are next :) Will share this one.

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  20. Ok ladies. Here is the recipe link for the cookies (It is by Rachel Allen) - http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/8947/basic-cookie-recipe
    I modified the basic version slightly by adding Hersheys cocoa powder and reducing the amount of plain flour to accomodate the cocoa powder. You can go light or dark based on taste and colour preference. I added some crished walnuts too. And ofcourse I did not want to make 35 cookies, just a trial sized amount so I reduced the quantities by 1/4. Happy Baking!

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  21. The salsa was as simple as the pictures show - just roast/grill the veggies (tomato, onion, capsicum, green chilli (as hot as you want) and garlic) in the oven/microwave (use grill mode). Then blend them along with the coriander, lemon juice, salt and some cumin seeds. Now dig in with some nachos (for the ideal combo) or some chips :)

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  22. YUMM!! I will try this and it sounds like Mom's tomato chutney - capsicum.

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  23. Do try Shanthi and let me know how it turns out!

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  24. These just looks so mouth-watering and delicious.

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  25. This post makes me hungry!!

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun. The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-4.html

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  26. :) Sure Tanya will be there with my next post!!

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  27. By the way! I was expecting another awesome meal this week

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  28. Like I said the inspiration comes in once in a while :) I did make some corn & cheese soup and pizza last week but just didn't have time to click pics or put up a post!!

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