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Crispy Fried Chicken: Gluten Free

Crispy Fried Chicken: Gluten Free

When life gives you chicken, try frying it! Personally I am not a big fan of fried food and with gluten restrictions in the family, restaurant fried chicken is out too. Yet sometimes when kids ask for fried chicken or crispy chicken burgers, I oblige. There are […]

Cadbury Cake

Cadbury Cake

             This was made for my son’s 9th birthday in February. He only asks for chocolate cake with lollipops and sprinkles and I shared his obsession in an older post. His choice may be simple but selecting a chocolate cake is another story as I prefer baking something […]

Best Hot Fudge Sauce

Best Hot Fudge Sauce

Yes I remember posting Magic Shell Topping recipe just last month but don’t we all need more reasons and excuses to have extra ice cream in our lives? I saw this drool worthy recipe of hot fudge sauce on Smitten Kitchen and couldn’t stop myself from trying […]

Gluten Free Chicken Fajita Pizza

Gluten Free Chicken Fajita Pizza

While cooking (stove top) you can change the recipe according to your taste and preferences. Baking, however, requires your A game and  it is always suggested to follow the recipe. Sometimes a little adjustment in the proportion of ingredients can mess up the whole dish and […]

Perfect Gluten Free Roti

Perfect Gluten Free Roti

Is it fair to call roti a side dish in Pakistani cuisine? Well if you are living gluten free in this country then it is a dream, trust me! Of course there is makkai ( corn meal) ke roti, chawal (rice) ke roti, Bajray (millet) […]

Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

There was an ice cream parlor near my grand mother’s house named after a cartoon character and besides a variety of ice cream flavors, they offered a whole selection of toppings as well. I still remember those squeezable bottles lined up in a shelf, ready to get […]


My TIPS

Some tips

Some tips

It’s a blog eats blog world….well not really…just saying. Millions of recipes are just a click away. We can choose what suits our taste, budget, skills and of course mood. No matter which cuisine or which method of cooking we select measuring the ingredients and temperature control is very critical. I’m just listing few points …. very basic for new cooks/ bakers.

1. Use standard measuring cups and spoons not daily use cutlery.

2. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, use online tools to convert weights in to measures.

3. Scoop out dry ingredients from containers and level using the flat side of a knife . DO NOT tap or shake the measuring cup or spoon. It will cause over measuring.

4. Use clean and transparent measuring jars for liquids. Place on flat surface to take the reading.

5. Sift dry ingredients together for even distribution. It also traps more air for better leavening.

6. Bring ingredients to room temperature.

7. Read the recipe thoroughly ,specially if you are trying something totally new.

8. Prepare pans, tins or trays before you start mixing ingredients.

9. Make sure you have all the ingredients handy.

10. Never forget to preheat the oven if baking.

Lets take a moment and talk about your relationship…with your oven. I have worked with so many different ovens… gas, electric, new, not-so- new, even those without temperature readings marked on them,  and they all behave different. You need to know them to check how accurate are they.

Most recipes don’t suggest which oven rack to use. Medium rack would be the safest bet. If you are baking thin items like cookies and stuff, try top or medium rack. Breads require lower rack. Keep a close eye during baking time. You may need to increase or decrease baking time according to your oven. If food is browning too quickly, cover with aluminum foil. Rotating pans or trays half way during the baking time would ensure even browning and cooking.