Homemade Granola!

July 26, 2010

Granola is just …good.

Good as a cereal, good as a topping on yogurt, but most of all good just as a snack. So I thought to make some homemade granola and I found a great recipe by Ina Garten in her Barefoot Contessa cookbook (which I love). The main ingredients are oats, almonds, and shredded coconut. You can add pretty much any dried fruit to it afterwards…heres what I mean:

Homemade Granola (By Ina Garten)

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups small diced dried apricots
  • 1 cup small diced dried figs (I used dates)
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted cashews (I didn’t use any)

Yield: about 12 cups

Preheat oven to 350°

Toss the oats, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a spoon until everything is well coated. Pour into a 13×18 inch baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown (stirring it every now and then)

Once the granola is done baking take it out to cool. Add the dried fruits to the granola. Store in an airtight container.

My family loved this stuff, it is definitely worth it. Be creative and use your own combination of dried fruits :)

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Banana Nut Bread

July 20, 2010

One of my favorite things to make is banana bread because its easy and it fills the house with an amazing smell. I have tried out a lot of different variations in the basic recipe and finally found the one I plan on sticking with. It seems that there really is no way you can mess it up (unless you do something like confuse salt for sugar). It comes out perfect every time. We always eat it right away when its warm because… I live with two brothers and everything I make is eaten up right away.

Banana Nut Bread ( from Simply Recipes):

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts

The recipe says that all you need is a wooden spoon and a bowl and thats exactly how I did it. It is so nice not to have to wash so many bowls and whisks… etc.

Preheat oven to 350°

In a large bowl mix the melted butter with the mashed bananas. Then add the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Mix in the flour. And finally mix in the nuts. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for an hour exactly.

Cool it before you serve or eat it right away… like we do.

My Food Blog Endeavor

July 14, 2010

You and I both have heard the saying “if you can read you can cook” and this reality is found for all of us in a simple recipe. A recipe tells you what ingredients to use in what order so that the end result tastes…good. And that’s where I find myself a lot of the time: reading a recipe.

As I’m getting more familiar with food I try experimenting and changing recipes. But mind you, I’m no expert on cooking. I just enjoy doing it and well thats pretty much all it takes in order to do anything, just enjoy it. Don’t ever take it too seriously and don’t ever criticize yourself to death.

With that in mind, I plan to embark on this newish endeavor. This food blog endeavor to be exact. I came across many amazing food blogs that inspired me to start one up myself.

I should mention that I’m from India and I love my culture’s food. I’m constantly trying to learn more recipes from my mom and she constantly is telling me she doesn’t know how to explain it, “Just cook it!” she says. I should add though that I’m not partial to Indian food. In fact one of my goals is to be able to cook different cuisines.

I intend to keep up with this blog for a while, and I intend to have a purpose for it so that I keep up with it, so here is my purpose:

This blog will serve as a food journal. A place where I can stash recipes so it will be easy to come back to later. A place where I can write about the food I make and share the recipes with whoever is willing to take it. I plan to go through the cookbooks and recipes I have and see what all I can come up with. I don’t intend to focus on any cuisine particularly, in fact it will be a variety of sorts.

So here we go.