Wednesday, March 24, 2010

White Chocolate Mousse Tarts

Chocolate!!! just hearing the name gets us all drooling and craving for it. Kids and adults alike love chocalate but a fortunate few can actually devour it guilt free. We had this impromptu potluck party planned at one of our dear friends house at half a days notice. So we all planned an elaborate menu over the phone and by meeting each other for a few minutes at our kids school.

We all together planned out the spread as jeera rice, kadhi, rajma, peas stuffed puri, ras malai,Hyderabadi Mirch ka salan, refried bean-salsa dip with tortilla chips, veg cutlets, cabbage subzi, corn salad and a non vegetarian entree. I had chosen to make the Mirch ka salan and corn salad but at the last moment thought of making a special dessert for the kids mostly 4-5 year olds and a couple 9 yr olds. I just bought these mini graham cracker pie crusts from the store checked the recipe on the back of it and found the recipe for the white chocolate mousse.


1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
6 oz white chocolate, chopped about 6 squares of a baking bar of chocolate
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 cups whipped cream
12 mini graham cracker ready piecrusts


Brush the pie crusts with beaten egg whites and bake them for 5 minutes before filling at 375 degree F.

Chill a large mixing bowl and the beaters of a electric mixer in the refrigerator for about half an hour.

In a medium saucepan combine the sweetened condensed milk and the chopped white chocolate.

Cook and kepp stirring on a very low heat till the chocolate melts.

Remove from heat and stir in the almond extract.

Cool to room temperature stirring it occasionally.

In the meanwhile , take the chilled bowl and beaters and beat the whipping cream on medium speed of electric mixer until soft peaks form.

Fold into it the condensed milk chocolate mixture very gently and spoon this mixture into the lightly baked pie crusts.

Refrigerate for atleast 4 hours or until set.

Garnish as desired with chocolate flakes or sprinkles (as I did) and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

No fuss corn salad

When we have to entertain and plan to serve a starter or salad we tend to think about the all so predictable green salad.But sometimes we do not have the cucumbers or carrots handy. We can still attempt to dish out a bright and yummy sald with ingredients in our freezer and pantry.You do not have to chop much and can assemble this mess free salad just minutes before the guests arrive. I could try to take this as an additional item for my potluck party at my friends place along with a main vegetable and dessert. It goes along just great with our rice and rotis and veggies and similarly as a side dish with non-vegetarian entrees.


1 200 -250 gm pack of frozen sweet corn

2-3 tbsp roasted red peppers { easily available in jars at supermarkets and grocers}

If not just grill some red peppers after smearing them with olive oil and slicing them till the skin starts to char and it gives out a smoky aroma.

2 tsp lemon juice

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil



1 tsp red hot cayenne pepper sauce( Franks red hot wings sauce)

1 tbsp drained marinated capers

cilantro/coriander leaves for garnish


In a bowl just combine the thawed and lightly steamed( I use the ziploc steam bags that way no vessels to clean after preparing) corn and capers.

Mix the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice salt and pepper in a small cup and pour this vinaigrette dressing over the corn .

Also add to this the marinated roasted red peppers slightly cut into small strips and the hot sauce and mix well.

Garnish it with finely chopped cilantro leaves and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to serve.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Thank you Ramya for considering me for this award. I am truly honoured and humbled by this appreciation. I would like to pass on this honor to Jagruti of Joy of Cooking.
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