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Low-Key Valentine Day Celebration – Totally Cool And Romantic !!

Hope you had fun time reading my last post here around the world cup same time last year on how to win remote from your wife on an important match day. If you noticed I mentioned I will post another read on the second most important day; which is Valentine’ day and so here I am. For those feeling the love in the air (and thinking about Valentine Day Celebration ), I hope I will be able to make this a good time for you and for others; well have a good read!

I hope this time around will be a little easy as we are not going around fighting for something (read remote).  But not that easy. Its not a piece of cake trying to please a girl especially on a special day like this. Let see on how we gonna get started on this. 14th this year is going to be a Sunday so that’ a good start. It means you wont need to worry about office and can concentrate better on planning this day out. If you are someone who prefers to start the chores in the morning; you may wish you scroll down to the second part or wait a little as we just go through the part for those who like to start celebrating at the tick of 12. So lets start the plan for your Valentine Day Celebration !!

Low-Key Valentine Day Celebration – Totally Cool And Romantic !!

The best thing to start with is always sweet and since we are talking about the 12am in the night you would probably want to go a little light on the taste as well as your beloved’ tummy. The best thing I could think of is Chocolates; and you will bet girls love them to death. You could accompany them with a nice cup of coffee but I will leave that part to your wish. And since we talk about a special start to the day; the chocolates need to be special as well. You can order either the Home made chocolates or if you need a little more there will be the option for Assorted Chocolate Truffle as well.

Home Made Choc

Home Made Chocolates

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Assorted Chocolate Truffles

The pics look yummy, don’t they? So your start should fit very nicely in your pocket for around 200. Even if you want to accompany them with a couple of roses I think it should be a nice and light start but I would rather keep the flowers for the morning. Flowers somehow seem to make more sense the first thing in the morning; especially when she finds it besides her side of bed as she wakes up 🙂

The Morning Session – Part I (approx Rs. 270/-)

With the night already made sweet and well taken care of you should be well set for a nice morning session. Put an alarm to make sure you get up early and especially before her. Waking up the Princess is a tough ask so make sure your preparations are all in a quiet manner to not disturb the lady. Flowers should be right beside her side on the bed. Do’t go for a full bouquet, rather choose a couple or at max four Roses. Normally for the scene a couple should be just perfect.

Tea or coffee depends on what see normally prefers right up in the morning. So I leave that choice up to you. Like the night before mornings need to be gentle as well, so don’t try for any heavy dessert/item. And since we already used the Chocolates charm in the night, the idea would be not to repeat it but rather choose a nice fitting alternative. From the desserts list try either the Chocolate Rose Cup Cake or the Valentine Red Velvet Cup Cakes.

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Chocolate Rose Cup Cake by Flavour Basket

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Valentine Red Velvet Cup Cake from Flavour Basket

The Morning Session – Part II (approx Rs. 100/-)

Seems a nice progress till now. So while she freshens up just make sure you put all the energy behind yourself making the breakfast table look perfect. And since we already did a couple of desserts charisma; lets focus a little on the other items to change the taste a bit.

The hot drink should at this point give way to a nice glass of fresh fruit juice. Orange would be my idea but you know your lady better so again I leave this part to you. If you think the flowers that we used in waking her up did their trick; the breakfast table could do well to be decorated with some Chrysanthemums or Orchids or Lilies. Choice is yours depending on what she would like best. My 2 cents: choose blue lilies. They seem to remind the girls about the wedding and that should be your trump card for the rest of the day to follow.

Keep it subtle and don’t overdo it!!

For the main items on the table, I would prefer some street food like platting. Just to give her a surprise. And for that the Potli Samosa or the Rajasthani Pyaz ki Kachauri would do just fine!! Not to mention the tangy taste of the chutney to accompany with it.

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Potli Samosas from Flavour Basket

Rajasthani Pyaz ki Kachauri

Rajasthani Pyaz ki Kachauri

The Afternoon

The day should be a mix of in house time and time spent outdoors. So while my suggestions on the food items are likely to make sure to be light on your pocket, choose the outing to let her do some shopping, eat out and roam around with you.

The Evening

In case you are looking to stay indoors in the afternoon time and do the outing in evening; just swap these two sections here. We plan on keeping the cake for the finale so just make sure to have some appetite left in case you are out in the evening.

The dusk is the most romantic period of the day. If you have a terrace, a balcony or a window to sit by nicely; make that a cozy place and spend sometime talking about whatever you may like. Girls love to talk and that’s a universal truth (no pun intended). The day would be that much more memorable if you spend a couple hours just on this note. The weather during this time of the year is, well, romantic enough and the sky should do the trick as well.

Once you start to think of the dinner time, there is this appetizer that should be a really good start. Ginger Chili Mushroom Fry in this weather and mood should just be the apt start to dinner time.

Ginger chili mushroom fry

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Candle light dinners are still in fashion, but I suggest to wait for a little longer for this set and we will come back to it in a while.

If you are a cook buff and would like to impress her with your cooking there is an option for this nice Stuffed Tomato with Paneer recipe from Flavour Basket. They have this step by step YouTube video recipe for you to follow easily. And like I suggested previously as well; rumali roti would be the best fit with this dish.

Perfect Finish

Done with the dinner? Let her still be surprised and guessing on what you are up to next. There are chances that she was at this point searching for a candle light table setup. The idea is not to disappoint her of course. But let her do some guess work for a while and try to have her engaged in some other activity. TV at this point could serve a good distraction.

While she is a little busy you head on to decorate that candle light setup on your terrace (or whatever place seems fit based on your location). The hero of this table would be a Valentine special cake. Plenty of options to choose from as I detail them below. Don’t forget to include a flower bouquet on this dessert special table. My suggestion would be orchids this time; but as I hinted before do take into considerations her likes. Apart, a special gift of your choice would be an added advantage 🙂

Heart of Love Cake (Rs. 550/- per half kg)

Its a chocolate cake at the core (but you can choose from a variety of flavors) that’s given the shape of a heart and covered on top with an edible fondant. The bow wrap just puts the icing on the gift cake.

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order valentine heart of love cake from Flavour Basket

Valentine Special Heart Shaped Rose Cake (Rs. 450/- per half kg)

Again a chocolate flavor is the most preferred one in this cake as well but you can choose from other flavors as well. The cake is covered in a cream and then topped with the cream roses. the heart shape takes all the attention here and is perfect for this occasion.

Heart Shaped Rose Cake

Heart Shaped Rose Cake

Eggless Tiramisu Cake (Rs. 600/- for Half Kg)

In case you are a little bored from the usual cakes, there is an option of this Italian cake in its eggless avatar. What you see here in the pic is the Cake shots version but the same is available in a cake form as well. This is a good choice if you want to surprise her with a dessert that you don’t normally get to eat in any parties.

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Tiramisu Cake

Cinnamon Rolls Bouquet (Rs. 540/- per Bouquet)

Not a cake as such but I include it here for just the look of it for a start. As the name suggests its a bouquet of 12 rolls that are fluffy and crunchy from the outside and yummilicious from the core. Like Tiramisu its once again a wonderful option if you would like to move away from the normal cake options.

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Order Cinnamon Rolls from Flavour Basket

Other Dessert and Cake Options?

There are plenty others that would let you take your pick for your idea on how to impress her as you end the day. Flavour Basket’ Valentine list of Items has all what you need. Head over to that page and create your own Valentine day Order.

Valentine Day Celebration

Valentine Desserts From Flavour Basket

Small Budget Maximum Fun 🙂

So while I don’t guarantee what your pocket will have to go thru in the session when you let your lady shop during the day, the arrangements that I suggested around will cost you approximate Rs. 2,000/- only (all inclusive). Which should leave enough for your to plan other things easily for this special person in your life. She would be happy to be out of the kitchen on a Sunday and while it doesn’t hurt your credit card bills; it should end up being a win-win situation!! Have a lovely Valentine day this year and hope you will be able to spend some good quality time with your beloved.

So whats Your Valentine Day Celebration Plan? Do let me know in the comments section below if this plan worked for you or weather there was something else you followed that worked!!

Tiramisu Shots

Tiramisu Shots Are About to Become Your Favourite in This Christmas

Tiramisu is a coffee flavoured Italian dessert. I prepared in this recipe the Tiramisu shots. The main ingredients to the Tiramisu cake are the sponge or Lady fingers dipped in coffee. While this recipe is eggless so we prepare an eggless sponge cake that we could use in our version of recipe. However if you would like the egg to be part of the dish; you could add the egg in the preparation step for the sponge cake.
Prepare this variety of Tiramisu shots for your parties and be a STAR 🙂

Tiramisu Shots

Tiramisu Shots

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Tiramisu Shot is an amazing and short version of Italian dessert Tiramisu. The original shape of the cake is round and often assembled in a big round or square glass bowl, which shows the various layers. In Italian actual meaning of Tiramisu is “pick me up”. It’s a dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake or lady fingers soaked in coffee or liqueur layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese. So I have made two changes here, I made this dessert eggless and keep my tiramisu layers in simple shot glasses so anyone can enjoy this dessert individually and you don’t have to cut and pick a portion of of your dessert just pick your Tiramisu Shot. 

So check out the printable recipe and video of Tiramisu Shots below :-). You can also click Tiramisu Shots Photography for recipe in pictures.

Tiramisu Shots

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 5 Servings

Serving Size: 1 Tiramisu Shot

Tiramisu Shots

A new version of Italian dessert Tiramisu in shot glasses.

Ingredients

    For Eggless Sponge Cake
  1. Powder Sugar - 1/2 Cup
  2. Sweetened Condensed Milk - 1/2 Cup
  3. All Purpose Flour(Maida) - 1 Cup
  4. Refined Vegetable Oil - 1/2 Cup
  5. Milk - 1 Cup
  6. Baking Powder - 1 Tablespoon
  7. Baking Soda - 1 Teaspoon
  8. Vanilla Essence - 1 Drop
    For Tiramisu Cream
  1. Vanilla Custard Powder - 2 Tablespoon
  2. Milk - 1 1/2 Cup
  3. Sugar - 1 1/2 Tablespoon
  4. Homemade Cream Cheese - 2 Tablespoon
  5. Whipping Cream - 1 Cup
  6. Icing Sugar - 1 Tablespoon
    For Coffee Liquor
  1. Coffee Powder - 2 Tablespoon
  2. Sugar - 1 Tablespoon
  3. Water - 4 Cup

Instructions

    For Eggless Sponge cake
  1. Combine the condensed milk and powder sugar in a deep bowl and beat for 2 minutes using hand whisker or electric beater.
  2. Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda into the bowl.
  3. Add vegetable oil, vanilla essence and milk into the bowl.
  4. Beat altogether for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased cake tin.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180ºc (360ºf) for 25 minutes.
  7. The cake is ready when it leaves the sides of the tin and is springy to touch.
  8. Invert the tin over a rack and tap sharply to unmould the cake.
  9. Keep aside to cool.
    For Coffee Liquor
  1. Mix coffee powder, sugar and warm water together and keep aside.
    For Tiramisu Cream
  1. Combine the custard powder, sugar and 2½ tbsp of milk in a bowl and mix well to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  2. Boil the remaining milk in a deep pan, add the custard powder paste and whisk continuously till no lumps remain.
  3. Simmer the custard on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring continuously. Remove from the flame and keep aside and refrigerate.
  4. In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat.
  5. Now blend the chilled custard and cream cheese in an electric blender.
  6. In a deep bowl take the mixture of custard and cream cheese and fold the whipping cream with them by adding gradually.
  7. Now the cream for tiramisu us ready.
    How To Proceed
  1. Now take the shot glasses in which tiramisu will be assembled.
  2. Cut the sponge cake into small round pieces just like the size of the shot glass's circumference as they are going to be assembled in glasses.
  3. To Assemble, soak the round pieces of cake in coffee liquor and put in glass to make a layer.
  4. In second layer fill the tiramisu cream.
  5. Again put soaked piece of cake in glass and cover it with tiramisu cream.
  6. Now sprinkle the coffee powder on top.
  7. You can make the chocolate garnishes on top too.
  8. Keep them in refrigerator for 2 hours at least before serving it.

Notes

Soak the cake pieces in coffee liquor well to make them very soft.

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Vanilla Swiss Roll

Vanilla Swiss Roll

Vanilla Swiss Roll is a must try special treat for your guests and this classic light and airy roll have immense flavour of vanilla sponge cake and whipping cream on it.

Vanilla Swiss Roll

Vanilla Swiss Roll

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Vanilla Swiss Roll is in my favorite dessert as it’s easy to make and it looks so gorgeous that nothing can resist you from being a fan of this simple dessert.  There can be different variety of flavours you can choose like chocolate, strawberry or anything as there are many exotic flavours present in this earth. I sometimes think we should always be thanked to our mother earth for providing us these different flavours 🙂 so I can create something new and delicious. For this Roll there is a technique to roll it..The sponge cake should be cooled completely before rolling it and there should be small rolls to save it from cracking. For designing the pattern I have used red food colour..or you can use strawberry crush or cherry crush to add some natural colour. 

 

Vanilla Swiss Roll

Vanilla Swiss Roll

 

Hey why not take a look to the printable recipe of this gorgeous Vanilla Swiss Roll :-).

 

Vanilla Swiss Roll

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Serving Size: 1 piece

Vanilla Swiss Roll

A home made Vanilla Swiss Roll where swiss roll is made with eggless sponge cake with some beautiful design on it.

Ingredients

    For Vanilla Sponge Cake
  1. All Purpose Flour - 1/2 Cup
  2. Milk - 1/2 Cup
  3. Condensed Milk - 1/4 Cup
  4. Powder Sugar - 1/4 Cup
  5. Vegetable Oil - 1/4 Cup
  6. Vanilla Essence - 1/2 Teaspoon
  7. Baking Powder - 1/2 Tablespoon
  8. Baking Soda - 1/4 Tablespoon
    For The Swiss Roll Pattern (Next time it will be more beautiful as it was my first trial)
  1. Vanilla Sponge Cake Batter - 2 Tablespoon
  2. Red Food Colour - 1 Drop (can be used more for darker colour)
    Icing
  1. Whipping Cream

Instructions

    For The Sponge Cake Batter
  1. Take powder sugar and condensed milk in a bowl and whisk well till the mixture become smooth.
  2. Sieve the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda together and add them into the powder sugar and condensed milk mixture.
  3. Add vegetable oil, vanilla essence and milk.
  4. Whisk all the ingredients well for 3 to 4 mins to make a smooth and fluffy batter.
  5. Keep It aside.
    For the Swiss Roll Pattern Batter
  1. Take 2 tablespoon of vanilla sponge cake batter.
  2. Add 1 drop of red food colour and whisk well to blend red food colour completely in batter.
  3. Fill a piping bag, with plain nozzle fitted, red coloured batter.
  4. Keep it aside.
    How To Proceed
  1. Line a 8'" square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Grease the parchment paper with oil or butter.
  3. Now make some designs on the parchment paper with the piping bag of red coloured batter.
  4. When the designs for pattern is complete, freeze the pattern for 10 mins.
  5. After freezing 10 mins, pour remaining vanilla sponge cake batter onto the baking pan and spred the batter evenly.
  6. Bake the cake in a pre-heated oven with 180°C for 8 to 10 mins.
  7. Do not over bake the cake otherwise it will be dry and may cause to cracking while rolling the cake.
  8. After baking rest the cake and let it cool completely
  9. After cooling the cake, spread whipping cream on it evenly.
  10. Now for rolling the cake, carefully lift one end of the parchment paper and roll up the sponge.
  11. Your Vanilla swiss roll is ready for any party 🙂 .
  12. You can slice it when your guests are arrived :-).

Notes

Freezing the pattern for 10 mins is important as it will hold the appearance of pattern just like the way it is. Some where my pattern was disturbed because I take out my swiss roll pattern before 10 min from the freezer.

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Vanilla Swiss Roll video Recipe

 

Red Garden Salad

Red Garden Salad

Red Garden Salad is a refreshing salad which will energize your day with some colours and tangy taste as it has cherry tomatoes and strawberries as its stars with some other veggies and mustard oil & curry leaves dressing.

Cherry tomatoes are full of vitamin C, proteins and fiber and we can have other vitamins and minerals essential for our health in them. Red Garden Salad has cherry tomatoes , strawberries, olives and some other veggies with mustard oil and curry leaves dressing. I am just loving the colour of this salad as it just reflects my life. I picked up ingredients of my choice and mixed them to make wonderful flavour which I most like. Its healthy , tangy, sweet and savory what else we want :).

Red Garden Salad

Enjoy the recipe as it has no recipe :). Make it with love in valentine day or make it for your parties it will definitely steal the show.

Red Garden Salad

And any one can make it, I said ANYONE

Step 1 : Make the dressing.

Step 2 : Chop all the fruits and veggies.

Step 3 : Mix the veggies ,fruits and dressing.

May this Red Garden Salad bring you much love.

Red Garden Salad

Red Garden Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

    For dressing
  1. Garlic Cloves - 4
  2. Brown Sugar - 1 tablespoon
  3. Curry Leaves - 4 to 5
  4. White Vinegar - 1 tablespoon
  5. Mustard Oil - 1 Teaspoon
  6. Salt As per your Taste
    For Salad
  1. Cherry Tomato - 1/2 Cup cut in halves
  2. Strawberries - 1/2 Cup cut in strips
  3. Black Olives - 1/4 Cup cut in halves
  4. Green Chilies - 2 chopped
  5. Onion - 1/4 Cup Chopped
  6. Cucumber - 4 to 5 long strips

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing take garlic cloves in a stone grinder and crush them, add brown sugar,curry leaves, white vinegar and mustard oil and grind them by hand.
  2. Add salt as per your taste and keep aside the dressing.
  3. To make the salad chop all the veggies and fruits in a bowl.
  4. Add dressing and mix well.
  5. Your Red Garden Salad is Ready.

Notes

You can also add veggies or fruits of your choice.

http://www.flavourbasket.com/2015/02/red-garden-salad/

valentine cake pops

Red Velvet Cake Pops For Kids

Valentine Cake Pops for Kids are a fun and healthy treat for your kids in this valentine as these are red velvet cake pops with some beetroot twist.

  • Preparation Time – 10 Minutes
  • Makes 10 to 12 servings

 


Red is the colour of love and to show how much you love your kids and your family I think Valentine Cake Pops are the best way to tell them. These little pops will surprise your kids when they will eat them and find lots of chocolate and a reddish colour ball inside the chocolate. You cant miss those expressions of your kid enjoying these pops and I am sure somewhere you also feel satisfied because these reddish colour balls are made from Natural Red Velvet Cake crumble with homemade beetroot juice.

Valentine Cake Pops
Ingredients For Valentine Cake Pops for Kids

valentine cake pops

Method For Valentine Cake Pops for Kids

  • Crumble the cake.
  • Add 3 tablespoon of whipping cream and mix well.
  • Shape into small round balls.
  • Take some straws and insert in the center of the ball to hold them nicely.
  • Dip the balls in melted chocolates and put them on a foil paper to set the chocolates.
  • Enjoy the valentine cake pops.