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Cook Giveaway plus great Ebelskivers Recipe

Announcing the first giveaway of the season with this gorgeous cookbook by food stylist, Kevin Crafts.

Plus Orange-Cream Ebelskivers Recipe from his cookbook.

Enter to win today!

 

Ebelskivers and Giveaway!

Ebelskivers and Giveaway!


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Gluten Free Buckwheat Sprouts Crepes with Spiced Potato Hash

ChefDeHome:

Gluten Free Buckwheat Crepes and Tips on How to make Buckwheat Sprouts at home!

Originally posted on ChefDeHome Blog:

Navratri Special Buckwheat(Kuttu) Sprouts Crepe(Chilla)

Sharing with you Navratri Special Buckwheat(Kuttu) Sprouts Crepe (Chilla). Navratri Durga Poojan is a special one week observed for offering prayers to goddess durga twice every year. During this time in India, people go on fasting by giving up eating grains (specially gluten), meats, garlic, onion and many other things. Buckwheat or Kuttu is one of most popular gluten free flour consumed during these days.

RECIPE > Gluten Free Buckwheat Sprouts Crepes

Buckwheat Sprouts Crepes

Buckwheat Sprouts Crepes

Buckwheat Sprouts

Buckwheat Sprouts

I sprout buckwheat to add to my gluten free salads for fasts. Make salad with apples, oranges, grapes and add buckwheat sprout for healthy yet gluten free salads.

Buckwheat Crepes with Potato Hash

Buckwheat Crepes with Potato Hash

I served’em with quick spiced potato hash and some plain yogurt. Make some and enjoy!!

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Making of Chive Gougeres

Welcome to the stories of recipe making, dish breaking, cookie burning, fingers cutting and pots boiling-over world of ChefDeHome’s Test Kitchen.

For a long time, I wanted to use ChefDeHome Test Kitchen for the purpose I created it initially for – i.e. sharing ChefDeHome’s TEST kitchen adventures. But, ChefDeHome.com  takes so much of my time and attention that posting about food and recipe tests and experiments never gets time.

I am sort of starting with the experiment posts from today. Idea is, I will post the test recipe and experiment gone wrong/right here and actual recipe will still go to ChefDeHome.com.

NOTE: If you are not interested to know the recipe experiment details, feel free to follow this link and jump straight to the FINAL, THE BEST GOUGERES recipe.

Today’s recipe is Cirtus and Chive Gougeres!

Gougère is a French term, used to describe chox dough savory pastry usually made with cheese (often with Gruyère Cheese).

I had this pastry in mind but I not wanted to make it with Gruyère cheese. I decided to experiment with cheddar for my first attempt. Chox dough is very sensitive. A little too dry or little too wet can result in disaster.

I have made chox dough before and usually I end up making it on dryer side. While making first batch of Gougère, I was very careful not to make dry dough or Gougère will crack at the top and my recipe effort will go waste. So I made the dough with 1/2 egg plus 1.5 tbsp water extra than my original recipe.

While placing the dough on cookie sheet for baking, I was noticing that it is little flatter than expected but I had no choice and I decided to go for it.

Gougère Dough Experiment

Gougère Dough Experiment

As I thought, Gougeres came out flat. They had nice air pockets as expected from chox pastry but they were flat.

Gougère

Gougère

Second Attempt – I made only 1/2 the batch and skipped the 1/2 egg ( about 1 tbsp egg) which I added earlier. This batch came out good but I couldn’t take any pictures. Actually, I had no plans to start posting about my experiments here!

Third Attempt – I made full batch and skipped the 1/2 egg. Also I decided to skip 0.5 tbsp water this time as well (no particularly reason, just gut feeling!). I felt chox pastry still had room to be more fluffy.

This attempt was golden!! Gougeres came out fluffy, with huge air pockets and lite like a cloud!! You can see for yourself!

Gougeres Before and After

Gougeres Before and After

Final recipe is posted on ChefDeHome.com – Lite and Airy Cheese and Citrus-Chive Gougeres

Check it out and Enjoy!!

I hope you will like ChefDeHome Test Kitchen in experiment role! Cannot wait to hear the feed back!! Let me know!!

 

And guys and gals!! I am posting new recipe every day on ChefDEHome.com!! Do visit!!

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Happy Cooking!!

Savita


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Perfect Bite – Salmon Burgers

Lemon and seafood are made for each other and this burger is showcasing the same.

Sharing with you easy and delicious Salmon Burgers with tangy lemon-caper sauce, crunchy onion strings, sandwiched in homemade Ciabatta Rolls.

I have posted complete recipe on ChefDeHome, please follow the link to get to the recipe - Salmon Burgers and Ciabatta Rolls

Or

If you wanna feed your eyes, look at the delicious pictures below!

Salmon Burgers

Salmon Burgers

Italian Ciabatta Bread Rolls

Italian Ciabatta Bread Rolls

Baking Ciabatta Bread Rolls is certainly a weekend project, but you can enjoy these yummy burgers with store bought ciabatta rolls as well.

So enjoy weekend and have a blast!!

Happy Cooking!


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12 Summer Salads for Only-Salad-For-Lunch

Summer time is best time to enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits and enjoy lite meals!

Last year, around summer time I posted “Only Salad For Lunch Week” and everyone loved it!!

Today, I am sharing with you, 12 of my best, refreshing and easy salads from that collection. Either you can pick and choose or you can make all of them and extend your salad-for-lunch challenge to 2 weeks!! Sounds exciting!! Isn’t it?

12 Summer Salads for Only-Salad-For-Lunch

Kiwi, Apple & Blood Orange Salad with Basil Sprouts

Kiwi, Apple & Blood Orange Salad with Basil Sprouts

Cherry Tomatoes, Artichoke, Edamame Salad with Goat Cheese, Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Cherry Tomatoes, Artichoke, Edamame Salad with Goat Cheese, Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Pear and Asparagus Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Pear and Asparagus Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Ruby Red Apples, Plum and Cherry Tomatoes

Ruby Red Apples, Plum and Cherry Tomatoes

These pictures are making me feel like go for salad-for-lunch week again!! How about you? Feed your eyes on the pictures and follow the link to post 12 Salads For Only Salad For Lunch Week and enjoy getting healthy one day at a time!

I am planning to start Only Salad For Lunch Week again this year. Let me know if you like 1 7 days or 14 days challenge this time? If you are new here, follow this old post link to know how Salad Fro Lunch challenge works.

Enjoy!!


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Food Photography and My Experience

I knew nothing about photography in general… forget food photography. When I started working on ChefDeHome recipes, I made mistakes, discarded recipes just because I couldn’t shoot the recipe pictures well. In past 4 years, ChefDeHome website and recipes I worked on have given me lots of learning lessons about food and food photography (and worth to mention – food blogging).

Recently, I decided to share with my blogger friends all what I know.

I felt, I can share my skills and experiences about blogging with you all. May be one of my bloggers friends will saved from learning all from scratch. To start with, I am sharing with you – 12 important tips that I’ve learned about food photography.

For complete post with examples of each point mentioned below and sample photos, follow link to the post here.

mango on the rocks photo

Mango on the rocks..

  1. Natural light is the key to make food look good and inviting!
  2. Shooting at night can be tricky. Using camera flash does not give good result always
  3. Shoot at various angles but straight angles.
  4. Light from side windows (one side good, two side best) is always nice.
  5. Food looks great in white or light colored plates.
  6. Fill up the photo frame with food.
  7. Don’t Fill frame too much that food is hard to recognize.
  8. Action speaks louder than words.
  9. Too much blur is NOT good!!
  10. One tone food does not look good
  11. Read more…

For complete post with examples of each point mentioned above and sample photos, follow link to the post here.

I hope you will enjoy reading this information as much as I enjoyed writing it for you all.

Feel free to subscribe to ChefDeHome Newsletter for future updates on blogging tips and recipes or you can also follow me on Facebook.

Happy Cooking!

Savita

 

 


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Melon, Blueberry and Yogurt Parfait with Hemp Cereal

 

Melon, Blueberry and Yogurt Parfait with Hemp Cereal

Melon, Blueberry and Yogurt Parfait with Hemp Cereal

Get the RECIPE -> Melon, Blueberry and Yogurt Parfait with Hemp Cereal

Sharing a healthy breakfast recipe with you and an opportunity to connect with me. Start your day right with this delicious and healthy fruit and yogurt parfait. Just 5 ingredients & 10 minutes and you can enjoy this healthy and superfood parfait for breakfast.

I have been pretty darn busy with ChefDeHome.com. Did you get chance to look at the new look of site yet? If not, please visit ChefDeHome.com. I really would like to connect with you and any feedback is most welcome.

Also, if you are a food blogger and looking to showcase your recipes and blog, please don’t forget to visit Get Featured on ChefDeHome link. I am extended my hand of networking to all impressive food bloggers. Networking is key to success in blogging world. Even if someone is not planning to make any money from blog, I am sure they want to have opportunity to be visible to as many eyes as possible. Feel free to reach me with any suggestions or concerns and lets work together!!

Happy Cooking and Blogging!!

Savita

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