13/04/2013

Cinnamon buns (Ayurvedic)

Cinnamon buns (Ayurvedic)

I always wanted to try these famous buns and now the right moment finally came. No regrets for waiting so long by the way :)

For dough: makes about 1 kg (so you can now use just 1/2 of it and the other half place in the fridge for few days to make another baked goods using the same dough)

600 gr flour
3 tbsp brown sugar + (for sprinkling the dough)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg
150 g butter + (for brushing the dough with it)
250 gr sour cream + (200 gr for cream mixture)
cinnamon
maple (actually these ones are made with agave syrup which was quite good as well). 

+ you can also add some walnuts and raisins

Process: 

Mix flour with baking powder, sugar and nutmeg. Melt butter and mix it with sour cream till texture is foamy. Then add these 2 parts together and mash by hands till dough gets light, soft and airy. Let it rest for few minutes.
Cream: 
Meanwhile mix sour cream with brown sugar and carob powder)- you will need this for later. 
Then roll it on kitchen surface and brush with butter and sprinkle well with cinnamon and brown sugar. (to get these buns softer I would recommend to brush with cream.  When you are done with stuffing, roll the dough well and but in 3-4 cm wide pieces. place on baking tray and try to widen the edges a bit (so syrup and cream covers the bun), then pour with syrup. 
Bake in 200* for about 20 min. When ready pour cream on the top and let these beauties cool down a bit.  Enjoy! :)




12/04/2013

Fruit salad with date syrup (Veg.)

Fruit salad with date syrup (Veg.)

This fresh and tasty dessert might be one of the easiest dessert ever. Just choose various fruits and mix with date syrup and pinch of cardamom or cinnamon. 

1 banana
2 kiwi
1 clementine
1 apple (peeled) even better when cooked. (when cooked it will be much easier to digest)

Mix all fruits together, and then add date syrup (agave syrup, just dark brown sugar, both good options as well). 




07/04/2013

About Ayurveda

I am sure everyone has once heard about Ayurveda, but very few people has good knowledge in it. In my life I have always been interested in such things by which you can improve your life quality, so this is one of them...


*Ayurveda means the science of life. A holistic system that focuses on health and well being, we can use its ideas and beliefs to change every aspect of our lives for the better. Everything we eat, apply to our skin, or even the type of lifestyle we lead, affects the way we feel and look. 

Practiced in India as a branch of medicine, Ayurveda might be 5000 years old, but fits in seamlessly into a modern 21st century lifestyle. But unlike so many things in the modern world, Ayurveda doesn’t believe just in the quick fix. It decrees that we can use natural ingredients – plants, herbs, roots and barks – to heal and repair the body. When blended with the right products, this includes combating the effects of pollution to de-stressing after work, from creating tranquillity to dealing with dietary issues. 

According to Ayurveda, your body and mind have characteristics, and these decide what dosha you are. In Ayurveda there are five elementsair, water, fire, earth and space – that influence this. There are three doshas, and you will have your own unique combination of characteristics that will decide which group you fall into. If anything goes wrong with your body, mind or wellbeing, Ayurveda believes that it is because your dosha is out of balance. But through the right blend of plants and herbs, it can show you how to re-balance yourself.
Doshas: There are three doshas, and while most people are predominantly one, it is possible to be a mixture of two. 
Vata: A dosha of air and space, Vata is about movement and energy. Vata people tend to be slim, creative and flighty, and the dosha concentrates heavily on the digestive system and circulation. It is usually the dosha most likely to fall out of balance, and when it does, the skin tends to go on the dry side and indigestion sets in. 
Pitta :A dosha of fire and water, Pittas are usually medium-build, quick tempered, with a tendency to be ambitious, intelligent and quick-witted. Focussed on emotions, hormones and enzymes, when Pittas are unbalanced, they can become aggressive, quick-tempered and demanding. 
Kapha :With a natural resilience to disease and tending towards leading long lives, Kaphas belong to the earth and water dosha. Kapha is stable, sturdy, calm and peaceful, but when out of balance, they can be sluggish and slow, tending towards being overweight. 


*I found this explanation very easy to understand I hope it was...

06/04/2013

Banana snack rolled in homemade dough (Ayurvedic)

Banana snack rolled in homemade dough (Ayurvedic)

This dish is perfect for breakfast as it takes just few minutes to make this warm delicious snack. 


Homemade dough:

600 gr flour
200 unsalted butter (not ghee)
2 tsp baking powder
200 gr brown sugar
300 gr sour cream 

Roll the dough, place banana in the middle  and pour on some cinnamon, cardamon, and brown sugar. Bake in 190 * for about 20 min









05/04/2013

Baked cottage cheese with goji berries and raisins (Veg.)

Baked cottage cheese with goji berries and raisins (Veg.)

400 g cottage cheese
5 tbsp. manna grain
1 shredded banana
1 shredded apple
100 g various dry fruits, raisins, berries
*Before let raisins and goji berries to soak with hot water for about 10 min
5 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp. ela (cardamom)
1 tsp. tvak (cinnamon)
1 tsp. turmeric
2 tbsp. lemon zest


Mix everything together and bake for 25 min in 200*. Easy and delicious  :)








Cerob powder & eggless biscuit bites (Ayurvedic)

Cerob powder & eggless biscuit bites (Ayurvedic)

So far everyone who has enjoyed this dessert is just amazed about it's unique taste :)

200 g butter
1 cup carob powder (natural chocolate substitute)
3 tbsp Gur (cane sugar)
100 g biscuits
50 g various raisins, marmalade without gelatin, dried pineapple or any other dried fruit in small cubes
1/2 tsp ela (cardamon)
1/2 tsp. tvak (cinnamon)
vanilla

Bring butter to melt, add sugar, carob powder, dried fruits. Meanwhile crumble biscuits in pieces (not too small), mix everything together. Pour in container and place in freezer for 30 min, then keep in fridge. 








Easter cake (Veg.)

Easter cake (Veg.)

This was a B-day present for my dad which was just in the Easter day, so there was no struggle how to decorate the cake. :) 

Basically it was made by putting together chocolate biscuit layers, adding cranberry marmalade ans spreading around with silken tofu and chocolate cream. Will try to share the recipe soon. 




Oven toasted bread with avocado paste (Veg.)

Oven toasted bread with avocado paste (Veg.)

Toast bread in the oven before spreading it with ghee. This will give crunchy texture and  great taste for any kind of bread. To make avocado paste you will need soft avocados, lemon juice and pinch of salt. Mix everything together and leave for few minuted, then spread on the bread and ready! 





Cranberry & walnut muffins (Veg.)

Cranberry & walnut muffins (Veg.)

This is quite simple but delicious recipe whenever there is a wish for something home baked. (here all ingredients may vary)

2 cups flour (whole wheat can also be added)
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup nuts and cranberries
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 cup milk
200 gr butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon