Mini Summer Tarts

My sister and I were going to our cousin’s house for dinner, and wanted to quickly whip up something for dessert. We had leftover pie crust in the fridge, and some ripe peaches, and voilà: mini tarts!
We wanted to use a spice to brighten the flavor, and we thought of cinnamon (as it is a go to in western desserts), but ended up using cardamom instead (the perfect choice, as we would later realize!). Cardamom is used to flavor many summer desserts in India, like aamras (made from mangoes) and kheer. It has cooling properties, making it perfect for hot summers, and is even used in ayurveda as an antidepressant!
These tarts are perfect with a glass of cold milk, and make for a light, fruity summer breakfast.

All you need for these easy mini tarts is:
1. Store bought pie crust
2. Peaches and blueberries
3. Sugar
4. Butter
5. Ground cardamom seeds

First, we cooked the peaches and blueberries in butter in a pan on medium heat and added sugar and cardamom. We cooked these until they were soft and most of the liquid had evaporated (so that the tarts wouldn’t have soggy bottoms!).
We greased a muffin tin with butter, lined it with circles of the dough (which had been rolled out a little more, to about 1/4″ thickness after we took it out from the packet), and put in the peach and blueberry filling.
We used 2 peaches and a fistful of blueberries for 5 tarts.
(Yes, quite an irregular number, but we were working with leftovers!)

 

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Simple Bruschetta

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This is a simple and delicious breakfast or appetizer dish that you can whip up in seconds!
This recipe makes about 4 pieces
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/3 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
1 clove of garlic – peeled
Fresh Mozzarella (Bocconcini)
Oregano Seasoning
Salt to taste
4 slices of baguette (cut diagonally)

Keep baguette slices to toast in the oven or put a bit later into the the toaster.
Mix all the other ingredients except for the garlic in a bowl. I haven’t specified the measurement for the mozzarella and oregano as everyone likes different quantities of cheese and seasoning in the mix, so you can add these to taste.
When the bread is toasted, rub the clove of garlic on the slices. Top with the mix and serve!

Eggplant omelette – Healthy Breakfast Ideas

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Dear Readers,

I’m so so so so so sorry for not writing for such a long time! But when school reopened and so many tests and projects, nor did I have the time to cook and neither to write 😦

So here’s a very innovative recipe which was thought of in a spur but turned out to be the most delicious omelette I have ever tasted! The eggplant tastes absolutely heavenly in the omelette!

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs

4-5 eggplant slices ( a little thick)

1 small onion, sliced

I tablespoon chopped olives

1 green chilli, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped coriander

oregano

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

Beat the eggs with olives, chillies, oregano, salt pepper and coriander.

In this recipe, keep the flame on low heat throughout.

Heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry the eggplant slices for just a minute or two (on low heat) till soft and lightly browned.

Now, spread the onion slices on the pan and fry again for half a minute.

Add the egg mixture and spread over onion and eggplant slices. Turn over when one side is done and cook on the other side.

If you want you can add cheese at this stage and keep it on the pan till it melts.
Serve with toast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomato Basil Sandwiches-Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Tomato Basil Sandwiches.
Tomato Basil Sandwiches.

These sandwiches are simple, delicious and classy. Very quick and easy to make, they are well loved by everyone! They are also healthy and wholesome.
To make 4 sandwiches you need:
16 thick slices of tomato
1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
8 slices of multigrain bread (Or any other)
4 tablespoons of chopped basil
4 slices of cheese OR Grated Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese (Quantity according to how cheesy you would like your sandwich to be)
Salt and freshly ground Pepper to taste

To make the sandwiches, put four slices of tomato on each on 4 slices of bread. Then, divide the chopped garlic and basil equally between these 4 slices. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover with cheese. Then place one slice of bread on each prepared slice to make a sandwich. Put into a sandwich toaster till  brown and crispy.

If you do not have a sandwich toaster, you can also make open tomato bail sandwiches. Just omit the top slice and pop it in the oven till the cheese has melted and the bread is brown and crispy.

Tomato Basil Sandwiches.
Tomato Basil Sandwiches.