Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Raisin Chutney

I purchased a huge packet of raisins some time back. Every time I opened the pantry I could see the sad faces of raisins sitting there. It was like they were  telling me " Hey Jayu when are you going to use me ?"  and then I decided to wake the creative cells inside me and Boom! --  Raisin Chutney was born. This is a sweet - tangy chutney. I used this as a spread for my Veggie wrap ( recipe will be posted soon )


Raisins,Cumin powder,Red chili powder, tamarind concentrate,brown sugar,salt ( clockwise)




Raisin chutney

Get This:
-- 1 cup seedless raisins
-- 1 and half cups boiling water
-- 1.5 tsps red chili powder
-- 2 tsps ground cumin
-- 2 tsps tamarind concentrate
-- 2 tsps soft brown sugar
-- salt to taste

Try This:

  1. Soak the  raisins in hot water, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Put all the ingredients in an electric blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a serving dish.
Note: This chutney will keep for 5-6 weeks in a moisture-free airtight jar in the fridge.







Sunday, September 12, 2010

Painting Fabulous Flowers-- Crocus


 " Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil." -- Reginald Heber


Spring ! glorious spring!. It is my favorite season-- a time of new beginnings, new growth and fresh starts. Marking the end of cold winter days, spring brings the excitement of first leaves opening,flowers peeking out of the damp ground and fragrant blossoms.

The crocus is one of the first spring flowers to bloom.Sometimes they even pop up in the snow if they're in a sheltered area where the sun warms the ground a bit. Their bright colors are a welcome after a cold winter.
The crocuses are easy to paint because they have large petals.








My Color Palette: 
  1. Viridian Hue + Mars Black to get a Black Forest Green
  2. Brilliant Red
  3. Medium Yellow
  4. Pthalo Green
  5. Light Green
  6. Burnt Umber
  7. Titanium White
Brushes used for this project:
  1. no 8 flat
  2. no 1 liner
  3. 1-inch flat brush
 Note : I used Reeves Acrylic Color Set for this project

Surface:

-- A letterhead/A4 size paper