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ri2


ri2
 
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Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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  • Peach Pie
  • Peach Pie  
    By: Marcia Kammann
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About this Cook
I'm of Indian origin and I'm in my early 20s. I've been passionately cooking for the last 6 years. I believe it essentially all began with my Food Science class back in school. My grandmom is a brilliant cook and so is my mom so perhaps I am genetically inclined towards cooking as well. I'm an engineer by profession, but I am also a self taught artist (I work with oils, acrylics, silk paints, batik paints to name a few), a singer, and a knitter. I love being able to find different ways of expressing myself and cooking, painting and singing give me the freedom to do exactly that! :)
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook and experiment with anything and everything. I love trying different cusines and I can never choose one to be my 'favourite-est' coz I LOVE them all! I love baking and am always looking for ways to make a 'baked' version of most dishes. I also love baking cakes, cookies and other sweet treats and decorating them. Apart from the sweet treats, I love making healthy food ... soups, salads, sides, snacks etc. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes this Indian dish for Easter and Christmas which is essentially a lot like rice pancakes but there's yeast in the batter which gives it a lovely twist. These go with a variety of sides such as stews, and gravy dishes. The other tradition which has now been passed onto me is the Christmas platter. Making the items that go onto the platter is quite a 2 week event in itself in our house (complete with friends and family coming over to share the goodies and lend a helping hand). I love making cakes, cookies and candies and love giving them around and sharing them with everyone. Some of my friends think I should go into business ... I'm still considering the idea (!!) :D
My cooking triumphs
When my sister was younger, she used to be quite intolerant towards eggs. So the biggest challenge was in being able to maniplulate and alter recipes by substituting the egg and yet keeping the dish/dessert intact. I've never used egg substitutes but rather tried to use vegan alternatives such as starch based alternatives/ applesauce etc. depending on the recipe. Accomplishing this has been for me the biggest achievement because it opened a world of opportunities and varieties for my sister. What's even better is she is no longer intolerant towards egg.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 14 years old, I was tested on my egg omlette making and flipping abilities at my Food Science class in school. Needless to say initially I was so nervous I broke 2 eggs and spilt them on the counter instead of craking them into the bowl!The omlette was a huge giant one (atleast I thought so at that time) and my first attempt at flipping it truned out quite disastrous but luckily I was given a second chance to start over and this time I got it right! :D My most recent tragedy was my hurried attempt at making a torte which resulted in a very eggy base cake and a gooey meringue top. It tasted so obnoxious it had to be thrown away. The worst bit was I made this for my sister's birthday and I felt miserable and not being able to make her a lovely birthday cake (although I set that right with another cake I made the next day!)
Recipe Reviews 115 reviews
Strawberry Lemon Muffins
These were delicious and moist. I made these with a change coz I didn't have whole wheat flour on hand - Along with 1 cup of all purpose flour, I added 1 cup of oats (instead of 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour). I added the juice of one whole lemon which made these quite tangy and less sweet. For a good balance of both (especially for those who are not fond of very tangy muffins), I'd suggest adding the juice of only 1/2 or 3/4 a lemon. Oh and I used fresh strawberries which made these muffins even awesome-r in my opinion! Thanks for this recipe! :D

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Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2015
Cherry Ginger Infused Tea
This was suggested to me on the Buzz by Sueb, when I was looking for something to do with a pack of fresh cherries that I had. Perfect for a hot summer day - so refreshing, and pleasing! I'd like to try this next time by subbing the sugar for honey to make this even healthier! Thank you for the recipe Kerri, and thanks for the suggestion Sueb!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2015
Jill's Cherry Crisp
I had a pack of fresh cherries that I wanted to make something with, coz we were all a bit bored of eating 'em cherries as is. I asked on the buzz, and Janet Shum suggested this to me. What a superb suggestion, and so easy to make too! I happened to have only 3 cups of pitted cherries on hand, but made no changes to the measurements for the crust/syrup. Although I did cut the sugar for the syrup by half. And when pouring the syrup over the cherries, I spooned the syrup over so that I could gauge whether it was getting too soggy or not. I had about 1/3 cup left of the syrup that I didn't use, for fear of it being too liquidy. I baked this for about 35minutes. The proportions and instructions are perfect and simple to follow. We tend to prefer our desserts a little less sweet so cutting the sugar in the syrup was perfect for us. Next time, I will reduce the brown sugar to half cup too. We loved the crust! Such an innovative spin! Thank you luvs2cook for this recipe and thank you Janet for suggesting it to me! Oh and I must add, we had these without ice cream coz we were out of ice cream. I imagine these would be divine with ice cream!!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2015
 
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