Dec 30, 2012

Recap 2012

Hi friends,

2012 has been a landmark event for me and I have taken a successful step towards executing my long cherished dream of starting a Food blog and making it a success.
I am an MBA, and after a brief stint in HR I decided to take my childhood hobby of cooking forward. I am proud to say that I inherited a passion to cooking from my mother who is a talented cook.  

In the end of the year Dec 2011, I started one group on Facebook i.e. “Luv ur Interest”. Under this group I posted 2-3 recipes with pictures which were really appreciated by my friends. My friend Rajni suggested starting a blogger. I’d already tried my luck in word press which was not successful due to some complication in word press account.

On 29 Dec 2011, I signed up my account on blogger and publish my 1st recipe “Apple Kheer” 1 Jan on 2012 with New Year celebration… A day that would stay with me as my passion gets some platform to articulate.
In the beginning when I visit on other blogger’s space, it was just awesome with big number of followers and so many lovely well-presented recipes. Now I found so many difficulties, how to maintain and operate, even stayed questioning if I would ever be able present similar way and get walk in for my blog “Preeti’s Kitchen Life” as well.

Aarthi from YUMMY TUMMY blog helped me a lot. I have some idea about HTML and some java language and I get wonderful layout for my blog.

In mid of Jan, I got in touch of Srivalli from Spice Your Life for Blogging Marathon event. She is really superb and so sweet by nature.  I was really inspired by her. In blogging Marathon, first time I was participated in 2nd week of Jan month. That time I choose paneer theme for whole week in BM#12. Now BM#23 is going on, and still I’m member of lovely Blogging Marathon Family. I really get so much love and affection from BM and now waiting for 25th BM celebration.

By end of March, I tried to create my blog header and logo which was appreciated by all.
My 1st event hosted by Preeti’s Kitchen Life is HOLI Fest in March. I really got many encouraging entries from co-bloggers. Now my 1st giveaway hosted by me i.e. Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookbook “Sweet Temptation” won by Amarendra from Amu’s recipes. I have hosted around........ Events in d last 12 months and currently running Blog-iversary Event, a big event and celebration in which I have personally sponsor a coffee hamper with two consolation prizes also available.

My 1st giveaway i.e. Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookbook which given by Vaishali from Ribbons to Pasta’s. She is really wonderful lady, no words for her creativity in food and craft zonal. In 2012, totally I got three giveaway, all three are cookbooks.

I got more than 20 virtual awards by co-bloggers and Liebster award was my first award which I got by Poonam. I love every suggestion and compliments which I got from co-bloggers and non-bloggers, on my blog, first I started only home, about me, award, and event and contact us tab. Now more than 10 tabs are available with specific information. When I started my blog, I decided to maintain recipe index too for easily searching and scanning. So as a result, I create one more blog for especially recipes index with name of Preeti’s Kitchen Menu on 25 Jan 2011. Under this recipes are segregated under different course of meal.

I personally try all the recipes I post and take pride in arranging it before serving and they are my entire favourite.  Now I try to list some great memories on the basis of every month.

Out of this my best recipe of the year are Green tikki on protein platter, Idli Manchurian and Paneer Tikka. Paneer Lajwaab is my fav recipe which I tried from co-bloggers Vaishali’s blog out of all which I tried yet. A recipe which got so much love and likes from viewers i.e. “Chola bhature thali”.

Within one year, I published 225 posts, 10 menu tab. I have 172 foodie friends and 468 Facebook Fans who enjoy every moment with me on my blog.
Through this blog, I get so much… good friends; learn new things, blogging mantra and more.
Now my interest it to learn about photography and cooking style and earning too.
I have many plans for upcoming year 2013; I look forward to post some good recipes with better picture quality and lots of wonderful events with giveaway every month. There are so many gadgets I plan to get in the anvil n i.e DSLR, Proper homemade food photo studio, custom domain and so many things in to do list for better blogging.

So let’s enjoy New Year and Blog-iversary celebration on Preeti’s Kitchen Life.

The Straight Hair Experiment- Tangles Became Glossy & Straight

Everyone knows hair looks are essential part of life style….. For great personality, you have to great hair texture and style. Now a day’s straight hair style is in demand

Some Good ideas already followed by me:
  • Go for hair salon and do temporary or permanent straightening/ rebonding treatment with branded and good quality products.
  • Use a straightening machine for the perfect straight hair.
  • Do partition and combo it. Keep your hair on the towel and now do iron carefully. Take care about temperature of iron too... Not too hot.
  • Heat coconut oil or olive oil and after it becomes lukewarm, apply them exactly on the scalps. Massage the scalp with the heat oil now cover the head by using a towel (Rinse a towel in hot water, wipe) and leave it. Repeat this towel process 2-3 times.  Now wash your hair with shampoo, check the difference after washing your hair. This way you can get a straight hair.
  • Apply egg twice a month for 15-20 minutes and wash with cold water. Now your hair will be soft, silky and straight.
  • Homemade conditioner:

  1. Wash hair with lemon juice, for this take 1 mug lukewarm water and add 1 whole lemon juice (clean) and mix well. Now pour complete mug of water on hair after shampoo wash. It’s good for hair as straight part and also for great fragrance.
  2. Soaked Indian gooseberry (amla) and acacia (shikhakai) in the water overnight and drain it. Wash hair with this water, for great result of straight and shiny hair.

Some craziest and wildest ideas for straight hair at your own risk:
  • Use Road Roller: If you know any construction location or constructed road area then you will find road roller on free of cost. Lie down on ground with forward hair. Run the road roller at own risk but you can get straight hair.
  • Use No. of Encyclopedias: There are many books in the house especially subjective or encyclopedia, lie down and put heavy weighted encyclopedias on hair. It’s a good and cheap way to get the straight hair.
  • Use Spray or Gel: Use spray or gel and comb it… now hairs are ready for perfect straight look.
  • Visit at Stormy Place: Go for stormy place, at the time of strong air going on…. Your hairs become straight.
  • Use Marbles: Tie the marbles at the end of hairs edges tightly for whole a day and you will get straight hairs.
  • Use CartoonBox: Use full of cartoon box with heavy material or bundle or old newspapers on hairs and sleep well. When wake up, you will get straight hairs.
  • Use Rolling Pin/ Roti Maker Machine: Lie down your hair on ground for rolling pin or keep your hairs on roti maker machine, when hot enough. You will get effective result for straight hair.
  • Use Bed Mattresses: Keep your hair under the bed mattresses and watch Salman khan’s movie. When movie will over, you will get straight hair.
  • Use Clothe Clips or Hanger Clips: Wash your hair and hang with clips under the sunlight. You will get straight hair soon.

Instant Straight Hair Style 
  • Make Comb and wet your hands. Now put your wet hands into any electrical on plug, you get electric shock but as result your hair will get straight.
  • Enjoy roller coaster ride for getting perfect straight hair.
  • Watch English horror movie for getting perfect straight hair.

  • Jump from the high mountain or from the airplane; you will get instant straight hair texture.
  • Soak the hair in revive water for 10 minutes and keep under the sun for dry…. You will get straight hair.
  • Go to Jungle (Adiwasi ilaqa).... when kabila's people will hit.. you will shocked and instantly your hair will get standout straight.

Picture Source: Google
In the last, a main and perfect solution for perfect straight hair in easy way i.e. Sunsilk Products

Dec 28, 2012

Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Herbs with Olive Oil

Now one more time, I’m very happy to present my third edition of guest post for my blog Preeti’s Kitchen Life. This wonderful opportunity gets By Guest Blogger Gracie.

Thank you so much for choosing my blog for this wonderful article on the topic of Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Herbs with Olive Oil. So without taking your more time I want to present my guest article…

Now Gracie says…..

Title: Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Herbs with Olive Oil

Amazing idea! Why not the herbs and fresh leaves be preserved?

Yes, they can be conserved for the winter. As in summer many new leaves and fresh thymes are gathered, they can be well kept for the winter’s soup without missing your favorite ingredients. Garden-fresh herbs are not available everywhere, the neatness and freshness cannot be obtained. So the best way to freeze the herbs is in oil. Rather than using different oils store those in olive grease which can safeguard the herbs from browning and other freezer burns.

As the dishes contain oils to cook the onions and potatoes, conserve the herbs in oil which may be used directly and they can act as a base for your dish. The preservation works with the best of basil leaves, herbs, broccoli and oregano. The soft herbs such as the thymes, mint and lemon verbena are usually added raw to the whole dish. So freeze the herbs which can be used for basil pesto. The main reason of icing them in oil is the aromas of the leaves are well infused so, this acts like a bonus for the recipe. 

Never make the herbs delicate by freezing them. Follow few methods which can be well-kept.
  • Select the leaves which are cultivated in the summer but not in winter, can be used for winter dishes. So choose firm and fresh leaves, herbs from your garden.
  • Collect them all separately and chop them fine if needed. At times the larger sprigs and leaves are also well preserved. So the frozen thymes are very much useful.
  • Herbs such as stalk, oregano, rosemary, sage, broccoli, and fennel can be gathered, finely chopped and can be placed in an ice cube tray. The wells are almost filled with thymes and later pour some olive oil or the unsalted butter over the herbs.
  • The tray can be covered with a plastic wrap which can safeguard and freeze it overnight. These can be preserved in different moulds or jars also.
  • Later the frozen cubes are removed from the ice trays and stored in a container. These can be placed in small bags also and can be used for winter roast chickens.
  • Make sure you label the bags with their names containing the herbs. People use different oils also, so with the oils can serve you better.
  • This can allow the aroma of the leaves packed inside and spread in the recipe. In this way the leaves don’t lose their potency. 
This is a brilliant idea which is loved by many. This is a perfect, healthy and safe way to conserve the stems. It acts as a tip for every kitchen lover and cook lover. Cash loan UK can be taken as a help for buying the ingredients ideally from the market. Instead opt for this outstanding idea which can save your money.

Author Bio: This is Gracie a Guest blogger from UK. I have written many guest posts on different categories like Home-improvement, Beauty, Health, Technology, Business and finance. At present I am doing research on same day loans. You can find more about me @finance port 

Dec 27, 2012

Bounty Chocolate (Home-made)

Bounty chocolate recipe is very easy and sweet recipe with combo of coconut and chocolate which loved by everyone in my family. In my childhood, I ate this chocolate many times, but I got proper “bounty” name from the Aarthi’s blog.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: Chilling time
Servings: 10 pieces
1 Cup Desiccated coconut powder (white)
100 Gm. Condense milk
Cooking Chocó chips
Butter for greasing
Aluminium sheet or butter paper

Dec 26, 2012

Maggie Cutlets

Today I prepare Maggie cutlets for Blogging Marathon # 23 on last day…..  Under this recipe, we mix boiled noddles and veggies with spices for stiff dough and fried till to golden and crispy. This snack is good for winter or monsoon season both. I love the variation with veggie in this snack and kids and adults both love this. You can add the veggies and as per your kids choice and also use maggie masala too for more tastier. 

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Servings: 12 pieces

1 Cup Maggie, boiled (1 packet)
1 Medium Sized Onion, fine chopped
1 Medium Sized Capsicum, fine chopped
1/2 Cup Carrot, peel and fine chopped
1/2 Cup Peas
1 Medium Sized Potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 Green Chili, fine chopped
Salt to taste
Red Chili to taste
1/4 Tsp. Garam masala
1/2 Tbsp. Amchoor
2 Tbsp. Coriander powder
Vegetable Oil for deep frying

Dec 24, 2012

Marie Biscuit Chocolate Log

Waiting is over and now Christmas at our doorsteps, Kids and adults both are busy in celebration and shopping. Every one enjoying this weekend which start with Christmas and end with New Year celebration…. So here I’m come with some Christmas special recipe which easy and instant to prepare for your guests and friends…….

This time I prepare Marie Biscuit Chocolate Log from Gayathri’s Blog…. When I saw this easy and yummy chocolate recipe in the blogging marathon time and bookmarked it for my blog too. I love this log and really it’s tempting and easy to cook anytime with few ingredients.

Preparation Time: Less than 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 min+ Chilling time
Servings: 1 Log
Recipe Source: Gayathri

14 Marie Biscuits
1/2 Cup Warm Milk
1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp. Sugar
For Butter Cocoa Cream
3 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
3 Tbsp. Icing Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla essence
2 Tbsp. Nutella Chocolate (optional)
For garnishing
Choco chips
Roasted Nuts, Chopped
Drinking chocolate

Dec 19, 2012

Easy Cookie Cocoa Truffles

Under this theme “Kids Delight dessert” for Blogging Marathon # 23, I prepared all three recipes with chocolate because of Christmas too. So today I upload Easy Cookie based homemade truffles with flavor of cocoa and for crunchiness taste, add roasted nuts and choco chips.
Cookie cocoa truffle is very unique trial for me…. There is a little twist behind this … I wanted to prepare no bake egg-less brownie from the Edible Garden , but do not know how, my brownie did not set properly. I did everything according to her recipe. Then after passing whole day, I prepared truffles from this batter and coat with coconut or chocolate powder because I hate wastage of any kind of material or food.

At the end I got, some awesome, crunchy and tasty Easy Cookie Cocoa Truffles.

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes + chilling time
Serving: 12-15 pieces (depend on size)

15-20 Marie Biscuits
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2 Tsp. Powdered Sugar
1/3 Tin Condense Milk
Roasted Almonds and cashews, Chopped
Choco Chips
Drinking chocolate
Desiccated Coconut Powder, white  

Dec 18, 2012

Nutella Popsicles

Today I post very special and instant recipe from the point of cooking… Hope every kid like this version of ice-cream. Under this recipe, we combine chocolate and milk together and place in freezer to set. I really enjoy every single bite of this popsicles and remind my childhood. For garnishing, at the time of serving you can make so much interesting with chocolate syrup on the popsicles.

Preparation time: 10 Minutes
Cooking time: 0 Minutes + Chilling Time
Servings: 5 Popsicle

1 1/3 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Nutella
Chocolate syrup for garnish

Combine milk and nutella in one bowl and blend it till to smooth and foggy consistency.
Now place this mixture into ice-cream moulds.
Place ice-cream moulds into freezer and serve chilled. 
At the time of serving, pour little syrup on the top of pops.

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