Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Onion & Chilli Corn Bread

Bharti has tagged me for a good cause and I have never been happier with a tag .... and am so glad I have it ready for my 100th post. Thank you Bharti! :-)

But first things first.
A big round of heartfelt thanks to everybody !!
To everybody who has visited my blog .. some of you I know ... some new to me.
To everybody who cared to leave encouraging comments.
To everybody who has encouraged me on, guiding & passing awards.
More importantly, to everybody who has stuck by .... I am not on any aggregator .... so all of you who keep visiting my blog/s regularly mean a lot to me. :-)

And to all of you who have found my blog worthy of being added to your lists / to follow. :-)

Thank you all for being such wonderful people !!

Now to my baking for this good cause .... Breadline Africa.

Breadline Africa is a charity based in South Africa works towards ending poverty in Africa by helping communities achieve long-term self-sustainability.
Breadline Africa was founded in 1993 by a group of community and social workers in South Africa and like-minded colleagues in Europe. Together they have raised funds in Europe and identified small, ground-level projects in Africa that are most likely to succeed with a financial boost.If you would like to join The Blogger Bake-Off, details can be found at their site. These are some of the ways in which you could be a part of the campaign.

* Join the campaign.
* Submit your bread baking recipe.
* Make a donation to Breadline Africa.
* Vote for your favorite recipe.
* Bake a loaf of bread and blog about it.
* Bake many loaves of bread and host a bake sale.
Bloggers who would like to bake for this cause may use the widget on their blogs and tag 5 other bloggers to Bake Bread, Give Dough and Feed Africa.
The rules for bloggers are outlined below:
1. If you are tagged, copy and paste the rules into your post.
2. Bake bread, do something you wouldn’t normally do, and blog about it. Upload your picture and recipe.
3. Give dough, donate to Breadline Africa and help us end poverty.
4. Tag five bloggers, and ping us so we know you’ve done so.
The person who raises the most funds will get to name a Breadline Africa community kitchen and win $500 Amazon Vouchers. There are also three minor prizes of $250 Amazon vouchers for people who receive the most votes in the following categories: Most Unusual Recipe; Most Nutritious Recipe and Most Traditional Recipe.

Since I do not know too many people ... and since the few I know are already tagged .... I'm taging the following for this worthy cause. Am short of one .... so anyone who wants to do this is most welcome. Do let me know ... I'll declare your name here.

Now to my baking bread. Inspite of having baked cakes, I have always shied away from baking bread. The thing that deters me most is the time needed .... not to mention my aversion to yeast ( I do not know why).
But for this I did get yeast .... but did not end up using it. It is still waiting on my kitchen shelf.
I wanted to bake a corn bread ... having seeing Shibani's Corn bread. I just can't get that beautiful piece of bread out of my mind still. :-) And I do always have cornmeal at home for hubby's favorite snack/breakfast.
Searched a lot on cornbread recipes and finally settled on an Old Fashioned Corn Bread ...... by Cyndi Allison. Looked easy ... and yes, no yeast. I followed the recipe as it is .... complete with the measurements. Only added a few other stuff on my own.
I had no idea how plain corn bread would taste ... so wanted to make it a little spicy. So added fried onions and green chillies to the batter. Picked up the idea of adding herbs from Shibani again. So the mixed herbs that I use for making pizza went into it.
And it tasted good. :-) Sorry Bharti ... for adding the egg ... but will make an eggless one the next time. And with yeast. :-)
As I was busy arranging and clicking, the morning sun shifted on my window ... and gave me a great snap.

We had it for breakfast on Sunday morning, with tea.
Here's hoping that every plate has enough food on it ... so that in this world of many pains ... at least the pain of hunger is not felt by anybody .... especially .... children.


  1. Wow! Fantastic photos! Way to go Sharmila...! :-) Ei cornbread-er recipe ki kore pai?

  2. Sharmila,
    this looks great ..I will try to post the tag ,its just that never baked bread and with yeast ...
    well lets see what I can do..
    hugs and smiles

  3. this for sure looks yum nd looks so warm too,..,...thnks for taggin me,...;-)

  4. this for sure looks yum nd looks so warm too,..,...thnks for taggin me,...;-)

  5. Congratulations!! I have never had corn bread, and love the idea of onions and chilli too in bread:-)

  6. I share the same fear of yeast that you do and am working to overcome it these days... the cornbread looks fantastic, great pictures and a wonderful cause !

  7. Nice one.
    I love cornbread and still have to try making at home. You don't have to apologize to me about eggs! I do make eggs at home for the kiddos, just don't eat it myself. And cornbread usually does have eggs and no yeast- at least as for as my understanding goes. I believe it is more popular in the southern states here and yours looks like a pretty authentic version to me!

  8. Congratulation on ur 100th post. I love ur corn bread recipe and love the idea of putting chili and onions. Thanks for the link.

  9. Thanks Rakhee! Ami recipetar link postei diyechi. :-)

    Thanks Jaya! Do give it a try if possible. :-)

    Thanks Priyanka! :-)

    Thanks Shreya! Am glad you like it. :-)

    Thanks Usha! Am now gearing up for a try at bread with yeast. :-)

    Thanks Bharti! It is indeed called the Old fashioned corn bread. I'll put in the name in my post ... something I have overlooked in my hurry. :-)

    Thanks Shibani! I absolutely love that snap of yours .. and your idea of adding corns too. :-)

  10. Sharmila, I knew you would come up aces! How good that bread looks. Like you say the sun makes it all the more glorious! love it! Congrats on your 100th post:)

  11. Thanks Sunshinemom! I had to .. what with so many inspirations around me. :-)

  12. Great Job Sharmila.. ar bolay kina bake korena!
    Loved ur use of fried onion & chillies. I bet it would make a great evening tea time snack too.

    & congrats on your 100th post!

  13. masala bread looks delish!
    and since i am hopeless at baking, pls send me some:)

  14. Thanks Soma! Amio bhabte parini eta eto bhalo hobe. :-)

    Masala bread sounds good Rashmi!
    :-) And thanks! :-)

  15. bread looks perfect....lovely pics!

  16. arrey haan..century pe mubarakbad!

  17. Dude, awesome work, corn bread is my fav' but never tried at home...wish I cud fix it now after seeing ur recipe, thanks for sharing it here, dear.

    btn gajjar ka halwa looks fab' wonderful color! It looks kind of glassy to me....looks like the way my mommy prepares.....I never get this appearance tho'. yummy one!

  18. Thanks Arundhuti! :-)

    Dhanyavaad Rashmiji! :-) aap ka encouragement kabhi nahi bhulungi. :-)

    Thanks Malar! Do try it .. it is easy. :-)
    And am glad you love my gajar ka halwa. :-)

  19. Congrats on your milestone 100 posts!
    Like the spicy twist with chillies and onions in the corn bread:)

  20. hmmm...cooking with such nice cause is so enriching. I have to applaud everyone involved with such meaningful tags...great work Sharmila!


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