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Butterscotch Cherry Cake (EGG LESS)

23-12-2013,Dubai.

" Merry Christmas To All My Readers!!! "

Butterscotch Cherry Cake

This is the Christmas cake I baked for this Christmas...Hope you all enjoyed watching it.. :P
An extremely buttery cake as it contains lot of butter along with brown sugar,both dried and fresh Cherries,nuts and so on.

Now it's quite some time since I have baked something new.I find cooking interesting only to experiment new things.Otherwise,I must confess,day to day cooking is always boring for me,but I have to do it,since I try and stick to healthy diet.

If you believe me,I never plan a recipe. When I feel to bake,I randomly  shop some ingredients;which ever  I find interesting in the store.Then using them,how to make a new variety?This will be my next thought.
I rely on my intuition mostly..
A retrospective | 2013

The Year 2013 has reached it's end,soon it is going to be another chapter in our memories.
But,I feel that these dates and time are nothing of much important.What really matters are the Moments--How much we lived here....
I have some moments in 2013 to treasure for my whole life.Some moments that made me grow up as a person,when I learned some positive lessons to move forward...When I was motivated to change my perception of life.
Yes,it takes only a moment  for some people to influence us for a life time.I hope I too have sprinkled some positivism, on my dearest readers.

This year,I did experience certain negative things too,but I have forgotten them all;or may be I do not want to think about it.But I remember one lesson I learned from one such experience,for sure.When I met with an accident in 2013 and miraculously escaped,I learned that life is really momentary,so I must enjoy it rather than living in the past.

Beautiful,isn't it? Let's all try to stick to this resolution in the coming years.

With out any further delay,let us check the recipe for Butterscotch Cherry Cake
We need
1. Dry cherries- 4 tbsp
2. Almonds-2 tbsp
3.Apple Juice-1/2cup
4.Milk-2 tbsp
5.Butter- 1/2 cup
6. Brown Sugar-1 cup
7. Vanilla Essence- 1 tsp
8. Flour- 2 cups
9. Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp
How to Prepare Butterscotch Cherry Cake?
1. Soak Dry cherries Cashews and almonds in Apple juice for 10-12 hours.

2. Beat butter and brown sugar until soft and really fluffy.
Now mix the soaked dry fruits into this and add vanilla essence.

3. Fold in the flour (sieved after adding baking powder ).If needed,add in 2 tbsp milk to adjust the consistency. Batter should be thicker than dropping consistency.
4. Bake in Pre-heated oven at 180 degrees  for 40-45 minutes.
I was thinking to give white frosting on the cake as it is Christmas. But the cake tasted very sweet and special with a butterscotch effect.So I avoided any kind of extra decor on it.

Please try this at home and comment here on how you like it.
Once again, Compliments of the Season ! .




--
Deep Krishna.







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Thank you Google...




19-12-13 has created history in my life.The prestigious Google Inc has issued my first payment !!!

So,Google has approved me as their official Ad Publisher.Really feeling good to be a small part of this humongous organization,Google.
Thanking God and  all my readers who visit this page.I promise to strive for improvement.

Love you all,
Deep Krishna.





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Winter Nostalgia

Thiruvathira Festival (the reminiscences of a rich heritage)

18th Dec 2013: 

Today is Thiruvathira Festival  in Kerala for Hindus .Women celebrate this day with great joy and respect as it is the birth day of Lord Shiva.

The significance and grandeur of Thiruvathira,though mostly can be seen only in the days gone by.
Even today,these rituals are  important  to those who wants to follow tradition.And it is our duty to pass these information to next generation;as these festivals promote unity,love and compassion.

On the day,women of Kerala worship Lord Shiva for marital bliss.Unmarried girls too indulge in all the rituals with prayers for getting an ideal husband like Lord Shiva.

Today, people can not keep faith in these stories,world has changed to an extend that we are not able to trust each other even !

This was a day of celebration exclusively  for women folk of Kerala. Today,women are independent and so may not really understand the importance of this festival.

But, my childhood memories of the festival are bleak if compared to the stories I have heard from my mother ,how she in her childhood,along with other female members of her joint family,used to wake up before 4 am in the morning and had a special bath in their pond. Singing Hymns and splashing the water in a particular way was an interesting ritual to start with.

(From her words,I could only fancy that full moon night,teeth chattering cold of winter season,a group of women,high in spirits,enjoying ,merrymaking; forgetting all their worries or duties -just for one day.)

full moon Kerala

Then  follows some other very exciting rituals like swinging,dancing;all accompanied with songs related to Lord Shiva.

No wonder,Thiruvathira is an ageless passion; a remnant of the golden days of the yore. 

Some Facts about this small state KERALA

Kerala is a small state in the south-west region of India at the Malabar coast.Malayalam is the language spoken by the people of Kerala.
Culture of Kerala
Kerala is the region marked in red in the map

Kerala is small but rich in culture and heritage.This state has the highest literacy rate and highest Human Development Index.

Because of it's serene beauty and wealthy spice resources,Kerala is also called "God's Own Country".
Kerala produces rice, Coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices.

India's 85% of Natural Rubber  is obtained from Kerala

Spices include

  • Pepper (97% of India's Pepper production output is from Kerala)
  • Cardamom
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Tamarind
  • Nutmeg
  • Curry leaves
  • Vanilla

People of Kerala respect arts in any form .Each young child,irrespective of religion ,tries to learn and excel in some kind of art.That is their passion for dance,music and any other art forms.
Performing arts include
 Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattom, Thullal and Krishnanattam. (Krishnanattam was originated and developed in the temple theaters during the classical period under the patronage of royal houses.
  • Cinema
  • Literature
  • Sports
  • Cuisine
  • Tourism
  • Elephants
  • Telecommunication Media
  • Martial arts like 'Kalaripayattu'(This ancient martial art is claimed as the mother of all martial arts. )
There are many more stories and information about Kerala,my homeland.But only later....

Deep




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Unniyappam recipe

Unniappam,Unni appam,Unniyappam


Today I am going to share the secret of traditional Kerala Snack 'Unni Appam' or 'Karol Appam'.

Unni appam resembles small pancakes.
You can find the recipe  anywhere on Internet and many might have  succeeded in making these delicious and healthy dumplings.

But this is my recipe;after desperately  trying to bring back the taste of Unni appam that my Grand Mother (we call her Ammamma) used to make for us,children.She didn't know how to show her love for us,but with the taste of her special snacks, her love was conveyed to us.

I am sure it is impossible to recreate the same taste,since that special "kaipunyam" ended with her demise.
(Kaipunyam is a Malayalam word which  means 'having gifted hands')


So let's  try to bring back that taste... nostalgic to many of you ,today..

Ingredients
Raw rice -2 cups
Jaggery-200g
Banana-1 no
Plain Flour-2tbsp
Ghee-1tbsp
Black sesame seeds-2tsp
Coconut pieces-2tbsp
Method of preparation
Soak rice for 5-6 hrs.
Melt Jaggery into a thick liquid.
Grind together, rice and this liquid Jaggery (1tbsp at a time).When it's almost done ,add in banana and grind well.( need to add extra water,only if you feel that melted Jaggery is not enough)
Finally add in the flour and mix well to get a smooth batter of Idly batter consistency .
Heat ghee and fry coconut pieces and sesame seeds.And pour these along 
with the ghee to the batter.Mix well and keep aside for 4-5 hrs.
Now take a Karol (is the mould used to fry this snack) or you can even use Pancake griddle for this .
Pour oil into the holes and make fluffy tasty and more over, very  healthy Unni Appam.
Thanks for reading..!
Please try this and tell me how you find this simple yet healthy snack!



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Expo2020 Dubai

on December 01, 2013 in ,
Dubai Won World Expo 2020
Congratulations,Dubai.



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