Here’s to hope!

The year that was!
The year that was!

2014 was probably one of the hardest years of my life; and probably the finest of all. Getting married, moving to an entirely new city, making new friends, falling in love, gaining a hell lot of weight, losing a small percent of what I gained (consider the emotional outburst that comes along!), cooking(Trust me when I say I cook!), and what not!
I went through a lot of turmoil, but I came out perfectly fine, like it all never mattered at the end. The madness, the melancholy, the eternal bliss, the boredom. Nothing ever matters. There could be hundreds of reasons to be sad, to give up; but just one reason, one small reason is all that is required to move forward. So find that reason and live your life to the fullest! Here is to a new year, a year of hopes, happiness, thoughtfulness, and many more!
My new year’s resolution was not to have one. But when I thought of it, I realized, if I do not have a target, how do I achieve it? And more importantly what do I write about? So my resolution is to
1) Stay fit and healthy- Eat healthy
2) Work harder, be more effective
3) Cook more
4) Read more
5) Blog more

These are mine… So what are yours?
Happy New Year! Cheers! 

2014 through my eyes
2014 through my eyes

My tryst with baking

Here goes my first recipe blog!
Yesterday was our 6 month anniversary, and I wanted to make it special. So I thought and thought on how to make it special. I thought of starting it up with cutting a nice chocolate cake that I’d buy from Birdy’s(A famous cake shop around Mumbai) followed by a nice gift. But then, Oh wait! we just bought a new microwave recently, and one of the lines that I used to convince my husband on buying it is “And hey! I can even bake in that! Just imagine, how awesome it would be, for you to be back from office on a Saturday evening and I’ll be waiting with an amazing cake? Yaay!” Even though he was not very convinced that an exceptionally lazy and intolerably impatient person like me would actually BAKE, after a few arguments, he decided to give up, and we finally ended up buying an extra awesome Morphy Richards’ microwave oven. So I decided, this was a golden chance to prove my point! I tried baking for the first time in my life! And it worked out certainly well! Here’s the recipe of the chocolate cake that I baked y’day. 

For the cake
All purpose flour(Maida) -3/4 Cup
Cocoa Powder(I used Cadbury’s cocoa) -1/2 Cup
Castor/ Icing Sugar -1/2 Cup
Baking Powder -1/3 Tsp
Eggs -2
Luke warm water -1 Cup
Molten, non salted Butter -100g

For the chocolate topping
Cocoa Powder -1/4 Cup
Castor/ Icing Sugar -1/4 Cup
Chocolate syrup -3 Table Spoon
Chocolate chips -1/2 Cup
Grated chocolate -1/2 Cup

Let’s start with the cake. Now let me warn you, the cake that will be made with the above measurement can be consumed by 4 people to the maximum. Moving on. In a deep bowl, add Maida, Cocoa powder, Castor sugar and the baking powder and mix thoroughly. Add onto it the eggs, moten butter and water, and blend it until the whole mixture becomes lumpy. Here you can either use a blender to make the cake batter, a spoon can also be used, but it requires a little more effort(Lesson learnt! 😀 ). Once done, keep this aside, and take the microwave dish and spread a litle bit of butter all over the surface. Place the cake batter over the dish uniformly.

Now we go with the cake topping. Mix the rest of the sugar and the cocoa powder along with the chocolate chips. Spread it all over the surface of the cake batter. Topping one is ready!

Set the microwave to full power and keep the dish in the microwave for 5 minutes. You may take the dish out and check the setting of the cake in beteen, just in cake it doesn’t get over cooked. After 5 mins, take the cake out of the oven(Please make sure you use gloves, another lesson learnt 😉 ) and let it cool. Pour the chocolate syrup over the surface and spread it uniformly and carefully. It can be garnished with grated chocolate as you widh. Your cake is all set!
All set!

New beginning, new promises

Warning: Its been quite a long time since I have written anything; do forgive me for any errors that you come across while reading through this post. 🙂
So it has been 2 weeks since I shifted to Mumbai, which is a completely new city to me. When I realized that this would be the next city that I’d have to work in, I was both anxious and excited at the same time. Anxious, because of obvious reasons: I have never been to Mumbai, so I had no idea what the work environment or the people around this city would be like, moreover I
was too used to the lifestyle in Chennai that I was lazy enough to think of anything new coming across; and also excited because of the novelty in life and the challenges that would come along with it!!
Life in Mumbai so far has been very exciting for me. I went around and visited a few places, did a little bit of shopping, and yes of course tried the famous vada pav(which is out of the world yummy!) and some other delightful delicacies! I have not really started getting in to the work life, but so far the people also have been so helpful and co operative, I don’t feel at all that I am completely new here! Hoping to explore the city more in the coming days. 🙂

Mad over donuts
Near gateway of India