This post is dedicated to my Grand mom. She’s the first baker I knew. I grew up eating her pressure cooker cakes for Christmas and birthdays. She was one strong woman who left the country she was born and raised (then British Malaya, now Singapore), married a stranger chosen by her family and moved to India during World War 2, bore 8 kids, raised them with discipline and values, worked as a school Principal all her life, worked post-retirement just to keep herself occupied and took her last breath on her birthday at the ripe age of 80. Grand dad was the typical chauvinist husband. Nothing much to write home about.
Theobroma Cacao, my nemesis and my kryptonite. Who doesn’t love chocolates, at least the good ones? I LOVE chocolates. So, couple of years back I took interest in learning the art of chocolates and did a lot of on line research plus book reading. But then, there is only so much one can learn from these resources. There is nothing like hands-on experience, witnessing trained professionals work methodologically and share their wealth of knowledge gained over decades. Hence, I opted to do a course in the ‘Art of Chocolates’ from Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco. I’ll be sharing some of the chocolatey things I learned in LCB.
Winter begins in December. Wind chill. Frosty mornings. Frigid temperatures. Naked plants and trees. Heavy clothes. Dampness and darkness. Large gas bills. These are some of the not so pleasant things.
Mulled wine and warm cider. Soups and breads. Christmas. Baking fruit cakes and Christmas pudding. Christmas tree and nativity decoration. Ornaments and icicle lights. Buche de Noel and candy canes. Hymns and carols. Santa and the fire place. Poinsettias and pine trees. A brand new year and few carried over un-kept resolutions. These are some of the pleasant things.
I’ve been trying to post this recipe in the notes of Kitchen Kemistry’s Facebook page, but was unsuccessful. I tried doing it in Google chrome and IE. Both didn’t work. Finally, I gave up and decided to post it here. I make these muffins often and have packed for friends. It’s a hit and a treat by itself. This also makes a great party food. Try these when you’re in a mood for pizza but do not want a full on one.
“Hello wonderful folks! I’ve been missing in action for past few months. Needless to say, I was either busy or bored not to post anything. This post has no recipe but a small chat with me. Plus a wonderful giveaway (I assume) for all the readers of Kitchen Kemistry”. This is how I started the post on the first week of December, 2013. There came a mild headache, runny nose, nasal congestion and fever. I was unwell for a couple of weeks. All plans went kaput. After that, It took forever to get my rear moving. My mojo ebbs and and flows. Finally here’s the post.
On the personal front, last month marked an important milestone in my life. Three years of married ‘bliss’. Cliched! Playing wife needs a lot of patience, people’s skill, investment of trust, mutual respect and tolerance. If wedding is a day’s affair, marriage is a work in progress. That’s what I learned about this wonderful institution.
Ice cream! No churn, egg free and gelatin free.
I love summers because I have an excuse to dunk my head into a tub of ice cream. You’ll be surprised how many pints I can finish myself. All those calories conveniently rest on my waist throughout the season, and longer. After all it’s ICE CREAM.
Ice creams with a smooth mouth feel, rich body and milky sweetness is what I prefer . I absolutely dislike ice creams that tastes sugary. My first American ice cream experience was in NYC, a vanilla waffle cup bought from an ice cream truck. It was cloyingly sweet and headed right to the bin. You know what I mean. Since then I stick to trusted brands I’ve tried before.
American cartoonist Jim Davis said ‘Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.’ I remember this when I see carrots, zucchini, pumpkin and any cake. This recipe is for mini carrot cake made in a microwave. It also happens to be Egg free and can be veganized easily. The whole process takes about 10-12 mins including the preparation, baking and resting time. Eating time differs from person to person. It takes 2 mins for me to attack and devour!