28 November, 2011

How to make Cake Flour

I've been baking for a long time now; I started young at 11yrs probably. I baked a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and decorated it with gems for my own 13th birthday. Ya, I have the habit of pampering myself since I was a kid ;). I had actually stopped checking out recipes, as they always mentioned things which none of the shopkeepers would be able to pronounce, let alone understand. Then living in a city like Bangalore for a while, gave me hope and gave me more options but still there are things you wouldn't find in stores.

One such thing is Cake flour; I actually thought it is some super special flour that has undergone some special processing which might take ages to show up in India at least in the metros. Then one day I googled it and found that it is so simple that I can do the super special processing at home. It is actually a simple process. Just follow this formula and voila, cake flour. 

(1cup - 2tbsp) All Purpose Flour + 2tbsp Cornflour = 1cup Cake Flour 

20 November, 2011

Virgin Mojito With Sweet Lime

I'd been away since Diwali, I had a good vacation with family and friends and even got an oppurtunity to try my hand at pottery (me as a potter). Ranjit, my husband who has asked me not to use the camera, in the past, gifted me a SLR for our second wedding anniversary, which we celebrated earlier this month. So out of sheer excitement, I asked if he thinks I'm a good at  photography? He replied with a blunt "No" and added "you are creative, you'll get better".  

The excitement was momentary and then fear and self -doubt set in, it is too big a thing to use, I even had nightmares. I knew I had to brush off the fear and start using it. I've been very hesitant to use the camera in manual, but I guess this Mojito has helped me overcome my fear of using it in manual mode.

Ranjit, picked up sweetlimes instead of oranges ( its nothing unusual for him, everything looks alike) from the fruit shop. Making Mojito was an obvious choice as I already had a bunch of mint ready to be used from my herb garden. (This picture is really not needed, guess, I'm showing off )

Mint in my garden

Mojito is a simple drink made of lime and mint, and if you drink alcohol you can of course add white rum to it, to make the virgin pregnant (a joke you would find funnier if you watch Akkara Kazhchakal).


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