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Dark Chocolate Chips Cookies

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Credit - Nigella Lawson
Quantity - around 20 pieces  
Time - 40 minutes
Ingredients - 125 gms. dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)150 gms. plain flour (I use wheat flour)30 gms. cocoa powder sieved1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda½ teaspoon salt125 gms. butter soft75 gms. light brown sugar50 gms. white sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 medium eggs cold from the fridge350 gms. dark chocolate chips (or semi sweet chocolate morsels)
Method - Preheat the oven to 170°C. Melt the 125 g dark chocolate in a heatproof dish over a pan of simmering water.Put the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl.Cream the butter and sugars in another bowl.  Add the melted chocolate and mix together.Beat in the vanilla extract and cold egg, and then mix in the dry ingredients. Finally stir in the chocolate morsels or chips.Scoop out 12 equal-sized mounds - an ice cream scoop and a palette knife are the best tools for the job - and place on a lined baking sheet about 6cm apart. Do not flatten them…

Phalanges Express

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I have found out a great brain teaser for the breaks at work - "on line Typing Tutorial"! I know it sounds a little weird, but it is actually real fun! Over the years of using a QWERTY key board, I had kind of subconsciously started typing without looking at the key board and honestly, fairly fast. But just out of curiosity, I wanted to learn the systematic technique of the same and found this site.  Its real neat and a very refreshing break as well! While using this site I follow the basic standard chart of "Fingers : Letters." (Refer the picture below)


The nature of my work is quite sedentary and very varied as well. To begin afresh from one task to another, a short break always helps. In stead of playing a game of Solitaire or make a cold call or for that matter just whiling away your time thinking about what to do, this is a very interesting change over! You learn as well as get a complete break from the monotony! I hope you find it as constructive as I do!

Nankhatai

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Credit - Internet (My little additions)
Quantity - 16 to 20 pieces  
Time - 15 minutes preparation 20 t0 25 minutes baking (Over night dough resting)
Ingredients - Maida/ Self rising flour - 1 cupCastor Sugar - 1/2 cupCardamom powder - 1/2 Tsp.Ghee - 1/2 cup (melted and at room temperature)Baking Soda - 1/2 Tsp.Salt - a pinch
Method - Stiff together the flour and baking soda.Mix the ghee and sugar together till a smooth paste is formed. Add the flour and soda to this paste slowly till a dough is kneaded.Rest this dough for overnight in an air tight container. (You can also rest it for an hour before baking. But overnight resting makes it more delicious.)Pinch similar size balls out of this dough and place on a greased baking tray.Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 
Serve - Serve with tea or coffee.

A long wait

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So this is one of my point of views on that city where big dreams are realized. Or so it is believed! Yes I am talking about "Mumbai". "Waiting" is an integral part of each and every thing here. You got to wait because you are stuck up in perennial queues everywhere! Even those precious dreams for which you chose to be in this city have a long wait before you actually see them occur. And mean while your life just drags itself so badly that it makes you feel it was all worthless! 
Of course, for those who feel I am absolutely mistaken, I am just kidding! The rest who have visited Mumbai know that I am not! Out of the rest, who haven't visited Mumbai yet, are simply blessed. My suggestion, in case you happen to visit this city, taking a perspective of "I am so lucky I don't have to come here again and again" will surely help you put up with what you experience here! 
From where I see it, people living in this place are always in some kind of hurry …

Kindness and Compassion

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This is one of the Short Stories my Grandfather used to often tell us. For some odd reason, I had forgotten about it. At a recent family get together when we missed his presence, every little memory of him came back to all of us. This is one of the many wonderful memories of him! 

Once upon a time, in a small village a saint shot to fame across the region for his beautiful white horse. The special thing about this horse was that he used to follow each and every instruction given - but only by the saint! It was too good to be true, so people from far distances started visiting him to see this wonder with their own eyes.

In no time, exciting narrations of the obedient horse reached the king of that region and out of curiosity he paid a visit to this saint's abode. The king fell in love at the very first sight. A selfish desire made him want the horse as his own possession. Expressing his desire of owning the horse, king offered the saint any price he wished for the same.

Taken aback…

Tricolour in Pasta

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Credit - Adapted from Internet but still my versions!

Quantity - 6 servings
Time - 50 minutes
Ingredients - Pasta - 600 gms. Salt - 2 tsps.For Green Sauce Spinach - 100 gms.Green peas - 100 gms.Onions - 1 nos.Garlic clove - 1 nos. Oil - 2 tb. sp.Cheese - 50 gms.Salt to taste For Red Sauce Tomatoes - 200 gmsOnion - 1 nos.Garlic clove - 1 nos.Red chilli powder - 1 tsp.Tomato ketchup - 1 tb. sp.Oil - 2 tb. sp.Cheese - 50 gms.Salt to taste For white Sauce Potatoes - 1 nos.Sweet corn - 1 cupOnion - 1 nos.Garlic clove - 1 nos.All purpose flour - 2 tb. sp.Butter - 2 tb. sp.Milk - 2 cupsCheese - 50 gms.Salt to taste
Method - Put the pasta in boiling water and add salt to it. Keep steering it from time to time.In another pot, boil the spinach and green peas together. Do not throw away the water, we would need it for gaining required consistency in the sauces.In another pot, boil the potato and corn together. Finely chop the 3 onions and garlic cloves. Sauté over oil till onions turn golden brown. Make 3…

Kukuye Sibzamini (Persian Potato Omelet Recipe)

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Credit - National Microwave/ Convention Cook Book

Quantity - 6 pieces
Time - 30 minutes
Ingredients - Potatoes - 500 gms.Onions - 120 gms.Turmeric Powder - 5 gms.Salt - 10 gms.Pepper - 5 gms.Eggs - 6 nos.Ghee - 60 gms.
Method - Pressure cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes. You can also microwave them.Finely chop the onions and add turmeric, salt and pepper.Peal the potatoes and mash them to add to the onion mixture. Whisk the eggs and add them to the potato mixture.In a pan or microwave bowl, add ghee and cook for 3 minutes. Pour in the egg-potato mixture and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes till it sets. In case of cooking range use medium-high flame.Set aside for 5 minutes to cool down before you cut the wedges.
Serve - Serve with tomato ketchup or cheese sauce.

Pumpkin Soup

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This is one of those coincidental creations that began with the weekly clearing out of my fridge. Special because its dead simple with readily available ingredients at home and very healthy!!

Pumpkin Soup

Credit - Yours truly :-) :-D

Quantity - 4-6 servings depending upon your soup bowl size
Time - 30 minutes
Ingredients - Pumpkin - 1/2 kgs.Potatoes - 2 nos. (medium size)Onions - 2 nos. (medium size)Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp.Oil - 2 tb. sp.Milk - 1 cupGround Nutmeg - 1/2 tsp.Coriander - 1/4 cup (finely chopped)Salt to taste
Method - Pressure cook the potatoes and pumpkin for 5 to 8 minutes. Do not drain the water because we will use it for blending the soup to attain required consistency. You can also boil the vegetables.Finely chop the onions and fry them with the garlic paste till they turn brown. You can do this simultaneously while the vegetables are cooking. Once the vegetables are cooked, peel the potatoes and mix the fried onions before blending the soup. You have to do it in 3-4 batches …

Chocolate Mousse (Egg less)

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Credit - Nigella Lawson

Quantity - 6 servings
Time - 15 minutes preparation and minimum 60 minutes chilling
Ingredients - Mini marsh mellows - 150 gms.Unsalted butter - 50 gms.Dark Chocolate Chips - 250 gms.Water - 4 Tb. sp.Fresh Cream (Double) - 300 ml.Vanilla essence - 1 T.sp.Bar of Chocolate (White/ Milk) - grated for garnish
Method - In a pan, mix marsh mellows, butter, chocolate and water. Heat on a simmer till it turns into a homogeneous mixture. Set aside for cooling.With a help of a blender, whisk the double cream with vanilla essence till thick and soft.Fold in the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream.Put random swirls in dessert bowls for chilling in the fridge.Just before serving, garnish with grated chocolate.Serve - Chilled with grated chocolate. Also a small dollop of cream looks very stylish!
p.s: Yes I am a chocolate lover!!!! ;-) :-D

Chocolate Buiscuit Cake

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Since I have a sweet tooth, here goes my first dish that is a dessert! :-)

Credit - Chaya Maushi (Our family cook)
Quantity - 6 servings
Time - 10 minutes preparation and 7 mins cooking
Ingredients - Bournbon Biscuits - 1 pack of 169 gms.Parle G Biscuits - 2 packs of 84.6 gms.Eno - 1 tb. sp.Milk - 1 3/4 cupsNutmeg Powder - 1/2 tsp.
Method - Grease a microwave proof mold and set aside.In a mixer, make fine powder of these two biscuits.Add half quantity of milk to this powder and with a blender, mix well. Along with the remaining milk, add Eno and nutmeg powder and mix well.Immediately pour this batter in the pre-greased mold and set in microwave for 7 minutes. Serve with - Coffee/ Vanilla ice cream/ Chocolate sauce

Turning Point

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Post 25 years of age, most of my friends (married or unmarried) are dealing with "the turning point" in their respective lives. For some odd reason, its only to do with the "marriage" status or coping up with the same. I strongly feel that turning point is a continuous phenomenon, and not a one time thing! Turning points are of course at times of marriage, but the list is endless... For eg. turning points in careers, relationships (family, friends, colleagues etc.), health, education, and the list goes on...

As the first post of this year, I wish to share some of my observations and principles regarding the turning point that is currently a burning issue around me!! Please note that I am a full time working woman, so my perspective is limited to working women only. I have always lived by these principles and they have never let me down.

Getting married or being in a relationship is a turning point for both involved. So there is no reason it should be a one sided af…