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my cupcake project

This post has been long overdue....I was inspired by my friend Gauri to make cupcakes...She posted so many pretty pics of cupcakes on facebook, I kept craving to have them...and of course the baker in me stopped me from buying them from superstores...so couple of weekends earlier I undertook the "cupcake project". I tried my hand at dark chocolate cupcake, eggless banana chocolate cupcake, and banana chocolate chip cupcake...I also perfected my chocolate ganache and tried yummy dark chocolate frosting.                    
Dark Chocolate cupcake: This one I picked it directly from Sally's Baking addiction, The link to the recipe is here (death by chocolate cupcake) . I used exactly same recipe, with the exception that I added chocolate chips to the batter. Also, the cupcakes were done in around 12 min not 18 min per the recipe. So you might want to keep a close watch on them after 10 min. (my one batch of cupcakes were ready in 10 min) so you want to be alert so as to no…

Zebra cake

I made this cake when ravi was going to arrive from India. He said I never made special stuff for him, kind of true coz I had never made a cake when he was around. this happened because we dont have oven at our home in India and I tried making chocolate cake in microwave once and miserably failed so I never got too adventurous when I was in India and when he was here for couple of months there wasn't an occasion to make something special. Anyways. keeping this story aside, I wanted to make something really special to mark his arrival to USA and this cake seemed perfect.
Its not a birthday kind of cake, but it is so pretty so it doesn't seem like you have made a simple loaf. the method is really simple and easy BUT time consuming. You have to be patient to make this one as the trick in making this pretty cake like in the way it is poured in cake pan. Lastly, when you make it even if it doesn't look pretty to you when you pour it don't worry, final product will be BEAUT…

beginning of a new era :)

Finally, the day is almost there...tomorrow morning my husband will be with me....2.5 years of wait, meeting with deadlines, teary farewells at the airport, the painful immigration process, checking visa bulletin every month, praying for priority date to arrive etc etc. all a thing of the past....now we shall be together and build our life together

feeling so many emotions right now, happy, super happy, happy till i explode, little nervous, loads of excitement......all at the same time...

thanking god at this moment, that he saw me thru this tough phase. thanking my entire family for their love and support and encouragement; without who I wouldn't be here; my sister, she literally saw me thru...love u bena...both moms and dads, they gave me the strength to walk the path...and ravi, he was there with me every step of the way....of course i cannot forget kaka n kaki, without whose support this day was not possible....

today i feel, like in Joey's words, "it is end of an er…

kung pao mushroom soup

I have been having this urge to eat chinese food for sometime now, and on thursday evening I was like I want to have something chinese. Wanted to try my hand at making my favourite "Manchow Soup" something I have never made before, and i always have without fail when I go to any restaurant in India. Maybe the reason I have not made it is, I am afraid I will not be able to re-create the restaurant style flavor. Anyways this time I didnt have all the ingredients for manchow too, (manchow has many veggies) but I knew the taste I desired and after a  quick look in my kitchen I decided I had enough ingredients to get to that taste. I have named this soup "Kung Pao Mushroom Soup", purely Rhythm's recipe :) I call it Kung Pao as I used Kung Pao sauce I had at home. If you have a different stir fry sauce that you like or use, you may use that, as long as you like the sauce flavor you ll like the soup, as that is the flavor of the soup.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
6 button …

Happy Father's Day :)

As I sit to pen few words for my dad...I wonder where to begin..
A man of few words, my dad is the silent types. we (me and my sister) have always known how much he loves us.he always calls us his "dhingli" which means dolls...his presence always a silent strength..
but since I have been in USA and married, I have felt his presence in my life even more...
after the wedding, my dad told my husband privately "take care of my daughter"
when my husband told me this, i was like seriously??? I cant believe my dad said it, if my mom would have said it, i would not be surprised (those knowing my parents will understand why I am saying this)...
I mean, of course my husband is a good guy and he will take care of me, it is understood...
but the fact that, my dad said that meant the world to me....
there have been times, when I have not been sure of anything...
when doubts creep in, but I know one thing.
There is one man who wont let anything go wrong in my life...
who i can …

lessons learned from Yeh Jawaani Hai Diwani

Saw Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani last weekend.....this is not a movie review though...this is about some important life lessons conveyed in the movie in a very simple, easy going way....didnt make it preachy or too senti (well little senti but not an overdose) and very importantly without saying only THAT ONE WAY is right and other is wrong...

it is story of 4 friends...bunny, aditi, avi, and naina....story revolves mainly around Bunny (ranbir kapoor) who is a free spirited youngster wanting to explore the world...he doesnt want to be tied to a place or person...naina is exact opposite, she wants to be rooted in the place she has grown up in...wants to live in the city close to her parents and friends...the beauty of the story is in the second part when the friends meet for aditi's wedding after 8 years....Bunny has achieved his dream, has a job with travelling show...seen numerous cities in world...naina has lived her dream, owns a clinic....

i liked the bunny VS naina sequence, the yo…

Chocolate banana cake with Ganache

Its been a long time since i made something new.....but with job, apartment hunting, family get togethers etc etc it was difficult to find time to try something....then ever since I moved into my own apartment I had been itching to make, and my aunt's birthday was a perfect opportunity to try something...I have been (still am) a bit nervous when I have to bake something....I am never sure everything is going to be alright till the very end...i told myself, if i dont try how will i ever learn and so I started to make CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE with GANACHE (fancy name for frosting) which I thought was simple recipe....I was just little nervous as I didnt have my little measures and so was sprinkling baking soda and baking powder as per my guess and I was halving the quantity ...I had halved the quantity of dry ingredients BUT not for banana and eggs (as by mistake i mashed 2 bananas and whipped 2 eggs) so I was nervous that the cake might not bake properly.....however everything was GR…

Imran Khan to Move into Nasir Hussain residence

What is the first thought that comes to your head, if you were just to read this one sentence.
Well i do not know your thoughts, but a hilarious sequence of thoughts crossed my sister's head, so funny that even after couple of years i remember it and finally get around to writing about it.

She thought: Imran Khan the cricketer from Pakistan, is moving into Nasir Hussain's (the cricketer) home so that he could work things out with his ex wife Jemima Khan....and she wondered why is he moving into Nasir Hussain's home, maybe they are good friends, and he is encouraging Imran to work it out with Jemima :D :D

and this is what it really is, that Imran khan the actor is moving into Nasir Hussain's (his uncle's home)..LOL

Imran Khan to Move into Nasir Hussain's residence

Spinach Pesto Sandwich and Mushroom Salad

The first time I had this was at one of my aunt's home, and have been hooked on it ever since..but just a few days back i decided to try my hand at it...it is super easy to make, and can be eaten in many different ways..you may make a sandwich, or toss some pasta or tortellini in it.
It is a very good way to make your kids eat spinach if they are fussy eaters....it is healthy ( the recipe for pesto contains spinach, walnuts and olive oil) and with the mushroom salad which goes very well with the pesto it becomes a super healthy dinner. This is the first time i ever ate raw mushrooms and i loved it, so those of you who have never had mushroom salad should try this one.. this is a very good dinner option for working women, me and my sis got a soup, sandwich and salad dinner ready in 15 min at 10 45 pm after an extremely long day... i guess now i should stop beating round the bush and get going with actual recipe
Spinach Pesto sauce Ingredients: 8 ounce spinach (1 bunch)3-4 basil leav…

mushroom curry

for all mushroom lovers, this recipe is sure to be instant hit.....the first time i made it, i followed my friend's recipe which is on her blog "roz ka khana- shahi mushroom curry", however now that i make it quite regularly, i have altered it as per availability of ingredients and to make it healthy i use less oil.

As i have mentioned, i alter it as per availability, so can you, some of ingredients are optional so do not fret if you have one or two missing, try to think of available substitute in your home or one that is easily available in grocery store near you

Ingredients:
one packet (8 ounce) fresh mushrooms of your choice (i use white button or bella mushrooms)2 medium onions finely chopped3 medium tomatoes pureed3 cloves garlic finely chopped/paste1 green chilly finely chopped/paste1/2 tbsp ginger paste1/2 cup cashew paste1 tsp red chilly powder1 tsp turmeric powder2 tsp cumin-coriander powder1/2 tsp garam masala1 bay leaf2 cloves2-3 cardmom (elaichi)1/2 cup cream…