A century on a special day…

by Sunita on May 11, 2007

A century…a hundred…is it really…I am still amazed that I’m actually writing my hundredth post today. Seems just like yesterday that I gingerly stepped into the world of blogging.

It was on a bleak and cold December night of last year that I wrote my first post, introducing myself to the blogging community…I initially wanted to record my thoughts, hopes and aspirations, the myriad of emotions that I went through each day. I wanted to give all this and more to my blog. It was supposed to be a space where I could basically express myself without anyone judging me. I must thank Dinesh for planting the seeds in my brain. It was he who suggested that I create one for myself as I was desperately in need of doing something other than the day to day grinding, some thing which I really enjoyed and can immerse myself into…

After the initiation, every night, when the kids had been put to sleep, I began to look forward to my daily stint in front of the laptop, clicking away and losing myself in it… I wrote about everything that concerned me apart from one thing – food. It was not intentional, although how I could have missed it is still a mystery. For one thing, I cook, and I cook a helluva lot(excuse the spirited expression). I’m not a fast-food wife or mummy and from the time I wake up, organising healthy family meals is one of the foremost things in my mind. But better late than never.

A meal well done, a cake well baked always cheered me up…and gradually, I began to record those moments of joy in my blog. One thing led to another and I became quite passionate about it. Till then I did not realise that there was such a great flurry of activities in the food blogosphere. I’m basically a foodie and what better thing could have happened that I’ve been introduced to like-minded individuals as myself. I loved to ramble and I loved everything to do with food, so why not combine the two…and combine I did and am still doing so, as you can see…

Over the last five months, (is it only five), I feel blest to have been introduced to people from all over the world…people who come over and patiently go through my ramblings, and leave their impressions- sometimes sharing similar experiences, sometimes a pat on the back, sometimes dropping a hint and a tip here and there to better it- for a blog which is still in it’s infancy, it was and still is , a great thing to have and I really appreciate and value the time that all my readers have put into it. In a world moving at such break-neck speed, even a minute spared to go through other’s work is very precious and I heartily thank all of my loyal readers again. I find it amazing that people who I did not even know existed a few months back, seem so real to me now. I have’nt seen most of them but it’s as if I’ve always known them. Whoever said technology is bad…

Well, I can only hope that I continue to receive the same affection in the days to come so that my blog, which is still a bud, can fully blossom.

I’m getting a bit soppy here…now, where did I keep that box of tissues…

As for today being Mother’s day, the following speaks my heart when I think about my ma…

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)


As for myself, I can only say-

A Hundred years from now

….it will not matter what my
bank account was, the sort of
house I lived in or the kind of
car I drove
…..but the world may be
different because I was
important in the life of a
CHILD

well, actually two to be precise…

A happy mother’s day to my ma and all those wonderful mothers out there…

Here’s a sweet recipe to sweeten up this special day…I’s a great favourite of the kids, in fact, they consider it to be the best Indian sweet. This is the first time I’ve actually made this…the taste was great and the kids, esprecially Agastya, kept following the plate for more as I was clicking away. However, they did not harden that much…maybe someone can give suggestions for that…
Kesar kaju barfi-

What’s needed-

2 C of cashew nuts, soaked in water for 2-3 hours
1/2 C of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp of saffron strands, soaked in 2 tblsp of milk
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1 tblsp butter
How to-

Drain the water from the nuts and grind into a paste with the saffron milk. If needed add a very little water.

Add the paste, sugar, cardamom powder and butter to a thick bottomed an and cook on low to medium heat. Stir continuously till the mixture turns into a soft lump.

Place the mixture on a well greased surface and roll out into desired thickness with an equally greased rolling pin.

Cut into diamonds . Press halved cashews on the top( optional).

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha May 13, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Happy 100th and happy Mother’s day darling Sunita!:))
Burfi looks fabulous.Enjoy:))

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2 sunita May 13, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Thanks a lot…you are one of my first readers and I’ve got really used to your comments and eagerly look forward to them…

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3 musical May 13, 2007 at 3:20 pm

Congratulations! Sunita and happy Mother’s day to you :) .

Looking forward to countless delightful thoughts and recipes from you. The kesar kaju barfi looks so pretty, i love kesar in sweets :) .

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4 Sandeepa May 13, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Awww that was a lovely post. Congrats on the 100th post and looking forward to the many more that will come
Those burfis look perfect, you indeed are a passionate cook

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5 sunita May 13, 2007 at 5:19 pm

Musical,thank you so much…I hope I’ll be able to draw you back time and again…kesar adds that extra zing, don’t you think…

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6 sunita May 13, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Sandeepa,thanks and you too are one of my first readers…

Kesar in sweets does make them extra special…

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7 Jeena May 13, 2007 at 11:53 pm

Hi there, I like your blog! Nice recipe it looks yummy :) Feel free to visit my blog too :)

Click here for jeenas food recipe blog :-)

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8 Roopa May 14, 2007 at 12:47 am

congratulations sunita! and happy mothers days to you! Double celebration burfi looks wonderfull!

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9 Mishmash ! May 14, 2007 at 12:54 am

Sunita…u keep rambling girl…i just enjoy the flow of your thoughts and the way your capture those emotions with words…keep writing.

Congrats and burfi looks damn good :)

Shn

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10 Sig May 14, 2007 at 3:57 am

Sunita, Congratulations on your 100th post… You know that I love your blog, it is so much fun reading your posts, and getting to know a totally new cusine which I knew nothing about 5 months ago…
Keep writing girl, hugs to you…

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11 sunita May 14, 2007 at 8:18 am

Jeena,thanks and welcome to my world…

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12 sunita May 14, 2007 at 8:19 am

Roopa, thanks for all the wishes…

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13 sunita May 14, 2007 at 8:20 am

Shn, with encouragement like this, I am definitely going to ramble a lot…thank you so much…

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14 sunita May 14, 2007 at 8:23 am

Sig,thanks and nice to know that you enjoy the glimpses of my simple world…as for the learning, I think we all are on the same boat…I too am now familiar with so many other cuisines…isn’t blogging great…

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15 Sia's Corner May 14, 2007 at 11:34 am

beautiful post suni….i can relate to many things u mentioned here:)
congats for completing 100 th post suni… hope to see many more to come:)

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16 sunita May 14, 2007 at 11:38 am

Sia, thanks and so nice to have you over…

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17 Deepa May 14, 2007 at 2:56 pm

congrats sunita…many more to go …excellent sweet

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18 Mandira May 14, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Happy 100th post. Looking forward to many more recipes and posts from you.
Kesar kaju barfi is my favorite diwali sweet…

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19 Sharmi May 14, 2007 at 5:34 pm

I am planning to make Kaju katlis. this one looks similar.
happy mother’s day to you too dear.
lovely looking burfis

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20 Sukanya Ramkumar May 14, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Burfi looks YUMMY!…..I Love it a lot…Great procedure….

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21 sunita May 14, 2007 at 6:38 pm

Deepa, thanks…nice to have you over…

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22 sunita May 14, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Mandira, thanks…kaju barfis are my kids’ favourite Indian sweet…well, for that matter, even mine…

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23 sunita May 14, 2007 at 6:41 pm

Sukanya,thanks…nice to have you over…

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24 Richa May 14, 2007 at 10:25 pm

congratulations on ur 100th post sweetie :) many more to come, i came to know ur blog very recently, it has been a lot of fun visiting “you”.
kaju burfi looks yum, pretty simple procees, will be on my to-try list :)

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25 Cynthia May 15, 2007 at 3:13 am

Congratulations on your 100th post and a very happy mothers day, dearest Sunita.

I for one am glad that you took that first step in December… our online experiences are richer for your participation.

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26 Sunita May 15, 2007 at 4:35 am

Came in from Desi momz, wondering if the link was pointing to me, but no … so Hi there. Apart from the name, I achieved my 100th post feat too very recently :) . Will come over at leisure to read thru more of your posts :)

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27 sunita May 15, 2007 at 10:26 am

Richa,thanks…it is really nice to have you over…as for the barfis, do try them…they did not harden a great deal, but the taste was god…

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28 sunita May 15, 2007 at 10:27 am

Cynthia, thank you ever so much…I too am glad that I took the plunge…how else would I’ve known about you…

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29 sunita May 15, 2007 at 10:31 am

Sunita…it does seem a bit strange…I’ve never written to someone who shares my name, although I’ve met quite a few…welcome to my world…nice to have you over…

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30 Hema May 16, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Hi sunita,
100 posts in 5 months! that is quite an achievement. Burfies look delicious.

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31 sunita May 16, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Hema, thanks…nice to have you over…

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32 sudha October 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Hi,
I have a suggestion to make it like the ones we get in mithai shops in India.
Gring the cashews well and DO NOT ADD water. as it will grimd well ( and do not soak in water before grinding). Keep this aside and then bring 4 tbsp water and sugar( 1/2 a cup for 1 cup cashew paste) to a boil until it reaches a single thread consistency. This would roughly take between 3-5mins only. Rermove from flame and stir in the cashew batter and keep stirring until it becomes like atta dough. Then roll out like chapathis and cut into diamonds. Awesome kaju kathlis ready to devour!!

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33 Sunita October 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Sudha, thanks for your suggestions, will definitely keep them in mind.

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