- I am a very emotional person..usually ruled by the heart…but, then, at times the heart does dish out some practicality as well…so that’s okay , I guess…
- I am a choco cum ice-cream-oholic (if that makes any sense at all )…during our courting days, Dinesh once asked about what I loved to have most… I replied’ ice-cream and chocolates’ without batting an eyelid, and he, being a health fanatic, did the famous rolling of the eyes accompanied with a sigh… I am usually quite good with my eating habits, love working out…but put these two temptations in front of me and I’ll be easily lured…
- I was scared of maths till the tenth standard…in fact it was more dislike of the subject…I never completed the test question paper…did only those whose results were quite obvious…it was only when I was in the tenth standard that I realised I had to do something about it, for it would bring down my overall percentage in the high school leaving exams…for four months, I practised maths day and night and in the end, the labour paid off as I scored really well in the finals…this made me realise the importance of logic in problem solving…I don’t dread numbers any more.
- Before marriage, I was petrified of the dark and of being alone in the house…if, for some reason, I had to be in such a situation, I would sit in the front room, with a torch, matchbox, some candles, lock all the other rooms, turn on the telly really loud and switch on all the lights, even during the day !!! even the neighbours knew about this and would usually invite me over or call to on to see if everything was fine…but, when Dinesh came over to the UK ( me and the kids followed later), I stayed all alone with the kids in Gurgaon for quite a few months, but all those fears did not cross my mind even once…life’s hurdles really changes one’s perspective…
- When I was quite young, I always pestered my elder sister to do my drawings…didn’t think I could do it myself. One day, ma took me to an art school to see how I got along. The teacher, who was quite well known in our parts, just asked me to copy a drawing on the board which he had done earlier, probably to see how I fared, before putting in my own imagination. I still remember the picture of the dancers and how, to my surprise, I could do quite a good replica…that was the only day I went to that school. I did not, and do not know till now, what magic the teacher or the school weaved on me, but since that day, I’ve never been scared of drawing…I went on to take up oil painting and dabbled in a bit of sculpture as well…But having said that, I haven’t touched the paintbrush since the last 6 years..my only association with colours is through my kids, especially Rengoni, who seems to be really passionate about it…hmmm maybe I should take it up again now
- My elder brother and sister were older to me by quite a few years, so I was basically a loner during my childhood, usually had my head buried in books… During those days, I used to be quite at a loss regarding normal conversations, and heaven forbid, I would be mortified if I had to keep some guests company for some time. I just hated talking about trivialities, didn’t know how or where to start…I would just offer them some magazines and quietly sneak away. My school days basically comprised of books, school work, sports and other extracurricular activities…I’m much better on the conversational front now…
- Finally, the kitchen is one space where I usually do not tolerate any kind of interference...I would rather toil myself than let another pair of hands into it…
So…there…it’s out in the open now… I now tag Musical, Sra,Vini, Viji, Suganya and wokandspoon. If any of you have done this before, just ignore it, and if not, take it up only if you want to…no compulsions, no hard feelings
After spilling so many beans, let’s get down to some baking…it’s a marbled cake for today…something which I love to make, just because of the pattern and the two different textures that one can bite into…here’s how I did it…
For the white layers-
1 C plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
For the brown layer-
1/4 C plain flour
1/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 C sugar
1/4 C oil
Pre-heat the oven at 180 deg cel.
Grease a baking dish.
The white layers-
- In a bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar.
- Add the flour and baking powder and fold in.
- Add the oil and vanilla and mix well .
The brown layer-
- In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs and sugar.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and fold in.
- Add the oil and mix well.
Pour half of the white batter into the greased pan, followed by the whole of the brown and topped with the rest of the white.
Take a tablespoon and with it’s back, gently push the mixture to and fro from top to bottom in waves, taking care not to apply too much of pressure.
Bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.