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Very often I’m asked: What do you do with everything you bake? Do you eat it all yourself?


Dear person who thinks I’m a dessert-inhaling monster, this post is for you.


I love baking. But you already knew that about me.


Here’s what I love more: happy people eating and (usually!) appreciating what I’ve baked.


When I bake something, I usually taste it, photograph it, and then put it into a big box to share with the happy people I work with.


The cookies/pies/cupcakes/tarts are tasted and I receive critical feedback, big smiles, bakery-opening advice, and general happiness in return.


It’s lovely sharing good food with wonderful people.


This is what happened when I handed a few people a peanut butter cookie on a dreary Monday afternoon. I call it the peanut butter cookie effect. (How very scientific of me, I know. Aren’t you proud Mom? :)) Take a look.


Glenda


Neha


Rupa


Navi


Chitra


Alicia


Simran


Vikas


Dorothy


If that’s not happy-making I don’t know what is!


Also happy-making- My aunt just sent me my Advent chain presents. Every year for as long as I can remember she gives me 25 presents – one to open every day from 1st December to Christmas. How amazing is that? I love her.
Take a look at the heap!


Advent chain presents


Now for some happy news for you all, my darlings.


The awesome folks over at Hilton, Mayur Vihar have some discount vouchers they want to give you!


Here’s what you could win:


1. 15% discount on the Sunday Brunch at Cafe On 3, DoubleTree by Hilton, Mayur Vihar
2. 20% discount at Roadhouse Bar and Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton, Mayur Vihar
3. 20% discount at Infinity, Hilton Mayur Vihar


To win, just leave me a comment telling me what’s your favourite thing to cook/bake during Christmas. So simple, no?
Entries will be accepted till 9th December, 2012. 3 winners will be announced right after.


Oh and if you’re in the mood for those delicious flour-less peanut butter cookies, made with only 3 ingredients (crazy, right?) that everyone is smiling about, then here’s the recipe :)


3-ingredient flour-less peanut butter cookies
Recipe (slightly adapted) from: Laura’s Sweet Spot


Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Makes: 24 medium cookies


Ingredients:


255g creamy peanut butter
225g caster sugar
1 large egg


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C and line two baking trays with parchment.
2. Mix the peanut butter, sugar, and egg together in a bowl. Scoop out tablespoons of the cookie dough and roll between your palms to form rough balls. Place on the baking trays and then gently press down on each ball with the back of a fork (twice) to form criss-cross lines. Make sure there is enough space between each cookie, as they expand a bit while baking.
3. Bake for 8 minutes and then leave on the tray till completely cool before eating. This is important because the cookies are too soft to handle when they’re hot.



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Do all mothers think their children will never get fat?


This must be the case because my mother just got me this:



It’s a one kilo jar of peanut butter!


Let’s stare at it in disbelief for a minute longer, shall we?



*disbelief* turns to *complete glee* :D


My mind’s been whirling with peanut butter recipe ideas, but I got off the merry-go-round at Dark chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting station.



This cake is delicious by itself- it’s incredibly fluffy and soft and not too sweet. Like your grandmother. Add the peanut butter frosting, and watch it transform into something wicked and sexy. Like _____. (Fill in whoever floats your boat. I’d say Hugh Jackman :P)



The frosting still tastes and feels like peanut butter. It has all the gooey, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth goodness that we love about peanut butter.


Fun way to start the peanut butter celebrations! Don’t you think?



Thanks Mom :)


Dark chocolate and peanut butter cake


Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Serves: 12


Ingredients:


150 g plain flour, sifted
90 g cocoa powder, sifted
240 g finely ground sugar, sifted
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp coffee powder
240 g butter, salted is fine, but melted and cooled (plus a bit more for greasing)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
50 ml cream


For the peanut butter frosting


150 g peanut butter
150 ml cream


Method:


For the cake


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Line the base of a 9-inch round cake tin with parchment and grease the base and sides. Mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and coffee in a large bowl. Add the butter, vanilla, and the eggs (one at time) and mix everything together well. Stir in the cream vigorously.
2. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
3. Remove and leave on a wire rack to cool before removing from the tin.


For the peanut butter frosting


1. With an electric mixer, mix the crap out of the peanut butter and cream! You’re done! :)


To assemble- Gently slice the cake horizontally in half. Slather on half the frosting and top with the top half of the cake. Spread the remaining frosting over the top of the cake. Serve! (This cake tastes best at room temperature.)



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There are so many movies that celebrate food.

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Julie and Julia.

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Ratatouille.

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Chocolat.

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The Waitress.

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And there are so many lists on the web that remind us of these wonderful movies.

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Here is one.
And here is another.

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I don’t know about you, but the number of movies I’ve watched recently has drastically plummeted from earlier.

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This is because I’ve fallen in love with tv-shows.

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I like the continuous engagement, the time taken for character exposition, and the languorous days spent in bed watching episode after episode like a person who has no life whatsoever.

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I enjoy watching vampires, islands, chefs, detectives, housewives, doctors, and high school kids to name a few.

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Yes.
I know.
I am an addict.
A crazy addict.

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So celebrating my love for tv-shows, I’ve put together a list of my top 8 food moments in them.
Yay!

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# 8 Modern family
Season 2/episode 1 (The Old wagon)
The chocolate milk scene

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This is the classic choice a few unlucky boys are forced to make at some point in their lives- mother versus “the other woman in his life”.
Regular chocolate milk versus chocolate milk with a pinch of salt to “bring out the flavour”. And Sofia Vergara’s accent is plain delicious!

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#7 Lost
Season 1/episode 8 (Confidence man)
The peanut butter scene

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Even though there is no actual peanut butter involved in this episode, the whole scene is really heartfelt. Charlie tries his best to get some of the real stuff for Claire, but when he can’t find any, he wins her over with an empty bottle and his charm. He says- “It’s full, full to the brim, with stick to the roof of your mouth, oh, god, makes you want a glass of milk extra smooth. It’s the best bloody peanut butter I’ve ever tasted.” I can practically taste it myself.
(Thanks a ton Charlie- now I’m walking towards my jar with a spoon.)

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#6 The Mentalist
Almost every episode
The tea scene/s

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Patrick Jane loves his tea. He describes tea as “a hug in cup”, and frankly I couldn’t agree more. He usually makes it himself, swiftly dipping the tea bag in a warm cup. It’s most interesting however, when he drinks it under great stress or immense calm. If you’ve seen the season three finale, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
P.s- How painfully cute is he?

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# 5 Desperate housewives
Season 7/episode 19 (The lies ill-concealed)
The pineapple upside-down cake scene

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Gaby (the woman who ordered chinese for Christmas) hides a headset in her lustrous hair (I would KILL for hair like that), and has Bree give her instructions for a cake that her husband (Carlos) knows she didn’t make herself. When he asks her to replicate it and she fails, Bree secretly replaces it with a perfect cake. Gaby then presents the cake to her husband, and says (very dramatically) “If only trust were as easy to make”. It cracks me up! :)

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#4 Glee
Season 2/episode 3 (Grilled cheesus)
The grilled cheese scene/s

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This is the one where Finn sees the face of Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich and prays to it. Puck is at his charming best in this episode, singing Only the good die young. The sandwich itself looks really delicious by the way- perfectly crispy brown and cheesy. It makes me hungry.

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#3 Sex and the City
Season 3/episode 5 (No ifs, ands, or butts)
The cupcake scene

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When Carrie and Miranda ate those delectable cupcakes outside Magnolia Bakery, it was a big moment in cupcake history. Many say the hysterical popularity of the cupcake began as a result of this episode.
Such is the power of television.
And cupcakes.
I rest my case.

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#2 Friends
Season 7/episode 11 (The one with all the cheesecakes)
The cheesecake scene

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For those who have seen this episode, you must remember that creamy, smooth mess that Chandler and Rachel ate off the floor. Rachel described it as “a buttery, crumbly, graham cracker crust, with a very rich yet light, cream cheese filling…”. Does that not sound heavenly? And don’t you just love it when Joey walks in, pulls a fork out of his pocket, and asks very matter-of-factly- “All right, what are we having?”

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#1 How I met your mother
Season 4/episode 2 (The best burger in New York)
The burger scene/s

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The gang travels all over the city looking for what Marshall says was the best burger he’s ever eaten. And the description of the burger…sigh…”The bun, like a sesame freckled breast of an angel, resting gently on the ketchup and mustard below, flavors mingling in a seductive pas de deux. And then… a pickle! The most playful little pickle! Then a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and a patty of ground beef so exquisite, swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a fugue of sweets and savor so delightful.”
I’m drooling. Right. Now. (please say you are too)

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I feel bad for leaving out vampire shows (I LOVE them), but I couldn’t for the life of me think of a food moment in any of them!
Can you?

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Images courtesy:

Modern family
Lost
The Mentalist
Desperate Housewives
Glee
SATC
Friends
How I met you mother

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