Strawberry Pavlova, good things, and a giveaway!

Hello lovely people!


How’s the new year treating you’ll?


Have you made the resolutions you aren’t going to keep? πŸ™‚


Isn’t it funny (and wonderful) how we make them every year anyway?


Here are mine:


*Get fitter (this includes regular exercise and attempting to eat healthier)
*Give my blog more love
*Spend more time with the people who are important to me
*Start playing the guitar again (this will be done with my very cool guitarist friend Aditi’s help)
*Learn to take better photographs
*Keep believing that the best is yet to come


I think the last one is the hardest. It’s difficult to believe that good things will come when you’ve had a spate of bad things. It’s hard to have faith in people, believing that there’s good inside them, even when they’ve let you down. It’s even harder believing that God has plans for you – the best plans.


But this year, I’m staying positive, and happy, and bright. Because good things will come. I know it. I just need to remember it πŸ™‚
Will you remind me if I forget?


Here’s a look at some good things that happened over December when I was home. Each one is a blessing.


Dinner with my oldest friends in one of our favourite restaurants.


Old friends and dinner


This gorgeous flower that bloomed on our balcony.


Red flower


A funky new-age Christmas tree my brother put together.


new age Christmas tree


The freshest, greenest, tastiest lettuce ever – from my aunt’s garden.


Lettuce


A massive projector set up by my Dad and brother in our living room, so we could watch movies huddling together under blankets while sipping hot tea.


Projector


And this puppy soaking up the sun, who brings us all such joy.


Puppy in the sun


In the midst of some terribly sad things that happened, us cousins got together and decided we needed to make something sweet.


The result was this stunning Strawberry Pavlova.


Pavlova 1


Everyone helped.


Here’s my brother whisking the egg whites.


Whisking away


Baby cousin washed the strawberries.


Cleaning strawberries


Another added sugar and smiles.


Sugar and smiles


And this pretty one cut up the strawberries.


Cutting strawberries


Even the littlest one contributed. He kept the puppy busy πŸ™‚


Puppy and baby


This dessert is show-stopper. Expect everyone to drop their plates and stare at it in all its wonder.


Just look at it.


Pavlova 2


And it’s the easiest thing to make. Have a go!


Strawberry pavlova


Largely adapted from: Step by step Baking


Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 80 mins
Serves: 8


Ingredients:


6 egg whites
pinch of salt
350 g caster sugar
2 tsp cornflour
1 tsp lemon juice
300ml heavy cream
200 g strawberries


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 180ΒΊ C. Line a baking tray with parchment. Draw a 20cm circle on the parchment and turn it over, so the pencil mark is facing downwards.
2. Put the egg whites and salt in a large, clean bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until you have stiff peaks. Whisk in the sugar a spoonful at a time, until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Mix in the cornflour and lemon juice as well.
3. Spoon the mixture onto the parchment, making sure you stay within the drawn-out circle. Flatten the centre slightly and place in the oven for 5 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 160ΒΊ C and bake for 75 minutes. Leave it to cool completely in the oven.
4. In the meantime, whip the cream until it thickens. Wash and clean the strawberries, then roughly chop them into halves.
5. Remove the cooled pavlova from the oven and take off the parchment. Place on a serving plate and crack the top slightly with a spoon. Spread the cream over and top with the strawberries. Serve in rough wedges.


Pavlova 3


Sorry I can’t offer you some pavlova, but here’s something fun!


*GIVEAWAY TIME*


CupoNation India, a website offering discount coupons for a number of leading online retailers in India like flipkart, snapdeal, homeshop18 and many more, wants to give one of you lucky readers a Flipkart voucher worth 500 INR. All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me which offer you love the most on CupoNation India


I’ll choose one winner through a random draw and announce it in my next post. Comment away!


And have a wonderful, wonderful year ahead! Lots of love!


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14 thoughts on “Strawberry Pavlova, good things, and a giveaway!

  1. Wow. Love your blog Charis and your name too..so unique!
    Love your recipes even. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway. Loved the offer “Get upto 50% off on Footwear only on Flipkart.”
    Would like to get this offer as I love to shop for my footwears πŸ™‚

  2. Culinary Storm, now that’s a nice name for a food blog. Arrived here from FB and so glad I did as you put a big smile on my face. After going thru many stereotype recipe posts, yours is so fresh to read and brought me to joy to see all the people involved helping out with so much enthusiasm and love. By all having these lovely people helping out is it any wonder your pavlova would look less than stunning. Enjoy and have a great year ahead.

  3. Really love visiting your website. Awesome food as always πŸ˜€
    Upto 50% off on Best sellers & Classics only on flipkart is a great option! πŸ™‚

  4. hey Charis! ..I just cant stop looking at the Strawberry pavlova…the picture itself is so tempting i wonder what would it be if it was in my mouth…mmmmm mouthwatering..yummmyyyy
    My favorite offer is the Myntra Lee Jeans Buy 1 Get 2 Free!
    plzplzplzzzzzzzzzz….hope i win….i just tore my jeans last night …i so need one badly πŸ˜›

  5. Charis, that strawberry pavlova looks amazing! Also love the picture of some of some zongas & some humans above! πŸ˜€

    My fav offer on cuponation is the one with 42% off on books purchased from Flipkart! πŸ™‚

  6. That Pavlova looks lovely! πŸ˜€ And oh all that teamwork would have been so amazing πŸ™‚ I just had a look at the website and my favorite offer is the Myntra Lee Jeans Buy 1 Get 2 Free! πŸ˜€ Which Woman WOULDN’T like that! πŸ˜€

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