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Archive for April 2011

A rare coming-by

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~ While walking through Rani Bagh on a Sunday morning to spot rare trees

Written by Miss Shola

April 25, 2011 at 12:53 am

Posted in Shots

Give us today our daily bread

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Purple Foodies’ Rosemary and Garlic Oil Focaccia prompted me to try my hand at baking bread. Here’s the adapted recipe:

  • 200 g flour
  • 10 g fresh yeast
  • 3/4th tsp salt
  • 40 ml olive oil
  • 4 big garlic cloves
  • Water required for kneading

Warm up the olive oil and pour it on garlic cut lengthwise. Keep it aside for half an hour. Add yeast, salt and garlic oil to the flour and knead until it leaves sides but sticks to the bottom of the container. Cut up the garlic into small pieces and add it to the dough while kneading (keep a bit of the garlic and garlic oil aside to be used while baking). Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour minimum (best to keep it overnight). Flatten it out on a baking pan with 1 inch thickness and poke holes in it with a fork. Spread the oil and garlic pieces on top of the bread. Put in a pre-warmed oven and bake till it is golden brown from top (about 10 minutes on my small little oven that gets heated up quickly and saves me time).

Written by Miss Shola

April 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Posted in Chow

This be the Verse

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They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.

~ Philip Larkin (1922 –1985) is widely regarded as one of the great English poets of the latter half of the 20th century. After graduating from Oxford, Larkin became a librarian and worked at the University of Hull for three decades. His poems are marked by a very English, glum accuracy about emotions, places, and relationships.

Written by Miss Shola

April 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Poetry

A Saturday afternoon

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While a man in Fukushima was checking all the counters of a convenience store for a bottle of water free of radioactive iodine; while a home in Libya was getting torn down by a missile in the fierce battle against autocracy; while a home in Egypt was getting resurrected after a civil war that ousted a three decade old ruler; while a TV in India was airing the glorious World Cup victory for the umpteenth time; while a veteran freedom fighter in the same country was breaking his fast-unto-death protest against corruption amidst burning candles; Miss Shola was baking!  

Coconut macaroons – To 1 cup of freshly grated coconut, add 2 tblsps of grated almond. Put half a cup of condensed milk or as much required to make it firm enough to form soft round balls (like pedas). Add a wee bit of salt and cardamom powder into the mix. Oil the baking tray and put spoon-sized coconut mix onto it at regular intervals. Bake till they brown from top. Remove carefully.

Chocolate cookies – Add 5 tblsps of Betty Crocker cake mix (yes, cake mix) to 2 tblsps of butter. Mix and mix until it doesn’t stick on the sides and forms soft dough. Refrigerate for half an hour. Divide the dough and form small round cookies. Pierce each on the surface with a fork. Bake only for 5 mins (on my small 9 litre oven) and let it become crisp in the heat of the oven.

Chocolate chip cupcakes – First make the cake batter – mix half a pack of Amul butter and 2 tblsps of powdered sugar thoroughly. Add 1 tsp of curd and ½ tsp of baking soda to the butter mix. Add 2-3 tsps of vanilla essence to get rid of the curd smell. Sift 5-6 tblsps of flour along with 1 tsp of baking powder twice. Fold the flour into the butter mix interspersed with milk. Add some warm water at the end. It should be of dropping consistency. Add lots of chocolate chips and pour into cupcake moulds. Bake until the cake leaves the side of the moulds.

Apple pie pockets (adapted from Purple Foodie) – Cut up an apple into small pieces. Cook it on medium flame with 1 tsp of butter until it gives off a lot of water. Somewhere along the way, add 1 tblsp sugar. When it is soft enough add 1 tsp of cinnamon powder and mix well. Keep aside. Next, take 4 tblsps of flour (maida) add 1 tblsp of powdered sugar and 1-2 tsps of cold butter. Knead into soft dough and refrigerate for half an hour. Divide the dough into 6 portions. Roll it out into a chappati, fill up with the apple mix and fold into semi-circle shapes. Ensure that the sides are nicely closed up. Bake for a good 10 mins. Best had crisp (the covering becomes soft when refrigerated – need to figure out why).

Written by Miss Shola

April 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Posted in Chow, Ramblings

The Orange

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At lunchtime I bought a huge orange —
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled and shared it with Robert and Dave —
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.

~ Wendy Cope is an award-winning contemporary English poet. Her lighthearted, often comical poetry brings to light the everyday mundane aspects of English life.

Written by Miss Shola

April 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Posted in Poetry