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September 18, 2008

Celebrating with a Cake





It is taking me longer than I expected to get back to blogging, especially this blog. After almost three months, I updated my first blog. The break at The Singing Chef seems longer even though I have been away for just a month. I think it has to do with the regularity with which I have been posting here. So many of you have left messages and sent me mails asking if I’m fine. I am, thank you very much. And I was truly overwhelmed by your messages. It is not like me to abandon my blog and I really haven’t. I was away on a much needed two week vacation. At one point, I thought I could use my time to schedule posts, but we had no time for anything really.



We rested (that was one of the essentials) and we met friends and family (which was the main reason we traveled). We did, though, eat an awful lot. I didn’t take pictures of food on this trip, and God alone knows how much restraint I exercised. In Hyderabad, we had some home cooked meals. I did a little bit of cooking and shall remember not to attempt any such thing in the future. More heartburn, not worth it. I did meet Arundati who gave me free chocolate making lessons. I will attempt making chocolates very soon. We ate at Persis, Little Italy, and Minerva. Persis is just the same. The same biryani that the world somehow thinks is the best. Little Italy is just down the road from where I lived. Nice food, great ambience. Thank heavens it wasn’t there during my time. I’d probably have eaten there everyday. In Bangalore, we ate at home a lot. We ate stuff from the should-be-world-famous-soon Ganesh Upahar in Anand Nagar, and at TGI Fridays and Little Italy (again). I so wanted to have Chhole Bhature at Shiv Sagar. ( I believe in next times.) We were 10 minutes late at Shanthi Sagar and were denied idlis at dinner time. Madras rocks when it comes to food. More so on this trip of ours. We had some home made food again (I cooked a little bit again) and ate out a little. Ratna cafĂ©, Minar at Savera, etc. But I had proper amchi banana leaf meals at the SGS Sabha as I was there for the Gowri-Ganpati festival. I celebrated my second Gowri Puja with Amma in Madras.



It’s been about 10 days since we got back. I’ve become more organized since then. All the vegetables for the week are now neatly processed during the weekend so dishing out breakfast and lunch together only takes me 30 minutes. Dinner is also a 20 minute affair, in terms of cooking that is. All this leaves us with more time to do all the things that we’d like to. Hit the gym, take a walk, watch more eposides of Three’s Company, cook more wholesome meals… even cut fruit and eat it as an after dinner snack. Something we’d never thought of doing before. I haven’t gotten around to doing any baking yet. We’re planning a small dinner party on Saturday and I hope to do some baking then. But until then, let me leave you with this small cake that I’d baked for a friend when she asked for an encore. The chocolate orange marble cake with a chocolate glaze icing and sprinkles. Simple and sweet. Perfect for that little celebration. Coming back to my beloved blog after a break does call for a celebration.


Doing that on my second wedding anniversary calls for a bigger celebration. S and I complete two years in wedlock today. I am not cooking anything special. We’re planning a small dinner at a local restaurant that’s supposed to be a perfect candle-light romantic dinner place. See you all very soon.

26 comments:

Asha said...

I was thinking of you y'day because RCI Konkan is going on and I thought where the heck is Raaga, our Konkani girl's posts? ;D

Congratulations on the 2nd. Wish many more happy and healthy anniversaries.Enjoy the day! :))

I am up to my neck in work right now, will not be blogging until Jan probably, miss it all but got to take care of business at home first. Hugs, see you when I can.

Aparna said...

Congratulations. Wishing you many more wonderful years ahead.
No better way than to celebrate than with chocolate. I do it all the time!:)

sra said...

Happy wedding anniversary!

madteaparty said...

Happy Anniversary, Raaga!

Divya Vikram said...

Happy Second anniversary Raaga..Nice seeing your posts after a long time..

Mishmash ! said...

Happy Anniversary, Raaga....have a romantic dinner :)

sunita said...

Welcome back, Raaga :-)

Happy anniversary to you and Sachin...hope you two have many, many more :-)

Nags said...

that was a nice read. welcome back and congrats on two years :) hope you have many more happy ones ahead.

Divya said...

Happy Anniversary Raaga...so good to have you back..missed you so much!!That cake looks yummy!!

jayasree said...

Nice to see you back in action, dear. Wishing you a very happy anniversary and may u have many many more of these.

What else that a choco cake apt for celebration.

Jayashree said...

Happy anniversary. Good to see u back.

Raaga said...

@Ashakka: Thank you so much. I was so happy to read about Trisha in your blog post. See you when you get back. Hugs

@Aparna: Thank you :-) I think chocolate is a staple.

@Sra & Anita: Thank you so much :-)

@Divya: It is good to be back. Thanks

Raaga said...

@Shn: Thanks. We had a wonderful time.

@Sunita: Thank you. :-)

@Nags: Thank you. I will start catching up on all blogs soon.

Raaga said...

@Divya: You make me feel so good. Good to be back :-) Thanks so much

@Jayasree & Jayashree: Thanks both of you :-)

Sia said...

happy wedding anniversary dear girl... and u made us drool with ur write up and with that pic of cake :)

Arundathi said...

Congratulations and many many more!

Vij said...

happy anniversary!!
Yummy cake...looks lovely!
cheers

easycrafts said...

Congrats and have a nice time

Rachel said...

Congrsts on the second anniversary...and many many more....

Richa said...

happy anniv!!

Rupa said...

Wishing you a great Anniv and many more ahead....Missed your posts....and this one's a good read......
I recreated so many of your recipes and they were always a hit....In fact when I cook anything new these days my husband asks me " Is it from the Gurgaon lady's blog?" :)
You are quite popular....
Note: How do you manage lunch and breakfast in 30 mins....Share the secret....will help all working women....May be a post on that.....

Sig said...

So, how was the romantic dinner, share please... :)

Bharti said...

Happy Anniversary Raaga! Enjoyed reading about your food experiences!

Swati Raman Garg said...

after a long time indeed... if the singing chef takes a break for blogging for a week also its unusual i gues.s... :) but it was a fun reading this post... :) and the cake looks good.. :)

bee said...

nice to see your posts again, dear raaga.

Malar Gandhi said...

Luks Great!