Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake

I love my chocolate cakes moist and not too sweet. Hence, I have spent many hours trying to perfect this particular recipe I had (it was already great and just needed minor tweaking). Think I finally found the perfect balance:

200g salted butter

1 cup caster sugar

3 eggs

3/4th cup flour

3/4th cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

3/4th Laban (or buttermilk)

 

Before you start, make sure the ingredients are all at room temperature. Cream butter and sugar and then add eggs. Whisk well. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Fold in gently. Add Laban and mix. Bake at 180 until done. Tada!

Quiet Nights In

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Ever since I started uni, ‘Quiet Nights In’ have become a special part of my life. I’ve always been the kind of person who loves their ‘me’ time and now that I’ve been getting lots of it, I couldn’t be happier. I am finally, truly living for ME. (Yes, I might be going a little overboard with the whole solo-life thing, but it’s awesome and I need to talk about it. So yeah…) :)

This is a pic from one of my ‘Aha!’ moments. I was chilling in my room, listening to Spotify… mentally prepping myself to start revising for an exam.. and it hit me. At that moment, I was completely ALONE. I could do whatever I wanted, and no one would question me. And I didn’t have to think about anyone else. Some people might call it selfish. But boy, did that make me happy.

So I did next what any normal person would do… logged on to Reddit and wasted an embarrassing number of hours ‘lol-ing’ at animal gifs.

Solo makes waves

edI think 2014 has certainly been a year of changes (dramatic ones at that) as well as many firsts. But one thing that stands stands out more than the others is a solo trip (henceforth, addressed as ST because abbreviations are the shizz) I took earlier this year… Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone does it these days. Big whoop! But for a socially awkward person with a crippling fear of interacting with unknown people, this was a big deal!

You know that cliché about you realising who you truly are once you travel alone? It’s true people! All true. Before the whole ST, I thought that I was an all out introvert with poor social skills and a penchant for saying the wrong things at the wrong time. But after it? I realise, not only was I all those things – but also a complete airhead as well! Let’s say, I put the ‘D’ in Ditzy, kind of ‘special’.

Jokes and half-truths apart, travelling alone is the bee’s knees. Initially, when you’re alone… feeling a little lost… a certain sound or smell or voice will remind you of things back home. That’s when the ‘homesickness’ kicks in. It comes as a wave… unannounced.. Drowns you in uncertainty. Then a kind word or smile or action turns it all around.. like a friendly buoy in this sea of uncertainty. (Yes, I can do ‘drama’). And you’re right back in the game.

So kids, moral of the story? People are nice. No matter what the world looks like right now. Most of us are still ‘good’. We as humans haven’t made a really good case for ourselves recently… but I promise you.. we are nice.

 

Note: This post is part of a 30 Day Challenge Rekha and I have courageously embarked upon again. Don’t judge us if we go a bit batty in the process ;)