Thursday, March 26, 2009

Coriander Chutney

This chutney is ammas special and we like it with dosas/ idlis and today I had it with rava idly.
Coriander Chutney Recipe

Coriander Chutney Recipe - Ingredients
  • Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup packed
  • Onion - 1 medium sized chopped roughly
  • Tomato - 1 (optional, I didnt use)
  • Urad Dhal - 2 tbsp
  • Red Chilli - 1
  • Tamarind - a small piece
  • Coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Salt - as required
  • Oil - 1.5 tsp

Method:
1. Heat oil, saute onions until slightly browned. Add tomatoes along with onions(if you are adding it). Then add urad dhal and sate till golden brown.

Coriander Chutney Recipe - Step1

2. Then add tamarind, red chilli saute for a minute. Then add coconut, salt, hing and saute till golden brown. Then add coriander leaves and switch off. Give a stir once and set aside to cool. Add little water and then grind it to semi coarse mixture with little
Coriander Chutney Recipe - Step2
My Notes:
  • You can even skip coconut and add in more coriander leaves.
  • Adding tomatoes gives a nice flavour.
  • No need to saute more after coriander leaves is added, let it shrink in the switched off heat itself.

Coriander Chutney Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Say NO to Plagiarisms

It was really annoying to read the plagiarisms among bloggers. I really dont understand how one can copy paste others creation and claim that its theirs. Lets try to prevent such people from doing it in future atleast.

Even disabling rightclick on the page will help only to a certain extent, still they can take a print screen and do the cropping so my suggested solution is watermarking. I searched the web and there were numerous watermarking methods, still confused whether this wud help us so enquired one of my designer collegue at office the right and easy way of watermarking images and got this method finally: Trust me its so easy if you can do it for the first time....

Open the image to be watermarked in photoshop (I use Photoshop CS3) but this can be done even in earlier versions too.

Easy way to watermark ur creations in 5 steps:
1.Now click 'T' from the tool bar on the leftside(which is hidden in the belw pic) and type the text on the image say for eg: "@Sharmis-Passions". And this text will be created in a new layer as shown in highlighted blue:

Position the text where ever u want it to be (preferably in the middle)

2.Right click on the text layer > then click blending options

NOTE : The effects can be changed according to each ones choice, I hve used Emboss effect,try experimenting with other effects too. Make the settings as shown below:
Click on Bevel & Emboss and change the style, leave others as default settings.

3. Then reduce the opacity to 56%(this can be + or - according to transparency level one needs)


4.Now holding shift and the 2 layers (1 is background layer where u have ur picture & 2 is the text layer). Right click and select merge layers. This merging layers prevents one from editing the image and changing it to their need so all is done.



5.Now both the layers are merged and as a result only 1 layer will be shown as below:



Tats it, ur creation is watermarked and cant be edited hereafter. Here is the final result!


Tired of doing these steps everytime for all ur images, you need not worry, have a solution for this repetition also...You can record the above actions and save it once, when played next time it will automatically do these steps for you...Isnt that cool? Absolutely yes for lazy creatures like me ;) Tat will be my next tutorial for u.

I was so much involved in this post yesterday that I missed Airtel Super Singer also(the only show I am addicted to currently) and by the time Amma enjoyed Kolangal(am sure for those who are in India knw abt this Kolangal fever) .

Hope this was atleast some use to you....Can I hear a yes?! :)
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Melagu Poondu Kolambu (Pepper Garlic Kolambu)

Melagu Poondu Kolambu
Ingredients:
Black Pepper - 1/2 tbsp
Jeera - 1/2 tbsp
Garlic - 6-7 pods
Tamarind - Small lemon size
Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Onion - 1 big size finely chopped
Curry Leaves - few
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as per taste

Method:
1. Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice. Add sambar and turmeric powder to the tamarind water, stir well and keep it aside.
2. In a kadai put a tsp of oil and fry the pepper first. When it starts popping up, remove. Add jeera , leave it to splutter, remove and add garlic. Fry the garlic till it turns light brown. Remove and cool it.
3. Grind fried pepper, jeera and garlic together to a fine paste and add little water.
4. In a tawa, pour the remaining oil, add mustard. When it pops up, add chopped onion, curry leaves and fry just for second.
5. Then add tamarind water and stir well. Add salt and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, add the pepper paste and mix well.
6. Allow to boil just for 5-10 seconds.

This is best suited for cold, Its is a bit spicy and goes well with rice / idly.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shahi Tukda - Shahi Tukra Recipe - Easy Bread Saffron pudding

Shahi Tukda
Shahi Tukda(Shahi Tukra) is a bread based dessert made with bead,thickened milk,saffron and nuts. They serve this dessert occassionally at our office as a part of friday meal, and we used to ask for one more and once when I enquired the recipe it was so simple but believe me its soo tasty!
Shahi Tukda Recipe

Shahi Tukda Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Milk - 3 cups
Bread - 5 slices
Saffron - 3 to 4 strands
Ghee - to toast
Nuts - 2 tbsp (Pista & Badams chopped finely)

For the sugar syrup:

Sugar - 1/4 cup
CWater - 1/2 cup

Method:

  1. Strip off the corners of the bread and cut into small triangles, set aside.Soak saffron strands in warm milk, keep aside.Prepare sugar syrup by heating sugar and water in a pan until a syrup like consistency is formed.It should be thick and sticky thats all, dont need to check for string consistency etc.Keep aside.
    How to make shahi tukda - Step1
  2. Boil milk, add the saffron milk to it. Once it boils and shrinks to half, add the chopped nuts, bring to a boil and switch off.The mixture is called rabri.Refrigerate it till use.
    How to make shahi tukda - Step2
  3. Toast the bread with ghee in a non-stick tawa such that it becomes crisp.You can do them in batches. You can use ur oven or toaster too. It can deep fried in ghee too.
    How to make shahi tukda - Step3
  4. Soak each slice in the sugar syrup and arrange it in a plate.Then pour the rabri over the bread slices to soak well. Garnish with chopped nuts toasted in ghee. Serve chilled.
    How to make shahi tukda - Step4
Toasted bread soaked in sugar syrup...yummm
Shahi Tukra Recipe Recipe
Deep frying sure is very tasty so once in a while rich indulgence is not a problem...what say?! ;)
Punjabi Rajma Masala

My Notes:

  • Either deep fry the bread slices in ghee or toast them. Dont deep fry/toast in oil as it will spoil the taste.
  • The bread slices should be crispy else when soaked in milk it will become soggy.
  • If you wish you can cut the sides of the bread. I didnt find any difference after soaking so usually I dont remove the sides of the bread.
  • You can use either white or brown bread. I used white here.
Shahi Tukda Recipe
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For a recipe to attract you....

Have you ever thought of what 5 things that a recipe needs to attract you that you immediately want to try it out? Now its the time....think and write in ur comments....!

Let me start first....To me :
1. The click of the picture ofcourse comes first in place
2. Ingredients - It should be easy to get or already there in my kitchen and how healthy the ingredients are....
3. The labour and time needed to prepare the dish....but if the pic is too tempting I wudnt mind doing it even if its a lengthy process :)
4. Innovativeness - If I've not heard of the dish and its tempting then I wud go for it.
5. And finally the presentation and color of the dish.

Would luv to hear urs too...Come on, Pour in!
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Friday, March 13, 2009

A Bday wish and my rasamalai experiment ;)


Rasamalai

Hmm first I admit that this pista cke was from Mcrennet and not from my kitchen...I havent tried my hands yet in baking and stuff. When I was wondering what cake to order for hubbys bday.....I made up my mind not to stick with choc as I am bored of having choc cake everytime....also my cam wanted to click something other than brown......;) so opted for pista . I wasnt much satisfied with the write up on the cake...the girl was in such a hurry that she scribbled like this....forget it... but the taste was yum yum!

Yup....today is hubbys bday....Here is me wishing him a very happy bday and this post is esp for him! Have you ever wondered why we celebrate bdays??!! Does it mean only new dresses, gifts, partying with friends, chocs n cakes? I feel Birthdays remind us that the gift of life is the most precious and important one! And to me birthdays are more special than any other festival....its the special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world.

Hmm...now coming to my rasamalai experiment....I was in a thought of making a sweet that I hvent tried yet so my choice was Rasamalai, went through 4-5 random recipes....mostly of them had the same method. So yesterday after a tiring day at office... came home and started to prepare this sweet. After the cottage cheese was ready I couldnt shape it into balls.....so where to flatten it....:( But followed the same steps and the result was like therati paal.....it was yummy though it didnt taste and look like rasamalai ha ha...So what to name my sweet, any suggestions?

Rasamalai
But was pretty much pleased with this click of mine....As there was no enough light ,I had to use flash.....The sweet was cream color n so the flash was over harsh n the picture seemed to look washed out with white. And here is where the I used ISO setting and it worked out too...I used ISO 800 for this click though a lil grainy I cud see some blur at the back....heya I m atleast 25% achieved the blurring effect...!

NOTE:Check my photography basic elements post for more details.

Here is the method I followed:
1. To make cottage cheese - I boiled the milk, Added few drops of lemon juice till the milk curdled
2. Transfered the curdled milk into a muslin cloth to drain out the water. After sometime I tried to divide and shape into small balls........but here is where the pain started I cudnt roll it at all...:(
3. Made a thick sugar syrup , dropped the semi balls into the syrup and they started to seperate.....as the balls were not strong enough
4. Then added these scrambled rasamalai's to the thickened milk(done seperately)
5. Added cardamom powder and garnished with pistachios and almonds

Have any of you faced the same pblm? Do let me knw where I went wrong.....And I m sure to try it again with pleasure....:)
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Photography - The Basic Elements, a deeper view....

When I first opted to learn online photography the often 3 words I read everywhere in basic elements were
  • ISO,
  • Aperture
  • Shutter speed and I am adding one more to it
  • Angles
Wait wait dont run away....... hearing these very technical terms, I swear I'l explain in my simplest terms. Even I was very much aversed hearing such terms for the 1st time but then learnt these are the most useful when professional photography is considered. Now first lets start with ISO...

ISO denotes how sensitive the image sensor is exposed to the amount of light present.
It is usually in numbers from lower say 100 - higher may be 2600(it depends on ur camera). This can be manually changed in settings.
Shooting at a lower ISO number requires more light - Refer 1st pic. So if you are at a place where light is less you can increase to higher ISO settings but remember higher the ISO the picture looks like washed off with sand or to be simple a grainy picture - Refer 2nd pic it automatically has given more light. I do cooking mostly during ngt times and there is no way other than to use flash till I learnt about ISO and now I can take pictures without flash by setting higher no ISO say 400 or 800.

ISO : 200 ISO: 1600
RULE :
Lower ISO number is used when there is more light
Higher ISO number is used when there is low light

Aperture
The aperture on a camera, which is measured in f-stops, controls the amount of light. Lower f-stop numbers (for e.g. in mine its 2.8) widens the aperture and allow more light to get in. The larger the hole the more light that gets in - the smaller the hole the less light. But only in some cameras you have control over to manually change the fstop settings , otherwise its automatic.

Note : This blur in 2nd pic was actually faked using photoshop ;) but to show how the blurring looks....I have used this pic...becos I have a a long way to go to learn blurring backgrounds using my digi cam....:) When we take living objects we usually get annoyed when our pictures blur....I was also with you till I discovered the beauty of blurring....I can say I am craving to take background blur pictures....Blur isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it captures the movement or the subject with a background.


Shutter speed
Shutter Speed is the amount of time that the shutters of the window are open. A fast shutter speed will freeze the subject and a slow shutter speed will make it look blurred as the subject moves. When we use flash option there is a fast shutter speed and thats the reason why we have less option for the images to shake. I usually use this in interiors where there is no enough light.

Freezing is if you check the 1st pic will u believe the fan was rotating while I clicked the pic....but yes tats the truth....It just freezes the moving objects when shutterspeed is fast.


RULE :
Fast Shutter speed - Freeze as in 1st pic
Slow shutter speed - Blur as in 2nd pic

Angles:
Till I started this space I was not aware that angles make so much of difference. In the 1st pic I took from top, so the lighting was not gud enough and pic seems to be dull too. The 2nd was taken from one side, see how much difference the lighting with angles has made and the pic looks more appealing. As I say always taking 4-5 pictures in different angles definitely makes a difference in your perspective to photography.


Having known the basics.....Lets get on to the next in my upcoming article but I'l make sure thats not boring as this :) So keep coming and do drop in ur comments !
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Egg Gravy - Egg Curry Recipe - Chettinad Style

Egg Gravy
I got this egg gravy recipe from a TV show, and it came out exactly the same taste as in restaurants. It already has more pepper in the grinded paste, so the chilli could be reduced a bit, it can be adjusted according to ones taste. Here goes the gravy recipe.

Egg Curry Recipe

Egg Gravy Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian


Eggs - 2
Garam Masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Big Onion- 1/2 chopped finely
Tomato- 1
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp chopped finely
Salt- as required

To roast and grind:

Grated coconut- 3 tbsp
Coriander seeds- 1 tbsp
Red Chilli- 1
Garlic- 2 cloves
Ginger- 1/2 inch
Pepper corns- 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp


To temper:

Cinnamon - a 1/4 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Curry leaves- few

Method:

  1. Boil eggs until done. Cool it and then break the shells and remove it carefully. Then slit on all all sides using a knife.
    How to make egg gravy - Step1
  2. In medium flame in a pan, dry roast all the ‘To be grinded’ ingredients for 2-3 mins till it turns brown.Then cool down and grind it to a fine paste with little water.
    How to make egg gravy - Step2
  3. Heat oil and add the items under 'to temper' then add onion tomato and saute it, till it becomes mushy.Then add coconut paste and saute for 2mins until raw smell leaves.
    How to make egg gravy - Step3
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water and allow it to boil.Then add garam masala and salt and cook for 5 to 10 mins in sim until oil sperates.Finally add the bolied eggs and cook for a min.Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make egg gravy - Step4
Serve hot with a generous serving of ghee, heaven I say :)

My Notes:

  • Allow atleast 15mins resting time before serving so the gravy blends well with the eggs.
  • You can also slit into halves and add it to gravy.
Egg Curry Recipe
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Monday, March 9, 2009

Nokia 6610i Review and my bonding with it.... :o)

Looks like there are more of cooking post in 'my passions'......when friends who knw me well, check out this space they wud be surely puzzled (not only them me too) about the many posts by me tat too in cooking. I decided myself to write a post on mobiles....Hmm what shall I write??!! The first thing that my eye catches when I ask this question is my Nokia 6610i in my hand and so here u go with it...

With mobile craze increasing day by day and with all the offers we are seeing we get easily carried away. This is my mobile experience with my 2nd mobile buy(1st mobile was given for xchange while getting this one) . My first mobile was Nokia 3310(BnW screen),...It was the time mobile phones were getting popular and amma got it for me during my project time when I was in Chennai......first time I was in hostel far away from her......but ofcourse only physically..! It was all fun to own a first mobile........the ringtones, sms(how can I forget it ;), pic msgs and the tones that we composed even A.R.Rehman wouldnt have been so much excited after his hit composition but we did! Then came the entry of new sleek flashy mobiles with Camera, Polyphonic ringtones, color screen.....And I was also tempted to hve one n selected a model too tat was Nokia 6610i.......But was thinking too hard as it was 8K, I went to the shops many times but returned back in a 2nd thought...New things always had a craze and I was also no exception for it...At tat time a mobile for tat cost wasnt affordable by amma but still she didnt say NO as usual.....Finally got a N6610i for a exchange price of 7K. Will u believe?!! I didnt sleep the whole night....I was with the mobile as if it was the last day with it.....I luved it so much....did this and that in the name of exploring ;) even got a datacable for it.....I was sticking to it all the time.
The panel in the pic is not orginal...the orginal came with blue / silver.

I was packing home from office n it was already late 8PM (ha late at work in my language) Hubby came to pick me up......We were nearing our house and only then I realised my mobile was not with me I was panic.....coudnt speak a word except said him to drive back office. He said y do u get tensed for such silly things after all its a mobile......But to me it wasnt just a phone...but the meaning of that....nothing can replace it! Rushed towards my place....my mobile wasnt there....I was totally shattered...what the hell of carelessness I said myself. Suddenly I remembered that I went to my friends place before leaving....And finally yes found my mobile there!! I took a deepbreath.....only after that! Things do have meaning for certain things are not just products.....Though I have afforded to have much more costlier mobiles now, I cant consider my N6610i as any other phone. Inspite of it having some minor defects(charging pblms n voice clarity pblms).........the bond that it has with me still says U r my BEST and u'l always stay soo!

And now for the review and specifications : Check out GSMArena for any mobile reviews and user opinions . For the specifications of N6610i : http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_6610i-742.php
Looks - Lookswise the Nokia 6610i is cool and ofcourse very much handy

Usage - Being a Nokia mobile phone, the Nokia 6610i is a easy to use mobile phone and the 4-way navigation key makes it easier. Also, the keypad is just right and they are well spaced out leaving very little scope to press the keys wrongly. The keypads are soo soft to be pressed.

Sound quality - The ear volume is less when to compared to other phone.....like it is too low when used in traffic and other public places.

Ringtones - The Nokia 6610i, provides 8-chord polyphonic ringing tones. Also, some polyphonic ringtones are In-built as well provided by Nokia.

FM Radio - The Nokia 6610i, provides a FM Radio as well. Most of the stations can be tuned(which I dont get tuned in even in my trascend MP3 player)and the FM Radio signals come very clearly even when they are unclear in traditional radio sets n also MP3 players.. However, the FM Radio, cannot be listened simultaneously by both Headset and Loudspeaker.

Camera - As far as I remember The Nokia 6610i, is one of the 1st camera mobile phones created by Nokia. Being a entry-level camera phone, the picture quality of the Nokia 6610i is not too clear, but still the photos are viewable and the quality of the camera is average. But still one will surely get disappointed when got this mobile for camera .

Battery Life -The Battery life of the Nokia 6610i is good and on recharging to full battery, it works for almost 2-3 days if it is not used too much.

Tats all for now folks! Though this mobile was out of production soon after I got it....I just wanted to leave a note that there existed a mobile model like this in the instant changing mushroom business I mean the mobile world ;)

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Carrot Halwa Recipe - Gajar ka halwa

Carrot Halwa / Gajar ka Halwa is one of the recipes that comes out well every time I make...And thats the 9th wonder in my case....;) Here goes the recipe from my kitchen...
Carrot halwa
Carrot Halwa Recipe  Ingredients
  • Carrot grated - 1.5 cups
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Broken cashews - 1/2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - a pinch [optional]
  • Cashews - 5 to 6 broken and few whole cashews 
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
Carrot halwa
Method:
1.Wash carrots, peel of the skin and grate them, set aside.Heat ghee in a pan and roast the cashews till golden brown and keep it aside. In the same pan, add grated carrot.Saute it in medium flame till raw smell leaves and it shrinks in volume.
Carrot halwa2.Add milk, sugar and allow it to boil till carrot becomes soft and gets cooked.It may take around 7-10mins.
Carrot halwa3.Continue to cook until the halwa gets thick, the ghee gets seperated and will come out on the sides of the pan.Add the cardamom powder, mix well, garnish with nuts and serve.Carrot halwaServe hot with a scoop of vanilla icecream - YUM!!
Carrot halwaMy Notes: 
  • Saute the carrots well until raw smell completely leaves before adding milk.
  • You can add a tbsp of paneer / sweetened khoya for more richness.
  • Adjust sweetness according to your preference.
  • You can even add 1:1 ratio for carrot:milk.
Carrot halwa
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Veggie thenga paal kolambu

Veggie thenga paal kolambu
This dish is close to the veggie kurma we usually do, but the tamarind and coconut milk adds flavour to the gravy.

Ingredients:
Drumstick -1
Potato-1
Carrot-1
Peas/Beans -1
Small Onion-2
Garic - 7 cloves
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup thick
Tamarind juice extracted - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - a pinch
Mustard seems - 1/2 ts
Curry leaves - 10
Coriander leaves to garnish
Salt to taste

Method
1.Heat oil, add mustard seens, leave it to splutter. Then add cumin seeds,curry leaves, onions , garlic and saute till its fried well
2.Add the veggies and fry for 3-5 mins. Add salt, turmeric powder,chilli and coriander powder. Add water let all the ingredients
combine and leave it till all the veggies get cooked
3.Now add extracted tamarind juice and allow it to boil well till raw smell of tamarind goes and veggies are softened
4.Add garam masala, coconut milk cook in low heat for 3-5mins.
NOTE : Dont overcook after the coconut milk is added
5.Garnish with Coriander leaves

Veggie thenga paal kolambuThere is no grinding needed for this gravy except for the coconut milk extracted. It goes well with idly/dosa.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Photography - The Essentials

What to photograph?? Scratching ur head of what to click?! Are you out of ideas....? There is nothing specific in the photograph world as a rule to be clicked. Break the rules!! ;)) Click this and that to explore more and you may not even know....and as a result .you might have clicked some exclamatory pictures.

The essentials :

More About Light: To take a great picture you need more than just the light from your camera's flash. It took several months to know that light plays a vital role in photography.To get it, go outside in the daytime. Sunny, cloudy, it doesn't matter. Indoor light is often insufficientfor good photography, so do yourself a huge favor and step outdoors. In my case our house is little darkened even in the daytime so I have to run to balcony each time when I make a dish. Click a picture with flash and the same picture with natural source of light - You will surely see the difference!


Composing And Clicking: Frame your shot , press the shutter halfway when a green lamp(in mine) is shown and then click it. Now you are a way closer to click wonderful pictures!
Tip: If possible take your picture in the early morning or the late afternoons. The light at these times makes for the best photography.I know we cant step out in places like Chennai where heat is scorching.

Conclusion: Now that you've done all the preparations, next is click several shots! Nobody is perfect, most of all have turned to professionals having been a amateur one day. Make sure you take more than 3-4 pictures in the same postures as a beginner to photography. But then if its a macro not a problem but living objects u need to get hold of them to stand and give the same pose for more pictures, thats the trick you should find out ;) Try clicking kids tats the most hardest I feel.....they dont stand still for a moment and tats a more challenging work! Happy Clicking! :)

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Egg Fried Rice Recipe

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I name it - Chocolate Spongies

Chocolate Spongies
Can you guess what is used as the main ingredient to make this......I got many of my friends saying it as bread looking at the pics.....But its a big no.......Its just marie biscuit with home made chocolate cream cant believe??!. Check the second pic can you see the semicircled marie biscuit? I saw this recipe yest from EdibleGarden and as soon as I reached home wanted to try it out as it can be done in a jiffy though the stackings needs some patience. I didnt have coco powder so I used powdered bournvita, but if you are using this then reduce the sugar level as bourvita is already sweet. And I made a minor modification I laid the cream on top of each biscuit(to make the staked lines more browny).

Ingredients:
Marie Biscuits - 10
Powdered Sugar - 2 tbsp if bournvita is used [3 for coco powder]
Bournvita/Coco Powder - 1 tbsp
Unsalted Butter - 3 tbsp
Warm Milk - 1/4 cup
Instant coffee powder - 2 pinches

Method:
1. Mix the butter, sugar and bournvita powder and make it into a fine creamy texture.
2. Add the coffee powder to the milk. Dip each biscuit in this mixture and apply the cream in between each biscuit but only a very thin layer[this is optional] and arrange it in a stack neatly one on top of the other.
3. Now apply a thick layer on all sides of the stack evenly.
4. Refrigerate for 2 hours, remove and cut into slices.


Chocolate Spongies

What should I mention about the taste...When hubby came home I first showed him the pics I had taken.....his reaction was: Was it really made by you?? once he saw it live and realised it was marie biscuit he started teasing me.....but ofcourse finished it up fully. In short : Easy making with a yum yum taste!!


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Quick Tips for Nokia Symbian series(S60)

To be in short : S60 software on Symbian OS is the world’s most popular software for smartphones. Symbian is a small OS sitting in your mobile and thats the reason why it takes time to boot and start off.......Some of S60 mobiles are : N7610, N3650, N7650, N3600 etc...I have a nokia 7610(one of my mobiles ;)) lookwise very elegant n stylish, the camera is fairly reasonable for a 1MP click. More details of 7610 will follow in the near future. Now its for the tips:

Tip 1: Do u know how to use the edit button (abc or pencil button)?Heres how... in the inbox for example; u want to delete multiple sms, simply hold the edit button, scroll down, and then, press c to delete the marked sms. The edit button can also b used to copy and past text in sms, simply hold it and scroll across, choose copy. pretty good for placing song names in ngages

Tip 2: Save on battery and system memory being used by regulary checking the task manager which can be accessed by holding down the menu button!! Close the applications that are not in use.

Tip 3: Set the screen saver to a short time out period to prolong battery life.

Tip 4: Avoid restarting the phone, or repeatedly turning it on and off. This helps increase battery life.

Tip5: While you are viewing a picture in your phone's gallery, press one of these shortcut keys (definitely works on 6600, not sure about other symbians)
1 - turn image anticlockwise
3 - turn image clockwise
* - toggle on/off of full screen
5 - zoom in
0 - zoom out

Tip 6: Only got blue, green and purple in your 3650 colour palette? This free app adds 3 more colours: Palette Extender.

Tip 7: You can speed up the phone by setting the time of the "Recent calls register" to one day (30 days by default).

Tip 8: Delete all messages from your Inbox at once:Menu > Messaging > Inbox > Options > Mark/Unmark > Mark all > Options > Delete

Tip 9: Record the sound of a phone call using the (sound) Recorder. Menu > Extra's > Recorder > Options > Record sound clip.Note: short beeps are audible during call registration.But there is a 60 second limitation so if you want unlimited sound recording get this app: Extended Recorder.

Tip 10: If you would like to avoid being "blue jacked", keep bluetooth turned off, or set your phone's visibility to hidden.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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