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Happy New year ! May 2010 bring happiness, health and prosperity to you all. Yesterday we had the most relaxed New Years celebration. We went to Niligiris Cake exhibition in St Josephs High School Grounds. Raina was excited about the Big Taj Mahal cake. She couldnt believe it was all cake. There was a long ship, folk dancers, flower baskets, horses, etc; all made out of cake.

Taj Mahal made out of cake

Taj Mahal made out of cake

Somehow this cake exhibition brings back a lot of memories. As a child I never missed the show even once. We would stand in long queues and drool over a hundred cakes. Everyone bought at least one little  pastry, if not a cake. Sure my mom has some nice memories too. It was a day after visiting the Niligiris cake exhibition that she went into labor. She delivered a breech baby (me :-)) a few days later. This exhibition is now 36 years old and guess how old I am going to be?

A delicious shipping vessel

A delicious shipping vessel

Edible Dancers

Edible Dancers

At night we had some mocktails and blasted music till midnight. Mayank, Raina and I put on some disco lights and danced till we dropped.  How we used the fact that one night in a year neighbors cant complain about noise. Sorry guys, no pictures of the mocktails. It was gone before we knew it. Baby was so tired after all the partying that she slept on her own right after the New year wishes went out. She woke up at 10.30 am today , played for a few hours and went back to sleep on her own! he he hee…is that a good sign? God, please tell me that all this year she is going to sleep on her own like this 🙂

fresh cream cakes

Orange Fresh Cream Cakes

I made some mushroom manchurian and Mayank made Vegetable Pulao for lunch today. Mayank makes much better pulao than me. I dont want to learn, else I’ll have to make it 🙂 I bought the manchurian masala from a sale that was attached to the cake show yesterday. Its the true dhaba taste that you get from buying spices from small shops. They are basically vendors who make Chinese food and who also want to pack the masalas off in small quantities to make some money out of it. I found the instructions on the packet so cute. It asked me to ‘try’ the pieces in hot oil (instead of fry). It also said that the manchurian will be very ‘testy’ Whats that now? May be I have to test it before tasting it 🙂

Anyway, a nice lunch and now we are off to mom’s place for a small new year party with Grand mom and sister. I was planning to make fruit cream. Somehow freezing the fresh cream made it granular. So I whisked it with sugar, flour and essence to make these orange short cakes. Some things created by accident are so tasty …err…or should I say testy.

Mushroom Manchurian


  • 1 tablespoon manchurian masala (contains salt)
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • 10 pods of Garlic
  • Spring onions to garnish

Procedure :

  1. Mix the flours with a little water to make a paste.
  2. Dip the mushroom pieces into the paste and deep fry.
  3. Heat oil in a wok. Add finely chopped garlic . Dont let it brown. Add the manchurian pieces and stir fry till done.
  4. Garnish with Spring onion leaves.

Orange Fresh cream cakes

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Fresh cream
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Ghee
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange squash
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • A few drops of vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon Choco-chips (optional)


  1. Whisk the flour and baking powder into the cream. Add sugar and mix till it dissolves.
  2. Add milk, vanilla essence and ghee. Mix well.
  3. Finally add some choco-chips (optional) and orange squash.
  4. Pour into greased muffin molds. Bake in a preheated oven at 175 deg C for 20 mins.