Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The small things that pass us by

We spend most of our lives thinking about big things.
Education, love, career, love, looks, love, marriage, children, work, money,health.
Such a tedious cycle!
So once in a while it's good to step outside the churning wheel that we are stuck in and breathe in the small things that take our breath away.

When you're listening to the radio and a long lost favourite song from years ago plays and you remember a memory linked to it.
A blasting headache cured by a cup of tea sprung to you by surprise by mother who watches you like a hawk and notices that internal head pain is raging for poor baby.
The sight of people you adore after a long long time.
Little red Facebook notifications. Tweet beeps. Instagram hearts.
Waking up to a cold rainy day feeling warm.
Watching an animated movie and marvelling at the hotness of one ogre, his talking donkey and crazy-cute eyes cat.
Books, books, books!
Blue water. Green trees. Yellow sun.
So the small things are usually twirled around...Food, music, movies, nature, people...and actually end up being all the big things we need. So why are we so dumb sometimes and lose focus?
- Something tasty to munch
- Something nice to hear and see
- Some nice environment
- Some excellent people
These are the ingredients needed and whip up some happy moments. 
Life is yum!
Hence, lesson learnt - concentrate on the small wonders.
Concentrate on - VANILLA CUPCAKES

  • Ingredients:
  • 120g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 120ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼tsp vanilla extract
  • Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a free-standing electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a hand-held electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  • Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
  • Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk together in a separate bowl for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, or until light golden and the sponge bounces back when touched.
  • A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Try a cream cheese or buttercream frosting and you will be on a cloud with a smile on your face! 
I kid you not!

1 comment:

  1. Right Megha..we sometimes let the small things pass us by..