Friday, August 10, 2012

Friend. Foe. Family. Aunt!

We all have our favorites. And we favorite them all the time.
One of my absolute favorites is someone who my brother and I have played with for endless hours when I was a kid.
Hide and Seek. Dark Room. Lock and Key. Seven Stones. Running around the house climbing walls, trees, roofs (not kidding here).

When I was a baby she made me eat up all my food by holding me near a well and showing me its depth.
But... she also carried me proudly all around and showed me off to everyone.

There was a time when we had water wars and a cat and mouse chase between her and my brother resulted in his eye getting scratched up and a long scar on his face, which shines even today.
But then... it was all worth it because it was her who used to buy us orange candy ice-cream without the others knowing.

Before I turned 10, she got married.
But...she still played with us, in fact the games even kicked up a notch. We had summer camp at her home henceforth and more freedom to run around.

Usually when you say 'aunt', it translates to older, wiser, stricter.
But...she is young, fun and one of a kind.

Older to me by 9 years, married at 17, two kids by 21.
Now, the mother of a 16 year old and a 12 twelve year old, she still remains the kid that she always was.
All the elders used to yell at her to 'grow up'. Something, which they do even today.
But... she remains eternally youthful.
Always will.

Kamali all about layers.
Youthful and vibrant yet intelligent topped with a layer of maturity.

Brownies layered with Cheesecake topped with Pomegranate and Whipped Cream
The Hummingbird Recipe calls for the use of Raspberries, but I think Pomegranate is a good substitute.

Brownie ingredients:
  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 110g plain flour
Cheesecake ingredients:
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 150g icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • cream topping
  • 300 ml whipping cream
  • 100g icing sugar
  • Fruit (Raspberries/Pomegranate/Anything else) 
For the brownie: 
Preheat the oven to 170°C. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Leave until melted and smooth. 
Put the butter and sugar in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat until all the ingredients are well incorporated. 
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. 
Gradually beat in the flour, mixing well after each addition, then turn the mixer up to high speed and beat for a little longer until you get a smooth mixture. 
Slowly pour in the melted chocolate and mix thoroughly. Pour into the prepared baking tray and smooth over with a palette knife.
For the cheesecake: 
Put the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on slow speed until smooth and thick. Add one egg at a time, while still mixing. Scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. The mixture should be very smooth and creamy.
The mixer can be turned up to a higher speed at the end to make the mix a little lighter and fluffier, but be careful not to overmix, otherwise the cheese will split. Spoon on top of the brownie and smooth over with a palette knife.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30–40 minutes, or until the cheesecake is firm to the touch and light golden around the edges. The centre should still be pale. Leave to cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight if possible.
For the cream topping:
Put the cream, sugar and raspberries(I didn't add the fruit in the cream) in a freestanding electric mixer with a whisk attachment and beat until firm but not stiff.Turn the brownie out onto a board and turn the right way up.Spread the topping evenly over the brownie and decorate with more raspberries.

1 comment:

  1. oooooooooo thoughtful of u..eventho you being so much younger to me u r my layer""""s of strenth,my emotion, my advisor ::}}:} my happiness,my dictionary,my secret box, :):):) my everything.i am very sure it is not only me who feels like this about u .do u know u r a fashion trend setter in chennai:)...sooooooooooooo tempted of your layer cake i am jus going 2 bake now:)(:.