Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In praise of DK: Banana-Date-Walnut Loaf

The only thing edible I photographed last month was that brilliant banana-date-walnut loaf that I cooked up, thanks to a wonderful DK cookbook. Ever since, I have started looking at DK books with renewed respect. To me, making anything out of squishy bananas, suitable enough for actual consumption is a miracle, and if it turns out as yummy as it did, it is a testament to the fact that I am working at a really great place! Rarely did I praise my workplace as much as I did after discovering the wealth of goodness stocked in every page of a DK book. Yep, carefully tested, tasted and verified. DK books are fantastic :)

The loaf is moist, sweet with that extra crunch of walnuts, a perfect teatime snack. And, best of all, it stayed fresh for over two weeks in the refrigerator.

Anyhow, after this preliminary success I have gone ahead and bought another book - available here. I have not tried out anything from this one yet, but will do soon.

This loaf calls for neither cashews nor Oreos, but they taste just as well!

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Party!

It would be entirely untrue to say that I have not been cooking. In fact I could say that in the last month or so, or at least since I blogged last, I have cooked quite a lot of nice-ness! But, I have been lazy mostly, especially after returning home from work and cooking and walking Cheeku (my dog), etc etc. In fact I don't think I took notes of anything I made; and neither did I click any pictures. And so, after more than a month of break, I am sort of sheepishly looking at my screen wondering what I should write about.

Ok, so, to begin with, there was 'the' party of course. Yep, Len and I decided to host a smallish party, something in between a birthday party (mine, a week later) and it's-great-to-be-alive party (a lot of hospital in-and-outs in the past couple of months). We planned, and plotted, and shopped, and cleaned, and I obsessed over it for a good two weeks! But, it all turned out great and we had a jolly good time! Of course, it wasn't all hunky-dory - between panicking over curdled chocolate and a pasta that went too dry, a BBQ sauce that seemed to taste a little off and baked fish that seem a bit too moist - I fumbled and blundered all the way through, but at the end of the night, most of the food was gone, I think I did alright, thanks to all the help I got from Len and my folks :)