Monday, March 21, 2011

A beautiful forward which is worth reading.

I received this forward from a friend and was overwhelmed as to how a beautiful message being conveyed through a dialogue between a pencil and an eraser.  This is a must read and am sure many of you must have received it already.  Anyways, am sure all of you would enjoy this.

Pencil: I'm sorry....

Eraser: For what? You didn't do anything wrong.

Pencil: I'm sorry cos you get hurt bcos of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you're always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time.

Eraser: That's true. But I don't really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong. Even though one day, I know I'll be gone and you'll replace me with a new one, I'm actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad. :)

I found this conversation between the pencil and the eraser very inspirational.

Parents are like the eraser whereas their children are the pencil. They're always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way... they get hurt, and become smaller (older, and eventually pass on). Though their children will eventually find someone new (spouse), but parents are still happy with what they do for their children, and will always hate seeing their precious ones worrying, or sad.

This is for all parents out there.....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Moist marble cake with semi sweet chocolate morsels

I had wanted to bake a marble cake for quite sometime and today decided to bake it, but on checking many recipes, I found that it required cocoa powder too.  Unfortunately, I ran short of the same and began my hunt to bake a marble cake with chocolate morsels and found one which was very easy and believe me, this was a hit straightaway.   The cake had its chocolate tinge but the original vanilla flavour was evident and was not overtaken by the chocolate flavour. Here goes the recipe.


All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Butter - 1 1/2 sticks (room temperature)
Eggs - 3
Semi-sweet chocolate morsels - 50 gms
Yoghurt - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

Pre-heat oven to 375 deg.F

Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds and make into a smooth paste.

Mix the baking powder,baking soda and the salt to the all purpose flour and sieve it well.  Mix together butter and sugar till it is soft and fluffy.  To this add eggs one at  a time beating well after each addition.   Once the eggs are well incorporated, slowly add the dry mix alternating yoghurt and milk. Add the vanilla extract and fold the mix. 

Grease the baking dish and pour this mix into the dish and even it with a spatula.  Now, pour the melt chocolate over it and spread it out evenly with a fork.  Once you start spreading with the fork, the design automatically appears and gives the cake a beautiful design. 

Bake this in the oven for 35 minutes.   Cool thoroughly before slicing it.  Try to click the cake immediately else will be 'gone in a few seconds'.

'A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece'. - Ludwig Erhard
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