It’s been a while since I have baked anything. Today being a holiday, I thought I’d give it a shot. To be honest, it was the 7UP in the recipe that caught my attention and made me want to try it out. I did make a few changes to the recipe that I found online to customise it to my liking and minimize some of the steps that I thought were unnecessary. Overall, it was an easy and tasty recipe.
1 ½ cups (345 gms) butter, softened
3 cups (500 gms) sugar
5 large eggs
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups (384 gms) all-purpose flour
1-cup (340 gms) lemon-lime soft drink (such as 7UP)
- Preheat oven to 180° C. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat at medium speed 3 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in lemon zest and extract.
- Add flour to butter mixture alternately with lemon-lime soft drink, beginning and ending with flour. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured pan.
- Bake at 180° C for ½ and hour or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove cake from pan to wire rack.
- Spoon Lemon Glaze over warm or room temperature cake.
2 cups(400 gms) powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
Whisk together powdered sugar, lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, in a bowl until blended and smooth. (For a thinner glaze, stir in an additional 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. at a time, if desired.)
PS: People enjoyed it so much that I decided to sell this cake at a Mission Sunday event that my church conducted. Happy to report that it completely sold out!!
Thank you for reading! And have a good weekend
I have always been on the thin side all my life. So, every time I spoke about exercising, I was always made fun of. It didn’t really bother me earlier, as I’ve been blessed with good metabolism. But, since I hit the big 3 O’s, my metabolism has slowed down considerably (Ah, the joys of aging..). I started getting a paunch that made me very conscious about my appearance. While I have never been conscious about body image issues before, the comments that I got really made an impact. I stopped wearing tight clothes. Started buying t-shirts a size or two bigger than my size. However, I didn’t really make any efforts to exercise. I have now joined cult in an effort to change that. I have made it to 3-4 classes a week for 3 weeks now.
On another note, It’s been a year since I started blogging but I still post very sporadically. The excuses that I mentioned in my previous post are still winning! Looks like that’s been the story of my life. While there are a lot of things that I want to do, somewhere down the line I lose focus. I procrastinate. This year I want to start again. Kick start my life so to speak. Starting with exercise & career. Eventually I’ll look at other areas. Will update my progress here to keep myself accountable.
What are your goals for the year? Do let me know in the comments…
Pictures by George Chiramal Davis
The only rule is don’t be boring. Dress well wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.
Dressing up for work can be a pain especially when you have to wake up early and force yourself to get out of bed. As a result, this can be tricky for your morning routine. Sometimes you just need some easy but stylish go to options for when your morning just seems to get away from you. Therefore, what I do is on Sundays I pick out a couple of clothes that I can mix & match, get it ironed and I’m set for the week. These were among the items that I had picked for the week.
In one of my previous post’s I spoke about my love for solids. This Mustard top is one of my go to pieces. I just love the flow of the top. I hesitated a bit before I picked it up. Wasn’t sure of how versatile it could be or how would I mix and match it with the rest of my wardrobe. I’m happy to say that that hasn’t been a problem at all. I have worn it several times and in so many different ways, that I’m glad that I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it. It is one of those pieces that can go straight from the office to dinner, happy hour, or a date night.
When it comes to flowy formal tops like this, Van Heusen is my go to place. Their pieces are sophisticated, classic, and polished, and most of all, they help me feel confident. I just love the fit of their tops & dresses. Unfortunately, the trousers don’t look too good on me!
Which is your go to brand when it comes to corporate wear? Do let me know in the comments….
Pictures edited by George Chiramal Davis
I have been thinking about doing this post for a while now. In this age of Instagram, I still voraciously read blogs and have been reading them for years now. While I love fashion and the beautiful pictures, the way a blogger writes is what catches my fancy. In fact, there are times I just skip the pictures and go straight to the writing (hides my face in shame… Some fashion blogger I am!!). I have been thinking & procrastinating for years on how to start a blog myself. I had the ideas but still made many excuses as to why I couldn’t do it. No tech skills, no camera, no photographer were my excuses. Finally, one day just decided to do it. Had a friend click a few pictures on his phone and hit publish. Was such a great feeling of accomplishment.
These are a few of the bloggers who have inspired me and whose posts I never miss.
Krystal: The inspiration behind my blog. Love her stories. The way she followed her passion. Right from Reno to SF to NY. Made me finally sit up and just go ahead and start. Have been following her blog for years now. I just love the way she writes.
Tanvi: The first blog that I came across years ago and fell in love with the world of bloggers. I started reading blogs after I found hers and some others through her. I like the way she thinks, her attitude towards life and her love for travel. She also is a huge inspiration. I have even tried her recipes.
Wendy: Love her sense of humour, quirky dressing and darling dogs. Inspired me to do a post with my dog. Even when she uses few words something about the way she writes resonates within me.
Alicia: Her styling is amazing. The party ideas, DIYs, home makeovers. All of these are so classy. Waiting to incorporate some of her ideas in party planning. To me she epitomises Bohemian Chic.
Devyani: A friend who has ventured into this journey around the same time that I started. Reading her blog inspired me to start again after I stopped in between. Her make-up posts also made me venture into the world of make-up. Till now all I used is a compact, some eye liner and on rare occasions some lipstick. I have now started investing and experimenting with make-up. May do a post when I’m confident :).
Who are your favourite bloggers? Do let me know in the comments…
I had a lot of Chicken breasts left over and have been looking for recipes to use them up. I like cooking but try to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. Therefore, I look for recipes with either fewer ingredients or shorter cooking time. By mixing and matching recipes & ingredients came up with this recipe. There was a bit left over. Thinking about chopping it up & making a pasta with cream sauce for another night’s no fuss dinner.
FOR THE CHICKEN:
- 6 Chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic , crushed
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Salt and pepper , to taste
FOR THE CREAM SAUCE:
- 4 cloves garlic , crushed
- 200 grams diced bacon
- 400 grams sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup cream
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (I use half a maggi cube mixed with half cup of warm water)
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Salt and pepper , to taste
- Fresh shaved or grated parmesan , to garnish
- Arrange chicken on a plate. Combine the olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper in a jug. Rub the oil mixture over the chicken to completely coat.
- Heat oil in a large skillet. Fry breasts on both sides until golden browned and completely cooked through (about 5-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your fillets). Once cooked, transfer to a plate.
- Once the chicken is done, remove from skillet; set aside. Pour out HALF of the chicken juices left in the pan.
- Using the same skillet the chicken was in; fry the garlic in the reserved chicken juices over medium heat, stirring frequently until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add the bacon and fry until just beginning to crisp. Add in the mushrooms and cook until mushrooms begin to soften.
- Pour in the cream, chicken broth and Parmesan; allow to simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Season with pepper. Taste first before adding in any extra salt, as the bacon will add the salt.
- Add the chicken back into the pan; allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes in the cream to take on the flavours.
- Garnish with shaved or grated parmesan, if desired. Serve over rice, pasta, or steamed/grilled vegetables.
Note: The bacon I had was very fatty (From Bangalore Ham shop), so I cut off the fat & used it instead of oil. It made the dish even more tasty..
Do let me know in the comments section if you try any of these recipes.
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If I was asked what three things do I love right now when it comes to fashion, it is definitely animal print, bold solids and polka dots. Polka dots especially is having it’s moment lately, and I for one am very glad about it. I have been trying to find new ways to incorporate it more in my work wardrobe.
When I think about my personal style, I don’t follow any particular rules at all. I wear what makes me happy. Nevertheless, what I do often love wearing is a statement piece that elevates the outfit a little, either with accessories or in this case the polka dots pencil skirt. I usually wear it to work with a white shirt or blouse. Decided to experiment a bit here.
Mixing prints is something that I’m not very good at. But, something about this combination called out to me. Did not think that this top could be so versatile. I liked the result. Will try to do it more. Especially to work.
I last wore this top here. It was an impulse H&M purchase. Will try to incorporate it more in the corporate look. With high waist skirts of course!
Also, Look who joined me in this shoot. She was very curious about what was happening and I decided to just let her be. Love the way she has been captured in these pictures.
Until the next time!
Photos edited by George Chiramal Davis
I spoke about my nightly skin routine in this post. Thought I’d share my morning routine as well. I don’t really have much time in the mornings. I’m not a morning person and my mornings are usually rushed. Most of the days I follow all these steps but sometime I skip a few. The only constant is sun screen. No matter how rushed I am, I always use sunscreen. So, here goes…
VLCC Rose Water Toner : My skin feels good & refreshed. It gets absorbed fast. I really love the smell of rose water.
Aroma Treasures Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil: I have used the body shop’s tea tree oil in the past and was impressed with the results. I thought I’d try out something new and bought this oil. Don’t see any results. Definitely not buying this again.
Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion: The texture of my skin has gotten good with continued usage. It’s a watery moisturizing lotion and gets absorbed into the skin when massaged well. The breakouts have stopped. Occasionally, get some during my period.
Olay eye cream: Started in December. I haven’t really noticed any difference in my skin yet. It has a bit of a golden tint, which makes the under eye area look brighter. Will continue and see.
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream: I usually used to use Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte-Look Daily Sun Block. Since it was out of stock, I thought I’d try out something new. This sunscreen had good reviews and most of the reviewers said that it gave out a matte finish. Decided to try it out but not very impressed. It has a very oily finish. Makes my oily skin oilier. Will finish it & go back to my usual Lotus Herbals lotion.
Have you tried any of these products? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
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