It’s been a year and a half since I moved from Hyderabad and occasionally I miss it…especially this refreshing view from my balcony. Over the buildings piercing into the sky, you could see the colours merge at different times of the day.
I must have gone to Brigade Road a a few dozen times and passed this little bit of graffiti on the wall each time I was there, without really taking a second to properly look at it. Today, I decided to give it a little more attention in the form of a photograph so that I didn’t overlook it anymore. Cute and simple, isn’t it?
So since I wanted to learn how to bake, I thought I’d start off with a simple and quick recipe to boost my confidence. A microwave mug brownie was perfect for this reason! I found the recipe on a blog called Cooking Classy and I definitely recommend trying it out!
If your kitchen is organised and you’ve got all the ingredients ready, then it shouldn’t take more than five to ten minutes ( I know the recipe says five but I think it’s a little optimistic when you’re first trying it out).
The best part about it is that you don’t need any other cooking pots and pans, all you need is large mug. It’s also convenient for those who want a quick fix to their sweet tooth cravings. All you need is a microwave and this is why it’s perfect for college students who don’t have much time to spend baking elaborate cakes and fondants.
Now, when I tried following the recipe, I got caught up in the cluster of directions given in a single paragraph. So I broke it down into simpler steps when writing down the recipe and made some changes to make it work with my Panasonic microwave oven:
1. Add butter and sugar to a large mug. Heat it in the microwave for 40 seconds. Then remove from microwave and stir the mixture with a fork.
2. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Add cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder. Stir until well combined.
3. Heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
4. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top!
*All credit for the recipe goes to Cooking Classy though.
Although my mug brownie didn’t turn out to be as photogenic as the original, it tasted really good :)
My blog has now hit the 200 followers mark and I just thought I’d say thanks for the follows and hopefully you guys have liked whatever I’ve been posting! I never thought I’d blog more than a few months out of my summer boredom but it’s the response to my posts and you awesome people who’ve made it worth continuing so I really appreciate it :)
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I found this TED talk a while ago and decided to test out the premise on which it was based. The gist of the talk is this:
It takes 20 hours of focused concentration in practicing a new skill (applicable to anything).
So with holidays and free time, I decided to see if this is in fact true, thinking it’s the right time to learn something new. Since my mom just bought a new oven, I thought it would be appropriate to learn how to bake, maybe even cook! Hopefully it’ll work out according to these 4 simple steps to rapid skill acquisition:
- Deconstruct the skill. The more you break apart the skill, the more you improve your performance
- Learn enough to self correct ( books, courses, dvds)
- Remove practice barriers (TV, internet etc.) It requires will power.
- Practice at least 20 hours.
Now, on to Step 1!
I’ve got my mom’s cookbooks and the aid of internet recipes to help me out so I hope to update progress soon! Who knows, maybe I’ll soon be able to actually bake something delicious :)