Friday, 30 December 2011

Sinful Ferrero Raffaello with Indian touch ~ Christmas Updated

I am sure you all had a lovelicious christmas...and hope that santa deliverd all your pressies on time and you are happy with them..:-) here millions of shoppers poured down to shops on boxing day to get some bargain... ok now coming to the point...actually I made these cuties before christmas but couldn't post he recipe ...I saw this recipe here few months back , since then I wanted to try it out but never had a chance..but this festive season prompted me  ...and I made those cuties but with a little Indian touch...







Let's see what Ferrero Raffeleo actually is? The Raffaleo from the same family as Ferrero Rocher...very light and delicate taste where whole Almond is coated with creamy filling , wrapped in crispy shell and coverd in flakes in coconut flakes...now I tell you what change I have made..I have used Cashew nuts instead of Almonds..I added dried cranberries and khoya ( Indian milk solids )...
My Indianized Ferrereo Raffaello worked out splendid...they looked amazing and flavours were so fresh and delicate..The original Ferrero Raffaello has runnier centre, but I didn't wanted that so I used little khoya ..also I wanted some Indian touch on them...if you want to make without khoya you can do that..or if you want to achive more runniee centre than add more condensed milk..it just takes extra freezing time...




Original Ferrero Raffaleo
You will need :-
1/2 cup toasted cashew nuts ( can be used almond, I didn't as my daughter has allergy of almonds)
1/4 cup condense milk (use more if you want centre to be runny )
2-3 tbsp khoya-mawa ( Indian milk solids)
few dried cranberries
250 g white chocolate
100 g ice cream wafers
1 cup desiccated coconut for rolling
200 g compound white chocolate ( for covering )
can of edible golden spray ( optional )

You will need :- for kesar pista elychi Raffaello ( Saffron, Pistachio and Cardamom )
1/2 cup Pistachio Nuts
few threads of Saffron
pinch of Cardamom powder
1/4 cup condense milk
250 g white chocolate
100 g ice cream wafers
1 cup desiccated coconut for rolling
200 g compound white chocolate ( for covering )
can of edible green spray ( optional )





Method:- For both use same method...
In a double boiler start melting 250 g white chocolate with condensed milk ..meanwhile roast the khoya in another pan without turning it to brown for few minutes. Add khoya, cashew nuts and dried cranberries in to chocolate and milk mixture. switch of the heat. mix well and let it cool and mould 1 teaspoon of mixture into a ball. Roll in the chopped ice cream wafers. Let them chill in the fridge till balls gets firm.
Melt 200 g compound white chocolate and coat each ball then roll into desiccated coconut. Let it sit for a while . Spray golden spray on them . Enjoy with friends and family...Great for a gift too...!


Sending it to Nayana's event Lets cook for Christmas Red and Green

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Ending another year on a sweet note ~ Sinful Home made Ferrero Rochers

2011 it's just about to wrap up....hope you all had a great year, if not let's hope the new year fulfills all your wishes...for me this year was little rocky..but keeping hopes that new year will bring steadiness...and due to my illness and other problems I wasn't a regular poster in bloggerworld....


I would like to show my gratitude to all of you people who has visited my blog, and left kind comments...without your support I may have not reach to my potential and now I am looking forward for your support in the next year ....also I would like to say a very big thank you to my loving husband and my adorable kids..who has given me their support and kept full faith in me through  out the year ...


 "A Relaxed Mind, A Peaceful Soul, A Joyful Spirit, A Healthy Body and Heart full of Love..All these are my Prayers for You..Wish a Happy New Year "


as the year is coming to an end let's finish it on a high and sweet note....and welcome new year with sinful home made Ferraro Rochers....so let's see the recipe

You will need:-
  • 200 g hazelnut chocolate spread ( I used Nutella )
  • 100 g  whole hazelnuts plus  extra hazelnuts for the centre of the Rochers ( 30-35 ) ( roasted and skin removed )
  • 40 g hazelnut meal ( ground hazelnut )
  • 50 g ice cream wafers
  • 200-250 g compound chocolate ( use any milk, plain or dark )





Method:-
Chop 100 g hazelnut. keep aside 30 whole hazelnut. In one bowl mix Nutella, chopped nuts and hazelnut meal. Mix it very well. Freeze for a while till you can mould it in a balls. Take 1 tsp of mixture and press around a whole hazelnut to form a little ball.



 Then roll in finely chopped ice cream wafers. Now keep them in the fridge untill they get firm again. Melt compound chocolate in double boiler and coat each ball ,let sit in the fridge until it sets.

Now Enjoy on your own, with your family or great as a gift if any left...;-)


On it's way to Nayna's event Lets cook for Christams Red and Green





Friday, 23 December 2011

Fillo Pastry Mince Pies ~ Christmas

Christams is just few hours away...and every corner of this world ready for it

 Jagruti's Cooking Odessey is wishing



 Merry Christmas everyone ! May the festive season bring us positivity and new beginnings! May Santa fill your stockings with hope and your hearts with love! let's celebrate boundless love, compassion and faith! Merry Christmas to all!



Christams is incomplete without Mince pies...I laways buy from shops , this time I made them at home using fillo pastry...turned out very well..here is the recipe



You will need :-
  • 120 g Mincemeat
  • zest of one orange
  • few dried cranberries
  • 1tbsp almond flakes
  • 1 packet of fillo pastry
  • icing suger for dusting
  • 1 tbsp melted butter

Method:-
Preheat oven to gas mark 4-5. Take a cupcake tray and butter lightly. Take 4 sheets of pastry and place on top of each other, lightly butter them between each layer. Cut the pastry into 15 equal squares. Each square is now 4 layers thick.



 Use these squares to line the tin to make 12 pastry cases.Place small amount of mincemeat in each pastry case and bake them for 7-8 minutes or till light golden brown. Cool them on a baking tray and dust with icing sugar. Enjoy with cream or custard.


Monday, 19 December 2011

Spiced Nuts ~ Christmas

Christmas fever is in full swing , it's noticeable as soon as you step out of your home. So many lights illuminating on surrounding homes and streets, and too add to this there is the chaotic traffic and mad rush of people. ..parking virtually impossible...shops are well decorated and already 20-30% SALE :-) to pull the crowds...with tempting offers leading to big queues ...people are filling up their trolleys with gifts and food, like there is no tomorrow...:-)  why should I be an exception ? I do the same ....and have started preparing few stuff for this festive season... so i made spiced nuts today and they turned out so well....



You will need:-
  • 2 cups each Almonds and Cashew Nuts ( you can have any )
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp  dry ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • salt to taste

Method:-
Preheat oven on gas mark 2. In a saucepan heat olive oil and fry all the spices just for few seconds, switch off  the heat, add nuts and salt and mixed very well. Place nuts on non stick baking dish and bake them for 15 minutes. Let it cool completely and store in airtight container. Enjoy !

Sending these cute munchies to Nayna's even't lets cook for christmas red and green event

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Cinnamon Shortbread ~Christmas

Christmas is just round the corner and freezing weather has really caught on here in UK...I love to use quite a lot of spices this time of the year...and I think cinnamon is the perfect spice during the winter season....I love the fragrant of the cinnamon and it's sweet and warm taste especially when in all baking recipes...I made this delectable melt in mouth shortbread with ground cinnamon...


You will need :-



250 g Unsalted butter at room temprature
250 g Plain flour
125 g rice flour
pinch of salt
100 g Caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp icing sugar for dusting
1 tsp ground cinnamon for dusting



Method:-
In a bowl mix butter and sugar. Mix till it gets fluffy, now add both flour, cinnamon and salt. Rub the mixture is like fine crumbs and knead untill smooth. Then cover the dough with clingflim and place it in the fridge for half an hour. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Now roll out the dough untill 1/2 inch thicker. cut out the cookies with cookie cutter in what ever shape you fancy. I cut mine into STARS... Place the cookies ona baking sheet.Press the tines of a fork into each cookie to make designs. Bake them about 18-20 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Mix icing sugar and ground cinnamon and gently toss them to coat.
Sending this cookies to Nayna's ongoing event Let's cook for christmas Red and Green

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Coconut and Mango DOODH-POHA ! Rice flakes in coconut milk and Mango pulp !

Yeasterday we celebrated Sharad Poornima...we make Doodh-Poha on this festive day ..last year I made Vanilla Doodh-Poha ....so this year I thought I want a little change..and while i was thinking I saw my other recipe Mango Pannacotta ....an idea popped in my head and thought lets try this recipe...if it will come good I will pat my own back...:-) and guess what my family gave me lots of pats........:-)



Ok so lets see what change I have done. Instead of normal milk i chose coconut milk and I used some double cream to make it more richer in taste with mango pulp...........

You will need :-

  • 2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 cup Single or double cream
  • 1 cup Poha ( Rice flakes)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1cup Mango pulp ( I used tin pulp ) you can use fresh too
Method :-
Wash the Poha and leave it a side. Boil milk and cream on a slow heat with sugar. after 5-6 minutes add Poha and let it cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir constantly and let poha soaked milk and cream..mixture will start to thicken..Switch of the heat and keep stirring. Let it cool to room temparature. and after chill in the fridge in serving bowls. after 1-2 hours add 2-3 tbsp mango pulp in each bowl and have it...Enjoy as much as my family did...You can make this dessert even for parties too..........

Tip:- Please do not add mango pulp while mixture is warm..let it cool completeley otherwise results milk will curdle....

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Kesar Dudh no Halwo ~ Saffron Milk Halwa !

Wishing you one and all a very Happy and Joyous Navratri.............

I am not sure about the dish I am going to post here today whether it is available all over India or not? plz let me know...as far as I know it's available only in Ahmedabad, Gujarat....This sweet dish brings me lots of childhood memories...My mum used to take us to play in childrens park and everyday she used to buy 10 paise ka MILK HALWA from one of the sweet shop in USMANPURA...MAFATLAL DUDHWALA..........this shop still exists....since my childhood I love it.........whenever I go to India I do indulge and bring for my family too...It's not available in UK...so whenever I think about making it, I am not sure that it would  come out properly or not and I leave it...but yesterday I gave it a go..and I made this halwa in 15 minutes...........yes in 15 minutes..traditionally it takes more than an hour and also a lot of labour goes in ...Milk halwa can be eaten when you observe a fast........



You will need:-
  • 200 gm condense milk
  • 200 ml full fat milk
  • 1 tbsp yogurt ( make sure it's not sour )
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ghee
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 8-10 saffron threads soaked in warm milk (2-3 tsp milk)
  • few nuts like almonds, pistachio...
Method:- Take a microwave proof bowl ( take big one as milk boils ) and place the condense milk with the full fat milk and mix them. Now add yogurt, saffron milk and mix again. Place bowl in microwave for 8 minutes, in between check every two minutes and give it a stir. slowly milk will thicken and water will be visible. after 8 minutes add sugar and cardamom powder and cook halwa for another 5-6 minutes. repeat stirring every 2 minutes. Now add ghee and cook for another 2-3 minutes.  should  thicken by now like semolina halwa. let it cool to room temperature and garnish with nuts..and Enjoy as much as my family did..........

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Vanilla and Strawberry PHIRNI ~ HAPPY FATHER's DAY !

A Father means so many things...

A understanding heart,

A source of strength and of support

Right from the very start.

A constant readiness to help

In a kind and thoughtful way.

With encouragement and forgiveness

No matter what comes your way.

A special generosity and always affection, too

A Father means so many things

When he's a man like you... ( author-Unknown)




Wishing every father in the world a very Happy Father's day ! to celebrate father's day I made PHIRNI ....Phirni is very creamy scrumptious and fulfilling...mostly made of rice flour, milk and sugar..People who loves Kheer ( Indian Rice Pudding ) will love this dish..very easy and quick to make ...This time I gave traditional PHIRNI a little new look and new taste with Strawberry and Vanilla sauce..after watching few recipes from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor...but adding vanilla thought came in my mind after trying Hartley's Strawberry and Vanilla jam..:-)



You will need for the Strawberry Sauce:-
  1. 1 cup Strawberries
  2. half vanilla pod
  3. 1 tbsp Sugar
You will need for the Phirni
  1. 30 g Ground Rice
  2. 30 g sugar
  3. 250ml evaporated milk
  4. 250 ml single cream
  5. 100 ml any milk
  6. 1 tbsp rose water
  7. 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  8. 2 tbsp nuts like almonds, cashews and pistachio chopped

Method ( sauce ) :- Add roughly chopped berries, vanilla seeds and sugar in a saucepan on a low heat. Let it cook about 7-8 minutes or until very soft. Once cooked let it cool to room temperature. Pour the sauce into the glasses and let it chill...

Method ( PHIRNI ):- Put the milk and cream in a saucepan over a medium heat. Mix in ground rice and stir continuously. Keep string while bringing to the boil. Add evaporated milk, sugar, rose water and cardamom powder. Reduce heat. Stir and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Then add it on top of the cooled strawberry sauce and garnish with chopped nuts. Let it cool in the fridge for 2-3 hours...

Enjoy as much as my family did...

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

My latest addition on You Tube !

One more joyful moment for me, I have recorded two more cookery shows here in UK on sunrise tv in March...for you to view guys I have downloaded them on you tube...please watch and give me your feedbacks...Thanks ! Till my next post happy cooking and happy blogging....










Monday, 2 May 2011

HOORRAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY ONCE AGAIN INDIA ON TOP....:) It is so joyous..! Over Joyous..!! :)

After one month Joy of Cooking is congratulating Team India and whole country for winning a cricket world cup after long 28 years as they suppressed Sri Lanka with a six-wicket victory in a nerve-wrecking final to script a glorious new chapter in their cricketing history...why I am so late here to wish team India? Because actually I was in India during that period and went personally to wish team India and watched most amazing, thrilling and electrifying few matches at stadium, in multiplex cinema and at home with my dad which was priceless moments for me....I was in India when India won the world cup in 1983 under Mr Kapil Dev's captaincy..and this time Mr M S Dhoni's too...This trip to India for me was unforgettable, adventurous and priceless experiences...we all went ecstatic when Dhoni finished it off in style by hitting a six, as fire crackers lit up the evening sky to mark the moment...Every Indian went berserk in India and everywhere in the world..in India middle of the night people came on the road and celebrated win of India...these priceless moments I will never forget in my life...So here to wish team India I have made something...Tri Colour Salad in World Cup:)



Ingrediants:-
  • Breadsticks
  • cheese Thins
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Shredded Onion
  • Shredded Green Capsicum

Method:-
Please see picture...
I am dedicating this post to Team India, Team Sri Lanka  and every cricket lover who enjoys this game tremendously .....Till my next post happy cooking and happy blogging !!!!!!!!!



Tuesday, 8 March 2011

GOLDEN RULE FOR WOMEN................NO COOKING :P

Oil For Your Lamp


The new Golden Rule for women is, "Do Unto Ourselves as We Do Unto Others." In Oil for Your Lamp, the importance of women taking care of themselves BEFORE they take care of others. Today's women are multi-tasking mavens and Oil for Your Lamp provides just the fuel needed to keep your own lamp full. Through real-world stories and original poetry, Oil for Your Lamp is a call to action for women to keep their own lamps burning brightly as they continue to light up the world!......Lisa Hammond and BJ Gallagher ( authors )

WE ARE WOMEN WHO
 LIGHT UP THE WORLD
WITH OUR BEAUTY
OUR CREATIVITY

OUR EYES SPARKLE
AS WE TALK AND LAUGH
AMONG OURSELVES

OUR SMILES RADIATE
WARMTH AND COMFORT
TO THOSE WHO LOVE US

OUR FACES BEAM
HAPPILY WHEN
WE'RE ENGAGED
IN FULFILLING WORK

WE SHINE
WE ILLUMINATE
WE ENLIGHTEN

WE GLOW SOFTLEY
WHEN CONTENTED
AND BURN BRIGHTLY
WHEN PASSIONATE

BUT WHO IS THE KEEPER
OF THE FLAME?.....
WHO WILL FILL
OUR LAMPS?....

WE MUST DO IT OURSELVES
WE MUST FEEL OUR OWN
LAMPS FIRST
NOT LAST...

WE MUST COMMIT TO
OUR OWN WELL BEING
AND SELF CARE LEST
OUR FLAME FLICKERS OUT

SO TAKE SOME TIME
TO REST, RECOUP
RELAX AND REGROUP

TAKE TIME TO FILL
YOUR LAMP
THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR FLAME
BUT FIRST, YOU NEED YOUR
OIL

THE NEW GOLDEN RULE FOR WOMAN IS ...
WE MUST DO UNTO OURSELVES
AS WE DO UNTO OTHERS

simple truths...gift of inspiration...

Happy women's day......



Friday, 18 February 2011

Come On Boys in BLUE Keep INDIA On TOP :) No Egg-No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake !

Hoorrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !The long wait is over and much anticipated 2011 cricket World Cup about to begin in India, Shri Lanka and Bangladesh...Cricket is our beloved sport, we are so excited and thrilled to watch those nail biting matches here UK on TV....wish right now I was in INDIA...It will be a UNIQUE and INTOXICATING atmosphere for local'S and people like us..where all the best players of the cricket world will be there and ultimately one team will walk away with the world cup.........and I am OPTIMISTIC, INDIA will be on TOP and will bring world cup home.........
One of those legends, Sunil Gavaskar, is clearly looking forward to the experience.


“The ICC Cricket World Cup promises to be one of the most exciting ever for unlike in the previous years there are many teams who can win the coveted trophy this time. There are also some of the most entertaining players participating in the tournament and it also gives the non-Test playing countries an opportunity to show how good they are,” said Gavaskar.


"It's a completely different feeling to be part of a Cricket World Cup where the atmosphere and the buzz is very special and to be staged in the sub-continent for the first time in 15 years is a magnificent feeling."  ( Indian Batting Maestro Sachin Tendulkar. ) 

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is expecting the World Cup on home soil to be a career highlight.

He said: "It can't get any bigger than the ICC Cricket World Cup in which the best of the best enter with just one objective - to take home the Cup that counts.
"It's not only my dream to be a Cricket World Cup winner but it's the wish of every member of team India to put his hand on the Cricket World Cup trophy. We'll work as hard as possible to turn our dreams into reality.
"This trophy has been eluding us for the past 27 years and I think we have a very good chance at home to break the drought."

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said winning the Cricket World Cup was his childhood dream.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said the home fans are an integral part of the Tigers and always a source of inspirations.


Cricket world cup happens only once  in four years...The entire cricketing fraternity and die hard fans eagerly waits for this event and when it starts, everyone gets deeply involved. The Cup brings the sport's styles, philosophies, ambitions and dreams onto a smaller, relatively even field which becomes the centre of its universe.


I am sure Team India will get warmth and blessing of the home crowd...stadiums will be packed with loyal supporters, their every roar would touch them........India, the most cricket-obsessed nation on earth where millions follow the sport with a religious fervour and ordinary people doing extra ordinary things...Indian Hindu priests hold a replica of the Cricket World Cup trophy during a special prayer organised to seek blessings of Hindu god Lord Ganesha..People are worshipping the River Ganges Performing spiritual havans, poojas to give team a boost and moral support so that they can win..I am not one to leave myself behind so I am too praying for Team India and for billion-plus in India who are spiritedly anticipating India's WIN...Me and my family are well ready with Indian gear, flags and all...

There is a official song of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is "De Ghumaa Ke", composed by the musical trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa). It has been sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Divya Kumar.




"De Ghumaa Ke" is a passionate expression that creatively captures the fierce sense of competition and the desire to win. It literally means Hit It Hard. This local cricket euphemism is every fan's wish and every cricketer's intention. It encapsulates all that it takes to win a match. The song has three different versions in Hindi, Bangla and Sinhalese, as Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka are the co-hosts of the event....but my favourite is world Cup 2003 theme song....this song is very inspirational, motivating and emotional too..




We still remember the best World Cup moment for us is undoubtedly the day when Team India woworld cup in 1983 at Lords in England first time under captancy of legend KAPIL DEV  and of course when we  defeated Pakistan at Centurion during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.Overall atmosphere that day was just electrifying. The crowd, the flags, the cheers, we have never seen a more electrifying atmosphere than that day in whatever cricket we have watched before that or after that...

At the moment India is hot favourite to Win the cup...you can vote here..I've already done...
http://www.skysports.com/cricket/cwc2011/?DCMP=BAC-HPTOCWC2011_OSM

Come on Team India you can win this cup AND STAY ON TOP...Believe in your self and give your best..Wish u all d best guys... Just rock on the ground and remember this quote

"I PLAY TO WIN, WHETHER DURING PRACTICE OR A REAL GAME. AND I WILL NOT LET ANYTHING GET IN THE WAY OF ME AND MY COMPETITIVE ENTHUSIASM TO WIN." 


Michael Jordan

and to go with Theme Blue I made blueberry cheesecake....although the cheesecake is normal but the highlights are the lovely coloured BLUEberries....! very simple to make yet delicious and creamy...

you will need:-

  • 200 g Digestive Biscuits ( crushed )
  • 75 g butter melted
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 500 g Mascarpone cheese
  • 150 g Blueberries ( I used fresh )
Method:-

Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter, and press into the base of a lightly greased  spring-form cake tin or any glass.I used Martini glass. Chill in the fridge while making the filling.Beat the cheese and sugar together and add blueberries...you can crush them if you want. and pour over the biscuit base. Leave the cheesecake in the fridge to chill about an hour.  Serve when you are ready...Enjoy as much as me and my family did.........!

INDIA GO WIN THE CUP TO SHOW OUR GLORY............
































Monday, 14 February 2011

♥ Love at first sight or Love at first Bite ;) Melt in Mouth Pistachio Shortbread ! ! !

Love at first sight or Love at first bite.....for me both....;) what are you thinking people? ;) I am talking about theses Shortbread cookies......................



It's February and that can only mean one thing - LOVE IS IN THE AIR...............I WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL VERY HAPPY VALENTINES DAY ♥....! I do get amazed by this day, normally people celebrate their own festivals or special days...for e.g. Hindu celebrates Diwali, Muslims Eid and Christan's celebrates Christmas...but when this day comes people from all over the world joins in and they happily celebrate this day which represents LOVE....



Somehow me and Raj came up on this discussion  and he asked me can you tell me definitions of LOVE and I answered him Listen Bollywood songs you'll get the answer:) try this song from the movie Woh Saat Din.....(Those 7 days)
"One cannot fall in love...it happens"



...but he was insisting that I should give an answer...I told him it depends on each and every individual...they will all give you different answer to you...you can debate on this subject days, weeks or months..you will never ever find out the perfect answer....but then after long thought I came up with this answer....

 Love is a precious gift or feeling given by GOD to every living creature on this earth, and only God knows that where, when and how we will give and get this love ...Love is an universal language, that everyone knows , speaks and feels at least once in a lifetime....People say Love is Blind..Love does not see any cast, colour or religion...to feel this wonderful feeling you have to give your love to someone....! 

Enjoy A Byte of Soul Food!


-- To give you a boost on Monday Morning!

True Valentine Feelings

The Greek language has various words for love. One of them is agape, meaning love without expecting anything in return. This is not selfish or self-serving love—it is selfless and unconditional. But is it possible? How can we not feel slighted when we don't receive the treatment we want or feel we deserve in return for some good deed? How can we not "keep score," or not desire recompense or at least a response? God can love like that, and He can give us love like that for others.

In his book Dream a New Dream Dale Galloway tells about a little boy who wanted to celebrate Valentine's Day—a holiday when cards or gifts are exchanged as tokens of love and friendship.

Little Chad was a shy, quiet young fellow. One day he came home and told his mother he'd like to make a Valentine's Day card for everyone in his class. Her heart sank. She thought, I wish he wouldn't do that! She had watched the children when they walked home from school, and her Chad was always behind them. They laughed and hung on to each other and talked to each other, but Chad was never included.

Nevertheless, she decided she would go along with her son, so she purchased the paper and glue and crayons. For three whole weeks, night after night, Chad painstakingly made thirty-five valentines.

Valentine's Day dawned, and Chad was beside himself with excitement! He carefully stacked up his Valentine's Day cards, put them in a bag, and bolted out the door.

His mom decided to bake him his favorite cookies and serve them up warm and nice with a cool glass of milk when he came home from school. She just knew he would be disappointed—maybe the snack would ease the pain a little. It hurt her to think that he wouldn't get many valentines himself, and maybe none at all.

That afternoon she had the cookies and milk on the table. When she heard the children outside, she looked out the window. Sure enough, here they came, laughing and having the best time. And, as always, there was Chad in the rear. He walked a little faster than usual. She fully expected him to burst into tears as soon as he got inside. His arms were empty, she noticed, and when the door opened she choked back the tears.

"Mommy has some warm cookies and milk for you."

But he hardly heard her words. He just marched right on by, his face aglow, and all he said was: "Not a one! Not a one!" Her heart sank.

And then he added, "I didn't forget a one, not a single one!"

* * *

What is real love? It is wanting the best for someone else. It is putting their welfare above yours. It is being happy when they gain what they wanted or worked for. The Bible says that love keeps no record of wrongs, that it "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.""Love will cover a multitude of sins." (See 1 Corinthians 13:5,7; 1 Peter 4:8 NKJV.)

Can you love like that? No, none of us can of ourselves. But if you ask the Lord, He can give you this kind of love—love that seeks the good of someone else, even above your own, even to your own hurt. And it is a beautiful thing when that happens. Even if no one else notices, God does, and He will reward you in Heaven. -David Brandt Berg
Valentines day is not just for showing love to your other half...much love to our family ,friends and most important much love to our beautiful kids xxx.........to celebrate this day I made shortbread cookies and used little bit of my imagination to decorate it...I can say this stunning melt in mouth, full of gorgeous flavours and romantic ingredients, is guaranteed to be a perfect match for Valentines Day...



You will need :- ( shortbread )
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 250 g Butter
  • 125 g cornflour    
  • Icing Sugar 125 g
  • few pistachio nuts crushed

You will need :- ( decoration )
  • Icing Sugar
  • food colour ( I used natural food colour )
  • few choclate hearts and edable beads

Method :-
Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl  until the mixture comes together. Knead lightly, cover with cling film and refrigerate for an hour. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/355F or Gas Mark 4. Knead briefly after removing it from the fridge.  Roll flat to about 1/2 " thickness cut the biscuits out Lay out on a non-stick baking mat or baking parchment.Allow some space between them for expansion. Bake until golden brown.Remove from the oven and allow to cool completeley before decorating....Enjoy with a cuppa and your VALENTINE.....!




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