Fathers day

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He was the managing director of stylo travels colombo.

The person who fed me, gave me the love for food, taught me how to eat, cooked for me, and ate my food too is no more with us. It’s a shocking news for a daughter who loved the father no matter how he was and was proud to say he is my father and I look like him although he is not the handsomest person. It’s the heart that matters not looks is what he reminds me.
He forgave, fought,  laughed with,  loved, earned,  spent, ate and fed many people and am one of those living examples.  I inherited his love for food, his love for dallo aka squid or cuttlefish.  I inherited his love for buriyani. I inherited his bistake recipe and started adding lots of chillie powder for all my gravies. These are the little food memories I cherish and laugh over. Last year our unplanned visit to sizzles was on fathers day and I still remember how happy we were to have treated him on such a day. I remember him going to malwana to pluck rambutung and visiting the carnival parlour with a flem and having an ice cream cone just to give us some company. He took us to buffets and playfully asked if we really were people who deserved a buffet as my siblings ate less.
He loved seafood at the ocean and was so fond of it that he took all his Arab friends there for lunch or dinner.
Today its 14 days since he passed away and he will be missed for ever.
Yes it was last sunday morning that we got the most unbelievable news that he has passed away.
The wonderful memories will live within every human being he met. He was such a humble and generous man, he forgave those wronged him and helped those who wanted. He was at father who woke up early to make us a cup of tea to send us off to school and a dad who kept telling the benefits of consuming water early in the morning and making sure the school van driver waited a few minutes until we finished our tea.
There was a time he cooked us all three meals and took care of our needs.
He never scolded us to study but he kept a race between me and my sisters to see who eats first just to make sure we ate whats served on our plate.
He was the happiest in the world the day he gave me in marriage.  He celebrated his first grandsons arrival last year in Ramadan and this ramadan we will be missing him badly.
His presence made any place bright and cheerful with his laughter. Anytime he stands near the gate there will be atleast more than three people who will say hi to him. He was such a friendly man. His children meant alot to him and he lived his whole life fulfilling our needs.
Today am dedicating my dads favourite dhallo recipe on behalf of him.
I dont have a picture but I promise to upload one soon.

Dhallo devil
Ingredients
500 grams squid chopped into small cubes
1 large onion chopped
2 green chillies chopped
1 medium tomato chopped
A handful of curry leaves
1 teaspoon chillie powder
2 teaspoon chillie flakes
A dash of pepper
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon oil

Method
1. Clean, wash and boil the squid amd drain the water.
2. In a separate pan saute onions and curry leaves in oil.
3. Stir in the green chillies and boiled squid.
4. Season with salt and add the chillie powder and flakes.
5. Fry until well combined and sprinkle a dash of pepper.
6. Finally add the chopped tomatoes and adjust the spiciness according to your requirements.
If it’s too spicy add some tomato ketchup and mix.

This was a recipe my dad made during one ramadan and ate singing “my dear dhallo, who wants dhallo?”

Best served with some rice and dhal or sandwiched in bread.

Thank you

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Red velvet cupcakes

Did I just give this post the heading red velvet cupcake?
Ooops yea.
I’ve never imagined myself to be addicted to red velvet cupcakes.
The sound red velvet gives me a velvety feeling and I thought these red velvet cupcakes ingredients lists are too big.
The recipe slightly varies in many sites and books but it all made me think it tastes weird.
The fact that vinegar is used in it keeps me away from trying it out.
So why did I start a post?
Well do you know I love challenges?  Yes I took this recipe as a challenge and started of with bringing down the ingredients to my worktop.
I opted to try martha stewerts recipe which poped up on the first few search results over the Internet.
Marthas recipe called for buttermilk which I substituted with some milk and butter while I also substituted vegetable oil with olive oil. I doubted if I did the right thing by substituting olive oil for vegetable oil and I received the answer as ‘yes’ after baking.
The recipe called for red gel food coloring which I used wilton brand. I guess wilton brand red gel color is not the ideal choice as the color was not strong enough and was rather pale red after baking.
The cake batter was red and beautiful, did I mention red as my favourite color? Well red is one of my favourite colors where white and black follows red. Yes I’ve got three favourite colors.
So baking in my microwave is what I love as it saves time and electricity unlike baking in an electronic oven which takes a long time to bake yet the taste is better when done in an electronic or gas oven unlike microwave.
So here are some images of my red velvet cup cakes.

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Cream cheese frosting oh no I wouldn’t have bought a cupcake with it if I have never tried it now. Yea I never imagined cheese to go well with icing sugar even after having tasted cheese cakes for dessert. Wow! cream cheese is a good option for those who prefer low sugar icing with no butter. Some hate butter, I know. I meed to experiment alot.
It’s always better to taste something and find out rather than assuming or imagining. That’s a lesson learnt at the end of baking these red velvet cupcakes.
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My invention test
I decided to go one step ahead and invent something. I thought i will create a dessert of my own.
Here is my recipe –

red velvet trifle


ingredients
1 red velvet cupcake
1 oreo biscuit
1 teaspoon condensed milk
2 teaspoons fresh milk
2 tablespoons whipped cream
1 tablespoon chocolate shaving

Method
1. Mix together fresh and condensed milk.
2. Soak the orea and leave aside draining the milk.
3. Crumble the red velvet cupcake and add onto a serving glass.
4. Pour the milk from the orea dipping over the red velvet cupcake.
5. Place the oreo on top.
6. Pipe some whipped cream over and sprinkle the chocolate shavings.
Serve with a scoop of ice cream if required.

This is a dessert idea ideal for bachelor’s and spinsters who wanna go for something quick, easy yet homely and made by themselves.
Nowadays you can find everything readily available on store including dessert bowls and spoons.