June : My Kitchen flashbacks

June was a very happening month and a very unforgettable one. Ever since i started learning the art of cake decorating in 2013 I have been wondering if the effort and money i invested to study the art be really worth it. Finally june 2015 taught me that it’s all worth it.  I dreamt of always being a writer and it was in 2012 that i found my passion for food blogging and that’s what i have been doing ever since. But decorating cakes and cookies is an art i learnt which i treasure as hobby. Food blogging is my passion and my profession. Overall both decorating and food blogging are like my 2 hands which are both important.

I sure will balance them both amidst my busy personal life in sha allah. So to keep things going and in track i decided to follow one of my fellow blogger sally from “my custard pies” ideas and make my posts monthly based with a lot of photo stories and on and off some rich recipes. Although i didn’t blog my phone has never stopped clicking and it’s filled with loads of food images.

Let me begin with a quick photostory for the month of june.

In May 2015 i started my facebook page and decided i will do cookies, cake pops and tiny cakes only as i dont own a large oven to do big size cakes. So getting one order was my only aim and creating a portfolio was my goal. Getting an order seemed a bit impossible as i had no friends in dubai nor much contact except my food blogger community.   I started creating cookies in various simple designs and taking pictures.

Here are a few samples

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I made them and ate them 🙂

My first order was really lovely. 2 and a half dozens of American flag cookies for a nursery. Really loved working on it.

My first order was really lovely. 2 and a half dozens of American flag cookies for a nursery. Really loved working on it.

My second order was a lot of baby shower cookies.  Each and every cookiea was especially handcrafted and designed.

My second order was a lot of baby shower cookies. Each and every cookiea was especially handcrafted and designed.

Had these juicy rambutans after a year and a half.  My find at the union coop. It's a good place to shop for fruits and vegetables.  They have the fresh ones for the best price.

Had these juicy rambutans after a year and a half. My find at the union coop. It’s a good place to shop for fruits and vegetables. They have the fresh ones for the best price.

I am a crazy gulab jamun lover and previously attempted making them thrice and failed. So i gave up making them but never gave up eating them. Finally after many years i decided to go ahead and try makimg gulab jamuns from scratch for the very last time.  Oh my these were so yummy that i ate 5 or more a day. Sometimes even my breakfast was with gulab jamuns.  Don't trust me with gulab jamuns i will never save a piece :-)

I am a crazy gulab jamun lover and previously attempted making them thrice and failed. So i gave up making them but never gave up eating them. Finally after many years i decided to go ahead and try makimg gulab jamuns from scratch for the very last time. Oh my these were so yummy that i ate 5 or more a day. Sometimes even my breakfast was with gulab jamuns. Don’t trust me with gulab jamuns i will never save a piece 🙂

In sri lanka we used to buy a thing small bread which we call roast paan menaing roast bread, its hard and crispy in the outside but yummy.  We usually have it with a cup of plain black tea. Its goes very well with it. It's like rusks but a bit soft on the centre.  At times my dad used to get them from a shop for breakfast with a yummy milky gravy which was spicy with pepper corns and a good shiny potato devil that was hot a fiery. We dip the bread in gravy and dab a bot of the potato devil and enjoy it with all sorts of noise around the dinning table. Although it was spicy and even if we get tears we sri lankans cannot stop eating spicy food. That's what is more special about us i guess. I remembered those golden days and decided to make the ggravy and potato devil at home. The baguette served some justice and played the part of sri lankan roast paans. It was super awesome.  I wil post the recipe if you like some spicy food. Very soon.

In sri lanka we used to buy a thing small bread which we call roast paan menaing roast bread, its hard and crispy in the outside but yummy. We usually have it with a cup of plain black tea. Its goes very well with it. It’s like rusks but a bit soft on the centre. At times my dad used to get them from a shop for breakfast with a yummy milky gravy which was spicy with pepper corns and a good shiny potato devil that was hot a fiery.
We dip the bread in gravy and dab a bot of the potato devil and enjoy it with all sorts of noise around the dinning table. Although it was spicy and even if we get tears we sri lankans cannot stop eating spicy food. That’s what is more special about us i guess.
I remembered those golden days and decided to make the ggravy and potato devil at home. The baguette served some justice and played the part of sri lankan roast paans. It was super awesome. I wil post the recipe if you like some spicy food. Very soon.

My grandmas special semolina porridge with crispy fried rottis. Finally i made it like grandma and served like grandma. She used to send them to us in a small bag anf the porridge would come in a glass jar of either horlicks, viva or jams :-) it was fun and her style of sharing with us.

My grandmas special semolina porridge with crispy fried rottis. Finally i made it like grandma and served like grandma. She used to send them to us in a small bag anf the porridge would come in a glass jar of either horlicks, viva or jams 🙂 it was fun and her style of sharing with us.

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Cake Class Diary

vacation in srilanka after a year and half

The reason for my vacation in srilanka was due to my delivery yet I wanted to make my time useful after my delivery by joining a cake decorating school and learning the art of cake decorating. So in august 2013 I joined the clements school of cake decorating which is a renown school for the subject in sri lanaka has created many cake decorators with valid certificates provided to students who follow the masters, structure and wilton courses.
I joined the novelty cake course as I wanted to learn from the basics. Having joined this course we were given hands on training with practice till perfection. Each design was donw with extra commitment and each attempt was worth the time spent. Leaving a new born baby at home and learning something was really tough as mother of a two month old.
Somehow I managed to complete each lesson and now its 3 months since I started the novelty cake lessons I have learnt a great deal about cake decorating and is now able to decorate a birthday, anniversary, engagement and wedding cake on my own.
I am now supposed to practice for my exams in February and by that time am planning to get back to my life in dubai.

wilton cake decorating course

All I can say is wilton cake decorating course is the toughest. Every flower am taught is very difficult in a scale of 1-10 its in the 10th position.
Wilton cake decorating course is a seperate course and the certificate is world renown. Its valid in any part of the world. Its a three month course and is hoping to complete it soon amidst the class reschedules due to personal work of the instructor.
I really wanna get back to dubai and is feeling sad as to why I joined this wilton cake decorating course as it’s so tough. But am really happy learning this lesson. Wilton cake decorating course is worth all the hard work.

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A bend in time

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/daily-prompt-waiting/

Waitings are always long for those waiting.
After the confirmation of pregnancy
The wait for delivery was long

Soon after migrating to dubai
The wait for a vacation was long

A vaction for delivery in sri lanka is long
Until the date to return to dubai is confirmed

Following a three month cake decorating course is long
Until the final certificate of distinction is received

Travelling for a cake class is long
When am already late and stuck in traffic

mafaza