This is my blog’s first year anniversary week. Yes, I completed one year. Yippee. I made a timeline reflecting my last year.
This blog started out as an archive for recipes I perfect. Many of these recipes remained a novelty for a long time. You remember, those recipes which you always wish to try but won’t do for the lack the courage. Doubt you won’t achieve the perfect flavor when you prepare them. So, you continue hesitating. I too kept postponing but in the end challenged myself.
They are my firsts(first time I made them). So their memoirs are special. First memories are forever dear. Right?
Here’s the list from this year.
I never baked a cake from scratch, with its icing and all. I took every step carefully that day. Checked each measurement twice. Even kept a vigil inside the kitchen with cake in the oven. I wanted all things to be perfect. After all, it was THE BIRTHDAY CAKE for my husband. A surprise. Thank God! Everything went well, and my cake didn’t burn!
I love eating pizza. But cook it? Hell no! I had the same approach several months ago. Baking pizza stayed on top of the “to cook” list for a long time. The intimidating part being kneading a perfect dough for the base. When I grew confident in kneading dough I gave pizza dough a chance. Three exquisite and delicious pizza were the outcome of my efforts. The taste keeps on evolving each time.
As long as I can remember, my mother used to make besan ke laddoos every year at least once. But from last two years, away from her, chances of eating them dropped to zero. I figured out, “Why not? Make them. For the first time, I can begin with less quantity of ingredients. The Worst case, they will either be hard or burnt or ultra soft. Then we will try again, learning from our mistakes”.
I had cheesecake on our San Francisco trip for the first time. Since then, I wanted to try cheesecake at home. I even bought cream cheese for this. Only made these when expiry date of cream cheese was approaching. In fact, the recipe is very simple. Next, I want to make strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, red velvet cheesecake and carrot cheesecake. A long but daring list, I know.
5. Gajar Halva
Homemade Gajar Halva is my weakness. My mother used to make this on her off days as the best halva takes roughly four hours to cook. Well, I didn’t have same ingredients she uses, still; I made halva substituting with available ones. It turned out different but equally tasty.
Any recipe you have been too afraid to try? If so, give it a shot. One day you will be proud of yourself when you achieve that right taste.