Lovely autumn is in full swing!The trees across my balcony are now covered in bright red and golden leaves instead of the usual green. Nature has its own magic at play.How else could one explain this dazzling canopy of red and gold against a sun-filled and clear azure sky?I just love gazing at the swaying branches for hours together and feel the tickle of the bittersweet autumn breeze sashay through my hair.
I have been baking cakes like a maniac for the past couple of weeks. Not because I need to bake them,but just because I want to try,try,try and finally succeed. I have never been too good at baking for the simple reason that it was not one of the commonest things that got cooked in my Maa's kitchen. She did have an old-fashioned cake oven that she used rarely. But after a minor mishap involving a blow-up, the cake oven went kaput and Maa never insisted much on getting it mended. So, store-bought cakes were more or less in vogue at our home.
Still Maa never hesitated to pass on her knowledge about baking cakes - the most important being that in baking,proportion does make a huge difference and one has to be very careful about that.All this got registered cozily in my mind but still I couldn't muster the courage to bake one of my own. Till I entered blog land!And all the awesome bakers out here with their lovely cakes left me absolutely breathless!I trudged with halting steps into baking territory, baking straight-shot cakes at first and carefully steering off fancy ones, but deep in my mind I longed to bake one.After a good number of trails,I did bake my first coming-of-age cake last week which was a simple fruit and nuts cake.
Once it was baked, I photographed my work of art with elan and mind-boggling satisfaction!I have tried to portray one of my photos in black and white and will be sending this to Susan's marvelous event Black & White Wednesdays at the Well-Seasoned Cook.
I have titled it 'Repose...'.As for the recipe, it is a hackneyed one as you all might agree,but still I will share my version for it in another post. Till then...happy cooking,happy baking and happy clicking everyone!
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