Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A visit to Mumbai...

V has finished her 6th grade and going onto the 7th!! Gosh, she's a middle schooler now.. They had a 3 weeks break before school re-opens again. They have classes for a month and break off again for a month. Wonder why break, commence and break off again. Why not just have a solid two months' break, does not make sense to me

V's best friend's family shifted to Mumbai last year and we have been planning a visit ever since. It finally materialized last weekend, during the Holi and easter holidays. The 3 days we spent there were so good.

The old city has some amazing Victorian structures which still stand strong

The Victoria Terminal is one such structure. The area is adorned with such buildings - colleges, cathedrals, schools!!

A visit to Mumbai is meaningless if we do not take a picture in front of the gateway of India

And a selfie adds to the trend factor ;)

Right opposite the Gateway is the Taj Gateway, where the 26/11 terror attacks happened in 2008

There are still armed personnel stationed outside these places. Spine chilling to see them there!!

We had a gathering at my cousin's place last week and I wanted to bake something for them. I did not want something chocolatey. After a lot of recipe hunting I zeroed in on this lemony loaf.

The original recipe is from Nita Mehta's book 'Eggless cupcakes and muffins'.

Here's the recipe:
Ing: 1 1/2c yogurt, 2 tbsp lemon juice, rind of 1 lemon (you could cut it into thin strips or grate), 1/2c salted butter (I used same qty of oil), 3/4c sugar, 1 3/4c flour (I used completely wholewheat), 2 tsp bkg powder, 1tsp bkg soda, 3 tbsp milk
For topping: 3tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1tsp lemon rind, drop of yellow color (I skipped this)

Method: sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda and keep aside. As I used oil I also added a pinch of salt while sifting. Beat sugar and butter/oil very well. Mix lemon peel. Mix yogurt and lemon juice and keep aside. To the beaten sugar and butter mixture fold in flour mixture alternately with yogurt mixture. Do not over mix or beat. Add milk and mix gently. Put immediately in greased tin and bake.
For topping- heat sugar, lemon rind and lemon juice till sugar dissolves. Add color if using.
Pierce top of cake with fork and pour the prepared topping over it.
Cool cake completely for at least 2 hours before cutting

That's it folks from me today. Till next time.. take care.. Be happy.. Happy crafting.. Au Revoir


Nima said...

wow..your lemony loaf looks yummy..Gppd to see you and read about your Mumbai trip. I remember visiting this place decades ago during my summer vacation in 1988...time flies...

Meari said...

Thanks for sharing pics of your trip to Mumbai. I always enjoy seeing other places, and it makes it more personal when I know the person who took the photos. Nice seeing your selfie. :)