An Amazing Pastry Chef! Look At These!

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One of the most delicious delicacies I always get to devour every year, thanks to my Aunty N. Either when I visit her or somehow they are passed on to my parents for express delivery! The Ghugra is a flaky pastry encased sweet filling of semolina, coconut, ground nuts and Indian warming spices. Very traditionally made at Diwali but I thought I would share my Aunt’s famous ghugra with you all at Christmas. A lot of skill goes in to making them especially the stunning crimping that my Aunt is brilliant at! Just take a look at the gorgeous pictures ~

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My Aunty N, is an amazing baker and cook. I’ve known her since I was born and her family is like a second family to me. I’ve always looked up to her and her family. I used to say to my mum that I wanted to be like her daughter always!

Our Aunt and family have always been there for us. When my mum was having my younger brother she was hospitalized urgently and we stayed with our aunt. I vividly remember her brushing my hair and getting me ready for school.

I just wanted to thank her and her family for what they have done for me over the years and she is truly an inspiration to me and my cooking. Oh! of course I forgot to mention her rock cakes! They too are very much out of this world. I will try and get her to do a guest post for me soon, so you too can see how talented my Aunty N is!

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For now I am linking up to a ghugra recipe Ghugras for Christmas ~ but I will try and share my Aunt’s beautiful recipe with you all. But first I have soo much to learn from her! I can’t wait xxxx

Much Love D x

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Annakut Food Ceremony to see in the Hindu New Year!

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The Hindu New Year is a time of reflection, resolution and giving thanks. It is an occasion which is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut which literally translates into “a mountain of food”

Hindus offer hundreds of different vegetarian food items to thank God for his providence over the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. This is in continuation of when Lord Krishna urged the people of Gokul to offer thanksgiving to nature (in the form of Mount Govardhan) for all its gracious bounty.

That is why you shall see that the food dishes are set up in a mountain arrangement to represent the story of Mount Govardhan. This would definitely be an absolutely fantastic site for anyone but for a food blogger or writer and especially a vegetarian one OMG! they would be in their own foodie heaven. From sweet to savoury treats to main components of a meal and all eggless, onion and garlic less!

I thought I would share some pictures to take you all to this wonderful ceremony that is celebrated around the world in thousands of temples and in Hindu homes.

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These amazing pictures are from various BAPS Temples around the World

Marbled Fruit & Nut Chocolate Bark

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I love Marbling! I love the concept! Especially when I was young and you got to marble and dye white t shirts in school! I find it fascinating when you cut through a marble cake where all the vanilla and chocolate sponge is entwined into one another.

So I used this marbling technique to make some chocolate bark for Diwali and the new year we celebrate. I couldn’t go without making something sweet like this for my first diwali post.

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My little one was extremely eagar to help me?!! I wonder why? He sat on the work surface and watched tentatively at the whole bark making process. The only thing he had his eye on, was the shiny silver spoon smothered in melted chocolate! I gave in and he enjoyed licking the spoon clean!

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Ps ~ If he wasn’t there I would have done the same lol!

INGREDIENTS

200g plain chocolate
200g white chocolate
⅓ tsp almond extract
Raisins
Flaked almonds

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METHOD

Break the white chocolate into pieces and place on a bain marie. Melt the chocolate gently. Once melted turn off the heat but still leave the chocolate over the water

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Simultaneously melt the plain chocolate over another bain marie

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Line a rectangular dish with some silicone paper. Once both types of chocolate are melted, pour the plain chocolate into the dish

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and then the white chocolate on top. Add the almond extract gently

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Get a fork and swirl the two types of chocolate into one another and spread it gently as you go along into a rectangular shape

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Take a handful of raisins and place them onto the chocolate and then sprinkle the flaked almonds into the gaps

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Set aside for a few hours in a cool place. Not in the fridge as this will discolour the chocolate

Once set, break into shards so that the bark looks rustic…gift it quickly if you want to, as you’ll end up eating it faster than you think!

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