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Friday, July 26, 2013

Egg less Lemon Drizzle Cake

Soft, fluffy, lemony, tangy..

All these adjective would very well define this yummy lemon drizzle cake. I tried it recently from my recently purchased cookbook. Lemon cake has been on my to try list for a long time and in fact, I have tried a couple of recipes. But, the result were not all that satisfactory. So, when I saw this recipe in Sanjeev Kapoor's Vegetarian Library Collection, I grabbed the opportunity to bake it. I baked half of the original recipe and also modified the recipe a bit. Overall, I am very happy with the results

The cake was light and moist. It remained so even after a day. By that next day it was over. It is sort of addictive. Let's check out the recipe now.

Egg less Lemon Drizzle Cake

Recipe Source: Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor's Vegetarian Kitchen Library Collection

This book collection can be yours! Check out this giveaway post and have a chance to win it.

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup butter + extra for greasing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated rind of lemon
1/2 cup yogurt
3-4 tbsp water, use as required

For drizzle:
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
Heat these to form a tangy lemony syrup


1. Grease a 6 inch cake tin with butter and dust it with flour. Shake off the extra flour. Keep aside. Preheat oven at 180 C.
2. Shift the flour, baking soda, baking powder together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add the yogurt, lemon rind and juice and stir.
3. Add the flour mixture in the liquid mixture little by little while stirring all the while. Add the water as required to form a condensed milk like consistency batter.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake at 180 for 25 minutes.
5. The cake is ready when a skewer inserted inside comes out clean.
6. After leaving it to cool for 5 minutes, take it out of the tin. Drizzle the prepared lemon syrup over the cake while it is still warm. Slice and enjoy!

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Go Green ~ For Saturday Snapshot

With the rains in, the surroundings have become greener! This picture is more than a month old. The grass has also taken a nice green color now.

Saturday Snapshot is the brain child by Alyce of At Home With Books. It is currently being hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mummy Reads. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda's site.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Flaunting my Bookmarks

I know this post is for Wordless Wednesday, but I can't help writing a few words here. Today, i am flaunting my bookmarks for which I must thank flipkart. I have bought books from flipkart several times and with every books comes a lovely, funny and silly yet, stylish bookmark. On the reverse is a quirky message. Here is one of my favorite written on the brown bookmark (with the eyes) shown above:

"Important reasons to use silly bookmarks"
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Linking it to Wordless Wednesday

Friday, July 12, 2013

Food Carnival and a Cookbook giveaway – Vegetarian Library Collection by Sanjeev Kapoor

If you are a food blogger, I am sure you would love cook books. I too love them and have my own mini collection. However, the number of dishes I have cooked referring them is all together a different story. Very often, I will take all of them out, flip the pages, and bookmark quite a number of recipes. The books go back to their place and I forget about the recipes. There are times when I take inspiration from the recipes I read and come up with something on my own. But, rarely do I follow a recipe to the T.

Still, I perk up at the thought of cookbooks and I know I can never have enough of them. Recently, I bought the Vegetarian Library Collection by Sanjeev Kapoor. It is a collection of 5 books and covers all food courses. From Drinks, Soups, Snacks, Starters, Main Course, Rice, Breads, Pickles, Sweets and Desserts, this collection has it all. Any food enthusiast will love the book.

So, for the first time on Jyoti’s Pages, I am hosting a giveaway and a Food Carnival. I will be giving away the Vegetarian Library Collection by Sanjeev Kapoor to a randomly chosen winner.

How to enter Vegetarian Library Collection by Sanjeev Kapoor giveaway

Leave a comment on this post and follow Jyoti’s Pages.

You can increase your chances of winning the giveaway by doing, one or more of the following. Leave a comment once you did so. 
  1. Follow Jyoti’s Pages on Facebook.
  2. Follow me on Twitter @JyotiBabel 
  3. Subscribe to Jyoti’s Pages
  4. Follow me on Pinterest at @jbpages
  5. Tweet about this giveaway. You can use the below text
Win Sanjeev Kapoor’s Vegetarian Library Collection. Enter the #cookbook #giveaway on #JyotisPages @JyotiBabel

If you are already liked Jyoti’s Pages on Facebook, are following on Twitter and Pinterest or subscribed to RSS feed, just leave a comment letting me know and I will count in your entries! 

This giveaway is open to all. You don't have to be a blogger to win the cookbook. But, I can ship the book to addresses in India only.

The giveaway starts today and will end on 15th September 2013 and a winner will be randomly picked and announced on 16th September.

The rules for the "Food Carnival" event are simple:
  1.  Blog about a recipe. It can be any course of the meal. The choice is yours and link back your post to this page. Only new entries are allowed. No archived entries please.
  2. The event runs from 15th July to 15th September. 
  3. The recipes should be vegetarian and egg free. 
  4. You don’t have to send a recipe entry to enter the giveaway. However, each entry will count for the giveaway and will increase the probability of winning.
  5. Submit your entries at with the subject - Food Carnival
So, what are you waiting for... Get set go!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Capturing the Waterfall ~ Mahabaleshwar for Saturday Snapshot

This week for Saturday Snapshot I am sharing pictures of a waterfall, from our recent tip to Mahabaleshwar

I was trying to play with different shutter speeds and loved how the camera took two different pictures of the same thing!

Enjoy the pictures for now and I will catch up with you later, with more pictures and details.

Saturday Snapshot is the brain child by Alyce of At Home With Books. It is currently being hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mummy Reads. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda's site.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Stroke of Luck by Vijay Santhanam

The tag line of this book My Stroke of Luck by Vijay Santhanam will catch your attention. It says -Alphabet to Author - One man's inspiring journey - From Adversity to Triumph. I had applied for this book to review on blogadda, but had no idea what it was all about. Only when I flipped the book to read the blurb, I realized it is non a fictional story book but a person's real story. In the the author narrates about his triumphant journey of recovering from stroke. Yes, this is what the stroke in title of the book signifies.

The writer has given good details about his life in general to set the context of the book. At the age of 41, he was in the peak of his health and the stroke hit him hard, when he least expected it. He has given details of to what extent it affected him, how he fought against it and how eventually he took the charge of his life again. Stroke can be extremely disabling, it can take away from you your motor skills, your mental skills and can make you totally dependent on others. But, to get back to your normal life, you don't just need therapies and medicines but a strong will power and a desire to bounce back into normal life. The author assiduously worked towards relearning alphabets, words, sentences and as a result of his endeavors, he not only achieved what he set out to achieve but, earned something more. The tag line from alphabets to author is a reflection of his arduous journey.

The author has tried to inspire through his example that given a adverse situation even ordinary people can achieve extra ordinary feats. That is with enough self motivation and will power.

If inspirational books interests you, you can pick this book.

What I liked about the book is the author's simple writing style. There were a few typos that could be done away with but overall, it is a book that is easy to read and understand. the author has kept the book free from medical jargon and has tried to explain his medical condition in the simplest terms possible where necessary. He has also suggested books and journals for any one interested in learning more about stroke, its symptoms, terminologies and remedial therapies. But, if you look from an ordinary middle class man's perspective, you will realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to be blessed with the money and supportive friends and family, the author had the privilege of. it played a vital role in the process of recovery for the author. So, as the saying goes 'prevention is better cure', you must be well versed with the symptoms of stroke. So, in case you find yourself or anyone in your family and friends experiencing the same, you take the decision that is in the best interest of your or others health. It will also save you from the hassle and enormous medical expenses that can occur as a result of stroke.
Vijay Santhanam was born in Chennai and is a IIM-A graduate. He has worked in senior managerial positions in P&G and BP. He also has two other books to his name and both are on his passion - Cricket. He is based in Singapore now and is a visiting professor at IIM-A and IIM-Lucknow.

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