Oreo Cake

This was my first experiment in baking.. 

Rather than ordering cake for birthday like every year, tried hand at baking one at home. Turned out tasteful and made my day. And the best part is the process is pretty simple. Here is the recipe

Ingredients
150 gms maida
100 gms butter
100 gms sugar powder
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
4-5 oreo cookies
chocolate icing (as you like)

Method
Sieve maida with baking powder, beat butter, sugar, eggs and then maida. Add vanilla essence.

Spread a teaspoon of butter or oil over the surface of cake pan. Sprinkle some flour all over, and tap out the excess. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Top it with oreo cookies in the end. Pre-heat the oven first. Bake for about 25-30 minutes on 180c, or till a tooth pick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Once cake is done, cool it down and top it with chocolate icing
This could have been easily served for four but just two of us managed to finish it. Yum!

Bucket List 2011

This was the bucket list I compiled at the beginning of the year (not ranked but just listed in random order). Time to do review of my performance which is rather poor to say the least.

  1. Run half marathon (21 kms) – ran Standard Chartered Mumbai Half-Marathon in January, though didn’t accomplish in the desired time.. target to do it in mid September again
  2. Read at least 12 Books (hopefully one a month!) – Read one book so far – “The Dork” and not the one I would recommend to anyone else
  3. Get fitter (run at least 3 times a week) – It’s just walking. Need to get some fitness level before I start running
  4. Watch IMDB top 250 movies – Yet to compile my list of seen movies in those 250 🙁
  5. Take a holiday together – no plans made yet
  6. Do one exotic adventure trip (leh/ ladakh) – no plans made yet but targeting in post mid-aug
  7. Trek regularly (once a month at least) – not close.. Done one to Harishchandragad in January and that was it.
  8. Publish online (blogging) – here comes the first entry
  9. Build my own ‘dream house’  (at least close to it) – search is on
  10. Earn more money! – Money is never enough.. so this stays here every year
  11. Learn swimming – Need to locate swimming pools near by
  12. Play squash/ tennis/ badminton regularly – need a partner enthusiastic enough to join me
  13. Learn playing guitar – where is the time
  14. Learn photography – still click random pics with no method to it
  15. Learn cooking different cuisine & have my own cookbook – hope to publish my cooking experiments soon
  16. Learn driving car – in a month hopefully
  17. Learn riding royal enfield – distant dream

And the list goes on. Hopefully will catch up by end of this year as it happens at work that most of the work gets done just before deadline. This will be fun!

New Beginning

As the title says, this blog is to capture the life beyond cubicle.. To carve out that identity which goes beyond my corporate work. Lets see how far this goes.

Welcome.

It’s official: Marriage leads to weight gain

No wonder how much I try, belly fat refuses to go.. Now I find solace in this.

Source: Yahoo

I’m sure you’ve noticed this as well. Most people tend to get a little bit chubby once they are married.

I’ve always put it down to the fact that women generally starve themselves to their smallest dress size in the run-up to their weddings, so a little bit of weight gain after the event is par for the course. And that men are finally getting large home-made meals rustled up by the wife (okay, okay, I know this is a gross generalisation – so go ahead, shoot me) so the pounds tend to pile on.

But what was clear from empirical evidence has now been proven by medical research. Last week, at a press conference in Athens, Dimitris Kiortsis, president of the Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity, announced that abdominal obesity – or in less fancy terms, belly fat – was the most serious health problem among married people.

Married men were three times more likely to have big bellies than unmarried men, and married women were twice as likely to be a tad paunchy than their single counterparts. The survey was conducted on some 17,000-odd married couples between the ages of 20 and 70 and concluded that the reasons for the weight gain were two-fold.

One: married couples spent more time slumped on the sofa watching television and eating large meals together than single people. And two: their sex lives dwindled over a period of time so they did not get enough aerobic exercise to burn off all those extra calories they were consuming. (Needless to say, they didn’t make it to the gym either.)

Well, you know how it goes. You’ve spent many years struggling to keep the weight off, trying your best to look buff and well-toned in an attempt to attract a suitable specimen of the opposite sex for some love and romance. When you finally find that special someone and things go well enough to set a date, all your attention is focussed on looking your absolute best on the big day.

After all, you’re going to have to live with the pictures (and the interminable video footage) for the rest of your life. It is any wonder then, that the moment you unpack your bags in your honeymoon suite, you can’t wait to order up a hamburger and fries from room service, washed down with liberal quantities of beer? You can’t skip dessert after a slap-up meal at the fancy hotel restaurant. And all those sexual calisthenics the night before mean that you are ready for a huge fry-up at breakfast.

So, by the time you come back home to start life as a freshly-minted married couple, you are already a few kilos heavier. And then, it’s a slippery slope to borderline obesity as you entertain – and are entertained by – friends and family to celebrate your new status. Once things settle down a bit, you heave a sigh of relief to finally sit down to a proper meal with your spouse, rather than gobbling a hurriedly cobbled-together sandwich as you did in your single days.

Then there’s the fact that sometimes new wives take the whole appealing to a man through his stomach a tad too seriously. And more often than not, men fall for the gambit. But however things pan out in every individual marriage, the end result is that most husbands and wives are much fatter a year after their wedding day. Soon, as one kid arrives followed by another, the pregnancy fat takes up permanent residence around the woman’s midriff.

And the husband seems to put on weight almost as if in empathy with his partner’s increased girth. Yes, husbands and wives do begin to look like each other after a few years of marriage. Or at the very least, their bellies certainly do.

So, why do both men and women let go of themselves as soon as the ring is on the finger and the curtains are up in the new matrimonial home? Is it because neither of them really cares about being sexy and appealing to the other now that he or she is a done deal? Do married people no longer care about how they appear to their spouses because they take them for granted? Or is it marriage itself that takes the fizz out of things?

Does the early excitement of married sex fade too quickly, becoming a boring, bland, vanilla version of what went before? Does one set of appetites replace another once the initial thrill of waking up to the person you love wears off? As the weight piles on, do you end up finding the pork belly simmering gently in the pan more appealing than the little porker snoring in the marital bed?