Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sometimes you need the Technology

He knew it was murder, but he carried on , almost huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf. Ok HE was an honest, not a piglet eating man ,while the wolf was not. 
You hardly needed to be a Technocrat to figure that out. 
Niceness and a love for humanity and human food showed in his jiggling Beer Belly.
And the colour choice of his windcheater. Neon Green.
And that by the way was forced on him by his daughter. Mr Huffing and Puffing Wolf had never,ever worn this colour.
No sir he had not.
Neither had he ever sported a hook shaped ear piece.
He was smart in a non smartphone way. After all, phones were invented to talk and his standard cheap stubby keypad phone did just that.
But no, his credit card swiping daughter had to buy him this super expensive,as big as his hand, Androgynous Android brick type phone. 
And it was an Indian Micromax!
Why not imported?
He was the one who was footing the bill....
He was old school and face it,he couldn't read without his specs.
And then suddenly,something spoke to him.
Voices from the depths of the phone!
"Stride Faster Dude!"
Ok he was not Luke Skywalker the last time he checked!
He pulled the abomination out of his pockets and saw a few ripples of light floating on the screen of his phone.
And it was asking him or rather commanding him to stride faster.
Yo!This was not an elliptical machine. It was plain mother -freakishly solid -earth.
And now there was this red and green phone icon things bleeping. Ok, he was not so daft that he couldn't figure out that green meant go. Swipe across,she said...
"Daddy? Why are you not running? "
"Because you called!" Teenagers really needed things to be spelt out to them, most of the time.
"How many steps have you walked? Did you check the pedometer?"
"Did you check the Apps for the calories burnt? Daddy , what's it's you? The phone has all that info about the exercises you need to do....and I'm tracking your running route."
That's why he never joined the army. He never wanted robe tracked...
So he replied to his almost mum daughter with an accent similar to hers, "Whatever,"
And tapped the end sign.
He was not going to be slave to his supposedly smartphone.
And he trudged along, watching the cell towers dwindling and the 2G ,3G and 4G signs jump around in the topmost layer...
And he saw this geeky guy sitting at the chai shop,replete with his headphones and glasses and eyes that didn't blink in all the 20 seconds he stared at him.
He tiptoed slowly towards him and as his beer belly knocked on the geeks shoulder,he saw a speck of the Jedi.
Another Star Wars nerd.
And then he shook the geek out of his stupor...
"Hello there? Jedi? You're watching a movie on your phone?"
The poor geek seemed as inept at social nicities as he was at handling technology.
What could you expect of this Technocratic generation?
"Yo Unkil...." (Sounded like a Uncle-to be fair)
"Can I watch too?"
"Sure, but your phone is better than mine is ... Why don't you see on yours? Ah you don't know how to ...uh? No worry ,I'll show you,"
So he showed me... "Tap this, feed this number, now write this, enter this money from your credit card... And watch!" 
I could do this forever.
So now that  my "Jedi" had taught me...

And wished that "May the Force be with you," ,I'm going to put,y new smartphone to good use and be incredibly smarter.
And my message to you "Use the Phone Dude!"

This is not an ode to the Star Wars movie franchise. 
Don't get me wrong dude , but if you haven't seen any of the movies,or for that matter any other iconic movie with super special brilliant SFX ,YOU NEED TO USE your 4G streaming and Qualcomm Snapdragon Octacore processor powered SMARTPHONE to do it. And if you own any of the latest flagship offerings from MICROMAX , Pop your corn and enjoy them light sabres .

You need to see them .
Now. And enjoy the brilliance of technology with my Cosmic Brownies.

So what are you watching today???

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Two Toned Tofu Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

Happiness is so intangible,yet there is something so concrete in happiness and smiles.

All in a single cake.
And a toothy grin.
And celebrating birthdays every time a cake pops up on the table.
And the joys of sharing the small cupcakes with a sibling.
It makes it totally worth the while.
And the mum was so happy too. Neighbors, I discovered after almost 5 months of living in the same building.
Well, the mum is super obsessed about eating healthy and clean. A blessing that most children miss out, whose mums fall for the convention trap.
She is the one who taught me how to make tofu at home.
So tofu made with just two ingredients is so much healthier than store bought tofu that contains preservatives and gums and what we know not.
So tofu making is coming up...the pictures and video from my last time were not clear, hence the delay in the post.

For the 

Two Toned Tofu Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

You need

1 cup or 200 GMs tofu homemade or store bought
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup oil
1 1/4 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice - I used apple cider vinegar 
1/2 tsp baking soda or bicarbonate of soda 
Pinch salt
2 tsp vanilla essence 
1/2 to 3/4 cup water or as needed.
Couple of drops of food colour

This recipe is an alteration of my basic eggless sponge cake,wherein I replaced yogurt with tofu.
So now the cupcakes are superbly protein rich and because they are not very sweet they can also be an after workout snack.
All good ?
Pre heat oven to 170C and line muffin tray with liners.
Start with the tofu and sugar in your food processor or mixing jar. Blend them to get a wet consistency.
Since the tofu is generally dry, we'll need the water.
Add the oil to this mix and add water as needed. 1/2 cup water should suffice. The rest you can add while you make the batter.
Bring the sugar, tofu ,oil and water mix into a large bowl. Add the vinegar.
Mix in the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda to this.

You'll be able to see bubbles within a minute. Add the vanilla essence and mix.
Sift the flour and add in three batches. You may need to add some water to bring the consistency of the batter to cake batter consistency .
We added a total of 3/4 cup tap water.
I used piping bags. I removed Half the batter into a piping bag and to the other half I added red food colour and then popped that into a piping bag too. I never used a nozzle ,just cut off the tops for a 1/2 cm hole.
You can use spoons, but I wanted to pipe them, neater this way.

Into the liners , first a white batter plomp into the liner. First plain then red batter into the centre then white again. Since my red batter was a little more, we hAd red again.
Into the oven for 25 minutes. 

Brought out after checking with a toothpick for the cupcakes being totally baked. No crumble on the toothpick. They took long because of the tofu, I guess. I bit off a little while warm and it tasted like tofu.
But once they cooled the cupcakes tasted of bananas.
Make sure you remove the cupcakes onto a wire mesh in about 10 minutes and allow them to cool.

On their own,these are yummy and filling. A good option for a snack hungry teenager.
Since they were supposed to bring smiles, we frosted them with dairy free whipped cream.
Tinted red. Ombré shades...

attack. And you shall taste.  But only when sweet child saw the tweets,he digressed from his opinion of yumminess. Once he came to know they were made of tofu, his enthusiasm dipped.
But next time, I know the tofu factor will be overrun.

So the man of the moment. Paush Joshi , a two year old boy who loves the colour pink and green... Positively loved the cupcakes. Didn't want to eat them like that as the frosting went bad.
The frosting was a bit hurried ,so not extremely neat...but it was happy.
So as a ritual,any cake must be cut as a birthday cake. So we celebrated his birthday.
After all happiness must be celebrated, whatever the reason.
Even if it is pink cake.
And the fact that cake is healthy.
Is that an oxymoron?

Honestly,it's worth the effort.
Smiles always are.

Go ahead, bake a cupcake and spread some happiness.

So what are you baking today???

Until the next

Until the next


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