One fine day, it occurred to me that every week, we must observe two days as ‘gadget free and TV. Free days’. As expected, my son is always ‘game on’ for my such kinds of adventures but my husband rejected the offer as he finds our ideas absurd.
Though, it was not easy for an addict like me, who everyday spent a considerable amount of time sitting in front of computer either to feed a post or to check my stats to know some good or bad views from my readers. But for my son, it was not a big problem as he has done this before with equal enthusiasm and spirit and even for a longer period of time (one full week).
By end of the first week, we both kept our promise and didn’t touch any such thing.
Our this plan was a success, but there was one more plan (involving many more family members) which went as successful as this one – a picnic, which my brother planned for my father’s birthday.
My father always says that we must interact and meet more often with our family members and friends – living far and wide as that helps to cement a relationship. My brother, who also believe in the same institution and always try to organise such family get together every once in a while. So when his birthday approached, he called us to come and bring with us a basket full of food and happiness
As it was the surprise picnic, so obviously, he had no idea that we all would be waiting for him in the park. Seeing us all there, he was really surprised and happy.It was the perfect glowing day for picnic, we spread the sheet and settled down to start all the fun and games; jokes and riddles; shrieks and conversation. Amidst all the fun and laughter we ate whatever we all have packed in our bags along with the cake.
As the day progressed, we started feeling a little cold, so we folded the sheets and wiped out every evidence from the park by throwing the garbage in the bin and distributing whatever left amongst ourselves , we came back home.
Recipe of sponges adapted from Natasha Kitchen
• Whole wheat flour – 2 ½ cup – 2 tbsp
• Corn flour – 2 tbsp
• Baking powder – 2 ½ tsp
• Baking soda – 1 tsp
• Salt – 1 tsp
• Vanilla essence – 2 tsp
• Small eggs – 5
• Sugar – 1 ½ cup
• Oil – 1 cup
• Buttermilk – 1 cup
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line three 7” cake tin with baking paper. In a bowl, whisk together flour, corn flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl beat eggs with hand blender then add sugar and continue to beat for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add vanilla and oil and beat for 1 minute on slow speed.On the same speed slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour mix and the rest of the milk. Beat until just combined and smooth, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl. The batter should be thin, if it is not, add little milk to it. Pour this batter equally into three prepared, bake for 12 -14 minutes or until the folk inserted comes out clean.
• Heavy whipping cream – 2 cup (what I get here, has sugar in it so I don’t add extra. If your cream has no sugar, you can add ¾ cup powdered sugar).
For sugar syrup
• Water – 1 cup
• Sugar – 2 tsp
Fillings and topping
• Tinned fruits – 1 1/2 cups
• Beat the heavy cream until stiff and spreadable (1-2 min on high speed).
For sugar syrup
• Boil water in a pan. When bubbles starts to appear add sugar and switch off the gas. Let it come on room temperature
Once your cake is completely cooled to room temp, put first layer of cake on a serving plate, sprinkle some sugar syrup over it then spread enough cream to cover the layer from the top, sprinkle some tinned fruit over , repeat these steps for 2nd layer.
On 3rd layer too, do all the steps as mentioned above excluding sprinkling of fruits.
Frost the outside of the cake and sides then decorate with chocolate, fruits or with whatever you like.
I decorate the cake with some homemade chocolates, crispies, crushed gems and fondant.