Cooking gives me some kind of inner satisfaction. Especially, when I cook and the outcome is finger-licking, I cannot describe that winning feeling in words. I never knew I could be that good at it. It all started about 4 years ago, when I moved to New Delhi and started living on my own. Initially I used to rely on the local food joints or what they in India as dhaba’s, but very soon I was done with it. The grumpy feeling after eating outside food made me feel guilty. Not only guilty, I felt like I am cheating on my body, which is not a wise thing to do, trust me.
Then I decided to start cooking, as it was the need of the hour. I still remember very clearly how I used to call my mother and take instructions step by step and execute them while she was still on phone. This is how I leant. It used to be a boring task then, since I did know nothing about the meaning of spices, flavor, condiments, texture etc. But slowly and gradually I started to enjoy it, my hunger to learn more made me do a lot of research – online and offline. I used to watch cookery shows on TV and YouTube videos for hours on weekends, just to understand how the chef is doing it or why did he do it this way and not the other.
Definitely, this helped me a lot. I started to enjoy cooking and did not hesitate in experimenting. Now, I did not need to write down all the recipes and measurements for a specific recipe. If I knew the ingredients, I could cook it very well adding my personal touch to it. I was pretty much enjoying my cooking sessions once in a while on weekends.
Then, things changed drastically once I moved to U.S. I was a full time housewife now. No office, no outside work. I started experimenting with different kinds of cuisines like Mexican, Thai etc. Then I decided to explore the world of baking. I bought all the necessary things required for it. I tried making a few cakes. The first few were not a happy story, but the more I tried, the more I kept getting better. I also shared one of the chocolate cakes recipes with you all. I am happy where I am now. My latest experiment were these Orange and Banana Cupcakes which I baked on my Blogiversary. I am not exaggerating when I say that they turned out Perfect. Better than all the cakes I have ever baked. This has to be my best baking experiment till date. They are soft like a sponge, light as air!
A girl can have too many passions!
For those who would like to give it a try, here is the recipe (mind you, they are eggless)–
3/4 cup wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (1 large orange should be good enough)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup powdered sugar (use 3/4 cup if you like it to be sweeter)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (Can use oil instead)
1/4 cup milk
- Pre-heat the oven to about 180 C or 360 F
- Mix the flours, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl
- The butter should be soft enough. Add this to the sugar and beat till the sugar has completely mixed in
- Run the banana and about 2 tbsp of milk in a blender
- Add the orange juice and the pureed banana to the butter
- Beat well and combine the dry ingredients into this, mixing it in gently, do not over mix
- Add milk to it and mix well. You may add more milk if the batter is too dry
- Line the muffin tray with paper holders (I skipped this step)
- Spoon in the batter up to 3/4th level of the holder
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. (It will depend on your oven, so check frequently after 15 minutes.)
- Allow it to cool and then remove the muffins from the tray
Hope you enjoy this super easy eggless recipe! Let me know how it turned out if you try.