Many a times I think of my friends who prepare lunch and dinner for larger number of guests in a jiffy, host parties frequently and obviously are better cooks than me.
They are not bloggers, but don't you think they deserve to be looked upon?
Devi is one such friend of mine who was given a short notice, to host 15 adults (14 men including my husband and then me) for lunch, just a couple of hours before, by her husband Surya!!!
Believe me or not I got tensed and rushed over to see her quite coolly cutting veggies simultaneously making preparations for the dessert!!I helped her along watching with awe, the way she carried herself around, cooked and presented the food as the final step, chatting cheerfully(which can never happen with me minus a maid) with me the whole time!!!
Soon WE (:D) were finally up with a drink, a starter, bowls of vegetable rice, chicken biriyani, a vegetable and a fish gravy plus two dry dishes and accompaniments, within the time Surya had allotted her!!
Now for the dessert part, all she had was a tub of vanilla ice cream waiting to be served with fresh warm chocolate brownies and the batter was pushed into the OTG when the men settled down for the grand lunch!
The freshly baked brownies got paired up with scoops of vanilla ice creams in bowls which got finished by the men, heartily!! :)
Devi and me sat down for lunch. Each dish was literally 'out of the world' and I jotted down the recipe of her classic dessert !
Amma is getting better now.
She loves brownies and I baked them today for her while I am preparing to go back home tomorrow...
Melted butter-1 cup
Sugar-1 cup +powdered, for dusting
Cocoa powder- 3/4 cup
Broken walnuts- 1/4 cup
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence-1 tsp
- Sieve maida, baking powder, cocoa and salt 3 to four times.
- Add sugar with melted butter.
- Beat in eggs and essence.
- Fold in the flour.
- Spread nuts in a greased pan and pour the prepared batter.
- Bake at 180 C for 40-45 min in a suitable square tin or till done.(I baked it for a slightly longer time and hence doesn't have that 'moist' look)
- Cool, dust with powdered sugar and cut into even squares.
Devi, I Admire You and this post is dedicated to you.