From my kitchen to yours

From my kitchen to yours

Sunday, September 23, 2012

DAY 86 - BE YOURSELF-DOUGHNUTS...

Though I may be traditional and believe in old fashioned stuff and happily ever afters....
I somehow have not been able to conform, to what everyone thinks is right or wrong ..
And what I abhor most is to be slotted in a group ..
It's been a kind of an allergy ever since I was a kid ..
If everyone went right ..
I would go left ..

Like I chose Economics to graduate in, why?
Because it is tough and very few from my class opted for it ..
Yup I was tearing my hair out, because my finals went on for a month and a half, but I was happy I did this in the end......
Maybe because I don't like to take a path that's often trod...
Maybe because I like to discover life by myself....
And maybe because I'm just plain, stupid enough to jump off a cliff ..
Not knowing where I'm going to land ..

My mum could never understand this about me, because I was your quintessential "GOOD KID" ..
But with a very impulsive non-conformist streak...


Even when it comes to fashion,
I  am really not interested in wearing what everyone is ..
Maybe I have a big ego ..
Maybe I like standing alone ..
Maybe I just do not like being part of a crowd ..
I really don't know ..
Or then maybe I like to tread where angels don't dare ..
But all in all ..
I'm fine with being who I am ..
I like standing solo ..
Even in a crowd..
I'm flawed...
I say what I feel like saying ..and then work my way through it ..

If there is one thing I want my kids to learn .
It is that's it's OK to do things differently ..
It's good to ask questions ..many questions ????
Just because everyone else thinks its right...
Does not mean it is ..
What works for one , may not work for another ..
And yes it's fine to make your own mistakes ..
I think they make the best memories ..
Of what you should not do ..ha ha ha

But want Zeke and Zene to be sensitive to people's feelings ..
Don't hurt any one knowingly ..
Be truthful ..
Stand up for what you feel is right ..

Don't be afraid of saying what's on your mind ..
Don't let anyone walk all over you ..
And it's OK to turn around and walk away from a place that no longer makes you comfortable..
But most of all never give up easily ..
Give it your all and everything ..
Before you decide to walk away ..
I also know , that if in my heart I feel something is wrong..
I may not be right, it may not be all wrong, but it will not be completely all right ..
And so I will go with my heart ..

But I know from life's experience that every person and event in your life , good or bad , always has a positive impact , somewhere down the line ..
And that's what truly makes me happy ..

And so when Zeke wanted to make doughnuts ..
And did not want to make them like the ones you get in the market ..
We decided that we make them any shape we wanted ..
After all it's only the outside that would look different ..
And there is no law laid down saying that doughnuts should look a certain way ..
The inside would still be as yummy ..
And since we had a holiday ..
We decided to go for our doughnuts with flourish ..


Now I have never tried this before, but what the hell, it's always an adventure , when you try something new ..
And what's the worse that could happen ..
It would just not work ..
And then I will try this all over again , with another recipe ..

This is by Lee Drummond..
Also known as the Pioneer woman...
Its fantastic...

Ingredients 

Doughnuts 
1-1/8 cup Whole Milk, Warm 
1/4 cup Sugar 
2 1/2 tsp Fresh Yeast 
2 whole Large Eggs, Beaten 
1-1/4 stick Unsalted Butter, melted 
4 cups All-purpose Flour 
1/4 teaspoon Salt 
Vegetable oil

Preparation Instructions

To Make the Dough:
1. Make sure milk is nice and warm, but not overly hot.
2. Add sugar to milk. Stir to dissolve.
3. Add yeast into a small bowl.
4. Pour milk/sugar mixture over yeast. Stir gently, then let sit for 10 minutes.
5. Melt butter in separate bowl until butter is almost melted. Stir to finish melting so butter won't be overly hot.
6. Add beaten eggs to melted butter, stirring constantly to make sure the butter's not too hot for the eggs.
7. Add the egg/butter mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook.
8. With the mixer on 3 or medium-low speed, pour in the yeast mixture.
9. Allow the dough hook to stir this mixture for a couple of minutes, making sure it's thoroughly combined.
10. With the mixer still going, add helpings of the flour mixture in 1/4 to 1/2 cup increments until all the flour is gone.
11. Stop the mixer, scrape the bowl, then turn the mixer on the same speed for five whole minutes.
12. After five minutes, stop the mixer and scrape the bottom of the bowl.
13. Turn on the mixer for 30 seconds.
14. Turn off the mixer and allow the dough to sit in the bowl undisturbed for 10 minutes.
15. After 10 minutes, transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Toss the dough to coat, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place straight in the fridge.
16. Let the dough prove for at least 4 hours. 



'Dabbie's" Red Velvet ...

So while I put the dough away to prove, I decided to make a red velvet cake for my Friend Shruti , who I fondly call "Dabbie"..
She is just one of the sweetest girls I know ..
We did a play together many many moons ago and we stayed friends..
She is a fellow Sagittarius and absolutely lovable...
And loves food in the same crazy way like I do ...















And so after the dough was proved ..
I got back to it ...


To Make the Doughnuts:
1. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface.
2. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/3-inch thickness.
3. Cut as many shapes as you can, then roll out remaining dough and cut as many shapes as you can.
4. Place both doughnuts on a floured baking sheet.
5. Cover with large tea towel and place in a warm place in your kitchen; I just leave them in my oven.
6. Allow doughnuts to rise undisturbed for at least 1 hour; 1 hour 15 minutes if necessary. Doughnuts should be visibly puffier and appear to be airy.


To Fry the Doughnuts
1. Heat plenty of vegetable oil in a large pot until the temperature reaches 375 to 380 degrees---do not let it get hotter than 380 degrees! 375 is ideal; keep the thermometer in the pan to continually monitor.
2. One to two at a time, gently grab doughnuts and ease them into the hot oil. Allow them to cook 1 minute on each side; they will brown very quickly.
3. Remove doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon, allowing all oil to drip off.
4. Place doughnut immediately on several layers of paper towels. Count to five, then flip it over onto a clean part of the paper towels. Count to five, then flip it over again; the purpose, obviously, is to drain as much grease as possible before it soaks into the doughnut.
5. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
6. Allow doughnuts to slightly cool.


And then I got this recipe of the Chocolate Glaze from Alton Brown.... 

INGREDIENTS1/2 cup unsalted butter 
1/4 cup whole milk, warmed 
1 tablespoon light corn syrup 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

METHOD
Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.

Zeke and Zene had fun watching me deep fry each funny shaped doughnut ..
Hearts ,flowers, the ginger bread man, Shrek..
Was all coming out puffy and inviting ..
We put them in many layers of a kitchen tissue to absorb all the oil ..(God deep fried stuff, I really do not like )
Then we dipped each piece into the chocolate glaze ..
And licked our fingers..
Then had to wash them , so this process took some time...
But the kind of satisfaction one gets licking your fingers smeared with chocolate is , just something else...

 We then decorated them with sprinklers ..
Well we devoured quite a few of the Shrek ones ..
Biting into the ears first ..
And then went for the ginger bread man , a few hearts were devoured by Zene ..
So typical of a girl to go for hearts ..Ha ha ha ...
Oh hell I do that too...Ha ha ha 

I like doughnuts , when they are fresh , they have a lovely crispness about them that goes away in a bit ..

The verdict by Zeke and Zene ..
And a few other kids ..
Well they liked it ..
Zeke now wants me to make a giant doughnut to take for all his friends to school ..
And smear it with "Nutella"...
Well not at the moment ..

So you see ..
It does not really matter what the outside is like ..
You do not have to be like everyone else ..
You can be who you are ..
You do not have to conform to society or what everyone thinks is right ..
But on the other hand ..
You must retain your basic human essence..
Be kind ..
Do not hurt anyone ..
Love as much as you can ..
Don't be reckless with other peoples hearts,
Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours (Baz Luhrmen - Sunscreen, Thanks Nikhil Chinnapa)
Laugh till you have tears rolling down your cheeks..
Dance with the one you love ..or alone...
Believe in miracles..
Eat well ..
Look after your body ..
And over and above be a good human being ..

Was thinking that when I am no more. how would I like my family and friends to remember me ..
"Always made us smile, and loved and cooked with abandon" "
Is how I'm hoping they do remember me ...

Well I'm not going anywhere at the moment ..
I have still tons of people to meet , so many people I still want to feed and many more mountain ranges to climb ..
With a big fat smile, and all my fantastic trekking gear, shoes, jackets, mufflers, bag et all...
" Its the insides that always matter "


So here's presenting "Be yourself-Doughnuts "
Shaped how I fancy them to be and full of the essence of a goodness that is so familiar to your palette, only from "Maria's Kitchen "....





27 comments:

  1. this is my most favorite post ever

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    1. Thank you sooooo much Mz. J.
      You know it means a looooooot ....

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  2. Loved the post coz its straight from the heart and completely relatable. I'm sure just like me...Zeke and Zene will be thankful to you...coz this is the best advice my mum gave me when I was growing up

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  3. you are so true with your thoughts..by far,this waz the best post of yours..

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    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Thank you for reading....

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  4. I always visit your blog, read them, try few recipes but have never left a conment.. However after reading this post I couldnt leave. This is your bestest post. Thanks Maria for bringing smiles on our faces through ur blog and recipes.

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  5. Lovely :-) Awe Inspiring. And the Sunscreen lyrics - my all time favorite! Good Job Maria

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  6. " Its the insides that always matter " is a statement i live by, believe in and will always do - trying to tell my kids the same - no norms - no rituals - just do it from the heart / say it from the heart - be it a SORRY, THANK YOU or a SIMPLE PRAYER TO THE ALMIGHTY ... but you have expressed it in the most yummy way and i am going to use this similar way !!! Thank you Maria, your posts somehow come to me just at the right time !! God Bless You and your family always.

    Cheers,
    Jo

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  7. wish i could pick up the ginger bread shaped doughnut and gobble it down. it looks so yummy :-)

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  8. What can I say!!! The road less travelled, is travelled less for a reason. He he he.... Just teasin ya ;-)

    In whatever path you are on/will pursue, I wish you well. Enjoy life. Always keep an eye on Zeke and Zene. I know that they are precious to you.

    Cheers.

    Kiran

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    1. Yup more precious than anyone or anything ...

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  9. I LOVE this post!!! And I love this part...

    'Just because everyone else thinks its right...
    Does not mean it is ..
    What works for one , may not work for another ..'

    and this part too...

    'You do not have to be like everyone else ..
    You can be who you are ..
    You do not have to conform to society or what everyone thinks is right ..
    But on the other hand ..
    You must retain your basic human essence..
    Be kind ..
    Do not hurt anyone ..
    Love as much as you can ..
    Don't be reckless with other peoples hearts,
    Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours (Baz Luhrmen - Sunscreen, Thanks Nikhil Chinnapa)
    Laugh till you have tears rolling down your cheeks..
    Dance with the one you love ..or alone...
    Believe in miracles..
    Eat well ..
    Look after your body ..
    And over and above be a good human being ..'

    I believe in the same....

    Lovely thoughts and words Maria <3

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  10. This was your best post ever....... It was very beautiful! I even made my daughter(ani) read your post.

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  11. This was your best post ever....... It was very beautiful! I even made my daughter(ani) read your post.

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  12. P.S. The doughnuts are in such cute shapes...I've never seen anything like this before...so creative!

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  13. Hey Maria!

    Loved it, this ones really special.. You inspire me, as always!

    Love,
    Anuja

    PS I miss your twitter replies now :)

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  14. def one of the best posts up there....lovely Maria!

    Zeenath

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  15. Hi Maria,

    I must say this is the besssttteeesssttt blog ever .... by anyone. It just naturally brings out smiles. I have been all down and out for a week now with chicken pox, whereas by this time i had to be travelling abroad according to my original plan :( ... I love travelling .... hate to miss it ...

    So just out of sheer boredom and despair i was browsing through .... and I find this blog .... and I must say .... you have made my day .... :) ...

    Absolutely love your energy .... had never missed an episode of your program on NDTV either .... :)

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  16. i love u as a person. U and Arshad makes the best pair. Glad and amazed to see the recipes and beautiful pics of the food. Very tempting.

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