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Victoria Cake---and (Slurp!!) Me!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010





Food----and specially the WRONG kind of Food has always been my Waterloo!!Since childhood I've be crazy about Cakes and Pastries----heavy things like Pound Cake,Madeira Cake,Dutch Truffle,Black Forest Cake---all those Cakes which are heavy weight Calorie traps-----I just adore!!!Besides the Cream and Butter Icing---the more--the tastier and better!!
I grew up in a period which was still hung over with the British Raj---we ate Tea with thin dainty little bite sized Sandwiches filled with potted Chicken Pate or Egg Pate and Cucumber and Tomato slices----the Vegetables sliced wafer thin.These Teas also had other Delicacies like Crumpets or Scones with thick Fresh Cream and Jam as well as a different variety of home made Cakes---baked fresh daily!! These included Petit Fours,Madeira Cakes,Marble and Ribbon Cakes and an all time favourite---Victoria Cake!!This was well loved hence was the one to figure most on the Menu!!Mummy used to make these Victoria Cakes often---she'd bake two thick Sponge Cakes and sandwich these with layers of thick Cream and Strawberry Jam spread lavishly in the centre----so thick that it would ooze out with each spoonful!!
So imagine my unabashed delight when I saw it on the Menu Card of a typical British Restaurant!!!When it was finally placed before me I was practically drooling with Joy!! And then that first bite---the years just rolled back and I turned into a greedy little Hog---slurping and stuffing heaped spoonfuls of this delicious Treat into my impatient mouth!!!Oh---the immense Satisfaction of reliving the best part of my childhood!!!Now I can die happy!!

  
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NICE125 11/24/2010 6:32PM

  OOOOH!!! Yummmy!! The picture beats the descriptions this time!! And here I am trying to be sugar-free!! emoticon

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DRASADAF 11/24/2010 12:01PM

    wow !!sounds yummy ..just take care of ur Blood sugar levels....!!1

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SAASHA17 11/24/2010 11:42AM

    Yum...U r not even looking at the camera...Hahaha...maan Now I want cake....Black forest..thats my favorite:)

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EACHDAYAGIFT 11/24/2010 10:53AM

    YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM...... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/24/2010 9:45AM

    Oh yum.... now I'm hungry.... Except for my year in Canada, I've never lived under British rule/British commonwealth, but I grew up with books by British authors and the descriptions of high tea always made me so hungry! These cakes were no different.... they sound decadent and delicious!

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LISANANCY 11/24/2010 8:46AM

    Oh, how I do love the way you embrace life! You really get it! You lift up my spirit! Thank you. emoticon

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ATMANI 11/24/2010 7:52AM

    Very enjoyable blog!

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Historic London---Pictures!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

  
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ANU_20 11/23/2010 11:49PM

    Awesome pics... you two look so Great together!..with those kind peaceful smiles... emoticon

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REKHAKAKR 11/23/2010 10:20PM

    Lovely Pics !!!

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EACHDAYAGIFT 11/23/2010 12:15PM

    I loved seeing the pictures. It's nice that you and Sudhir are in so many of them...I tend to just take pictures of the sights, and then realize it would have been nice to have pictures of US at the sights! You and Sudhir both have such warm smiles.

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ATMANI 11/23/2010 10:56AM

    Nice pics. Makes me want to visit London.

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*MADHU* 11/23/2010 10:26AM

    Beautiful emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/23/2010 10:23AM

    Oh how cool. Those are awesome pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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Pictures of Greenwich Village

Monday, November 22, 2010

  
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SONPARI1 11/23/2010 12:22AM

    Gr8 pics, looks like u had loads of fun!

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BOVEY63 11/22/2010 5:42PM

    Looks like a fun day of shopping. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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DRASADAF 11/22/2010 1:52PM

    lovely pics Komalji ...happiness is being reflected on ur faces...enjoy!!!

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NICE125 11/22/2010 11:49AM

  Lovely pictures, Komalji, sweet! Thanks for sharing!

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SRITHI97 11/22/2010 11:27AM

    very nice, love your smile, emoticon emoticon

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MESSENE 11/22/2010 10:37AM

    emoticon emoticonPictures!!! Love the sweet shoppe! emoticon emoticonBoth of you look so happy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/22/2010 10:05AM

    Ah, great pictures! It looks like you had a lovely time!

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SAASHA17 11/22/2010 10:01AM

    aww cute...I agree with Anu on the last pic..its so sweet:) Sudhir is handsome Komal emoticon

Teas..i could go to a tea shoppe ALL the time:)

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ATMANI 11/22/2010 9:07AM

    Nice pictures Komal. Thanks for sharing.

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EACHDAYAGIFT 11/22/2010 8:21AM

    Thank you for the pictures!!! Like the saying goes, worth a thousand words. Love seeing the two of you enjoying yourselves. Is that a new scarf on Sudhir? Looks like Burberry plaid. Did you try any intriguing new teas? And all you spark friends saw the Sweet Shoppe sign, I'll bet! I've always had a huge sweet tooth! I'll be putting up my Dickens Village of little light up houses and people next weekend for the Christmas season... I need little figures of you and Sudhir in period costumes to put on the streets! I'll imagine you are the bundled up couple in the carriage...

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ANU_20 11/22/2010 7:23AM

    Lovely pics Komalji!!! ...I "Superlike" the last one! emoticon emoticon

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London---Wonderful Memories--2!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sight seeing was done in fits and starts---Sayali managed to take Thursdays and Fridays off for two consecutive weeks---and with these added to the Weekends it really was very convenient----that's when we went around London!!With the exception of Madame Tussaud's(hate Wax statues---hangover of the film"House of Wax"),Hampstead Heath and Islington,we "did" all the other Sights.The place that I really wanted to see was the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.We took a guided tour and were shown around the Tower----some parts of the Tower---the Traitor's Gate,the Tower Green,the White Tower---all these are so poignant and saddening!!!Illustrious folk like Sir Thomas Moore have been executed and their heads hung on Pikes during the reign of Henry the Eighth---not to mention the Regicide of Charles the First---for me it was truly momentous---to tread the same stones as them---a true Walk with History!!
Then of course there were my "Nostalgia" Foods---Scones and Crumpets with Strawberry Jam--lots of Clotted Cream piled on top,Fish 'n Chips,Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding,Full English Breakfast,crisp Toast of Hovis Bread spread thickly with creamy English Butter,Pies--Steak and Kidney,Shepherd's and Mutton,the Cornish Pasty----oh it was a dream come true!!!Only regret? Couldn't eat the whole Portion thanks to dietary restrictions---but really and truly LOVED the taste!!!The fresh Fruits and Vegetables all organically grown---those "British" stamps on stuff like Bacon,Sausages,Ham,Beef---very proudly proclaiming their lineage!!In the midst of all this there were the "Curries" too----it has become a staple food in Britain today!!As they say there should be some "give and take" in each relationship---and this is it!!!The British ruled India---but today Indian Cuisine rules the Roost in Britain---a real Tit for Tat--wouldn't you agree??Jai Curries and Tikka Masalas!!!
Shopping meant our trips to Selfridges,Harrods and Fortnum & Mason's.It was lovely to actually be there having read so much about them.The actual "High" was our visit to beautiful Greenwich Village----it was what I'd been looking for!!!Right out of an Enid Blyton book---the Sweet Shoppe was exactly the way it had been drawn in ink in Mr.Pinkwhistle books---the Glass Jars sparkling and winking with Bull's Eyes,Humbugs,Gum Drops,Licorice Sticks,Peppermint Canes,Mint Drops and Boiled Sweets----the only thing missing was the round figured dumpling of a twinkling eyed old Lady with her hair caught up in a Cottage Loaf Bun!!!I made Sayali photograph the inside and the facade of this Shop----those Boiled Sweets were simply yummyyyyy!!Later we walked around the Village---and really felt as if we were a part of a picturebook!!The Village Market Place was full of various Stalls----Food from all corners of the World,hand knit Woollens,homemade Jams,Pickles and Honey,a variety of Teas
and Tisanes claiming to invigorate and cure different Maladies,Leather Goods----oh it was a veritable Treasure Trove and a true Feast for the senses!!Standing on the GMT Line was great----the whole thing was so very quinessentially British---the very Britain I was looking for---the one which was where my father had lived and studied more than sixty five years back!!
I've come back home with a longing to return---there's so much there I've still to see and experience---Cornwall,Wales,the Lake District,Devonshire,Yorkshire,the White Cliffs of Dover,Scotland and Ireland--------as and when I do that----all those books and their characters I've read about will come alive and walk hand in handwith me!!!

  
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MESSENE 11/22/2010 12:50PM

    emoticon emoticonHope you have a wonderful time! emoticon emoticon

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NICE125 11/22/2010 11:51AM

  I went to London too and saw all those places, how come I cant describe them as well!?!? Keep blogging KOmalji, We wait for your decriptions!
Enjoy!!

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SAASHA17 11/22/2010 10:05AM

    man..can i come the next time u go:) Awesome.


nice to have u back:)

Manasa

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ATMANI 11/22/2010 9:08AM

    Nice to read your posting again. Welcome back!

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ANU_20 11/22/2010 7:14AM

    Welcome back! :)) ....u were really missed! ...Though your words are enough to paint a picture of the lovely city of London & those mouth watering dishes you mentioned...some pics of you in London would be great! ...I have always wanted to visit London ..somehow havn't got a chance so far! ... now i just cant wait! :) emoticon emoticon

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London---Wonderful Memories---1!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Since I was a child I've been fascinated with the beautiful City of London-----and the Historic Tower.My father had described all minute details of so many things to me----the various Sights,the Food,the very ambience and above all the beautiful tiny Villages around it----I had read so many Travelogues on this that I could advise anyone who asked me about the place---without ever having been there!!!I always dreamt of how it would be once I got there---and when one expects so much---one is scared of how things will REALLY turn out!!!However, things turned out just PERFECT!!
Fascinated by both Indian and British History since childhood it was my hobby to read up everything about my pet subject----and I did such a good job of it that I could recite most of he Facts and the Dates they occurred on in my sleep!!While places like Westminster Abbey,Hampton Court,Somerset House were familiar---it was the dark and brooding Tower of London that held centre-stage in my imagination with all those dark and grisly deeds committed within it's walls!!!Many are the times that I've read the story of Henry the 8th. and his posse of six wives---and wept for each one of their fates-----Henry's character is one of the most colourful in that era!!
So here I was---setting foot on British Soil at Heathrow Airport----eager to meet my childhood dreams----desperately hpoing that I wouldn't be disappointed!!!Sayali and Kartik had come to recieve us at the Airport and we rode back with them through Central London---dusky, dark and extremely fascinating!!Sayali's flat is on the 4th.Floor on the bank of the River Thames----it is a fascinating sight to see the view of the River and certain landmarks through the windows of the Guest Room---but terribly windy---specially with the Wind howling around the Complex at night!!The first place we visited was Buckingham Palace----and the beautiful and serene St.James and Green Parks near it.The years rolled back and I was turned back into a child---drinking it all in unabashedly with wonderstruck wide eyes!!!That day I ate my first Ham and Lettuce Sandwich----and while we were eating it started to pour!!!We were really in London---in the midst of the legendary English Weather!!!Luckily this happened at the end of our visit to the Palace so we hailed a "Cab" and rode home---through Central London during daylight---with each Sight well defined!!!

  
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ZANNACHAN 11/20/2010 6:02PM

    Oh how cool! What a great trip that had to have been. I would love to see London some day!

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SRITHI97 11/19/2010 3:34PM

    Welcome back komal ji. it would have been a lovely sight from the guest room , near the thames river is just AWESOME.i really liked london, even though we stayed there for only 2 days, the memories abt london will ever be dear to me.

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DRASADAF 11/19/2010 3:23PM

    welcome back komalji...cudn't w8 to read ur blog as soon as i logged in...spark was missing some spark without u....plz some pics too wud delight us....

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SAASHA17 11/19/2010 11:52AM

    awesome..first, Nice to have u back emoticon missed u emoticon

and looking forward to detailed blogs with pictures this time emoticon

and London I always wanted to visit. Maybe next year I can plan a trip:)


take care
Manasa

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CAROLYN_ROSE 11/19/2010 11:44AM

    London is my favorite place in the world. I hope to go back there soon. Sounds like you had a great time!

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BOVEY63 11/19/2010 11:30AM

    So happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time. I would love to see all those historic places some day.

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