Friday Finds (20 Feb, 2015)

Tea Time For The Firefly



Layla Roy has defied the fates.
Despite being born under an inauspicious horoscope, she is raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather, Dadamoshai. And, by cleverly manipulating the hand fortune has dealt her, she has even found love with Manik Deb—a man betrothed to another. All were minor miracles in India that spring of 1943, when young women’s lives were predetermined—if not by the stars, then by centuries of family tradition and social order.

Layla’s life as a newly married woman takes her away from home and into the jungles of Assam, where the world’s finest tea thrives on plantations run by native labor and British efficiency. Fascinated by this culture of whiskey-soaked expats who seem fazed by neither earthquakes nor man-eating leopards, she struggles to find her place among the prickly English wives with whom she is expected to socialize, and the peculiar servants she now finds under her charge.

But navigating the tea-garden set will hardly be her biggest challenge. Layla’s remote home is not safe from the powerful changes sweeping India on the heels of the Second World War. Their colonial society is at a tipping point, and Layla and Manik find themselves caught in a perilous racial divide that threatens their very lives.

Did you find anything interesting this week?

Baking Experiment : Chocolate And Peanut Butter Cookies

I originally intended to make some peanut butter cookies, the reason, it had only three ingredients! So off I went gather the stuff and made the cookies but they turned out to be very dry.

Off I went (again) googling and found some recipes that could transform the cookies to a chocolatey delight, this time I needed loads of stuff. Thankfully I had everything at home.

I used two recipes :

3 ingredient Peanut Butter cookies

Chocolate and Peanut Butter cookies

My ingredient list looked something like this :

I feel like giving an advisory warning ..don’t try this unless you have made some cookies before rather refer to some professional recipe.

8 tbsp (1/2 cup) All purpose flour
16 tbsp (1 cup) Sugar
8 tbsp (1/2 cup) Unsalted butter
8 tbsp (1/2 cup) Cocoa powder
16 tbsp (1 cup) Creamy peanut butter ( I used the one by the brand, FunFoods)
1 Egg
1 tsp Baking powder
Some Chocolate shavings
2 tsp Vanilla essence
2 tbsp Milk

Beat the egg, mixed all the ingredients to make a dough.The dough was solid like a play doh, only more oily. I rolled the dough into small balls and flattened it with a fork on the cookies tray (on the parchment paper).

Preheated the oven for 10 mins at 170 C.

The recipe suggests that we bake it for 170 C for 28 minutes but I had to go for 25 mins in my oven. Let it cool down on a wire rack for 15 – 20 minutes. Cookies are ready to be devoured 🙂