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Low-Key Valentine Day Celebration – Totally Cool And Romantic !!

Hope you had fun time reading my last post here around the world cup same time last year on how to win remote from your wife on an important match day. If you noticed I mentioned I will post another read on the second most important day; which is Valentine’ day and so here I am. For those feeling the love in the air (and thinking about Valentine Day Celebration ), I hope I will be able to make this a good time for you and for others; well have a good read!

I hope this time around will be a little easy as we are not going around fighting for something (read remote).  But not that easy. Its not a piece of cake trying to please a girl especially on a special day like this. Let see on how we gonna get started on this. 14th this year is going to be a Sunday so that’ a good start. It means you wont need to worry about office and can concentrate better on planning this day out. If you are someone who prefers to start the chores in the morning; you may wish you scroll down to the second part or wait a little as we just go through the part for those who like to start celebrating at the tick of 12. So lets start the plan for your Valentine Day Celebration !!

Low-Key Valentine Day Celebration – Totally Cool And Romantic !!

The best thing to start with is always sweet and since we are talking about the 12am in the night you would probably want to go a little light on the taste as well as your beloved’ tummy. The best thing I could think of is Chocolates; and you will bet girls love them to death. You could accompany them with a nice cup of coffee but I will leave that part to your wish. And since we talk about a special start to the day; the chocolates need to be special as well. You can order either the Home made chocolates or if you need a little more there will be the option for Assorted Chocolate Truffle as well.

Home Made Choc

Home Made Chocolates

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Assorted Chocolate Truffles

The pics look yummy, don’t they? So your start should fit very nicely in your pocket for around 200. Even if you want to accompany them with a couple of roses I think it should be a nice and light start but I would rather keep the flowers for the morning. Flowers somehow seem to make more sense the first thing in the morning; especially when she finds it besides her side of bed as she wakes up 🙂

The Morning Session – Part I (approx Rs. 270/-)

With the night already made sweet and well taken care of you should be well set for a nice morning session. Put an alarm to make sure you get up early and especially before her. Waking up the Princess is a tough ask so make sure your preparations are all in a quiet manner to not disturb the lady. Flowers should be right beside her side on the bed. Do’t go for a full bouquet, rather choose a couple or at max four Roses. Normally for the scene a couple should be just perfect.

Tea or coffee depends on what see normally prefers right up in the morning. So I leave that choice up to you. Like the night before mornings need to be gentle as well, so don’t try for any heavy dessert/item. And since we already used the Chocolates charm in the night, the idea would be not to repeat it but rather choose a nice fitting alternative. From the desserts list try either the Chocolate Rose Cup Cake or the Valentine Red Velvet Cup Cakes.

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Chocolate Rose Cup Cake by Flavour Basket

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Valentine Red Velvet Cup Cake from Flavour Basket

The Morning Session – Part II (approx Rs. 100/-)

Seems a nice progress till now. So while she freshens up just make sure you put all the energy behind yourself making the breakfast table look perfect. And since we already did a couple of desserts charisma; lets focus a little on the other items to change the taste a bit.

The hot drink should at this point give way to a nice glass of fresh fruit juice. Orange would be my idea but you know your lady better so again I leave this part to you. If you think the flowers that we used in waking her up did their trick; the breakfast table could do well to be decorated with some Chrysanthemums or Orchids or Lilies. Choice is yours depending on what she would like best. My 2 cents: choose blue lilies. They seem to remind the girls about the wedding and that should be your trump card for the rest of the day to follow.

Keep it subtle and don’t overdo it!!

For the main items on the table, I would prefer some street food like platting. Just to give her a surprise. And for that the Potli Samosa or the Rajasthani Pyaz ki Kachauri would do just fine!! Not to mention the tangy taste of the chutney to accompany with it.

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Potli Samosas from Flavour Basket

Rajasthani Pyaz ki Kachauri

Rajasthani Pyaz ki Kachauri

The Afternoon

The day should be a mix of in house time and time spent outdoors. So while my suggestions on the food items are likely to make sure to be light on your pocket, choose the outing to let her do some shopping, eat out and roam around with you.

The Evening

In case you are looking to stay indoors in the afternoon time and do the outing in evening; just swap these two sections here. We plan on keeping the cake for the finale so just make sure to have some appetite left in case you are out in the evening.

The dusk is the most romantic period of the day. If you have a terrace, a balcony or a window to sit by nicely; make that a cozy place and spend sometime talking about whatever you may like. Girls love to talk and that’s a universal truth (no pun intended). The day would be that much more memorable if you spend a couple hours just on this note. The weather during this time of the year is, well, romantic enough and the sky should do the trick as well.

Once you start to think of the dinner time, there is this appetizer that should be a really good start. Ginger Chili Mushroom Fry in this weather and mood should just be the apt start to dinner time.

Ginger chili mushroom fry

Ginger Chili Mushroom from Flavour Basket

Candle light dinners are still in fashion, but I suggest to wait for a little longer for this set and we will come back to it in a while.

If you are a cook buff and would like to impress her with your cooking there is an option for this nice Stuffed Tomato with Paneer recipe from Flavour Basket. They have this step by step YouTube video recipe for you to follow easily. And like I suggested previously as well; rumali roti would be the best fit with this dish.

Perfect Finish

Done with the dinner? Let her still be surprised and guessing on what you are up to next. There are chances that she was at this point searching for a candle light table setup. The idea is not to disappoint her of course. But let her do some guess work for a while and try to have her engaged in some other activity. TV at this point could serve a good distraction.

While she is a little busy you head on to decorate that candle light setup on your terrace (or whatever place seems fit based on your location). The hero of this table would be a Valentine special cake. Plenty of options to choose from as I detail them below. Don’t forget to include a flower bouquet on this dessert special table. My suggestion would be orchids this time; but as I hinted before do take into considerations her likes. Apart, a special gift of your choice would be an added advantage 🙂

Heart of Love Cake (Rs. 550/- per half kg)

Its a chocolate cake at the core (but you can choose from a variety of flavors) that’s given the shape of a heart and covered on top with an edible fondant. The bow wrap just puts the icing on the gift cake.

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order valentine heart of love cake from Flavour Basket

Valentine Special Heart Shaped Rose Cake (Rs. 450/- per half kg)

Again a chocolate flavor is the most preferred one in this cake as well but you can choose from other flavors as well. The cake is covered in a cream and then topped with the cream roses. the heart shape takes all the attention here and is perfect for this occasion.

Heart Shaped Rose Cake

Heart Shaped Rose Cake

Eggless Tiramisu Cake (Rs. 600/- for Half Kg)

In case you are a little bored from the usual cakes, there is an option of this Italian cake in its eggless avatar. What you see here in the pic is the Cake shots version but the same is available in a cake form as well. This is a good choice if you want to surprise her with a dessert that you don’t normally get to eat in any parties.

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Tiramisu Cake

Cinnamon Rolls Bouquet (Rs. 540/- per Bouquet)

Not a cake as such but I include it here for just the look of it for a start. As the name suggests its a bouquet of 12 rolls that are fluffy and crunchy from the outside and yummilicious from the core. Like Tiramisu its once again a wonderful option if you would like to move away from the normal cake options.

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Order Cinnamon Rolls from Flavour Basket

Other Dessert and Cake Options?

There are plenty others that would let you take your pick for your idea on how to impress her as you end the day. Flavour Basket’ Valentine list of Items has all what you need. Head over to that page and create your own Valentine day Order.

Valentine Day Celebration

Valentine Desserts From Flavour Basket

Small Budget Maximum Fun 🙂

So while I don’t guarantee what your pocket will have to go thru in the session when you let your lady shop during the day, the arrangements that I suggested around will cost you approximate Rs. 2,000/- only (all inclusive). Which should leave enough for your to plan other things easily for this special person in your life. She would be happy to be out of the kitchen on a Sunday and while it doesn’t hurt your credit card bills; it should end up being a win-win situation!! Have a lovely Valentine day this year and hope you will be able to spend some good quality time with your beloved.

So whats Your Valentine Day Celebration Plan? Do let me know in the comments section below if this plan worked for you or weather there was something else you followed that worked!!

Eggless Red Velvet Cake with Beets

Valentine Special – Natural Red Velvet Cake Eggless

Valentine Special – Natural Red velvet Cake Eggless – A sinful cake recipe especially created for all cake lovers, naturally coloured with beetroots with no earthy flavour of beetroots.

  • Preparation Time – 20 Mins
  • Baking Time -20 to 25 Mins

 

In today’ life when we hardly get time for a nice deep breath, getting some space for our loved ones is probably one of the toughest thing we find. In our day to day rush, getting all necessities for all our loved ones has a price we pay for; the time spent together. So when the year presents us with the special occasions to make amends, all we need to do is put together a small plan to surprise our loved ones.

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And to help you producing that surprise moment, we are here together to present you with a recipe that should do the magic required. After all the Valentine’ day is just around the corner so why not take advantage of some cooking skills and put that tinkle smile on your loved ones face. Today we present to you with a valentine special -Natural Red Velvet Cake Eggless. Put this all together and what you get is a nice surprise romantic evening with your valentine!!

I said Natural Red Velvet Cake it means instead of using any food colouring in my red velvet cake I have used homemade beetroot juice to make red velvet cake and trust me there were no earthy flavour of beetroot in my cake. I have used vinegar, lemon juice and buttermilk in this recipe to maintain the red colour of cake, I mean the three are acidic in nature and they will help to keep the red colour of beetroot as it is after baking the cake otherwise cake will turn brown and we don’t want that. So lets make it :).

Natural Red Velvet Cake Eggless

Ingredients For Valentine Special – Natural Red velvet Cake Eggless

  • All Purpose Flour(maida) – 1 Cup
  • Powder Sugar – 1/2 Cup
  • Vegetable Oil – 1/2 Cup
  • Condensed Milk – 1/2 Cup
  • Baking Powder – 1 1/2 tablespoon
  • Butter Milk – 1 Cup
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 Teaspoon
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tablespoon
  • White Vinegar – 2 tablespoon
  • Beetroot Juice – 1/2 Cup
  • Dark Chocolate  – 1/4 Cup

Natural Red Velvet Cake Eggless

Method For Valentine Special – Natural Red Velvet Cake Eggless
  • To make beetroot juice for the cake, squeeze all juice of beetroots using juicer and cook it for 5 mins and let it cool.
  • In a bowl add powder sugar and condensed milk and beat it for 2 to 3 mins till both ingredients mixed well.
  • sift the all purpose flour and baking powder in the mixture.
  • Add vegetable oil, butter milk and vanilla essence and beat the mixture for 2 to 3 mins again to make it smooth batter.
  • To the beetroot juice add lemon juice and white vinegar and mix it.
  • Now add beetroot juice, lemon juice and white vinegar mixture into batter.
  • Add melted dark chocolate and beat again this full mixture to make a nice and smooth batter.
  • Grease the microwave container so the baked cake come out easily after baking.
  • Bake the cake in a preheated oven with 180 degrees C for around 20 to 35 mins.
  • Once cake is baked let it cool and invert it from the container.
  • Cut it in a heart shape or you can use heart shape mould.
  • Now apply whipped cream over the one layer of cake and cover it with second layer of cake.
  • Now again apply whipped cream over the second layer and apply strawberry glaze as topping of the cake. 
Handy Tip
  • Make this cake with so much love as this is the star of your day :-).


 

India vs Pakistan - 5 Ways To Win TV Remote Fight

India vs Pakistan – 5 Ways To Win TV Remote Fight

If you are a cricket buff like I am, 15th Feb 2015, that is the coming Sunday, would be more of a worry for you rather than the day prior to that. Not that I am marking 14th Feb as a useless day (so if you are a lady reading this, please don’t get offended; you will love the end result of this post more than your husbands will !!) but for the second best day of the year (the first one being your wife’ birthday) I will keep another post running some time soon!

So yeah shifting the focus back to cricket, I am sure your mind is already running plans to find a way to catch hold of the TV remote to be able to watch the epic battle that India vs Pakistan matches are normally considered to be. After all TV remote fight is nothing less than an Ind vs Pak battle. The Valentine day’ gifts, a day prior, would surely help but if you are looking for some more, I present to you five lovely recipes that you could churn in no time to give your awesome wife a well deserved Sunday rest (and that win over the TV remote to you). If she can be kept out of the kitchen with no worries, I bet you a free treat the TV remote will not get her touch for a full one day!

Note: If India fields first it may present to you a golden chance to do the preparation in advance. You will see why I mention this 😉

India vs Pakistan 2015 and TV Remote Fight: Morning Session

If you are in India, pay special attention to the breakfast time. The match will start at around 9:00 am IST, so you need to make sure that the awesome work you did previous day gets carried over on THE next morning. I suggest 2 items here that can be the best start to the morning considering that we are still not out of winter and the early morning cold wind is just a perfect time for these kind of recipes.

Mixed Palak Pakoda or Pav Bhaji

I leave it to you to decide in between the two! If the lady of the house is comfortable with deep-fried in the morning; go for mixed palak pakodas (Spinach Fritters) as they are healthy and the perfect tea time snacks as well.

Preparation Time: 20 min     Cooking Time: 15 min

mixed palak pakoda

Although if you need an item that is a bit heavy feeling (to last till lunch and keep her lethargy going) yet looks tempting and light; pav bhaji is even a better option!!

Preparation Time: 10 min     Cooking Time: 30 min

Pav Bhaji

Time for Lunch: Innings Break

Chilly Ginger Mushroom Fry

The first session should last around 3.5 hrs which means you need to make sure you start the lunch preparation somewhere around 12:30 pm IST and be done with it just before 1:15 pm IST (Remember the Note I put before we started with recipes). During this time if you think there is no danger in losing the territory, you may provide the remote to your beloved. Just make sure you don’t lose it altogether 😉 .

Looking at this Chilly Ginger Mushroom Fry I would say its the best to be cooked in quick time. All you need is make sure you have all the ingredients ready before hand and all chopping done. This is only treated as a starter so make sure you don’t give all the 45 min to it or else the main course dish will make you miss the start of second half. Utilize the innings break to prepare this starter as well as the main item I describe next!

In case you are interested, here is the Ginger Chili Mushroom Fry Video Recipe on YouTube!

Preparation Time: 7 min     Cooking Time: 15 min

Ginger Chili Mushroom

Stuffed Tomato with Paneer (with Rumali Roti)

As with Chilly Ginger Mushroom Fry, get your ingredients ready before hand. Both the items are lunch items and need some fry so you should be able to do them in parallel in the kitchen. Both these don’t take that much time and are quick recipes as specified on Flavour Basket so the innings break should be good enough. You may substitute potatoes in place of paneer (cottage cheese) in case you think the lady will like that more.

Here is the Stuffed Tomato with Paneer video recipe on YouTube !

Preparation Time: 10 min     Cooking Time: 30 min

Stuffed Tomato with paneer

Unless you are really fast I assume you won’t get the time for bread. And since you can’t do away with this, I suggest you order some from a nearby restaurant. Looking at the items I suggest, I would say Rumali Roti would best fit. As obvious, I let you decide on the quantity!!

Mango Olive Walnut Salad

So while we keep an eye on the watch, don’t miss out on the healthy aspect of the items you are preparing. Just to add to the lunch menu, this salad would be a real treat to add the perfect partner to the other recipes. More so because you can make it tangy as well as healthy at the same time.

Preparation Time: 15 min

Mango Olive Walnut Salad

Mission Accomplished: How about a nice finish !

Choco lava Cake

Again, the lunch items should be good enough for the second innings that you go through. But just to wind up a lovely day being the host for your better half; lets end it up with a nice evening dessert. Eggless Molten Chocolate Lava Cake should be the best company to provide back the TV remote back to your wife 🙂

And the Eggless Molten Chocolate Lava Cake video recipe !

Preparation Time: 15 min     Cooking Time: 10 min

Eggless Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

No matter what the result of the encounter, the smile on your beloved face should make your day. Happy hunting and cooking !!

So?? Were you able to win that remote and your wife’ heart too? Don’t forget to put in your comments to let me know how it went !!