Few months back I started this "friday with a friend guest post series' in Mahaslovelyhome where Iam introducing blogger friends along with lovely chit chat. I know,Iam not regular in the series,but it does n`t mean Iam careless. Though few fridays slips it,i`l continue this for ever.So, keep in touch with MLH always and don`t miss the lovely Guest posts..
Today, Madhavi from "Madhavi Cyber kitchen" is our guest here. I met Madhavi a few months ago, in facebook, (Asusually) where our friend ship started..She is one of the few bloggers who shares awesome bread recipes, with actual measurements. Madhavi is one of the good, so kind and supportive to me. I absolutely love her site and all the delicious recipes she shares and specially cakes recipes. When i asked about the guest post,she asked some time and sent the mail last few days back..That was unexpected really.I thought she may takes 1-2 months time..hehehehee..But,that was simply fantastic reply dear..Now enough of my chatting and I’ll let you see for yourself in the further post.
This is my second Guest post after the Tofu Chocolate Chip cookies. As usual, I took more time to submit to Usha. Again the reason is the same, wanted a pretty simple, easy, healthy cake recipe. from Usha’s site, I learned that she loves baking and she has two little boys. So, I thought of do something very special cake for MAHADEV and MAHADHIP. So, I bake two loafs of Dry Fruit Cake. Hope they enjoy this virtual cake!Also, Usha wanted me to answer, the following..
Here is the simple chit chat with Madhavi :)
1.Few words about u/some thing special which we don`t know??
I am the chef ,behind Madhavi Cyber kitchen. Probable by now, you may know that, I am a big Fan of Dark Chocolate and passion in baking. What you may not know is I can draw (reasonably good) Cartoons too.
2. 3 Food photography tips or 3 useful kitchen tips??
After 1 ½ year of blogging, still I couldn’t understand many stuff about photography. So, I go with kitchen tip. Disinfect the sink and its traps once in a week and clean the veggies / fruits in a running water after socking about 10-15 min in a salt and turmeric water (to remove the chemicals and toxics)
3. How to improve fans n followers for food blog n food bog face BOOK page??
Well, I really don’t know or in other words not paying much attention on this aspect. But, always wanted to be innovative.
4.How food blog changed ur life? How many recipes your posting in a month approximately and your memorable moments which related to blog??
Being a home maker, after finishing the house chores, I was bored till my hubby and son comes home. (not interested on TV shows) after starting the blog, I keep myself busy by experimenting new dishes, playing with my camera, responding to the comments, visiting and learning from co bloggers. Felling relaxed and happy..
5. Finally,tell me few words abt MLH??
Usha is a author of Mahaslovelyhome and she got a huge range of recipe index, which covers a wide spectrum of Indian varieties. I am the big fan of her non-veg curries and Gravies. I tried those several times and it was very well received in my family and friend circle. But, I wanted her to post Brazilian dessert recipes. I am sure, she will.
Now, back to the topic……. Dry Fruit Cake. Since, from the Christmas, I wanted to bake a Cake which is pretty close to Plum cake, without any wine and Plum. I think, this cake is quite close to the Christmas Plum cake both in texture and well as in the taste.
20 no’s of Dates (without pits, soaked and & ground into paste)
½ cup of sugar
1/8 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped almond
1/4 cup of walnuts
1/8 cup of peanuts
¼ cup of raisins
1/8 cup of chopped prunes and apricot
1 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder
1/2 cup of oil
Mix all the dry ingredient in a separate bowl along with all the nuts, dry fruits, and dates paste and keep aside.
Beat egg with sugar till it become double in volume. Add oil in it and beat again for about 5 minutes. Slowly add (spoon by spoon) the dry ingredients mixture in to the egg mixture and continue to beat (in slow speed) till everything combines well.
Transfer the cake mix into pre greased loaf tin and bake in the pre heated oven at 180°c for about 20 - 30 min or till it done.
Thank you Madhavi for doing this super post! This rich delicious bread recipe is perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or even as a dessert.I have dates in my fridge, and Iam looking for ways to use them up. Hehehehe.... This looks incredibly moist and I’m looking forward to whipping up a loaf for us very soon..
Thank you so much once again, I’m flattered by your kind words and compliments and for doing this wonderful guest post for me..it's a pleasure sharing your guest post today in my sweetest blog..
Thank you so much dear viewers and friends for encouraging me to do this lovely guest post series ,,will share another recipe soon with your readers.happy cooking..happy weekend..