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Nugget # 53 Life is like making BAATH!

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share how life can be compared to making BAATH*. Baath is a traditional Goan delicacy made during special occasions especially Easter & Christmas. In simple words, it’s a melting in the mouth yummy semolina & coconut cake. You have just got to try it !  I got a chance to enjoy it when a friend recently offered me some as we stopped by her place on Easter. I have yet to make the baath but with her permission,  I’m sharing the recipe with you. 🙂 Enjoy!

BAATH (COCONUT & SEMOLINA CAKE)

Ingredients :

500 gms Semolina (Rawa)

2 freshly scraped Coconut

4 cups Powdered Sugar

6 Eggs

½  tsp. Baking pwd.

8  tbsps.Unsalted Butter

½ tsp. Salt

Rose water (as reqd)

Method :

Blend scraped coconut with some rose water in a blender/grinder to a paste.

Beat eggs in a large bowl, add sugar and butter and beat till fluffy.

Then add semolina and mix well. Blend in coconut paste. Add salt and baking powder and mix thoroughly.

Cover & keep the batter for 12 hours/ overnight. If after rising, the batter is stiff, add some milk to achieve the desired consistency. Mix well.

Transfer the batter into a greased & lined baking tray/glass dish.

Pre-heat oven to 165C & place the tray at the centre of the oven.

Bake for 35- 40 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool thoroughly. Slice the baath & enjoy. 

–          Courtesy:  Angela Benjamin

Life lessons:

1) The Baath has got many varied ingredients, each on its own may not taste good but when added at the right time, in the proper way and in the right amounts, it results in a delicious cake, similarly our life is also comprised of many individual ingredients and each is necessary in its proper amount and way in order to make our life a wholesome & enjoyable experience.

2) Just like the baath batter needs to be kept overnight to soften for the fermentation to take place, similarly in our life, we may have to wait patiently for the results of our hard work.

3) We need to check the baath in between to ensure that it is cooked to perfection (neither undercooked nor overcooked). In life too, we need to often stop and take stock of what exactly we are doing & what detours/ improvements we may need to make.

4) When it cools, we slice the baath & enjoy it. Even in life there can be no greater joy than sharing what we have with others.

Nugget of Life : Let us live life in such a manner that we could say along with Margaret Anderson : “ Life for me has been exactly what I thought it would be, a cake, which I have eaten and had too.”

Have a delicious week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 52 Life lesson from a New Neighbor

Hi friends,

We recently shifted house and with it came a whole new world of possibilities and challenges. The picture that comes to mind is the butterfly suddenly emerging from its cozy cocoon. Though change is definitely necessary for growth and often we may even desire it, the real truth is that transition is never easy.

While I left my older residence, the time came to say Good bye to my next door neighbor. I realized ruefully that though the two of us regularly smiled & made small talk with each other while we met in the lift, we had never really got to know each other. As we parted, we exchanged phone numbers as it dawned on both of us that caught up in the busyness of life in the past 3 years, we had wasted the opportunity to have become good friends. Determined not to repeat this mistake ever again, I looked forward to meeting new people and making new acquaintances & friends. This week, I’d like to share something my new neighbor just mentioned while we chatted. It took me a moment to grasp what she meant but as it sunk in; I loved what she said & so am sharing it with you.

What she said was this: “We are all here either temporarily permanent or permanently temporary.”

Though she was talking about how some of us plan to stay for longer periods but may have to leave before time and some of us come to stay for shorter periods but end up staying longer; so while we stayed together as residents of the building, it was good to maintain a close rapport with each other.

I totally agree with what she said but the lesson I learnt from her words was a bit more profound. How often we take what we have within us / around us for granted? Be it our health, our families, our friends, our loved ones, our neighbors, our acquaintances, our jobs, our colleagues, our talents….We conveniently forget that we are all here either  permanently temporary or temporarily permanent. Isn’t our life itself the greatest gift we have? There is so much truth in the saying “Familiarity breeds contempt” and yet I pray that may we never get so familiar with the people/ things /the blessings in our life so that if ever we lose them, we will never be haunted with the regret of having taken them for granted but instead we will have joyful memories of how we treasured what we once had.

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all  the world, your return.”- Mary Jean Iron

I think once we realize that everything including this life is just a gift and for a season; we will learn to be more grateful and make the most of what we have, while we have it and that will make everyday a day of joy & gratitude.

Nugget of Life: “Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile. Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

Have a fun-filled week!

 

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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