Thursday, January 2, 2014

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Happy New Year everyone!

It's been a while since I last posted. But you know, medical school, life, studying, and more studying seemed to keep creeping up on me.

I'll keep this short since I'm in the middle of watching Homeland - I love this show! - in the little break that I have.

This is a great recipe especially when you've got left-over red wine lying around. Come on now! You know that moment where you have a tiny bit in the bottle left and you're wondering, is it worth keeping it? It's a day old, what should I do? I know those questions have been running through your mind.

Well, have no fear. Here's an easy recipe to use that leftover wine. I also see no reason you can't use white wine, but use a wine that you are willing to drink. Don't use cooking wines that are terrible. Trust me, that's a bad idea.

I just ended up following the recipe from Smitten Kitchen - my to-go recipe site and it's really easy.

Plus, if you don't like wine or don't drink alcohol, no fears. There's also a simple chocolate cake recipe on the site as well.

Here's a picture with how easy it is:



What are you waiting for? Now's the best time to make it. Surely, you've got a lot of left-over wine to use.

Kartik

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Love thyself first!

I'm sure that everyone has gone through break-ups or difficult relationships in their lives. I know I've had my share.

I'm not here to give relationship advice in anyway, nor do my views represent anyone else's but my own, but from my personal experience, our first reaction is to go down an emotional spiral that never seems to end and goes towards paranoia. What starts as self-doubt eventually leads you to start questioning all of your decisions and attacking your own character, integrity, and self-worth.


I tend to put a lot of effort and energy into our relationships because I care about the other person, but that's exactly the problem in my case. I put so much energy into people I care for prematurely that when the person leaves, an emotional void is created that is draining and filled with nothing but self-doubt and unhappiness. I feel drained; I feel angry; I feel sad; I feel hatred; I feel depressed and that destroys me a little at a time.


That happens every time I encounter difficulties in a relationship. I accept that it will take some time and it gets a little easier each time, but the one thing I have learned is that every time I bounce back stronger, it begins when I start loving myself.

Not that I'm saying that eating is the solution to loving yourself (although a cup of icecream might be the way to start), but doing hobbies and activities that you love to do, you begin to realize what an amazing person you are. You are talented, joyful, happy, and complete.

That's exactly what a relationship should be like. Your partner or significant other enriches your life but you don't need him or her to live it. You should not change yourself and you shouldn't force your significant other to do something they are not comfortable with either. You do what's best for you and live your life.

I admit that I still have a long way to go. I struggle everyday with myself questioning what went wrong. That's important because you can only learn from your mistakes. As my close friend told me "a relationship is like putting a mirror to yourself." You see the bad, but remember that there is a lot of good and most of it is good.

For me, the way to love myself is to start doing my fitness classes again, such as Zumba, biking, spending time with closest friends, family, and baking.

In the meantime, please keep on loving, learning, and living.

Thank you for letting me venting my feelings through this blog.
Kartik

(Again, I'm not here to give relationship advice in anyway, nor do my views represent anyone else's but my own.)


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Good times in Trinidad and oh the food!

So the first part of my trip was to Trinidad and it was absolutely fabulous from the first minute I landed there to the last minute when I left.


Trinidad has a beautiful insignia

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The best spring break vacation ever! London and Trinidad

So I just got back from what has been one of my best trips thus far (well to be fair, I haven't had many trips). For the past week, I went to two great places - Trinidad and London - and I got a chance to enjoy the sights, sounds, and food in two completely different cultures.

Over the next few posts, I'll post a ton of pictures of these trips and tell you more about my experiences...


All right, let's head out! 


Packed and all set to go!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Most Amazing Lemon Cake.... Ever!


Ina Garten has never steered me wrong. From her Date Nut Loaf that clearly won rave reviews from all  of my taste testers to her Orange chocolate cake (which I actually should revisit soon for this blog), she is a culinary great.

I had made her Lemon cake for the first time several years ago, and I am still amazed that I did not post how well the cake had turned out (well it was more my fault - I just didn't realize I hadn't posted it by accident).

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

White chocolate, walnut, and almond snowball cookies



Hey all,
Apart from candies that I discussed in my previous post, the holidays are epitomized by cookies. In fact most food blogs, including my favorites: Smitten Kitchen, Joy the Baker, and Lottie+Doof, bring forth the deliciousness of the cookie in a variety of ways. Whether it be chocolate, macadamia, chestnut, or any other flavor cookies, they highlight how delicious the holiday season can be.

Thus far, I felt like I haven't yet contributed to this wonderful tradition and that changes today.

That changes today with my white chocolate, walnut, and almond snowball cookies.