Days packed with reading and nibbling treats are nothing less than amazing. This year started with Summer Reading Challenge (from 1st Dec 2013 to 28th Feb 2014) and still continues in my part of the world. I found this Reading Challenge Pack in my local library very much intriguing. Although I read books of same authors, many a times “Lift the Ban” books and “Down Under Reads” were left out. So I decided to pick some. Let me list out..
Lift the Ban List
Suppressed on Political grounds:
1984 by George Orwell
All quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Suppressed on Religious grounds
Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
The hidden face of Eve: women in the Arab world by Nawal El Saadawi
The Satanic verses by Salman Rushdie
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
Suppressed on Social Grounds
Catch -22 by Joseph Heller
The catcher in the rye by J D Salinger
Invisible man by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
And many more…
It is a great time to discover great Australian authors and to dig in till you find the ones that savour your senses.
Alan Marshall Garth Nix
Arnold Zable J M Coetzee
Ben Elton John Marsden
Cate Kennedy Kerry Greenwood
Chris Womersley Peter Fitzsimons
Christopher Koch Richard Flanagan
Clive James Thomas Keneally
Dominic Knight Xavier Herbert to name a few.
You will find sentences like..
“When all else fails, philosophize.”
“The first flush of love is like nostalgia for the present; we know on some molecular level that it cannot be repeated. The tragedy is that one can never calculate such instances until one knows there will be no more of them.”
“Why do people even have these child things? They mustn’t know. The narcissistic pleasure of creating a miniature version of yourself wouldn’t be enough to lure people into it if they really knew the screaming hideousness that awaited them.
“I watch people sometimes, wonder how they can walk around with the weight of what they know.”
If that intrigues you, click on http://www.randomhouse.com.au/collections/australian-authors.aspx?sort=author for more Australian authors.
I had to run off from the library because no one was allowed to eat stuff in the library.
So for the nibbling part, I have Coconut vanilla cake where every crumb is a bit of pure delight and greater than pleasure to pick it up again.
Coconut Vanilla Cake recipe:
Butter – ½ kg
Sugar – ½ kg
Egg – 9 or 10
Self raising flour – ½ kg
Milk – 1 cup
Vanilla essence – 1 ½ tbsp
Cashews – handful
Fresh coconut flakes of half a coconut
- Cream butter and caster sugar with an electric blender.
- Add eggs 4 by 4 with vanilla essence and blend in again.
- Add flour in many portions and blend in along with milk. Stop blending when the mixture turns homogenous or cake might become hard.
- Mix in coconut flakes and cashews with a fork.
Bake at 160c for 1 hour
* 1. My oven took 1 hour. The smell of well baked cake is a sure sign of perfection.
2. I used fresh coconut flakes. Dry flakes can also be used.
3. 10 eggs had to be added but I added 8 since these eggs looked too big and thought they might do.
I decided to bake this whole batch so I get to bake next after a week.
Come on, that’s not too much, we need one of those!
If you look to have a smaller portion, the best thing you can opt to do is to take same amounts of butter, sugar, self-raising flour, add in 2 eggs for a 100 grams of flour, fair amount of flavouring extract of your choice and other additives. Add milk little by little till you achieve the right consistency (not too runny or gross).
Preheat the oven. Blend as directed and oil-spray quickly on cake tin lined with baking sheet. Transfer the batter. Bake at 160c.
Get ready for a heart-warming experience. When a whiff of perfectly baked cake wafts through, put in kebab stick and if the stick comes out clean, the cake is done. You will see the top surface is nicely browned. Let it cool in the cake tin. Carefully open the springlock and transfer to the wire rack. Let it cool completely.
Only now you’re ready to dig in!
And the winner is…