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Monday, December 20, 2010

Coconut Vanilla Macaroons and food fiction

Hey everyone.. the last of the desserts..

Fig.1. Coconut Vanilla Macaroons
 I spotted these on Champa's blog Versatile Kitchen. The recipe is simple:

Roast 2/3 cup of all purpose flour till it smells sweet. Then add 1/2 teaspoon salt and a little less than one 14 oz bag of sweetened flaked coconut in it. Mix well. Now mix 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence with a little less than one 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk. Add to the dry mix above. Mix by hand. The "little less" is because I did not want them to be too sweet. So use your judgment for sweetness. The "dough" should be thick, moist, sticky and pliable. Now make small flattened balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Use oil on your hands if needed. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 F, till the coconut flakes are lightly toasted. That's all! How quick and simple! And eggless too!!

Now it's time for another silly story. This story sends good wishes to people who have SAD. And it goes to Jaya of Spice and Curry who is hosting the event Chalks and Chopsticks started by Aqua.

Raushni Suryavansham and the terrible Dark

Raushni Suryavansham was the name of our favorite girl.
She was ever bright and sunny, and her life was a whirl.
Up and about, always busy and fulfilled,
Perfect was her life, like Mango Lassi, chilled.

But then one day Raushni, met a terrible Monster!!
Dark-vader was his name, (atleast that's what he announced her).
He said, "Hoo-haa!! I am Dark-vader!! People fear me and run!
Raushni Suryavansham.. my reign has begun!!"

For many days and many nights she was haunted by Dark-vader,
She lost all her joy and josh to the Energy Invader. 
Raushni's sunny soul was gradually exhausted,
And one day, darling Raushni simply couldn't get out of bed.

Then Raushni's Dad had an idea! He got broad-spectrum energy-savers.
Mom made Coconut Vanilla Macaroons - Raushni's favorite flavours!
The roasted flour and toasted coconut had an irresistible aroma
which wafted slowly to Raushni's room and she awoke with a delighted "Oh, Ma!"

It smelt like summer. Was it summer? No.. the Dark Monster was still in sight
hovering around.. between her and her macaroons.. like a terrible terrible Blight!
"Hoo-haa!!" said Dark-vader, "People fear me and run!!
I am terrible! I am mean!! And I fear no one!!"

This monstrous Dark-vader had made her life Helly!
And now, the impetuous blighter was coming between Raushni and her belly!
Raushni WOULDN'T take it any more! She sprang out of bed.
"I'll take you up on your word and RUN!!" and kitchen-wards she sped.

She scooped up a warm macaroon and popped it into her mouth.
Summer and Winter had imploded.. it was like she had flown South!
Dark-vader was close at her heels. But instead of being afraid,
Raushni charged straight at her Bully with a mean Coconut Grenade!

"Hoo-haa!!" she bellowed with fury, "I am Raushni Suryavansham!!
Dark-vader, you better run.. for this is the land of the SUN!!"

Dark-vader had met his match! He grabbed his dark cloak,
heading straight for the nearest rest-room, (terror-struck old bloke.)

Raushni had won back her joy. She would never fear Dark anymore!
Under bright lights, with foodie delights, she danced, "Teri Ore, teri ore!"

Thanks for reading everyone! Best wishes to anyone suffering from mild or severe SAD.


Jaya said...

Eggless macaroons are looking very delicious..and loved your poetry for food-fiction this time for a change..Thanks a lot for your lovely entry..hugs and smiles

indosungod said...

Delicious macaroons and a delightful story. Thanks let me go arm myself with some macaroons to ward off the 'Dark' Vader.

Priya said...

Beautiful and scrumptious macaroons,very tempting..

Enjoyed reading..

sra said...

That poem must have been a lot of work! And with "Helly" you remind me of Ogden Nash.

SS blogs here said...

Hey, Jaya! Thanks for hosting the event!

Thanks Indo.. Thanks Priya!

Thanks, Sra. I found quite a few funny poems of his after your Nash recommendation. Real nice!

aqua said...

You are awesome! Always leave with a grin after reading your writing :)

SS blogs here said...

Ooh.. thanks, Aqua! The pleasure of your smile is all mine! :)

Cham said...

It is terrific ur poem comes story- Lovely macaroons

BangaloreBaker said...

Your macaroons look so pretty. I liked the idea of roasting the flour even better.
Your story made me smile. Thanks for letting me know about posting this.

Panchpakwan said...

Yummy macaroons..loved it.

SS blogs here said...

Thanks Cham! Thanks Jyothi! :)

Hey BB.. many thanks for the lovely and simple recipe! We loved these and will make them again before the week ends! :)

M D said...

Looking delicious coconut macaroons :)

Jaya said...

Dear I have posted the round-up finally!! wish you and yours a very happy new year ..hugs and smiles

Smita Srivastava said...

A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

- Smita
(fun foods for little eaters

Soma said...

Delightful and delicious!

happy new year to you and your dear family. sending you all good wishes that the year can bring.

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Mallika!

Hey Jaya, thanks for the great round-up!

Thanks, Smita! Happy New Year to you too!

Thanks Soma.. Happy New Year to you and your family too!

SpicyTasty said...

Happy new year!!wonderful recipe!!

SS blogs here said...

Thanks Shriya! Happy New Year to you too!

Kurinji said...

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SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Kurinji! I'll be sure to visit!

Cham said...

Happy New Year 2011 to you and your Dear ones!
No post busy?

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Cham! Wish you the same! No post.. yes.. I guess its normal amount of busy. Will write a post very soon. Thanks! Cheers! :)