Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sweet Red Wine

Recipe No 2
This is a recipe that is given to me by my mother in law. I made some modifications to suit our necessities (specially the quantity). Even though this came a bit sweeter than hers, it was good. It’s good for a change from the usual US wines and above all this pairs well with the fruit cake.

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  • Black Grapes.........3 cups
  • Sugar..............................6 cups
  • Yeast..............................2 1/4 teaspoon
  • Wheat handful
  • Egg white.........................2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon.........................One 1 inch piece crushed or 1/3 teaspoon powdered
  • Boiled and cooled water.....10 cups
To make the Caramel
  • Sugar...........1 cup
  • Water ..........1cup ( Boiled)
  1. Wash grapes thoroughly and keep in and earthen pot ( Due to the lack of this I used a glass container which I covered the sides with Aluminum foil)
  2. Add sugar to the grapes and mash them together with clean hands.
  3. Mix in Yeast, Wheat, Egg white, Cinnamon and Water.
  4. Mix everything with a wooden spoon .
  5. Keep it air tight in a dry cool place.
  6. Stir the mix for the next 21 days once everyday with a wooden spoon.
  7. Strain on the 22nd day using a clean cheesecloth. Don't crush the grapes.
  8. Mix  caramel syrup into the wine.
  9. Pour it in bottles in let rest for some days...The longer it sits the better it is.
To make the caramel syrup
  1. Caramelize one cup sugar until it reaches a very dark color. Add boiling  water and let cool completely.
Make this, enjoy the deliciousness and serve it with love....


Unknown said...

Atta girl ... way to go!!!!

needless to say I shall give a shot to some of the 262 recipes in the coming year ... all the very best in ur quest and God bless!!!

Unknown said...

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