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, July 6, 2010

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Recipe No: 53
This is a very simple and easy recipe to make…at the same time looks fancy too...
Ingredients                                        Makes 15
  • Whole Strawberries………………..15 (keep the stems and the leaves)
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips…….1 Cup
  • White Chocolate chips…………….1/4 Cup
Method of Preparation
  1. Wash and pat the Strawberries dry. If there is moisture on the Strawberries, Chocolate won’t stick to them.
  2. Prepare a sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the Semisweet Chocolate chips in the microwave. This will take anywhere between 1 to 2 minutes. Be sure to check every 30 seconds.
  4. When it is really melted, take the Strawberries one by one and holding onto the leaves dip them in the chocolate at least 3/4th of the way up.
  5. Take them out and keep them on the parchment paper. Keep this in the fridge till we are ready to do the next step.
  6. Melt the white Chocolate in the microwave. Keep checking every 30 seconds.
  7. When it is melted pour it into a small plastic bag and squeeze it towards one of its tip. Cut off a small portion from that end so that when squeezed a very thin line of chocolate comes out.
  8. Take the Strawberries from the fridge and drizzle its top with the white Chocolate.
  9. Give it some time to set and serve cold or at room temperature.
Notes: You can use milk, dark or white chocolate to dip the Strawberries.
If Chocolate chips are not available you can use regular Chocolate for this.
If you don’t have a microwave to melt the Chocolate, do it on the stove top with a double boiler. Keep a small bowl on top a simmering pot of water in such a way that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Melt the Chocolate in the bowl.
Melting Chocolate over direct flame is not very good as that can result in scorching/burning of the Chocolate.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love....


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