There is a pretty good reason why I call the kitchen my happy peaceful place. The bedroom is also my happy place because I love sleeping but the kitchen tops it. I love being in the kitchen because then I’m free; to think, to create, to learn and I enjoy everything I do in there.

Sometimes when I’m feeling low(sad and stressed out) and/or anxious I just go into the kitchen and start opening and closing cabinets; looking for something to cook. And most of the times, I choose to bake. Baking is therapeutic. It is a process that goes beyond basic cooking; It’s deeply involving but at the same time I get time to think things through, ‘meditate’ and fondly remember someone who is very very dear to me (she was a cake lover and a great baker. She probably made over a thousand cakes in her lifetime. And I really miss her.)

The first time I tried baking a cake it flopped badly. And I was very disappointed in myself. That time I was just baking for the sake of baking. Probably to show off skills I didn’t have at that time. It definitely flopped because I didn’t follow any procedure in mixing and measuring. I just threw everything in unbelievable quantities into the bowl and hoped for perfection. Later I got to understand that a little effort goes a long way. So I taught myself to measure, mix and be patient while going with the required flow because at the end of it all I’ll achieve something; affirmation and pure deliciousness.

So baking makes me happy, it makes me relax and it makes me look forward to stuffing my face with cake. I’m such a sweet tooth by the way…

Take time and make this simple Vanilla Yoghurt Cake and you’ll definitely feel good at the end. Especially if you have it with the Masala tea 🙂

You will need:-
2 cups Self raising flour
1 cup Vanilla Yoghurt
1 tablespoon Soft Margarine
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons Sesame seeds
1/2 cup Roasted Groundnuts

1. Preheat the oven at 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
2. In a bowl, put the flour, yoghurt, sugar, eggs, margarine, half the sesame seeds and groundnuts.
3. Beat well till everything is creamy and smooth. Pour into a regular baking tin or a cupcake tray that has been adequately greased with margarine.
4. Sprinkle the remaining sesame seeds and groundnuts on top of the mixture.
5. Bake for 20 minutes till it’s perfectly risen and golden brown on top.
6. Take the cake out of the oven and leave to cool inside the baking tin.
7. Once cooled, serve with a cup of hot Black Masala tea (Just because it’s my favourite 😁 And it perfectly pairs with sweet cakes)


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