Friday, December 24, 2010

The Night that changed the World

Over two thousand years ago, the fate of the world changed one night. The change was not brought down with thunder or lightning or any of the dramatic special effects that we see in movies these days. There were only the cries of a full-term pregnant woman and the racing heart-beat of her husband, a carpenter, who probably didn't have any experience delivering a child before. In fact they were travelling when it was time for the baby to come. I can't imagine the pain, the fear, the anxiety they would have gone through.

The Baby was born that very night and He was laid in a manger! This was the Baby who was to change the course of the world. His birth was so ordinary - no pomp and no spectacular celebrations, in fact not even a cradle or a bed to lay Him in. God chose to bring His one and only Son into this world as a ordinary human being.

As we celebrate Christmas this year, just take a moment to recall Jesus' actual birth.

Here are a few snapshots of Christmas from my home.

The Christmas Star at our home - Reminiscent of the bright star that marked Jesus birth.

Wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Miracle of Life

Dark Chocolate and Orange Cupcakes
Chocolate and Orange Frosting

I never thought much about miracles till the day I gave birth to my son. Even though it was amidst all the modern conveniences of advanced medical care, spotless hygiene and pain relieving injections (at the very end), the pain of child-birth is still the most painful thing imaginable. And after all that pain and fear, when you finally see your child, you are amazed at this miracle that you cradle in your arms. At the very heart of it, inspite of the tremendous advances in medical science, every baby is truly a miracle and a gift. Can anyone fully fathom the birth of a new life - a life with heart and soul and intelligence?

The birth of a child is one of the most intense experiences I know of . The intense pain and fear and the intense happiness and relief afterwards are incomparable to anything else.

Now on to the recipe. Dark chocolate and Orange are two of my favourite flavours. I was experimenting on a cake with these 2 intense flavours. And it was an astounding success! In fact it is one of the best tasting cakes I have ever baked. And boy, the flavours in this cake are truly intense. So I made this in tiny cupcake moulds - the one that is smaller than muffin moulds. This cake is defnitely for those who want to celebrate the intensely happy moments of life.


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