This post is a dedication to my cousin sister Neelam. She stepped into her 50s yesterday.
A very simple girl. She and I grew up together and even though younger than me by 10 months she used to take care of me growing up a lot. She started cooking before me and was more responsible than me. At a young age a better cook than anyone in the family.
An anecdote that family tells about us is that when we were babies 10 months apart I did not drink much milk so my bottle was given to her and she would suck up both hers and mine noisily. I was a bony baby she was chubby. She was vulnerable I was smart. Especially I knew how to escape our grandfather's pastings. That's our favourite memory to crack up to.
Then 5 yrs ago she had gone for a pilgrimage to Nashik. When she suffered deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and the blood clot travelled to her hand. In seconds it was black. Immediately she was moved to Mumbai and for 15 days doctors waited to see if they could revive it. Alas they could not and before sepsis set in they had to take a decision to save her life. It was a very hard time for family members to watch her go thru it. Finally she said she wanted to live for her young daughters. In that process she lost a limb.
Aai, me and Neelam
Since then She lives her life with strength and positivism. Still caring for her family. She doesn't show the struggle. We are fortunate that her younger sister in also married into the same family so she has her back.
Yesterday I had planned an online party for her. However due to several challenges in the family that party turned into a one on one call. Yet Dad and I went ahead and wished her. Showed her the SweetLime Cupcakes that I made and we ate later. I know it would have been such fun together.
The cupcakes turned out a little dense than I like but were nice and citrusy.
Here is the recipe if you wish to recreate.
1 cup maida / all purpose flour.
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
50gms white butter
1 cup SweetLime juice
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon zest
1/2 cup sugar, demerara
100 ml Amul fresh cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon zest
Follow the video.
In a bowl mix in all wet ingredients and dissolve the sugar by whisking. Then add the baking powder and mix lightly.
Add the zest. Next fold in the flour lightly into the liquid. The batter should be smooth.
Now line the muffin tray with cupcake cases. Spoon in 3-4 scoops into each pocket. Meanwhile preheat oven for 10 mins. I usually add this time to the time for baking and set the total time required. In this case we will bake for 40 mins in a bain marie so set the time at 50 mins at 160 degree celcius.
Put in a tray with 1 cup of water. place the muffin tray over it and bake. Check if baked properly by inserting a knife in the middle of the muffin. If the knife comes out clean it is done.
Cool completely for 12 hours before icing.
Whip the fresh cream with icing sugar and vanilla extract.
Top the muffins with icing to make them into pretty cupcakes. Sprinkle the zest over the icing.
Before serving place the SweetLime Cupcakes on a beautiful plate or cake stand.
Happy 50th Budday Neelam!