I was married a year before i began blogging. As a new bride who dint know her lentils and spices, i did find the time spent in the kitchen annoying and sometimes frightening in the beginning. I really dont know when my perspective on food changed or how it changed. But then, that change has sort of changed my whole way of life. And it s given me so much of hope and love from around the world. A year of marriage, some experimentally successful cooking and Mr.P was gently urging to me begin telling the world how to cook. I was apprehensive but once i began, there was no looking back. I ve not stopped since and i doubt if i will.
The beginning of a food blog was not very exciting for me. I had too many inspirations.But still, to get the aesthetics of food blogging right took me about 6 months. And then, a whole new world opened up to me. Bloggers i met through virtual events went on to become great friends. And now they have all transcended to being my best friends. I know it s been a while since i have been here on the blogosphere. But to this date, any new comment still leaves me with a wide grin just like my first comment on my first post did.
I must thank a few people for helping me come so far. First, Mr.P of course. Its not easy living with a food blogger. Mind you. But he does and i m really thankful to him for that. It can be very irritating when your stomach is growling with hunger, the food s readily sitting on the table looking all pretty but then your wife has to click that picture or she wont have a post to do. He s put up with my experiments( some were real nasty) and my constant urge to click anything food for the past 1 year. And whats more! He s been there with me when i ve talked to him about how much i long for some ramekins in white. He s borne all this with abundant patience and for that i m terribly grateful to him.
And after Mr.P, its definitely Amma and Daddy who take the time out to look into my blog and tell me what they think. I couldnt have asked for better critiques. While Amma calls me often to tell how much she liked one picture or the other, Daddy, just like Dads are, tells me that all my posts are lovely and that each recipe s simply mouth watering.
Now that we are done with family, i ve some more people who i must say, have made a great impact on the way i blog. Lets start with all you beautiful beautiful people who cook from my blog. I value all your comments and even though i dont respond to each comment, believe me they are all incredibly inspirational to me. Thanks a million for your unwavering and growing support for Tomato Blues.And then there are my lovely friends.Co bloggers who ve become chuddy buddy sorts now. The entire Gourmet Seven is like extended family to me. I resort to them when all else fails in my kitchen and they ve never let me down until today. Thank you beautifuls for making my blogging experience such a delight.
Having said all this, no one finishes a year of something without something to celebrate the memory with. Mr.P became very generous last month and bought me a Nikon D55 to commemorate the occasion of my first blogoversary. Thanks to Mr.P for such a loving and thoughtful gift again. I ve been meddling with the camera for sometime now and that s the reason i ve such good pics at times and then i ve some real dirty ones. Please bear with me until i get the hang of it. I m experimenting a lot with colors, whites and focus. So until i m there, the pics are going to be this way. A lil nice and a lot bad.
Now, all this definitely calls for some kind of a toast. I decided i ll toast all the lovely people in my life, Mr.P, Amma, Daddy, my precious readers and the whole of G7 with this chocolate bark. After all finishing up a year sure does make one feel festive. Before i begin, here are some recipes that won many hearts in my one year of blogging.
Cook Time: Under 20 mins
Setting Time: 1 hour
Yields about 12 medium size pieces
( This chocolate bark cant get easier. You can make this using dark chocolate or milk chocolate or white chocolate. You can add about any kind of topping or stick to one particular combination like maybe craisins and pistachios or you can even make some that are nutty and minty. You must be very very careful when you are melting the chocolate. Even a teeny weeny bit of water can spoil your chocolate and then you will be terribly disappointed.If you are melting your chocolate in a double boiler, then make sure you dont let the steam escape or the moisture from the steam will spoil the chocolate. Line your tray with butter paper before you begin the entire process.)
What You Need?
Cooking chocolate ( dark or white or milk) 250 g chopped roughly
Mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios) ¼ cup slivered
Mixed dried fruits ( candied peel, figs quartered, raisins, sultanas)¼ cup
Other Things That You Must Have:
A tray that is ½″ deep
Butter paper 1 sheet
Two steel bowls.One that will fit in snugly into the other and will have a gap of about 10 to 15 cms between the both to use as a double boiler.For more details on how to melt chocolate read my posts on
chocolate fudge cake and home made mint filled chocolates
How To Make It?
Line a tray with the butter paper and keep ready.
Place the chocolate in a double boiler and let it melt completely stirring occasionally.
Once the chocolate s completed melted and glossy, pour the chocolate onto the lined tray evenly.
This step entirely depends on how thick you want the bark to be.In case you want thick barks, then you need not spread the chocolate to the whole tray.
Once you are done pouring the chocolate, drop the tray gently on the kitchen counter.
Spread the nuts and fruit on the chocolate while its hot evenly.
Now, let it come to room temperature.
Once it comes to room temperature, let it set in the fridge for about an hour.
Once set, chop into pieces and pack them up into cute gifts.
Or start devouring them like we did.You cant resist home made chocolate bark, can you?
Amina Khaleel says
Congratulations… Keep rocking!!
Reshmi Mahesh says
Congrats dear…Chocolate bark looks tempting and perfect for celebration…
Spice up the Curry says
congrats and keep up good work.
Congrats on your Milestone!!!! Choco Bark is So Damn Sinful!!!!!
Taste Junction says
Truly barks are a treat…and u have really come a long way in this short span..all the best!
Congratulations! 😀 Superb recipe! All those nutritious nuts definitely take the guilt OFF of chocolate.<br />And Nikon D55! Super Cool. I must say I noticed the difference! I envy you! 😀 I hope I get good marks in my exams so that I can convince dad to loosen the purse strings! 😀
Priya Sreeram says
WOWEE GIRL- kudos to your milestone;one year of chronicling your food adventures and at such an young age- enviable ! Have to agree to each and every line of yours- like u the only thing that puts a huge smile on my face is that hot looking napkin or the wow cutleryy ! gee anyways am sure the Nikon is going to be your able partner in crime(lol) for many more years to come ! Happy Blogging
Congrats and happy birthday to Tomato blues, wat an fabulous bar to celebrate this day.
Yaay and high five on completing 1 year Anu. Hugs and always be like this okay. Don't change no matter what.
wonderful milestone ! and a choco bark to boot !! Kudos on the journey and wish you many more !<br /><br />hugs<br /><br /><br />Kalyani <br /><a href="Sizzling%20Tastebuds" rel="nofollow">Sizzling Tastebuds</a><br /><a href="http://www.sizzlingtastebuds.com/2012/06/guest-hosting-healthy-diet-sandwiches.html" rel="nofollow">Event : Healthy Diet – Sandwiches</a>