The catching up post + chocolate mousse recipe

20 Apr

Wow!

This space sure feels strange after a month plus long hiatus.  My mind is blank and typing words to form lucid sentences is a struggle. But I have to do this because I am going to take a small break again until the second week of May.  My last post was about my 3rd blog anniversary where I did mention that I had something exciting to share. Well that was so long ago that I really do not know what I was talking about then. So much has happened since then and it reaffirms my belief that happiness is in the moments and that state of mind. I didn’t share it back then and now it feels diluted.

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Update 1 : A big portion of February ( read 20 days ), I spent writing 35,000 words for a fiction competition. This competition was announced sometime in September, 2012 and its deadline was 28th of February 2013. I started my research and some field work at the last moment because until then I did not have any story line in my mind. I started working on the draft on the 8th of February and started writing seriously by the 14th of February. It was during this writing journey that I came to appreciate the amount of effort professional writers put into their work. Writing 35,000 words turned into a daunting task with a full time job ( 10 plus hours)+ a hyper toddler+ chores + misc.  With barely 2 hours of sleep some days I did manage to turn out a fantasy fiction of 35,000 words by 11:59, 28th February. I am the last-minute-queen. This 20 day story writing exercise reminded me of my engineering college days. But as a student there weren’t as many responsibilities as I do now. So with that obvious difference factored in, I was drained by the time I finished my task. Once it was over for a week or so I felt lost like a big part of my life was over. It was such an engaging and challenging process that I don’t remember the last time I felt so engrossed in any project. My family and friends were such a huge support especially my brother without whom I wouldn’t have completed this on time. My hubby and my friends at work and outside helped me proof read  my story. The results of this writing competition will be out in this month or early May. So that is something I am definitely looking forward to.

Update 2: In between, I had the opportunity to contribute my thoughts towards women empowerment to Sabaya Magazine (Bahrain)

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          sabaya1I have shared this write up on my other blog–>dazzlersdiary

Update 3 : Another feature about a Mother’s Day special in Bahrain Confidential. I shared my recipes of carrot cake  that is a tad bit special with the addition of pineapples and a healthy egg and veggies breakfast. Both of these recipes have been featured in my blog many months ago.

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Update 4: Work was the theme of the month for March.15-16 hours of working took a toll on my health – both mental and physical. I had to cut off from everything including the blogging, all social networking sites etc. Whatever little time I did get I turned it towards my family and entertained a few guests in between this madness, threw a birthday party,  nursed a sick child, travelled for work, went to a spa and shopped to de-stress  So all in all it was a mixed bag.

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Update 5: Now for the last update for this post is definitely the best and the most exciting for me. We are taking a trip to France for 10 days. We have a day in Amsterdam and then several days between Paris and Nice. I can’t wait for my vacation to start. I am looking forward to unwind and experience Paris in its best weather. It would be cold but it would be wonderful to experience that chill as the scorching summers have already set in here, in Bahrain. I want to take this vacation and come back inspired and rejuvenated. Oh, did I miss out mentioning that I would be celebrating my birthday at the Eiffel tower! Yippeee!

Now to end this post with some scrummy pud. I made these chocolate mousse for some guests. It is a great recipe and doesn’t take much time to put together. I made these again with more coffee than chocolate which I then called the expresso mousse.

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With this I end my post with the promise to be back with my Paris culinary adventures and some culinary insights.

16 Responses to “The catching up post + chocolate mousse recipe”

  1. anonymous April 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi, nice to have you back…. Best of luck on the competition… The journey is always more fun than the result… Enjoy your vacation… Waiting for more posts

  2. Gayathri April 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    This mousse was awesome!!! And have a happy happy Birthday in Paris!!! Enjoy nad don’t forget the lunch date…:)

  3. Priya Sreeram (@priyasreeram) April 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    hey anita – hearty advance wishes for a fab birthday in Paris- enjoy ! and 3500 words in such a short span—- wow; hope ur labour of love n passion fetches all the amazing results

  4. Priya Sreeram (@priyasreeram) April 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    sorry 35000 words 🙂

  5. TheWhiteRamekins April 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    nice to see so many exciting updates Anita. Good luck for the fiction competition. I am sure it would have been a daunting experience. Paris is one of my dream destinations. Enjoy your stay there and happy b’day in advance.

  6. yummychunklet April 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Great layouts and mousse! Yum!

  7. Poonam April 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Hey anita, was so so ecstatic to see you back… i thought it was me actually who is not getting time to dig into the most cherished thing of mine i.e your blogs but now i know that you too had your hands full with flurry of activities…Well dear hope you have a gala time in France and i am sure you will… wish you a fun filled birthday… and yes dear i cant end without loading you with compliments for the wonderful article on “Women Empowerment “penned by you… You surely are a Woman who is so inspiring at least to me you are… and last but not the least you look mesmerizing in that mug shot of yours featured in that article…You truly exemplify “Beauty with Brains”…

  8. Meenakshi April 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Soooo nice to have you back! I was wondering how things were after the anniversary post but I figured since you are back to working full time, you must have been tied down. But so so happy for you- you have pursued your passion, and writing fiction is no easy feat! Hearty congratulations- to be able to produce a story is itself a great achievement. Inspirational! And oooh I am so excited/envious about your France trip! Eat many many macarons, dozens of mille-feuilles, and make merry! Can’t wait to see snapshots of the trip. This chocolate mousse is the best precursor to Paris! Have a great vacation xo

  9. Purely.. Kay April 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Who doesn’t love a good chocolate recipe. And this mousse looks absolutely delicious and wonderful. I need to try this recipe out

  10. Cass @foodmyfriend April 29, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    You have been a very busy girl! Congratulations on all accounts and I can’t wait until your next update. Do what you love and do it often!

  11. Ameena April 30, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    What a great update…congrats on the writing. Such a huge accomplishment!

    The mousse looks delicious.

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