September 7, 2010

Celebrating Birthday with Strawberry Ice Cream

~"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”~
-Abraham Lincoln

....and another year added to this short span of life and I grew a year older today....Happy Birthday to me.

I never thought that I would ever hate to grow old, but now I am. I am in fear of growing old in each passing years and I am in fear to face the mirror to see that I am growing old indeed. I truly believe that each phase of life has its own charm and beauty. So do I enjoy this phase of life where my days are exploring the childhood once again with my little one. But still, sometimes a hidden aspiration raps my mind, making me totally dunned. In my first twenty years I wished to god, might be every day, to grow old soon. But as I stationed to the Thirty I wished to travel back to the early tracks to enjoy my childhood, student life, college days again and again. Am I the only one to think like this or you are also on the same boat wishing to sail back to the realm of innocence once again!!!

This is the eternal philosophical humdrum, cycles in the human minds in the anticipating fear of getting old. I am no exception nor you or anybody. Today is my birthday and I don’t want to make my mind melancholic any way with this perpetual truth.


In my every birthday, I gift myself something special. I consider my birthday, especially a day of mine, when I am not only special for everybody but very very special for me too. The day of stepping in the world, I love to share specially with my mom, dad and sister. But now it’s not possible as they live on the other part of the world and I am on the other. Thanks to the tele-communication that still made the distance shorter to at least by sharing the voices or watching each other through the webcam. I specially miss my mom, dad and sister on this day too much. Today early in the morning my mom, dad and sister called me and sang the Happy Birthday song and my day became brighter than ever. And when my little daughter gifted me a beautiful card which she made by her own hand with the help of her dad, I got the best gift I owned ever.


So now I have two more special people in my world. The birthday celebrating responsibility now is taken by my husband and our little daughter (who thinks each birthday, whether it’s her mom’s or dad’s birthday, as her birthday) assists him in full of vigour and she will keep on saying –“It’s my birthday party today”. That is the most innocent phase of life, which makes our days brighter and brighter even the dark days too. They gave me a beautiful lunch and dinner outside and a bunch of sweet gifts, include chocolates, tiny little model cars etc.






This time I made Strawberry Ice Cream as a birthday present to me. I wanted to make a cake for me. But all the Ice cream recipes in my favourite blogs made me esurient to take a challenge to delve in the world of frozen afters. This is for the first time I am making Ice cream at home. I was restricted to the fact that Ice cream can’t be made without an Ice Cream Maker. But when few of my fellow bloggers posted mouth-watering Ice Cream recipes on their blogs, I was not able to resist myself to try it out in my kitchen. Luckily I got two boxes of strawberry, in a bargain price of each $.99, where the regular market price here is $ 2.99. I wanted to use them before they start to get pale and rotten. So I decided to make Strawberry Ice Cream. I gone through a bunch of Ice Cream recipes and finally I turned up with a combination recipe of my own taking ideas from there. I bought some colourful mini cones from the market and served the ice cream on them to make more appealing and attractive to my lil one. After making the ice cream, I never thought that Ice cream could be made so easily. So I am too proud to get such a lovely and delectable gift from me, a challenging successful creation which tastes so heavenly and melts down to the mouth leaving a tart sweet creamy savour to grab for the next bite. Here is the recipe....



Ingredients:-
Strawberries- Chopped 3 cups (approx 24-25 medium size )
Condense Milk- 1 can
Yogurt- 2 table spoons

 
 
Method-
1. Blend all the ingredients in to a smooth puree.
2. Freeze for two hours. Then again blend the frozen puree in the mixer. Do the same in every two hours for 3-4 times.
3. Then keep in the freezer over night. You will never believe then that ice cream can be made so easy.
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Now the time is to share few awards with you all. I am too honoured to receive a bunch of lovely awards from Nivedita, Gouridi and Umm. I would love to thank them for sharing these awards with me. I would also like to share these awards with all of you who love and enjoy my blog and encourage me with your inspiring feedbacks on my each post. Please collect the awards from the Award page. Thanks again...Happy Blogging.

50 comments:

Torviewtoronto said...

looks fabulous

Tanvi said...

A very very happy birthday dear.Lovely ice cream.Enjoy ur day!
Sinfully Spicy

Kuntala said...

jonmodiner anek anek subhechchha roilo Kamalika.....bhalo theko ei kamona kori.

Sushma Mallya said...

Happy b'day once again kamalika,it was so nice seeing your pic in fb...lovely write up and icecream looks too good to resist...very beautiful pics again...i hope you had a lovely bday...

aipi said...

We all have to age but I am certain you will stay young at heart and that is the best way to be..Many happy returns of the day Kamalika :))
And what a way to treat yourself..lovely ice cream!!

US Masala

Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

Happy Birthday to you Kamalika..I'm sure,especially after reading the post,that you must have had a great day !! Like you,I too don't waste a single oppurtunity to go back to my childhood days...
Thanks for such a beautiful yet easy recipe..Will surely try this one out !!

Satya said...

OMG!!!!! ice cream looks awesome dear ...thank q somuch for sharing such a wonderful ice cream ...yummy...btw MANY MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY DEAR .......

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Kamalika
Happy birthday and many happy returns of the day.
Nice reading, people do look back and feel like staying there, because past is always comfortable as every thing is known. Future is uncertain so we try to shy away. I have almost completed my journey through life, so I can say , it is pretty exciting to grow old,every day is a new day and new thing happens.. But one good thing to remember, never stay in the past (many people do, who cant look forward and suffer always....staying in past is useless) but visiting the past once in a while is good, you pick up the learning to be used for future.
Life is too short and there is so many things to do ..so look forward and hurry and it is really exciting (which includes happiness, pain, sadness, glories etc etc )
too much gyan diye dilam, like all old junkies.
bhalo theko






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hiiiiiii,

Many more happy returns of the day!!!God Bless you immensely!!!

Sameena@

www.lovelypriyanka.blogspot.com
www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Santosh Bangar said...

happy b'day to u with delicious ice cream enjoy.do visit my blog.
santoshbangar .blogspot.com

Kamalika said...

Thanks everybody for your lovely wishes...they really mean a lot to me....

@Aipi, you are absolutely right, I too believe if you r young at heart you r young forever....

@Ushnishda, Akdom gyan noe...It means a lot to me....you, experienced people are the pathfinder for us.....You can show the truth of life from your experiences...I know I have lot more things to explore and experience and i truely look forwrd to it....but still past is quite pleasant to rejuvanate anyone that I believe too....Thanks a lot for your msg....it means a lot to me.....

@Santosh, thanks alot for visiting my blog and for the wish....will surely visit your blog.....

Arundhuti said...

Belated Happy Birthday Kamalika...and your ice creams looks yummmm.....God bless!!!!! :)

Yummy Team said...

A big happy birthday to you, kamalika!! Strawberry ice cream looks so yummy..Thanks for sharing this simple n delicious recipe..

Gouri Guha said...

Kamalika,
Many happy returns for the Day. Every year that passes stays with us as rememberances, many happy notes have played and of course some sad ones will always tread the path pf life.
Nice reading the write-up.
Ice cream darroon dekhte hoyeche. aamar strawberry flavout khoob bhalo lage. ki sundoor chobe.
Thanks for picking up the awards.

Priya said...

Many more happy returns of the day dear Kamalika..delicious looking ice cream..

Sayantani said...

ami sei purono kathai bolbo re kal je 7th chilo seta aar mathay chilona. sombar i borke bolchilam jano ei mase amader aneker janmodin bole puro list o dilam. asole cheleta ato bhugche je din tarikh sab gulie jachhe. posta ta pore khub bhalo laglo je janmadin enjoy korechis. tabe oi ma baba kache na thakle ki jano missing mone hay taina. janmadiner anek shubhechcha toke. bhalo thakis...aar ei byapok ice cream ta toke nischai khub bhalo rekheche.

Jaya said...

many happy returns of the day Kamalika.And onek onek shubhecha roilo ..and I am just like that afraid of getting old may be because it's still unknown for me...but then living each moment as it comes is what I like to do now..Bhalo thekho .
hugs and smiles

Aparna S Mallya said...

Happy B'day!!

There are times when we do want to go back, specially when we think we can change something in the past. But think abt it, do you want to write yr exams all over again!!??

Lovely gift u gave yrself - what better than vibrant, pink icecream!

collin said...

Belated Happy Birthday.

So sweet & cute post. I really liked it.Between thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

Take the Ice Cream Personality Test and find out what ice cream flavor are you as per your personality. I have taken the test and have enjoyed a lot. Hope you too will enjoy it. Have Fun!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hey Happy B'day to you dear :-) Hugs and kisses(flying ;-))
I like your spirit to feel special on your Day. You know I don't feel awkward to treat myself amar b'day din. Good usage of the strawberry offer :-) Lovely ice-cream that too without ice=cream maker. Khoob colorful presentation korecho

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Suja Sugathan said...

Happy B'day..many God bless you with lots of happiness.
Looks fabulous..wonderful treat.

Kamalika said...

THnaks dear all...your birthday wishes made my days birghter and brighter.....

@Gouridi, I too agree with you...And its my pleasure to receive those lovely awards...

@Sayatani, never mind.....amar to prayei bhul hoe jae....thiki re baba ma ke chhara kichhui bhalo lage na....

@Aparna, you know sometimes I want to give my exams once again to read more and to get good numbers...:)

@Collin, Dear I will surely love to take the test...will let you know then...thanks for the info...

@Deepa,nice to know that your too love to celebrate your birthday....

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

looks inviting n mouthwatering....drooooolworthy pics too dear...wish a happy nealted bday....hope u had a blast...god bless...hugs

Suman Singh said...

Happy birthday Kamalika..what a great way to treat yourself and enjoy the day..lovely ice cream.

Mary said...

Let me add my voice to all the others wishing you a Happy Birthday. Your ice cream looks divine and I suspect it is absolutely delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Uma said...

Belated birthday Wishes Kamalika!
thats a very easy icecream!

Babli said...

Wish you a very Happy Birthday.Many many happy returns of the day.May the God's choicest blessings be showered on you on your Birthday.
Strawberry flavour hochhe amar bhishon priyo. Durdanto hoyechhe strawberry ice-cream. Ami bhabchhi je tomar barite chole ashi r shudhu ice-cream khai.

Kamalika said...

Thanks everybody....I am so happy to receive your wishes..

@Babli...you r always welcome dear...

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Happy Birthday Kamalika !!! Strawberry icecream looks so good. Perfect way to Celebrate !!

Angie's Recipes said...

Happy Birthday!
Strawberry ice cream looks so refreshing!

An Open Book said...

Happy birthday dear...
strawberry ice cream looks fabulous...hope u had a nice time

Indrani said...

May God shower her blessings always on you and your family....Many many happy returns of the day..Strawberry icecream is one of my favorite..will try your way, sounds very easy, I made few times with readymade powder this way....

Gulmohar said...

Many more happy returns of the day !!!Sure you had a great one with this awesome ice cream and your loving family :-)If you feel like getting older ,just start counting the age backwards ;-)I have already started doing that..lol..

PranisKitchen said...

First of all Wishing you a very very happy birthday dear.. hope u had a wonderful day..
the icecream the treat by urself looks so yummy and so easy recipe good one

Soma said...

Happy Birthday ! Happy Birthday! What a wonderful cool way to celebrate and with those eye popping pictures too!

Biren said...

Happy Birthday Kamalika and wishing you many happy returns! The ice cream looks wonderful.

Bong Mom said...

Happy Birthday Kamalika. Enjoy the days. You can still be 16 in heart.

I make an exactly similar strawberry frozen yogurt

Nostalgia said...

Happy Birthday to you! I just saw your comment for on my post and the camera is Canon Rebel Xsi - Lens 50 mm; f - 1.8. Have a great year ahead.

Cooking Gallery said...

Oh yum...! The strawberry ice cream looks totally delicious!

Silence Sings said...

Thanks all......

Padhu said...

Ice cream looks irresistible and belated B'Day wishes

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Hi Kamalika,
Thanks a ton for your lovely lovely comment on my design blog:)
Wish you a belated Happy Birthday !...yummy strawberry ice cream :)...nice post!

Babli said...

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to you and your family. Hope Lord Ganesha brings happiness and peace in your life.

Silence Sings said...

Thanks all...
@Sanghamitra, thanks for visiting my blog and the birthday wish..do visit again...
@Babli ..thanks wish you the same....

nandini said...

Belated Birthday wishes Kamalika.... Hope you had a good time.... The icecream looks delightful. Love the colour...

Alpana said...

HI,

Came across your blog today. Icecream looks amazing . Very nice pictures. Will certainly spend more time looking at your blog.
Do stop by my blog smart-snacks.blogspot.com

Premas Culinary said...

omg am drooling here,yummy yummy ice cream...

Veena Theagarajan said...

happy birthday perfect celebration.. yummy icecream

SAI Cool said...

Your happy birthday wishes celebrations are perfect with ice cream....

Dharani Changanti said...

Wishing you a one of a kind day filled with good times and great memories. Happy Birthday.