So this year I decided to carry on my Grandma’s tradition of home made sweets for Diwali - like our New Year! My Grandma would start a month in advance and made 20-25 sweet and savoury eats that are traditionally made during this festival of lights! •
So I made “besan ladoo’ a roasted mixture of gram flour, brown sugar and clarified butter (ghee) It takes an hour of constant stirring, half way through struggling with shoulder and arm ache, I couldn’t get that particular fragrance that marks the cooking time Then I realized my container was too small. I quickly transferred it to a big pot and sure enough it started to come together. In fact my husband helped out as I began to tire. Now to make it into “laddoo” - a ball shape 50 of them...it was 1 am by the time I had them sitting pretty in the cupcake holders decorated with a cashew in each. Then I also made my version of rice crispies “laddoo” with crystallized pineapple and coconut flakes with a dusting of coco. Here too I ran out of jaggery and they weren’t coming together into laddoo shape! I was like holy crap not again! Then my husband said we can melt marshmallows to bind the mixture. We stepped out and bought some, sure enough it did the trick. This was half of day 2. •
Then I made white and dark chocolate bark (my husband slightly screwed this up by adding cold milk to melting mixture and turning it into fudge by releasing the whey and soy, luckily it set) The white bark is sprinkled with pistachios, saffron and poppy petals and dark chocolate bark with salted almonds and marigold petals. I wanted to find edible silver and rose petals but now know that you can buy that only at gourmet specialty stores. I used edible flowers and organic nuts from @wholefoodsbc
It’s 1am again day 2. •
Now for my fav part Day 3- making hamper. Thank you @marthastewart
for the pretty party accessories! I used her gorgeous mint plates (turns out can be made in DIY basket, idea from @pinterest
) pastel party favour bags, matching tags and holographic cellophane to make 16 hampers to give out to family & friends. Then putting them in the back of our @volvocarcanada
XC90 was of course the safest place!