The book for last month was Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella.
It’s a light frothy book where Emma Corrigan, in a brief moment (all right a few moments) of insanity, spills out all her secrets to the person sitting next to her on the flight. He, in a hindi-movie-like-twist turns out to be her new employer.
What follows is funny encounter of how both dance around each other’s secrets and life happens. This book always makes me laugh.
I was a little foxed as to what to cook from the book. A brief search for a snack in my bag at a particularly hungry moment reminded me of energy bars and I decided to make “Panther Bars”.
The pictures for the same are currently travelling and having a good time in Goa but here is what went into it.
1.5 cup oats
1 cup kurmure or puffed rice
(hindsight tells me I could have avoided this as it inflated while baking and resulted in a funny puffy energy bar)
half cup toasted cashews
2-3 tablespoons flax seeds
1/2 tablespoon black and white sesame seeds
(can add any walnuts, peanuts, pistachios and any combination of seeds)
1/3 cup palm jaggery
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup regular white sugar
1/2 – 3/4 cup flavourless oil
I first roasted all the dry ingredients, then mixed them with the wet ingredients and baked it in a lined tray for about 30 minutes.
I did not get the perfect dry, crunchy bar but it was tasty and not very sweet.
Next month should be a super challenge. We are reading Julie and Julia.