“I might not be able to define love

I don’t know how to measure it either

My answer might not fit your definition

Yet I feel love and I feel it very strongly

The feeling has only gotten stronger over the years

A feeling of beautiful warmth you bring to my heart

A feeling of loneliness deep down inside whenever we must be apart

A feeling of gladness that comes from the sight of that one happy smile

A feeling of comfort I have when I know there’s somebody there all the while

A feeling of such special caring, a feeling of magic and fun

A feeling of wonderful oneness I share with the one and only you

One thing which I don’t doubt or rather am proud of is being with you”
 

A beautiful quote which I read the other day: “When I tell you..I love you, I don’t say it out of habit or to make a conversation. I say it to remind you that YOU are the BEST thing that ever happened to me.”
 
I cherish every moment spent with you. When I first met you, I never realized how much you would end up meaning to me. You turned my world upside down. You inspired me to do things which were beyond my imagination. I love you, not only for who you are, but for what I am when I am with you. Your contribution to my life has had an immense impact on who I am today. If I am proud of myself today, it is because of you. You are every reason, every hope and every dream I have ever had. And no matter what happens tomorrow, everyday we are together, it will be the greatest day of my life.
 

I treasure the moments when you hold me tight as if no tomorrow. You make me go to sleep on your shoulders when I am restless. You protect me from the unknown of the outside world. My parents can sleep in peace knowing that their only daughter is safe and secure till the time you are holding my hand. They are proud of my choice. You are my hero and after being together for more than a decade, it still feels like we just met yesterday! I have completely fallen for you. Everything you do, everything you say, everything you are. You’re my first thought in the morning, you’re my last thought before I fall asleep, and you’re almost every thought in between.
 
My friend once told me: “If he makes you laugh, kisses your forehead, says he is sorry, makes an effort, holds your hand, works hard, attempts to understand you, then believe it or not, he’s quite perfect!” I think you are all of this and more and whether YOU believe it not, I know how awesome you are. Thank you for making my life beautiful. A song by John Legend plays in my mind right now:
 

Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh

 

 

This post is an open expression of my love and appreciation because I am proud to be with you and want to share with everyone today that very few people actually love you and those who do and believe in you, hold on to them. Appreciate them. One of the best feelings in the world is being with the person you want to share the rest of your life with. Life is difficult, but when you’re willing to hold on despite the problems and uncertainties, you’ll know for sure that it will all be worth it in the end.
 

 

Orange Chiffon Cake
Yields 1
A really light fluffy sponge cake
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Ingredients
For the Cake
150gm golden caster sugar
80 gm plain flour sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
large pinch of sea salt
4 medium eggs, separated
3 tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil
5 tbsp fresh orange juice plus zest of 1 orange
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
For the Frosting
2 cup icing sugar
1/8 cup milk
100 gm butter
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 170 degree centigrade. Setting aside a tbsp of sugar, combine the remainder with flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
2. In another bowl, which the egg yolks with the oil, orange juice and vanilla, then stir in the zest.
3. In a separate large bowl, whisk the egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff using an electric whisk, then sprinkle the reserved sugar and whisk for about 20 seconds.
4. Add the egg yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and loosely mix, then fold in the whites in two batches.
5. Transfer the mixture to a 20 cm non stick cake tin with a removable base at least 6 cm deep. Bake for 45-50 min until golden and firm when pressed. Let it cool.
6. To make the frosting, beat the butter (diced and at room temperature) with the sugar until well mixed. Add a pinch of salt and pour in the milk to make the frosting a bit stretchy. Add the vanilla extract.
7. Remove the cake from the base and smooth the frosting over the cake and sides if you like. Swirl with a tea spoon to give some texture. You can decorate it with caramelized orange slices or eat it just like that. Chill for an hour before serving.
Adapted from Annie Bell's Baking Bible
Adapted from Annie Bell's Baking Bible
Swati Bansal Rao http://swatibansalrao.com/
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