When I did my MBA 15 or rather almost 16 years ago, there were few women role models who were visible. No one told me that MBA prepares you for the business world, but you need to prepare yourself for being a woman in that world. That it arms you with knowledge that will keep you afloat, but wading through whirlpools of decisions due to life phases is something you need to learn on your own. No one tells you that being a woman in the corporate world is exhilarating, frustrating, empowering, bewildering – all at once or sometimes in phases. But as I prepare to address 100 women MBA students tomorrow, I know what I must share – that our resilience is our strength. Whether the world tells us or not, we must believe that we are unique like this flower with a single petal. We must believe that we have the choice in our hands. We must believe that no matter how deep the forest that surrounds us, we will shine through. If we have the courage to walk down paths that might not always be ‘by the book’.
The same day as the talk I was in the reflective mood which needed some sort of outlet. So I also tried out this recipe because I wanted to bake something with the fresh plums that I had managed to get here in Bangalore since they are in season. It was quick and pretty much like comfort food.
WHOLEWHEAT UPSIDE DOWN PLUM-ORANGE CAKE
1 cup wholewheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup raw unrefined sugar
50 gms unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup orange juice, fresh
1/2 cup milk
Preheat the oven at 175 degrees C. Keep the baking tin ready.
Sieve the wholewheat flour and baking powder. Add the sugar, butter and eggs and beat well until it becomes a smooth batter. Add the juice and milk slowly. Mix well. Put the sliced plums at the bottom of the pan. Add the batter on top and spread well. Bake at the same temperature for 25-30 minutes. The cake is ready.
Spiced plum sauce – Fresh plums ,deseeded and chopped. I used 100 gms of these, plus 1 tsp of spice mix ( cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg), 1 tsp of raw unrefined sugar ( optional, you can exclude if the plums are very sweet) , 150 ml of orange juice. Mix these and simmer for 10 minutes. Then blend it in a blender. Cool off and store. It should stay fine in the fridge for 3-4 days.