My father believes in celebrating everything. Successes and more importantly, failures. I remember whenever I failed a test in school (it always used to be geography for some reason), he always bought me rasgullas and told me to study harder. My sister’s and my successes were celebrated too, of course, in a grander way. I’ve carried on that tradition to this day.
This week, I really have something to celebrate. My debut into the fiction writing. If someone had told me a year ago that I would be writing short stories, I would have laughed. But life takes you down paths which you never thought you would cross. C’est La Vie! To celebrate, I made a Chamomile – Vanilla Panna Cotta.
Panna Cotta is one of my most favorite desserts. I’ve made it in a number of different ways and it never fails to appeal to my taste buds. Panna Cotta, in Italian means ‘cooked cream’. In its simplest form it is just cream heated up with sugar and gelatin. It sits in the fridge overnight to form the most amazing, creamy pudding.
I’m not a tea drinker. By tea, I mean the Indian chai with milk and sugar. I am committed to coffee. I, however, love chamomile tea. I found this wonderful honey-vanilla chamomile tea at Safeway and I’m hooked. I love it so much that I wanted to incorporate it into my panna cotta. It’s like eating my chamomile tea!! And although the tea has vanilla in it, I added a vanilla bean too, just for a double dose.
Here’s the recipe I took inspiration from – Chamomile Panna Cotta.