Trifle Pudding – A yummy, fruity treat for this Christmas

Enjoy making this beautiful Fruit Trifle Pudding and serve it at Christmas, making the day much more marrier!

This is an ideal dessert choice for any occasion as its glorious appearance and the delicious taste is a real winner among any other yummy treats. The traditional English Trifle Pudding recipe includes generous dollops of whipped cream, which I deliberately avoided adding and went for custard cream instead, to give this pudding a lighter texture so that you won’t feel too heavy after tasting it!

Any selection of seasonal fruits would go well with this recipe, but remember not to omit pineapples, as it alone gives the distinct taste and flavour to this pudding. Also, make the sponge cake Jelly in two colours and the custard cream, the day before to make the whole process easier. I have given the recipe of the sponge cake below, which is the best choice for this pudding; normal butter cake/pound cake/fruit cake cannot give the ideal texture and taste, unlike the homebaked sponge cake. Other cakes crumble, whereas the sponge cake stays neat and nice, absorbing the juices and contributing a great deal to the overall taste.

So, let’s make this super easy, delicious pudding to give your family a delightful surprise at Chrismas!

Let’s see what are the ingredients you need;

Sponge cake (thinly sliced) Recipe given below1
Pineapple (stewed) Recipe given below1
Condensed milk2/3 tbsp
Custard cream (Vanilla flavour)-Make according to the
instructions given in the packet
2 mugs
Strawberries, apples, grapes (red & green), raspberries, blackberries, cherries or any other fruit
(If you take bananas, slice and sprinkle some lemon to prevent blackening)
1- 2 cup each
Jelly in red and green colours2 cups
Tuti fruiti1 cup
Cashews (optional)
Sultana (optional)
Ingredients – Sponge cake slices, jelly, stewed pineapples, custard cream, tuti fruiti and sliced fruits

Let’s assemble all to produce this beautiful trifle;

  • Choose a tall Pyrex dish and arrange a neat layer of sliced cakes on the bottom
  • Arrange strawberries around the dish which will look pretty from outside. You can arrange grapes, bananas or any other fruit of your choice
  • Pour some pineapple syrup on the cake slices
  • Scatter some pineapple pieces on top
  • Cover with a thin layer of custard cream
  • Now, arrange a layer of jelly cubes
  • Throw any kind of fruit pieces on top
  • Again, a layer of cakes must be arranged
  • A dash of pineapple syrup and pineapple chunks must go next
  • Custard cream
  • Fruits
  • Jelly
  • Cakes
  • The layers must continue until you reach the top
  • Pour 2tbsp of condensed milk
  • Smear a layer of custard cream as the last layer
  • Arrange strawberry slices or any other fruits and decorate attractively
  • Sprinkle tuti fruiti, cashews, sultanas or any dry fruit pieces
  • Store in the fridge for at least 8hrs, preferably overnight
  • All the juices will get soaked up and blended beautifully when you serve. Cut into squares and serve on dainty dessert plates
  • Enjoy!

Sponge Cake Recipe

Ingredients :

Eggs4
Sugar120g
Flour120g
Butter50g
Milk60ml
Baking Powder1tsp
Lemon3/4 drops
Salt3 pinches

Make it:

  • Set the Oven at 160C
  • Melt the butter on a pan under low heat. Mix half of sugar, milk and salt. Keep aside
  • Separate the egg whites and yolks taking care not to mix even a tiny bit of egg yolks in egg whites
  • Beat egg whites in full speed using an electric hand mixer for 1 min
  • Continue beating while adding the rest of sugar and lemon juice
  • Notice the egg whites become stiff and start forming peaks after 2/3 mins. Stop beating at this point
Egg whites form into peaks!
  • Whisk the egg yolks and add the butter mixture. Whisk until all combined
  • Gradually add flour + baking powder and mix thoroughly with a spatula or a wooden spoon until everything comes together as a smooth batter
  • Now, add the egg yolks into this batter and mix everything together
  • Pour into a tray, lined up with parchment paper and bake in the lower tier of the oven for 15/20 mins or until a skewer comes out clean when stabbed in the middle
  • Take the cake out of the oven and drop the tray 2/3 times on the pantry top to loosen the edges. Take out from the tray and leave to cool completely
  • Cut into thin dainty slices

Pineapple Stew Recipe

  • Cut a juicy, riped pineapple into chunks
  • Drop the chunks into a pan with a 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water with a pinch of salt
  • Simmer under very low flame until the pineapple pieces become very soft
  • Check the taste. If the sugar is not enough, add a little bit more
  • If the syrup is less you can add a bit more water and simmer a little longer
  • Done!
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Chicken Curry – Ideal for a special occasion

Nothing looks glorious on the table than a mouthwatering chicken dish as shown in the picture above! I call this, “Ideal for a special occasion” , because, the cooking method of this dish, the taste buds pleasing appearance and the delicious taste, invariably make it stand out among a crowd of other special dishes.

Make it and serve it with anything that goes with it. My favourite is warm, crusty homebaked fluffy bread! Moping a chunk of spongy bread on the silky gravy and savour the taste nice and slowly is the hight of satisfaction of eating a beautiful chicken curry for me! To me, it’s the combination of aroma, appearance and of course, taste that appeals, not each in isolation.

So, let’s get ready and make it;

Chicken cut into bite-size pieces or drumsticks
(skin out)
500 g
Chilli powder, preferably Kashmiri chili powder1tsp or a little more
for the marinate and
1 tsp more
Turmeric1/2 tsp
Cloves and Cardamoms4 each
Roasted curry powder2 tsp for the marinate
& 1 tsp more
Salt to taste
Ginger and garlic pound into a fine paste
Onions (medium)2
2 Green chilies – slit and some curry leaves
Coconut milk powder (optional)1/2 tbsp
Vinegar1 tbsp
Marinated chicken
  • First marinate the chicken pieces by rubbing salt, turmeric, chili powder and roasted curry powder, cover and keep aside for at least 1 hr
  • Now deep fry the chicken pieces and place on some kitchen papers until all the excess oil drains out.
  • Take a wide pan and fry the onions until soft and add the cloves and cardamoms
  • Add ginger and garlic paste and fry for a few minutes
  • Now add roasted curry powder and chili powder. Throw a few crushed curry leaves and fry
  • Add the chicken pieces with vinegar at this point and fry under low heat until all spices are coated. This will take several minutes.
  • Add 1/4 cup of hot water and fry more until the water is thick
  • Add up to 2 cups of hot water, cover and cook on medium flame
  • Check after 15/20 mins and if the chicken pieces are tender. If needed add more hot water. Cover and cook further 10 mins under very low flame. This will allow the oils to float on the top.
  • Finally, add 1/2 tbsp of coconut milk powder and throw more crushed curry leaves and cover the lid.
  • Let the pot rest for at least 15 mins before serving
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1 Minute Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake – A Quick Yummy Treat To Cheer You Up!

Divine Chocolate Mug Cake!

Indulge in this beautiful chocolate mug cake and forget all your troubles! Addictively warm and chocolatey, you will love to scoop it out while its chocolates, melting down from the spoon!

Make this super quick treat for kids, who are coming home after a long day from school or playground and it will instantly cheer them up!

The chocolates on the top that melt into the middle of warm spongy cake make it an absolutely divine chocolaty dessert that you can present in a minute even for a friend or a special guest who drops by just to say hello.

Just jot down the recipe and stick on the fridge because, you will never stop making this. Who can resist this melt in the mouth cake?

Remember to pick wide mugs, not the tall ones or mugs with narrow bottoms. Also, it’s very important to fill only 1/4 of the mug because it can spill and make a mess all over while cooking in the microwave.

Ingredients you will need for 2 mug cakes

To Whisk
Egg1
Sugar4 tbsp
Milk2 tbsp
Butter (melted)2 tbsp
Vanilla and SaltA few drops
Salt2 pinches
To Seive together
Plain flour4 tbsp
Baking powder1/2 tsp
Cocoa powder1 tbsp

Let’s make:

  • Whisk the egg with a fork until frothy
  • Melt the butter in the microwave or on the pan
  • Add sugar, milk, melted butter, vanilla, salt and whisk with a balloon whisk or a fork until the sugar dissolves completely
  • Add flour, baking powder and cocoa powder
  • Thoroughly whisk the batter with the fork until all comes creamy and runny
  • Pour only up to 1/4 of two wide mugs
  • Drop some chocolate shavings
  • Microwave one mug for 1 minute on full power
  • Take out and sprinkle more milk chocolate shavings on the top
  • Microwave the second mug and drop chocolate shavings on that too
  • Your gorgeous two chocolate mug cakes are ready to devour!
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Undu Walalu recipe

Undu Walalu /Pani Walalu “Gold Bangles”

undu walalu/pani walalu

Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka welcome this most prominent cultural festival known as Aluth Awurudda or New Year on the 14th of April annually. It is also known as the Sun festival, based on the astrological point of view that, Sun’s journey from the House of Pieces to the House of Aries is completed on this day.

The whole country gets together to celebrate this occasion on grand scale by making many traditional sweetmeats, dressing up in traditional costumes and playing traditional games.

These gold bangles are a very popular sweet during this time and I am thankful to my mum for passing this recipe on to me as I am now quite confident in making them myself.

I believe this is the easiest and the yummiest sweet that you can rustle up just before the New Year day. I am sure everybody will love to indulge in these, gladly forgetting their diet plans!

So let’s make them and pass them around to spread happiness and goodwill.

Ingredients needed;

Undu seeds /Urind whole (white)1 cup
Rice flour (shop-bought)1/2 cup
Salt1/8 tsp
Fresh coconut milk or Maggi coconut milk1/4 cup
For the sugar syrup
Brown sugar4/3 cup
Water 2 cups
Salt4 pinches

Let’s make ;

Soak Undu/Urind

  • Soak Undu/Urind seeds in water overnight or at least for 6hrs
  • Next day, drain the water and drop the soaked Undu/Urind into the blender jar
  • Add salt, coconut milk, rice flour and blitz in high speed until it turns into a thick but very smooth consistency. Add more water little by little until the expected consistency appears.
  • Cover and keep aside for 1hr
Batter is ready

Make the Sugar Syrup

  • Meanwhile, take a wide heavy bottom or a nonstick pan and pour in the sugar, salt and water
  • Boil twice
  • Simmer for 3-4 mins under medium flame until the liquid goes syrupy
  • Give a good stirring and check the taste. If more salt or sugar is needed, adjust the taste accordingly. Simmer for another couple of minutes, close the flame.

Fry and soak in sugar syrup – Final step

Making swirls
Deep frying until golden
Tefal Non-stick frying pan perfect for the job
Dip in the sugar syrup
  • Take a freezer bag/piping bag/thick plastic bag and cut one of the bottom edges slightly
  • Pour oil into a wide pan and heat under medium flame
  • Drop a small ball from the batter to the hot oil and fry. check the taste. Add a pinch or more salt if necessary.
  • Drape the bag inside a cup and pour the Undu/Urind batter into it
  • Gather the bag from the top
  • Carefully squeeze the batter into hot oil while making perfect rounds
  • Fry both sides until golden brown. Take out of the frying pan and keep aside for a minute. Fry again for 30 seconds. This will make them go crispier.
  • Drop the golden brown rounds into the sugar syrup
  • Start frying the next batch
  • Pick the batch that is already in the sugar syrup using a skewer and place on a plate
  • Continue the same process until the batter is finished (remember to keep the sugar syrup always warm. If it goes cold, warm it up under medium flame for a few mins)
  • You are now an owner of a tower of golden bangles!
  • Serve around and celebrate the festive occasion in good spirit!

Important tips:

  • If you have access to Kitual/Coconut treacle and Jaggary, add both or just one kind in place of sugar for a healthier and tastier version of these. You can combine either of those and sugar too.
  • Remember to fry twice to make them crispier
  • Choose a flat pan so that you can fry several of them at the same time
  • Sugar syrup must be always hot. If it goes cold in the middle of the process, heat the pan again for a minute
  • It is advisable to make one and taste it first and adjust the taste if needed, before starting the whole process
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Chocolate Set Jelly

Chocolate Jelly Fudge – Heavenly Chocolaty Dessert

Chocolate Set Jelly

Let’s indulge in this beautiful, yummy, chocolaty jelly dessert!

I was very careful in bringing the calorie level down while experimenting with this recipe so that everybody could enjoy these beautiful dainty chocolate jelly fudge cubes without feeling guilty after eating. Hence, I added 1 cup of water, something that you can replace with milk – if you desire a more milky taste.

Remember to add double the amount of water to gelatine so that the cubes will come out firm and nice. Also, washing the dish with cold tap water, before pouring the mixture in it, is vital as it helps in cutting neat pieces without any broken edges. The other important tip is that you must place the dish in the fridge overnight, which in turn will bring out the real fudge-like texture.

You will need the following ingredients :

Milk chocolates ( I used Cadbury milk choc)100 g
Fresh milk1 1/2 Cups
Water1 cup
Gelatine 3 tbsp + 6tbsp water
Cocoa powder1 tbsp
White sugar5 tbsp
Vanilla essence
Pyrex glass Borosilicate dish

Let’s make it;

  • Mix gelatine and water and keep aside until gelatine is soft
  • Meanwhile, pour milk and water into a wide pan
  • Into the same pan, add cocoa powder, white sugar and chocolates
  • Boil
  • Reduce the flame and add the soften gelatine
  • Boil
  • Reduce flame, add vanilla, cover and simmer for 3 mins. This will help in dissolving chocolates quickly
  • Wash a pyrex dish in cold water to make it easier to cut dainty jelly pieces
  • Now pour the mixture to the dish
  • Leave to cool
  • Place in the fridge (Ideally overnight for the jelly to set firmly)
  • Cut into neat squares
  • Serve in pretty dessert cups
  • Yummy!
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KFC Style Chicken Nuggets

These golden chicken nuggets are a hit among kids and adults alike! The extra crunchiness in them is the secret of the unique taste of these.

I used a novelty idea of coating the chicken pieces with crushed cornflakes to give them a beautiful golden crust that will stay crispy for a long time.

If you stick a piece of these between a burger bun with lettuce and a dollop of Ketchup, you will have an instant chicken burger!

Next time, when you are jotting down your weekly shopping list, remember to add garlic powder and onion powder into it because those two ingredients contribute to the taste in a great deal. Do not worry, if you don’t have them, you can always trust salt and pepper to adjust the taste.

Easy peasy recipe, even kids can try this out!

So let’s make it;

Chicken Breast300 g
Eggs 2
Cornflakes2 cups
Plain flour1 1/2 cups
For Seasoning
Salt to taste
Garlic powder 1 tsp
Red chili powder or paprika1 tsp
Onion powder (optional)1/2 tsp
Pepper powder to taste

Let’s make;

  • Cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper and keep aside
  • Place corn flakes in a plastic bag and crush into crumbs using a rolling pin
  • Beat the egg in a bowl, mix a pinch of salt and pepper
  • Mix  plain flour, garlic powder, a few pinches of salt, onion powder, red chili powder and pepper powder and place in a flat plate
  • Now take a piece of chicken, dust in plain flour, dip in the beaten egg and finally roll in the cornflakes crumbs
  • Deep fry until golden
  • Serve with Ketchup
  • You can make a round shape and place it between a burger bun with lettuce and squeeze a dollop of ketchup and make a delicious crusty chicken burger for your kid’s lunch box or as a snack
Chicken breast pieces, flour, egg, crushed corn flakes
First dust with flour
Secondly, dip in egg
Finally, wrap with corn flakes

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chocolate butter icing

Chocolate Butter Icing – Silky and Smooth

butter icing
chocolate cupcakes

You will fall in love with this silky smooth chocolate butter icing which is in deed the most delicious, perfect frosting for your chocolate cake !

Make this beautiful icing in advance and store it in a plastic box and place in the fridge to use it whenever you need to frost a cake. Super easy! It will stay fresh for several weeks!

Never forget to add the required amount of lemon juice. It creates magic! Do an experiment without it and with it! You will instantly notice the beautiful blend of sweet flavours enhanced by lemon juice.

Also, its very important to stick to the 2:1 proportions in measuring icing sugar and margerine to achieve the best results. Always the amount of margerine should be exact half of icing sugar.

You will need the following ingredients;

Icing sugar300 g
Margerine / Spread125 g
Cocoa powder4-5 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Salt and Vanilla essence 3 pinches and 1 tsp
Milk2 tbsp
The best electric hand mixer for cakes – Kenwood HM520

Let’s whip it;

  • Using a seive, swift the icing sugar until no hard bits remain
  • In a large bowl add margerine and beat in high speed with an electric hand mixure, until creamy
  • Add icing sugar, cocoa powder, lemon juice, salt and milk
  • Beat for several rounds until everything blends into a smooth and creamy texture
  • You chocolate butter icing is ready to use
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butter icing

Delicious Frosting/Icing For Cakes

1 Buttercream Icing

Buttercream icing

Whip up this creamy butter icing in less than 2 mins for frosting your cake and it will whisper a delicious story to anyone who tastes a slice from it!

My personal opinion is that you should never use butter for this recipe despite it is being named as ‘Butter Icing’. Butter leaves a lumpy heap and melts soon. Also, it is very dense and sticky too. Good quality spread or margarine is the best choice to make butter icing which will never let you down in taste. It will come out light, creamy and satin silk, making it a joy to frost your cake!

Ingredients:

Icing sugar (Swift using a sieve to get rid of hard bits)300 g
Margarine or Spread (I use Stork UK brand)
Under room temperature
125 g
Fresh milk3 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Vanilla essence1 from bottle cap

Let’s whip it:

  • Swift icing sugar to get rid of hard bits
  • Beat icing sugar and margarine together
  • Add milk, vanilla and lemon.
  • Beat in high speed until the consistency is creamy
  • You can frost your cake now!

2 Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

Icing sugar (Swift using a sieve to get rid of hard bits)300 g
Margarine or Spread (I use Stork UK brand)
Under room temperature
125 g
Fresh milk3 tbsp
Cocoa Powder4-5 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Vanilla essence1 from bottle cap

Let’s whip it;

  • Swift icing sugar to get rid of hard bits
  • Beat icing sugar and margarine together until creamy
  • Add cocoa powder and mix
  • Add milk, vanilla and lemon.
  • Beat in high speed until the consistency is silky and creamy
  • You can frost your cake now
  • The excess frosting could be stored in a plastic box and place in the fridge up to a month

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Chicken Teriyaki – Delicious, Spicy Chicken Dish In Minutes

chicken tariyaki

Teriyaki in Japanese means “shine” refering to it’s mouthwatering gloss.  It’s indeed a joy to cook this dish as its done with a very few easy steps but with glossy and mouthwatering results!

You will love this chicken with bread, rice or wrapped in a tortilla with some cubed onions for extra crunch!  I did not add garlic into this dish to make the whole cooking process easier and less pungent but if you prefer the taste of garlic, feel free to add a few sliced ones.

So, lets make it;




Gather the following ingredients: 

Chicken thighs or legs 300g
Salt and pepper
Soy sauce 3 tbsp
Spring Onions chopped
Onion 1 large cubed
Olive oil 1 tbsp

                                                      

Let’s make:

  • Marinate the chicken with salt and pepper and keep aside for at least 20 mins

  • Heat up the oil in a non-stick pan and shallow fry the chicken until well cooked




  • Scrape the juices and mix with chicken and push all to a side of the pan
  • Mix 2 tbsp of soy sauce with a 1/2 tsp of  sugar and pour on to the pan and let it boil
  • Mix chicken and sauce altogether and stir fry
  • Sprinkle lots of pepper powder and adjust salt
  • Throw cubed onions and a slit green bullet chili along with some chopped spring greens
  • Done !
  • Serve piping hot

Chicken Teriyaki




Victoria Sponge for Valentine's day

Victoria Sponge Cake With Silky Butter Cream Icing- Lusciously Rich Cake For Any Occasion

This lusciously rich Victoria Sponge cake, topped with creamy butter icing and sandwiched with homemade strawberry jam, is an ideal creation for any occasion.

Victoria Sponge, named after Queen Victoria,  who was known to enjoy a slice of this cake with her afternoon tea, is now a classic teatime favourite in England.  Traditionally, this cake is round in shape and the top is dusted with icing sugar.  However, I made both heart shapes and round shaped cakes and smeared butter icing generously on the top to make them yummier!

Now that the strawberries are in season, it will take less than half an hour to make fresh and juicy jam at home to fill this sponge.  Please click on the link below for my easy jam recipe.  I must emphasize that the enticing flavours in this homemade strawberry jam complement hugely to the delicious taste of this cake.  If the time doesn’t permit to make the jam or you are in a region where straws are hard to come by, then opt for the best brand of strawberry jam in the shop shelves.

strawberry jam

Also, the butter icing should be smooth and creamy to enhance the overall taste.  I used Stork spread for this purpose and am quite happy with the outcome.  However, you can opt for any soft butter of your choice, but remember to stick to the right proportions and whisk it until silky and smooth.




Ingredients needed to make the sponge :

Self Raising flour / Cake flour250 g
Margarine or melted butter under room temperature250 g
Caster sugar250 g
Eggs under room temp4
Milk3 tbsp
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1  tsp each
Salt2 pinches
Baking powder1 tsp

Let’s start :

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C .




Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.  Go clockwise  (3 – 4 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat  after each addition ( Beat 15 seconds after each egg)
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt, milk and whisk two rounds (1 min) 
  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter
  • Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything comes together as a creamy batter

Tray it

  • Divide the batter equally into two parts ( If you have two similar trays, both cakes could go to the oven at the same time. Otherwise, bake one and use the same tray to bake the other)
  • Line up the bottom of the  baking tray with a parchment paper cut according to the shape and rub butter and dust flour on the sides
  • Spoon one part of the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try

Oven it

  • Place the tray in middle/bottom shelf of the oven (If your oven heats up too soon, set the temp. for 160 C degrees and bake the cake in the lower shelf)
  • Bake for 20 mins or the top turns golden yellow  (Never open the oven door in the initial 10 mins.  If the top is browned and the middle is not baked, do not worry, just cover the top with a parchment paper and continue to bake for further 10 mins)

Take out / Bake the next

  • After 20 mins, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins
  • Slowly remove from the tray and place the cake on a cooling rack
  • Now bake the rest of the batter in the same tray and let both cakes cool off completely
  • Meanwhhile, whip up the butter icing

Delicious Butter Icing Recipe

Butter icing recipe
  • Icing sugar –   300 g (Sieve twice to get the best smooth icing sugar)
  • Stork spread/ Margerine 125 g
  • Lemon juice –   1 tsp
  • Milk –  3 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence – two drops

Let’s make the icing;

  • Cream up all together using an electric hand mixer
  • The icing should have no lumpy bits but a very smooth creamy texture

Let’s ice the cake now

  • Scrape the tops gently off
  • Smear strawberry jam generously on the bottom layer
  • Then spread buttercream icing on the jam layer
  • Place the other cake on top  and sandwich the cakes
  • Spread a layer of buttercream icing on the top and decorate with strawberries or raspberries
  • Leave in the fridge for 1/2 hr before serving
  • Dip a long knife in boiling water, wipe clean and gently cut dainty pieces
  • Serve with more strawberries on the side
  • Enjoy!
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