Whatever you cook will never be impressive compared to their dishes. Of course your dish will be on the table. Perhaps can impress the men but they can't comment. How can they?? Remember the wives are around watching from near or keeping an eye from far. Anyway leave the men alone. Pass the alcohol or beer cans for they happily will be drinking while discussing politics and world issues.
For you its crucial to praise the dishes while eating. Throw some flowery words and that's how to get into your sis-in-laws good books. Ask for the recipes and they will be super happy. I wasn't like really impressed with the sujee cake. Perhaps a pass. I didn't ask for the recipe. Still I had to shake my head as though agreeing. Back home, don't know why I kept thinking about baking the cake. Then somehow after asking around, my colleague printed out the recipe from Mesra.net. Tweeted by reducing the amount of plain flour for I added almonds. What I learned is that soaking sujee flour in milk is essential. Otherwise after baking, the cake will be grainy-dry and not simply soft, delicately coupled with rose essence and almonds.
250 g butter
200 g sugar
100 g sujee/semolina flour
150 g milk
100 g crushed almonds
150 g plain flour
1 tsp rose essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
Soak sujee in milk for an hour.
Cream butter and sugar till fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time and continue to cream
Fold in flour gradually.
Add essence, almond and sujee mixture.
Fold/ gently mix to incorporate these ingredients inside.
Put cake mixture into a greased pan.
Bake at 170C for 1 hour 10 mins or until cake is cooked.
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