Happy Republic Day, India!

Where The Mind Is Without Fear Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the…

Mother

 Yesterday my mom turned 29. Again. She’s been 29 ever since I could comprehend the concept of age and timelessness. Mom is the youngest person I know. Full of fun and verve and a zest for life, unparalleled by most. Growing up, a pimply, painfully tongue-tied teenager, I used to marvel at the ease with…

Garbanzo beans –two different ways

  Garbanzo beans, chick peas, Kabuli channa…..a rose by any other name! Garbanzo beans are cheap, easily available and high in protein. A little goes a long way in filling you up. Here are two quick-to-put-together ways, of using these tasty legumes.    The old Warhorse- The South Indian Sundal. Ingredients: Tin of garbanzo beans-…

Happiness is…….sharing what you love!

If I weren’t a baker, I’d be a teacher!  And being able to share and teach my love for desserts is what gives me joy. Being able to make lighter versions of comfort foods. Being able to make gelatine free versions of beloved desserts like panna cottas and chocolate mousses. And finally making eggless avatars…

Frozen!

My cake journey began a long time back. I was fascinated by baking as early as 12, and would eagerly pour through cookbooks and recipes looking for simple things to bake. But while my cakes slowly began to taste good, my finishing left much to be desired. “Rustic” was a polite and politically correct way…

Tyger, Tyger….

The Tyger Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare seize the fire? And what shoulder, & what art, Could twist…

An Ode to Butterscotch

Oh Butterscotch, where have you been all my life? All these years, I turned my nose up at your homespun appearance and simple charm,  preferring to court your blasé city-girl cousin, Caramel! Caramel, that brittle, bittersweet beauty. Hard hearted and unforgiving! Creating huge insecurity in me due to my inexperience with sugar thermometers and such…

Rainbow Cake

“Life is like a rainbow, You need both sun and rain to make its colour appear” It turns out that I’m not the only one in love with rainbows! Every child below 10, that’s celebrating its birthday, regardless whether girl or boy, loves rainbows or rainbow cakes. I’ve made several of these rainbow tie-dye cakes…

Women- in Literature and Lore

Our new Study Group had begun! And it’s a topic close to my heart. Here is our write up. We have 12 lovely ladies who’ve signed up and have chosen strong and inspiring women to present on! ************************************************ Esther Woman has inspired mankind from time immemorial. As Gaia the Mother of Humanity, as Penelope the…

A Fairy Tale

I’m back after so long, that it feels almost like I’d been in exile! But instead I have a story for you! A story that is recorded in the annals of my family’s history….. A long, long time back, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and the internet was born, there was a woman (she may,…

Nina’s Birthday Party/新菜のお誕生日会

Originally posted on Duel Languages:
I’m not a big birthday party person.  I know, I have two toddlers, but I am just not a big birthday party girl.  That’s always the difficult thing with kids.  How to make it THEIR day, but a day where the parents don’t go completely insane.  At Nina’s day care,…