Vatha kozambu to die for!

Who am I kidding? While I may wax on all things sweet and waffle on all things cake, the truth of the matter is that it’s Indian food that is my first love. The spicier the better! My husband often says, ” You can take the girl out of India, but you can’t take India…

Nutty Onion Pakodas

Almost four thousand miles separate Japan and India. And many light years separate the cultures of the two countries. But Buddhism travelled all those miles from India, and was absorbed into Japan. Now I don’t know very much about Japanese cuisine, being a vegetarian, and I’ve always believed that it was an untouched tradition that…

Hearty roasted pumpkin soup

In our quest to eat healthier, we’ve started having light dinners. Usually soups and salads. Being vegetarian kinda limits you as well, but I’m slowly building a huge recipe base of utterly delicious soups. Pumpkin soup is not what I gravitate towards normally, but with bloggers all over posting wonderful recipes of pumpkin-shaped cookies, pumpkin…

Bitter Seeds

I had never heard of Micha X. Peled until yesterday, and today I found myself exchanging emails with someone called Max from his company. Micha Peled is a film maker. Obviously of some repute. The man has won a series of awards, but in my ivory tower of cakes and fondant figures, I had never…

Chocolatey-peanut butter chip cookies

When my kids were growing up, the only cookies I was allowed to make was Chocolate-chip. Those were the only cookies they asked for or ate. Here I was, hankering to make oatmeal-raisin cookies and buttery shortbread, lime-meltaways and florentines, but when our cookie bin got empty, all my kids wanted were chocolate chip or…

“Let them eat cake”

Marie Antoinette was a genius! She was a smart, sassy woman who knew that people should not be denied cake. Yellow cake, white cake, fruit cake, coffee cake, cheesecake, angel cake, chiffon cake, red velvet cake or even Devil’s food cake– take your pick. It’s cake that makes the world go round. While I look…

DIY Granola

Would I like to eat a crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth waffle (or six)? With a scoop of ice cream? Melting into lazy pools on the dimpled surface? Melding with the blueberry compote and forming marbled patterns? Yes, yes and yes! And yes, yes, yes! But the stern visage of my daughter interrupts this day dream; and the…

Of Health check-ups and Mammograms

It’s time for the annual health screening. I never look forward to it, and in the hierarchy of “things one least looks forward to” this is maybe one step below a visit to the dentist. My dentist. What do I hate about it? The Mammogram. And I can totally identify with the views of this…

Creation Myth Study Group

Our Study Group got off to a great start last week. We had two interesting presentations on Hindu Creation Stories by R and The Interplay of Male and Female Power in the Creation Stories of South East Asia by J. A couple of technical glitches apart, there was so much knowledge to be gleaned. I…

Cranberry-Almond biscotti

We are a family that loves all things sweet. While others experiment with cuisines of other countries, I explore the desserts. I’m endlessly fascinated with the history of food. How ingredients travelled with conquering armies and sea-faring explorers. How sailors carried lemons to ward off scurvy and merchants brought with them nutmeg and mace and…

Somewhere over the rainbow!

I love my 1-2-3-4 cake. It tastes and smells divine. It does not crumble easily. It remains moist for days. Plus the recipe is easy to remember. Easy as 1-2-3. But I recently tried this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and was blown away. It is delicious! It is tender and tasty. It freezes beautifully…