Vanilla — a bittersweet tale…

Vanilla is the best loved flavour in the world today. Vanilla infuses cakes, ice creams, cookies, confections, yoghurts, fragrances, bath and body products, candles, rum, vodka, medicines, Coke, Pepsi…..the list is endless.   When you reach for ingredients to bake a cake, inevitably there is vanilla in the list. Never mind the flavour of the cake…

Lemony Poha

(Beaten rice with potatoes and lemon) When you’re craving something tangy, spicy and delicious that’s quick to put together, look no further than poha. Poha is a dish made of flattened dehydrated rice. While the origins of Poha are lost in the mists of time, rice has been a staple of the South Asian diet…

Once upon a brownie…. 

A long, long time back…. in what seems to be another lifetime, I used to make brownies for The Corner House, in Bangalore. Spurred on by my lovely friend (and main customer) Sagarika, to bake cakes and cookies, brownies and breads, I took my first steps towards setting up a small business. The first year,…

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,…

Heir-raising Tales

My daughter turns 20 today and wicked mom that I am, I have this story to share. At four, D was a curious child that was forever getting into things. And her fascination was for stuff that older people used. One day she had a red and angry scratch on her upper lip. “What happened…

A Million Goodbyes to the Elephant God!

It was Ganesh Chathurthi last Monday- the birthday of the most beloved God of Hindu mythology. That love is clearly exhibited with people creating or bringing home unbaked clay images of Ganesh and celebrating his existence with prayers and festivities. On the 10th day, his idol is immersed in water and the clay dissolves. This…

The Patter of Tiny Feet!

Last week was Janmashtami. The birth of Lord Krishna. Krishna, the adorable imp of legend; the heartthrob of Brindavan. Krishna who grew to be the shrewd advisor to the Pandavas. The one to whom the wisdom of the Gita is attributed. This time of the year, in the Indian calendar, is that of plenty, of…

The Colours of Unity!

I’m several days too late in posting this- but better late than never! 9th August was the Singapore National Day. 48 years of being a nation. 15th August was India’s 66th year of freedom. Two countries, vastly different from one another; two countries I love. At first glance, the two countries could not be more…

A Mother’s Day Gift

My son gave me the most thoughtful gift on Mother’s Day- this story! Culinary I stumbled, tripping over a loose rock on the road. ‘Damn it’, I thought to myself. ‘Stay focussed’. I glanced at my watch. Twelve minutes to go, and about ten minutes of walking lay ahead of me. This was cutting it…