Cocoa powder demystified 

What is cocoa powder? How is it different from chocolate? Why are some cocoa powders almost midnight black, and some a light brown? Can one be substituted for the other? What have the Dutch to do with cocoa powder? And much more….. I teach a workshop called The Science of Baking. A workshop designed to…

Planes, trains and automobiles

I made little N’s birthday cake last year. A cute one with characters from the nursery rhymes he knew and loved! This year he was turning 2. A big boy now- with new big boy interests! Cars and planes, trucks and trains, ships and more. His mom and I discussed the theme and decided to make…

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,…

The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:
  After the positive reception from last year’s Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012. That time has come! Below are the top…

Courage under fire

This is Neelakantan. Neela is 80+. He lives alone in Singapore. Neela is my unsung hero. Around 20 years back Neela’s left leg was crushed. The doctors who reviewed his case, shook their heads and advised amputation. They muttered about gangrene and the possibility of infection setting in, of slow death. Neela stood his ground…