Teletubbies cake

I loved making this sweet custom designed Teletubbies cake for baby S’s first birthday. When R first contacted me, I had just about heard of Teletubbies– never made a cake in that theme. R was a dream customer! She chose her cake flavour, told me how many guests she’d have attending the party, and left the…

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…

To Err is Human, to Sin Divine

I am on an eternal quest. Constantly searching, constantly seeking.   And before you assume that I am an intrepid explorer searching for the shortest sea route to the Galapagos islands, or a member of the Spanish Conquistadors hunting for El Dorado in the Amazonian rain forests, let me hasten to assure you that my…

A rose by any other name…..

Growing up in sleepy cantonment towns all over India, with no decent shows on TV and no Internet, (and no social life to speak of), libraries were my favourite hang out joints. Cookbooks were few and far between. And Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson yet to make their names and fortunes. But my mom’s Anglo…

Saffron and Cardamom infused Shrikhand

My daughter is home for the holidays. The Diva, is home! The house is noisy, clothes all over her floor, lights left on in her room, a million bottles of unidentifiable liquids strewn all over the bathroom counter and dressing table- what’s it with teenaged girls and oodles of makeup??? It’s also a time when…

Thai Sticky Rice and Mango

I grew up, an Armed Forces kid, in sleepy little cantonment towns all over India. We usually lived in rambling old houses, which more often that not, were old POW barracks or accommodation for the British army. Gardens, a luxury today, were also huge and overgrown, teeming with snakes and mongooses (mongeese?). Inevitably the gardens…

Mango Mor Kuzambu

I live in a tropical country. Tropical? We’re practically on the equator! It’s muggy and humid all the time. But, though I sigh about (almost) chilly Hong Kong and balmy California that I visited recently– we in Singapore have a HUGE plus. Mangoes! A long mango season through summer. Mangoes of all kinds. Mangoes from…

Perfumed Passionfruit Flan

Our Study Group on Women in Statecraft- In a Man’s World, came to an end last month. We had three presentations. Börte Üjin, and Kwa Geok Choo. Two strong women, wives of Genghis Khan and Mr. Lee Kwan Yew. And more importantly, companion, confidante and counsel to their man. Fittingly, our last presentation was on…

Orange Mascarpone Parfaits in Chocolate Cups

By now you’ve probably realized that I am partial to oranges and lemons. Partial? I’m practically besotted! If I could spray myself with orange essence instead of L’aire du Temps, I would. Cleopatra bathing herself in ass’s milk, is overrated in my opinion. Now, if she’d tried citrusy bath salts, she’d have my approval. So…

Red Velvet Cake

This was a triple layered Red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting, which I made for the 17 year old daughter of my friend. “No man is an island, Entire of itself”, wrote John Donne in 1624. A beautiful poem and one that I love! Are you wondering what John Donne and Red…

Sinsational Salad

I never thought I would post a recipe for a salad. And a salad as simple as this one? But this one is for the ladies in my Study Group, and for all of you talented, multifaceted women who look for something easy, healthy and delicious to make. My salad is simple and very quick…