Vegan Chocolate pudding

This is a simple 4 ingredient chocolate pudding recipe. Quick and easy to put together. Great to rustle up for a vegan friend or a dairy allergic child. A family member had gifted us a lovely dark chocolate with orange – my all time favourite combination. But the chocolate was a bit too bitter to…

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…

At the Stroke of Midnight!

This was a cake for 5 year old Anika. Anika had three requests- a pink cake, Cinderella and a “glass” slipper! This was a 61/2″, three layered chocolate cake with pink vanilla flavoured buttercream frosting. I decided to cover the sides with ruffles, and used a petal nozzle to make them. Cinderella started out with…

Cupcake couture

Some of you may have been wondering- what happened to the cupcakes I’d promised to post about? Did I forget? Not at all! Here they are, in a new avatar. Not just as deep and darkly satisfying cupcakes, but also Jungle animals that you can make with your kids! Or nieces 😉 Seven lovely ladies…

Pigs in Mud Cake Take 2

I loved making this cake- this time with some planning and preparation. Which means I went out and bought kit kats. Which kid doesn’t like kit kats? Heck, who doesn’t like kit kats? I had a hard time not eating all of them myself! Three layers of delicious chocolatey goodness, sandwiched together with milk chocolate…

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…

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…

A Summery Berry Tiramisu

Coffee is a no no in my book. I don’t like the taste, don’t like the smell, and can’t understand the drama behind how saplings were smuggled out of Yemen and the French Guiana in very James Bond like circumstances! So desserts like Tiramisu and Mud pies, leave me cold. But I love summer Tiramisus,…

Study Group Wednesday

We met again last Wednesday, for two fabulous presentations- on Babylonian and Indian Creation Myths. It was great hearing about the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations- the Sumerians who were later succeeded by the Babylonians- and the stories of their innumerable Gods and Goddesses. Google the Enuma Elish which is one of the oldest written texts in…

“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…