Merry Christmas! 

My last cake for 2017 was a last minute request.  A refined sugar free cake.  Since Christmas is around the corner, and fresh cranberries are on the shelves, I decided to adapt my recipe to make a fruit cake. A fruit cake heady with the aromas of spices, chockablock with dried fruit and nuts, festively…

We all scream for ice cream! 

I haven’t met too many people who are indifferent to ice cream.  In fact most people I know love it. Lots.  And then I met B who was unmoved every time I brought a new flavour home. “Meh”, was his reaction.   So tubs of Hagendaaz, Ben and Jerry’s, Tillamook and Dreyers passed through our…

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…