Floating on Cloud 9

Mango passion cloud This is a really easy dessert. It tastes spectacular! Looks like you have laboured over it for hours….but you can literally throw it together at the last moment. But Shh! That’s our secret. I make it with different fruit….. but Indian mangoes are currently in season. So go for it! Use a…

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…

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…

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…

Garbanzo beans –two different ways

  Garbanzo beans, chick peas, Kabuli channa…..a rose by any other name! Garbanzo beans are cheap, easily available and high in protein. A little goes a long way in filling you up. Here are two quick-to-put-together ways, of using these tasty legumes.    The old Warhorse- The South Indian Sundal. Ingredients: Tin of garbanzo beans-…

Rice Krispie Treats!

Come 4 o’clock and I crave my cup of tea. And a savoury snack with it. Since I eat fruit for breakfast and salad for lunch, I really yearn for something spicy and crunchy at tea time. And that almost always entails Indian snacks – murukkus, chiwda, samosas, bondas, bajjis, ribbon pakodas…..don’t even get me…

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…

Berry brilliant breakfast!

Breakfasts are such a wonderful meal. In Victorian times, you’d partake of a repast that had the table groaning under the combined weight of a side of ham and steak and kidney pudding, salmon kedgeree, cold cuts, scones with clotted cream, syllabub and hot buttered toast. Sandwiches and seed cakes, poached eggs and poppy seed…

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…

Banana-Peanut-butter-Chocolate-Muffin-in-a-Cup

The phone rings. I run down the steps, nearly breaking an ankle in the process, and leap at the phone to answer, assuming its one of my kids calling. There is a woman on the other end, “Hello….” Deep breathing from my end, due to all that unexpected exercise. “Hello, is this the residence of…