The Cutest Chocolate Cupcake

Wanted to end the year on a sweet note-and with a swirl! So my latest fave, the Meltingly Moist Chocolate Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting- or to make it easier- the Cutest Chocolate Cupcake makes it to the top! This recipe, nicked from the net & modified to suit, I think is the most easy &…

Gingerbread Men & Co.

Slowly but definitely getting into the whole Christmas feel! This year, what with a renewed experimental baking frenzy, slight nip in the air and the billions of cute cookie cutter shapes at my local grocers, thought I’d give the famous gingerbread man and similar Christmassy shapes a spin!   Gingerbread Man & Co.   After…

Creamy Hot Chocolate and Choco-Nuts Pops

Originally posted on Details, naturally:
One cold day, about twenty-eight years ago, my mother entered a coffee shop in Italy and ordered a hot chocolate. It was the first time she ordered one in Italy, since she had just moved there with little Casper, my brother. What she got surprised her; the cup was hot…

Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Salad with Pine Nuts

So we in Bombay have no such thing as winter or autumn- or any such cozy concept. What we do have, however, is a lot of enthusiasm & hope 🙂 Come November, there’s that lingering hopefulness that the temperature will drop just a wee bit; enough to cozy up on our couches, all snug in…

The Perfect Little Paddu

Paddu or crispy dosa balls- to put it literally, if not authentically- is probably the easiest snack I’ve ever made. A South Indian breakfast or snack, the perfect Paddu uses simple ingredients- all you need is dosa batter + a Paddu Pan and a little magic! So last evening, armed with my newly acquired Paddu…

Om Sticks of the Yummy Kind

Landed me a truckload of these gorgeous , not-too-sweet, perfectly crunchy and melt worthy ‘Om’ biscuits from V.B. Bakery, Bangalore!! Subtly flecked with Carom seeds or Ajwain, these bad boys are so light that no matter how many you scarf down, you find yourself reaching out to grab the next handful! So the next time…

Red Wine, Dark Chocolate & Pear Tart

Occasionally, I get into these fitness binges & stuff my fridge with fruits of all types. And, as these outbursts last no more than a few hours, I’m often left with a huge amount of quickly-softening & over-ripening fruits! Never a good thing. A frantic search on the net led me to this GORGEOUS recipe…

Why I was forced to walk out of The Conjuring

Originally posted on The Popcorn Muncher:
James Wan’s latest haunted house horror The Conjuring Today, for the first time ever, I left a film before the end. The film in question was James Wan’s latest horror The Conjuring, which has been aggressively trailered for months. In the same ball park as films such as this year’s…

Gluttony in Town

There is no Greater Love Than the Love of Eating ~ Britannia & Co – Since 1923 Trips to Town (or what suburban Bombayites like me call the land & sea beyond Bandra, anyway) are never complete if you don’t indulge in some good food & aimless jaywalking. Last week, I’m happy to say, I…

Buttery Chai Cookies- (Made with real tea leaves)

Have to admit, I’m more of a coffee fiend than a Chai person. But with the way it’s been raining in Bombay, I find myself reaching out towards the old tea tin more and more often these days. For now, I’ve succumbed and I only have the weather to blame! And to make matters completely…

Illustrated ‘Piece of Me’

Originally posted on Sugarfree Sweetheart:
I present the complete and illustrated recipe for: A Piece of Me. Why anyone would want to get a piece of me for themselves, is a “moo” point as Joey would say! Regardless, you should note that while this recipe is for a whole cake, you should ideally restrict yourself to one piece,…

Easy Shrikhand

I love traditional Maharashtrian food- takes me way back to my days as a pesky brat, when I’d spend hours mooching off my kindly neighbors. Yep, Val, amti dal, puran poli & endless pohas were demolished in a swipe – dunno why, but as a kid I always thought food, however mundane, tasted better in…