Spicy Ravioli Hearts

I’ll be frank with you, it might make me sound like a hypocrite, but I’ll be frank…I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day! There, I said it…. I don’t like all the hullabaloo and fluff and I most certainly don’t like the mush, the reds, the hearts, the roses…and yet, here I am, with a dish as red…

Vanilla-Rosewater Pannacotta (with Strawberry Coulis)

Pannacotta, or Panna Cotta, is one of Italy’s simplest desserts, literally translated to ‘cooked cream’. The dish is smooth, creamy and rich, known for its trademark ‘wobble’ that gives a Pannacotta its signature stature. Of course, getting the perfect wobble has slayed many-a chefs, I’ve heard. Luckily, my attempts have been met with success so…

Subho Saraswati Pujo (Happy Vasant Panchami)

It’s been a few days since I had planned to blog this, but family commitments kept blogging at bay. So better late than never, and on with this post pending since last week, I say… 🙂 Spring is upon us and the country is waking up from its bout of chilly winters, onto a warmer…

Vegetable Au Gratin

It’s cloudy, dark, gloomy, with a dullness that seems to be seeping into everything, leeching out the happinessssss…….no, there are no Dementors about, (Sorry bout the Harry Potter reference 😀 ) but it sure makes me lethargic. After much procrastination, and debating whether to sleep the day off or get off my butt and cook,…

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa/Pudding)

Frankly, I doubt there are many Indians who wouldn’t know about this particular dessert, considering it’s totally decadent and sinful and most of all, irresistible. Irresistible because even a carrot-hater like me cannot stop from pigging out…and decadent because of the ingredients used to prepare it, obviously. 😉 My earliest memories of eating Carrot Halwa…

Veg Jalfrezi

When the East India Company began settling across India, they first set their sites upon Calcutta, establishing it as their major trade hub and business capital. With easy access of ships and boats from all over the world, and thanks to the Hooghly and Ganges rivers, the British government found their business booming. However, there…

Happy Poush/Makar Sankranti

Happy Poush Sankranti everyone! The season of new harvest is almost upon us; in fact many parts of India are already celebrating with goodies prepared with the freshly harvested products. My memories of Poush Sankranti are vague at best. Having grown up as a ‘Bambaiyya’ gal, I have been fortunate enough to experience the different…

Christmas Roast Chicken (& a Birthday Treat)

Christmas celebrations in my family are always surrounded by special cheer…and rightly so, since it’s also my Dad’s birthday on December 25th. In fact, when I was a child, I have been known to tell my teachers that Santa’s birthday and my Daddy’s birthday fall on the same day…and what that usually meant was that…

Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Pastries)

Merry Christmas friends, family and everyone around the world reading my blog! I hope this year has been good for you all. We’ve seen some losses this year, haven’t we? And I think it’s safe to say that 2017 really, really needs to be a better one! So anywho, continuing on with festivities, I had…

Spiced Carrot Cupcakes

My earliest memories of December are that of school; having studied in a Catholic school, Christmas and New Year were integral part of the process, and my deep love for the festival can be pretty much credited to my School itself 🙂 The deep belief in Santa Claus also stems from there, fortified by a…

Tiramisu Cake

My parents celebrated their anniversary a few weeks back, and I, ofcourse, had to make a special cake to mark the special day. Ever since I got baking, I wait with excitement for reasons to make something…Of course, I’m still learning and have such a long way to go, but I know every baker will agree…baking…

Tornado Dogs

December has been a difficult month in many ways..the recent demonitization has taken its toll, limiting our access to supplies and ingredients. And then, we were struck by a family tragedy, the passing of a beloved member that has shaken us to our very core. Nothing feels normal, but life must go on… I haven’t…