Childhood Chocolate Cake

  If you've had a childhood constant in your life that loved to cook and bake whether it was your mum, dad, granny, favourite aunt, matronly neighbour or the nice old man at the corner bakery; you would have had that special chocolate cake that was your absolute favourite. I had mine and then I grew up and what were simple joys of a young life untouched by adult responsibilities, disappeared. And so did my chocolate cake. Years passed when one lazy afternoon I baked a cake that I felt would win over my boys. A chocolate cake. Simple, no fuss,  pure, buttery and spiked with good cocoa powder. I watched with happiness as they wolfed down the slices I had placed on their plates. I ... Read More >>

How To Do A Kids Cooking Party For 3 Year Olds

The hardest part about doing parties for children is deciding the theme. Once the theme is decided, everything else falls into place. I love my parties to be unique. I also love them to be loads of fun and yet educational to some extent. Kids are like sponges and they soak up any and all information you can throw at them. Earlier this year when Gummy Bear was turning a very wise and very adorable three, we decided to throw him a cooking party. In the fourth quarter of last year, he along with his very influential older brother had watched every single episode of Junior Masterchef. He was forever dressed in his checkered apron and chef hat. He looked like the local pizza chef living out... Read More >>
Almond And Rose Bread - Styling & Photo By Sneh Roy

Almond And Rose Bread – Amande Rose Pain

On a visit to a deli and specialty food store in St.Ives, I found a beautifully packaged box of rose petals by Pariya.  It is no secret that I love rose petals in cooking and am always looking for unique and creative ways to cook with them. With the weather being cold and not a single rose in bloom in my garden, I was thrilled to find this box of one of my favourite ingredients. Browsing through the Flavour Thesaurus for some flavour matching ideas, I decided to make a French Almond bread peppered with finely chopped rose petals. I have been cooking and baking a lot from Serge Dansereau's French Kitchen cookbook and he has a fantastic no fuss recipe for an almond bread in it. I a... Read More >>

How To Make Aprons From Tea Towels Without Sewing

When it comes to sewing with a sewing machine, I am well .... terrified! Along the lines of learning to drive, giving birth and dogs. I used to have a sewing machine a very long time ago that I bought with ideas of grandeur parading through my head. I used it that one time when my mum showed me how to use it. After ignoring it as an invisible piece of furniture for 3 years, I finally sold it to an old lady who was so happy to have bought it, she couldn't stop bopping up and down. To each their own, I say! I have over the years hand stitched everything. Including curtains for 2 bedrooms. And by hand stitched, I mean it literally. The curtains were the most painful and even with a heavy d... Read More >>
Nutella On Knife - Styling & Photo By Sneh Roy

2 Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Mug cakes are like a round of gossip. You come across one, you indulge, you pine for more, you dig around for another one, you indulge some more until you are spent and then it all dies down for a few days. Until you come across another one and you have to do it all over again! I don't do gossip. But I do mug cakes! One of the first mug cakes I ever experimented with was Lorraine's fantastic 5 minute mug cake on Not Quite Nigella. I did that mug cake one cold night for an impromptu chocolate craving and we loved it. For a few days after that, I experimented with every mug cake recipe I could find until the fad wore off. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that my vicious mug cake circle... Read More >>

Audrey Gordon’s Tuscan Summer – Cookbook Review

Rated - 3.5 stars (out of 5) Audrey Gordon's Tuscan Summer - Recipes & Recollections From The Heart Of Italy is not your regular cookbook. It is a cookbook of hilarious proportions. In fact, when you start reading it, you will find yourself checking the foreword and the author bio on the inside of the dust jacket to make sure that it is indeed a cookbook and not a prank. I did. Gordon Ramsay said "Puts the comedy back into the kitchen!" and I would have to wholeheartedly agree with him. Audrey Gordon. Can't say that I had heard about her before reading the book and the bio in the book was ridiculously funny so I did a little digging on a site called Google. I chuckl... Read More >>

Spaghetti Al Pesto

For the past two weeks, I have my nose buried in Audrey Gordon's Tuscan Summer, a cookbook of hilarious proportions. The book is so funny that my boys have to stop what they are doing and give me a worried look as I first splutter coffee over my sweatshirt and then race to get a tissue, all the while chuckling and shaking my head. The cookbook, also has some simple and beautiful working recipes. Read Audrey Gordon's Tuscan Summer Cookbook Review. Spaghetti Al Pesto, is that what locals call Pesto Spaghetti in Tuscany? I am sure they do. Like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love, I love the Italian language, the food and the people. It is true that I have never been to Italy, nor do I... Read More >>
Shakshuka Eggs - Styling & Photo By Sneh Roy

Shakshuka Eggs

Every time I say Shakshuka, I feel a warmth creeping up from my toes to my neck. I am weird with words like that. I have favourite words and words I abhor. I have words that tickle me when I say them out loud and words that comfort me when I roll them off my tongue. Shakshuka meaning "all mixed up" and originating from Tunisia is my feel-warm-all-over word. And this egg dish that is a close reminder of the Mexican huevos rancheros or the Indian Parsi egg does indeed warm you up with the eggs swimming on a gorgeous bed of chili spiked tomatoes. I cooked these beautiful eggs in two mini stoneware dishes from Maxwell & Williams. I recently bought these baby casseroles. Th... Read More >>
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