Vegetarian

Jam Roly Poly Scones
Jam Roly Poly Scones

  It is picnic weather and even when we can't get to any gorgeous parks that we seem to be surrounded by, we fling out our rattan picnic rug on our lawn and take turns carrying out food and drink for an impromptu Saturday morning alfresco breakfast.   These...

Marsala Strawberries
Marsala Strawberries

  Did you know that if you paint small pebbles to look like strawberries and put them around your strawberry plants in the garden, the birds will stay at bay because they will assume that the ripening berries are actually pebbles? This tiny bit of urban gardening...

Hot Chocolate Chai Tea
Hot Chocolate Chai Tea

I love tea parlours. I love the modern granny fusion trend of reasonably young (like moi!) people hanging out in dark, mysterious corners of these tea parlours. Sometimes harem chic, sometimes Japanese zen, these parlours are a sensory delight. From an array of every...

Lemon Pikelets
Lemon Pikelets

  The word that comes to mind when you first lay eyes on a pikelet is, cute. A pikelet is a mini version of a pancake and is prevalent in Australia and New Zealand. It is about 75mm in diameter, roughly about the size of the lid of your canned beans. Add to that...

Apricot Fig And Goji Berry Powerballs
Apricot Fig And Goji Berry Powerballs

You put a group of women together and you could publish a cookbook. I say this because when women with even the slightest inclination towards food come together recipes are created, shared, swapped, evolved and adapted. It always happens to me when I get together with...

Purple Carrot Cake And Mr. Periwinkle
Purple Carrot Cake And Mr. Periwinkle

I miss winter. I really do. Even more so because spring is stuck in a limbo not being able to decide whether to warm up or stay cool. Winter this year was even more exciting than previous years because I discovered to my absolute glee a herbivorous creature called Mr....

Brown Bread And Rum Ice Cream
Brown Bread And Rum Ice Cream

  Brown Bread And Rum No Churn Ice Cream. Tell me you want it! Scream it to me! Because it is THAT good! It will make you feel like naughty and nice, you know? those two little things that pop on either side of your head, one an angel in white and the other a...

Malai Peda – Indian Cream Fudge
Malai Peda – Indian Cream Fudge

  It is Diwali today, the Indian festival of lights. Mythologically, there are many stories revolving around the festival. The most famous by far would be the celebration of the death of a demon and the return of a king. When the king killed the demon and...

Tabouli And The Pantry Game
Tabouli And The Pantry Game

  One of the many promises I made to myself this year was to cook with as many different ingredients that I could lay my hands on. Explore every possible corner of the food chart. It is very easy to get stuck in a rut, pasta every night or a pilaf for a weekend...

Tiramisu And My 200th Post
Tiramisu And My 200th Post

Sometimes when I am flipping through a cooking magazine or shopping at the deli, I become delusional. I have ideas of grandeur. The all empowering feeling of absolute surety that “Yes! I can bake that 8 layer specialty cake and cater for 20 people in half a day,...

Pav Bhaji – Indian Sloppy Joes
Pav Bhaji – Indian Sloppy Joes

  Pav Bhaji is essentially a ragout of boiled, mashed and slow simmered vegetables spiked with a tantalising array of spices and served to be lapped up with crusty pan fried bread, a dash of lemon and a lashing of sweet red onions. It is the most explosive of...

Aloo Matar – Indian Potato And Pea Curry
Aloo Matar – Indian Potato And Pea Curry

Aloo Matar is my Indian version of a quick mac and cheese or stir fried noodles.  It is my go to dish when inspiration and time are both lacking. It is whipped up in a matter of minutes using pantry staples and virtually cooks itself while I do a few dishes and...