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Caramel Grape Pound Cake
Caramel Grape Pound Cake

Back in the good old days, a pound each of basic baking ingredients was quite literally mixed in a bowl to get what became known as the pound cake. One can never go wrong with an old-fashioned pound cake. Soft, pillowy and yet firm when warm from the oven, a pound...

Cereal Nut Roll And Not So Sweet Chocolate Cake
Cereal Nut Roll And Not So Sweet Chocolate Cake

  It was April Fool's Day on Sunday. What we did for that in a minute. But first, how does the idea of your favourite cereal baked into a nice round loaf sound? How about a thick round slice of that loaf toasted and slathered with the best churned butter money...

Ricotta Muffins With Strawberries
Ricotta Muffins With Strawberries

The first time I had a muffin, I was 23. We had just moved to Singapore and on one of my first walks to the local bakery, I discovered trays laden with fluffy cloud topped cupcakes some studded with chocolate chips and some with oozing blueberries. The proverbial...

Carob Muffins
Carob Muffins

My idea of zen is cold weather, the kind that puffs out curls of steam everytime you breathe, when the tip of your nose is cold and resembles Rudolph's. My zen then comes from being indoors, warm and snug, hair fanning beneath a beanie, toes curled up inside sock...

Blood Orange Muffins
Blood Orange Muffins

I recently bought a set of digital kitchen scales. It is like having a toy in the kitchen. I keep putting random things on it just to see what they weigh. It amuses me. It is addictive to predict what something will weigh just before you hoist it on the scales. It is...

Light Blueberry Muffins
Light Blueberry Muffins

  Monday mornings are slow. Even if you have woken up at the crack of dawn, the day struggles to set the pace you want. The week is slowly emerging from the stupor of either a lazy relaxed weekend or a crazy fun filled one. Either way, it is always jarring to get...

Crunchy Top Coconut Banana Muffins
Crunchy Top Coconut Banana Muffins

  Muffins are not the prettiest to look at. Especially if they are homemade. And especially if they are baked by me. For a very long time, I was disillusioned. I would put the batter in the prettiest paper cases, make sure I filled the cases right and chided...

Chickpea Bhel Salad
Chickpea Bhel Salad

  On the streets of Mumbai, especially around a large water body like the curve of a beach or a lake are colourful gypsy like carts selling bhelpuri (bh-ail-poo-ree) and panipuri (p-aa-nee-poo-ree). Bhelpuri is a very popular street snack made up of puffed rice,...

Big Fry-Up Breakfast
Big Fry-Up Breakfast

Breakfast with the family on the weekends is a relaxed, muted but lavish affair. For once, I am not the one doing the cooking. That alone makes it a special treat for me. We have fresh eggs from the chooks, my favourite Kransky sausages from the deli, fresh herbs from...

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....

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...