Have you had the most wonderful Valentine’s day? Anushka was supposed to take cards and Lollipops for her friends and at 5 AM I remembered that the cards were not signed so I frantically signed all the cards in less than 5 minutes. That was a good start. The girls made cards for us and feasted on all the candy their friends gave them. We … Continue reading Semolina Cake with Rum and Saffron
A cup of tea upon arrival at a country house is a thing which I, as a rule, in particularly enjoy. I like crawling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere or leisured coziness P. G. Wodehouse My feelings exactly for the Winter. As temperatures have cooled down, the warmth in the house is cracked up, fireplace roaring and something … Continue reading Chocolate covered Sugar Cookies
Easy Marshmallow Mousse recipe.
And another birthday around our household. It’s crazy how fast these kids are growing up. They change so fast too. I see Annika to be such a mature child now and so hungry for knowledge and always curious. This birthday she didn’t want a cake. I think we have too much cake in the house, almost one every weekend. So I made this super fast Marshmallow mousse. It is sooo easy to make. It’s ready in about 30 minutes. It has this sweet chocolaty taste and you can literally go crazy with colors. Annika’s favorite is blue so I used blue.
Early this morning I woke up to a dense fog, intermingling of hot and cold. As I walked through my usual forest preserve , there was a stillness in the air. The air heavy with anticipation, waiting for the adventure ahead, the hustle and bustle of the coming week. As I stood there just for a second gazing at the stream almost disappearing in the fog, I remembered something I had read somewhere, “If you want something that you never had, you must be prepared to do something you have never done before”. I will leave you with that thought and the recipe for the Meringues.
I promised on Insta that I will post this recipe last week but the week came and went by even before I realized. Last week we had our last Diwali party so now it does seem like Diwali is over. Now on to Thanksgiving preparation. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? What recipes are you looking for? My brother might be visiting this year so … Continue reading Lemon Bars with Walnuts
There are few treats as satisfying as a cup of Espresso and a piece of Baklava. Although I have shared a another easier version on the blog Baklava Bites Baklava Cake is just different take on traditional Baklava. It is certainly not as messy to eat. If you prefer a piece of cake with your afternoon Coffee, you should certainly try this. This Baklava Cake is not too sweet either so makes a perfect after lunch dessert. You just need a small piece to feel satisfied.
Baklava came from Assyrians in 8th Century B.C. The original recipe only had a Flatbread and a layer of nuts drizzled with Honey. Later on, different types of nuts were used. Arabian influence added Rose water. Some infuse flavors of Cinnamon and cloves to this amazingly chewy and crunchy and sweet with Honey piece of heaven. I have head about splashes of Rum in it but haven’t tried it yet. Soon..
With the two back to back natural disasters hitting US, the last thing on anyone’s mind is reading a food blog and much less writing it. I was reading the news reports and heard about a Pizza restaurant opening its doors to the displaced Floridians where they can pay what they can or eat on the house. The owner is a National guard member who explained that “when disasters hit, most people want is to sit down in a safe place and a warm meal”. A warm meal can give you the strength and hope to deal with the eventualities.
I had made a cupcake version of Pineapple upside down cake may be over a year ago. I made a few changes and made a sheet cake and topped it with Broiled Pineapple. The results were amazing. Cake was not overly sweet so you can have it at tea time.
I may have hit a writer’s block because I have been looking at this draft for days thinking of something to write but my mind simply draws a blank so here you go. Just the recipe and some pics.
After Anushka’s birthday and my birthday in the same month, we had a real sugar overload. Not to mention twice weekly trips to the Ice Cream shop only because its summer. I wanted to make something for those mid afternoon hunger pangs and after school snacks that was nutritious and not overly sweet. These Almond bites pass both the tests. Not only that but they are also very easy to make.
Have you ever met someone from your past and suddenly felt like some missing pieces of puzzle fell into place? Or have you ever went to a new place, a place you have never ever been before and thought you belonged? Have you ever wondered why things happen in a certain way and why we meet certain people and not the others? Do you ever wonder about how many secrets the Universe is holding.
The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing – Socrates
Summer is not yet here and Spring seems to be hiding. Temps are so down that we had to get our winter coats out again. I wanted to get at least bit of tropic in our lives. Here is a Banana Pineapple Cake. Continue reading Banana and Pineapple Cake
Does the name sound weird to you? It did to me at first. This French delicacy was known as Visitandine until it became popular in Paris Financial Stock Exchange as it was easy to store in coat pockets without being damaged. Another story says that the traditional shape resembles a bar of gold hence the name. The second story won’t go with my cakes because … Continue reading Pistachio Almond Financier
This beautiful creation has an equally enchanting story behind it. A girl fell in love with a Prince and she made this cake to charm the Prince. This Cake now serves as a symbol of undying love. The cake is filled with aromatic Persian flavors. It is infused with Cardamom and delicate Rose scented Frosting. The cake itself appears to have two separate versions. One is Almond … Continue reading Persian Love Cake
On Makar Sankrant, one of the favorite festivals of Maharashtrians, traditionally a sweet is made out of Sesame seeds and Jaggery. Since almost everyone makes this sweet, I figured I should try something different this time. Sesame Cookies were on my list of recipes to make since last year. This was a perfect occasion to post them. Although the Festival is over, if you have … Continue reading Sesame cookies