Gin & Tonic Cake

Gin & Tonic Cake, and baking as catharsis

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The last week has been amongst the most stressful ones I’ve been through this year. It had started to reach a point where I felt like the stress was starting to have an actual, physical impact on me, making me listless and unwell, like I had a hangover, except with zero alcohol consumption.

Pineapple Upside-down cake

Pineapple Upside-down Cake

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The Pineapple Upside-down cake was never my favourite sort of cake. Most of the time it’d be dry or overtly sweet, and somehow, cooked pineapple was never something I was a really big fan of (case in point, Hawaiian pizzas). I do remember growing up with picture of this cake in magazines and cookbooks with its perfectly circular rings of …

Plum souffle

Plum Jam, and a Soufflé

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I bought the most average plums of the season the other day. They were lush and dark, and quite firm (most lush and dark plums that are purchase-worthy ought to be a little soft; I should have seen the signs), but were a little too tart to taste.

Chocolate eclairs with a touch of Nutella

Chocolate Éclairs with a hint of Nutella

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It has been a little over a year since my first foray into the world of choux pastry. I always wanted to give making my own éclairs a shot, but it finally took a strange series of events that led me to actually attempting it.

Chocolate Monk Nirvana

Chocolate Monk Nirvana

Anand Cakes & cupcakes, Chocolate, Desserts, Gluten free 4 Comments

I’ve been looking for a recipe for a good boozy chocolate cake for a while now. Not the ones with a ‘hint’ of brandy or vodka or rum, but one that punches you in the face like a tequila shot (while not necessarily having to be tequila), while still being delicious enough to want to finish the rest of the …

Coconut chutney, served with rava idlis

Coconut Chutney, the Kerala way

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Today is Onam. Though I’m not cooking up a hardcore Onam lunch, designed to knock the persons experiencing it into a food coma, I decided to make something that to me is symbolic of Kerala, and home (even though it might not be necessarily part of an Onam lunch). Coconut chutney is the ubiquitous component of almost every south Indian …

Zucchini Frittata

Frontier living: Four Frittatas

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Eggs are amongst the most versatile ingredients for a cook with a limited pantry, equipment and time. They form the perfect medium to suspend and assortment of vegetables, flavours and textures in while still packing the satisfying fullness of a proper meal (even though they’re usually only considered breakfast-worthy).

Spicy Corn Soufflé

A Spicy Corn Soufflé

Anand Fast & Easy, Pies & tarts, Quiches 3 Comments

After recently discovering that soufflés aren’t as difficult a deal as they’re made out to be, I’ve been dying to try cooking up a savoury soufflé. In principle it’s just about combining two parts, a flavour base, which is usually a liquid concoction with milk, yolks and the main flavouring elements and an light airy part, usually made with egg …

Chicken stock, before cooking

How to make stock

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Once in a month or so, I buy a whole chicken and stock it. Stocking is one of those processes that is wildly efficient — it uses the entire chicken (some even use the head and feet) and a lot of vegetables without any fancy preparatory techniques or special skills. The flavour they contribute to anything you make with it …