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 …

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

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The average and sometime sub-par canteen and mess food of my college years often saw us venturing out to restaurants for a culinary break of sorts, where the dish that nearly everyone would most easily agree on ordering was Palak Paneer. When in doubt, order Palak Paneer.

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.

cremé caramel

Cremé Caramel- Caramel Custard

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Inertia and procrastination have kept me from posting here for a while now, but I plan to fix that this month. I’ve always wondered how many people out there actually read these posts; not just follow but actually read them. Then the other day I actually ran into someone at a party who has been a regular reader of both …

Chocolate Monk Nirvana

Chocolate Monk Nirvana

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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 …

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

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I bought a bag of hazelnuts last month, and I’ve been looking for things to do with them ever since. I’d bookmarked this recipe for chocolate hazelnut biscotti a while back, but only recently did I realise that this recipe used ingredients (other than the hazelnuts) that would already be in the home of anyone who bakes.

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 …

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

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Almond biscotti is a deceptively simple thing to make. While you’re mixing up the batter, you’re thinking, “well, this is all very easy, it barely calls for any special technique or wrist action, hand skills or wild hand-eye coordination”. It starts getting complicated right after this. The initial assembly takes about half an hour, but at the end of a …

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).

Spaghetti Arrabbiata

Frontier living: Spaghetti Arrabbiata

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This is a strange transition month. Circumstances have rendered me homeless for exactly the month of August, and I’ve been relegated to a sort of frontier living. I have at my disposal one knife, one skillet and once saucepan, so everything I cook for the days ahead have to be worked out with this limited set of implements and utensils.