Getting Nostalgic: Hot Fudge Sundae

During my growing up years, many a late evening or lazy afternoon was spent at the superlative Yankee Doodle ice-cream parlor, situated on the Marine Drive facade. It had a cosy garden swing in the middle of its colorful ambience; and a grand range of ice -cream and sundae selections. When it came to desserts,…

Breaking Barriers, Crossing Borders: Julie and Julia

There’s something about good food – it cuts across every conceivable barrier to unite people. And this is exactly what happens in the 2009 film Julie and Julia, an ode to the connective power of food, uniting two women from vastly different eras and backgrounds. Julie and Julia is a true story that is portrayed…

Essential baking equipment and tools

Here is my list of necessary baking equipment and tools, to acquire if you are starting out to bake. A must-have for all bakers! 1. A good oven: Convection ovens without microwaves are recommended. These bake faster than standard baking (OTG) ovens, and because most of them have an inbuilt fan, they give an even…

Timeless Classics: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ah – chocolate chip cookies. Who doesn’t love them? Freshly baked, with melting morsels of pure chocolate chips; better even when tasted warm, just out of the oven. This is the very first product I baked. I remember my American friends trading it to me eagerly in exchange for a demonstration of the classic sheera…

Cold brew coffee

It’s a phenomenon taking over the world, one tall glass at a time. Right from the world’s most elite roasteries and cafes who have it on tap, to your friendly neighborhood haunt, cold-brewed coffee is becoming very popular. Unlike hot brewed coffee that uses hot water to create the perfect cup, the cold-brew technique uses…

Braised chicken (a la Dum Murgh)

Here’s a recipe for Braised chicken, a la Dum Murgh, a personal favorite! This is perfect for when you need something flavorful and hearty! 

Food films: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana

Up next in my Food Films series is a 2012 release Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, starring Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi in the lead roles. A rare Hindi film that I have liked, and what’s more, it has a predominantly culinary theme. We’ve all heard about coveted family recipes – a secret pickle or…

Chocolate smoothie bowl

Here is another favourite : my vegan guilt-free yet indulgent chocolate smoothie recipe. Mix chocolate, coconut, almond, oats and loads of other healthy fill-ins  and you’ve got yourself a winner of a breakfast or dessert option! Serves 1 INGREDIENTS: 200ml almond or thick coconut milk, chilled 2 tbsp dark chocolate preferably unsweetened, melted 1 or…

Classic Ratatouille

As a nod to the eponymous 2007 Disney Pixar film, here’s my  recipe for Ratatouille, a stewed vegetable preparation traditionally from the Provence region of the South of France. Read more about the film here! Serves 2 Ingredients 1 tsp olive oil for greasing For the tomato sauce 1 tbsp olive oil 10 gm (4/5 cloves)…