Fairy tales & Cheese cakes

One of reasons I love the Harry Potter ‘literature’ is because of the amount of appreciation it bestows on ‘Death’. Despite being everyone’s inevitable conclusion, it is the ‘When?’s and the ‘How?’s which make ‘Death’ such an intimidating, overwhelming and somewhat of a dark force. And then we have gems like Harry Potter (books- not movies) or Piku which provide…

Chocolate Mousse Trials

There are a few things sweet that my carnivorous husband and I agree upon. One of them is decadent delicious chocolate mousse. Wanting to try out light velvety soft chocolate mousse, I was drooling over all the pictures that google offered. However, most of the mousse recipes seemed very different from each other – egg, butter,…

Kashmir Great Lakes – A Video Walk

Few experiences in life make you go over them again and again. Documenting one of the most memorable journeys of my life. Trekking is truly the only way of really seeing Himalayas. A big shoutout to IndiaHikes for creating such a safe environment for girls, women and non-trekkers to experience some of the best treks India has…

Diwali Diya Barfi – Sugarless Date Diyas

After the last foray into the diwali diya‘s, I wanted to try something a little bit simple yet rustically authentic – those beautiful simple brown lamps which adorn the balconies during diwali. When the target color was brown, it was natural to think of dates. There is something absolving about cooking with dates – like…

Decorative Barfi – Flowers & Henna

With all the experiments in baking, some of the learned skills turned out to be transferable for Diwali sweets too! If I haven’t said enough in my previous posts, I dislike fondant. I believe it tastes terrible despite being PURE SUGAR. The only redeeming quality is its modelling ability for making pretty flowers, cartoons, angry…

Family Mosaic Quilt – Fabric Printing

As age and wisdom sneaks in each year, my sentiments towards gift-giving are becoming hard-core ‘Sheldon‘ous. Sans registries (a concept which I appreciate in theory but am wistfully thankful is not prevalent in India), on most occasions – I have absolutely NO clue what to gift anyone anymore. When the best friend got married a few…

Coke. Float. Freeze.

Keeping to the childhood summer tradition of spending time on ambitious projects – almost all of which involved freezing something – here is a quick simple summer-Popsicle idea which can bring back some old memories. As an additional plus, this can keep your kid-chefs distracted for an entire day! What you need:  Vanilla Ice-cream in the…

1-Word Advice(s) – Part II

Once the giggles around Unagi subsided, I took another stab at creating some ‘1-word posters’ which I identify with. all the heartbreaks, natural calamities & bad governments (not necessarily in that order).. ‘deep’.  At least that is what my yoga instructor keeps repeating.. Always.. No excuses.. (well, except if a close one is making dumb decisions) something that…