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…

Wild City

One of the best parts of layering while sketching is the ability to go back. Hide a few layers and enjoy the rare pleasures of reflecting back visually. We can go another route and have options to what can be achieved. A quick look at a few layers from a sketch. A jungle cat standing…

Tulip Garden (Patch)

There were a brief couple of days in my past when I nursed a Silsila hangover. I had seen it for the first and only time. There was something so outrageously scandalous about the movie as well as Rekha’s breath-taking beauty, that I was still in the zone. Inevitably, the mind spend sometime in the wintry…

DIY Floating Lanterns

Different festivals in India bring different things. And different enthusiastic levels. These can depend on the traditional celebration bar set by family, part of India you come from, your personal preference towards each festivals’ delicacies. Diwali for me has always been confusing. While younger, my parents conscientiously planned our annual vacations during the school Diwali…