29 September 2013

Granola Bars and Remembering a Dear Friend...

Nivedita...Nivi. I remember her telling me to make something healthy in, if I'm not wrong, the second week of August last year. I told her I would make something for her..egg less and healthy. I wish I'd baked her something the very next day, but I didn't know then that I was running out of time..she was running out of time.
    I remember her telling me that the cupcakes I baked were way better than the ones she had at Theobroma. That compliment had me smiling the entire day. We weren't the best of friends but she was someone I looked up to. There are very few people who inspire me, she is one of them. She inspired me to believe in myself, to push myself and reach out for what I deserved. I never told her any of this, never got the chance to tell her that I loved and cherished our friendship. I regret it now. But how much would have changed had she known?

   Nivi, I'm sure you're in a happy place right now and I just want you to know that I miss you and whenever I think of you, it brings a smile to my face. No tears, just as you would have wanted!

I dedicate this post to Nivi's memory :)

9 June 2013

Make your own: Almond Butter!

   Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or, as they are lovingly called, PB&Js. Most of you all have grown up on them. Me? I didn't. I was happy with the Indian breakfast staples..poha, idli, dosa, vegetable sandwich..you get the drift. I came across peanut butter much later..in my teens almost. And I was too impressed by it. Not my kinda thing back then. But my sister?! She loved it. LOVED it. In my case, its been an acquired taste..not without added sugar though. I just cannot get myself to eat peanut butter that has no sugar in it. Oh and even after 'discovering' the loveliness that is peanut butter, I haven't tried a PB&J...there, I said it.
   Coming to almond butter, its fantastic!! No no, I don't like almonds more than peanuts. I love them both, equally. And almond butter didn't taste icky at first..it tasted wonderful. Like an explosion of creamy almond-ness and the nutty aroma! It pairs really well with fruit. Also a cheese sandwich paired with this spread would be delightful!!

20 May 2013

Caramel Custard with Sesame Seed Brittle

Hello people!!
    I'm finally (and definitely) back to blogging. No, I didn't stop baking entirely; though I went through this frustrating couch potato-y stage, I baked but I never got down to posting about it and was completely out of touch with the virtual world. And now, I've decided to pull up my socks and be more active in all spheres of life. Yes, a lot of self reflection and motivation has got me back on track.
   There are so many things I missed out on during these days!! My blog anniversary :'( , being recognised as a Notable Newbie on Blogadda and I never mentioned the new domain. My blog went from a 'blogspot.com' to a '.in'. Fantastic, eh? But no point crying over spilt milk. A very belated Happy Anniversary Blog!! You're nearly 1.5 years old!!
    Lets talk about this fabulous Caramel Custard!! I came across this recipe on Dulce Delight, a food blog by the very innovative Raiza Costa (yes, yes, she was on Masterchef USA!). I've halved her recipe and instead of macerated strawberries, I decided to go with some brittle.

2 September 2012

Syrian Onion Bread

  I've been wanting to bake bread for quite some time now. And I wanted something different and nice. Firstly, I love onions. They have this absolutely fantastic quality of caramelizing and turning sweet. Also, onions are a complete necessity with non vegetarian food, for me at least. They complete a meal. Secondly, whats not to like about bread?! Its tastes fantastic, goes well with about anything and it gives immense joy to make your own loaf. There are few things, in terms of baking/cooking, that bring more happiness than a well risen bread dough!!