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!!
   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!!

  The sister and I were flipping through a book by Martha Day, 'Baking' . Its a fabulous book for all baking enthusiasts. There a loads of recipes for breads and cakes and cookies and pies..you get the drift. So, the sister was like 'I wanna make this, and this and this and that'. One of the recipes she liked was this Onion bread recipe. Its looks so pretty and I am very happy with the outcome. I somehow feel it looks prettier before going into the oven. But it tastes yumm..especially with the sweetness from the onion, the little heat from the spice, the mild freshness of the mint and of course the lovely, soul warming taste of bread.
  Eat this bread while its still warm or re heat in on a pan before consuming. Its just tastes better that way. Also, dip it in some curd. Delicious!!