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Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake

Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake

I asked my husband to hide this cake away from me! Usually I give away a lot of cake to neighbours ,friends and people working in and around the apartment.I did pack this one too in a nice box to give it away but I think subconsciously I didn’t want to part with it! The lemon and cranberry lends sour notes to this buttery pound cake.The texture is rich and crumbly at the same time. From experience this cake gets better with days.I made it on a Friday and on Monday(day 4) this cake was even better than when I first took it out of the oven. I have adapted the recipe of  Vanilla Pound Cake Recipe from https://www.marthastewart.com which doesn’t …

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Poached Pear Frangipane Tart

It feels like I have grown leaps and bounds in the past one year.Not just because I have become a mother..That is the biggest part of it but also how much I have learnt and discovered about food. This tart is the best example of how far I have come in my food journey since I started this blog. Here is my old post of a Pear Frangipane Tart and the difference between the two couldn’t be any further apart.The most stark is the photography.There is no major change in the equipment I am using now but the change is in the time I now invest in learning about photography.Cant say I am a Pro at it but I have …

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Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce

Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce

Todays recipe is my goto quick and easy pasta sauce recipe-Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce.As if obvious I have used cherry tomatoes to make these.They are easily available in any well stocked vegetable shop across india.I usually have 1-2 packs at hand cause I love using them in salads and stir fries.My son also pops them like candy so its a win win.:D The reason I worked on this recipe was to help out a dear friend.Her son loves my roasted tomato sauce with his spaghetti and pasta.So much so that he started eating this on his own by 7 months of age and on his fussy days this is my friend’s goto meal for him. Only catch being that the …

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Hot Milk Cake with Saffron and Pistachios

Hot Milk Cake with saffron and Pistachios

The other day one of my friends was explaining to a stranger the kind of food I cook and he was a little perplexed. How would you describe what I make and post on this blog?A little cake,a little curry and a little love?A little Indian,a little Italian and maybe some asian? I think the best way my blog can be described is my personal food expression.I post what I make and eat.There are times when I want to eat healthy and there are times I want to indulge.There are times I crave food that I grew up with and there are times I want to experiment and try to replicate something I ate in one of my travels. I …

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Orange Pound Cake with a Zesty Orange Glaze

Orange pound cake with zesty orange glaze

Who could have thought orange could compete with chocolate?But it can and how?! If chocolate cake is the deep dark secret then this is the bright sunny morning.If chocolate is the yin then this is the yang.Equally decadent in the most opposite way! I present to you a simple Orange Pound Cake with an orange glaze.Let me warn you first thought.Make lots of it.Dont even think of making half the recipe cause for sure nothing would be left by the time your guests arrive.I speak from experience! It’s a cake so humble in its name and looks but the taste is out of the world! I usually avoid glazes on cakes but this cake becomes something else when glazed so …

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Healthy Zucchini Bread

Healthy Zucchini Quick Bread

Some days the baby doesn’t sleep at all and my chipotle Tacos go unphotographed cause he is so cranky and some days he sleeps for 3 hours and I am scared to start making anything cause you don’t know when he will wake up! Eternal Cycle of motherhood! One thing I should say is that having a baby is a great motivator.While I was pregnant I hardly cooked anything worthy but now I have so many ideas floating in my brain and only a few hours a day to execute them.It’s funny cause I had all the time on my hands before he came along and now I have to squeeze in 20 minutes of work in between his naps.This means I …

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Going Crazy with Smoothie Bowls

My smoothie Bowls

There are days I dream about the fruits which I will put in my smoothie bowl when i get up.My husband doesn’t know but the real reason  I am pushing for a vacation in Thailand is not for the beaches but to eat the fruits!I salivate imagining how a white and pink dragon fruit smoothie bowl with pink guava and coconut chips. I have made these smoothies for breakfast/brunch and sometimes lunch in these past few days and i thought i will share them with you. The thing with a smoothie bowl is that it is a thicker prettier version of a smoothie.All you need to do it gather the ingredients throw them in the juicer and decorate it with …

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