Category: vanilla

Easy Vegan Chocolate Almond Cake (and a lesson in tolerance)

Easy Vegan Chocolate Almond Cake (and a lesson in tolerance)

Harini is one of the first food bloggers I met in Mumbai, and we instantly became friends. It’s not very difficult to make friends with Harini–she’s a transparent soul, full of life and vigour–chatty, well-read, superlatively talented (she can stitch, embroider, crochet, style, photograph, is a phenomenal cook…) and most importantly, she is very kind. She’s […]

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Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake

Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake

My local fruit vendor told me recently that he can now procure “egg-jotic” fruits for me at a day’s notice. These exotic fruits being my favourite berries–raspberry, blackberry, redcurrant, and blueberry–apart from rambutan and other Asian favourites. Without so much as a blink of the eye, I promptly placed my order for a box each of […]

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Easy Strawberry Tart (Video)

A trip to Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, has become an annual tradition of sorts. Of course, it gets cool (cold) in the hills and compared to the negligible winter  of Mumbai, it is a good opportunity to bring out the cardigans and shawls. And socks. Socks are important. Every […]

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Plum Jam and Vanilla Mascarpone Roulade

Plum Jam and Vanilla Mascarpone Roulade

I share my mum’s love for Roulades. Swiss Rolls, as they are known in bakeries here. When we were kids, my mum would make a simple butterless sponge sheet and slather it with store-bought mixed fruit jam and roll it up tightly. This would be our 4 o’clock snack or make its way to our […]

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Coconut Fudge and Jam Tart

Coconut Fudge and Jam Tart

Every Thursday, when the family would fast for the family deity, my great grandma would make naralachi vadi or coconut fudge squares for prasad or the offering to god. She would labor over a panful of freshly grated coconuts, often plucked from the tree in the backyard, stirring in clotted cream, milk and sugar and […]

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Christmas Fruit Cake

Christmas Fruit Cake

A few days ago, a journalist from a popular daily called to ask if I could help her with some information for a story on Christmas Cake, and a host of memories came flooding out. Of Radha kaku and her carefully put together recipe that we would get boxfuls of every Christmas, of gaudily packed […]

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Chocolate Cake with Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting

My dear friend, Rhea Mitra-Dalal loves her coffee. It’s so easy to please her–a good cup of unpretentious coffee and loads of gupshup is usually enough. When her birthday arrived, however, I decided I had to treat her to a little more than just a cup of coffee. I decided to make this Chocolate Cake […]

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