Muffins are perfect any time of day. They can be eaten as breakfast, little tea time snack or decked up with frosting & fruit for dessert. Especially, when it has chocolate, what’s not to like about it. This is actually a cake recipe, that was quite the rage when Priya first blogged about it. I have baked this as a cup-cake for a friend’s birthday with orange marmalade frosting as well as a plain chocolate cake. Then, I came across the Food Network challenge-winning chocolate cup-cakes. The two recipes were very similar, if not the same. Inspired by Chloe’s recipe, I tweaked Priya’s chocolate cake recipe , to make these gorgeous chocolate muffins. Thank you, Priya & Chloe! Mags, this is for you! Read the rest of this entry »
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Growing up, the fall-back evening snack in my house would be a biscuit. Biscuits to me are what cookies are to kids that grow up in America. They were sold in all shapes and sizes, with different flavoring and the queen of them all was the “cream biscuit”, in which flavored icing was sandwiched between two thin biscuits. These baked goodies were not loaded with sugar or fat and were a reasonably healthy after-food snack for kids or tea time snack for adults, or when you just felt like nibbling on something. There were several popular brands (Milk Bikis, Marie come to my mind) and also, equally famous was the neighborhood bakery store-bought no-brand name, what we used to call, “butter biscuits”. These are very similar to these shortbread cookies by Meeta. After reading Meeta’s post, I really wanted to re-create those biscuits that were part of my childhood and the cookie bake-off that happened during the holiday season was the perfect excuse. I did some more research and found this recipe at Arusuvai (in Thamizh), meaning six tastes, which turns out to be pretty similar to Meeta’s recipe. The recipe from Western Europe and from the heartland of South India are uncannily close – may be it was the British influence. Whatever be it, these uncanny culinary or other such similarities never cease to amaze me. Read the rest of this entry »
My dear friend Laksh and her husband K were visiting us last weekend and folks who read her blog would know that it was K’s bday last week. As it is more than 5 years since I met them in person, I decided to do something special when they were here, which coincided well with his b’day. I have been wanting to bake this cake from Indira, ever since I laid my eyes on it. What can be a better time to bake this cake than this?
I love reading books. Period. There used to be a time when I would finish a book start to finish in one-go and couldn’t wait to finish to start the next one. These days my reading habit (as well as other personal traits) has changed, and I seem to be reading two and sometimes even three books at a time. It is a great wonder that all these books don’t become one huge mish-mash in my head 🙂
Cooking is my passion and one of the reasons why this blog exists. When I heard about this blog event, I knew I could not give it a miss. The book of the month was Serving Crazy with Curry by Amulya Malladi; the fact that I was reading the book when the event got announced was an amazing coincidence. I picked up this book from the library after hearing about this book from a dear friend of mine.
How do you prepare for a lunch and an afternoon with strangers in person but you know them virtually? Will it be a quick luncheon for may be couple of hours with tall promises that we will keep in touch and meet regularly, but heart-in-heart you know that in all probability you will never meet them again? Well, these were some of the questions / thoughts that I was pondering on the morning of 16th February 2008, the day when the Bay Area Food bloggers decided to meet and eat, as said by The Cooker. In fact, what to cook was the easy part for me, thanks to Shankari – the organizer of the meet who sadly couldn’t make it. Well there was just one very simple rule for this event (similar to the very many blog events :)); the dish should be selected from one of the fellow Bay Area blogger.
When there are folks in the blogosphere who make their hatred towards this green one public, can I, the bell-pepper addict keep quiet? Armed with an awesome Italian stuffed bell-pepper, here I am shouting from the rooftop, to my favorite one’s rescue. Look at these succulent green peppers – how can one not like them? I wonder…