Jun 12, 2013

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins





My house has seen a flurry of painters and carpenters this last month. Between them and layers of dust all over the place (no matter how much you try to clean) baking had been impossible. We survived mostly on take outs or super quick one-pot meals. But now the last of them are gone and we are slowly reclaiming our home. The kitchen looks like our kitchen once again and the oven has been scrubbed clean.





When we emerged from under paint cans and wood shavings, it seems the rain gods have been busy too! The onset of monsoons is always exciting. Unless you have to wade through the water to get to work- then it ain’t pretty! Much like everybody else, I feel like chai and bhajiyas as soon as the showers start but what I crave even more is to bake something so that my house can smell heavenly even if it’s only for a while. And there is no aroma more delicious than a loaf of banana bread in your oven. This time I made muffins instead and added a few handfuls of chocolate chips for some glutton factor.


May 12, 2013

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mango and Spiced Figs






There is always something sweet to eat in my house. Usually a pack of store bought vanilla ice cream or some leftover cupcakes I may have made for an order or at least some ‘mithai’ of sorts.  But if there isn’t, I turn to old favorites- recipes I have made plenty times before and am comfortable with. But I noticed that whenever I am in the ‘phase’ of updating this blog often, I find myself venturing out- trying  new things, new desserts so I can share something new here. Like this panna cotta- even though it’s been on my to-do list for ages and everyone claims it takes almost no time.


Ready to be dressed up!






Even though I knew this one was a quickie, I was surprised by how quick! It literally was done in about 5 mins. Not counting the time in the fridge of course. I added some mango pulp n cardamom seeds on some of them. These days I cannot think of anything without mangoes.  The mango season goes away too soon and I like to make the most of it. And some I topped with some spiced figs. Last week I poached some figs in a spiced syrup and the panna cotta seemed like the perfect vehicle for them. 



Apr 10, 2013

Chocolate Loaf












If you’re anything like me you would need a snack every coupla hours. Post breakfast, pre lunch, evening snack, midnight munching. Besides the usual meals of course. If you’re anything like me, it would be a good idea to have this chocolate loaf around- steal a slice every time you need it. Its super yumm on its own but if you want you could dress it up differently each time- with some whipped cream, fruits, with a cup of tea or even some rich chocolate sauce to have as dessert.



Apr 6, 2013

Strawberry, Pistachio and Brown Butter Tart










I have been eyeing this tart for a while now. It has all the things that make me swoon. Strawberries, pistachios and of course butter.  This was actually the first time I used browned butter and I think I may have taken it a tad too far. But no harm done, it still tasted good. And im having a slice while I type this so I can safely say it tastes as good the next day as well.