All posts tagged: Baking

Christmas Cake

  May Your Heart And Homes Be Filled With Every Joy And Gratitude The Season Brings Merry Christmas And Blessings For A Healthier New Year     Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. This year has been a tough and challenging one for all of us worldwide, being away from our families and dear ones and quieter celebrations. However it is the perfect time to sit and reflect on this year that was. A time to be grateful and express gratitude and thanks for all that this year has taught us. YET So Many Reasons To Be Thankful For: We can be thankful to those who have shown us love and care and a shoulder to lean on during this chaotic times. We are thankful for family and friends near and far, that keep in touch and bring us much joy and cheer through our telephone conversations. We are thankful for Zoom to allow us to work from the comfort of our homes. We are thankful to all all our frontline workers and health care providers …

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” — Winnie the Pooh   The weather here in Toronto is much cooler and the leaves have hues of yellow and orange already, nudging us that fall is around the corner. Nature’s gentle reminder perhaps, that it’s time to bid goodbye to summer. One knows that the warm and sunny days will eventually end, but it still does not make saying adieu any easier. I feel this summer just flew past really quickly. It was almost just yesterday that one was counting down to summer walks in the parks and long drives to the cottage country,berry picking and packing picnic sandwiches. This summer has had bitter sweet memories of course with the current pandemic and various cautions in place.I for one, am still holding onto the last bits of glorious sunshine and perhaps one last summer recipe here on my blog. I had been craving for flavours of lemon,blueberries and almond for ever so long! My birthday soon …

Chocolate Is The Key To Happiness…Easy Chocolate Gateaux

Chocolate is the key to happiness… It’s been a hectic and busy  start to 2017 to say the least. I realise we are into May already.I can’t recall when I last sat  down with my cup of coffee and got down to posting for my blog. I now teach at a Hospitality Institute here in Mumbai and head  the Bakery & Patisserie program. It’s been one fabulous year and I love what I do…which is teach of course. Teaching: A Rewarding Profession Keep Calm and Bake on! The quintessential mantra in my kitchen as I begin my day at The RPH Institute of Hospitality Management. A sense of utmost tranquility prevails when I come in to commence preparation for the class. Of course this is the calm before the storm. Welcome to my world of elevated excitement interspersed with high decibels of noise and commotion, as I take on my task of instructing a bunch of enthusiastic bakers that are keen on bakery specialization The students arrive and I begin with a talk on how …

Best Ever Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookies

  It’s been baking mayhem in my kitchen these past few weeks.I’ve been testing out scores of recipes from breads, pastries,tarts and cookies of course.While  most of this has been work related,I decided that I would treat myself to  a nice,warm and gooey cookie.And the reason I say for myself is ,when I bake up stuff for the test kitchen,I barely ever land up eating the baked goods.Most often they are packed off to family and friends and a small sampler kept aside for the dear hubs who is ever willing to sample and indulge in my baking. I had actually started off on another post which is related to a recent getaway to a vineyard located a couple of hours from  Mumbai.This post was written up in the middle of the baking mania as was just too excited to share one of my favourite cookie recipe’s with you. Oh  I do have a soft spot for Cookies of course and especially these gorgeous one’s which are loaded with chocolate chips and some walnuts that add …

Merry Christmas From My Kitchen to Yours…Boozy Christmas Cake

        Deck the halls  with boughs of holly Fa La La La La, La La La La Tis the season to be Jolly Fa La La La La, La La La La Oh yes,it’s that time of the year again! It’s Christmas time.Lets get this festive season started with some baking. Christmas baking over the years meant lots of sugar cookies,gingerbread men,puddings,mince pies and Christmas cake of of course. The key to a good Christmas cake starts perhaps days,months or even a year in advance.It’s all about pre soaking the mixture of Raisins,Sultanas,Cranberries and the mixed Peel in some alcohol which lends a wonderful and delicious moistness to this fruit cake.Now if you are pressed for time like I was whilst baking this cake,ensure that the mixture is soaked at least 24 hours before baking the cake. A good Dark rum works great or perhaps even some Brandy,Sherry or some Orange liqueuer.I landed up using some Cuban spiced rum in my pre soak and gosh the house smells boozy! Well here it …