Croissants | 6 tips for making bakery style Croissants at home

As you might know I took an attempt (a successful one if i say so myself) to make Croissants a few months back.Even though I do not have a personal recipe to share, here are some things I’ve learned on the way which might come handy if you ever gather up the patience to make Croissants.

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I’ve followed this recipe and I’ve found it to be pretty great! The GIF images to go with the instructions makes it really helpful!

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Strawberry and Banana Loaf cake | Recipe

My first bake with strawberries this season is a twist to one of my most favourite cakes of all time, the banana bread. This loaf cake is such a delight that you’ll want to bake it everyday… and the best news is, you can-because the recipe is that easy to whip up.

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The little pockets of strawberries add a refreshing punch to the warm cinnamon-y base of the cake. It’s a great comfort cake but you can also turn it into a glamorous dessert by warming a slice in the oven and serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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A self sufficient Chocolate Cake | Nigella Lawson’s Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake

Most days I like chocolate in moderation in my baked goods but there are some rare days where all I want is to stuff my face with a chocolate cake as indulgent as the one they show in the movie Matilda.

However those days also coincide with the days when I do not want to put in hours into baking something.  One such day happened to be last week. I had come back from work and instead of dinner all I wanted to have was a really good, really indulgent chocolate cake. All the chocolate cakes/cupcakes I could think of required frosting or ganache and I was not feeling up to putting that much effort. Continue reading

Have you ever lost your baking mojo?

Dearest Readers,

Have you ever just lost your interest in baking? – I know, it seems like an odd question coming from this blog.

I’ve became absent from the baking and blogging scene because my energies were directed elsewhere for a time. I went abroad for a master’s degree in England, and I had an absolute ball indulging in the scones (Betty’s Tea shop in York is a must visit)! Truth be told, while desserts and sweet goodies still call to me, my heart isn’t in baking the way it used to be.

I seem to have lost my motivation. I can’t exactly pinpoint what it was that put me into this dry spell. Perhaps it was the just the laziness more than anything else. All I know is that the hours I used to spend reading recipes and watching videos online, I now spend procrastinating and researching explanations as to why I lost interest.

After a lot of aimless researching and watching episodes of Suits, a dear friend advised me that I should get off my growing bum and add some chocolate cake to it! So today, after (yes-it’s-that-many) months of not touching any of my baking supplies, I decided to make my go-to crowd pleaser, le chocolate cupcake!

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All this (good) food in this much money?! | What I had in Nepal

You get to know a lot about a place from the type of food they serve. On my recent visit to Kathmandu and Pokhara I’ve tried out some amazing food places that truly show how the food scene in these places has grown to fit the taste of the wave of tourists that flock these areas. Nepal overall is a great place to enjoy tasty food at really cheap prices. To add to that, their portions are really generous too. The bill would always come less than what we’d expect. Which is why every time I was left exclaiming to myself “All this food in this much money?!”

So here’s a not-so-little rundown of the variety of food that got my heart singing:

Thamel (Kathmandu):

New Orleans Cafe: Visited this place on our first day at Kathmandu. It was around 4pm and we hadn’t eaten anything since we got off the plane at around 1pm. So this cafe with their big portions and even bigger plates and bowls served us well. We ordered a plate of Momos and two types of pasta. Among them the momo tasted the best as both the pastas were a bit too bland for our taste-buds. Overall the food was not amazing but the courtyard style interior with laid back sitting arrangements and intriguing tourists made up for it.

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That time I went trekking…and what I ate on the way

Trekking….you might be thinking what relation does it have to baking. Well let me make it clear right now, it does not. And that is what I was about to find out when I ventured on a 12day trekking trip in Nepal without any prior experience- The Manaslu Circuit Trek. The idea was obviously quite foolish but it had been a while since I had done something new, something totally out of my comfort zone and I really wanted to re-discover myself in a different setting. So off I went, throwing caution to the wind and this is the story of how it went and what I ate on the way. Continue reading