Post an over due lunch with a friend, I was really in a mood to recreate dishes  in the mezze platter that I ordered. The mammoth among the individual items was home baked pita and boy was I happy to see them puff up. The outcome was so perfect…. Soft warm pitas, tabbouleh, babaganoush, hummus […]

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This weekend is memorial day in the US and I’ve got a 3 day long vacation. It’s funny calling an extra day off as a vacation but what then it is an extra day after all! I had plans of visiting another city but then things did not materialize so I had to improvise. It’s […]

Mushroom and bell pepper pilaf

We got an email from the HR yesterday that today would be a holiday due to the strike. With me being down with the flu, I was anyway planning to take a leave so this came as a blessing. I did not want to have a regular sick meal so yesterday I started scavenging for […]

Chocolate Oat cookies

We all want a magic mantra for eating healthy without compromising the taste. Since whole wheat and oat mean healthy, chocolate cookies  made from them are something you can definitely indulge in. Last week while making pumpkin cake, I had prepped for streusel. But with the batter too liquid, I could not top the cake […]

Payesh - milk two ways

When it comes to sweets, bengali sweets are in a league of their own, with virtually no contenders.  The usage of cottage cheese for the preparation of these delicacies is time-consuming but is worth the effort put in. It’s a play on different forms of milk like cream, fresh cheese or simply reduced milk. To […]

Spiced pumpkin and sour cream cake

I’ve been planning on working with pumpkin for a long time now! Ever since I had my first bite of pumpkin pie, I’ve been wanting to bake something on my own… something involving pumpkin. It’s not fall in India any more. We actually are near to spring but the local produce of sugar pumpkins seemed to disagree, […]

Chocolate coffee cake

Last week my husband and I went to see an exhibition of Nemai Ghosh’s photographs with some friends. Though we all enjoyed the photographs, the actual interpretation and display of the work by the curator was something which was a topic of discussion later in the evening. A spectator to the conversion, I did agree […]

Boozy cupcakes - pina coloda

Monday blues made me want to shake things up and try something new. Baking the same old pound cake and its variations was not tempting enough so this baking session had me put on my thinking cap. Digging deep into my cookbooks, I found a recipe which was just perfect : Pina colada Cupcakes. We […]

Chocolate cupcakes

My usual lazy weekend schedule was not that lazy. A dear fiend of mine has been blessed with a baby girl and I went to visit them both. Meeting old friends is always good enough excuse for me to bake so I  took  out my pots and pans… well, in this case my baking tray and paper […]


With my last post written a while back, I’ve been hiding under the safety quilt thinking I’m lost for ideas what to write about.. even though my cooking has not stopped. Yeah, the sheepish smile on my face with excuses: I did not click a picture of what i cooked or the pic was not […]

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