Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tiramisu Cake - my happy cake!


I received an email from a reader few days back asking me what is the one cake I baked that has brought so much of joy! It is none other than Tiramisu cake. It brought joy baking it for a birthday boy and also while devouring it! This is one cake that goes no-fail with all coffee lovers out there. This will always be my all-time favorite cake because it is moist, has coffee, cocoa and a little bit of booze! But you can always skip the alcohol and it will still taste heavenly. This is my happy cake and I hope you get to try baking this! It is definitely going to make you happy and laugh loud!

Here is the recipe

Adapted from here

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

·         Eggs 6

·         Sugar ¾ cup

·         Vanilla 1 tsp.

·         Plain Flour 1 ¼ cup

·         Corn starch 1 tsp.



Cream Filling:

·         Heavy Whipping cream 1 cup

·         Mascarpone cheese 16oz.

·         Powdered sugar 5 tbsp. or more as per your taste to sweetness

·         Kahlua 2 tbsp. (optional)



Soak:

·         Coffee 1 cup ( 1 or 2 tsp. instant coffee powder mixed with water)

·         Kahlua 3 tbsp. (optional)




Method

1.      Beat 6 eggs until foamy. Then slowly add the sugar and vanilla while beating the egg mixture.

2.      Now to add the dry ingredients. Sift the flour and cornstarch and fold it into the beaten eggs  using a whisk.

3.      Prepare 2 round baking pans (10 inches in diameter) with parchment paper and grease it with butter. Pour the batter evenly between the two pans.

4.      Bake in a preheated oven at 176 degrees Celsius for 28-30 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature.

5.       For cream filling: Whip heavy cream in a bowl until stiff peaks are formed. Refrigerate this bowl of whipped cream.  In a separate bowl beat the mascarpone cheese until smooth and add the powdered sugar and beat well till its smooth. Fold the mascarpone mixture into the whipped cream with a rubber spatula until no white streaks remain. If this mixture is a bit runny refrigerate it till its set.

6.       In a small bowl mix together the coffee and Kahula.

7.       Slice each cake in half so you are left with 4 thin slices.

8.       Soak each layer of cake with the coffee mixture. Drizzle with a spoon. Make sure you don’t over soak it.

9.      Start layering the cake in this order: a layer of soaked cake, cream cheese mixture, and sprinkle cocoa powder. Repeat this layering until the last layer of cream. Decorate the sides and top of the cake with extra cocoa powder or cream.



Tips:

  • If you don’t have time to bake a sponge cake, buy from a store and just concentrate in making the cream filling and coffee mixture. ;)
  • While beating the egg mixture with sugar for the cake please make sure it’s very airy and fluffy.
  • You can bake the cake one day in advance and layer it the next day.
  • Instead of Kahula you can brandy or any other alcohol of your choice.
  • If you have extra frosting, believe me you will find ways to finish it. ;)





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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Warm Chickpeas and Broccoli Salad


I have been on a hunt for easy salad recipes that are power packed in protein and I am glad I came across this awesome Chickpeas salad recipe that is super quick to make and full of proteins. Gayatri from Culinary Nirvana is a food blogger that I follow and she has these amazing recipes that are simple to follow and full of flavor. Gayatri is a professional chef trained who is focused on healthy living, culture and good food. So here is the recipe and I hope you will enjoy making it! Stay healthy!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Onion chopped – 1

Garlic clove chopped - 1

Red Chillie flakes – 1 tsp. (or more as per your preference)

Black pepper powder – 1 tsp.

Salt to taste

Broccoli florets steamed – 1 cup

Olive Oil – 1 tsp.

Lemon juice – 1 tsp.

Canned Chickpeas – 1 can (drained and washed… I used the fresh and cooked chickpeas )

Chopped coriander leaves to garnish.
Method:

  • Heat pan and add olive oil. Sauté the chopped garlic till golden. Then add chopped onion and sauté till transparent.
  • Add chillie flakes and pepper and chickpeas. Stir and toss it well.
  • Add lemon juice and toss.
  • Lastly add the broccoli, sprinkle salt and toss well.
  • Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and serve it warm.
Tips:

Add feta cheese for variation

Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds if you like.

Instead of red chillie flakes you can use finely chopped red chillies.


Click here to follow Gayatri and stay tuned to hear more from Gayatri soon! There is another inspiring post coming up soon!


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Home Tour - Residence of Vaidehi from California


Today’s home tour screams minimalism. Vaidehi based in California lives in this cozy apartment where there is plenty of natural light streaming in through their large windows. Her home has an underlying current of monochrome style with a stroke of ethnic décor and beautiful pop of colours. She has layered her home with beautiful rugs, textiles and home décor. Her love for traditional and ethnic accessories can be seen in her décor style. Have a look at her beautiful apartment and let’s hear more from her.


Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a Software Engineer, and ended up in Silicon Valley pursuing a dream to be a part of software advancement surrounded with Apple, Google, Facebook and so many more headquarters. During my masters, it was first time I was miles away from home, so friends became family. That's when I found my partner. We decided to start a life together and got engaged in March17. It only made sense for us to share a home (instead of waiting another year until marriage) considering sky high living costs in California. That's when this apartment happened. We moved here in June and it's hard to believe it's just been over three months





Where do you get inspiration to do up your home?

I mainly look up Instagram, pinterest and blogs for inspirations. Some of my favorite houses on insta are @pinkzpassion, @shweta_hm @lifeacrossthesevenseas @thedecomania. I love going through home tours on blogs and youtube. Kate la vie’s house is a dream on pinterest. I also like watching Mr. Kate’s room transformations on youtube. 







What's your favorite décor style?

Oddly I am a confused animal when it comes to décor style. I like ethnic, boho, modern, mid-century, vintage, eclectic. Basically I like everything and anything that is appealing to my eyes. However, I find the houses curated with artifacts from all over the world and fusion of different traditions so much more interesting. @mogradesigns by Sandeep Inamke is one such example. And I am also drawn towards ethnic décor that involves brass and Indian textiles.





What is your favorite part of your home?

The day-bed by the window in our living area has to be our favorite. It is actually a two old student twin beds (mine and my finance’s) stack one over the other. It is my favorite unwinding spot.





Any tips or advice on decorating a house?

I am definitely not a pro in this area, although I have learnt a few small things setting up my house. I have learnt that you don’t have to spend a fortune on décor. Keep it minimal, kept it clean and organized with a touch of greenery always look beautiful. We are in a rental, and I have always seen people being afraid to do much in rentals. However, there are so many ways to decorate without harming any agreement, so there is absolutely no reason to hold back. Another thing is don’t forget to consider likes and interests of people you will be sharing your space with. And lastly, pinterest is a very helpful tool to create targeted ideas and mood-boards.








Thank you Vaidehi for sharing your décor inspiration and your beautiful space with me and my readers!


All Images are via Vaidehi





Thursday, September 21, 2017

Home Tweak


I love moving things around in the house once in a while… be it furniture, wall hangings, shelf displays, décor accessories.. I even love to change my regular crockery with a new set… Why do I keep doing it? I don’t know… maybe it’s a creative surge to nourish my soul… maybe because changes brings in a new look… And I must admit it also gives me a kind of a “high” in some ways!! So I decided to start a new series called “Home Tweaks” where I share my space and my home tweaking process.

So for the past few days, while de-cluttering and reorganizing my space, I have been itching to change the display on my crockery hutch for quite some time and I finally managed to do it. I removed my old tealight holders and replaced it with a vintage Japanese teapot set which looks rather nice. What do you think? Have a look and let me know…


Old display on my crockery hutch



And viola!... replaced the tealight holders with a vintage Japanese tea set and an Ikea plant holder



And this is how it looks now!











Stay tuned for more in Home Tweak series…



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Monday, September 11, 2017

Villa Maya - an enchanting dining experience

Villa Maya, a fine dining place in Trivandrum, envelopes you with tranquility as you enter.  This place has spoiled me with its aesthetic ambience, classical architecture, fountains, excellent food and service. Every nook and corner, especially the outdoor area is mesmerizing. The stone archway, outdoor pavilions surrounded by pond, ancient lamps and stone sculptures are just a few highlights of this beautiful restaurant. As you enter you are cut off from the city chaos and you are welcomed by the serenity of this place. This three-storeyed restaurant is converted from a residence of a Kerala queen which was originally called the Amma Veedu and it has managed to restore its finesse, comfort and elegance. I had a feast with my camera as I was given a guided tour of this enchanting property...

The menu is carefully crafted …. They have a range of authentic Kerala cuisine twisted with a contemporary touch with excellent presentation.  And the menu also includes international cuisine and drool worthy desserts!

Sit back, have a cup of coffee and have a look at these pictures that gives you a royal era Zen feel to this place...  Enjoy the virtual tour!
Grand Entrance

Courtyard as you enter

Three storeyed mansion

The reception area


Love the wall art



Outdoor Pavilion surrounded by a pond


a beautiful sculpture near the pavilions



Mural art





Upstairs area where the bedrooms are converted into lounge and dining area







The outdoor reception area where the décor is minimalistic and ethnic

Will definitely go back to try out their other signature dishes


If you ever visit Trivandrum, please make sure you visit Villa Maya to experience the food and the serenity of this place.




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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Back into the Groove

I blinked and my one month break just whizzed passed by… My holiday was fun, jam packed with small travels, ate a lot of traditional food and spent a lot of time with family and friends… Each of my travel gives me a new focus and appreciate little things a bit more...

Getting back into the routine was so difficult. I am generally in a rush to unpack once I get back from my holiday… put everything back in its place and get everything in order… buy grocery and get the kitchen back in shape… decide on my next painting piece and plan my timelines for my next blog post and photoshoot as the urge to return to my blog space was strong… and here I am with you shouting out “I am back”. Many of you have sent me emails and anxiously waiting for my replies… and you will get them soon (and thanks so much for reaching out to me!)...



I know I have neglected this blog lately… and I feel bad about it … But if you were following me on Instagram (click here ) you will know I didn’t disappear completely and gave you glimpses on what’s going on. I have so much to journal and doodle… Meanwhile I have tons of inspiration to share with you all so stay tuned!






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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Curry Tree Design

Most of the eco-friendly and handmade products has a unique beauty and charm because there is lots of care and attention to details. And of course there is a lot of hard work and empowerment behind each product. Curry Tree Design is one such brand that is committed to being eco-friendly, sustainable and support local artisans. Ekta Aggarwal is the force behind this brand that comes out with fabulous bags and clutches.  Thank you Ekta for that elegant and simple clutch… the royal blue colour is just beautiful and I had fun styling it for you...
 
 
 
 
 
Have a look at some of her products to visually feel what it’s like….
 
 
 

 
  

 
Lets hear more from Ekta about her journey with Curry Tree Design
 
How did your journey with Curry Tree Design begin?
 
I have had a long standing interest in Indian craft especially Indian hand-woven textiles. On
returning to India after completing my masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts,
London, I gave serious thought to what I really wanted to do for the long term. I decided to start
Curry Tree Design. I think being away from India for an extended period of time made me
realize the strong influence of Indian traditional textiles on my aesthetics.
 
What kind of formal training did you need to start this venture?
 
I have a MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London and BA in
Economics from Hindu College, University of Delhi. I am at present studying for MFA in Art at
California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts, I am right now participating in Hybrid Incubator for
Visionary Entrepreneur (HIVE) program to develop the necessary business and marketing skills
to take my company forward.
 
Where do you derive your inspiration for your designs?
 
I am inspired by the textures, patterns, lines and colours of the Indian handmade textiles. The
beauty and flaws of these fabrics draw attention to the human hand at work. My designs strive to
acknowledge the labor of the traditional craftswomen behind these fabrics. I am inspired by their
simple lifestyle that is so attuned and connected to the land.
 
What is unique about your products?
 
At Curry Tree Design we make earth friendly bags using handmade fabrics in India. Our aim is
to provide a platform for Indian craft and jobs for craftswomen. Through Curry Tree Design we
want to create awareness for compassionate fashion. Curry Tree Design supports animal welfare
and 10 % of our profits go towards animal care. We make beautiful products that uplift the
people who carry them, see them and make them.
 
Is there a website or online store? And is it available for overseas customers as well?
 
We do have a website where our customers can view our entire collection. We are also currently
building a new website that would be connected to an online shopping platform, so very soon our
customers will be able to buy our bags online.
We are aware that there is a worldwide interest in Indian handmade products. Our bags are
available for overseas customers as well. We ship our bags worldwide.
 
What is your vision for Curry Tree Design?
 
I see Curry Tree Design as a medium to help build a strong sustainable community to support everyone in the world and to create a better environment for all of us to coexist
 
 
 
Thank you Ekta for sharing your journey with me and my readers... We wish you a growing success in everything you do!!!
 
 
If you wish to get in touch with Ekta please write to currytreedesign@gmail.com and click here to browse through her products.