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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I adore December for all it’s Christmas cheer and festivities. It’s my favourite holiday and every aspect of Christmas has me giddy with excitement. My humble little tree is decorated, Christmas present shopping is under way and my kitchen smells divine. I’m trying to be adventerous with my recipes and cook up slightly healthier options but if I’m being completely honest it’s a losing battle. I took a break from all the cooking to make something for my mum who wanted to jazz up her evening coffee. Instead of a creative Christmas…

While it sounds impossible and actually quite depressing to take a beautiful tasty treat and turn it into a healthy dairy free version but believe me, it is incredible. I’ve been in a cooking baking mood lately which is rare for me because I’m not a baker. I don’t like making any sort of dessert in fact I use my oven for savory dishes only. Maybe it’s the festive season with Diwali and Halloween wrapping up and the countdown to Christmas has begun, or maybe it’s the much needed change of weather. Whatever it is, it has me in cookie…

My relationship with food is a tempestuous one. There are times when I love it and get all engrossed in flavours and different recipes and then there are days where I get frustrated and start counting calories. Like most people, the things I enjoy aren’t always the best for me and I’m struggling with the ‘ everything in moderation’  bit. My current state of affairs is that I’m desperately trying to eat clean. It isn’t always possible specially when I’m travelling but when I’m at home it is a massive effort to cut out the junk and focus of good…

I’m not a parent but constantly hear of parenting woes specially when it comes to kids and food. My nephew at a tender age of 6 seems to have extremely strong opinions on food and catering to his whims and fancies and be exhausting. To try and create food  that he might enjoy  specially when it comes to food for his school Tiffin box, is not my area of expertise but when I came across these adorable little cookie cutters I thought I might experiment. The cookie cuts came free with a recent Big Basket purchase of Kissan Mixed Fruit Jam…

One of the things that makes me incredibly happy is when folks are receptive to the things I write and enjoy what I post. When people try out recipes that I’ve toiled over and experimented with, it’s a different kind of high. The response for my ongoing Ramadan Recipes series has been wonderful but the nicest response was when Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing extended some recipes that are a Ramadan specialties,  sourced from Chef Jens Muenchenbach, at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. I absolutely love collecting recipes and tend to do cooking classes wherever I go. Chef Muenchenbach’s recipes…

One of my favorite snacks is granola. I enjoy it at breakfast in a parfait with some yogurt or in the evening as a granola bar or even just something to munch on through the day. The recipe is really simple and the best part is you can customize it whichever way you like. I must admit I’ve bought plenty of granola from various shops and brands but now I prefer to make it at home because I get to control how much of sugar I add to my recipe. This one has no added sugar, just the regular ingredients…

There are very few people I know that dislike potatoes and I for one am absolutely in love with them. I don’t discriminate, I eat them in all their various forms – fried, baked, boiled, mashed or any other way they’re presented to me. I’ve been making a conscious effort to avoid them since they clearly are my weak spot and for the most part, I’m successful.However every once in a while I will complete cave into my cravings and whip up a small batch of potatoes. This time I thought I’d try something new. I’ve stopped frying completely. In…

I’m not a baker, in fact my antics in the kitchen are more for my own personal pleasure and relaxation than anything else. I’m terrified when people ask me to cook for them and when they insist I do retarded things like cupcakes it’s border line traumatic. When Mahindra Rise approached me to take part in the #SeedTheRiseChallenge which is this extremely interesting activity that helps raise awareness about the plight of our Indian farmer and the charity work they’re doing, it was hard to say no. My challenge was simple. To incorporate an ingredient produced locally by our farmers and…