11 Delicious Pie Crusts For This Summer

Summer fruit galette

It is pie season, and I am determined to try making as many pies and tarts as I can possibly eat and feed others! This is a curation of some of the most interesting recipes, for the pie lover in you. Since I moved to North America last year, I have noticed that everyone loves pie and a whole lot of pie gets baked around these parts of the world from now until the leaves change color. I mean I get it, the markets are bursting with gorgeous fruit and once you have eaten fruit in the form of smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch and then again as snack, by the time it is dinner and your stomach is bursting from raw fruit, you probably want to curl up with a big decadent triangle of fruity pie snuggled under a large scoop of dark chocolate ice-cream (no vanilla for me)! Or maybe you are the healthy / purist kinds who shuns fruit in any other form than raw in which case, I will feel extremely sad for you. Well, I spend a lot of time thinking how to use up fruits in cakes, pies, breads, jams, alcoholic beverages, etc. […]

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Triple Coconut Cake

Triple Coconut Cake

A deliciously light and moist coconut cake, lightly covered in coconut swiss meringue buttercream and drizzled with coconut caramel sauce. This Triple Coconut Cake is a delightful tropical party in your mouth. Triple Coconut Cake has been sitting on my list of things to bake for months now. However, I kept procrastinating because I felt that a cake so gloriously delicious (in my head) should be baked for a special occasion to feed many people. This week my sister suddenly decided to visit from New York and she loves cake almost as much as I do and what is a more special occasion to make a Triple Coconut Cake than when you are meeting your sister after 5 whole months! I did think of dedicating this to my dad since Father’s Day is around the corner, but a coconut cake is hardly what a Keralite man will be thrilled about! I mean, coconut is our staple food. The flesh, the milk, the water go into almost every dish we prepare at home. From our breakfasts to our desserts, everything has coconut. So much so that, when I was in school, I would hate being on coconut grating duty especially on […]

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Chocolate Whisky Caramel Pots de Creme + Blog Anniversary!

Chocolate Whisky Caramel Pots de Creme

Dark chocolate, coffee and whisky come together in this chocolate whisky caramel pots de crème, guaranteed to satisfy the most intense chocolate cravings! May 22, 2016, I put up my first blog post – it was more a mini thesis on pound cakes. The simple, basic, humble pound cake so fascinated me. It was the perfect beginning to my baking journey. I was so green and so obsessed with the idea of starting at the very beginning. Getting my foundations right. Ahem… all that went out of the window after a couple of wins in the oven! Soon my experiments were dictated by my cravings and whims rather than the structured list I had set out at the start which involved tackling one baking basic after another. There are no regrets. I am sure that most bloggers struggle at the start to find their true niche, their area of expertise. It is a journey of evolution, we grow with it, we learn new things, discover new paths and new interests along the way. By the time we have been blogging for a year or maybe even two, we may have found something we know from the bottom of our tummies that we want […]

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5 Things To Consider Before You Go On a Diet + Chicken Soup

Diet friendly Chicken Soup

If you are first-time dieter like me, consider these things before you jump into a diet. Planning and research are key for successfully completing a diet plan. Ok, I am not a seasoned dieter and this is by no means expert advice on best and worst diets and their health benefits or side effects. This is a beginner’s checklist really. For someone like me who has never ever gone on any sort of diet and have no clue as to what it entails. A few simple things to contemplate upon before you embark on a journey chasing health and weight-loss. Now that I am on my last week of the Fast Metabolism Diet (yayyyyyy), I feel like these pointers are so important in selecting, kickstarting and sticking with a plan. What do you hope to achieve by going on a diet? Weight loss, detox, cholesterol issues, diabetes scare, heart problems or simply change of eating habits? In my case, it was primarily the last – kicking my addiction to sugar and making fresh fruits and veggies a bigger part of my regular meals. Putting down a goal helps to remain focused and not get distracted. For example, if your personal […]

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Healthy Breakfast Tacos

Savoury Quinoa Oat Crepes

A much healthier substitute for regular tacos. These quinoa and oat flour breakfast tacos are gluten-free and can be topped with toppings of your choice! Hello Hello! I am so excited today to bring this recipe because this is my first, second savory recipe that I feel proud of. Savory recipes intimidate me. I am always hyper aware of the balance of flavors, combinations and spice levels; the kind of anxiety I don’t have when it come to desserts. With desserts and cakes, it seems to flow naturally. I am confident if it is good or needs improvement or should never be mentioned again.  With savory, I keep asking “is it good”, “but is it good enough to be on the blog?” Steve is very patient in this and always gives me helpful inputs because he is definitely more of a spicy / savory person than a dessert person! This recipe actually formed in my head as another sweet breakfast option filled with luscious spring fruits cooked down to bring out their sweet juices. Let’s just say it did not translate into tasting as good as it sounded in my head. The strong quinoa flavor completely empowered the fruits. Yes, quinoa flour […]

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Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal

Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal

This Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal will make a great summer breakfast and it won’t make you feel guilty one bit since it is gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free and vegan! Things I learnt this past week. I can live without cake My brain wont die without coffee My world won’t collapse without chocolate Cooking without oil or any kind of fat is not awful Berries and nuts make as great a snack (if not better) as cookies I can be a cynical person. I have always been skeptical about diets and I never understood why and how some people can be on constant diet. Giving up good food, different kinds of food, the ability to indulge in fried / cheesy / decadent goodness in order to be thin always seemed like sacrilege! I believe in balance and being healthy and eating well. But lately, I had been at the other extreme of the leaf-eating kind, with way too much sugar and indulgence and no self-control. I follow enough food bloggers to know that they don’t sit and eat their amazing cakes for all meals. Many of you give it away to friends and neighbors or share with work colleagues. Since I […]

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Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

Chewy, nutty, crunchy, these Brown Butter Pecan cookies deserve to be stocked, so you can sneak out a couple every time you need an indulgent snack! Was it brown butter day sometime last week or the week before? If it was I totally missed it as I do with all the food days. Can never for the life of me keep track. But I did catch up on all the posts that the amazing bloggers I follow posted. I felt rather proud of myself when there were no unread emails in my inbox and my Pinterest boards were slightly fuller. There were all these mouth-watering brown butter recipes like the Brown Butter, Miso, Dark Chocolate Blondies over at The Brick Kitchen, the Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Cookies at Petit Bakes,  and Brown Butter Blueberry Crumb Muffins on Itsy Bitsy Kitchen. How awesome is that. And how is a girl not to be inspired to go brown some butter and get baking!! Now, the thing we all know is that when it comes to beurre noisette (sounds so much fancier in French) it is not a quick fix thing. Unless you want to brown the butter and drink it. You gotta […]

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Cardamom Coconut Cupcakes

Soft, fluffy, fragrant Cardamom Cupcakes topped with luscious Coconut Swiss Buttercream and crunchy Coconut bacon.               You know when you haven’t done squats in a million years, then you do 100 at a go only to have stiff legs for a week! And it hurts like hell. But it is also a kind of sweet pain because you know your muscles worked out so hard and your hurting hamstrings are like trophies you can show off while saying that you pulled off a 100 squats!! That’s exactly how I felt the last two weeks after marathon projects and assignments. After a year of vacationing filled with fun things like exploring Toronto, baking, blogging and occasional assignments from my Digital Marketing Course my brain has become slightly lazy I assume. But now my sabbatical is over (sob-sob) and job hunt has begun (which is not easy). So between, job applications, freelance marketing projects with real deliverables and deadlines and school assignments it feels like my brain is doing 100 squats and it aches!! My brain had to remember working out once again and tasks that would have taken 1 hour in my previous life, took […]

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blondies

These Peanut Butter Blondies are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and make a great snack when you are craving for a sweet treat and need something quick! Don’t you think naming your own recipes is really hard? Especially if it is not as straight forward as a triple chocolate cake or birthday yellow cake. How does one name recipes? Do you just list all the main ingredients? Do you list the ingredients that you can actually taste? OR do you list the ingredients that are optimized (for getting more likes)? Now all those things can be different. Like say banana greek yoghurt chocolate chip muffin which also has peanut butter in it and is also gluten free and sugar free. I struggled with this one – should it be apple peanut butter blondies? OR almond peanut butter blondies? Or gluten free peanut butter blondies? Are they even blondies since there is no butter and sugar in there? I don’t think I want to go down that lane because then it will turn into a Sporkful episode of Is Cereal a Soup? Or Is Cheesecake a Pie? Those arguments are endless with no clear winning party! So anyway, I like short and simple […]

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Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Lemon Curd cupcakes

Soft, spongy, buttery, Lemon Curd Cupcakes are a perfect way to use up a bit of leftover lemon curd. What to do with lemon curd? After you have finished making lemon meringue pie, constructed a beautiful layer cake, topped it on your pancakes and oatmeal and sundaes, added to your fruit trifles, and licked it off a spoon. If there is still a tiny bit left and you feel you can’t eat anymore, put the last bit of it in a basic butter cake recipe and eat it as a cupcake. The best part of it is that, in this form it a subdued, subtle version of itself rather that a big, bold hit of tangy, lemony which is the main reason I personally cannot eat it off a spoon. It feels like a punch in my mouth that I don’t care for. But I do enjoy the lemony brightness when complimented with other balancing flavors. This post has started off as a SEO exercise and I promise I did not mean to do that. What to do with a small amount of leftover lemon curd was what I was searching for when I had 3tbsp of lemon curd sitting in […]

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