Whenever I go through a pantry-cleaning spree, I come across packets of flours or ingredients that were bought in a particularly inspired moment but have never been opened, or used just once and then relegated to the back shelves. The exceptions are staples like all-purpose and whole wheat flours, beans and lentils and a large Ball jar of my homemmade pancake mix.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
I often wonder if its the same for everyone else. That inspite of cooking everyday for many years, there is a certain mealtime that always has you flummoxed. For me its the after-school snack time for my son. When he comes home hungry after a full day of school and some sports, and often for just long enough to change and head for tennis lessons, I am always looking for something that is filling yet healthy for him. Often its summer rolls or a variation on the more classic Indian snacks like chaat, bhel or samosas. All without deep-frying, relying more on baking with a light brush of oil and always with some vegetables weaved in.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I clearly remember the first time I decorated a cake. It was in graduate school and one of our friends in the lab was getting married. The wedding was going to be a small and simple affair and being students with limited means, the rest of us decided that we would bake her a three-tiered wedding cake as a wedding present. Kind of foolhardy in hindsight, given that our combined experience with cake-decorating was zero!