Kahlua Cocoa birthday cake bliss

I have always been a Nigella Lawson and Rachel Allen fan for their cake recipes. I wanted to try something new for a booze-loving friend. Decided to get my hands dirty in Kahlua chocolate heaven. This recipe requires usual chocolate cake ingredients and quarter a bottle of Kahlua liqueur for baking and icing. Pre-heat your…

Homemade Artisan bread

When I used to make sandwiches earlier, the most overlooked ingredient was the bread. Any sliced bread would do. But as I have discovered Baguettes, Foccaicas, Cibattas, the Sour-dough Artisan ones, I have changed my mind completely. It all begins with the bread. The filling is completely dependent on it. Sometimes if the bread is perfect, a…

The OK tarts

Puff pastry dough is one of the most time consuming part of baking. So we usually get ready to roll ones from the supermarket. I decided to make some tarts today using one of these rolls. I baked an apple one and a mushroom-tomato tartizza. Both  turned out strictly okay. And that’s why they are the OK tarts 😦…

Homemade Pav

The Brun-Maska nostalgia drove me to finally try the long due homemade pav recipe. I remember when Cherie posted the recipe in her blog, I was super-excited to see the spongy beauties baked like a pro! This bread is readily available in India, but I still haven’t discovered it in supermarkets here or in the UK. There are an…

Exotic Brownie for the first ever post!

Always good to start new beginnings on a sweet note. Back home, we didnt have an oven. So moving to both London and then Seattle, it was a joy to see the attached ovens below the hob. That meant I could finally pretend to be a Nigella Lawson in my own kitchen and bake everything…