July 3, 2020

Types of Custards

It was always custard made using store-bought custard powder at home and my perception of custard was, that it is simple,  and is super easy to accomplish. Since childhood that was the one and only custard introduced to us in a huge joint Indian family of non-egg eaters. Even Flan came into the picture much later. In fact, it wasn’t a pleasing encounter when I first tasted flan.  I  didn’t like it and for years didn’t make any attempt to try […]
June 30, 2020

Gluten and Bread Baking

If you are a mechanic, you know a machine’s basic care and maintenance, changing oil, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires etc. It’s easier for you to predict which part is causing trouble and is preventing the smooth functioning of a machine. If you are a baker, you know how the ingredients are behaving and reacting and you can predict the problem zone in a bake, you can fix and you can very well create delicious outcomes. It is like […]
May 16, 2020

Hidden Sugar Names on Packaging

How often do you read the label on a food package? If you are conscious about your intake, you are more likely to read the label in a detailed manner. Most of us just focus on the bold lettered words on the package which are mentioned on purpose, to attain our attention. Most of the words are mentioned to mislead the consumer. If you are new to the world of the conscious consumer, you are deceived in many ways. It […]
March 27, 2020

Culinary Ratios

Having a ratio for a recipe is having your fundamental techniques and proportions in place for accurate appetising results. Our grandmother used ratios in cooking, they had great mastery in cooking. Adai guna pani for halwa, teen guna pani for daliya, they used ratios for cooking chawal, dal, idli batter and for achars every grandmom had a ratio intel. It’s like having a superpower, how Spiderman’s super abilities made it possible for him to web-jump from one building to another, and […]
March 13, 2020

Coconut Biscuits

Everyday equations of an Indian kitchen does not match with baking. Though I keep my gaga song of blissful baking alive, and I am aware of the fact that we Indians are occasional bakers. Special days and events are celebrated with good bakes otherwise we are happy with our gas chulas for everyday cooking.  Elaborated and complex bakes are to be enjoyed only on the tv screen when watching Masterchef Australia. Or if someone is extremely passionate about creating those kind sophisticated […]
February 5, 2020

All About Yeast

Whether you’re a beginner baker or pro, it’s important to understand how yeast works. The Yeast that we use for baking bread. Today this post is all about yeast.  So I have friends, who are so keen to emerge into baking bread at home, but due to several failed attempts, the heart sinks a bit and somehow, it stops you from going further.      I feel it is very important to understand the whole framework of technique, procedure and […]
January 30, 2020

Caramel Popcorn at Home

A big bowl of popcorn is of greatest joy with a movie. It’s like, euphoria when we dig the hand into a tub of popcorn while watching a movie in the theatre. The crunchy-munchy bites and the seducing aroma that tickles the nose and tastebuds, make popcorn a beloved treat for all. Movie and popcorn are married now, but you know, when movie theatres came into existence, they did not allow popcorns inside the theatres. The halls were considered of […]
December 10, 2019

All About Caramel

A liquid gold, embracing our dessert world with its velvety, luscious clutch, have triumphed over million hearts. We love Caramel. Praline, creme brûlée, toffee, hard candy, soft chew, that runny satiny sheen drizzle of caramel sauce, there are so many variations of caramel. All have bribed our taste-buds for years with their ravishing attributes. The confectionery land is incomplete without caramel.  Caramel making has been a dominion for professional chefs. Most of us get jittery over the conversations of making […]
November 10, 2019

Vegetarian Proteins

Where do you get your proteins from?  If you are a vegetarian, you are quite familiar with this phrase.  It is such an illusion that vegetarians lack protein in their diets. If you see, many generations have lived well, lived healthy long lives on a vegetarian diet. If you eat good, seasonal, healthy produce you are a healthy being.  The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight or 0.36 grams per pound. 56 […]