Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice cream sandwich: It’s a scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two cookies – how hard could it really be? As it turns out, it’s probably the most difficult dessert I’ve ever had to make. Forget chocolate chip cookies or Classic Sponge cake with strawberries and cream – those I managed to make in an hour,…

Classic Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Cream

  Everything I could imagine went wrong during the prep of this cake. I couldn’t find strawberry jam; fresh strawberries are not available in this season [luckily, I had frozen a small batch] and when I asked grocers for golden caster sugar as advised in the recipe, they looked befuddled. And if that wasn’t bad…

Tagliatelle with gorgonzola and toasted walnuts

Gorgonzola cheese may not win any accolades for its beauty. But when it comes to the taste of this Italian blue cheese [and once again, it might not find a lot of fans] it’s a very strong flavour with a sweet aftertaste. The cheese itself is very creamy and is used in the Quattro Formaggi…

Sweet disposition: Mock mango cheesecake

Memories are tricky. I have an elephant’s memory, which can suck. Of all my memories, crappy and good – the taste of my mum’s fake mango cheesecake is my favourite. Mangoes are a big deal in India. Restaurants start serving “mango specials” and every household has its members eating mango in various forms. Yes, to…

Idiot proof Hummus

I’m clearly an idiot. I’m addicted to hummus [and falafels as well] but everytime I’ve tried my hand at this oh-so-simple recipe, I’ve failed, miserably. Once I made some and it tasted like chickpeas. Not hummus, just boiled, mashed up chickpeas. It’s great for you if you are addicted to chickpeas, but I’m not. I’m…

Sugar high: Vanilla Cupcakes

Cupcakes make me happy, especially vanilla cupcakes. But when it comes to buying cupcakes off the counter, I’m picky. Most cupcakes sold here are either rock solid due to being refrigerated or disappointingly tiny. Call me old fashioned, but there are somethings that should stay pure and unadulterated – like men who send flowers for…

Eat your heart out: Chocolate chip cookies

Baking can win hearts. Whether it’s your boyfriend’s heart you are after or the soon to be mum-in-law’s. It also works like a dream when you want to show your foodie dad some love or when you really want to let your mother know that you have finally grown up. There’s something very endearing about…