Okay. Before we dive into the great recipe that this turned out to be I have to acknowledge my 3 month hiatus. I have been cooking, but my motivation to innovate and record stopped. This particular recipe was perfected in September…and I made around 4 batches before I got it right.
I have been trying to get on the whole healthy lifestyle bandwagon for a while. For starters, we stopped adding any sugar in our morning tea or coffee and have increased our intake of fresh fruits and vegetables in all meals. We threw out the white sugar in our home last year and replaced it with … More Healthy Moist Dark Chocolate Tea Cake
Last month, we took a little vacation in Canada. R was in Toronto for work so I joined him there and on the weekend we drove up to Gananoque. We stayed in a darling little b&b that turned out to be a great find. Our host was a wonderful lady who has put so much … More Getting away / All Natural Home-made Granola
It has been a productive week! We did the Brooklyn half marathon last weekend. I say “did” because while R ran, I barely managed to finish. I enjoyed the first 10k and was sort of managing my pace till then, but the second half killed me. I was asking myself why I signed up for … More Toasted Coconut and Banana Bread / Musings of a newbie runner
I love Brownies. And baked Cheesecake. Imagine my delight when I find a recipe to make them together in one dessert! It is also rather special because both these desserts are a specialty of my sister-in-law. She made them growing up and my husband has fond memories of eating them. In fact, the very first cheesecake (and brownie!) I ever made at home, was after getting married using her recipe over a long distance phone call =) … More Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies
My husband is a HUGE grapefruit lover. He loves the fruit so much, that he usually eats one a day. He has a special way of cutting it too – neatly peeling all the skin out so all that is left is wonderful pearls of the fruit that are both crunchy and juicy at the same time. I can’t complain really, since cutting a grapefruit is generally a lot of work =p I was curious to bake a cake using grapefruit. Grapefruit itself has a lot of flavor, but unlike its other cousins, it leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. I wasn’t sure how that would turn out in a cake, but this recipe from Smitten Kitchen’s Cookbook did a good job of bringing out the fresh and citrusy notes without the aftertaste . Using olive oil instead of butter is definitely one trick to keeping your cake moist! Also, it’s such a lovely light cake, that it goes wonderfully with your afternoon tea! I skipped the glaze, to cut down the sweetness. Though slightly less pretty – it tasted fantastic!
Also – I think this recipe can be used Oranges just as well, simply replace wherever Grapefruit is used!
Chocolate chip cookies are special. Everyone I know – regardless of age – loves them and savors them with equal enthusiasm. While my memories of eating cookies as a kid were mostly ones that my mom baked for our birthday parties, ranging from coconut macroons to chocolate and vanilla checkered biscuits, I didn’t ever bake any myself growing up. It was when I moved to London for college and found myself drawn to all things dessert that I also realized that I enjoyed baking and that if I actually followed a recipe, voila – I could make my very own cookies! I made everything, from strawberry scones to chocolate mint cookies! There was no stopping me. I have since then tried my hand at a variety of different types of chocolate cookies, and so when someone says there’s a new bakery that makes the best cookies in town, my husband and I make it a point to go. … More Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies