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A few of you, my gentle, non-violent readers, have told me that you’re going to mail me slaps if I keep writing only health/fitness/diet posts.


I was shrewd enough to pick up on your very subtle feedback.


So I asked you guys for suggestions on what to bake and I got some great ones.


Twitter suggestions


But in the end, after some deliberation and discussions with fellow decadent dessert lovers, I decided this dessert is the one I want to #stuffmyfaceinrightnow.


I modified it a bit though, so putcha hands up for…Triple whiskey dark chocolate cake baby!


Triple whiskey cake 1


This cake is everything you want in a dessert.


It also has some side effects.


It might make you laugh like a loon and then dance around your room to this song.
It may even make you think that a shot of whiskey with a slice of the cake before a work phonecall is the best idea ever. FYI – It. Is. NOT.


What I love about this bombshell is that you can taste the chocolate and the whiskey in every layer.


You can taste it in the moist and fudgy cake layers.
You can double taste it in the sinfully smooth and shiny ganache filling.
And then triple taste it in the dense and slightly salty buttercream on top.


Triple whiskey cake 4


Although it has 3 parts, it’s really quite easy to throw together if you have all the ingredients.


Triple whiskey cake 2


Just don’t eat it until all the parts come together, ummkay?


I know it’s hard when it looks like this…


Triple whiskey cake 3


But hold on, because it gets SO much better!


Here’s what you do.


Triple whiskey dark chocolate cake
Adapted from: Undressed Skeleton


Prep time: 30 mins, plus cooling
Cook time: 40 mins
Serves: 8


Ingredients:


110g flour, sifted
50g unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
225g castor sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 medium eggs
100 ml strong brewed coffee, cooled
100 ml whiskey
60 ml milk
80 ml vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
sprinkles, if desired


For the ganache


200 g dark chocolate chips
80 ml heavy cream
4 tbsp whiskey, plus more if needed
2 tbsp unsalted butter


For the buttercream frosting


150 g salted butter, softened
200 g icing sugar (plus more if needed)
50 g unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
4 tbsp whiskey, plus more if needed


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In another bowl crack in the eggs, add the coffee, whiskey, milk, and oil and whisk well.
3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well until you have a uniform batter. It will be rather thin – don’t worry about it. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. If the cake is still wobbly in the centre, switch off the oven and leave the cake inside to cool. If not, remove and leave the tin on a wire rack to cool.
4. For the ganache, put the chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Heat the cream until gently bubbling, then pour in the whiskey and stir. Pour over the chocolate chips, add the butter and stir to melt the chocolate. Taste and add more whiskey if desired. Leave to thicken in the fridge.
5. For the buttercream frosting, mix the butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder, and whiskey together. Taste and add more whiskey if desired. If it isn’t thick enough, add more icing sugar. Mix to a thick, creamy consistency. Set aside.
6. Once the cake is completely cool, slice it gently through the centre to create 2 layers. Place the bottom layer on the serving plate and top evenly with the ganache. Cover with the top layer and top with the buttercream frosting. Decorate with sprinkles if desired, and serve!


Ain’t she a beauty?


Triple whiskey cake 5


This drunken cake is perfect to bring to a party, or to just eat by yourself (LOL).


What ya waiting for? Make it now :D



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So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Again.


Hello star struck couples.
Hi everything red.
And hey there, strawberries and chocolate – get in my face already.


Here’s where I am on the romantic front.


Fridge


But, since I’m a total sucker for love and a big fan of mush-ville, I’m going to shout out to my 5 most favorite couples.


These are ones who make me believe in real love.


Not the kind of love that happens when it’s convenient or easy.


But the kind of love that respects, and sacrifices, and understands, and never ever gives up.


All these people are amazing as individuals, but together they’re even better.


I admire all of them for who they are – you guys keep my faith in love alive.


Couple 1: Mom and Dad


Mom and Dad


I see in them everything I want my life to be. They’re perfectly balanced, and they bring out the best in each other. From them I’ve learnt that real love is for a lifetime, and no matter what life throws at you, you can get through it if you’re together. Love you both more than anything in this world.


Couple 2: Parul and Andy


Parul and Andy


It’s strange I’ve never met Andy, but I feel like I know him so well through Parul. Theirs is the classic young-love story. Despite the pressures of distance, their relationship proves how resilient love can be. From them I’ve learnt what unconditional support and trust in a relationship really means.


Also, any couple that brings this most adorable munchkin into the world, is clearly doing it right. I love this baby to bits.


Ally


Couple 3: Shriya and Mukund


Shriya and Mukund


There are some love stories you’re lucky enough to witness blossom and grow – Shriya and Mukund’s is one of those. This picture-perfect couple share a love for travel, fitness, and puppies. They are always doing immensely thoughtful things for each other, and take the time to share wonderful experiences together. I miss them so much!


Couple 4: Mona and Badri


Mona and Badri


You’d think they’re so different, but Mona and Badri fit together like 2 pieces of a puzzle. I love them because when you’re with them, it’s always unbelievably fun. From them I’ve learnt that opposites not only attract, but are also better together! Hugs, you guys!


Couple 5: Rupa and Judo


Rupa and Judo


These two have been married for a few years now, but the way they talk to each other, you’d think they just started dating. There is a refreshing child-likeness in their relationship – they always make the best of whatever the situation is, and wherever they are, there is sure to be laughter. And guess what, now the babies have their very own baby – I can’t wait to meet him :)


This Valentine’s Day, I’m sending my love to all these wonderful people who’ve taught me a thing or two about love. Here’s to many, many more years together of laughter and fun and craziness and happiness for all of you :)


Now that you’re all full of that warm, cozy feeling I’m gonna share a crazy easy, no-bake, healthy dessert with you guys, so you can hop right into your kitchen and make it for your Valentine <3!


Did I mention it’s stunning too?


Panna Cotta 1


I used pink dragon fruit, coz duh! It’s Valentine’s Day :P


It’s 4 ingredients and it’s a Paleo dessert – so it’s as guilt-free as you can get!


Panna Cotta 2


Paleo Coconut milk Panna Cotta
Adapted from: Deliciously Organic


Prep time: 10 mins, plus cooling and chilling time
Serves: 6


Ingredients:


1 litre coconut milk (full-fat)
11/2 tbsp unflavoured gelatin
100 ml raw honey
1 dragon fruit (or any other fruit you like)


Panna Cotta 4


Method:


1. Pour 250 ml of the coconut milk into a large saucepan and scatter the gelatin in. Stir to mix in and leave for ten minutes.
2. Place the saucepan over a medium flame and keep stirring until small bubbles appear on the sides of the pan. Pour in the remaining coconut milk, followed by the honey and stir until everything is mixed well. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
3. Pour into 6 small bowls or glasses, cover with cling film, and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, top with chopped dragon fruit.


Fun fact: Dragon fruit stains your fingers a pretty pink colour – much like beetroot :)


Panna Cotta 3


Happy Valentine’s Day, guys :) Cheers to love!


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Hello my darlings!


This was my face when I was in London for an entire month.


Me


It is a happy face, as you can see.


Everyone knows London is a gorgeous city. It has the sights and sounds and people and experiences that make it a must-see place on everyone’s list.


But today we’re going to talk about the marvellous food in London.


The food. Oh my god. The food.


The food was exciting and unpredictable and comforting and satisfying all at once. It was an explosion of flavours and colours and textures and cuisines.


To celebrate that experience I want to share with you this list of 100 things to eat in London.


(Warning: There will be many cupcakes)


Heck, let’s start with cupcakes shall we? Muhahahaha :D


1. Assorted, colourful cupcakes that look too good to eat.


1. Assorted cupcakes 1


2. A typical China town buffet platter. Yes, those are batter-fried onions.


2. China town platter 1


3. A Tapas feast with tender pork belly, Spanish omelets, and calamari among other scrumptious things.


3. A Tapas feast


4. Sausages baby! Every shape, size, and meat!


4. Assorted sausages 2


5. Gin and tonic, and some dark ale. Check. Cute bartender. Double check.


5. Gin and beer


6. Focaccia. And crusty crusts to send you into a tizzy.


6. Assorted breads 1


7. Have you ever seen wild blue mushrooms? How dreamy are they?


7. Wild blue mushrooms


8. Seaweed crisps are the new chips. I’m telling ya.


8. Seaweed crisps


9. Oreo mini cupcake.


9. Oreo cupcake


10. A Starbucks PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte). Bonus? They’ll give you a funny new name every time you order!


10. PSL


11. A mushroom appetizer with aubergine crisps. Posh Spice would be proud.


11. Aubergine chips with mushroom


12. Beans on rice. With Guac. And sour cream.


12. Beans on rice


13. Mini fruit tarts. Filled with custard and topped with fruit.


13. Assorted desserts 1


14. Crisp calamari with lime and a spicy aioli.


14. Calamari and aioli


15. A gorgeous green Pistachio macaron. What a beauty.


15. Pistachio macaron


16. Pork Belly at Jamie’s Italian.


16. Pork belly


17. Truffled egg and hamhock breakfast pot at Leons.


17. Hamhock, truffles, and eggs


18. Cupcakes from The HummingBird Bakery in Notting Hill. Such a legendary place.


18. Hummingbird bakery cupcakes


19. Korean seafood soup – don’t you love the colors?


19. Korean seafood soup


20. Fresh fruit. So beautiful. So bountiful.


20. Fresh fruit


21. Dulce de leche froyo with strawberries and flaked almonds.


21. Froyo


22. Gelato. How am I supposed to choose? Like how?


22. Gelato


23. Hot grilled potatoes at the Farmer’s Market in Covent Garden. Perfect winter food.


23. Grilled potatoes


24. Kimchi fried rice with a runny-yolk fried egg. I could eat this every day.


24. Kimchi rice


25. Dear Lavender mini cupcake. Why you so pretty?


25. Lavender cupcake


26. Nandos Peri Peri chicken. With sweet potato mash.


26. Nandos chicken


27. Olives. Marinating in tubs of delicious olive oil.


27. Olives


28. Sparkling Rose.


28. Rose


29. Scampi and rough-cut chips. In a local Brit pub.


29. Scampi and chips


30. Minestrone with squid ink linguine.


30. Squid ink linguini minestrone


31. Warm strawberry waffles.


31. Strawberry waffle


32. Yum yums. Basically deep fried dough, dredged in sugar. Whoever named it deserves the Nobel.


32. yum yum


33. Larger cupcakes with generous amounts of frosting. ‘Coz that’s how they’re meant to be yo!


33. Assorted cupcakes 2


34. Bangers and mash – ultimate British comfort food.


34. Bangers and mash


35. China town platter with red wine to wash it all down. Totally your money’s worth.


35. China town platter 2


36. Chocolates from the legendary Choccywoccydoodah.


36. Chocolates in Cocchywoccydoodah


37. Comte – a delicious hard cheese.


37. Comte cheese


38. Chips and corn. I think yellow might be my favourite colour.


38. Chips and corn


39. Decadent coffee-chocolate mousse cake. Sigh.


39. Coffee chocolate mousse cake


40. Tomatoes and chillies so bright, they look unreal. But they were beautifully real :)


40. Fresh tomatoes and chillies


41. Goulash and bread. A winter lunch.


41. Goulash


42. Bratwurst hot dogs with fried onions on top.


42. Hot dogs


43. Rainy day outside. Rich hot chocolate inside.


43. Hot chocolate


44. Korean noodle box. The slippery glass noodles are so delicately flavoured.


44. Korean box


45. Tangy lemon meringue cupcake.


45. Lemon cupcake


46. Mini cakes. Aren’t they just the perfect size?


46. Assorted mini cakes


47. Smooth as silk liver pate and gherkins.


47. Pate and gherkins


48. Olives on ice and red, red wine.


48. Olives on ice with Red wine


49. Mushrooms in all shapes and sizes.


49. Mushrooms


50. Grilled veggies with cheese to scatter over.


50. Grilled veggies


51. A wonderfully sweet and bitter coffee cupcake.


51. Coffee cupcake


52. Dumplings. With pork inside. ‘Nuf said.


52. Dumplings


53. Gooey chocolate caramel cake with icecream.


53. Gooey caramel chocolate cake


54. A kebab roll with all the fixings.


54. Kebab roll


55. Victoria sponge cake, anyone?


55. Victoria sponge cake


56. Sushi. Oh yes.


56. Sushi


57. Fresh strawberries in a box = endless possibilities.


57. Strawberries


58. Raisukaree in Wagamama. Coconutty goodness.


58. Raisukaree in Wagamama


59. Some fantastic sirloin. With Yorkshire pudding.


59. Roast beef


60. Tapas platter with Prosecco. Perfect post-work meal.


60. Small tapas plate with


61. Halloween mint cupcake. With its very own fondant RIP gravestone.


61. Mint cupcake


62. Rainbow cake. Because colours are awesome.


62. Rainbow cake


63. Sweet slow-cooked pork. So tender it crumbles into shreds at the touch of a knife.


63. Slow cooked pork


64. Spaghetti with olives and tomatoes. Cheese, not optional.


64. Spaghetti


65. No-carb tuna salad with boiled eggs. Perfect light lunch.


65. Tuna salad


66. Blackberries and raspberries in whole cream. Life is too short for light cream.


66. Berries and cream


67. A big, fat, melting pot of Paella.


67. Paella


68. Peirogis – delicious baked dumplings.


68. Pierogis


69. Pulled pork and bean sandwich. Oh yeah baby.


69. Pulled pork sandwich


70. Steaming hot seaweed soup. Heals all boos boos.


70. Seaweed soup


71. More fresh, crusty bread. I can’t ever eat processed, packet bread again.


71. Assorted breads 2


72. Giant cookies. I need one now.


72. Assorted cookies


73. Good ‘ol beef burger. With pickles, tomato sauce, mustard, and greens.


73. Beef burger


74. Breakfast croissant. Anything with a sticker that says “meaty” is going to be eaten by me.


74. Breakfast croissant


75. The largest dates you’ve never seen.


75. Dates


76. Layered pana cotta.


76. Panna cotta


77. Japanese noodle box with sweet and sour chicken.


77. Japanese box


78. Mixed seafood noodles with snow peas.


78. Mixed seafood noodles


79. Pomme frites with gravy. Fries with gravy over fries with sauce. Anyday!


79. pommes frites


80. The mini red velvet cupcake that stole my heart.


80. Red velvet mini cupcake


81. Walnut and honey cake. Perfect with a hot cup of tea.


81. Walnut and honey cake


82. A dessert stand. I could live here.


82. Assorted desserts


83. Venison, wild mushroom, and chorizo sausages.


83. Assorted sausages


84. A hot waffle with dark chocolate sauce drizzled over.


84. Chocolate waffle


85. The fanciest Goats cheese appetizer ever at OXO Towers.


85. Goats cheese fancified


86. Pie and mash. It’s a hug on a plate.


86. Pie and mash


87. Sweet warm plum tea.


87. Plum tea


88. A purple cauliflower. How gorgeous is that!


88. Purple cauliflower


89. Cheese, crackers, and relish. Perfect on-the-go snack.


89. Snack pack


90. Cheese Maggi with spicy sausages – a little taste of home.


90. Maggi and sausages


91. Beers and ciders with interesting names.


91. Beer and cider


92. A wonderful mix of cakes at the Farmer’s market.


92. Assorted cakes


93. Thin noodles with prawns and peppers in a black bean sauce.


93. Noodles in black bean sauce with prawns


94. A large pistachio cupcake with a mountain of buttercream frosting.


94. Pistachio cupcake


95. Sticky rice with pork, chicken, and seafood. So very comforting.


95. Sticky rice


96. A giant rainbow cake I wanted to grab and run away with to sit and stuff my face in later.


96. Big ass rainbow cake


97. Beautifully presented orange and chocolate mousse cake.


97. Chocolate mousse fancified


98. Enchilada! Gotta love good Mexican fare!


98. Enchilada


99. A delicate almond and fig cheesecake – simple yet memorable.


99. Almond and fig cheesecake


100. Assorted mini cupcakes – cuteness overload! I wanted to buy this entire stand!


100. Assorted mini cupcakes


Hope you all enjoyed that – start planning your trip to London rightaway! And take me with ya ;)


*GIVEAWAY WINNER*


The winner of Vikas Khanna and DK’s wonderful new cookbook for children- Young Chefs is Akshit Vohra! Yay! Congratulations sweetheart! The book is on its way to you! :)


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One bittersweet evening a few weeks ago, this lovely lady told us she was leaving Delhi and moving to Islamabad.


Ruchira


Ruchira is not only one of the most charming, intelligent, and helpful women I know, but she’s also a certified happy maker.


She’s constantly encouraging, always smiling, and persistently honest.


In other words, she’s all heart.


Before she left Delhi, she gave all of us on the CAL Blogger’s Table some very thoughtful gifts. This is what I got.


Spooky treats


I know it’s not Halloween yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer to use these cuties. So I did.


Paleo cupcakes 5


These Paleo chocolate cupcakes are rich. Like really rich. Try not to eat more than one a day. I’m warning you, you will be tempted!


They’re full of almond meal and cocoa and coconut oil, so they’re silky in mouth but with the occasional nutty bite from the almond meal.


Paleo cupcakes 2


You need to be a coconut fan to truly appreciate this cupcake, because the frosting is made from luscious coconut cream. I could eat the frosting straight from the bowl. Who am I kidding? I already did :)


Coconut cream


If you’re a Paleo lover, or are keen to try the 30 Day Paleo challenge but you’re scared of how you’ll fare without sweets, this is THE dessert for you.


You will love these dense, dark, creamy beauties. And if you have wonderful friends who give you adorable spooky cupcake gear, you will love them even more.


Paleo cupcakes 4


Thank you so much, darling Ruchira. We miss you so much. Come a-visiting soon :*


Paleo chocolate cupcakes with coconut cream frosting
Adapted from: Jenny Mac’s Lipsmack


Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Makes: 12


Ingredients:


100 g almond meal
120 g dark cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of sea salt
120 ml coconut oil, melted
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
150 g wild organic honey


For the frosting


120 g coconut cream
2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
85 g wild organic honey
1 tsp vanilla extract


Method:


For the cupcakes


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Line a 12-hole cupcake tray with liners.
2. In a large bowl mix the almond meal, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together. In another bowl whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and honey. Pour this liquid into the dry ingredients and mix very well until well combined.
3. Use a ladle to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners – the batter is quite runny. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.
4. Remove from the tray and cool on a wire rack.


For the frosting


1. In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients for the frosting together. Cover and leave in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to thicken before using to frost the cooled cupcakes.


Note: Due to the coconut cream in the frosting, it doesn’t do very well at high temperatures – it will start to melt. So only take out the frosted cupcakes from the refrigerator just before serving. If you don’t mind the frosting a little melty, then room temp is great :)


Paleo cupcakes 3


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I’m into my final week of the 30 Days of Paleo challenge!


It’s going well, and I think I’ve lost some weight because my friends just attacked me and forcefully took a picture of my bum to prove how loose my pants have become. Yes, I have super friends :P


The thing is I’ve been eating A LOT. I’m not depriving myself at all.


The strangest thing is that I don’t even have those annoying sugar cravings I was feeling earlier on in the month.


But that’s probably because I’ve had these wonderful desserts for company.


Silken, snow-white coconut mousse. Cold and smooth.


coconut mousse 1


Don’t you just want to marry these adorable little cups btw? :)


Crisp, golden, sweet bananas. Warm and caramelized.


fried bananas 2


These two desserts were meant to be together – kinda like Hugh Jackman and me.


They’re fantastic by themselves, but together they could rule the world.


If you have only 5 minutes and are craving something sweet, make the Sweet fried bananas. They will make you happy :)


Coconut mousse
Adapted from: Almond corner


Prep time: 5 mins, plus chilling
Cook time: 10 mins
Serves: 3


coconut mousse 3


Ingredients:


2 egg yolks
25 ml honey
125 ml coconut milk
1 tsp gelatine
100 ml coconut cream


Method:


1. Lightly beat the egg yolks with the honey and set aside. Heat the coconut milk in pan over a gentle flame, and once it starts to bubble on the sides, pour into the beaten egg-honey mixture. Mix well and then pour into the pan and heat again over a gentle heat.
2. Keep stirring until it thickens and then add the gelatin and mix well. Take it off the flame and allow to cool at room temperature.
3. Once cool, stir in the cream and pour into individual serving cups or bowls. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.


Sweet fried bananas


Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Serves: 2
Eat this with: Coconut mousse


fried bananas 1


Ingredients:


3-4 semi ripe bananas
1-2 tsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon


Method:


1. Slice the bananas into 1/4 inch circles. Heat the oil in a large oil stick pan over a gentle heat.
2. Slide the bananas into the pan, making sure they are all on their flat side (you might have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan) and fry over a low flame. Turn over after 3-4 minutes to fry the other side as well.
3. Dissolve the honey with 2 tablespoons of water and pour over the bananas. Toss gently and allow the bananas to be coated in the sticky mixture. Take off the flame and place in a shallow plate. Sprinkle over the cinnamon and serve.


Happy weekend lovelies! Stay bright :)


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My love for all things North Eastern isn’t new.


I spent a couple of my impressionable baby years in Shillong and since then I’ve been in love.


My family took a holiday there recently, and we just couldn’t get enough of the food.


So clearly, when I heard there was a new restaurant in Hauz Khas dishing up North Eastern cuisine, I couldn’t wait to go.


And I went. Thrice in one month. That’s how much I love it.


The menu at Rosang showcases a mix from all the North Eastern states.
There is lots to choose from, but here are my personal favourites.


Bawngsa Kan (Mizoram): A dish of fried beef, bright orange pieces of bamboo shoot, slivered onions, and North Eastern herbs. Served with a chilli salt. A spicy dish, there is no better way to start your meal here.


Bawngsa Kan


Pork spare ribs: Crisp and fatty – go for this one if you’re a seasoned fat fan only. Crispy, hot, melting, just one piece of this and you’ll have to loosen your pants.


Traditional rice beverage: Bubbly, creamy-white, and the perfect accompaniment to the meal. I could knock back 3 or 4 of these happily – easy!


Traditional Rice Drink


Jadoh (Meghalaya): This is my absolute fav thing on the menu. Wild red rice cooked with black sesame and pork, if you order just one thing at Rosang, this MUST be it. Jadoh has great crunch from the sesame seeds, and the rice is interspersed with small bits of pork that melts with every bite. The chunky pork on top has an equal fat to meat ratio, and is cooked in traditional spices.


Jadoh


Dohneii Hong (Meghalaya): More pork with black sesame – but definitely go for this one if you’re a pork lover like me. Try it with plain steamed rice to really savour the flavours.


Dohneii Hong


Ngatok (Arunachal Pradesh): A delicate, light fish stew made with herbs and lemongrass. It’s also super healthy because it has zero oil! This one also goes best with plain white rice, although I mixed some with my Jadoh and loved it :)


Ngatok


Kelsa (Manipur): A spicy goat dish cooked with a slightly sour berry that looked a lot like a blackberry. The meat was tender and falling off the bone – perfect.


Kelsa


Wild red rice dessert: A creamy rice, coconut, and honey dessert. It’s studded with raisins and has a very underplayed sweetness about it.


Wild rice dessert


Wild red rice tea: A dull maroon hot drink, this is exactly what you need after you’ve gorged on all the delicious food at Rosang. Mildly sour, the tea has digestive and soothing properties.


Wild rice tea


Rosang Cafe is a small place with a big heart. And the big heart behind Rosang Cafe belongs to this gorgeous lady – Mary Lalboi.


Mary


She has a warmth that will make you feel like you’ve known her forever, and her personal attention to every guest makes you feel like you’re not eating in a restaurant, but in her home.


The food is fantastic, but does take a little time to arrive as it’s all prepared only after the order is taken. Drink the rice beverage while you wait, have a chat with the wonderful people around, and build up an appetite.


Our Meal


Please, please visit the wonderful Rosang Cafe. I recommend it with all of my pork-lovin’ heart.


The CAL Blogger’s Table also visited Rosang Cafe. Here’s what everyone else had to say:


Sid from Chef at Large
Parul from The Shirazine
Aishwarya from Aishwarya Eats
Nachiketa from Crazy over Desserts


*All photographs by the most fabulous Sid Khullar*

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For many lucky girls around the world, their Dad is their hero.


Dads teach us how to ride bikes and laugh from our stomachs.


They take us on adventures we can’t ever forget.


They protect us like a literal human shield, from all life’s bad things.


My Dad is that Dad.


Papa and me 1


And here are 10 things he’s taught me about life.


1. You can never be too early to catch a train or a flight. (2-3 hours before is mandatory, but anything above 3 hours, and you’re gold.)


2. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a birthday party, but always make sure you attend a funeral.


3. Mixing a single malt with Coca Cola is a sissy thing to do. Drink it on the rocks. Like a boss.


4. Always do more than what is expected of you. Much, much more. And do not expect anything in return.


5. It is not nice to stand too close to boys in photographs.


6. If you have to read aloud at an event, the only thing to remember is to read slowly.


7. Try all the crazy things you want to. Just try them at home.


8. When you’re sad, watch The Tom and Jerry Show and you’ll feel better instantly.


9. If you really love something, chase it with everything you have. You will reach it.


10. Family always comes first.


There are so many more, but these are the ones I try to live by.
The ones that are now a part of me.
The ones I might pass on a daughter some day.


Mom says I am very much like my Dad. And nothing makes me prouder.


So this one is for you, Papa.


Papa and me 2


The first man I ever loved.
Baker of the softest cakes.
Granter of my every wish.
Protector from every pain.
Filler of my fridge.
Teacher of tough lessons.
Encourager of my every dream.
My biggest supporter.
My first hero.
My shoulder, my safe haven, my strength.


For everything you’ve taught me by example, and for everything you are, I love you more and more each day.
Thank you for being my rock.


I wish I could send you some of this wonderful Paleo chocolate, but it’d melt.


Paleo chocolate 5


This Paleo chocolate is THE only Paleo hack you need.


Just a few simple ingredients and some stirring will result in the most dark, bitter, smooth, silken chocolate ever.


Melted paleo chocolate


I feel like chocolate was the one thing I was really missing on my Paleo challenge and now I can eat it while being 100% Paleo!


This stuff is crazy rich though, so don’t eat a whole lot at once like I did. You’ll get a tummy ache :P


Since coconut oil is the base, you will be able to taste it a little, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you can’t stand the smell/taste of coconut.


You can make them in mini cupcake cases, and top them with nuts.


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Or cut up in haphazard shapes :)


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A little goes a long way – the piece will melt gently between your fingers as you nibble on it, so you can lick your fingers after as well :)


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Paleo Chocolate


Prep time: 5 mins
Makes: 20-30 pieces


Ingredients:


120 ml coconut oil, melted
100 g cocoa powder
2 tbsp wild organic honey (or maple syrup), plus more to taste if you want
pinch of sea salt
assorted nuts (optional)


Method:


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1. Pour the coconut oil into a medium mixing bowl. Add the cocoa powder a little at a time, stirring to mix well.
2. Add the honey and salt and stir everything togther until well mixed. Taste and add a little more honey if it is too bitter for you.
3. Pour into mini cupcake cases and top with nuts if you like, or pour over a parchment-covered tray and spread out to an even layer. Freeze for 2-3 hours. Roughly chop up the chocolate on the tray and store in a box in the fridge. The chocolate minis should also be stored in the fridge.


I’m telling you – Paleo never tasted this good!


Have a fantastic day my darlins :)


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Hello there!


How’s your week been? It’s Friday evening now, so however it has been, it’s going to get SO much better.


Have a drink! Hang out with some awesome folk! Go dancing! Punch some sandbags!


(I’m going to do allll those things this weekend :))


Also, do one more thing. Make these cookies.


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You’ll need only four ingredients (win!) and just a few minutes (more win!).


These cookies are a touch sweet with a kiss of salt. Use any jam or marmalade you like – I used Plum jam.


It’s so much fun doing this.


Once you mix the butter, sugar, and flour together, you make these cute little balls of dough.


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Then you stick your thumb in each one to make a groove! Fun, right? :)


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You can bake these cookies on a baking tray like this.


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Or you could pop them into a cupcake tray like this.


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Either way, I promise they’ll be delicious.


See?


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Jam thumbprint cookies


Prep time: 15 mins, plus chilling
Cook time: 15-20 mins
Makes: about 30


Ingredients:


175 g butter, melted (salted is preferable)
75 g caster sugar
250 g flour, sifted
jam or marmalade


Method:


1. Place the melted butter in a large bowl, and stir in the sugar. Add the flour a little at a time, gently mixing to incorporate into a dough that comes away from the sides of the bowl. Do not over mix.
2. Place the dough in the fridge for about half an hour. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Line a baking tray with parchment or have a cupcake tray at hand.
3. Roll the dough into small balls between your hands. You should be able to get around 30. Place each ball on the tray and very genty press down in the centre of each, using your thumb. Aim for a small groove, not a big dent. Fill the grooves with jam. Bake for 15 minutes for a fudgier cookie, and 20 minutes for a crispier cookie. Remove from the oven and cool before eating.


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Read this delightful Buzzfeed article on 23 Cookies That Will Never Let You Down and come have a bite with me :)


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Have a lovely weekend! The 30 day Paleo Challenge begins Monday! Stay tuned for lots of updates :)



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A quaint little cafe has come to town.


le bistro du parc


It’s very French, complete with chalkboard menus, divine desserts, and a very charming half French-half Punjabi restauranter called Naina.


menu


Four of us from the CAL Blogger’s Table, stopped by for dinner one drizzly Saturday night. I wasn’t feeling well, but Sid convinced me to go anyway and I’m glad I did.


We started with a Midinette salad – tender pieces of grilled chicken, topped with julienne of green apple and celery, studded with bright pomegranate seeds, and tossed in a very light parsley mayonnaise.


Midinette salad


Pan fried calamaris came next – a warm dish of delicious squid rings with garlic, baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and a red chilly coulis.


Pan fried calamaris


If you like liver, definitely try the Chicken liver parfait served with crispy pieces of baguette, a balsamic reduction, and confit onions. The pate is very delicate, and the sticky balsamic sauce is quite lovely with it.


Chicken liver parfait


The main courses are probably Le Bistro du Parc’s weakest link.


There was the average Grilled lamb with vegetables. It came with a mint-mango chutney and potatoes, but none of the flavours were memorable.


Grilled lamb, veggies


We also tried the Chicken and zucchini with olive tapenade – the tapenade was rich and slightly tart, but the zucchini was overcooked and mushy. Plus there was a little too much green on my plate :(


Marinated chicken, roasted zucchini, olive tapenade


The Pan-fried red snapper with ratatouille vegetables and in a bed of lemon foam was probably the most frou-frou dish on the menu. The vegetables were slightly sweet which I loved, and the fish had a gorgeous crispy skin, but the fish itself was a little under seasoned.


Pan fried red snapper, ratatouille vegetables, lemon foam


The big gun on the menu was the Rib of beef for two. After being asked how you would like your meat (we said medium-rare) it’s brought to the table like this.


Rib of beef 1


Then it’s taken back to the kitchen, cut into pieces, and brought back like this.


Rib of beef 2


The meat itself was too rare for our liking (we were told that “French” medium-rare was our “rare”) but it was taken back and cooked a while longer so it didn’t feel like we were cavemen gnawing at raw meat.


The hand-cut fries that came with it were excellent, as was the divine morel sauce, with little pieces of the mushroom floating in the golden sauce like succulent black jewels.


And now for the main event – the desserts.


Between the four of us, we choose 5 desserts to share.


all desserts


The Lemon tart with meringue, Raspberry Charlotte, and Plum and almond tart were excellent. Each one made with care, pronounced, unapologetic flavours, and excellent presentation.


But let me tell you about the two desserts that will most certainly make me return to Le Bistro du Parc.


This most beautiful chocolate mousse – made with Valrhona dark chocolate, and served with pomegranate seeds and a strawberry coulis. When you put that first decadent spoonful in your mouth, you understand why people often liken chocolate to sex.


chocolate mousse, strawberry coulis and pomegranate


The other stunning dessert I can’t stop thinking about was the Pistachio Paris Brest – a choux pastry bun filled with a luscious lime-green pistachio cream. The dessert gets its name from Paris–Brest–Paris – a 1200km bicycle race from Paris to Brest and back to Paris and is therefore shaped to match the circular circuit.


pistachio Paris Brest


Even Nachiketa, our reigning dessert queen was suitably impressed.


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Le Bistro du Parc is a lovely place to perhaps go on your first date. It’s relaxed, the food is reasonably good, and the desserts will most certainly make that magical first kiss happen.


Here’s what the others there had to say:


Sid from Chef at Large
Nachiketa from Crazy over Desserts
Sushmita from My Unfinished Life


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This is how I felt at Varq, in The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi.


posh pants


Oh wait – that doesn’t look like me, does it?


Aah here I am :) Can you say faaancy?


Posh storm


The table was set most tastefully. I love the red accents with the gold. Don’t you?


Table setting


The cameras were out in full force! :)


cameras


This pretty little amuse-bouche set the ball rolling.


Amuse bouche


I started with this most gorgeous plate of Varqui crab – layers of lightly spiced crabmeat between crisp filo sheets, topped with a plump tandoori shrimp.


Varqui crab


Next up was Haleem aur Kebab – a heavenly trio of smooth haleem, melt-in-the-mouth galouti, and a kebab in a glass.


meat


You can’t do posh without lobster now can you?


This dish of Lobster Rassa was a broth with prawns, scallops, and crisp squid. The presentation was so simple, yet beautiful.


soup


We tried some signature cocktails and mocktails with Indian flavours – I particularly liked the mint and pineapple. (I didn’t drink ALL those btw :P)


Drinks


A very magical, smokey palate cleanser of lime and ginger came around shortly.


Palate cleanser


For my main course I chose Sea Bass on spiced potato dauphinoise and I’m so glad I did. The fish was fresh and flaky, the potatoes were done just right, and the gravy – sigh. My favourite coconut and mango flavours danced about in my mouth in perfect harmony, and it really was a creamy, spicy bowl of joy.


Sea bass


Even though we were stuffed beyond belief by now, I tried the Martabaan ka meat with baby naan. This was one dish where there was no fuss about the presentation, and it was probabaly my favourite of the night. The meat was incredibly tender and flavourful, and the crisp naan was a perfect accompaniment.


Martabaan ka meat


It came with these Aloo and Palak wadi side dishes.


Sides


The dessert was another trio: khaas malpua, apple kheer, and jalebi. The unusual apple kheer was delicately sweet, and the gravity-defying jalebi was sticky and very crisp.


dessert


Nachiketa, back from her fancy stint at Le Cordon Bleu in London, was in attendance and she’s promised us some pastry secrets. So exciting!


Here she is with Sid. Now tell me she’s not looking like Nigella Lawson!


Sid and Nigella


It was such a happy night. Everyone on the CAL Blogger’s Table was there because it was also Ruchira‘s bye-bye dinner. She’s leaving us in Delhi, but she won’t leave our hearts. She brought us presents which we’re all going to blog about soon and wrote us lovely letters. Ruchira – we will miss you so much but I know you’re going to have the most fabulous time!


Group at Varq


The next time you’re looking for some poshness, stop by Varq, at The Taj Mahal Hotel for some yummies.


This is what the others there had to say:


Sid from Chef at Large
Nachiketa from Crazy over Desserts
Parul from The Shirazine
Deeba from Passionate about Baking
Sangeeta from Healthfood Desi Videshi
Ruchira from The Great Cookaroo
Sushmita from My Unfinished Life
Rekha from My Tasty Curry
Mukta from Bake-a-Mania
Himanshu from The White Ramekins


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