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Eggless Wedding Cakes

Told you I’d be back. Albeit late, but hey, I’m still here. And I’ve come armed with hundreds of little Red Velvet and Lemon Cupcakes topped with handmade sugarpaste Indian elephants and glitter-caked peacock feathers.  Bespoke handmade sugarpaste Indian elephants (want these? Email me) Two very lovely people got married in my hometown last Sunday and the beautiful bride had long ago asked me to make her a wedding cake. I was over the moon and ever so slightly alarmed by the prospect. It could collapse, melt in the heat of the British summertime or even worse, become a refuge shelter for the small mammals of Yorkshire. Handmade sugarpaste peacock feather with edible glitter (want this? Email me) I didn’t dare venture into the stacked eggless cake territory – that would be far too ambitious for an amateur such as myself. So I took the safe route and opted for an elegant clear cake stand, loaded it with cupcakes and topped it with the softest eggless sponge, jam and buttercream known to man (and woman). …

Delicious New Chef Page and Biography

I’ve decided that this weekend is going to be a BBQ fest. Some of you may have read about my exploration of alternative vegetarian BBQ recipes last Summer, during which we dined on Coriander and Lime Paneer Kebabs, Matoki or Green Banana Burgers, Tarragon-Laced Khoya Kofta and Vegetable Medley and Chilled Sunshine Berry Soup. As many of you Facebook and Twitter friends may already know, I’ve been doing some work with Food Network UK and hope to continue working with them to create new recipe content. Fear not, my beloved blog will still be running at the same time. I wanted to let you all know I know have a chef page, biography and recipe collection up on the site, on which you can find out more about the girl behind the blog (that’s if you’re not already sick of me talking about myself from the past few posts – I apologise!) Things will be back to normal soon. You can find my chef page by clicking the my image in the right-hand sidebar (do …

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Classic Shrikhand and Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes

In case you hadn’t noticed, I have been MIA for a week – but thankfully, I have a great excuse. If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know that I’ve been spending most of time baking for a lovely little party I attended last weekend. On the entirely eggless dessert menu were Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Fudge Cake, Vanilla & Cherry Sponge Cake, Chocolate & Coconut Cake Pops and Shrikhand Cheesecake. Speaking of shrikhand, here’s my very classic (and simple) recipe for one of my favourite Gujarati desserts. I’m adding this to the royal wedding banquet menu not because it’s an authentic Mughlai dish, but because it’s rich, opulent and incredibly well-suited to that particular style of cooking. Three spices I never fail to add to this dessert are green cardamom seeds, saffron and just a pinch of mace – these aromatic flavours are what make shrikhand, well shrikhand really. An acquired taste for many, this thick tangy yogurt is the perfect way to end an indulgent meal on a warm …

Ich Liebe den Deutschen Markt

A buzzing excitement always fills me when I know that I am going somewhere I only get the chance to go to once in a blue moon. It is as if I’m a child once again. Walking from the dirty, musky underground car park into the piercing night air I feel an incredible sense of wonder about what the evening has to offer. Slipping through Nottingham’s maze-like side streets under a light, warm and steady attack of rain I know I’m going to see some wonderful things here; things which could only be pulled out of a fairytale and set before our hungry eyes. I marvel at the possibilities of whether or not the cobbled street I walk on was once roamed by Robin Hood and his Merry Men in the distant and hazy past. As we snake in and out of the winding roads and masses of people, my companion and I discuss the things that may be at the German market, for this is where we were going. Before I can take in another …

Dinner with the Family

                                 Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.~ Jim Rohn Sunday was dedicated to spending family time with my family, the Natalyas. My dad’s side of the family were all invited yet nobody really knew what the itinerary for the day was. The plan simply was to spend time together as a family, meeting and mingling with those we may not have seen for a while. Being honest, the only time we see each other as a unit is at weddings, which shouldn’t be the only reason why the family get together. Families should get together because they need one another; it is always good to know that people will be there to support you even if you may not see them regularly. I don’t believe it should be a burden to maintain a happy relationship with your family, no matter how large or small it is. At the end of the day… you’re kinda stuck …