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Clients work – menu and workshop

July 24, 2018

Christina and Olivia are a mother and daughter duo who operate Christina’s Gourmet Catering, Dinners and Workshops.  Their focus is all about Malaysian Nyonya Cuisine. Apart from catering, they have regular cooking Workshops, where the participants enjoy hands on experience of cooking a meal and savouring it. Along with the menu shoot, I had an opportunity to shoot for their workshop too and have some images to share with you along with the menu. This was such an exciting shoot…

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Roasted vegetable ricotta tart

June 21, 2018
This roasted vegetable ricotta tart takes root vegetables to the next level. The creamy ricotta filling and buttery puff pastry is sure to impress.

  This roasted vegetable ricotta tart takes root vegetables to the next level. The creamy ricotta filling and buttery puff pastry is sure to impress. Variety it is said is the very spice of life. If you are a regular follower of my posts you would notice that most of my recipes and posts are partial towards sugar and lean in favour of baking. So I thought why not mix it up a bit. As I was casually wandering amongst…

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Warm barley beetroot salad

June 15, 2018
I feel barley is versatile enough to be served warm or at room temperature, as in this terrific salad with beetroot, coriander and pomegranate arils..

This warm barley beetroot salad has it all, crunchy cashew bits, pomegranate arils and is tossed in a tangy lime and olive oil.  Perfect for a week-day lunch! Winter is nearly here for us and we can feel the Mercury plummeting few more degree lower. I reckon in the coming two weeks, waking up in the morning will be a challenge. well it doesn’t get that harsh here as compared to other parts of the world but it gets to…

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Cashew Chicken Curries

Easy Chicken Curry in white gravy

June 8, 2018
his easy chicken curry in white gravy is not only quick but also transports you to the unique experience of fine dining in your comfort zone.

There is something ambrosial about the “C” word. Of all the kinds of meat and vegetables that I prepare out of my humble kitchen to feed the boys, the mere mention of the erstwhile and bespoke Chicken curry brings a smile on my boys face. It lightens up their moods and they become the nicest of kids with no fuss or tantrums thrown around the dinner table. The younger one even surprises himself by willing to bring the plates out.…

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Apples Pies and Tarts

Apple frangipane tart

June 1, 2018
Having this warm flaky frangipane tart lined with apple and paired with glorious almond filling and served with double cream is simply irresistible.

Let me tell you that this apple frangipane tart was a breeze to make – no need for any rolling out or baking blind. Just a sheet of puff pastry to begin with and topping it with almond and apple. Last I checked, we were in the heights of summer making berry tarts full of gorgeous summery delights. Now the air has cooled, the leaves have started to fall and the market is chock full of apples and pears. These apples…

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Mandarin Almond cake

May 25, 2018
This moist mandarin almond cake is sure to impress your taste buds

Whether you are craving for a well earned afternoon cup of tea or the kids have come home from school too ravenous to wait until supper time, a moist cake with seasonal mandarins paired with nutty texture of almonds will invariably hit the spot. If you are regular to my space, you would have certainly guessed that almond meal is my favourite. Ever since I have discovered this nutty meal, it’s become my pantry staples. This ingredient not only tastes…

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Anzac caramel cookies My favorite

Almond oats cookies

May 20, 2018
Almond oats Cookies

This almond oats cookies was something that I mixed, matched, swapped and finally at the end produced a product that was absolutely swoon worthy. Some of my fondest memories of growing up as I trudge down memory lanes are those that I left behind in my race to adulthood that lead me back to those lazy afternoons that never seemed to end. The times I would leisurely spend lazing in the long, L shaped kitchen with not a sliver of…

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Chocolate orange swirl bundt cake

May 1, 2018
Chocolate orange swirl bundt cake

This Chocolate orange swirl bundt cake was a sheer delight to bake for a special occasion. Last month, my eldest boy turned 14, being a school holiday we decided to make it simple and a quite celebration. We had a lovely day to ourselves and later in the evening we head out to the city for a lovely dinner. This cake was his choice and he suggested me to really keep it simple rather than going for  heavy sugary frostings…

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Vegetarian cauliflower tacos

April 26, 2018
cauliflower tacos

We all know there is lot of buzz in the media with the humble cauliflower these days. A vegetable that was once abhorred, detested and generally chosen last in the shopping trolley has come made a comeback to the podium limelight, thanks to those vegans out there who have been toying with new ideas to create magic from the limited choice of food options. New ways are being experimented to incorporate these cruciferous vegetables in our daily diet.This vegetarian cauliflower…

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No fuss Banana bread (eggless)

April 16, 2018
No fuss Banana date bread ( eggless)

Every time when you look at your fruit bowl, couple of fruits that has either soften or blemished gets chucked out. Now there is no denying that poor bananas are the ones that often fall into this category. Unless it is over ripe and I don’t see any fruit flies hovering over it, I generally work out  few options and one of them is my no fail no fuss banana bread. As a mum of two energetic boys, my mind…

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My favorite snacks

Eggless Chickpea waffles (savoury)

April 3, 2018
Eggless chickpea waffles

This eggless chickpea waffles are just so easy to make and with all the lovely ingredients combined, it can be an ideal treat for breakfast or brunch. Rise and shine .. yummy breakfast is ready .. loads of choices, sweet & savoury  chickpea waffles, pancakes with berries drizzled with maple syrup, scrambled eggs on sour dough toast and  freshly brewed coffee. I heard a fairy come and whisper in my dreams. Well that’s become a distant dream these days with the…

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Ricotta almond rashberry cake

March 23, 2018
This ricotta almond raspberry cake is dense, moist is perfect for dinner parties and is suitable for freezing. Paired with Almond meal is a keepsake recipe.

This ricotta almond raspberry cake is dense, moist is perfect for dinner parties and is suitable for freezing. Paired with Almond meal is a keepsake recipe. Deep down in the labyrinths of the minds of many a good cook countless recipes lurk in the deepest recesses some occasionally vying for a notice and a recall. For the most part, getting them out is just a matter of knowing where to begin one’s search. Finding a little inspiration here and there…

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Pear upside down cake

March 5, 2018

This impressive caramelised Pear upsidedown cake is the perfect dessert to kick start my baking repertoire. I love the fact that the top starts on the bottom and when it is flipped over it looks amazing. Happy new year.. well, I know it is the beginning of March now. But it’s a new month of the year. First of all, thank you so much for all the love and support you have showered along these years. This is going to be my third year…

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Rose water pavlova

December 24, 2017
This rosewater pavlova is definitely a favourite of mine and, the combination of strawberries and watermelon infused with rosewater is an absolute must

This  Rosewater pavlova is definitely a  favourite of mine and, the combination of strawberries and watermelon infused with rosewater is  an absolute must—this Rose water pavlova  dessert is not just for the palate, it’s for the soul, something to be made with love for a very special occasion.”. Baking pavlova was something new for me  and ever since  I  have discovered pavlova several years ago it brought my adoration to new heights. This is a recipe I have fallen in…

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Gingerbread wreath

December 22, 2017
celebrate Christmas with this delicious edible wreath made up of crunchy biscuits, beautifully decorated with white iced stars.

Let’s Celebrate !!! Nothing beats the joy of festive season; baking few batches of ginger bread cookies and  watch the smiles when the little fingers pipe in their imagination ….. Gingerbread  wreath here I come…. This year I decided to bake and arrange them in a form of wreath. We merry Gingerbread Men   We one dozen merry ginger bread men, All dressed up, all decked up in our best attire wish you The very best of the festive season.…

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Product Reviews and giveaways !!!!

December 17, 2017
Love Life & Gluten Free: Activated Buckwheat Brownie Mix 400g

  Who would deny baking isn’t therapeutic? The mere mental & physical act of shifting flour, cracking eggs, mixing a bit of sweetness whisking and finally tossing them into the oven to see the magic happening. The pleasure of converting raw ingredients from ones pantry into a delicate after dinner fare is simply irresistible. Now I often wonder would I ever derive the same pleasure in using premixes. I sometimes find myself in situations when I am time bound &…

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Pies and Tarts snacks treat.

Vegetarian sausage roll

December 11, 2017
vegetarian sasuage rolls .As we are gearing up for the biggest party season of the year, these vegetarian sausage rolls are just few things we can count in.

Vegetarian sausage roll definitely sounds intriguing… These days it is quite common to get hold of meat looking patties and sausages in the supermarket and they are 100% vegetarian. My boys are a big fan of these nibbles ( particularly meat based sausages ) and I do make them often using with high quality meat as I do have reservations for processed food. Now this recipe itself is a derivation of vegetable cutlets that I  make with paneer. Very often,…

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Soba noodles with prawns

November 26, 2017
soba noodles with prawn

I often wonder what kind of dinner served on the family dinner table would not cause the brows of the boys to be furred up and dinner would proceed with the minimum of fuss and twitching and complaining about one another. Being a mum to two fussy eaters is quite a job in itself.  Now this soba noodles with prawns has made its way to the good books of the boys & when this is served our dinner table conversation goes down to…

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ODIA FOOD snacks

Coconut fritters or Nadia bara

November 16, 2017
Nadia Bara or fritters with few ingredients put together

Does fritters with coconuts in them sound a tad different? Coming from a coastal city, where coconuts grow in abundance, this recipe shouldn’t be a surprise coming from my kitchen.It has been a while since I have shared any recipe from my home state. It is not that I do not like cooking our traditional food & not that I am unfamiliar with it, but every time I cook something traditional and something bespoke from my home town I feel…

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Bars Bread cakes and cookies My favorite treat. treats

Clients work – Bakery products shoot

November 7, 2017

I can hardly believe it when I look at my calendar and wondering amazement where did time fly? Time seems to be in a mad rush to get somewhere fast and perhaps left me behind on a forgotten lane or at least thats how I feel when I realise I am already in November.   Last month was crazy for me both on a personal and professional sphere & like they say when you are having fun you stop to realize…

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