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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Chocolate, orange, almond Simnel cake!

This unique, healthy and rich treat is made usually during Easter celebrations. But this homemade chocolate, orange and almond filled cake is a great delight for every occasion. If you do not like the same old traditional fruit cake then try the Simnel cake…

Ingredients to make the cake: -
·         250 grams of salted butter
·         400 grams of flour
·         500 grams of caste sugar (golden)
·         100 grams of orange flavoured chocolate or you can use 100 grams of plain chocolate with 2 teaspoons of orange extract. (if you want a natural way to make this recipe then use fresh orange juice which you make at home by yourself)
·         25 grams of cocoa powder
·         1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
·         2 medium eggs
·         280 ml tub buttermilk
·         Zest and juice of one orange

For the marzipan you need: -
·         85 grams of caster sugar
·         100 grams of icing sugar
·         50 grams of cocoa powder
·         one egg, plus one yolk (beaten)
·         200 grams of almonds
For the icing: -
·        500 gram tubs of mascarpone
·        250 grams of butter
·        250 grams of icing sugar
·        Zest of 2 oranges plus juice (100ml)

Method to make the cake: -
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. 
  2. Grease 2 baking tins
  3. Over medium flame, put butter and chocolate in a small pan and keep stirring until it melts well. Remove from flame and mix in flour, sugar, bicarbonate soda and cocoa. Add a pinch of salt to the bowl. 
  4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, orange zest and juice and buttermilk together. Scrap in the chocolate and egg mix into the dry ingredients and add 150 ml of boiling hot water into this container. Now whisk all these together using an electric whisk until there are no lumps in the batter and it is smooth.
  5. Divide this mix into the tins and bake for 40 to 45 min. Set them aside to cool. 
  6. In the meantime, prepare the marzipan. Put in sugars, ground almonds and cocoa in a container. In the middle of the mix, put the egg and egg yolk and mix it really well with a cutlery knife. Wrap this in cling film and keep it aside. 
  7. Now for the frosting, beat together the mascarpone and butter together. Add in the sugar, zest and juice and continue beating. 
  8. Assemble the cake by splitting in into half and placing frosting insides the cake. Spread it evenly and place the cakes on one another. Put a little frosting on the top as well. Roll the marzipan on cocoa and make it into a circle. Place this carefully on top of the cake. Use the frosting to stick them well and your cake is done!

You can preserve this cake for about a week or two if you keep it in the fridge. If you are too lazy to bake, then you can order cakes online. But, if you are a fan of cooking and baking, you should give this recipe a chance. 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Make Christmas toffee at home!

Certain gifts during Christmas have been a traditional since years and keeping that alive, we here tell you how you can make toffees at home. These simple toffees do not take much time. Homemade gifts always add to the special element. And whilst making your hamper basket, toffees should be added with ginger beard cookies and other chocolates. So, if you are a fan of baking or like cooking, then let us begin with creating almond and chocolate Christmas toffees.
Ingredients you need for the toffee: –
  • One table spoon and 2 cups of butter, separately
  • Two cups of sugar
  • One cup of slivered almonds
  • 1/4th cup of water
  • A pinch of salt
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla essence
  • A pack of milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
  • And lastly, half a cup of chopped almonds.
Steps to make the Christmas almond and chocolate toffee: –
The approx. time to make, cool and prepare this toffee is 2 hours.
  1. Firstly, grease the pan with little butter and keep it aside.
  2. Now, in a saucepan melt the remaining butter. Gradually add sugar, slivered almonds, salt and then water. Keep stirring this mix on medium speed. If you have a candy thermometer then let it heat until it reads 295 degrees. If not then wait for a little boil to come.
  3. Remove it from heat and add the vanilla essence or extract and stir well.
  4. Now pour this mix into the greased pan. Spread evenly on the pan and leave it at room temperature for about an hour.
  5. After this, take a microwave safe container and melt a cup of chocolate chips. Spread this over the toffee which is cooling in the pan. Let it refrigerate for 50 minutes until it sets and cools well.
  6. Invert the toffee onto a large baking sheet and melt the remaining chips. Now spread this liquid chocolate over the toffee.
  7. Sprinkle the finely chopped almonds on top of the chocolate spread and leave it for about an hour at room temperature.
  8. Break the pieces in any shape you like and put the toffee in an airtight container.
  9. You can store it in the fridge for a while before you put it in a fancy jar for gifting. It will settle the almonds and chocolate well. It is best to prepare this a night before gifting.
  10. Also, if you are a baking maniac and love cooking these items, then you should own a candy thermometer. This will help you know the appropriate and right temperature. Sometimes, you could go wrong with your judgement. It is better to rely on the thermometer.
Well, this was it for the Christmas toffees. Isn’t it super easy? You just need some time and all the ingredients to make it. You do not even need baking skills for this. So when you are including Christmas chocolate gifts in your hamper basket, put some toffees as an additional and special item.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Why Nobody Should Eat Ice Cream Anymore

Everyone loves ice cream. The exquisite and creamy taste plus the many flavors that just explode in your mouth, temporarily transporting you to “food heaven” makes it seem virtually irresistible. The decadent delight is highly consumed in most parts of the world, and most especially here the U.S.
According to the reports from renowned Professor of Agricultural Economics, Brian Gould, in 2006 alone, the average American consumed about 14 pounds of ice cream. Unfortunately, the excessive consumption can be associated with a number of health-related problems prevalent in the world today.
To some extent, people who indulge their ice cream cravings do not always know how it impacts their health. This article is meant to show you the risks involved in the frequent consumption of ice cream. Hopefully, you will learn a few things and reduce the rate at which you gobble it up.
Ice Cream Increases Your Blood Cholesterol Levels
As you already know, too much of anything can be bad. This also goes for the excessive consumption of ice cream. When you consistently ingest the fats and sugars in ice creams, you expose your body to the danger of increasing your blood cholesterol levels, which further increase your chances of heart disease.
Your body already produces about 1,000 mg of cholesterol a day on its own. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans in years past, you shouldn’t consume more than 300 mg of additional cholesterol each day in order to avoid an increase in your blood cholesterol levels.

Increased Risk of Diabetes
Truth be told, ice creams are a delight. But they contain excess sugar. And as you know, excess sugar, will have a negative impact on your blood-glucose levels.
High blood sugar levels for extended periods of time will force the pancreas to overwork itself, producing insulin to convert into fat as much of it as possible. Unfortunately, overworking the pancreas for extended periods results in reduced performance.
This means less insulin, and if your body isn't getting enough insulin, you’ll need to get it from somewhere else. Bottom line, the result is diabetes. So the individual will need to take insulin shots to help the body process more of the sugars into fats.
More Fats…More Saturated Fats
Ice cream, like all dairy products, is high in fats. Please note that we’re not saying fats are entirely bad. After all, some of our bodily processes are dependent on having healthy fats. When reconverted, it is also a good source of energy and also does the job of protecting key organs in the body.
However, some fats, saturated fats precisely, are linked to excess weight gain. Being overweight increases your risk of serious health problems like Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as coronary heart disease. Unfortunately, ice cream contains a high level of saturated fats. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Food is the food of life

Food is the basis of life. Whatever we do in life, it all comes down to one thing- food. Come to think of it, we can live without so many luxuries in life, but the absence of food would just wipe us off the face of the earth, in the literal sense. In today’s hyper frenetic world, where everybody seems to be rushing off ‘to somewhere’ or rushing back ‘from somewhere’, the ultimate motive is just to fill our stomachs, to keep us alive. We strive to earn, to succeed in life, to gain name, fame and what not. But in the end it is food that we really need (with housing, clothing attached). 

Apart from the basic need for food, food is a wonder. Food is yummy. I am a foodie. So, for me, food is worship. I wait for that time of the day when I will have food. You could call me a glutton, but that’s the truth. So many people only tuck in whatever little is needed to feed their bellies and then rush to work. They forget to savour the delight in food. 

No wonder there are so many variants in food. We have Indian, Thai, Continental, Mughali, French, Italian…the list is endless. We have divisions and sub-divisions and sub-sub-divisions in food. This, in itself, shows how crazy people are for the thing which keeps us alive and going. Without the intake of which, we would lack the very energy which we really need to get our work done. 

There are various channels on television solely devoted to food. I envy food critics travelling the world, tasting delicious food and giving their opinions. Of course, there is more to it than that, but the idea is quite appealing. 

Well, apart from the taste, the right kind of food is necessary: balanced diet. Just eating won’t do. Healthy eating is important too. Just stuffing anything and everything down the throat will well-nigh work towards the opposite of giving us vitality and strength. As the saying goes, ‘Excess of everything is harmful’. 

Since food works towards giving us the most important amenity for us which is life, I believe we could do well to respect its greatness and value its worth. Give your food time, savour it. 

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Restaurant Review: Olive Bar & Kitchen, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli

When i think of food i think of Olive!

As a foodie, i love surprises. And here there’s a lot to marvel at. Though you’ll find an array of Mediterranean dishes, there will also be salad counters, pizza and pasta stations to serve your appetite. Right from the starters, to the Sorbet, the Main course and the Desserts everything’s excellent. We would recommend you to try a variety of other things other than Pastas & Pizzas. Its not coz they aren't tasty but just don’t miss out the other yummy stuff they have to offer which we tend to ignore. Don’t miss to take a look at the dishes which are excellently presented that make you more hungry. 

What i loved more about this place is the freshness & the modern decor. On a cold Sunday afternoon there is nothing better than the company of your loved ones & the food serve at Olive. Especially their new winter menu that will seduce your taste buds & satisfy your soul. A Sunday brunch for two would cost around Rs. 3,000. In addition get 25% off on the Total Bill exclusively from Cashkaro at Olive Bar & Kitchen. All you need to do is make an online reservation through You would then get a booking confirmation SMS which you need to show on your arrival at the restaurant. 

It may seem a little pricey but for the quality and big portions, it’s worth it. Situated next to Qutab Minar, location couldn't have been better. Spectacular view & perfect ambiance along with bang on food makes it a paradise. Try the lower sitting closed space view as it will give you the view of crowd and still privacy to discuss and spend the evening with your loved one. Table reservation is a must. A word of advice, get your reservations done before you go as you might have to wait for long hours. Take the help of a good online portals website to book it for free like Also, you may feel the service is bit slow but be patient as they say “it takes time to create perfection”.

Don’t forget to gorge on the delectable desserts they have to offer. You do feel guilty after having them but a bit of it wouldn’t harm you, what say? Its a perfect place for a romantic evening, pamper your girl & try the many multi cuisine available. I’m definitely coming back for the dark chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream and strawberry mille feuille and to ave an additional 10% off through Cashkaro again. I save more, I eat more! 

Haveli No 6-8, One Style Mile, Kaluram Road, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030