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Breakfast Banana Muffins with Coffee-Chocolate Chunks, Hazelnuts and Oats

The last weekend has been a busy busy but fantastic one. It started with a day dedicated to cooking and baking and making everything look pretty and yet relaxed. My idea of entertainment involves very little effort once the guests arrive, I prefer everything to be laid out and let the guests have a little fun DIY-ing and playing around with different stuff, that may to may not work well together. But that’s all the fun! There was: mango feta crostini with red wine fleur de sel, paprika spiked hummus, valrhona cointreau cupcakes, layered lemon cake with lemon cream cheese topped with fresh cranberries and gaufres shards, as well as some mini-mosaic apple tarts. It was quite a day night! And, of course, when at 2am this and this (the British version, of course!) makes a debut, you know the entertainment has taken the best possible turn!

With a Friday like that, even the best of us couldn’t rise and shine from the wee hours into a domestic diva. The thing is, I love the idea of grabbing a weekend (or any day, really) breakfast/brunch/late lunch comprising of breakfast favourites. I love the concept of brinner too (breakfast for dinner, get with the lingo!). The only part which tends to evade this achievement is the fact that it’s usually in the morning, and mornings and me haven’t become quite that friendly yet. That’s kind of how I stumbled upon the idea of making Breakfast Banana Muffins with Coffee-Chocolate Chunks, Hazelnuts and Oats the previous day, so I wouldn’t have to rise and shine early (eek!) to made a hot breakfast treat, I’d just drizzle it with some homemade warm salted caramel, and breakfast is served!  Read more…

Strawberry Compote

I reached Bombay to find 2 big boxes of juicy Mahableshwar strawberries welcoming be back home and back to the kitchen, and resist I could not. While in South Africa, a favourite breakfast for me after returning from sunrise safaris was a bowl full of chilled thick greek yoghurt, with fresh berry compote, muesli and […] Read more…

Diwali Chocolate and Caramel Flapjacks

Its that time of the year again. A real Indian incarnation of what joie de vivre, in its purest essence,  really stands for. Hallways, doorways, windows and gateways, all decked out with fairy lights, fresh and dried flower torans, little diyas and tea lights. While everything around us is embellished and beatified, its only logical […] Read more…

Oh so Strawberry Muffins

Its strawberry season (well it has been for a while) and while I’ve religiously been eating my doze of fresh strawberries, my baking obsession with strawberry, as you may have witnessed, repeatedly, and thenagain, has somewhat inexplicably not kicked in this year. But finally I have succumbed, and tweaked this easy peasy chocolate squeezey recipe with strawberry. […] Read more…

Granola Bars

I really enjoy being able to cook/bake something for an occasion, or upon requests of my nearest and dearest, simply because I already know that they want it and will appreciate it! Recently, one of the near and dear ones asked if I could make some granola bars for her to make a healthy munching […] Read more…

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