Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen and Rachel Allen’s Bake!

Switched on the TV at just the right time! Enjoyed a really old episode of Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen (Her kids look so young!) followed by Rachel Allen’s Bake! I can’t really put into words how much I adore these woman! Nigella doesn’t just cook but the way she describes food, it almost sounds like a food fairy tale, I watch not to learn but to enjoy watching Nigella in the Kitchen and Rachel Allen actually teaches me stuff, I guess I caught the baking fever from her! Love how properly she describes her recipes and to be in her cookery school is my dream!
Nigella made a turkey brushed with butter and maple syrup, Brussel sprouts with pancetta and parsley and chestnuts and roast potatoes (surprisingly she used semolina instead of flour) all looked wonderful, so did she!

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It’s alright to cheat every now and then in your kitchen! Learnt that from Nigella who served ready made pudding to her guests, but she did flambé it.. And scored all the points! 😉
Smart woman Nigella! *thumbs up*

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Rachel made an Iced orange cake and followed by spinach, goats cheese and potato tart !
Yum!
Dying to try her recipes!

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You can get all these recipes online or you could wait a few day I’ll get them to you when I make it for you!

Hope you have a great weekend !

Happy cooking!

Love
Radhika xx

Wedding Hair Tutorial

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Hello my beautiful readers!

I came across this really lovely hair tutorial which I thought would be perfect for a wedding, I’d say for a bride even! Loved the romance in this hairstyle. I can almost imagine myself with this hairstyle on and feeling all Roman-era-princessy!
This hairstyle is pretty basic, given you have a second person with you to help. If you’re a beginner and are doing it all by yourself..I’d say stop and get someone, you don’t wanna be stuck there forever right?

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Step 1: Divide your hair in 5 sections, not necessarily equal.
Step 2: French braid each section as shown in pictures 2, 3 and 4 and secure the ends with a rubber band.
Step 3: Pull out the braids a little from all 5 of them to give it volume.
Step 4: Take the end of the centre braid and fold it inwards and pin it up. Repeat for all 5 braids, only fold them towards the centre braid so that they all are pinned at the same spot.
Secure any loose hair with bobby pins. Leave a few fringes for that romantic look and spray your hair with a good hairspray and Voila! You’re done!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, do try it and let us know what you thought about it.

Love
Radhika xx

Burberry Heart Collection- Love at First Sight <3

Just checked out Burberry’s website a few days back and saw this entire range of beautiful bags and apparels with heart prints! Now I know what love at first sight must feel like… ❤ Check out the Burberry heart collection here and fall in LOVE!!!

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Love this Crush bag in heart prints

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Look at the bag!

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Rita Ora in Burberry hearts!

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Now I know many girls would instantly fall in love with this collection..Guys..Not so much! But really, this man is rocking the heart collection! Too British..Almost boy-bandish.. !

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Looking dapper in hearts!

Christmas Special Chocolate Chip Cookies

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After much contemplation about my next recipe I decided to do something for the upcoming festive season! Nothing beats a chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven and to give it that Christmasy twist I added red, green and yellow Cadbury gems to it! You can add m&m’s too, same thing.

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Quick confession: Cadbury gems are multicolored and I literally had to pick red green and yellow ones! Despite my best effort, I didn’t find enough of those colors (even in 10 packets) so I added a a few pink ones! You could buy more packets or make multi coloured cookies! Or even better, you could buy loose m&m’s if you have a m&m store nearby! (Sad thing there’s none in India)

Anyway.. Getting back to my recipe, it’s really easy with very little baking time. However, you need chill the cookie dough for about an hour before baking. The end result is a cookie crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside! The gems give it that additional crunch! YUM!

The recipe has been adapted from Sally’s Chocolate Chip Cookies at Sally’s Baking Addiction, I have fallen in LOVE with her baking and the pictures on her blog are to die for! You can check it out here.

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I’m adding a tutorial with pictures for extra clarity! It’s really easy, I say give it a try!
P.s. These cookies are chewy and not crunchy! If you like cookies that are something between a cake and a biscuit then these ones are for you! Honestly, I’ve tried many recipes even took cookie baking classes but nothing worked for me like these! I think I’ve found ‘my CCC recipe’.

So, What are we baking?
Christmas Special Chocolate Chip Cookies

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What are we using?

This recipe yields about a dozen cookies. You could double it for 2 dozens. I like making stuff in smaller batches, it’s easy and when I’m trying something new I have less things to trash just in case I stuff up 😉

85 gms butter (or 5-6 tbsp)
1 tbsp white granulated sugar
75 gms brown sugar (or 5 tbsp)
Half an egg (you can beat the egg and divide it into half) or you can use 2 tbsp vegetable oil.
1 tsp vanilla essence
175 gms flour
1/2 tsp baking soda (you can use 1/2 tsp baking powder instead)
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cornflour or cornstarch
50 gms chocolate chips
60 gms Cadbury gems or m&m’s (red, green and yellow color, or you could cheat like me and use a few pink ones too :p)
Baking tray for baking or a muffin tray works fine too (I used it)
Butter for greasing
Butter paper for lining the baking sheet (I used muffin cups in my muffin tray)

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What are we doing?

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Step 1: Whisk the butter until light and fluffy.
Step 2: Add in the sugar and whisk until completely mixed.
Step 3: Mix in half an egg and vanilla essence and whisk until a fluffy mixture has formed.
Step 4: In a separate bowl, sieve the flour, baking soda, salt and cornflour.
Step 5: Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture little by little until it forms a dough.
Step 6: Add in the gems and chocolate chips, and mix so that they are evenly distributed.
Step 7: Wrap this dough in foil paper and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour (max 2 hours)
Step 8: Take out the dough and you’ll see crumbs falling. Get it all together, you’ll have a hard, smooth cookie dough.
Step 9: Take about 1 tbsp of cookie dough, form it into a ball and flatten it a little. Don’t worry about it being perfect, imperfections are what make homemade cookies beautiful. Bake in the oven for 6 minutes at 160 degree Celsius and then for 13 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.
P.s. Every oven is different, I’d say just bake until you see little cracks on top of the cookies and golden colour on the edges. My oven is very old, so it took that long. The original recipe calls for 8-9 minutes baking at 180 degree Celsius.

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Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes and they are ready to be eaten! You can keep them upto 1 week on room temp, I keep them until they start to smell or taste funny! Can’t waste my hard work like that! :p

I really hope you guys enjoy this recipe, you can add your own combinations to make them more fun! Do suggest me some nice combinations that you’d like to see in the future and I’ll surely get back to you with amazing recipes!

Try sandwiching the cookies with Nutella in the centre ! Dunk in cold milk and enjoy! Please write back if you like our recipes!

Lots of love
Radhika xx

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Corn Fritters- The Gordon Ramsay Way !

Hello Readers,

Do you go through a few evenings when you just want to eat something delicious but cannot decide what? Or those afternoons when you are not too hungry but want to savor something light and fun. Or are you running out of ideas for snacks/starter dishes for your next house party? Well if YES is the answer to all these questions then this is the perfect dish to try out.

Well i go through these days most of the time when i just cannot decide what to cook & eat. Recently when i was food hunting in my own kitchen i found nothing exciting  and then came across a can of sweetcorn and suddenly the corn fritters recipe shown on Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course which i watch religiously struck my mind. Well let me tell you if you are a  newbie to cooking this is the perfect dish to try to boost your confidence because not just its super easy to make but it hardly takes 10 minutes to dish this out from scratch and also all the ingredients involved are basic & easily available in your own kitchen.

What are we cooking? – Corn Fritters..!!

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What are we using?

A can of sweetcorn

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 egg

4 tbsp milk

A bunch of coriander (finely chopped)

A bunch of spring onion (finely chopped)

1 tomato (finely chopped)

2 green chilies (finely chopped)

Olive Oil

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What are we doing?

Step 1- Sift a cup of flour and add 1/2 tsp baking powder. To it add salt, pepper, an egg, 4 tbsp of milk and mix it well to make a smooth batter.

Step 2- To the batter add a drizzle of olive oil to relax the mixture. To it add your washed and drained can of corn, finely chopped spring onion, chilies, coriander and tomatoes and mix it well to form a smooth batter. Make sure the batter is not too runny. It should have the consistency of a cake batter (To adjust  you can add  flour to thicken and milk to thin down the mixture).

Step 3- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add a spoonful of the mix to the oil. Fry each side till golden brown.

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There you go ! Your Corn Fritters are ready in a jiffy. Serve it with a dip you love. I have used a ready made sweet chili garlic dip(as seen in the picture). Another dip that goes really well with this dish is a yogurt based dip that you can make in a minute. Take a  cup of low fat Greek yogurt, to it add a finely chopped green chili, some finely chopped coriander and the juice of half a lemon. Mix it well and there you have your own home made creamy yogurt dip bursting with flavors.

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Let us know how it turned out and for any queries write us back. We will be happy to help you.

Happy Cooking…

Lots of Love,

Maitri.

Sparkle away~ Adding sequins to your wardrobe!

Hello readers..

Good news! Sequins are in and abundant! The holiday season is approaching, Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. Glam up your clothes with a touch of sparkle and you’re good to go! As easy that may sound, wearing sequins is a daring task with people clueless about how to style them. To help you get this look right we have compiled a list of ways you can wear sequins this season..check out these style inspirations.

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Shine at the parties in your most sparkly blazer or wear it during the day!

Sequins and Whites

Pair your favorite sparkly piece with whites to get that perfect chic day look. Wear minimal accessories and nude heels to let the sequins stand out.

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Sequins and Denims

Wear sequins with denims to lunch, shopping or even a casual date ! This look is perfect for pretty much everything!

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Sequin shorts with a denim shirt and navy Zara blazer

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Sequins with Casual Tees

No better way to glam up your boring tees! This look is perfect for holidays!

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Sequin Dresses with Minimal Accessories

Wearing sequin dresses can be tricky, too many accessories can make you look like a Christmas tree! Accessorize minimally to get this look right!

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A few more ways to play with your glittery pieces..

Wear sequins with velvet.

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Or pair it with bright colors!

Hope you had fun looking at these style inspirations, enjoy styling your own looks! Happy dressing!!

p.s. If you come up a look you’d like to share, send us your pictures at foodtravelfashion@yahoo.in and we’ll post your pictures on our facebook page!

Love,

Radhika xx

Lemon Loaf Cake!

Hello readers,

Quick flashback~ I lived in London for a year or so and that’s where I was acquainted to lemon cakes. I would almost all the time buy McVities Lemon cake when I went grocery shopping (that cake is gorgeous). But after coming back to my motherland India, I could no longer enjoy my favorite cake so I decided to bake it! To my horror, that lemon cake turned out to be a disaster! My cakes may not turn out perfect all the time but they always taste great but this particular cake in question shook my confidence in baking, cooking and everything I thought I knew!

Luckily, I’ve got the skin of a Rhino and I never give up! I kept looking for better recipes and ways to avoid another disaster and today my friends was the day when I combined a few recipes and baked a PERFECT lemon loaf cake!!! God finally granted my wish! So my readers, look no further, this is the recipe you want to try to bake a super moist lemon loaf cake!

So, What are we baking?

Lemon Loaf Cake

This recipe will yield a 20 cm loaf. Serves abut 6-8 people.

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My lemon loaf cake! Happy baking!

What are we using?

22 cm loaf tin

250 gms flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

150 gms light brown sugar

125 gms butter (room temp)

2 large eggs

1 tbsp lemon juice

Rind of 1 lemon

150 ml milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

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Super moist on the inside!

What are we doing?

Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Butter your tin and line with parchment/butter paper.

Step 1: Sieve flour and baking powder and mix it properly.

Step 2: Whisk together butter and sugar until pale yellow. In a separate jar, whisk together milk and eggs.

Step 3: Add the flour mix little by little to the butter+sugar mix. Simultaneously, keep adding the milk+eggs milk little by little too, so that that it forms a batter. By the end of this process, your flour mix, milk+eggs mix and butter+sugar mix should have formed a smooth batter.

Step 3: Add in the lemon juice, lemon rind and vanilla essence to the mixture to the batter. Make sure its not too liquidey. I’ve noticed thicker batters yield denser cakes.

Step 4: Bake at 160 degrees for 35 minutes or until just golden on the top. Insert a skewer and if it comes out clean then your cake is ready!

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Tea and my lemon loaf cake! Match made in cake heaven!

Enjoy this cake on a sunny morning with tea or munch on it after supper!

Let us know what you thought about it and how your cake turned out!  I’m sure you’ll love it!

Much love,

Radhika xx