YUM Orange Loaf Cake!

Hello my lovely readers,

Christmas is approaching, the decorations are up everywhere (even in Delhi!), it’s snowing on my blog but my food preferences are too summery! I don’t know why, but I’m constantly craving for fresh, summery, citrus-ey cakes. Last week I made a really tasty Lemon Loaf Cake and it turned out amazingly good. I saw Rachel Allen baking an Orange cake on her show ‘Rachel Allen Bake!’ and almost instantly started craving it! Unfortunately I didn’t like the way that looked so I thought why not apply my lemon cake recipe to make an orange cake (they’re almost the same thing), so I did and the results were amazing!

All I can say is I made that cake yesterday and there’s none left today! 🙂 Super duper moist and super delicious! On a sidenote: I’ve made eggless cakes all my life but I can say I was foolish to have doubted the role of an egg in baking. Eggs do wonders to the texture! Always use eggs, however,for some reason if you cannot use eggs, I’ve mentioned the alternate too!

If you didn’t try my lemon cake recipe then try this, I’m so sure you will never follow another recipe again!

So, What are we baking?

Orange Loaf Cake

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What are we using?

Nothing really, if you’ve got oranges you can start baking right now!

250 gms Flour

125 gms Light Brown Sugar

125 gms Softened Butter

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

2 Large Eggs

Zest of 1 Orange

2 tbsp Orange Juice

100 ml Milk

VEGETARIANS: Use about 1/2 cup pureed banana instead of the eggs.

You will also need a 22 cm loaf tin, butter for greasing your tin and butter paper to line your tin.

What are we doing?

We’re baking THE most awesome cake and for that you need to follow these steps.

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Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

Step 1: In a large bowl, add the sugar to the butter.

Step 2: Whisk until both are combined and the mixture looks light and fluffy (kind of like in picture 2 above).

Step 3: In a separate bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder. In a jar, pour the milk and whisk the eggs in it. Now add both these mixtures to the butter mixture you made in step 2, little by little, until it form a batter.

Step 4: Add in the orange zest.

Step 5: Add in the vanilla essence.

Step 6: Add in orange juice.

Step 7: Transfer to a greased tin and bake for 27 minutes at 160 degrees or until the cake is golden on top and the skewer comes out clean.

P.s I say that because every oven is different, my oven sometimes takes longer than what the recipe demands, for example my Christmas special chocolate chip cookies. I say keep peaking into your oven, DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR, just peak. When you think the cake is done, take it out for a skewer test.

This cake is done when its a little golden on the top. Don’t wait for it to brown.

This recipe will yield a 20-22 cm loaf, serves 6-8 people. In my house, 10-15! 😀 We like to share!

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Enjoy this cake the way I do, with some TEA on a sunny afternoon! 😀

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You can save this cake for upto a week (not that you’ll need to, it will be finished in a day or two!) Wrap a little butter paper to keep the moisture intact.

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Happy Baking!!

Love,

Radhika xx

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

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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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

“World’s Best Christmas Markets”

Its that time of the year when people all over the world are counting down days for their holidays to begin. Its December, and Christmas is just around the corner. The excitement of Christmas holidays is the same for all the age groups be it spending quality time with family, or receiving & sending gifts, or shopping for new clothes & Christmas goodies, or setting up the Christmas Tree and the list goes on and on. There are so many things to do during Christmas especially in the Western World that you are spoilt for choices. Be it the historic squares of London & New York or the beautiful gardens of Prague & Copenhagen, one can just soak up the festive atmosphere by strolling down the streets admiring the beautiful street lighting & decor. To me the best way to enjoy Christmas is to visit a local Christmas Market and relish on local delicacies and traditions, one can pick up unique presents while sipping hot mulled wine or savoring a  ginger bread. This article showcases some of the best Christmas Markets around the globe through pictures. If you are thinking of going on a vacation, go through the pictures and decide for yourself.

LONDON

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Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, London. For more information on UK’s Christmas Markets  click here for more information on London Christmas markets.

PARIS

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Do some high-end Christmas shopping at The Galleries Lafayette in Paris. For more information on Paris’s Christmas Markets click here.

NEW YORK

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Christmas in New York is timeless and Beautiful at the Rockefeller Center. For more information on New York Christmas markets visit this link .

AMSTERDAM

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Mesmerizing streets of Central Amsterdam. People of Amsterdam pray for a chilly winter to freeze their network of canals so they can have a Big Ice Skating Party. For more information visit this link.

BERLIN

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One can call Berlin the capital of Traditional Christmas Markets of the world. Berlin alone hosts more than 50 Majestic Christmas Markets creating an irresistible festive vibe across Germany. For more information visit this link.

SYDNEY

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Gather by the Christmas Tree and get into the Festive spirit with carols at Darling harbor. For more info visit this link.

VIENNA

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Christmas Market in front of Vienna City Hall. For more information visit Time  Out.

COPENHAGEN

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Unlike all other commercial Christmas Markets the atmosphere in Copenhagen is more traditional and authentically Christmasy. For more information visit this page.

PRAGUE

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Old Town Square Christmas Market of Prague. This market is famous for its unusual food and drink rather than gifts & decor. For more information visit this page.

BARCELONA

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Enjoy Christmas at Fira De Santa Llucia Market of Barcelona which also hosts Musical Parades & Exhibitions. For more information visit this page.

For further information visit http://www.christmasmarkets.com which provides detailed information of major cities & their Christmas Markets.

Happy Holidays 🙂