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

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Hi readers,

Delhi is getting colder by the day and nothing beats a cold day better than a bowl full of warm soup! So, today for lunch, I made my favorite soup, carrot and coriander. I first tasted this soup at a really small cafe in London a year back. Even though that soup wasn’t as velvety and creamy as I would’ve liked it to be, the flavors were phenomenal! My mouth was bursting with flavors, never knew carrots could do that :p I think I underestimated their potential.

I never really liked carrots.. I am actually repulsed by them but this soup is a different story altogether, the carrots just melt and mix with that beautiful stock on a bed of onions and garlic, it almost tastes like cream and once you squeeze that lemon in, the coriander flavor pops out! So, even if you detest carrots, I urge you to still try this recipe. If you don’t fall in love with it, write back to me, because something is seriously wrong with you!

P.s.- My friend, Mrinalnee, asked me today if I really make all this stuff or just get recipes from the internet and put ’em up! I I bet this is not the last time I’m going to have to answer this because a lot of people might have the same question, so guys, let me assure you that we cook each and everything that you see on our blog! These pictures belong to us and are of the food we cook, they are not taken off the internet! So you can be sure that whatever we’re putting up here is a tried and tested recipe! Don’t worry.. you’re in good hands :p

If any recipe doesn’t turn out well, please write to us and together we’ll find out what went wrong!

P.p.s- We’re not recipe developers yet, ,we occasionally mix and match stuff and come up something completely new but only ‘occasionally’! The recipes on this blog have been inspired and adjusted to perfection!

So, What are we making today?

Carrot and Coriander Soup (Serves: 2)

This recipe has been inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Carrot and Coriander soup, you can find the original recipe here 

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Carrot and Coriander Soup!

What are we using?

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Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil

3 carrots, peeled and sliced

1 medium sized onion, Chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tbsp chopped coriander

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp black pepper powder

1 vegetable stock cube

500 ml water

Salt to taste

Single cream to serve

*If you don’t want to use vegetable stock cubes, you can use fresh vegetable stock instead. you will need 500 ml vegetable stock.

** Ideally orange carrots are used to make this soup, I’ve made this soup using orange and red carrots both and the taste does not differ. So red or orange, you can use whatever is available.

What are we doing?

Step 1: Heat oil in a pan, add onions, garlic and carrots to it. Saute until the carrots start to turn soft, about 5 minutes, make sure that you don’t overcook them. The carrots must not loose their color. Add 1 1/2 tbsp fresh coriander, coriander powder, pepper and salt and cook for a minute.

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Love the colors! ❤

Step 2: Boil water and add vegetable stock cube to it so that it’s completely dissolved. Add this stock to the carrot mixture and bring to a boil, the simmer for 10 minutes or until the carrots have softened.

Step 3: Blend this mixture and add water if required. Add the remaining 1/2 tbsp fresh coriander, lemon juice and salt & pepper if required. Serve with fresh cream if you like, only makes it tastier!

Enjoy this delicious warm soup with buttered toast and bread sticks!

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Do let us know what you thought about this soup and any new recipes that you might like to know about! We’ll share that next!

p.p.p.s- My biggest critic, my brother, who rarely ever tastes anything  I make, loved this soup! I’m sure you will too!  Try it!

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 🙂

Easy Peasy Cream Eggs

Hello readers!

Today I’m sharing with you a really easy way to turn your humble boiled egg into a plate full of solace!

So, I never mentioned how me and Maitri met, right? Well, we were studying in the same university in London and lived only a building away! That meant lots of dinners together, lots of cooking and lots of yummy food! These no-fuss cream eggs were our savior in the kitchen when we had zero time to cook. So, if you’re running late, or need a side dish for dinner, or are just too lazy to cook, you need to read this recipe. These cream eggs will melt your heart, total comfort food in no time! Eggs are so underestimated but in this dish they’re our hero! This recipe is completely original, so I can proudly say I made a contribution to the culinary world! Or my uncle did, who conceived this recipe. :p

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Easy Peasy Cream Eggs- Straight from the pan !

This dish is a complete winner, all our friends who’ve tasted it have asked us for the recipe! So guys I hope you’re all ears…and eyes! This recipe is pretty basic, but then again we’re basic too! NO PROFESSIONAL CHEFS HERE GUYS! Now we know they’re not the prettiest looking dish but trust me, what these eggs lack in looks they make up for in taste! Try them and you’ll know!

So, What are we making?

Easy Peasy Cream Eggs.

What are we using?

Nothing really..

A few boiled eggs sliced breadth-wise, depends how many people you’re making for.

Single cream (or Double, if you don’t mind the extra calories)

Fresh coriander chopped (Lots of it)

Fresh green chilli chopped (make sure they’re not too hot, medium hot chili for a little crunch is what we need)

Salt and pepper to taste

What are we doing?

Step 1: Heat a pan, it doesn’t have to be crazy hot, just warm or your cream will split. Put in some cream, enough to cover the base of the pan. Put in the eggs and cover them with cream (another layer). There has to be enough cream to just cover the eggs, please don’t drown them in cream.

Step 2: Sprinkle lots of coriander and green chili, add the salt and pepper and just give it a stir so that everything comes together nicely.

Step 3: There is not step 3, it’s done!

Serve your eggs piping hot as a side dish or a main! You could have them for breakfast over a toasted bread or just on their own. They’re amazingly yummy, solace on a plate! I hope you enjoy these eggs. Please write back if you have any suggestions or queries!

Love,

Radhika xx

Best city in the world? Paris? No. It’s LONDON!

Best city in the world? Paris? No. It’s LONDON!

I came across this post a few days back, and it put a grin on my face because it just confirmed what we’ve been blabbering about for the past two years! London voted as the best city in the world leaving Sydney, Paris, New York and Rome behind! No city in this world can compare to what London can offer you. Shoreditch’s night life, Green park’s poshness, Camden Town’s craziness,shopping at Bond Street, late nights at Leicester square, the magic of winter wonderland and so much more. London has something to offer to everyone! No matter where you’re from and what language you speak, you will run into people from your motherland once you start looking at the right places! Being this one big crazy mixture of people from around the globe has it’s advantages too, in this case it was our favorite, The Food! World cuisine at the tap of an oyster card.

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Turkish Baklava at Greenwich market, London.

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Hola Paella at Covent Garden market serves mouth watering paella and sangria.

Eat Mexican at Wahaca, Korean at Bi Bim Bap, Italian at Carluccio’s, Spanish paella’s at Covent Garden Market, Indian at Masala Zone, Pakistani at Tayyab’s, and if you want all that in one place then we have the alltime favorite, Jimmy’s, pretty much everywhere! Not just food, London has got some amazing options for shopping from goth fashion shopping at Camden Town to uber posh, Old Bond Street for your LV’s and Gucci’s.

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Must visit Camden Town market if you’re in mood for some goth fashion and bargains. Beware, there are a few upscale boutiques here and there!

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If you’re looking for Chinese buffets this is where you should go.. London’s Chinatown in Soho.

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Top labels at Old Bond Street. If you’re not into top labels, this area is good for a stroll too. I bumped into Shah Rukh Khan here, maybe you would too! 😀

The city is super safe for girls too, and the people..oh the people.. So polite, so nice! If the world was ending and we had a few months to live, we’d choose to spend those precious moments in London! That’s how much we love it!

No matter how weird you are, there's always place for you in London!

No matter how weird you are, there’s always place for you in London!