Simple Orange Cake

Oranges are to eat or to make juice out of, right?

Wrong!:)

Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve been lucky enough to have tried food from many different cities/countries and have watched a ton of food shows to feel like I know more than I actually do 🙂 A big part of this ongoing food adventure is learning how ingredients can be used in so many different ways, especially when it’s not something you’ve grown up with. Oranges are one such ingredient. They can be used in so many sweet as well as savoury ways and are a part of many different cuisines. They are used in sauces, with protein, in dessert, in salads – you name it. I’ve used them in brownies before and that chocolate and orange combination was fantastic!

This time I’ve used them in their simplest form to make an easy orange cake with a light orange syrup. Buttery, spongey, orangey and delicious!

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Punjabi Chicken Curry

Being from Delhi, I have grown up around my fair share of Punjabis. And one of the biggest perks of that has got to be the amaaazing food I got to eat! Whether it was birthdays, random get togethers, sleepovers, quick catch-ups : there has always been great food on hand! Always!

A staple at special events is usually a nice, thick chicken curry. Perfect to be mopped up with naan and then to be licked off the fingers 🙂 I have tried to recreate that feeling with this recipe. It is definitely yums in the tums and very reminiscent of Delhi ❤️

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Easy Coconut Cake

Growing up, coconut was not a major part of my diet, except for the occasional coconut chutney with Dosa or idlis and of course the copious amount of coconut water I used to drink. However, in my teen years I discovered coconut cookies, Thai curry, coconut rice…the works. The many beautiful ways in which coconut can be used in food, in both sweet and savoury form.

As I started cooking for myself and moved to Bombay, Hyderabad and now Bangalore, coconut became something I saw more of and ate more of. It is super versatile and I really want to learn more ways to incorporate this into my diet.

As always, when I like something, I tend to first veer towards the dessert route of cooking with it 🙂 This summer, when it was crazily hot in Bangalore, I baked this beautiful, simple coconut cake with a light whipped cream. It’s a slice of summer 🙂

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Peanut Butter & Jam Blondies

A lot of my food knowledge and inspiration comes from the vast amount of reading and TV show watching I did as a kid (the TV show bingeing continues even now but reading has sadly taken a backseat). From Enid Blytons to Nancy Drew and even Sweet Valley, I read them all! While the stories were great, the way food was described was especially spectacular! I really wanted to be part of those picnics, the after school hang outs, the midnight snacks..you name it, I wanted to be there!

One snack that was written about very often in the American books was the Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich. It seemed to be every child’s go to after school snack and sounded very intriguing to me. Peanut butter was not a common thing for us growing up, but we got it a few times and then I tried it just the way the kids in the books did. Mind was blown! Sweet, salty, crunchy and delicious – this was a magical flavour combo! It’s become one of my favourite things to have over the years and this recipe takes that sandwich and amps it up in dessert form 🙂

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