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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Butter Garlic Prawns

Do you tend to associate places with food? I always do! Whether it is a dish the place is famous for or something I discovered for the first time while traveling or something I ate during a memorable trip – all of these give me great food memories.

Goa, for me, will always be associated with butter garlic prawns. Yes there is tons of other delicious food in Goa (like the prawn curry, recheado etc) but I was first introduced to the wonder of butter and garlic together in Goa. So it will always be special 🙂

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Ginger Lemon Honey Cake

Good ol’ chai (with milk) is a great comfort giver at most times. But there is another version of tea which gives me extra special joy – delicious ginger lemon honey tea! Many associate this with chilling in the hills, others with being sick and some think of it as a more of a rainy day tea. It is all these and more! It is light, delicious, aromatic, warm and comforting – all in one steaming cup ❤️

This cake takes the three main flavours and combines them into a moist, tender, beautiful cake.

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