Raising the bar

 Ferrero Rocher bars

First things first. I’m happy (actually euphoric) to share with my readers that I’m now a blogger for Vogue, India. Last week, I got an invitation from their team to join the website’s blogger programmee.  In true Vogue style, the girls sent me a few badges to choose from (in case something didn’t co-ordinate with my website’s background).  I picked the one in brilliant yellow and just like that, I am now a blogger for Vogue.

Because all good things are incomplete without chocolate, I made something to for us to celebrate with.

Ferrero Rocher is something that I’ve been obsessed with ever since I school. When visiting cousins got me a box of this spherical chocolate from abroad, I made frequent trips to the refrigerator under the guise of drinking cold water. And within a day or two, a box of sixteen would magically disappear.

Now, Rochers are easily available in my city, but I still feel that joy when I throw open the golden, crinkled wrapper. The whoosh of hazelnut cream is almost addictive and I always secretly wished that it came with a little more.

Today, I set my own Rochers in bar form and to fulfil that little wish (on a good day like this), I  slathered them generously with smooth hazelnut cream.  Continue reading

Mad baker’s tea party

Chocolate and jalapeño brownies with sticky toffee cheese fondue

There are days when I adore subtle flavours that loiter around for a few seconds and make a quick exit. Like a pulpy, pink strawberry icecream or a lemon sorbet. At one moment you feel the burst of fruit and the other, there is only that calming coolness. And there are days when strong, lingering flavours, catch my fancy – like a cold wasabi or basil icecream.

Today, I wanted something of the later kind. When I mixed jalapeño with my regular brownie batter, the result was quite fascinating. At first, the brown, innocuous pieces seemed just like another cake – chocolaty and sweet. But a few seconds after biting into its gooey exterior, a jolt of zingy jalapenos shakes your palate. Since the flavour refuses to budge, I tamed it with a sticky toffee cheese fondue. Continue reading