Honey and Vanilla Cake

Ever since I have completed 30 Day's to better food photography course, I have learn't to stare, gaze and study the images online. Trying to understand why that wonderful image has been staged like that ?Is the feel rustic or fresh or white or colourful ? Why the Napkin has been twirled and twisted and not just neat ? Is the photographer trying to convey a casual feeling or a fine dining or just for fun or what else?
In an attempt to learn and understand , which is non stop learning curve , I never fail to visit one of my favorite photographer's blog -  Tartelette  by Helen Dujarin.
I owe a lot of my learnings to the book Plate to Pixel and some enhancements to her blog too. Gazing through different posts , I came across this post on Honey Vanilla Cake at her's. Totally loved it. Made them twice . In my second attempt , I reduced the flour by 1/4 of a cup. I had made this wonderful tea cake in March , but for some reasons I did not find time to draft a post for it .

Honey and Vanilla Cake

This healthy  tea cake caught my attention, since it had a portion of Honey in it. I have to admit ! I have never used honey in my baking .. and I was really curious how its going to taste in the bake .
Wonderful is an understatement .. Mild and a glory at Tea Time for sure.  You bet now , why I made it twice on consecutive days. The kids in the house loved it , but thats just one reason. I was no where convinced with my pictures the first day and the cake was all over. So I went to bake all over again and shot them !! Extremely pleased I did them all over again. Don't you think so ?? Have a look at the difference between the first set that's white and the new set in grey.

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When you hear words like Free From, Gluten Free, Nut Free , Dairy Free, yet offering delicious tasting food for all to enjoy , I really grew a bit curious !! How could one enjoy a range of tasty food,regardless of allergies,intolerances and dietary restraints ? Well the answer is COORI .
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Coori Free From | EventI could definitely not deny, when I received an email to attend a Cook Up event with COORI. I had no clue what to expect in there. There was a small bunch of people having a little chit chat and enjoying the delicacies , mostly Vegan and #FreeFrom. As I entered into Foodat52 Cookery School, the ambience was absolutely contemporary, welcoming and a feeling there is more to this. Hannah and her colleagues welcomed me warmly with a drink and giving me an intro to different cooked up dishes .

We were then given a brief about the cook up demonstration and hands on we were going to experience. I had never been to a cooking school , nor undergone any formal training..So this was really exciting !! As we walked down the stairs, there was huge table , spaced out cooking stations with neatly arranged ingredients just what was needed to cook. But what were we cooking ?? Totally clueless ! I had missed the first 5 minutes of briefing as I was busy shooting the contemporary lounge at Foodat52.

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Cauliflower is UK's kind of staple vegetable and you get them soo damn clean, fresh and in different sizes that one will be tempted to just grab them off the shelf. I was in just a random shopping spree to get them home ,even if we have just had it that week.


Sometimes we tend to get soo greedy too .. That day when I picked this humongous extra large veggie the price was the same as any other x small or small. And that week , we had Gobi Paratha , Pav Bhaji , still nearly more than half Cauliflower left. I had to make something of its own to finish them all.. and I made Cauliflower Curry.  Just dry . No Masala No Onion No Garlic.

Growing up in a family where 1 kilo of Onions can last for Two months..  Amma would personally not prefer to use Onions in a lot of curry, There was as such no restrictions , but somehow she never liked it much. Moreover its a No No  , if its Tuesday or a Friday. And if there is a festival around the corner, Amma would not buy them at all. Now you could imagine how and why Onions could last soo long in Amma's pantry.

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Beverage | Fresh Peach Lemonade


Growing up as my Mumma's little girl , I have been drooling and gulping on all kinds of  fruit juices , I like .. Orange and Musambi Juice was mean't to be had at the Juice Centre.. Off course who doesn't love the Sugar cane juice.. A visit to Malad station or weekly vegetable shopping is incomplete without Sugarcane Juice and some chat from our regular chat vendor.


In the month of summer , Amma /Appa would bring baskets of  Alphonso Mangoes and let them ripen under stacks of straw .. As Kids, impatiently we would move the fodder every now and then to check if its all done .. The moment Amma would ask one of us , my brother and myself would have a rush run to grab one ...carefully feeling if its slightly soft and the lively Yellow Color. Aaah and by chance if we spot any dark spotted on them , it would worry us .. and we would carry it to Amma.. But that would call for extra treat.. More slices , more Mango Juice or Mango Milkshake . Sometimes with dollops of White Vanilla Ice cream.. .. Slurp...
Then some Banana Milkshake .. ( I totally hate them ... ) Really cannot stand that fruit in anything...( but I do love the sweet Banana's roasted in jaggery) , Chickoo Milkshake.. , Watermelon Juice, Pineapple Juice and many more...


Remembered a period from my schooling, when I was moving up to Standard 10 , all gearing up for my big year, Amma and my brother had to travel to Bangalore... I was home with Appa for about 10 days.. The first time ever... But believe me . .we had such a fun tastic diet those 10 days.. I still cherish. As I vaguely remember ...


Wake up to Appa's extra dosed Sugar Coffee , Butter laddened Toasted Bread..  After returning from summer classes, I would have a course of Nei Rice and some Curd rice. Then again some Mango Milkshake treats with tons of ice cream during the day and night may be...  It was an awesome time... Every day would be a different treat... Thank you Appa..

Because when Amma would return , she would sort our meals with a right sort of balance of everything...  But now I  can totally relate to it...
As a mother of Two , I am always upfront saying " No "and "We have had enough this week and sooo forth..." whereas H doesn't leave a stance to pamper them wherever required.. It doesn't really mean, we don't enjoy the kiddo things any more or enough treats... Guess that's a Mommy's affair !!!

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Watermelon Juice - Summer coolant Drink

Water Melon Juice

Drinks mania continues... Something I did not expect to do it in a row :) During my Weekend Indian Grocer trip , the large sliced Watermelons caught my eyes.. I really don't know for what , but I kept debating with self, whether to buy or not to.. This fruit has been my absolute favorite in my Bangalore days.. Friends and family visiting home , would be treated to a virgin Water Melon Juice for sure , if not slices.. I remember getting a few cousins addicted to this hydrating fruit too..  But sadly after we moved to UK , ever since then , I have lost my addiction .. touch...
Only when the summer comes , do I get to spot this Green skinned with a red pulp fruit. My non stop banter within myself continued and finally I loaded a 2 Kg piece in my car. I had then realized, my missy has never been exposed to this..

Water Melon

As we unloaded the boot full of rarely found grocery - Lol  . I meant to say that we don't find it locally , she looks at this fruit , with a puzzled look asks me " What is it called Amma? " Gently slided her fringe of her face and said .. " Yummy Yumm - Water Melon ".. She looks at the seeds and says nah.. Seeds.. Shreya can't eat Watermelon seeds in them. I find it soo cute and innocent... Sliced a couple of pieces and got the seeds out ... and placed it in a plate for her. Seeing H and me drool and enjoy our slices, she picked her plate and tried her slices. Its tasty !!
WaterMelon Juice

Sometimes.. the need for the little ones to like something , but knowing the fact forcing is going to turn them off is total anxiety as parents. One successful Water Melon mission.
 The remaining One Kilo went into the blender and out came the Juice . Did I tell you the new set of glasses and the apparatus kind of bottle is my loot from the weekend car boot Sale ?

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