Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies

So,

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I’m gonna agree that these cookies have been sitting in my archive folder for as long as I can remember {2 months to be precise}. The thing is, I was toying around with my camera. You see, I’m not the best with technology and so, I take a LOT OF TIME to get familiar with particular camera features. Now I’ve read extensively on Google about white balance and how it is important for food photography. And 2 months ago I used to photograph in a completely DIFFERENT SETTING. Truth be told, I’m gonna be laughed at but don’t judge me I’m learning! I had no idea about lighting and no matter how many times I read about aperture and shutter speed, I just couldn’t get my head around it!

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So, I ended up shooting in the Custom White balance mode. In the camera’s LCD it looked like a million bucks. Then I took my USB chord and transferred images into my laptop.

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Tea Tasting at Cafe Zoe

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So, I guess I’m supposed to take lessons in Time Management because I have so much to do and I am finding it very difficult to juggle between blogging and studying! {Did I mention I have less than 6 days for my University exams? } *bites nails nervously*

But for now, I’m not gonna bore you with all the soppy melodrama of college life. Because I’m sharing my experience at the tea tasting event that I was sooooooo excited about! ๐Ÿ˜€

I know I’m 2 weeks late but I am so excited ! I hope your gonna enjoy this too!

So, this event was organized by Splenda, which is a zero calorie sweetener. And along with that there was this amazing lady – Radhika Batra Shah of Radhika’s Fine teas.

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The event began essentially with a tea ceremony. This tea ceremony was, to say the least, a very enriching experience. to out it in Radhika’s words, it was tea from the gardens to our cups. fresh, organic and very very refreshing and if you are someone who cannot do without sugar in your tea, you can get a little healthier and have Splenda instead. Trust me when I say this, a mere pinch is more than enough! It adds instant sweetness without any calories!

My partner is crime, Karishma Shah {Click here to see her blog} and I were sooooo excited for this event that was held in Cafe Zoe, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

There I met another blogger friend Purabi Naha and we 3 have gelled pretty well since! ๐Ÿ™‚

The tea ceremony began with a morning tea, called the Longjing tea. The best part about this tea ceremony was that it was served with a food pairing that would go excellently well with the tea in question.

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So, this is what this amazing Chinese breakfast tea was served with.

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My experience at the pre-launch party of IFBA 2013 and Masala Library

Warning: Today's post is gonna have MANYYYY PICTURES.
So, if you end up with unsatiable cravings...DO NOT BLAME ME! :D

Exactly 7 days ago, at precisely this time I was getting ready for one of the most happening events that I was gonna attend in my food blogging life ever!

I know I had told you about some events in my last post, but this event totally took me by surprise and at the moment when I was least expecting, an invite popped into my inbox and Mr. Sameer Malkani of Food Blogger’s Association Indiaย invited me for a pre-launch party for the IFBA 2013 blogging awards and the most happening place in the’burbs Masala Library, which was to open doors to the people the following day!

Was I happy? Totally.

Was I over the moon? OVER THE ENTIRE CELESTIAL WORLD I MUST SAY!

Don’t judge me, it was a huge moment for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

Did you think I was gonna think twice before agreeing? I read the mail and ran to my wardrobe to pick out some stuff for the partaaaay!

And when I reached the place? Man, I was blown away!!!!!!!

Okay I gotta riddle for you!

What happens when you take Indian inspired food, add an international twist to it and wrap everything into this wonder called MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY!?

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Okay, I’ll tell you!

MASALA LIBRARY IS BORN!

So, I’m sure you wanna know the amazinggggggggg food I had there, don’t you?

It was in true words, a GASTRONOMIC CELEBRATION!

From an assortment of meats and veggies, to poppadom servced with various dips! Gahhhhddd!!! I salivate just at the though of it!

So, I’m gonna take you on a picture journey and make you salivate too.

‘Cause I’m evil like that! ๐Ÿ˜€

{Evil Laugh}

different types of poppadoms with 8 different kinds of dips

{the Wasabi one was my favouriteeeeee}

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An assortment of nuts {cashews and almonds} in a salty, sweet, tangy spice powder.

Heaven!!!

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This here is a spicy paneer {cottage cheese} in a lovely tangy-spicy sauce on a crisp pastry base.

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A spicy mutton gravy on a lovely mini-paratha

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A lovely pesto kebab on the side with a Parmesan crisp! Ohhhhh YUMM!

The two stuffed flat breads ย {parathas} : One’s corn and the other’s mushroom.

There were two more in the non-vegetarian category {Prawn and egg}

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The first time I ever ate crabs!

The soft shell crab 65! the pink pearls you see there? They are pink peppercorns!!! They are amazingly subtle and not spicy. Amazing !

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This…

My friends is something so unique I lovedddd the idea behind it!

Lemme try to explain.

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This right here is a sphere of yogurt and has an amazing blend of chaat spices and some tamarind chutney. It’s topped with some gram flour vermicelli and a pomegranate seed. Then, there is this lovely crisp rectangular pastry.

The yogurt needs to be kept cold at all times… so guess what they did?

Yeah, I’ve got a .gif for that! ๐Ÿ˜€ {No biggie. just sayin’}

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So, its a shot glass… You need to pop that spehere in your mouth and then there is a bursttttt of flavours in your mouth! Soooo fabulous! I couldn’t resist it!

HAD 2… LIKE A BOSS!

NOWWWWWW DESSERTSSSSS!!!!!! Ahhhh No meal is complete without ’em, right?

This right here is called the ghevar cheesecake.

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This is sooooo creative!!!

It’s called the jalebi caviar with a saffron foam and pistachio dust!

this is CLASSIC INDIAN DESSERTS WITH A TWIST!

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THIS RIGHT HERE is the dessert platter

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There’s a paan pasand candy floss and a mishti doi lollipop!!

So, I’m sure I have taken you on a culinary journey already!

If this was just a glimpse of what this heavenly place has to offer? Imagine the lovely fair that they’ll have eh?

Head over to Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra… This is their Facebook page..Go LIKE and make your reservations today!

Finally, Imma end this post with A BIGGGGGGG THANK YOU TO MR. SAMEER MALKANI FOR ACTUALLY INVITING ME TO THIS LOVELY PLACE! FBAI is India’s largest community of food bloggers and food stylists, writers and all things food. Go LIKE their Facebook Page NOW and bring out the foodie in you

love

xx

Yogurt and Fruit Parfait Popsicles

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Back-to-back blog update???

Are you even alright SAMINA PATEL!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Yuuussssss!!!! I’m totally alright! I’m just soooooo excited to share this recipe with you guys!

Like seriously, I have a backlog of nearly 4-5 recipes that I haven’t shared yet and this one was the most recent.

It was supposed to go online towards the end of the month

but

But

BUT!!!!!!!!!!!

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How to make Puff Pastry – a step-by-step .gif guide

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So,

I hope you guys remember the .gif tutorial that I had promised for this amazing buttery, crisp layered puff pastry!

Here I am, bringing you a simple guide to make the puff pastry!

It’s a short post but I’m compensating for it by posting an amazinggggggg breakfast recipe in a bit!

So, all the ingredients for this puff pastry can be found HERE!

Looking for some ideas to use this puff pastry??? POP IN HERE ย and you will enjoy it! {I hope}

 

This is suchhhhh an amazing recipe! and very very versatile! You can use it for making puff pastry parcels with a spicy meat or veg filling, you could add something sweet like just plain dark chocolate chunks {heaven}, mille fuilles and sooooooo many things! You can even make a galette with it! {Oh My God, yeah! That’s a good idea, isn’t it?}

So, here’s what you do….

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