“Ca-shew” Like It!

A native of Brazil, the Cashew was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century. Though the other Portuguese imports such as potatoes, tomatoes and pineapples immediately caught the fancy of the Indian palate, the cashew took some time in coming into the limelight. Basically because the cashew was brought … Continue reading “Ca-shew” Like It!

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Easter: Celebrating Rebirth and Rejuvenation!

Easter is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which according to the New Testament occurred on the third day of his burial following his crucifixion. For many people the world over Easter is also a celebration of the spring season – the beginning of new life all around! In fact, the word Easter … Continue reading Easter: Celebrating Rebirth and Rejuvenation!

Hot Cross Buns!

Hot Cross Buns were baked in the medieval period as an offering to the Germanic goddess Eostre, the goddess of spring, as a celebration of Easter. A cross was marked on top of the bun symbolising the four phases of the moon and four seasons of the year. As per Christian tradition, the buns were … Continue reading Hot Cross Buns!

Chips ‘n’ Dips, Fix your Mix!

Though Dips first made their appearance on the world stage with hummus making its debut in the Middle East in the 13th century, and Chips joined much later – in 1953 with invention of the potato chips – it was a marriage made in heaven! And ever since, the love story of chips and dips … Continue reading Chips ‘n’ Dips, Fix your Mix!

Ugadi: A Celebration of Life!

Be it Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Goa, Yugadi in Karnataka, or Ugadi in Telangana and Andhra – all these festivals celebrate the beginning of the new year or the first day of the first month of Chaitra in the Hindu lunar calendar. Mythology has it that it was on this day that Brahma began to … Continue reading Ugadi: A Celebration of Life!

It’s a Scoop!

For a food stylist and photographer, ice cream is the most demanding of subjects to work with, fussy and almost like a diva; it will start melting under the lights even as you are wondering if you need a touch more shine on that cherry on top! So how then do you style an ice … Continue reading It’s a Scoop!

Holi re Holi, Purnachi Poli!

As is true of most festivals in India, Holi, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring, too is celebrated in diverse ways in various states of the country. Here is my experience of celebrating Holi in a village in interior Maharashtra and a recipe for making Puran Poli - a traditional Maharashtrian … Continue reading Holi re Holi, Purnachi Poli!