Celebrate Bandra

I really love what this sweet cultural festival does to Bandra each year. I have been living around the promenade for close to two decades now and so much has changed, but it’s so good to see how the residents around Bandra work together making it one of the better suburbs to live in. And, while Carter Road sees a lot of action through the year, I think Celebrate Bandra, now in it’s 8th year, is something I look forward to. I have been lucky to beĀ invited by the fine folks at Mcubed Library (if you haven’t got your kids enrolled there, you should. Check them out – http://mcubedlibrary.com) for the past few years to conduct baking workshops with the kids as part of the festival.

This year the entire theme was understanding mathematics in everyday life and so it was at my baking class. We made two kinds of cakes – one ‘without any proportions’ and one following a recipe. Such fun!

Of course, when we baked without proportions the kids added half a cup of baking powder and half a litre of milk and the cake was an utter disaster. But, then we made these perfect vanilla cupcakes with some delicious butter cream icing following a recipe and voila! they turned out perfect driving home the point of how important measurements are when it comes to baking and how every ingredient plays its part in making a yummy cake.

i love the happy faces and the zillion questions and I look forward to more and more of these every year.


A weekend of delicious coffee and food styling

I’ve known Amrita (Life Ki Recipe) and Shivesh (Bake With Shivesh) for a while now and I love their passion, love for food and all things good. So when they asked me for some cakes and cookies for a food styling workshop that they were planning I was most happy to bake for them. The icing on the cake was that the workshop was at Blue Tokai – a brand of coffee roasters who I have grown to respect tremendously. I’ve in the past hung out at their cafe over various meetings and watch them roast their beans as I sat there inhaling the delicious aromas of what I think is some of the best coffee available in this city. So to cut the long story short, I happily went to attend this food styling class with my bakes on perfect rainy day (read perfect coffee drinking day).

As a baker who is constantly putting her stuff out on social media, I was pretty happy with the tips and techniques that Shivesh and Amrita shared. But, the best part of the workshop was the hands-on project that they gave us to work on after they had theoretically explained what makes for a good shot. To help us understand photography better there was Assad who is amazing with the camera and he spoke to us about the role of light and angle; much needed for me.

Blue Tokai made the day even nicer by offering us a lot of coffee and a lovely sampler bag as well as a take away. Seriously, more power to them. They do have the best beans in town.