DIY Thursdays – Lemon Curd

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I am out and out a lemon person. I like it in my drinks or as a condiment with Indian food – a yellow dal curry with freshly squeezed lemon juice is consumed by the bucket with hot rotis just off the stove. So lemons are a necessity in my kitchen.

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Literary Lashings: Turkish Delight

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I got introduced to the world of real fantasy rather late in life. As a kid, I grew up reading Enid Blyton, Hans Christian Andersen and little anecdotes from Hindu mythology and that was my world of fantasy. And all of a sudden, I was 17 surrounded by peers talking about fantasy books that were unheard of by me.

I felt uninformed and negligent. So I wanted to catch up with what I had been missing out on and I was introduced to a whole new world of fantasy, thanks to a few friends, you know who you are.

 

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mango Gelée

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Owning a dessert blog means refrigerator full of sweet things every single day. I mean, there are just two of us at home after all. After consuming some of it ourselves and sending some to Pavan’s office, there are still leftovers.

So I am extremely happy when friends come over and everything is polished off; morsels of grasshopper pie were left and my watermelon ice-pops were devoured, much to their nonexistence.

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Nigella’s Grasshopper Pie

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I’ve always wanted to visit a good old fashioned American diner, sit by the open kitchen on one of those tall bar stools and order a nice cheesy burger with fries on the side and to finish off, a fat sliver of pie, probably cherry pie; I just love the look of gleaming cherry oozing out of a perfect piece of pie.

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DIY Thursdays: Homemade Crème de menthe

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I’ve always had this uncontrollable need to consume Crème de menthe (a sweet mint flavoured liqueur) after watching the Hercule Poirot series on TV and I am not even that much of a mint person. I think it’s the poison ivy green that fascinated me.

Then I watched an episode of Nigella’s Kitchen “Inspiration Everywhere” where she makes this decadent-looking Grasshopper Pie – something about those luscious ripples of pale green cream against that dark chocolate tart base was so attractive that I wanted to immediately make it. The pie drew me closer to the elusive, green liquid; there is no grasshopper without crème de menthe.

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Watermelon Icepops

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Pink watermelon crescents and hills made out of mangoes everywhere, parched souls wetting their tongues with sugarcane juice, jam-packed beaches and the much desirable cold showers right before bed – I share a love-hate relationship with Indian Summers.

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No-bake Jackfruit Cheesecake Bites

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Disclaimer: The world is divided into two sets of people, those who love jackfruit and those who hate jackfruit. There are no in-betweens when it comes to this opium of a fruit! If you hate jackfruit this recipe is not for you!

image I was this kid who loved to have fruit salad with vanilla ice cream. A medley of fruits would be generously topped over a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream and sometimes my mother would put a few cubes of jelly on it and that was the typical Sunday, post-lunch dessert at home. Not much has changed now – I still love incorporating fruits into my desserts; give me a bowl of vanilla ice cream with freshly cut mangoes, I am the happiest person in the world.

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