Christmas, Calcutta, and Cake

Yesterday, we examined the basics of cake science, understanding the role each ingredient plays in the making of a simple pound cake. With the basics sorted, let’s crank the level up a notch. I like to think of Christmas cake as a glorified pound cake, since the technique and science remains the same, with the…

Anatomy of a Pound Cake

Nothing says Christmas in Kolkata more than the Christmas cake. With places like Nahoum’s and Flury’s overflowing with cakes and crowds, the plum cake has a much more ubiquitous presence here as compared to other Western seasonal favourites like roast dinner and eggnog. This Christmas, we will take a good look at this seasonal treat…

Baking 101 (Part 4)

We’ve reached the final part of baking month and the final instalment of the baking talk with Nodee di. This time we talk primarily about recipes and inspiration, just what the beginner baker needs to get going. We hoped you enjoyed this collab as much as we did making it. Utsav:  How strictly do you…

Baking 101 (Part 3)

So far, we’ve gone through the basics of baking equipment, along with some ingenious hacks of making whipping cream and cream cheese at home. This time, we talk about a trio of ingredients which don’t do well with compromise, ingredients you need to specially stock up for the baking pantry and without which you’d miss…

Baking 101 (Part 2)

In Part 1, I commenced my conversation with Nodee di with why baking excites both of us and then talked about ovens, especially how the microwave oven can be easily used to create amazing bakes. This time, we move into more equipment and ingredients… Utsav:  Let’s move on to hardware, as Alton Brown from Good…

Baking 101 (Part 1)

The Gourmet Glutton turns 1 this week, which calls for something special,  and this is a really special series. I’ve talked about Nodee Chowdhury on my blog before, the amateur baker with a penchant for healthy twists to decadent classics. Check out my Undercover Veggies article if you haven’t done so already. I decided to…

Butter Basics

My blog tends to deal more with the theoretical, nerdy aspect of food, stuff that (I hope) makes for an interesting read but rarely ever translates to practical tips for the kitchen. It’s time to mix things up, and devote an entire month to something more practical. All August, we’ll be dealing with home baking….

Going Bananas

After reading my article on Nose to Tail eating a couple of weeks back, one of my friends said “I wish you had written a little bit more about the veggies. Also, I can’t believe you missed the banana. There is no better example of nose to tail cooking in the vegetarian world than the…

Undercover Veggies

“Eat your veggies or you can’t have dessert”, might be one of the most common threats made at the dinner table. Indeed, dessert is everything that vegetables are not: it is sweet, it is delicious, and it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside; while veggies, especially if made poorly, tend to be bland,…