Where there is food there is a way!!

So I have never been a blogger, but I have always enjoyed reading a good blog. I always find myself pining on pinterest and searching for good food blogs. Being such an addict of pinterest, I sometimes wonder, how did I ever manage growing up in the era with no internet.... only cookbooks and cooking shows on TV? I remember scribbling away recipes from food shows on TV and never being able to find my notes when I wanted them. Today, finding a good recipe and saving it for future use is just a click away. During my one such quest, I came cross a very interesting article on seriouseats.com. It was an article by Tara Austen Weaver on "why cook book clubs should be the new way we entertain". Now, I know that the idea of cook book clubs aren't very new, but I had heard it for the first time and was quiet intrigued by it. The idea of this club was to get-together with friends who like to cook and eat and make receipes from the same cookbook. I was totally impressed by the writer and her idea and decided to start one of my own. I messaged a bunch of friends and got everyone excited to this thought. It was something to look forward too during the cold dreary winter months. Our club was to meet in the New Years, but thanks to mother nature who showered us with loads of snow, the club date kept getting pushed and shoved till I realized it was March and we hadn't had even one single meeting.  We finally met last weekend. The turnover wasn't as good as I expected but hey atleast it was a start! I picked a blog called Iamafoodblog. We picked some interesting dishes: potato spinach soup, quinoa salad, oven roasted crispy honey garlic tofu, holiday quinoa, miso dijon green bean salad, lemon raspberry scones, sirach roasted cauliflower, broccoli tots, shrimp asparagus pizza, scoobi doc pasta with burrata and tomatoes, taco pull apart bread. Quiet a spread I would say. Happiness is getting together with your girl friends and sharing your recipes over drinks, laughter and endless chit chat. Looking forward to many such Sunday afternoons!

sweet beginnings...

When people ask me what I do for a living, I like to say I am a stay at home mom turned self taught baker who never ever imagined that baking would become a profession. Having a science background and a degree in microbiology I always imagined myself working in a microbiology lab trying to change lives of people living around me. Well, I’ve heard all dreams never come true, but there is some truth when I say I wanted to change lives around me. I did that not my experimenting in the lab but by experimenting in my own kitchen.

I have always enjoyed cooking and trying out new cuisines. It was always my hobby to try out new exciting dishes but I was never a baker. I have enjoyed baking, but had never thought that this hobby would become my passion one day.

My real time baking experience started when we realized our daughter then 2 years old had severe allergies to eggs and nuts among many other food items.  It was hard enough traveling with her, attending birthday parties used to be a torture for her and for me. I decided to try baking eggless cakes, which I could carry with me to any given party.  It used to work out just fine till she started growing up. Who would choose a simple piece of dull looking cake over an exciting, colorful birthday cake?  My journey into the cake world thus started!! My daughter eventually did outgrow her egg allergies but I continued to bake. Baking became somewhat of a passion for me. Even the most exciting vanilla or chocolate cake can get boring after a point. This was the time to experiment new flavors and fillings to give the same old cake a whole new makeover. 

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