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Xmas Special: Christmas Kransekake
Standing 18 rings high, adorned with royal icing, and topped with a fondant star – this almond cookie-cake tower makes for one lofty and eye-catching Christmas centrepiece. We served our Christmas Kransekake with glasses of warm, homemade mulled wine (recipe included) to dunk the cookies. Together, they’re a Christmas miracle!
Winter Special: Gajar ka Halwa
With Delhi red carrots currently in season, it’s the perfect time to make Gajar ka Halwa or Indian carrot pudding. My recipe is a no-frills one, and uses just 5 ingredients. But because it’s paired with a creamy no-churn pistachio ice cream and crunchy cardamom lace tuile, it goes from predictable seasonal fare to culinary haute couture.
Featured Recipe: Bhog’er Khichuri
Made with roasted moong dal and fragrant Gobindobhog rice, this savoury porridge is a labour of love and requires a fair number of ingredients and time. Don’t be intimidated! The effort is 100% worth it. Accompanying the khichuri is a sweet tomato chutney and crunchy bitter gourd chips. Make the entire ensemble for the ultimate comforting meal.
Get the finest ingredients you can afford. Sometimes, really outstanding products can be found locally and sourced easily. Experiment and do your research. That silky couverture chocolate bar might be tucked away in Bangalore rather than Brussels.
Have no fear
You’re looking for a treat, not a cheat. When you skimp on fat content and sugar quantities, you pretty much sacrifice taste. If you take the time and effort to create something from scratch, why not strive for maximum flavour and receive the biggest payoff?
Take. Your. Time.
Save the shortcuts and hacks for your daily dishes. Weekends are for leisurely strolls through recipes. Knead that dough for a full 15 minutes. Simmer that sauce for 2 whole hours. How much time you put in is key to how much flavour you will bang out.