Chemicals or Calories & a bit about Natural Sweeteners

On 5th August, Sunday, I did a knowledge sharing session at the Small Bites Children Dental Clinic  The session covered aspects of how to explore the route to using natural and healthy forms of sweeteners. The focus when we speak about healthy eating in present times should link up to counting the Chemicals, not the Calories….

Giving it one last shot & Gluten-Free Jowar Coconut Almond Cookies

Sometimes all it takes is perseverance. Nothing else works. As a mother, I persevere each day to find pockets of calmness that I can then share with those around me. As a working woman who needs to work from home, I persevere to keep looking for those who realize that one’s life phase of motherhood…

Scaling up a venture & Wholewheat Chocolate Strawberry-Apricot Cake

How did you start your “venture” ? If you are a little bit like me, which means someone who takes it slow and steady ( and focuses on the l0w-investment channels !)  then its likely you might have followed the arduous route of trying whatever little you understood of social media marketing. That would mean –…

Christmas Baking Story 2 & Wholewheat Jowar Apricot & Almond Cookies

What does a child want ? Nothing in the world will be a perfect answer to that question. You will think it will be the “bigger” things – love, security, appreciation, family, education. You will also think that it could be the “smaller” things – toys, chocolates, candies, shoes, clothes. Well, I am not an expert…

The Caramel Cake with bold flavours of 3 natural sweeteners !

Just like you have Triple chocolate cakes or brownies or cookies, is there a way to have different natural sweeteners in one single cake? Tempted to pick a chocolate cake for this experiment just so that the chocolate masks the flavour if something was to go wrong? I was tempted to do that too. But I ended up doing the reverse – I picked a cake where the natural sweeteners will shine like the heroes of the bake and there will be no way to hide their actual taste. If anything, the flavours will be more pronounced and lingering. Why…

Healthy Sweeteners for Baking

Its time for the festivities to set in as they already have in all parts of the country – and as we all know, this is truly the best time of the year. Having worked in healthy baking for several years now, I am absolutely certain that while refined white sugar forms an integral part of so many sweets, it has almost zero nutrition value. We think it adds to the flavour, but experimenting with many natural and healthy sweeteners now, has taught me that most of them have amazing flavours as well and far more nutritious. So I thought…

Is Baking a science or an art?

Most people will tell you that baking is a science mainly because it is driven by proportions, measures, time specifications. But a few will tell you that it is part-science, part-art. Science when it comes to proportions of ingredients, art when it is about what the ingredients should be ! Science when it comes to following a recipe, art when it comes to creating one from scratch. There will always be those moments when the artist within you plays a bigger role or the scientist trumps the artist’s thought process. That is what makes baking fun and fulfilling for me….

How Festivals become alive and Gluten-Free Besan Nan-Khatais

I don’t recall how many festive seasons I have spent away from home (I know it should be easy to say my parents’ home, but the child in me still yearns to call it home). Sometimes I was away because of work or travel associated with that, sometimes because I didn’t get leave and sometimes, in hindsight I can admit that I didn’t think much about festivals being a big deal for me, 10-12 years ago. But those times away taught me a very significant thing – family and festivals are the joys of our heart and soul. So wherever…

Walks in local grocery stores result in Multi-grain Cane Sugar Biscuits/Sables

A post on my FB group on healthy baking – Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community, about forms of sugar and queries related to cane sugar as we find it in India, triggered this post. I remember strolling in the shop for my household grocery shopping. One of the things that I have imbibed from my mother is a keen interest in what the shelves contain, the new additions and variants – what can be tried out in cooking. Of course, as a child and even later when I accompanied her for this, it seemed like a tedious chore. But as I…