a little note. prepping the nursery.

The crib is set up once again. Kabir’s old crib and current bed will now be little baby boo2’s! Life’s little circles? πŸ™‚ Set it next to our bed, just like Kabir’s was before. 

Another few days and it’ll have a tiny little thing lying in it next to me…and we can’t wait. ❀️ 

Kabir for one has been praying every night to God to send his baby sister soon now. I mean it is already December!!!πŸ˜„ The first thing he had to say the morning of first December was…”Mamma!!! It’s December…has the baby come out?!” πŸ˜„πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸŽ„ This little one isn’t really in a hurry to face the world outside though! Unlike Kabir who was out the minute I turned full-term, this one is still laying low at end of week 38 now…😊

in pictures. cooking and baking with my sous chef..and The chocolate cake…

On weekends, when the house is quiet, we bake. (Provided we have all the ingredients at home!πŸ˜„) My sous chef being my  4 year old son. “Mamma can I …?” “I want to break the egg!” A happy mess of flour and sticky hands. Standing next to me on a stool pulled up to the work surface. 

From when he was barely able to walk, he’s been around me when I’m cooking in the kitchen. Then, I would hand him a few veggies in a pan and hand him a spatula. And he’d be happily cooking away πŸ™‚

Now he demands to be a part of the process! I’m going to do it…And so, I take his hands and I try and teach him to break an egg and mix and fold. His favourite part being licking off the leftover batter πŸ˜„ And then he waits patiently for the cake to get done! 

So finally here goes the recipe for my go to chocolate cake..made special by all these times that we’ve baked it together and then gorged it together! And ofcourse the…”mmmmmmmm…. Mamma it’s yummy!!” “You are the best!”
After experimenting with a few recipes, this one is pretty much fool proof. πŸ™‚ 

The Best Chocolate Cake

The Chocolate Cake combines cocoa and coffee to create a chocolate lover’s dream. A simple ganache recipe to top it makes it perfect!

This cake is dark, moist, rich and incredibly decadent! 
The Best Chocolate Cake
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sugar (I like my cake less sweet, you can add more if you prefer)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Hershey’s or Cadburys work great. 

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon sea-salt

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup strong black coffee (I use nespresso pods)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract (purer the better)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350Β°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan. (Or simply use a size you have, you can cut in half after its cool and frost as you desire.) Set aside.

In the bowl combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sieve the cocoa and flour, so it has no lumps. Mix with a spoon, until dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.

In another bowl mix the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes; slowly add the dry ingredients and beat again. The batter will be thin.

Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Frost as desired. This cake pairs beautifully with a simple chocolate ganache. You can also do a chocolate butter cream frosting if you prefer!

So there it is…for all those I promised the recipe to:) Try it and let me know! 😘

in pictures. Old world charm…

The old world charm of putting flowers in your hair in a bun… something so nostalgic and lovely about it. In south India it’s quite the tradition, to infact put flowers in your hair (mostly jasmine) every morning after a bath! Though I don’t indulge in that luxury every day…in this festive time of the year, I did..And it felt lovely! Coupled with the bright pink of my Nicobar kurta, it was a match made in heaven 😍 

I don’t know if it’s just me…but the impromptu shoot on the day of Bhai Dooj, of the three of us (couldn’t manage to get both the boys together sadly:() somehow reminds me of old oil paintings… And I love the feeling! Always a sucker for all things old and vintage…✨✨✨ 

On me:

Kurta from Nicobar

Pants from Manan

Earrings from Amrapali at Good Earth
Chappals-Gift from husband from a recent trip to Ahmedabad πŸ™‚ 
On Kabir:
Kurta and churidars from Anokhi

in pictures. I am a zombieeee….

So this is the third year for Kabir dressing up for Halloween for school. And every year we ask him what he wants to be and then try our best to turn him into that character or object to the best of our ability!!!

The first time round he wanted to be a rocket and he was…the most cutest adorable lil rocket ever! The second year …he was his favourite character ever …The Hulk!!! While the rocket needed some bit of our creativity, hulk was easy with a ready costume from H&M and his favourite hulk hands to …SMASSHH!!!

This year was more special…Kabir decided he wanted to be a zombie! He has this thing for zombies and monsters and ghosts and Dracula… and everything scary and dark! So well…a zombie he became! Woke up super excited to get dressed as a zombie… while daddy took up the task to create his bloody t-shirt, my job was the make up! For which he sat so patiently..only occasionally squirming when I was covering his eyes with Kajol! πŸ˜„ After a good hour or so of hard work with red paint, water colour and a hair dryer, dads master piece of a t-shirt was ready!! Meanwhile I was at it on the make-up! Kajol, my wine red lip-stick, concealer and some white paint did the trick! His reaction when he saw his face was just priceless!!! How happy someone can be to look sooooo scary!!!πŸ˜‚ The last bit was the hair and voila we had a zombie in the house!!! He was totally in character in school too…with the whole walk and talk… “I aaammmmm a zombieeeeeee….” “I’m coming to eaaaaatttt yooouuuuuuuuu….!!!””

To see him so happy was so satisfying! We did rock as parents a one hundred percent as Kabir would say it! 😍😘😘😘

Happy Halloween 2016 y’all!!πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»

in pictures.Dussehra celebrations in white…Β 

Continuing the festive season dress up… for Dussehra this time. Celebrating the victory of goodnover evil dressed in white as family. Celebrated in different ways across India. Though I missed Kabir seeing the burning of the effigies which happens in the northern part of India. But we celebrated it with tikka and gifts, from Sapan’s side of the family. And it was wonderful…

in pictures. a bump and stripes…

Time till here has flown by…quite literally. I’m in my week 29 and so close to my full term…!!! The moving tummy and jabs from this hyper active one now constantly reminding me of what’s to come πŸ™‚ The lil one has been really considerate and not given me too hard a time at all up until now…maybe saving it all for when she’s out?! πŸ˜„ The best part by far has been Kabir and his reactions… He is just so thrilled to be a big brother that he can’t wait! “Is the baby coming tomorrow?!” “No Kabir you have to wait till it’s Christmas time:)” “Can Christmas come soon?!” He is the one talking to his lil baby sister to be all the time! And oh ya..he’s just decided it’s a baby sister coming…his logic being he already has a baby brother!! His now almost 1 year old nephew-Sammy bear! So for his sake I really hope it’s a lil baby girl baking in there! 😍 But then I know he’ll be the best big brother either which way! I mean he already sings to her…talks to her..showers her with kisses ALL the time! I’m sure she’s going to come out loving him the most! ☺️☺️☺️ His and our Christmas present of a lifetime!!! 

In pictures. Onam dress up…

It’s always so much fun to dress up for festive occasions! And with friends from all parts of India, the opportunities are aplenty! This time round was for Onam lunch at  Mally friends home..

A lovely lavish spread eaten on banana leaves sitting on the floor. With the men first serving the women and than the reverse…