Recipes and Travel Stories

September 23, 2007

small cakes

apple and cinnamon crumble muffin
anana cakes with double chocolate chips
aramel cakes
chocolate chip muffins
chocolate hazelnut entremet
chocolate valentino cake
honey lavender madeleines
lemon poppy seed muffins
nutella cakes
raspberry yoghurt teacake
red velvet cupcakes
triple chocolate cake with hazelnuts
vanilla, brown butter madeleines
white chocolate oreo cupcakes

big cakes

apple crumb cake
uttery cinnamon cake
innamon cake with caramel apples
chocolate cake
chocolate-chocolate cake
chocolate brownie, cheesecake white chocolate cake
chocolate cherry cake
chocolate hazelnut marbled cake
cookies and cream cheesecake
dulce de leche cake with vanilla bean
double chocolate fudge cake
german apple cake
gianduja roulade
hazelnut cheesecake
nutella cake
pear and ginger cake with walnuts
strawberry and raspberry roll cake
upside down apple cake

loaf cakes

banana bread with chocolate
banana bread, chocolate chip and crystallised ginger
bay leaf milk cake
lueberry almond cake
blood orange and olive oil cake
chocolate chestnut loaf cake
chocolate chip pound cake
crusty hazelnut
lavender milk cake
pistachio, almond and chocolate chunk loaf

tray bakes

blueberry crumb bars
carrot cake
double chocolate truffle brownie

nigel slater’s 24 carat brownies
snicker bars

petit fours

honey lavender madeleines
chocolate macarons
passion fruit macarons

biscuits and crackers

almond florentines
black forest cookies
brownie cookies
buttery buckwheat cacao nib cookies
cheddar cheese biscuits (american-style)
chocolate chip cookies
chocolate chip cookies (the famous nyt recipe)
chocolate chip shortbread
chocolate filled cookies
double chocolate cookies
fleur de sel biscuits
flourless hazelnut cookies
lavender shortbread
linzer cookies
milan cookies
graham crackers
hazelnut butter biscuits
hazelnut biscuits
hazelnut shortbread with cacao nibs
nutella pinwheel cookies
olive and rosemary crackers
olive oil crackers
rosemary, walnut and brown sugar cookies
sugar cinnamon palmiers

tarts, pies and all that


apple crumble
apple galette
apple pie pockets
apple tarte tatin
apricot and rosemary crumble
chocolate caramel tartlets
chocolate tart – rich and creamy
chocolate toffee tarts
creamy oreo pie
fig tart with vanilla frangipane
nutella oop tarts
quince crumble
simple apple pie
strawberry pop tarts
strawberry rhubarb tarts
strawberry tartlets


caramelised garlic tart
corn and spinach quiche
zucchini and onion tart

more sweet things

baked vanilla yoghurt
baklava: walnut, almond and pistachio
banana coconut and chocolate
chocolate chip bread pudding
chocolate truffles
chocolate mousse
cinnamon sugar churros
gianduja soup
homemade marshmallows
passionfruit truffles
sticky vanilla and coconut rice pudding
strawberry raspberry eton mess
vanilla meringues

toasties and tartines

avocado toast
apricot and rosemary tartines
chocolate, seasalt and olive oil

ice-creams, sorbets and frozen yoghurts

fergus henderson’s chocolate ice cream
guava sorbet(without ice cream maker)
oreo cookie ice-cream
pink cherry frozen yoghurt
strawberry frozen yoghurt (without ice cream maker)
strawberry sorbet


buckwheat pancakes (blinis)
asparagus, mint and mushroom frittata
chocolate chip banana pancake
corn pancakes
mulberry yoghurt
peanut pancakes (the way they make it at Imbi market in Kuala Lumpur)
strawberry butter and biscuits
waffles with mango and honey


cinnamon sugar pretzels
cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread
chocolate cinnamon babka
danish braids
fluffiest cinnamon sugar rolls
garlicky herb twists
grape and rosemary focaccia
kouign amann
parisian brioche
pesto bread rolls
pistachio, apricot and cardamom kugelhopf
potato dill bread
rosemary and garlic oil focaccia
rye sourdough
sticky cinnamon buns
tomato and rosemary docaccia
zucchini and thyme pizza

lunch or dinner

ajiaco + patacón
chicken in black bean sauce with fried rice
corn and mint risotto
grilled chicken and vegetable pasta
lime and mint kebabs
hazelnut crusted lamb chops
moules en papillote
risotto with pine nuts and vegetables
potato gnocchi with tomato sauce
roast chicken with balsamic vegetables
sage garlic butter gnocchi
six cheese mac and cheese
stuffed eggplants
three cheese risotto
three pepper spaghetti carbonara
za’atar and feta pizza
zucchini and goat’s cheese pizza


egg sandwich


colourful carrot Salad
green bean and fennel salad
jerusalem artichoke salad
lingiuni with cherry tomatoes, pecorino and arugula
pear and beetroot salad
puntarella alla romana
tomato, basil and mozzarella salad
wild rice salad


butternut squash, pine nuts and parmesan
caramelised corn and mint
cream cheese stuffed peppers
crispy roasted potatoes with garlic, lemon and sage
figs stuffed with goat cheese
fried bombay duck
garlicky baked fries
garlicky herb twists
herb butter mushrooms with smoked mozzarella
herbed purple potatoes
hasselback potatoes
marinated eggplant with garlic and herbs
mushroom and rosemary farro with walnuts
mushrooms with bacon and sage
parmesan roasted broccoli
sundried tomato bruschetta
zucchini bruschetta


apple chips
candied ginger
candied orange peel
cinnamon sugar popcorn
ginger and honey roasted almonds
oven-dried tomatoes
Pparmesan and thyme roasted almonds
roasted chestnuts
spice infused grapes
thyme toasted pecans


hot chocolate (creamy, and thick almost like Angelina’s)
ginger ale
lemongrass cooler
mango lassi
raspberry lemonade
rhubarb ginger fizz
rhubarb and lemongrass cooler
strawberry and watermelon slushie
strawberry lassi


sindhi curry and aaloo tuk

sauces, jams, dips, condiments and pickles


caramel sauce
cinnamon butter
dulce de leche
peach and cherry jam with vanilla bean
raspberry jam
strawberry and apple jam
strawberry butter
strawberry coulis


basil pesto
cranberry sauce
fig, walnut and honey cheese
garlicky hummus
marinated sweet peppers
pickled palapeños
pecorino, pistachio and parsley pesto
raw mango relish
roasted garlic and onion jam
spicy mango chutney
tomato basil sauce


candied ginger
clean a squid
cut an artichoke
dulce de leche
Flavoured Salts
garlic infused olive oil
grow lemongrass
hazelnut extract
handmade pasta
homemade mascarpone
oven-dried tomatoes
make paneer
pickled rhubarb
strawberry butter
vanilla sugar
vanilla extract and vanilla sugar


fresh hazelnuts
vanilla beans


the flavour thesaurus
the sharper your knife the kess you cry


new york city

24 hours of eating in brussels

lake district
a postcard

borough market
broadway market
favourite places (While I was studying at Le Cordon Bleu)
street eats

lyme regis
town mill bakery

3 days in dublin

pretty windows
provolone valpadana

florence  gelato tour

siena, italy

campo de’ fiori
how to cut an artichoke
eating in rome
postcard from rome
rome gelato tour

kuala lumpur
peanut pancakes at imbi market

eating in lisbon
tiles of lisbon

beautiful barcelona
la boqueria market, barcelona
locals at la boqueria

zurich oerlikon market


angelina, Paris
9 fun things I did in paris
joel thiebault: the french market gardener
le cheateuabriand, paris
marché des producteur des payes
paris (Orangefoodie!)
where to shop: everything a cook needs

marché place de zurich
3 days in strasbourg

living in france
eating oysters
fresh hazelnuts
hello, butternut squash!
marché place des fêtes
mon quartier
love thy fromager
of copper pots and making memories

studying at le cordon bleu
all you need to know about culinary school
how to go to le cordon bleu on a scholarship
life as a culinary student at le cordon bleu paris
day 1 at le cordon bleu paris
week 7-1o at lcb (intermediate cuisine)
week 6 at lcb (intermediate cuisine)
week 5 at lcb (intermediate cuisine)
week 4 at lcb (intermediate cuisine)
week 3 at lcb (intermediate cuisine)
week 2 at lcb (intermediate cuisine)
school updates (class photo!)
la fin

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  • Reply Deeba PAB June 7, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Good for you Coco; well done!! Painstaking job. Wonder if I shall ever get this far?

  • Reply Shaheen June 7, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Well, not that many to begin with so not so bad! I had this on my mind for a while. Finally got down to doing it today.

  • Reply Priyanka December 17, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    stumbled here..but i am bookmarking your blog…i love to cook and have even bought a tiny OTG recently to dish up some baked goodies.

    Although I am usually the impatient cook, but I am going to try my hand…

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 17, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Thanks for bookmarking the blog. :) You are going to have a lot of fun baking!

  • Reply Anonymous December 28, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Hi Shaheen, this compilation is awesome.. just thought of bringing it to your notice.. each time i click on strawberry frozen yogurt it takes me to the page for cinnamon pretzels..

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 28, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    Thank you so much for pointing it out! I rectified it as well as checked all the other links. Sorry for the trouble!

  • Reply Chocoholic March 7, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    hi shaheen
    I've become a big fan of your blog. All your recipes are so yummy and just the stuff I want to cook on a lazy Sunday Afternoon.. Awesome stuff…keep it up!!!

  • Reply habiabah May 24, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    is Other very palatable.

  • Reply roshni June 1, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    hi. i was a regular follower of Smitten Kitchen, and i thought nothing cud be better. but u proved me wrong. thank you so much for the lovely recipes, can u please teach me how to make a basic lemon pie ( pls tell how to make a pie crust also). i have been looking for it for quite some time now. thanks…

  • Reply PurpleFoodie June 1, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Hey Roshni,

    Here is how you can make a pie crust:

    As for lemon pie, coming up soon!

  • Reply roshni June 1, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Thank u so much shaheen… that was very prompt of u… looking forward to ur lemon pie..u are gonna make us fat !!!

  • Reply Anonymous June 15, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    I am addicted to three things in life:
    a) Chocolate
    b) Pizza (obviously)
    and c)!

    The best recipe archive ever. I bake at least two things from it a week. It’s so good! Can you put out a recipe for dog treats or something? My dog’s getting jealous of all the people food.

  • Reply Achala June 20, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    hey shaheen,
    made bread last night!!! it turned out pretty good for my first time :). but the good news is that i made your recipe of chocolate brownies and they were completely and utterly divine :) its a great recipe and people just went mad eating them.

    keep up the good work and great recipes.


  • Reply The Purple Foodie June 20, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Achala: You should have seen how my first breads looked! Breads are definitely a little more complicated to master – it’s more about feel of the dough and highly dependent on environment temperature – the rising time can change dramatically. Good to know that the brownies turned out to be a hit! :)

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  • Reply Achala July 25, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    hey again,
    just put the first batch of the apple cinnamon muffins into the oven.
    had some questions, when i mixed the wet ingredients, the butter just remained lumpy, i anyway mixed the wet with the dry and added the apples, and found the mix too wet, is that ok??
    also how do i top the streusel mix on it? i just spread it with my hands as it had become like dough.
    lemme know :) maybe i could add some changes to the second batch.

  • Reply Pooja August 21, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Hey I jus got ur blog when I was googling recipEs..
    Jus wanted to ask you since I’m a vegan n can’t use eggs at home for baking what should I use instead ??
    Im testing your recipes on weekends so thought I’d bake now
    please help me with the eggs.. Thanks


    • Reply Margo Towie November 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM

      Pooja, You can use white or cider vinegar as a substitute for eggs: 1 tablespoon along with one teaspoon of baking soda.
      Get the real thing, not synthetic, which is best used in the washing machine, rinsing water, or window cleaning bottle. Nature’s Basket and Crawford stalls stocks in south Mumbai. Expect you can find in decent supers further north. Happy baking.

  • Reply Anonymous October 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    I love your blog. It has got some fantastic dishes. Just recently got addicted to cooking and your dishes look like ‘must trys!’ :)

    • Reply farha November 17, 2011 at 7:39 AM

      your blog is AWESOME just love it !!!

  • Reply Nasheet November 9, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Love ur bloggin n ur pics ur recipes!

  • Reply Maya November 12, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    ur website is awesome.. was going thru ur recipies and lots of them call for unsalted butter… now i have checked around colaba (cos thats where i live) and none of the stores stock em..
    wat do i do :-(
    can i use margarine instead.
    where can i get unsalted butter from. any particular brand?
    keep up the aweeesssooommv e work..
    P.s – – this blog is awesome.. Purple is ma fav colour..

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 12, 2010 at 11:02 PM

      Hi Maya,

      I use Amul butter all the time. Unsalted butter is a standard in many American recipes and since that is my predominant audience, I write recipes accordingly, but I understand that it confuses some, so I’m working on phasing it out. It is going to take me a while to edit 100s of posts, though!

      • Reply Maya November 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM

        :-) thanx for ur prompt reply..

      • Reply FARHA November 17, 2011 at 7:43 AM

        i’m getting addicted to this blog >>>>> i loved the recipe ‘garlic fries’ .. just so yummy ….

  • Reply Margo Towie November 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Maya, You can use salted butter just as well as unsalted; if you need to cut salt out for medical reasons, you can find unsalted at a premium at Nature’s Basket at World Trade, which I figure is closest to you.

    Call before going as Nature’s restocking is rather haphazard. They were out of tinned plum tomatoes yesterday: outrageous!

    My question is whether I can get `Lady Finger,’ also known as ‘Boudoir’ biscuits somewhere in south Mumbai?
    I’m looking to make Tiramisu with them. If unknown, any suggestions of a substitute?

    Belated kudos Shaheen on your excellent blog and good luck as you embark on your catering endeavor. I’ve been a professional cook in previous incarnations and know it’s totally different than production for entertainment!
    Btw, have been a lurker since stumbling across you site more than a year ago. Your Crawford map is such a time saver!!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

      Thanks for your response, Margo! So nice to hear that you’ve been around for a year. And very glad to hear that the map’s been helpful. :)

      I’m not a big tiramisu fan (I know!) but if I were to make it, I’d use this recipe for the lady fingers.

      I could use some tips from you from your professional past. :)

      • Reply Margo Towie November 16, 2010 at 6:06 PM

        Very cool thx. I’ll try that in favor of another I was going to follow tomorrow, to take advantage of the holiday. Since it’s tiramisu, the lady will be fingerless: I’ll just bake on a tray and cut strips for ease of production.

        Main tips from past: preparation is the key, shortcuts usually don’t work, and change avatars when what’s fun becomes a chore :D

  • Reply pritam November 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    my name is Pritam Ramteke I live in Mumbai,India . I have a 10 year old son who has been diagnosed as having celiac disease ,he is allergic to gluten and has severe symptoms when he ingests gluten which sometimes needs hospitalization
    Gluten is found in wheat,barley, rye and many other ingredients like stabilisers, emulsifiers, preservatives etc. Gluten can creep in due to cross contamination while milling, using same utensils etc
    please let me know if you can bake any gluten free cakes or have recipes for the same and other goodies as this would be of great help in paving a way for a “NORMAL” life for my child. We are fighting to be “NORMAL” which others take for granted.
    Waiting in anticipation for your answer.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM

      Hi Pritam,

      It’s sad to hear that he is allergic, and I’m sure it’s a challenge for you. Let me point you to the best person who writes about Gluten Free cooking: She recently came out with a book and if you look a little online you will find cookbooks that aim to help those with gluten intolerance.

      All good wishes,

  • Reply pritam November 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Thanks a lot for the concern.
    Have you ever baked with amaranth flour.
    could you please give me a recipe for balking a cake with amaranth flour

  • Reply Margo November 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Hi Pritam, Rice flour’s a good alternative, too. Google for several good websites’ recipes for cakes, crepes, etc. Soy flour’s a good alternative for denser pastries, pizza bases etc. Again, good recipe options to be found by googling.

  • Reply pritam November 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Hi Margo,
    thanx for the tip.
    I will try with rice flour.

  • Reply neel February 4, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    I Came across your blog and must say its an excellent one. Simply love the recipes and pics.

  • Reply Madhuri February 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Tried the Chocolate chip cookies yesterday – amazing; my teenage daughters loved them.
    I might slightly reduce the sugar and butter content next time.

    Also tried the Oven dried tomatoes – fabulous taste! Very simple recipe.

  • Reply Anonymous February 11, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Hey! I absolutely love your blog. Have you ever tried a ravioli recipe? Something like pumpkin ravioli in a butter sage sauce? (My mouth’s watering aready!) Or do you have a ravioli recipe from elsewhere that you would recommend?

  • Reply Radha February 26, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    i started following ur blog just a while ago, and i’m already a huge fan. great recipes. the nutella pinwheels came out yum. my girls finished it off before the father could get to them. so plan to make another batch!
    btw, do you have any tried and tested basic bread recipe. (just found that my friendly neighborhood bakery sells fresh yeast) been baking with dry yeast using diff recipes but never found a satisfactory one.

  • Reply Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} February 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    So happy to hear that about the cookies! For the bread recipe – you can use the pesto roll recipe and make them into simple loaves..

  • Reply Isabelle Goodman April 11, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    I really love your blog Shaheen. I live in Bali and it is sometimes a challenge to get some ingredients but we can get so many wonderful fruits, vegetable and spices. I love your recipes. I will come back often :)

    • Reply The Purple Foodie April 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      Isabelle, that is so very sweet of you! Thank you. With the variety of fresh fruits and vegetable you have, you’re really not missing out on all that much. :)

  • Reply Emily April 20, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    I am 14 years old and absolutely LOVE all recipes! Always easy to follow and being a visual learner, the pics are amazing! Thanks for all tips and helping me build my baking skills! :) Keep it up!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie April 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      Hi Emily, thank you so much. So happy to know that you’re inspired. :)

  • Reply Aaron April 22, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Hey, your recipes look great! As a young man teaching myself how to cook I really appreciate websites like this. I love indian food, and I was wondering if you have any recipes for Chicken Tikka Masala. I realize it may not be the most authentic dish and may come from another region in India, but that is a recipe I have not found a good one yet. Thank you for your great site. Do you have a restaurant I can eat at when I visit India?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie April 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      Hi Aaron, thanks so much for your kind words. You’re right, chicken tikka is India’s most popular export to the West, and in reaching there it’s formed it’s own distinct identity that may not be like what we get here. I’ve read horror stories that chicken shredded into a red sauce of tomato puree is being passed off (and happily devoured) as chicken tikka. In any case, like every other person, I swear by my grandmom’s cooking, and do not even bother attempting to make something Indian, because I have her to rely on. I’m going to make a notebook of her recipes in the next few months. I also recently bought this India Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant. It’s a gorgeous book filled with all sorts of Indian recipes. Once I get over gawking at the photos, I’ll get myself to make something from there.

  • Reply Ekta May 27, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    Hey Shaheen..
    this is something i had been looking for since ages. i dont follow normal american recipes since the ingredients are very had to find. so with your blog, i have found the perfect place to satisfy my sweet tooth.
    i encountered a small problem.. i have been tryng to get the list of recipes to select which one to make today, but when i click on the tab that says Recipes, no such list appears. can u pls guide me through.
    thanks a lot and i must congratulate you for this awesome work !

  • Reply aarti June 13, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    do u have any tried and tested recipe for cheesecake made with yogurt ?
    Thanks :)

  • Reply pooja July 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Hi, Can you please tell me which oven you are using for all the cakes and cookies.

  • Reply anonymous July 8, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    hey your blog is really good>>> n u did all this alone, by taking small steps is inspiring too>>>>>> just would like to suggest Plz do add sum vegetarian dishes also>>>>>>

  • Reply Madhavi July 9, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    I got to know about your website from jet airways magazine. Loved it. I would to attend your baking class.

  • Reply alpana July 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    I came across your space recently & I love it………very very informative & the recipes & pictures are awesome. I tried the Nutella pinwheel cookies yesterday……they look awesome & taste super duper delicious although I made them with a slight variation. Being a vegetarian I always look for eggless recipes so I skipped the egg from this recipe & added 1/4 th tsp of baking soda instead & the cookies are perfectly crispy & crunchy . Thanks for the beautiful recipe. Now the eggless nutella cookie recipe is soon going on my blog:

    Keep blogging……

  • Reply Madhavi July 20, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Tried your recipe of tahitian vanilla cake. Turned out very well and taste is awesome!!! Can you tell me where can I get wholemeal flour in Mumbai? I used to make a cake using that with courgettes ,carrots, nuts and seeds in London . Couldn’t find it here in Mumbai.

  • Reply babzi August 15, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    Hi just found dis site when looking for recipes, iv tried two cakes, the double chocolate fudge cake and the chocolate chip pound cake, they were both delicious! Thank you!!

  • Reply Gaurav Dhekane October 15, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Well the way you have explained it so well does make it seem so indeed &
    Please keep giving us such wonderful and easy recipes

  • Reply umehani November 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    i was looking for a recipe of baked yogurt and came across your blog. absolutely fantastic! love everything abt it. and more so the fact that you’re from bombay and you have an entire list of places where i can find ingredients . i think its genius and so very helpful.
    cannot wait to try out your recipes!
    great work.

  • Reply sheetal April 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    i am a frequent reader of ur blog. All ur tips and recipes are amazing… is just so wonderful working with ur recipes ,,,they turn out so good.
    Could you help me with the recipe for donuts……
    i know we get rolled fondant at arife but how can we make it at home???
    thank you
    keep up the great work and regular updates

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  • Reply kalyani November 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Hey there!! Even I am dreaming about Le COrdon Bleu ( n i am 17)! But, I am doing CA! So was thinking of starting a blog! Can u help me with the basics?? Also how do you manage such a beautiful photography?? Whens your B’day???
    PS: Sorry for so many questions!! :P

  • Reply kalyani November 4, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Hahahah!! Actuly I am into astrology n stuff! n i am a great believer of Zodiac! I see so may similarities, so o thot u might be a Pisces, jus lyk me… :) Anyways Il be wishing u tomorrow den… :))

  • Reply mona joshi November 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    i was just watching “Julie and Julia” and your website just came to my mind.
    there’s a quote in the movie that specifically made me think of your website and here’s how it goes “I love that after a day when nothing is sure, and when I say ‘nothing’ I mean nothing, you can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. It’s such a comfort.” –Amy Adams as Julie Powell
    somehow cooking is so comforting to me that when i came across your website it just brought this huge smile on my face … love your recipes (have tried many and failed in a few) and more so loving your instapics … keep going shaheen, all the best :)

    • Reply mona joshi November 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      oh and PS: your Chocolate Caramel Tartlets are my fav :D

  • Reply Rhea November 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Shaheen, the red velvet cupcakes recipe page is blank… it says it doesn’t exist anymore… could you please see what’s wrong, thanks so much

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    Hi Shaheen browse through good stuff there too..prices a little high though

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    Hey can u please make caramel custard.

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    First off I would like to say superb blog!
    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!

  • Reply Misti February 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Hi, am a big fan of your recipes and have been following quite a few of them, including the super moist chocolate cake…

    I wanted a basic vanilla cake recipe…can you help me plz…


  • Reply Minnie February 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Its so much fun to come back to your blog each time I want a good recipe that’ll WORK! :) Your stories always take me back to the streets of Paris and all that prettiness. C’est bien, ça!
    There’s a request I have….could you post a nice sour dough baguette recipe? Will be really grateful!


    • Reply Shaheen March 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      I’ll try! But home ovens just can’t replicate the heat/steam of bread ovens.

  • Reply Padmavathi arjun March 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Hope you have started your work in the Japanese restaurant in London. I’m planning to make the Dark chocolate brownies that I learnt in your class in Mumbai last year but as you know the dark callebaut(70%) is not available now, can I use the 54% instead? Please let me know

    • Reply Shaheen March 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Hi! Sorry, but I haven’t tried making that recipe with 54% chocolate. Although I’m confident that you will need to adjust other things as well because simply swapping the chocolate will result in drier brownies. I haven’t tried making them with 54% chocolate so can’t say what you need to adjust for sure. Although, hopefully, this paucity is only temporary with most things stuck at customs. All the best!

  • Reply madiha tahir April 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Hi shaheen ,
    I m a big fan of u and ur recipes … MashaaAllah u r a good chief … shaheen can I ask u one questiion ? Are u indian or pakistani ? And why u not travel pakistan ?? Pakistan has a good cusin also and pakistani dishes are very delicious also any ways Best of luck to you …

  • Reply mitali May 5, 2014 at 6:59 AM


    I tried making chocolate chip muffins but my chips gather at the bottom which burnt the muffins. Can u suggest wat to do about it?

  • Reply Shay July 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Hi there,
    Just discovered your blog, and am liking what I see (food)

    Have you ever cooked with agar agar? In specifically in making silky pana cotta’s and mousse?

    • Reply Shaheen July 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Hi, I usually use gelatin, but I’ve made a milk pudding set with agar agar. As opposed to gelatin that is first bloomed in cold water, you need to cook the agar agar in whatever you’re using…

  • Reply Smrutika Panigrahi July 31, 2014 at 4:39 PM


    i have another question. is it ok to set panna cottas in muffin moulds?

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