Guest Post | AFBHLS … and ‘My 7 Links’

“Have a focus, creativity loves constraints. Be able to answer the questions, who is your audience and why would they be interested in your site?” “Who are you trying to reach?” Answer the following question to yourself, “my blog is for ________ who are looking for _______.” Find your genius!”
Todd and Diane @ White on Rice Couple

AFBHLS & My 7 LinksWhen Sanjeeta @ Litebite {don’t you just love the name?} asked me if I’d like to be part of her series ‘Awesome Food Bloggers and Their Healthy-Living Secrets’, how could I say no. I feel honoured to share my thoughts on ‘healthy living‘. AFBHLS attempts to bring forth some food bloggers who will share their experiences on food, recipes, health and ways of cooking with you all.PABSanjeeta runs a wonderful blog in India, healthy and delicious, and keeps a hawks eye on nutrition, diet and healthy stuff that she churns out of her kitchen. ‘Have kids, will innovate’ seems to keep her going, yet she manages to take out time to introduce her 97 year old grandmother to new cuisines! Bravo…. I will attempt to add my own two penny bit to the healthy series, things that are important to me, things that shape the way my world is. The word cloud above might give you a sneak peek…

Catch the rest @ Lite Bites with a recipe for a Peach & Plum Crostata.

Meanwhile I shall continue an invite from my dear friend Hélène Péloquin @ La Cuisine d’Hélène who has a beautiful food blog in Canada. We met virtually about 3 years ago, and have been in touch over Blogger Aid, chocolate  and much more! Both our better halves are in the aviation line, while family, food and blogging fill our days! It’s a pleasure to do the project ‘My Seven Links’ that she nominated me to join!

The goal? Katie @ Tripbase spells it out … To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

How wonderful is the idea behind My 7 Links. I think this has a lot in it for the blog author as it does for the reader! I ♥ it! Forgive me if I go overboard as I’m having a field day diving into my little blogs past!

Your most beautiful post

Quark Mousse Cake with Roasted Balsamic Strawberries. This was one of my favourite posts {and desserts}. It has a bit of everything I really love. Baking {♥♥♥}, fruit, roasted strawberries, homemade curd cheese, and a dark chocolate filigree border to the cake. I feel inspired each time I look at it {if I may say so myself} …

Your most popular post

I think this turned out to be the granola that changed my life {in some ways}, Chocolate Granola {gluten free}adapted minimally  from Bea’s gorgeous La Tartine Gourmande.

Easy as can be, healthy beyond belief, and addictive as a snack anytime of the day. I put together some parfaits using the granola with left over quark cream and strawberries from this Strawberry Meringue Chocolate Layer Cake. The possibilities are endless.

 Your most controversial post

I must be blessed as I haven’t run into a controversial post {as yet} … Amen!

Your most helpful post

… is one of my favourite food related  subjects, Say CHEESE; It’s Homemade, a 24,24,24 I did for Foodbuzz in 2009 on making soft cheese at home. It covers cottage cheese, mascarpone, ricotta, quark and mozzarella {I didn’t have much luck with the mozzarella though}, and recipes that used each. I really enjoyed doing it, and have helped loads of foodies try their hand at making some.

A post whose success surprised you

It was a Secret Recipe Club post, and I was assigned my sweet friend Barbaras beautiful blog for it. I picked Old Fashioned {Eggless} Layered Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Strawberries & Cream. It tasted fabulous, but I was amazed at the runaway attention it got!Later learnt that the cake was picked by Ree Drummond @ Web Deliciousness: Strawberries! @ The Pioneer Woman Cooks where she said “This is the first time I’ve seen this food blog and the photos are just spectacular, not to mention the treats themselves. Wow. Here’s another one. Whipped Strawberry Curd Cream Tartlets with Walnut Shortbread Crust. My, oh my. I don’t know what to say.” … that day my page hits soared to 11000!!

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise with Crème Chantilly & Balsamic Cherry Sauce … was this Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise with Crème Chantilly & Balsamic Cherry Sauce that I posted on Mothers Day. It was the first time I had ever heard of a marquise and was absolutely charmed by it! Blog visitors were busy celebrating Mothers Day too so this delicious dessert got a tad neglected!Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise with Crème Chantilly & Balsamic Cherry SauceAs you might see by now, I have a firm fruit accent to my blog. I ♥ pairing desserts with fruits. And bittersweet chocolate? Yes please!!

The post that you are most proud of

Matcha Macarons with Preserved Brandied Cherries & MascarponeFood bloggers are a community that take pride and value everything they blog about. I am no different; I bake, cook and blog with a passion, and really enjoy what I do. One post that made me happy was Matcha Macarons with Mascarpone Cherry Filling that I made to mark World Macaron Day / Jour de Macaron  for MacTweets {a macaron blog Jamie & I co-host}.Matcha Macarons with Preserved Brandied Cherries & MascarponeThis post was also a tribute to the spirit of the Japanese people who displayed strength and dignity in the face of unimaginable adversity when the horrific tsunami hit their nation in the beginning of March 2011.

My 7 Links is a wonderful initiative, one I absolutely enjoyed.Thank you KatieHélène.
My nominated bloggers are…

Jamie @ Lifes A Feast

Shulie @ Food Wanderings

Amanda @ Amanda’s Cooking

Suma @ Cakes & More

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

As I end, I’d like to thank, the largest community of bloggers in India who provide a platform to showcase Indian bloggers and help them promote to a large audience, for interviewing me so graciously.

I was honoured by this introduction… “We are all set to welcome the person who has made baking very interesting and taken to the next level in India. Say Hello to Deeba Rajpal, the blogger behind one of the finest baking and food blogs in India, Passionate about Baking. Pre-heat your ovens as we are sure, you will get the urge to bake something after reading this interview.”  {you can find the rest here…}

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Also find me on The Rabid Baker, The Times of India


  • 5 years ago

    Thanks for giving me the honor to feature you in AFBHLS, Deeba. Loved interacting and knowing a more about you. The 7 links may not be enough to bring forth all that is beautiful and super delicious on PAB 🙂 Tight hugs.

  • 5 years ago

    AFBHLS indeed is a great series, healthy living with good food , how we all need that! Loved going thru your 7 links, second Sanjeeta, you must have had such a tough time choosing just 7 out of this sea of gorgeous posts and recipes. What a fantastic initiative by Katie & Hélène. Thanks a lot for nominating me.. .11,000 hits!! That’s STAGGERING to say the least!

    Loved reading your perspective and your tips to us on BlogAdda and I must again say, I am glad to belong to a community which has you to boast of!!

  • Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    5 years ago

    What a great collection of beautiful posts, Deeba. Love reading these 7 links posts.

  • Great list Deeba! I’m off to read your most helpful post. I’m a sucker for homemade soft cheeses!

  • 5 years ago

    Lovely round up!

  • 5 years ago

    I am not able to access the page for this post: Old Fashioned {Eggless} Layered Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Strawberries & Cream. I clicked on the link.

  • 5 years ago

    I love all your creations and posts! Those layer cakes are particularly beautiful. Thanks for sharing your 7 links with us.



  • Sheetal
    5 years ago

    …. and you inspire me even more!

  • 5 years ago

    AFBHLS indeed is a great series, healthy living with good food ,how we all need that! Loved going thru your 7 links, second Sanjeeta, you must have had such a tough time choosing just 7 out of this sea of gorgeous posts and recipes. What a fantastic initiative by Katie & Hélène. Thanks a lot for nominating me…11,000 hits!! That’s STAGGERING to say the least!

    Loved reading your perspective and your tips to us on Blogadda and I must again say, I am proud to belong to a community which has you to boast of!!

  • 5 years ago

    Oops!! Thought you missed out on my comment and posted again!! Please ignore my comment posted second time (sheepish!!)

  • Natasha Minocha
    5 years ago

    Hey Deeba, loved the post, the interview….wish you many many more proud moments for the future….I hope I see your cookbooks out there real soon! Cheers!!

  • 5 years ago

    Wat a wonderful recollection, simply rocking..

  • 5 years ago

    You know what, I actually remember pretty much all of these posts, your blogs have always been very beautiful and memorable to me. This one included, what a great selection of memories!
    *kisses* HH

  • 5 years ago

    Thanks for the nice comments about me 🙂 You are a true inspiration. I am looking at your pictures and it had become an art for you. Thanks so much for doing the Project 7 Links.

  • 5 years ago

    This post is as charming, gorgeously photographed, humble, filled with thoughtful insight, and inspiring as all of your others. That cake with the chocolate filigree is indeed extremely impressive; I can well imagine the pride you must feel looking back on it. I’ll give your marquise some love and add it to my cake binder. My husband is chocolate-obsessed, and it looks like it has the kind of texture he goes absolutely crazy for. So thank you in advance for fanning the flames of his undying love. 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Hi. Just landed at your blog from your Blogadda interview, and it seems like I’m going to be here all night! Brilliant, brilliant photographs, and I’m sure they taste as awesome as they look! Love your work, and keep going 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Such an awesome post! When I discovered the world of food blogs 2 years ago, yours left me awestruck, i loved the quality of writing, the variety of recipes and of course, the photographs!!! Well, I still do and look up to you to learn so many things 🙂

    I had another question Deeba, where can I buy Vanilla beans in India?? And what is the price range, as this is the first time I’m attempting to buy some??

  • 5 years ago

    Lovely round up deeba….You are truly a inspiration to me…Looking forward to see your coobook soon…

  • 5 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! I wish I could have a piece of each thing you featured here – right now!! Thanks for your wonderful blog and all the hard work you put into it…it’s always a joy to behold and read! Patricia 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Aww Deeba your seven links are fabulous I love all your baking and I wish I lived next door so that I could sneak a slice of cake or a mac now and then. Hopping over to Sanjeeta in a sec but before I wanted to tell you I RT’d your post earlier only to come back hours later, read and discover your nomination. Thank you my friend.

  • 5 years ago

    Lovely round up. I thoroughly enjoyed checking the pics and your ans.

  • 5 years ago

    I enjoyed this retrospective so much. In particular the timing was excellent. I finally found some vegetarian rennet in the shops here and bought it with the thought “I’m sure Deeba had something about cheese-making”. Very glad to see the link to the post waving at me loud and clear! Congratulations on everything you’ve achieved. It’s always a joy to visit your site.

  • EA-The Spicy RD
    5 years ago

    I just wanted to stop by and say Hi 🙂 after discovering your beautiful blog through Sanjeeta at Lite Bites. Your photos are fabulous, and I can’t wait to try some of your gorgeous desserts. I, too, love to make desserts with fruit :-). So happy to have discovered your blog!

  • Deeba, those pics are so stunning..I seriously can’t wait for a cookbook from you! what amazes me is how you transform even a simple recipe to a mouthwatering through your interview article, well done..and don’t wait any longer…cookbook pls!

  • El
    5 years ago

    Loved reading about your links. Such a gorgeous showcase of your work. The photo of you is beautiful too!

  • So fun to see all these amazing posts/photos in one post. You are so talented. Your photographs are fabulous. Your styling is original and elegant. I always look forward to your posts and I’m glad to call you my friend.

  • 5 years ago

    That chocolate granola is a life changer. It comes out amazing. And all those amazing cakes & decorations… Yummy ….

  • Monica
    5 years ago

    I have to say that the coolest post I’ve read is your blog. It means a lot for me especially the photos herein looks awesome. Seemingly, I wanted to have a piece of each thing you featured here – right now!! I just want also to congratulate you for all the hard work you put into it.

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