Dessert|Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding {eggless} … with Mauviel1830 @thekeybunch #copperware #dessert #Indian #Diwali

“I put the kitch into kitchen.”
Nigella Lawson,

Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding {eggless} …. this is a post about bread pudding, the festival season, travel, cookware, memories, possessions, obsessions, food props & styling, connects and so much more. To begin with, a bit about the dessert. Fascinatingly, almost every culture across the world has it’s own version of bread pudding.Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding with Mauviel 1830 In many cases, eggs are an intrinsic part as they help to firm up the custard to offer a rich pudding. That version is often baked. We grew up with a no bake eggless version, quintessential in this part of the world. Locally referred to as Shahi Tukda, its translation quite literally ‘the royal bit{e}’!Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding with Mauviel 1830 Inherent ingredients … bread of course {day old if possible} clarified butter, sugar, full cream milk, often  khoya {milk solids also known as mawa}, dry fruit. Saffron if you want to add to the flavours and give it that special touch. I love using saffron. A nice generous teaspoon and you have seductive, lilting flavours in your dessert.

edible rose petals & pistachios Mauviel1830Pistachio slivers, rose petals, beaten silver foil, more saffron … anything to make it even more festive. I thought it fitted right in with my newly acquired {read received as a gift} Mauviel1830 rectangular roasting pan. And there begins another connect … a food prop connect!

Food photography metal I am fascinated by food props. Metal, stone, wood, ceramic, stoneware. However, metal is my first love. Copper to get even more precise. Most folk who know me know well of my love for food props, vintage mostly. A trip to the Kashmir valley in March this year left me virtually breathless. The people, the places, the architecture, scenic beauty, an old world charm …Srinagar March 2014 Also old markets, spices and of course copper-ware. Loads of it. Old Srinagar market is filled with the most beautiful intricately engraved copper. The natives use it in everyday cooking; it’s a part of their life. There was only so much I could carry back. I had been warned about excess baggage!!

Food photography metal

Srinagar March 2014And then last week came something that I had never imagined. More copper. A gift all the way from Normandy, France. Not vintage, but something that left my heart going THUD THUD THUD!! A set of the most beautifully crafted, stellar quality copper and steel cookware form the iconic French brand Mauviel 1830! Take a look.

Mauviel 1930Around the same time, Sharon @ The Keybunch asked if I could do a guest post for her in October, maybe a travel destination with a recipe woven in for Diwali. Her blog is about beautiful spaces, stories, people,travel destinations, art, food, culture….love! I had Srinagar in mind it is one of the most stunning places on earth.

Srinagar, India ... paradise on earthSrinagar means a lot to me. A childhood connect, copper-ware, shikaras, houseboats, snow, saffron, rogan josh, goshtaba, bakeries, fruit, beautiful people … For the recipe, I wanted to use saffron. I’ve done a really nice Caramel Saffron Panna Cotta earlier, so this time opted for a simple eggless Indian Shahi Tukda or bread pudding.

Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding with Mauviel 1830 This Mauviel1830 rectangular pan offered me a perfect choice even though it’s a roasting pan. You can bake an egg custard bread pudding in the pan for a variation. Here is what I did. I tried to use as many of the beautiful creations from Mauviel1830 in this simple recipe. The adorable little pan was used to melt the clarified butter in. The copper bowl for whisking the milk, cream, and condensed milk, the heavy bottom saucepan for reducing the milk concoction…and of course the rectangular pan for final plating.

Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding with Mauviel 1830 It’s a really nice set, and using Mauviel made my experience totally memorable. I felt royal. You got to experience it to believe it. Each piece screams quality, feels great to hold, is crafted with care, and beautiful to look at of course…About Mauviel1830… as a friend rightfully commented on FB, Mauviel1830 is an investment.

Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding with Mauviel 1830 Do head off to Sharon @ The Keybunch to find my simple, rich and indulgent yet rich Indian Shahi Tukda or Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding {eggless} recipe. It’s a quintessential Indian dessert, kept light by toasting the bread. Feel free to play around with spices and or/ingredients. The recipe is pretty basic. Use cardamom or star anise, maybe nutmeg for a change in flavour. Skip the condensed milk and use ricotta, mawa/khoya and sugar instead.

Saffron Pistachio Indian Bread Pudding with Mauviel 1830 Have a warm and happy Diwali!

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Baking| Strawberry Almond Roulade {Gluten free} … baking for a friend!

“A recipe is not meant to be followed exactly… it is a canvas on which you can embroider.”
Roger Verge

Strawberry Almond Roulade {Gluten free}Its been a busy few days, and I can feel the blog pressure more than ever before! It’s not that I don’t bake; it’s just that I don’t seem to find the time to blog the baking, or more importantly get those pictures out of the camera! I made this gluten free Strawberry & Cream Swiss Roll a few days ago for an impromptu dessert as Mr PAB was on my case…Strawberry Almond Roulade {Gluten free}“What’s for dessert?” he pestered the day before. “Nothing? Why?” As if the pressure of feeding the blog wasn’t bad enough, I could see that the family suffering sugar cravings. We had guests for dinner and made this in a hurry; big hurry. Wasn’t sure if it would bake, roll or come out right as I became the queen of substitutions as I worked the recipe.Strawberry Almond Roulade {Gluten Free}I had in mind the basic sponge that I always use for a Swiss roll { 3ggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour}. Then a sudden burst of inspiration, or rather madness,and I decide to experiment. Flour was replaced with almond meal and I threw in an extra egg. As it baked, it looked puffy and uneven and I was mentally calculating the time I had to make something else. Otherwise, I’d just serve strawberries and cream …Strawberry Almond Roulade {Gluten Free}Thankfully it baked alright, looked slightly uneven yet obligingly rolled. The end result was delicious, filling and all! It delivered a nice crumb and a beautiful marriage of flavours. It’s a basic recipe, an idea that you can use as a springboard. Customise it to your taste, pipe some graffiti all over the top to dress it up a little {this piping used to be my signature style a few years ago}, else just sift some icing sugar over it. Just pretties it up a bit, and hides the few cracks that might be visible.Strawberry Almond Roulade {Gluten Free} This post has been delayed and I am finally back to doing what I love best  … ♥ BAKE ♥ BLOG ♥. Was honoured to guest post for Anuradha @ Bakers Street {love the name of her blog; I would love to live there}. My choice wasn’t an easy one, given the deliciousness Bakers Street churns out week after week. Muffins, cheesecakes, pound cakes and much more. So I figured she might enjoy this roulade. Do navigate your way to HERE for the recipe!

Other Swiss rolls / roulades at PAB

Red Velvet Swiss Roll
Mango Ice Cream Swiss Roll
Star Anise Roll with Marmalade Sauce

Some updates:

Thank you Open Kitchen Magazine for picking Passionate About Baking for the Best Blog February 2012 badge.

In their words, “Each month the editors reward the 10 best blogs around the world who have excelled in originality, aesthetics and skill in the kitchen!”

I am truly honoured to be one among 10 fabulous food blogs, including Tartlette.

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Thank you also Food On The Table for featuring me as an “Everyday Foodie“.

As they said … ” Our new program honors the most exceptional food bloggers. We noticed your blog because it falls under the health and food blog niche, and the content that your blog offers is exceptional. The badge will distinguish you as an “Everyday Foodie”, and also distinguish your blog as a go-to source for information regarding food and health-related topics.”

 

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Cooking| ‘Baingan ka Bharta’ / Roasted Eggplant Stirfry … Guest Post

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience”
James Beard

Baingan ka bharta/Roasted Eggplant Stir FryMy hate hate relationship with the eggplant goes back to childhood, yet never say never may be cliched but true,  and it was love at first bite recently. It took one spoonful of this ‘Baingan ka Bhurta‘ 2 months ago to radically change my opinion, and I am glad I didn’t need to wait any longer.  Some time back, I ‘met‘ a very talented Croatian food blogger, TamaraBite My Cake over Povitica / Croatian Sweet Walnut Bread , one of my most cherished bakes to date! When this lovely lady from beautiful Croatia invited me to her Eat Global table, I offered her  this simple vegetarian stir fry, a savoury dish native to India.Baingan Ka Bharta  Roasted Eggplant Stirfry {Indian veg side dish}From childhood my culinary likes and dislike were very strong. While fruits were a relatively easy YES, veggies fell into HATES and LOVES. I intensely disliked that purple egg plant, the aubergine, or the humble ‘baingan’ as it is called in India. In my years of food blogging, I often read ‘excited eggplant food posts‘ and  wondered HOW on earth anyone could love that purple monster! To each his own and my happy non brinjal life carried on.Baingan Ka Bharta  Roasted Eggplant Stirfry {Indian veg side dish}Then one day my Mums help came by to cook for me as she was away. I had folk over and bought every vegetable under the sun {bittergourd, spinach, eggplant, beans, lady fingers, potatoes, pumpkin}. ‘Sushma‘ is an express cook and I love her different takes on the way food appears on the table. She takes a lot of pride in what she makes, yet at the end looks on nervously, awaiting approval!Baingan Ka Bharta  Roasted Eggplant Stirfry {Indian veg side dish}She decided to roast the brinjal and some time later hesitatingly asked me to check if it was cooked to my liking, check the salt etc. That look on her face, and I braced myself … how could I say no? So I gingerly took a TEENY quarter-spoonful … the rest was history! Stupid me. What had I been missing out on?Baingan Ka Bharta  Roasted Eggplant Stirfry {Indian veg side dish} I couldn’t believe I had missed this for so long.So I bring to Tamara’s global table an Indian preparation of the humble, now beautiful, eggplant, which is lip smacking good, and is worth every morsel! I cannot keep from eating spoonful after spoonful. Do go across to Bite My Cake for the recipe. What a good time to share something comforting that brings Indian cuisine to the forefront other than our famed Butter Chicken!Baingan Ka Bharta  Roasted Eggplant Stirfry {Indian veg side dish}I think this would be great served on a platter with pita chips too. It’s a simple dish, bursting with smoky good flavour, and fresh green chilies and coriander leaves. Reduce the green chilies if you aren’t very used to ‘hot’ food, but do add one at least.

As I sign off, I must announce the winner for the Shabby Apple Apron Giveaway. It’s Rachel @ Teacher by Day – Chef by Night who said “I think my favorite thing about this pie is the adorable little snowflake cut-out on the top!(I like S.A.on FB and am now spending time trying to figure out how to spend my money!)” Congrats Rachel. Will mail you soon, and the lovely folk at Shabby Apple will be in touch with you too! Thank you for joining the giveaway!

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