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… where food tells your story!

THEMEDo moods, colours, stories, ingredients, seasons, connects, props and everything in between paint your daily canvas?  They do for me, an obsessed baker and cook, a ‘locavore’ by design, who enjoys getting food to the table with seasonal ingredients and local produce. Phalsa ka Sharbat Give me an ingredient, offer me an idea … that’s enough for the magic to begin! Thoughts flow, the lens focuses and I begin to dream!

Phalsa ka SharbatWriting my food blog since Aug 2007 made me move from just baking, to baking and taking pictures. Then came the abundant inspiration from the magical internet. Styling the food for the lens became second nature; stuff my dreams are made up of.Amaranth Oat Walnut Ginger Cookies I want to tell my story, and most of the time it is through pictures with some words to tie the post together! I am seldom lost for inspiration as seasons, colours, ingredients, people all inspire me. When I hit a road block, you will probably find me at Pinterest.

Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta I devour cookbooks for meals. I am fascinated as I turn pages of my favourite authors … Ottolenghi, Donna Hay to name a couple. They inspire me. I dream food, FOOD in pictures actually. Vibrant, rich, colourful, moody, picturesque … then wake up with thoughts of how to capture my dreams.Coffee Shortbread Cookies I am also an obessive prop collector, hardly a secret from those who know me. I’ve been one for years, even before I began food styling. Vintage and rustic props make my DNA! So when Aparna asked if I might be interested in doing a Food Styling workshop at the IFBM in August, I said YES PLEASE!

Hazelnuts and kumquatsFood styling is something I love, and something I find engaging. The good thing…the more you see, the more you share, the more you learn. Creativity is very individual, and for me, it exposes a part of me in every frame. Moody more often than never, I sometimes step across to the lighter side too … whatever tells my story!

Roasted bell peppersHomemade evaporated milk for Tres LechesSo hope to see you at the Indian Food Bloggers Meet at Bangalore for a little ‘ food-o-graphy

Summary of the Food Styling Workshop – Every food story is unique, rich and worth a share. Through the lens, I’m here to discuss how to capture the story behind your food. Connecting the ‘dots’ or rather crumbs, let’s try and see how we can slowly develop our trademark style!'food-o-graphy' by Deeba Rajpal. A Food Styling workshop at the Indian Food Bloggers Meet 2014

Will discuss basic planning, building a frame, setting the mood, using props to tell your story.

PAB food stylingHope to see you there! Would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, thinks you might like included etc. Look forward to catching up with you!

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

“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…}

Don’t miss a post
Also find me on The Rabid Baker, The Times of India

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
Julia Child

PASSIONATE ABOUT BAKING… that’s what I am!! Been baking at home for over 15 years, and enjoy it more and more each passing day. It’s challenging, inspirational, creative and therapeutic. My blog has pictures and recipes of my fun in the kitchen, and a few bits and pieces about other stuff I enjoy – nature, art, photography, props, travel … 

I am a SAHM (stay-at-home-mother), or rather, a “Domestic Engineer” as the newly updated lexicon glorifies us mere mortals to be, with two lovely kids. My passions in life…baking, cooking, nature, art and photography. It’s mainly about FOOD as an art. My mantra…‘Do It From Scratch’ which must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too! Not a very experimental eater, but I seem to be developing a knack for experimental cooking! My family enjoys good food, and this gives me some therapeutic stuff to do. A die hard foodie, I love exploring new ingredients and cuisines, and sing the locavore anthem.
I live in Gurgaon, a city in the suburbs of New Delhi, India, and began blogging in August 2007 when I timidly stepped into this new world. Slowly, but surely, blogging took over my life, and has changed it completely. There’s been no looking back!! It’s therapeutic, it’s exciting, & it throws up new flavours every single day. The challenge lies greatly in trying to try recipes with substitutes as baking is not widespread in India, and ingredients are hard to come by.
My current passion is making as well as developing recipes that use fruit, mainly in desserts. Food styling is something I absolutely adore. Mr. PAB has just got me a new camera, a Canon EOS 50D, which I am exploring. I’ve recently begun writing an online baking blog for the Times of India, one of India’s largest newspapers. You can find me here under the name The Rabid Baker {rabid: (adj) marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea}. I write on a freelance basis, do cookbook and product reviews, and sometimes carry out recipe testings on request. My dream …writing a baking book one day!

Deeba Rajpal

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