Musings from a reluctant roti maker The other night, as Constant Companion aka Hassled Harry snored away on his side of the bed, I lay, tossing turning and sweating away. For once, it was not my menopausal hot flush. This was much worse. I felt breathless and there was a  strange tightness around the chest. I woke up above- mentioned companion who turned in his sleep and growled : “You are not having a heart […]

My mother is a serial entrepreneur The maternal relative never ceases to amaze me. Not a week goes by when she has not come up with a bright new idea that sets her buzzing with adrenaline and leaves me quavering in a corner, from simply listening to her grand new plans. “Do you know of any builder,” she asked me rather casually the other day. She might not know I know this, but the moment […]

Bonding over baking…. Sometimes, the simple act of baking a cake together is all it takes to build bridges. For the past 5 years I watched with pride and joy as my daughter  studied in Mumbai and London, embarking on her journey to become a patissiere from the iconic Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. I could not believe that the little girl who pottered around in the family kitchen had finally fulfilled that dream and […]

Mango imprint  A taste of fine-dine Mangi Ferra in casual settings… at Mumbai’s Mangii Café.. Shoppers trawling the brand stores or looking for high-on-style, low-on-cost accessories at Mumbai’s most-expensive shopping strip, Linking Road in Bandra, now have a great place to rest their tired limbs. Tucked away in a little lane off the bustling shoppers’ paradise is Mangii Cafe, celebrity restaurateur Prashant Chaudhri’s first venture into the casual dining space, after two very popular fine-dining […]

Truffle-hunt right here Exotic find: Chef Abhijit Saha and Suresh Pai with the truffles that were found in the latter’s coffee plantation in Chikmagalur, Karnataka. ‘Culinary gold’ from a coffee-estate in Karnataka sets out to tickle gourmet palates..  Balehonnur, a picturesque community in Karnataka’s coffee-growing Chikmagalur district, could be on the threshold of global epicurean fame with a local coffee plantation owner stumbling upon clusters of truffles in the forests surrounding his 100-acre coffee estate. […]