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    15 Cooking Hacks for the Budding HomeChef

    This past year of learning the language of food, picking up recipes that have been in the family, understanding traditional cuisine and learning to adapt the food to the local produce has been possible only owing to the parents – especially my mother.  Were it not for her support, I would still be making the occasional instant noodles and egg curry. With Maa, I’ve taken the shaky steps from a beginner to someone inching towards intermediate. Interestingly, Maa is not a fan of cooking – despite being an amazing cook – and has several little tricks up her sleeve to make kitchen time easier. These tricks, she says, have been tried…

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    It’s Cake Stall Time Again!

    Oops… I’ve done it again. I’ve gone ahead and committed to being part of something that is adding to my anxiety-ridden life. One would think that being ‘experienced’ would rid me of all doubts. But tell me, does that one experience count? I still get sweaty palms when I think about those panic-filled days that followed my decision to host a cake stall at a Durga Puja pandal. The emotional meltdown, the nail-biting moment when my oven quit on me and the stubborn cookies. So much happened in those days. Why, then, did I push myself into that quicksand of nervous tension again? Perhaps to feel again that moment of…