Nothing gets me going like a good recipe and a new dish to bake. The planning, the excitement when the dish looks like its working out, the joy of seeing my family and friends gobble it up and eagerly looking forward to what I can bake next, everything about baking makes me happy (the messy kitchen counter top aside :p) Here's a peek into my kitchen, my cooking, my wonderland.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Under the sea

'Sea' you later

Wish on a 'star' fish
Lately, I had the opportunity to cater to the sweet tooths of  bunch of toddlers. A lil princess called Ira was celebrating her first B'day in my hometown, Mangalore and I was in charge of the goodies. This was a fun fun time for me in the kitchen, trying to sculpt all kinds of sea creatures such as an octopus wearing a party hat, miss crab with a bow on her head and a cutie pie of a tortoise standing beside a whale and corals and seaweed... To top that off, there was a driftwood plank with Happy Birthday written on it. 

Apart from the fondant characters, I made cake pops, candies, my signature pencils and starfish and name cookies. After the manic work sessions, I focused on the next challenge - packing them to last an overnight trip.. I bubble wrapped them and crossed my fingers that none would break, packing extras wherever I could. It was for a friend's daughter and I would've been heartbroken if any would break, so I ensured I made extras. 

Thankfully, my good friend Nisha was driving down and she carried them parcels and they arrived in one piece and got assembled ever so gorgeously. Ira, your mommy is one helluva party planner. She painstakingly organised a bash that even I would turn into a kid for, just to be part of the  brilliance. What she did with the venue and the decorations will be the talk of the town for many days to come :)

Anywhoo, here's a lil sneak peak into some of my goodies at the party. A BIG thanks to the amazingly talented photographer Marco Mega for the lovely pics. I have watermarked these pics with the blog's name so that they get redirected here, but I take no credit whatsoever for the pics. If you love these pics, click on the link above to see more of his work.

Kids go ga ga over these pencils
A piece of driftwood to send over B'day wishes
Name banner cookies

Lil miss crab

The oh so cute Octupus

So that's all for now, hope you'll like the lil picture tour. Until next time, 

Get Set Bake :)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Naughty cookies

Bachelor party favours
My friend's getting married and I couldn't resist making him cookies since they are soon becoming my USP. And since he was getting hitched soon, I HAD to make them naughty. These lil cuties are PG 13, but naughty anyways.. 
Packaged and ready to be gifted

I had seen similar ones on one of my Internet trawls and had wanted to make them for some time and I'm so glad I got to finally make them for a friend. I don't remember the website i got inspired from for these, would've shared a link otherwise.. The design is self-explanatory for those wanting to try their hand at it. It's a vanilla bean cookie, decorated with royal icing. I used heart cookie cutters since I didn't have all the fancy body shape cutters. For those who want them and don't wanna try making them, give me a holler and I'd be glad to supply you with a bunch of these, customised to match your design. For now, gaze at these polka dotted naughty cookies :)

Try your hand at experimenting with different patterns and designs and, like I always say, Get, Set, Bake...