5 Hatke Ways To Celebrate Raksha Bandhan!

We love all things funky and unique at Con Affetto! Check out our ideas on hatke ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan 2016. Pajama parties, movie marathons, virtual coffee if your brother or sister is far away, a trip to an amusement park or bringing back a childhood ritual, which creative way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan will you pick?When we first set eyes on the picture above, it had us going ‘OMG, yes!‘ and laughing till we teared up, all at the same time, as memories of those childhood squabbles came rushing back in a flood. You may love them to bits, or love to hate them at times, but all said and done, if you have a sibling it’s hard to imagine life without them! Your siblings understand you in a way that few other people do, and nobody else has that shared and intimate knowledge of the other that comes with years of growing up together.

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This year in addition to the rituals, the symbolic tying of the rakhi; the traditional goodies and mithai; the friendly banter and the demand for gifts 😉 we wanted to do something unique to bring back the memories and bring alive the fun that characterizes the relationship between siblings. Sounds interesting? Read on for some hatke ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with your brother or sister!

#1: Take a walk down memory lane this Raksha Bandhan

Sunday morning cartoons over breakfast; Friday night pizza dinners; weekend trips to the park or beach, every childhood is replete with certain family rituals. Bring back some of your favourite rituals this Raksha Bandhan and relive memories of your childhood with your brother or sister as you go back to being kids again in each other’s company, even if it is only for a few hours.

We love all things funky and unique at Con Affetto! Check out our ideas on hatke ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan 2016. Pajama parties, movie marathons, virtual coffee if your brother or sister is far away, a trip to an amusement park or bringing back a childhood ritual, which creative way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan will you pick?

Take a walk down memory lane…

Con Affetto Stories: Riya, 27 & Arjun, 23 from Chandigarh, grew up in Dehradun with a shared passion for Scrabble. “As kids, Friday nights were Scrabble nights. We would rush back from school on Fridays, finish whatever we needed to and then get down to Scrabble! Even Mummy, Papa knew better than to disturb us, in fact they encouraged us. We would often eat dinner over the Scrabble board and things could get really competitive. Now, with Riya settled in Delhi, those Friday night Scrabble sessions are a thing of the past, but we make it a point to play a game every Raksha Bandhan. Whether it is Delhi or Chandigarh, we take out the time to catch up every year, even if it is just for a day, and the Scrabble board travels with us! And yes, things can get really competitive even now!

#2: Celebrate this Raksha Bandhan at an amusement park

Nothing is more symbolic of the unbridled fun and abandon of the early childhood years than a trip to an amusement park. A whole day set aside for fun and frolic; exciting rides; enticing food; laughter and shared moments with loved ones, some of our best childhood memories are often associated with picnics or trips as a family. You may be all grown up now but the amusement park can still bring out the inner fun loving child in you. And hey, its a great way to unwind, de-stress and bond with your sibling without having to worry about planning the details. Just book your tickets and you’re sorted!

We love all things funky and unique at Con Affetto! Check out our ideas on hatke ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan 2016. Pajama parties, movie marathons, virtual coffee if your brother or sister is far away, a trip to an amusement park or bringing back a childhood ritual, which creative way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan will you pick?

Bring out the rakhis at an amusement park this year!

Con Affetto Stories: When we were kids, a trip to Essel World every year was a must in the summer holidays. Some of our best childhood memories are associated with that place” recount Tejas, 37 and Divya, 32. “Now, Divya is in the US, and I’m in Mumbai and we just get to meet once a year. But last year she made a special effort to plan a trip around Raksha Bandhan and both of us had the same idea: Essel World! We took the entire extended family along; our kids had such a blast and we really got to spend quality time together after years. It was the best Raksha Bandhan in years!

#3 Planning a last minute Raksha Bandhan and don’t know what to do? Try a movie marathon!

The daily grind can get to the best of us, so if you’re one of the many who’ve had absolutely no time or mind space to even think about what to do for Raksha Bandhan, a movie marathon may be the perfect solution! It’s a brilliant opportunity to hang out and catch up, while being able to relax and unwind all at the same time. You could head to the most conveniently located multiplex, or the neighbourhood theatre where you watched movies together as kids if that’s possible! Or, if even that seems like too much effort, just sack out at either of your homes and bring on the movies!

We love all things funky and unique at Con Affetto! Check out our ideas on hatke ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan 2016. Pajama parties, movie marathons, virtual coffee if your brother or sister is far away, a trip to an amusement park or bringing back a childhood ritual, which creative way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan will you pick?

Have a chilled out Raksha Bandhan with your fave munchies & movies!

Con Affetto Stories: Twins Anchal and Abhimanyu, 26, love watching movies but their hectic schedules barely leave them with time to breathe! They often end up watching movies together over the weekend as it also gives them a chance to hang out and a movie marathon to celebrate Raksha Bandhan seemed like a brilliant idea! “We are not really into rituals and stuff. What is important is that you bond with each other and spend time together. This year Raksha Bandhan was in the middle of the week so it was also a day off and much needed respite from work. A movie marathon seemed brilliant! We even got popcorn and ice cream and ate from the same tub like we used to as kids :)

#4 Celebrate this Raksha Bandhan in your pajamas!

We’re talking pajama parties and sleepovers! Back when you were kids, you and your sibling probably shared a bedroom and spent long hours chatting and bickering way into the night. Bring out those jammies and bring back those all night talkathons with a good old fashioned pajama party. You could even throw in some of your favourite grub and organise a midnight feast! It will be a unique Raksha Bandhan all right and a super fun way to bond.

We love all things funky and unique at Con Affetto! Check out our ideas on hatke ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan 2016. Pajama parties, movie marathons, virtual coffee if your brother or sister is far away, a trip to an amusement park or bringing back a childhood ritual, which creative way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan will you pick?

How about some bedtime stories, just like when you were kids?

Con Affetto Stories: We often plan sleepovers for our kids these days but we never thought of having one for ourselves until one of our kids gave us the idea!” share Preeti 27, Anjali, 32 and Rakesh, 35. “We felt a bit silly at first, but slowly we began to enjoy ourselves and had so much fun that we didn’t want the pajama party to end! We are all in the same city but every one is so involved with their own lives that we barely get a chance to meet. We have decided to celebrate Raksha Bandhan every year with pajama parties so that come what may, the three of us get to spend time with each other.

#5 Long distance Rakha Bandhan? Raise a toast…virtually!

Miss your sibling terribly come Raksha Bandhan but feel helpless because you are continents apart? Fret not, in the day of Facebook Live and SnapChat, a little social media can go a long way! This year, why not catch up with your sibling over a virtual meal? Just pick a time slot that is mutually convenient and arrange for a snack that suits the occasion! You could go one step further and pick a snack you know your sibling is particularly fond of, or maybe something you both equally relished as children!

We love all things funky and unique at Con Affetto! Check out our ideas on hatke ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan 2016. Pajama parties, movie marathons, virtual coffee if your brother or sister is far away, a trip to an amusement park or bringing back a childhood ritual, which creative way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan will you pick?

Continents apart at Raksha Bandhan? Virtual coffee to the rescue!

Con Affetto Stories: Ridhi, 23 and Rishabh, 27 have celebrated many a Raksha Bandhan together, albeit virtually “We were really close as kids, and now with both of us settled in different countries, we really miss those growing up years when we were always together. Especially on occasions like Raksha Bandhan you really feel the pinch, but it’s difficult to plan a trip every year now with kids in the picture and everyone’s evolving schedules! Skype really came as a blessing to us. Even today, when I feel really low, my first instinct is to check if Ridhi is free for a quick Skype chat and it’s the same with her. On Raksha Bandhan we make it a point to set aside a good one hour for each other and chat about anything and everything. Last year we had this idea of having a meal together, on Skype to celebrate Raksha Bandhan! Our time zones were so out of whack that we could only manage a cup of coffee but it was so wonderful. Best coffee ever!

So there you have it, some truly hatke ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan! Movie marathon, pajama party, trip to the amusement park…which one will you pick? Or maybe you have some ideas of your own or some unique experiences you’ve had at Raksha Bandhan with your siblings. Tell us; we’d love to hear from you this Raksha Bandhan!

7 Drool Worthy Desserts In Delhi You Simply MUST Check Out: Part I

D is for Dessert. is also for Delectable, Delicious, Divine and Drool-some. Coincidence? We think not! Desserts are what make the world go round after all! And our lives a little sweeter, those Mondays a little more bearable and the Fridays a million times more exhilarating! We decided to go on a dessert trail over at Con Affetto to banish those rainy day blues and since we’re all about the #funky, the not so regular and the #unboring, our desserts had to be a little #hatke too! We were amazed with some of the absolutely delish delights we found and of course we had to share the deets with you’ll. So check out this list of totally drool worthy desserts in Delhi you simply gotta taste right away! You and your sweet tooth are in for a treat!

1. Oppa Gangnam Style!

Unique and funky desserts in Delhi, go on a dessert quest with us at Con Affetto for the funkiest desserts in town

Binge on BINGSU! Image Courtesy: www.theurbanwire.com

Yup, still on desserts; haven’t completely lost it-yet! It’s just that the delectable Bingsu brings out the inner PSY in us! What’s Bingsu, did you say? An absolutely fab Korean dessert made of a wacky combination of ice shavings and all sorts of things like sweetened condensed milk; fruit syrup; bits of fruit- kiwi, banana, strawberries; rice cake; cereal flakes; even chewy jelly bits and topped off with ice cream or frozen yoghurt. It tastes so deeee-vine it’ll have you doing the Gangnam groove in no time!

Binge on some Bingsu at Ssongchee, Saket. Find them on Facebook here.

2. We like our chocolate. And we like it better FRIED!

Unique and funky desserts in Delhi, go on a dessert quest with us at Con Affetto for the funkiest desserts in town

Deep. Fried. Chocolate. Enough said! Image Courtesy: www.neatorama.com

We kid you not; fried chocolate EXISTS. At a choco-licious place called Garage Inc in Hauz Khas village, to be precise. Think Snickers. Think Mars. Deep. Fried. Do we really need to say more? Just dig into your fried chocolate bars and *swoooooooooon*

Deep fried chocolate delights await you at Garage Inc, Hauz Khas. Find them on Facebook here.

3. A trip down Parle-G tinged nostalgia lane

Unique and funky desserts in Delhi, go on a dessert quest with us at Con Affetto for the funkiest desserts in town

A trip down memory lane with Parle G! Image Courtesy: Instagram/ farzicafe

The smell of freshly baked biscuits instantly takes us on a nostalgia trip back to our childhood when biscuits meant the good ol’ Parle-G. Which is why when we heard of the Parle-G Cheesecake at Farzi Cafe, we simply had to go check it out! With smooth, creamy cheesecake sandwiched between two crisp, upright Parle-G’s, in a pool of chilled rabri topped with Gems and dry fruit *sighhhh* shimmering all around; this one just got it right in all those sweet spots a million times over!

Go nostalgia trippin’ on Parle-G at Farzi Cafe, Gurgaon. Find them here.

4. Phir se, phir se, phir se…

Unique and funky desserts in Delhi, go on a dessert quest with us at Con Affetto for the funkiest desserts in town

Phirni gets a makeover! Image Courtesy: www.foodaholix.in

…is what you’ll definitely say when you take one taste of the Phirni Crème Brulee! Quite a mouthful that, huh? But when your regular Phirni gets a makeover, it needs a name with a touch of jazz! If you like your Phirni, this version drizzled with sugar on top and then torched like a crème brulee will have you asking ‘phir se’ for this Phirni with a tantalizing twist.

Let your tastebuds flirt with the Phirni Creme Brulee at Junglee Billi, GK-1. Find them on Facebook here.

5. Thou Shalt Bow….

Unique and funky desserts in Delhi, go on a dessert quest with us at Con Affetto for the funkiest desserts in town

Take a bao! Image Courtesy: www.whatsuplife.in

Thou definitely shalt bow when thou encounter this melt in your mouth sweet; a soft, light Chinese dessert. Dou Sha Bao, steamed white buns filled with a red bean filling are just what the doctor ordered for those days when you wish you’d stayed under the covers. Typically served with a glass of doodh, these bursting with flavour buns are known to pack in a whole lotta nutrition too. So go ahead and bow to the Dou Sha Bao!

Take a bao at Sibang, Gurgaon. Find them here.

6. Shaahi Jam

Unique and funky desserts in Delhi, go on a dessert quest with us at Con Affetto for the funkiest desserts in town

Good ol’ chuski- in a never seen before avatar! Image Courtesy: www.whatsuplife.in

Remember the vodka gol gappas from Punjabi By Nature? Well, ladies and gentlemen, now it’s the chuski’s turn in the sun! The humble little chuski now gets a makeover, bathed in a mix of vodka, Roohafza, lime juice and salt. This is one chuski worth crossing a million water logged, traffic jams for! Hic!

Get chuski’d at 21 Gun Salute, Gurgaon. Find them here.

7. And last but not the least, a surprise…

Unique and funky desserts in Delhi, go on a dessert quest with us at Con Affetto for the funkiest desserts in town

Batter fried Oreo *Swooooooon* Image Courtesy: www.createdby-diane.com

We just had to end our list of 7 drool worthy desserts with this one! Okay, okay, we admit- we have a soft spot for Oreos in any form, which is why when we first met ‘The Oreo Surprise’ we felt like we’d died and gone to heaven! Coz heavenly is exactly what batter fried Oreos, drizzled with sugar and crushed into submission by a creamy river of whipped cream, cheese, sugar and milk feel like! Oh and did we mention you also get a serve of your favourite ice cream to go with it? Yes, we’re in heaven just thinking about it!

A taste of heaven at New York Slice, Hauz Khas Village. Find them here.

If you haven’t put all of the above on your dessert bucket list, we’d suggest you do it right away. Put those thoughts of cutting calories on hold for a bit and dig into some of these sweet treats, they are oh so worth it! And when you’re done, come back here, coz we will be back with Part Two of our drool-some desserts in Delhi list!

Baking Resources Guide, Our Monsoon Gift To You!

That fresh, earthy smell of rain that makes your senses sing; cloudy, misty mornings; the occasional sudden cloudburst that catches you off guard…yes, it’s that time of the year again! The monsoons have arrived and if we haven’t told you yet that baking is one of the best and most perfect indoor activities for when the rains arrive, we’re telling you now!

A complete baking resources guide that gives home bakers the full lowdown on baking ingredients, baking supplies and baking equipment. Plus some easy baking recipes and tips on baking as a family!

When the skies burst forth…our ovens go PING!

A lot of home bakers find that the rainy season, when you’re stuck indoors, often for unreasonably long periods, is one of the best times to discover your baking skills if you’re a beginner or hone them further if you’re a pro in the making. Which is why this monsoon we’ve decided to gift you a comprehensive baking resources guide that will have all of your baking queries sorted (you’re welcome!). Read on for all the baking fabulousness on the blog you ever needed to get your hands on!

A complete baking resources guide that gives home bakers the full lowdown on baking ingredients, baking supplies and baking equipment. Plus some easy baking recipes and tips on baking as a family!

Get, set, bake!

To bake or not to bake? If you’ve been on the fence for a while…

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

To bake or not to bake?

Been thinking about doing your own baking for a while but not sure if it’s worth the effort or the initial investment? Check out our baking resources guide below which tells you all about the benefits of baking! And hey, when you get the hang of it and experience the unparalleled joy it brings, it seems pretty effortless!

Click here to access your guide to the benefits of baking!

Okay, okay, you’re convinced! But where do you start? It’s way too confusing!

Fret not! The Con Affetto peeps are here with our super simple baking resources guide 😉 For starters, check out our awesome baking supplies guide on all the baking equipment you’ll need to get started as a home baker!

The must have baking essentials every home baker needs includes a stand mixer and many other must have baking toolsNow that the equipment bit is sorted, you need to stock up that pantry. Here’s our snazzy baking resource on all of the baking ingredients that the new home baker needs to get those moist sponge cakes & choc chip cookies (among other things) whizzing outta the oven.

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All the baking ingredients you need to make magic in the oven!

And now for the cherry on the cake! Our handy baking supplies resource on exactly where you need to go to pick up each of those must-stock baking supplies. A comprehensive baking supplies guide like never before.

You’ve finally begun with baby baking steps…

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

Lets get bakin’!

So the baking equipment and supplies are under control and you’ve discovered the most gorgeous baking stores in your neighbourhood. You’re all set to bake! But, ummm, recipes? We’ve got that bit covered too! Here are some easy peasy recipes for the whole family to get down and baking! Added bonus: some snazzy tips on how to get started when you’re baking together as a family.

You really shouldn’t have any excuses not to bake, not after this fabulous baking resources guide we’re sending your way! So, without further ado, let’s get those aprons on and those ovens pinging! And you know we love hearing from you’ll so do share your baking experiences and recipes with us in the comments below!

7 Everyday Occasions When Cake Pops Come To The Rescue!

If you’ve been following this space for a while, you probably know that we kinda have a thing for cake pops, those adorb little bites of heaven that have created a frenzy on the dessert scene. And let’s face it, it’s hard not to fall utterly, head-over-heels in love with these little treats on a stick! Did you know that cake pops are super versatile and lend themselves beautifully to several #cake-pop moments that you simply must try? Read on for more!

1. When dessert boredom strikes and you’re looking for something funky to hit the sweet spot…

It’s been a long day; you’re totally stressed out and you need a quick sugar fix to get your mojo back but you don’t want another brownie or pastry! You need something that’s different; that’s fun; that’s not run of the mill…you need a cake pop! Combining the traditional sophistication of gourmet cakes with the fun quirkiness of lollipops, cake pops are designed to snap you out of those boring dessert blues!

Cake pops are super versatile desserts. Read about these cake pop occasions or cake pop moments when cake pops fit the dessert bill perfectly!

Stress busting balls have never been this gorgeous…or yum!

Try a signature Con Affetto ‘Have a Ball’ cake pop bouquet and watch all that stress melt away!

2. When you need a quick POP-me-up 😉

Picture one of these scenarios:

*It’s a long, boring afternoon at work and you desperately need something to get through a marathon meeting …gah!*

*It’s been an intense 90 minute sweat session in the gym and you’re looking for something fun to recharge your guns.*

*Manic middle of the day and you’re feeling peckish. Something light and quick that won’t weigh you down…*

Cake pops are super versatile desserts. Read about these cake pop occasions or cake pop moments when cake pops fit the dessert bill perfectly!

For when you need (sweet) middle of the day inspiration!

Did something go POP in your head yet? We sure hope so, because ALL of the above are perfect cake pop pick-me-up occasions! These bite-sized handy desserts will melt in your mouth, giving you just the right amount of pop-me-up, yet without making you feel like you’ve eaten too much.

Bring back the sunshine into your life with our gorgeous ‘Hello Sunshine’ bouquet; we recommend our succulent red velvet cake pops, wrapped in golden sunshine!

3. When you’re hosting a fancy high tea

The girls are coming over for an evening of goss! You have the perfect finger food menu going; dainty cucumber sandwiches, mini kebabs, crusty quiches….and…you really don’t want an old fashioned tea cake but something funky to add a little…POP! Cake pops are oh SO perfect for afternoon teas, high teas and even for parties; they add a bite sized touch of glamour and deliciousness to any occasion.

Cake pops are super versatile desserts. Read about these cake pop occasions or cake pop moments when cake pops fit the dessert bill perfectly!

Add a dollop of oomph to your afternoon tea party!

Luxury, decadence, sin! Look no further than our Pop & Drink luxurious cake pop bouquet to add some bubble and fizz and plenty of oomph!

4. And the children just adore them!

If we’re talking parties, can kiddie birthdays be far behind? Yup, those occasions when you have a bunch of picky little eaters on hand and need goodies that are not boring and offer variety. Can you think of anything more fun than cake pops? With a winning combination like cake, chocolate and fun toppings that can be customised to themes from Minions to Disney Princesses, you have a sure shot winner with cake pops. (Psst: And they make for great additions to those goody bags too!)

Cake pops are super versatile desserts. Read about these cake pop occasions or cake pop moments when cake pops fit the dessert bill perfectly!

Kids and cake pops, a love story made in dessert heaven ;)

Charm the young uns with our adorable Little Pearls edible bouquet; guaranteed to delight mums, mums-to-be and kids alike!

5. When you want to get into shape and are watching the calories…

You’ve worked your way through an hour of cardio and munched a healthy low cal lunch when BAM! Images of that gooey chocolate cake start swimming through your head and they Just. Won’t. Go. Away. But one slice of cake packs in a whole lotta calories and you may not have the willpower to stick to just one bite. Ta da! Superhero Cake Pop to the rescue! Perfect taste, perfect size- just what you need! Talk about having your cake pop and eating it too 😉

Cake pops are super versatile desserts. Read about these cake pop occasions or cake pop moments when cake pops fit the dessert bill perfectly!

For the calorie conscious, cake pops are the perfect dessert option

The Ballerina cake pop bouquet: an ode to lovers; not just of beauty, but the arts and desserts as well 😉 A quick nibble won’t topple you off the fitness bandwagon and you can spread some joy by sharing the rest!

6. When you’re hunting for that last minute gift and want something hatke

It’s a special occasion and you’re looking for a gift but you want something funky, not the regular cake and flowers routine. With cake pops you’ve hit the sweet spot! With their heart stealing good looks, innovative designs and the smorgasbord of flavours and toppings, cake pops make for one unique gift that is not just guaranteed to wow, but that can also be tailored to suit the occasion– think football themed cake pops for the sports fan or GOT themed cake pops (yup, true story!) for lovers of the Thrones.

Cake pops are super versatile desserts. Read about these cake pop occasions or cake pop moments when cake pops fit the dessert bill perfectly. And cake pops make for perfect gifts too.

Need the perfect gift? Look no further.

Need that perfect, unique, funky gift? Purple It Up with this creamy and decadent cake pop bouquet!

7. When you’re on the go and need that dessert fix

Whether it’s road trips or picnics, or even a busy day whizzing around town, with cake pops you’re always good to go. Cake pops are mess and fuss free by design; they are spill proof, don’t drip and are leak free. So get a box to go and bring on the travels!

Cake pops are super versatile desserts. Read about these cake pop occasions or cake pop moments when cake pops fit the dessert bill perfectly. And cake pops make for perfect gifts too.

Cake pops to go…on the go!

Did you know that cake pops and road trips were a match made in (travel) heaven? Colour up those travels with this vibrant bunch of gorgeous edible blooms; bursting with colour and road trippin’ joy! 

Is your cake pop moment calling out to you yet? Hurry up and order one of our gorgeous cake pop bouquets today! 

Cake pops are super versatile desserts. Read about these cake pop occasions or cake pop moments when cake pops fit the dessert bill perfectly. And cake pops make for perfect gifts too.

Con Affetto’s ULTIMATE Baking Ingredients Checklist: Beginner

It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon and you’re in the mood to bake a gooey-licious chocolate cake. You get your favourite recipe out, prep the cake pan, measure out the flour and…you’re out of sugar! And baking powder… And there’s just, um, one egg and a scrap of cooking chocolate that’s not enough even for a cookie! Ever been there? Totally sucks, right? We know. And that’s why we’ve put together a list every home baker needs; a list that’ll ensure you have ALL your baking ingredients in place whenever you’re in the mood for some bakin’. Put this on your must-read radar along with our list of must have baking essentials every home baker needs and you’re good to bake!

The ULTIMATE baking ingredients checklist for beginners!

1. Flour

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The basic baking workhorse!

This is your basic baking workhorse, whether you’re thinking cakes, cookies or breads. Two of the commonly used flours most home bakers come across are plain flour and self raising flour. Self raising flour is plain flour with a raising agent already added. If you’re using plain flour, you’ll need a raising agent like baking powder or bicarbonate of soda to ensure your cakes get that awesome rise you want!

Wholemeal flours tend to give a denser texture, but you can swap part of your refined flour with wholemeal for a healthier version.

Keep watching this space for some funky and healthy recipes using wholemeal flours- coming up soon!

2. Baking Powder

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Those cakes ain’t rising without this ‘magic’ baking ingredient ;)

When you have flour on the list, baking powder is bound to follow, coz that flour ain’t rising without this must-have on your baking ingredients checklist. Baking powder is a raising agent made of bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar and sometimes, cornstarch. Cream of tartar is an acid which activates the bicarbonate of soda- causing the release of carbon dioxide and helping to aerate the cake with moisture, so that the cake doesn’t get too dry.

3. Bicarbonate of Soda

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The soda bakers can’t do without :D

Also known as baking soda, this is a base that is called for in recipes that also contain some sort of acid like buttermilk, yoghurt, lemon juice or honey, to name a few. The acid in the recipe reacts with baking soda, creating carbon dioxide and causing your cake to rise.

Just in case you were wondering- baking powder and baking soda are two very different ingredients.


Some recipes call for both baking powder and baking soda- this is usually to get the desired leavening as well as flavour and browning of your baked goodie.

 4. Butterrrrr!!

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Utterly butterly…cake-licious!

Utterly butterly required on any list of must have baking ingredients! Beaten together with sugar, butter is what gives your cakes its light, airy feel.

Important Baking Tip: Remember, butter needs to be at room temperature for baking.

We CANNOT imagine our creamed cakes without the delicious feel of butter!

5. Another all rounder on the must have baking ingredients checklist…

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Good ol’ eggs to get that fluffy sponge cake just right

…Eggs of course! Eggs are used in batters for binding as well as to trap air in the batter. As with butter, make sure the eggs are at room temperature before you get baking.

6. Cocoa/ Chocolate

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Ahhhh…chocolate!

Coz what would a chocolate cake be without this on our must have baking ingredients checklist? Okay, plain vanilla which is also kinda nice, but we admit we’re chocoholics and we must must must have our chocolate cakes! You can go with either cocoa or chocolate. Or be like us and use both 😉 for your cakes, buttercream icings and fillings.

7. Sugar

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A pinch of sugar…

The sweetest no-brainer on our baking ingredients check-list. There are all sorts of this sweetie of course 😉 Plain old white granulated sugar- nothing quite like this baby for creaming those wet ingredients together.

We have a sugary sweet post coming your way soon: all about the various sorts of sugars you need to sweeten up your baking just right!


Caster sugar tends to be quite popular among home bakers too; it blends real nice thanks to its fine texture. Icing sugar, is what you need for icing-DUH! Then there are a variety of brown sugars- light, dark, muscovado; each with a distinctive flavour and each lending itself to a particular sort of recipe.

8. Spice

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…and some spice…

Sugar and spice go together to bake all those baked goodies nice :) Think cinammon, ground ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom. A pinch or two can add that burst of flavour that’ll elevate your cake or cookie to the next level.

9. Vanilla Extract

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…and a hint of vanilla, bakes all things nice!

This can really add that special zing to a recipe which is why it makes it to our list of must have baking ingredients. Invest in real vanilla extract made from vanilla beans, SO much better than the cheaper vanilla essence.

Pssst! Delhi home bakers! You may want to check out THIS fab resource on where to get your baking supplies in Delhi. Includes the full scoop on where you can get some REAL vanilla too!

10. Milk

Check out this super resource for home bakers; the ultimate baking ingredients checklist for beginners

Fresh, creamy, flavorful…the goodness of milk in our gourmet bakes

We like ours full fat for that added creaminess and flavour :)

11. Yeast

Check out this super resource for home bakers; the ultimate baking ingredients checklist for beginners

That bread looks yeasty good!

Yeast. Instant, active dry, rapid rise, there are some yeasty varieties out there. Pick yours depending on what your recipe calls for.

12. Salt

Check out this super resource for home bakers; the ultimate baking ingredients checklist for beginners

Can’t imagine grub without salt? Well, bakes need a dash too…even some sweet ones!

Just a pinch. For that added dimension to your scrummy bakes.

13. Vegetable Oil

Check out this super resource for home bakers; the ultimate baking ingredients checklist for beginners

Make your bakes healthier with this ingredient!

Can be used as a substitute to butter, or swap in a bit for a healthier version. Plus it brings in its own distinctive flavour to the bake at hand. We love our coconut oil for our pumpkin muffin recipe and our sunflower blend for our rich sponge cakes!

Okay peeps, you can stop reading and get baking already! :) And don’t forget to watch this space for the next post in our home baker essential series; we have a post coming up on the ultimate baking ingredients check-list- the ADVANCED version!

Do you have any basic ingredients you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Mother’s Day Special: The Different Types of “Dessert” Mums We Love!

Oh Mom, you’re such a cookie! Or…a doughnut, maybe?

It’s that time of the year again peeps! Mother’s Day is round the corner and if you’ve been waiting all year to say those sweet ‘everythings’ to your Mom, to let her know just how much she means to you, we’ve got just the thing! Take a quick look below to figure out which dessert type your Mum fits into and then treat her to some gorgeous looking & scrumptious tasting edible bouquet-ish love with our very special Mother’s Day bouquet, crafted especially for all the extraordinary Mums out there!

Gift your Mom an edible bouquet, a unique gift idea this Mothers Day 2016

Let Mom dig into these gorgeous & delish blooms crafted especially for her! #mothersspecial

1. The Glazed Cinnamon Doughnut Mommy

When Mother’s Day rolls around you want to jump up and down, let out loud whoops of joy and give your Mom a big, warm hug. Coz your Mom is just freakin’ awesome! Down to earth, no nonsense, she is terrific with all types of people and all sorts of situations. Got a problem to deal with? Your Mom can handle it and how! Super independent and confident, your Glazed Cinnamon Doughnut Mommy sure knows how to walk the talk! Take the afternoon off and treat her to a movie that she loves this Mother’s Day, and let the rest of the world handle its own problems for a change 😉

2. The Vanilla Almond Sponge Cake Mother

So, you know how it is with cake, right? Everyone wants a slice and there’s never enough to go around! That’s how it is with your Vanilla Almond Sponge Cake Mother. Easy to talk to, a great listener, the friend everyone can turn to…she’s the one you want to go home to. She’s got her stuff sorted and she makes even the most complicated mess seem like…what else? A piece of cake! 😉 It doesn’t take much to make your sweet, simple Mum happy, so why not melt her heart this Mother’s Day with some DIY? A hand made gift into which you’ve invested time and effort will truly show her how much she means to you.

3. The Red Velvet Cheesecake Mummy

Perfectly coiffed hair; pearls in place, she is sophistication personified. Elegant and polished, she can work any social situation with ease, and has saved your skin on many an occasion, because she knows exactly what to say and do! She has high standards, is hard to please and won’t settle for anything but the best. If that sounds like Mommy dearest, you’ve got The Red Velvet Cheesecake Mama! Treat her to an afternoon at her favourite spa this Mother’s Day, so she can put her (perfectly pedicured) feet up and unwind.

Gift your Mom an edible bouquet, a unique gift idea this Mothers Day 2016

Red Velvet Mom? Or Glazed Cinnamon Doughnut maybe? Whatever her dessert type, she’ll love our divine edible bouquets!

4. The French Macaron Mama

Will you stop day dreaming already? Except in this case, it’s you who says this to her and not the other way round! Coz your Mama is a day dreamer and a hopeless romantic to boot! She dreams that someday you’ll end up marrying the guy (or gal) of your dreams, have the beach wedding that she always fantasized about and maybe end up living in a gorgeous atelier in Paris with a dreamy view of the Seine, gorgeous art and an endless supply of luxuriant Macarons…the dessert that describes her best! Your French Macaron Mama loves all things haute couture and is a sucker for the fine things in life…and you wouldn’t want her to be one bit different! Treat her with tickets to the most happening event in town this Mother’s Day…we’re thinking art, couture… or maybe a musical or play she might enjoy.

5. The Apple Crumble & Pecan Pie Momma

She may seem unapproachable to some because of her seemingly strict, crusty exterior, but you know the soft-hearted goodness that lies within! She’s wise beyond her years and an ace at handling even seemingly insurmountable difficulties. And she has a goofy side to her as well…one that you know only too well, even though she keeps it well hidden from the rest of the world! Take your Apple Crumble & Pecan Pie Mumster to an evening out this Mother’s Day…an evening of fun, frolic and wild abandon, where she can let her hair down! We’re thinking a night on the town…bowling, clubbing, a go at the casino…or maybe a stand up comic act!

6. The Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Mumma

She’s the super enthu social butterfly and her friends (and yours!) know they can rely on her. She’s fabulous company and loves having people over, is a real softie at heart (though she can go rock hard if someone’s messing with you) and is incredibly versatile. She’s everyone’s favourite, huggable Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Mumma and you love her to (chocolate chip) bits! Give her a break from all that frantic socializing this Mother’s Day and treat her to a picnic! Just whisk her away unexpectedly…some food, soothing music and a nice shady tree is all you need!

7. The Classic Chocolate Brownie Mom

She has a heart made of…pure chocolate! Warm, soft hearted, kind and loving, everyone loves your Classic Chocolate Brownie Mom! And why wouldn’t they? She’s approachable, practical, easy going and always makes time for you and the things that matter to you. No wonder all your friends love her (almost!)as much as you do! Oh and did we mention she’s fabulous company too? Take her out with all your pals (they’ll only be too happy to join in) and maybe their Mums too, to her favourite restaurant this Mother’s Day to celebrate her unique spirit.

Gift your Mom an edible bouquet, a unique gift idea this Mothers Day 2016

Con Affetto salutes #momspirit! Treat her to one of our edible bouquets this Mother’s Day and have her swooning all year round!

So there you have it! Which dessert matches your Mum best? Whether she’s a Doughnut, a French Macaron or a crusty, flaky Pie, there’s only one of her, so go all out and make her feel fabulous this Mother’s Day!

Con Affetto Love: Featuring Shehla Meezan

Trends Forecaster. Hunter of fashion and tech moments. Travel Photographer…”

Hooked? We don’t blame you! That’s how she describes herself on social media and she had us hooked…and lined and sinkered! Speaking of getting hooked at first sight, in this particular case it worked both ways 😉 The lady in question saw us on Instagram and was intrigued. It was the beginning of a long and beautiful association that we honour and cherish till date, with her going on to become one of our most frequent, valued and need we say- most charismatic Con Affettistas! *Con Affettista (n, female; male:Con Affettisto): Someone totally cool who crushes on Con Affetto and possibly, fell in love with us at first sight* 😉

Okay, we bet the suspense is killing you now, so we’re going to bring her centre stage right away! Introducing Shehla Meezan, all of the above and SO much more and we are so honoured and delighted to have her sharing this space with us today!

Without any further ado, in conversation with Shehla Meezan…

In conversation with Shehla Meezan, creative director, trends forecaster, valued Con Affetto client

Featuring Shehla Meezan

Welcome to the blog Shehla! We’d love, love, LOVE to know a little more about you!

Happy to be here :) I’m a trends forecaster and amateur photographer, turned creative director to an online fashion company. Born to travel, I’ve been all over the globe and currently call New Delhi my home.

You’re a fabulous trends forecaster with a keen sense of the global fashion industry. Tell us a little about your journey?

Well, I did my schooling at Sanskriti School in Delhi, followed by undergrad at NIFT where I studied Fashion & Textiles. I then did a specialization in Creative Pattern Cutting from London College of Fashion.

What have been your biggest challenges and achievements so far? Personal and professional…

In conversation with Shehla Meezan, creative director, trends forecaster, valued Con Affetto client

A world traveller…Shehla’s going places!

My biggest achievements while growing up were to work with the best designers around the world from Delhi to London to New York. After that I have come to creating from ground up, a new age fashion portal online. Personally, my family has granted me so much independence that I have traveled around the world by myself, from a young age of 7 years. It’s a great experience when you meet new people and discover new cultures, makes me forever hungry to try out new things.

Your family sounds incredibly supportive. Can you tell us a little more about them?

My family has rarely managed to stay together; it’s either my father or me or my sister who are always on the move, my mother is the one who keeps us rooted. So when we all do get together, every once in a few months, we try and make the best of it. Our entire family is spread across the globe, so when we all come together it’s like a whole festival!

In conversation with Shehla Meezan, creative director, trends forecaster, valued Con Affetto client

Family…festivals…love…gifting!

That sounds like so much fun :) Families and festivals always remind us of gifting! What’s your take on gifting?

I like to give people what I would like to get, in terms of value. Anything new and unique makes one feel special, and that is something I aim for every time.

We agree :) Okay, one last question. You’ve been a valued Con Affetto client for some time now. So…*blush blush*…what’s your take on us?

In conversation with Shehla Meezan, creative director, trends forecaster, valued Con Affetto client

Yup, it’s love at first sight with our gorgeous, blooming arrangements alright :)

I came across the beautiful gifting style you at Con Affetto have, on Instagram. So unique and so delightful, you can outshine any bouquet of flowers or box of imported chocolates even! Your popular flavours keep you trendy. All my close ones have expressed their delight especially about this unique present and always have so many compliments for you’ll. Your special attention (customer care pre and post delivery) is always a pleasant surprise and so very welcome in today’s Indian service industry. I can’t wait for you to begin nation wide delivery, I have so many people to surprise with your unique idea of Con Affetto.

Thanks SO much Shehla, for joining us on the blog today! We wish you all the very best in all your future endeavors; in fashion, gifting, travel and all of the fantabulous things that we’re sure lie ahead for you!

Enjoyed this feature? Check out some of our other fabulous clients featured here and here!

 

 

Baking Supplies in Delhi: Con Affetto’s Ultimate Guide!

Good things come to those who bake! We totally agree but you also need good things to bake with, and to bake in! And in a city like Delhi, it can be a tad difficult to find your way around the bake space, especially when it comes to sourcing all those baking supplies. Well, we’re changing all that with our ultimate guide to baking supplies in Delhi. Take a read through and we assure you, ALL your baking requirements will be sorted!

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

The ULTIMATE guide for Delhi home bakers is here!

Of sugar sprinkled roses, frosting ice…ganache, fondant and all things nice!

Great baking has a lot to do with the right ingredients and to get those you need to know where to go. Here are some of our go-to places for getting the basics (and the not-so-basics!) of baking supplies in Delhi.

The Culinary and Cake Decorating School (CCDS)

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

At CCDS life really can be all about roses…in fondant and frosting!

Jelly roll pans. Ready to use gumpaste. White vanilla fondant. Whipped cream mix. Sounds like a baking haven? Well, when you step into CCDS, it’s a dream come true for your inner bakerista! From cake decorating tools and equipment to edibles and supplies, CCDS has all your baking needs- and then some- covered. Cherry on the cake? They stock brands right from KitchenAid and Kenwood to Nigella Lawson, Patchwork Cutters and Batter Buddies. And they now have their own online store as well, so all your baking supplies are just a click away!

Where: A-13, Okhla Estate Marg, Near Crowne Plaza Hotel, DDA Shed, Okhla Phase II and other locations

Modern Bazaar

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

Your basic baking ingredients covered, at Delhi’s Modern Bazaar

This is our go-to store for all the ingredient basics. If you’re thinking flour, eggs, sugar, ready mixes, frosting, food colouring and the likes, Modern Bazaar will have you covered. You’re sure to get what you’re looking for- or at the very least, a close substitute- right here. Their outlets in Vasant Vihar and DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon have an extensive stock of various baking supplies. Bonus Tip: The Modern Bazaar outlets in Vasant Vihar and DLF stock blocks of fresh yeast that you can store at home and use as you please! They also stock the usually hard-to-find egg white powder and wheat gluten.

Where: 15, Community Centre, New Friends Colony and other locations

Pigmento

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

All the chocolate stuff a Delhi home baker needs at Pigmento!

This one is for the chocoholic bakers among us. If you’re thinking chocolate compounds, cocoa, all sorts of chocolate fillings and even stuff like fondant, Pigmento is the place for you. They have an enviable array of raw materials; perfect for baking and chocolate making, as well as a variety of bakeware.

Where: Shop No. 21, Birbal Road, Jangpura Extension, Jangpura

Chandanmal Kanhaiyalal

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

Everything you need for cake decorating at Chandanmal Kanhaiyalal, Delhi

A trip up the stairs of the Community Centre in Karkardooma leads you to a rather dingy looking, small-ish shop. An unlikely place to qualify as a  baker’s haven, you’d think. But you’d be wrong! This little store is loaded to the gills and more with baking supplies that’ll BLOW your mind. Edible printing sheets, pastry sprinkles and beads, edible glitter (we like!), tubs of satin ice rolled fondant, macaroon baking sheets, moulds of all sorts, a range of baking equipment are just some of the things you’ll find here!

Where: 201, United Plaza, Second Floor, Community Centre, Opposite Karkardooma Metro Station, Karkardooma

Food Decor Shop

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

Make your cakes look pretty with supplies from the Food Decor Shop

This pretty little store in Lajpat Nagar totally lives up to its name! If you’re thinking food decoration, the Food Decor Shop will inspire you! The store goes well beyond the basic baking ingredients and equipment (which it also stocks) and offers you a mind boggling array of food colours (in liquid, powder, gel, marking pens!), sparkles, butterflies, sugar balls, pearl confetti, cake tops, cake moulds, cookie boxes….sigh! We’re in bakerista heaven already! Bonus Tip: They also stock a range of ‘Belgium Flavours’- take your pick from Pan Masala, Raw Mango or Cola, to name a few.

Where: B 218, Krishna Market, Lajpat Nagar 1

Baker Solutions

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

The best of cake decoration at Baker Solutions, Delhi

Are you one of those fancy schmancy home bakers who luuurve edible sugar bunnies atop your cakes? Fancy sprinkles, perhaps? Baker Solutions is where you gotta go! From edible sugar accessories, all sorts of sprinkles, metallic sugar beads, frosting tubes to fancy cakes boxes and cupcake holders, Baker Solutions has ’em all.

Find them here: http://www.bakersolutions.in/

The Batter House

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

B’bye last minute trips to the dairy! Hello, whipping cream powder @ Batter House, Delhi!

Have you ever been half way through baking a scrummylicious chocolate cake, only to find that you’ve run out of whipping cream? Well you can forget all about rushed last minute cake shopping trips once you discover The Batter House. They even stock- hold your breathwhipping cream powder– which you can store in your very own home. Yipppeee! Not to mention other baking ingredients and baking tools.

Find them here: http://www.thebatterhouse.com

Some of Delhi’s famed markets: a haven for home bakers!

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

Delhi’s Old Market is a haven for home bakers! Get your pick of baking supplies here

Delhi’s Old Market deserves a mention of its own with its multitude of stores where you can find what you need, and sometimes even what you thought you wouldn’t find in your wildest dreams (Yup, it’s happened to us!).  One of our most visited haunts is the quaint little lane behind Novelty Cinema with a bunch of shops lined up in a row. Now these little shops may not be much to look at, but take a closer look and it’s a market lane straight out of one of Enid Blyton’s faraway, magical lands! For here, you will find a bunch of shops that sell only bars of chocolate. Right next to another little bunch that sells only confetti. Yup, no kidding! Take a trip here and you’ll find everything from flour, cocoa, confetti, flavours, essences, chocolate bars to the latest in baking equipment. INA Market in Delhi is another treasure trove for chocolate lovers; here you will find brands like Calebaut, Selbourne, Morde as well as great quality almond meal, dry fruits, candied peel, whole spices and a variety of soft cheese. Then there is also Sadar Bazaar in Old Delhi; go here for packaging material and stuff like moulds and cupcake liners. Oh, and did we mention that these are wholesale markets so everything you buy will be at super competitive rates, making it well worth the trip here? Other worthy mentions: National Food Products at Daryagunj where you get all sorts of cheese from local to imported and SP Mukherjee Marg near Sadar Bazar with another line of shops selling cooking chocolate, flavorings et al.

We’ve listed some of our absolute faves above, but for many of the basic baking supplies in Delhi, you can also check out your friendly neighbourhood Big Bazaar, Needs or gourmet stores like Le Marche and Nature’s Basket. Fab India outlets have some hidden gems too; e.g. their organic vanilla beans which we totally dig and they stock sachets of vanilla powder too. Then there are also bakeries like Gourmet Affaire’s in GK II which, although not a baking supplies store, will be happy to help you out with a cake tin or liquid color or an edible sugar decoration. And for our dairy needs, there are the good ‘ol Mother Dairy outlets whose buttermilk we swear by!

And on to tins and pans to bung all those bakes in…

When we’ve shopped to our heart’s content for the baking staples, here is where we head to for all our bakeware:

Matchless Machine Tools

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

A treasure trove of baking equipment at Matchless Machine Tools, Old Delhi Market

The days of begging friends and relatives flying in from abroad to cart a muffin tray or cookie punches may be over, with several stores now offering bakeware right here, but it’s always a pleasure to find a veritable treasure trove of all the baking tins and pans you could possibly need under one roof. Which is where MMT comes in with its collection of anything you might ever need to bake in! Baking tins in every conceivable size, cookie cutters, dessert rings, icing sets…you’ll find them all here.

Where: 1730/B, Bazaar Lal Kuan

Cake Craft Store

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

Cake crafting with a lil help from the Cake Craft Store

If you’ve ever dreamed of crafting that perfectly intricate icing rose atop your freshly baked cake; the Cake Craft Store should be your first stop. They stock a variety of crafting tools, rolling pins, silicon onlays, texture mats, cupcake liners, edible photo prints….gasp! We could go on and on, so why not head there and check it out for yourself?

Where: H 101, Sushant Shopping Arcade, Sushant Lok I, Gurgaon

Bharat Crockery Corner

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

All the bakeware you’ll ever need at the Bharat Crockery Store, Delhi

Next time you’re in the mood for some baking, but find your kitchen lacking a tad in the bakeware section, hop on to the metro! Hop off again at the INA Metro station and head straight into Bharat Crockery Corner, right opposite the metro exit. Here you’ll find mini bundt pans, tart pans, scalloped edge cutters, pie plates, jumbo muffin pans, those bright and cheerful silicon baking trays and much more from their very impressive collection.

Where: 197, INA Market, Opp Dilli Haat

Butler Mart

Resource guide for baking supplies in Delhi

Ice your way to perfection with the baking tools and icing knives at Butler Mart, Delhi

Head here for your pick of palette knives, icing knives, baking dishes of every size, cake holders, serving plates and a variety of electrical appliances.

Where: Lajpat Nagar

There are also stores like Osaba (Vasant Vihar), The Home Store, Tarini (GK and DLF Phase 4), Croma and Lifestyle for standard bakeware. And there’s old Delhi market again, with its cornucopia of shops. There are quite a few around the Matchless Machine Tools area, as well as the trusty Sheel Pans in Rajouri Gardens, where you get all sorts of baking pans and tools.

Is there a store in Delhi YOU swear by for your baking supplies? Tell us and we’ll add it to our list! And don’t forget to watch this space for more resource guides on all things baking!

Con Affetto Love: Of Entrepreneurs And Authentic Marwadi Food! A Special Women’s Day Feature

The Ides of March are upon us and if you’ve been missing us out here, it’s only because we’ve been super busy in the Con Affetto kitchen crafting some of those gorgeous, yummy-licious edible bouquets you’ll love so much! But we’re back with a bang and how! If you’d heard about the funky contest we ran back in the month of love to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you may remember that we’d promised to feature the contest winners right here! And when we promise something, we sure as hell mean it 😉 Besides today is not just any other day, its International Women’s Day and we couldn’t think of a better day to feature in this space, a truly inspirational and remarkable woman. She’s not just the winner of the Con Affetto Valentine’s Day Contest, she’s an entrepreneur in her own right and the creator of what is rightly known as the closest you can get to super delish, authentic Marwadi food in Gurgaon. Any guesses? Read on!

Authentic Marwadi food in Gurgaon, served up by Abhilasha Jain's Marwadi Khana. A Con Affetto special feature for International Women's Day!

We’re serving up something super delish this International Women’s Day!

A day spent with love…for love…by love!”


That was her special, love-ly message for the Con Affetto Valentine’s Day Contest; that’s the spirit she imbues into her life, her work and her food; and that’s pretty much what makes her the rockstar that she is! We bring to you, Abhilasha Jain, chef extraordinaire and the magic behind Marwadi Khana, authentic Marwadi food for the gourmets at heart (and tongue 😉 ).

Authentic Marwadi food in Gurgaon, served up by Abhilasha Jain's Marwadi Khana. A Con Affetto special feature for International Women's Day!

Presenting Abhilasha Jain, founder Marwadi Khana! A Con Affetto special feature

After spending her early years in Ajmer and having done her schooling and graduation from the hallowed portals of Sophia School and Sophia College, Ajmer; Abhilasha now calls Gurgaon her home. That’s also where she runs the acclaimed Marwadi Khana, hailed as the go-to destination if authentic Marwadi food is what your tastebuds are craving. Always a talented and passionate cook, Abhilasha was fuelled by a desire to show what cooking with passion, with soul is all about to the world, and that’s how the idea for Marwadi Khana first took shape. Well, she sure has shown the world how passion, love and soul infused into authentic Marwadi food can make it rock- totally outta the world and into foodie heaven! When she’s not whipping up her famed dal-baati-churma and her to-die-for atta gond laddoos or brainstorming on how to elevate brand Marwadi Khana; Abhilasha can be found spending time with hubby Ashish, her biggest strength and support and their daughter Bhavya.

Authentic Marwadi food in Gurgaon, served up by Abhilasha Jain's Marwadi Khana. A Con Affetto special feature for International Women's Day!

Gourmet Rajasthani delicacies conjured up at Marwadi Khana

With her second baby, Marwadi Khana 😉 keeping her on her toes at all times, Abhilasha walks the talk as she balances the many demands of work and life with ease and élan. And walk the talk she sure does; Marwadi Khana has been awarded the Jury Choice Award for Best Veg Caterer at the Big F Awards, 2015 (Gurgaon) and been lauded by the likes of Pawan Soni, one of the most respected food writers and bloggers, over at the uber cool restaurant review website Indian Food Freak.

Authentic Marwadi food in Gurgaon, served up by Abhilasha Jain's Marwadi Khana. A Con Affetto special feature for International Women's Day!

Dig into one of these award winning dishes, today!

We asked Abhilasha what inspired gifting means to her and she floored us with her simple and straight from the heart response as always; “The ultimate joy of gifting is in the happiness felt by loved ones…” We couldn’t have put it better Abhilasha; and when you transform your first love (the love for food!) into a source of joy and pleasure for so many, you sure know how to win hearts the right way. Here’s to you and the wonderful team over at Marwadi Khana….may you continue to spread the love…and the ghee infused delight that is gourmet, authentic Marwadi food for delicious days to come!

Easy Baking Recipes For The Whole Family

It’s the last week of ‘Bake For Family Month’ and we hope you’ve been following our series on why baking is SUCH a fabulous activity for the entire fam and ways you can get your whole family to bake together. Bake For Family Month celebrates baking as a family and while the event officially runs every year in the month of February, we at Con Affetto like to rock the baking scene all year round! Coz when you’re looking for fun, creative ways to bond with your peeps, there are few things that can beat baking on the fab-o-meter; AND you get to dig into some delish treats at the end of it!

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

Family baking fun is what ‘Bake For Family Month’ celebrates!

Here are a few of our favourite go-to super easy baking recipes, that the whole family will have a blast putting together. Check ’em out!

Con Affetto Faves: Easy Baking Recipes For The Whole Family

1. One of our go-to easy baking recipes for when teatime comes round! Banana Oatmeal Walnut Bread

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

Banana Oatmeal Walnut Bread: the perfect tea time treat! (Image Courtesy: www.archanaskitchen.com)

It’s that time of the day again, when a spot of tea is just what you need to get through the rest of the evening. And a snacky bite to go with it! Something light and scrummy, wholesome and maybe…healthy. Does that sound like too tall an order? Not if we’re talking about this absolutely delish Banana Oatmeal Walnut Bread recipe from Archana’s Kitchen, that combines the goodness of walnuts and oats and turns it into an absolutely divine tea time snack. What’s more, if you have a few of those overripe bananas hanging around your kitchen, you can bung ’em in as well!

We recommend: Serve up some thick slices of this melt-in-your- mouth treat drizzled over with maple syprup and a cup of apple spice tea. You won’t want chai time to end!

2. Putting together a family meal will be a snap with this easy baking recipe…and the whole family can help!

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

An easy pasta bake; perfect for busy weeknights

An easy peasy recipe with the goodness of veggies and cheese. Now your kids can have their zucchini and eat it too with this fabulous Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables recipe from the Food Network! It’s such a snap to make, the whole family will have a blast prepping for this one. Most of the hard work (read cooking) is done by the oven anyway; one of the joys of baking up a family meal 😉 This one is perfect for weeknights when you’re short on time and too tired to whip up an elaborate meal, but still want to put something together with and for the whole family.

We recommend: Pair this one-dish-meal with a buttery Chardonnay for the perfect accompaniment. Er, before you sue us, OJ for the kids!

3. Chocolate. Cookies. A recipe match made in heaven!

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

A recipe the kids will love helping you with! Batter licking included ;)

Want to get your kids addicted to baking? You can’t go too wrong with cookies and chocolate. And you’re teaching the young uns a skill that will last them a lifetime! This easy baking recipe of Extra Deluxe Chocolate Chip Cookies was created by mums who love other mums, and their kids. And um, choc chip cookies 😉

We recommend: Bake up an extra large batch of this one, these babies are known to disappear real quick! Goes well with a tall glass of chilled milk.

4. One of our easy baking recipes that’ll have breakfast sorted…

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

For that zippy, power packed brekker…

The goodness of carrots for breakfast. And its NOT gajar halwa (too much prep for us early morning woozies!). Stumped? We’re talking about Carrot Bran Breakfast Muffins from Food Dee Dum. A healthy, wholesome, nutritious breakfast and it’s a complete meal at that…way too much goodness power packed into one recipe! What a super way to start the day!

We recommend: Some muesli with milk will pair up real nice with this power packed brekker.

5. Our list of easy baking recipes would be incomplete without this one…

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

A must-bake delectable classic!

A must try baking recipe for beginners and probably something all home bakers attempt in their early days. A simple, delectable basic sponge cake recipe from Tarla Dalal. Master this one and you and your fam have conquered the first step towards crafting dessert awesomeness!

We recommend: Cut up that sponge cake into fingers, let soak in some chocolate sauce, drizzle over with nuts and….bliss out!

So get those baking hats and mitts on, get your folks into the kitchen and get baking! Pick one of our faves or bring in your own recipe. Do YOU have any easy baking recipes your whole family enjoys baking together? Share it with us and we may just feature it- and YOU- on the blog!