I’m Still Alive!

Hello Everyone!  Long time, no blog post, eh?  Sorry about that.

For those of you who have left me comments or sent me wonderful, kind E-mails, thank you!  If I haven’t yet responded, I promise I haven’t forgotten.  I have a lot to go through, but I’ll respond to them all as soon as I can! 🙂

Now that winter is almost over (FINALLY!), I plan on spending some extra time cooking, experimenting and blogging!  I don’t know about you, but I really hate the winter.  It’s cold. It’s gloomy.  It makes me turn into a lazy, crabby lady.  RAWR!

Oh, and I’m on a diet.  Double RAWR! haha

My laziness aside, I have a few other things I wanted to share with you guys!

First, Dhokla!  I wanted to share a photo of this beautiful, Indian besan (chickpea flour) cake.  This particular dhokla won me a $100 bet with Piyush.  Silly husband should know better than to challenge me on anything cake related. Haha!

Look for the recipe coming soon!

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Gujarati Dhokla

Second, our tickets are booked for India!  We’ll be leaving here on October 11, 2013 and will be spending 5 glorious weeks abroad.  I’m excited!  The planning isn’t entirely finished yet, but a trip to Darjeeling is definitely in the itinerary. After all, it is one of my favorite places on this Earth.

While in India I’m hoping to learn some amazing techniques and recipes from different dhabas (roadside food vendors).  I’m also hoping to “apprentice” with a Bengali sweet maker.  Hopefully Baba can convince one to teach me.

Third, I’m considering making videos for the blog.  I learn a lot better from watching someone do something, so I thought that’d be kind of helpful.  Any thoughts on this?  What would you all like to see–if you want to see me at all, that is!


22 thoughts on “I’m Still Alive!

  1. myninjanaan

    yayyy you’re back! Congrats on the trip! I love the idea of you apprenticing with a sweets-maker! Anddddd I LOVE the idea of you uploading videossss!

    1. Shari Post author

      🙂 I hope it all works out! I think it’d be so fun to learn the art of sweet-making from a real pro! …I just hope they’re willing to teach me! I know a lot of those recipes and techniques are closely guarded and passed down through many, many generations.

  2. luci2nura

    Finally shari! Glad to see you back! Videos for the blog sound like a grand idea! Im not sure what kind of areas you will travel to in India but seeing the difference between kitchens we are used to and how their kitchens look. I mean I am sure they have a wide range of demographics that greatly determines what their kitchens look like and how they cook. Does this make any sense?

    1. Shari Post author

      Luci, That’s a great idea! I’ll definitely take photos and videos of the kitchens. They are quite different than American kitchens in a lot of ways!

    1. Shari Post author

      Thank you, Angelica! I’m so, so excited to visit India again! Now that I know what to expect, I’m hoping to be a little more prepared!

  3. TheGreatZambini

    I like that the cake looks so much better than the boring Western variety. It has veggies, and that is awesome in a cake! I`m new to your blog, but I`m excited to see some more. You don`t like Winter, though? I love it! Especially the cozy grey days.

    1. Shari Post author

      Welcome to My Fancy Pantry! I agree that it looks better than most western cakes. It’s beautiful with the bright yellow color and the bits of veg on top…but it’s definitely an acquired taste! No, I definitely don’t like winter! LOL …I just keep telling myself spring is almost here!

      1. TheGreatZambini

        Acquired tastes are usually the best kind! That just means that they have a strong and good taste that is unique from many other types of food. And what is acquired, if not the cheese I eat and pickles for my sandwiches?

  4. Nupur

    Hey, I was looking at Aloo Tikki recipes and stumbled across your site.. Very interesting write ups and a good collection of recipes, fab pictures are cherry on top

    So glad to follow you, see you around girl ! 🙂

    1. Shari Post author

      Nupur, Thank you so much for the kind words! I just bookmarked your blog! It’s beautiful and the recipes look amazing!!! Can’t wait to see what you make next!

  5. shruti

    i am a foodie myself and was going through your blog.Great to see indian recipes and the way you have adapted some .Also love the way you have tried your hand at recipes of other nationalities and excelled in it.great work! I will be looking out for more recipes from you

  6. Sutapa Baksi

    Please do share the recipe of “Dhokla”. I will much appreciate this. Being an Indian though not Gujrati, I have not been able to accoplish this with success yet.


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