B for Baking #AtoZChallenge

BThe divine smell of sugar, butter, fresh cookies wafting.. I have read it so so many times and experienced it of course in bakeries, pastry shops and now at home..my home 🙂 Feels so good to say that! One of the new things I am learning is baking. I was bored one Sunday evening as R had to work and so I decided to browse through recipes and make something. Shortbread Cookies it was ..Flour, Butter and Sugar! What could go wrong I thought. The house smelled truly amazing. The cookies were ok-ok. I did not have any measuring tools, baking tray (I used foil) or even a whisk.So that was a learning 🙂

The next day I was so excited about baking, I printed a recipe and decided to buy every single item needed for it including mixing bowl, loaf pan, whisk, ingredients and made it to the dot. The result was superb! I decided to make Orange Pecan Tea Bread (that was just one of the first things that came up on google :P)

Following the success of a fluffy moist tea bread, baking has now become a pretty regular thing in my weekly chores and a great therapeutic hobby I should add (well..you get to eat what you bake right :D).

After my first trip to buy Baking 101 things, I ended up buying much more , one of which was a mini-muffin pan. Above are my experiments with the same.

Breakfast bites – Kale, eggs, cheese and bell pepper baked.

Zucchini and Strawberry mini muffins which turned to be pretty popular in my house.

Still a novice but I think baking is here to stay 🙂 You can follow me on Instagram to see my journey www.instagram.com/zanyajan.

Please do leave your comments on what I should try next and if you have them on your blog I would love to try your recipe !!

A for Asafoetida – #AtoZChallenge


Life of a Stay-at-Home-Wife (SAHW)- Yes, I have said it out loud and it took me 5 months to say it. I could say I am in between jobs or unemployed but the truth is at this point in time I am a SAHW. I am enjoying this phase and taking baby steps (in accepting it) yet it was something I never thought I would be ..ever..EVER! So, here you go.. 30 days of different elements of my life 🙂

Asafoetida – Perungayam in Tamil, Hing in Hindi and Inguva in Telugu

Asafoetida is a spice that intrigued me growing up. Unlike most other spices which my mom had in whole, dry and powdered form, this was only in powdered form and only from the white dabba (see picture below). And I use the same brand and box now 😀

It is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula, a perennial herb that grows 1 to 1.5 m (3.3 to 4.9 ft) tall. It has an interesting flavor – it is pungent by itself and super-aromatic when added to a dish. I use it almost every day for all south Indian dishes I make. What I heard growing up was that it aids digestion and reduces flatulence.

So here ends the first day of #AtoZChallaenge. A spice used in the everyday life of this SAHW 🙂