Month: December 2015

 

since moving to india, shopping has been a challenge for me. for the first year and a half, i found myself going back to new york or montreal 2-3 times a year to stock up on clothing, home decor and furniture. one of my goals is to try and find items here that i love so i don’t end up coming back with 6+ suitcases each time. one of my favorite things to buy are candles. unfortunately, candles get quite heavy to pack, which is why i was so happy when a friend introduced me to the store, the white window in bandra. they carry an array of home decor, candles, cutlery, tableware, rugs and furniture. the store has become my go-to for candles and fun home decor pieces. the candles come in a variety of scents and they smell great. they are comparable to the diptyque candles (which i love) for a fraction of the price. the last time i stopped in, i picked up this skull piece, which i am loving in silver. it adds a nice masculine touch to the overwhelming amount of floral prints in my home. the only downside to the store is the staff, as their knowledge of the product and pricing is limited, so be patient.

small candles start at rs. 650

the white window

21st Rd, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052

check out their facebook here

 

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FINAL COOKIE

welcome! i thought I would start the blog with my favorite recipe, pumpkin cookies. being in india during this time, i constantly crave all things autumn and winter. i like to pretend it is, turn my ac on blast, wear a big knit sweater, and bake anything with pumpkin or apple. these cookies are my grandmother’s recipe and i have been baking them for years. my cousin, allison and i, found the recipe in my grandmother’s old recipe book, and they have been a staple since. i have tried so many other pumpkin cookie recipes, and TRUST me, nothing compares. quick note, i haven’t been able to find canned pumpkin in india, so i use fresh, but feel free to use canned, as it is much easier. i made these for a christmas party last week and they were a big hit. enjoy!

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wedgwood butterfly cake stand

similar stand, available in india

            DARK CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN COOKIES

  • 1/2 cup of butter / 100 grams
  • 1/2 cup sugar / 100 grams
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar / 100 grams
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of pumpkin (canned or fresh) / 450 grams
  • 3 cups flour / 700 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (with 1 tabespoon hot water)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dark chocolate ( i cut up a frey bar and some lindt chocolates)

combine butter, both sugars, eggs & vanilla. add in pumpkin in a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking soda with hot water (this is key to make the cookies fluffy), baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt combine both bowls and stir until mixed. add as much dark chocolate as you want! i cut up a frey bar, but feel free to use chips. bake on 350 degrees for 12 minutes