The ‘Stop to Smell the Roses’ Cake

Not that a chocolate or an orange flavoured cake doesn’t entice me substantially, but that winter morning demanded a distraction from the familiar. I was fortunate Sumayya Usmani’s ‘Mountain Berries and Dessert Spices’ had sailed from it’s confines of the store and landed amid the cozy comforts of my living room. The author is driven by authenticity and her recipes are brimming with tradition. She paints the book with dishes showcasing the magic of rose petals, cardamom, berries, pistachios and other produce native to her homeland.

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Blueberry Yogurt Cake with Lemon Glaze

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering, ‘it will be happier’…”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

Time and tide wait for none, they say….2015 flew by in the wink of an eye!
I sat by my bedside on January 1st, quietly gazing at the tranquil sight outside the window. It was the first snowfall of 2016 and the snowflakes gently & silently brushed the ground as I sipped my lemon tea. What a beautiful gift on the new year! Nature’s way of saying, ” Welcome 2016! Hope you bring good tidings!” Continue reading “Blueberry Yogurt Cake with Lemon Glaze”