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A Year Older & Banned from the Kitchen…

By Shivani Savant @OddHourKitchen

It’s been over 2 weeks since my last post! I’ve missed cooking! I’ve missed writing my blog! I’ve missed connecting with you, my friends in the blog world!

A lot was going on, both at work & home that didn’t leave me much time to cook blog-worthy dishes… if I made notes &  jotted down recipes, I couldn’t take great pictures, & if I did take some, there didn’t seem to be any time to write…

I did land up baking these for my last batch of theater workshop kids… They were a hit… both the kids & the cookies


A Year Older & Banned from the Kitchen…

Red Velvet & White Chocolate Chip Cookies; recipe from

Well it has been a roller-coaster ride these 2 weeks… physically & emotionally.

I turned a year older on May 24


A lovely day spent with Ma & a scrumptious lunch that my pal Priti took me for, at Umame, a Pan Asian Restaurant… and we forgot to take pictures… And dinner at our favorite Smoke House Deli.

Celebrations continued on Saturday with aimless driving around the City & a bad film… a really bad film, with the husband & a Mexican dinner at Sanchos with old friends… a fun, memorable birthday weekend!

A Year Older & Banned from the Kitchen…

A Strawberry & White Chocolate Mousse Cake on a dinner date with the husband at the Smoke House Deli

3 days later I was in hospital for 2-3 days


And this is the view I’m limited to since, for another 10 days!

A Year Older & Banned from the Kitchen…

The pretty lamps, curtains & the ceiling fan in my parents’ bedroom!

It’s nothing serious. I just need to rest, relax & generally look after myself. And like I’ve said before, the best place to head to when you need some serious TLC & pampering is to your Ma & Dad’s!  So here I am for the next 10 days or so.

The only bummer is that I absolutely have to lay down flat in bed all day!!! And that’s just driving me nuts! While I’m all for being lazy in summer & chilling all day… this is just… arghhhhh!! Forget about going out… I’m not even allowed to cook!

So here’s what I’m going to do… a project with my Ma that we have been procrastinating over a long while. We are going to document her traditional family recipes… our favorite comfort dishes, festival specials, recipes passed down by my grandmothers. Most of the recipes are in her head, some in tattered notebooks & scraps of paper & my grandmothers’ recipes in our native Gujarati script, which I’m embarrassed to admit I can’t read all that well! We’re going to put them all together & compile our very own Family Recipe Book!

I’ve also been catching up on my blog-reading & living vicariously through all the Kitchen Adventures of my fellow bloggers… And I have compiled a wishlist of all the recipes I wish I could make right now! 

Here they are… And when I do make them, I will keep you posted


Strawberry Cupcakes (Tea With Erika)

Chocolate Hazelnut and Sea Salt Fudge (All The Things I Love To Eat)

Homemade Sweet Rolls (The Joy of Caking)

Mexican Chicken Soup (Gluten Free Gus)

Grilled Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pizza (Good Food Not Much Time)

Maple Syrup Cake (Oh Lidia)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge (350 Kitchen)

Homemade Ricotta Cheese (From The BartoliniKitchens)

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