December 18, 2013

[Photography] Christmas Baking Workshop | Escapades Culinary Studio | Hyderabad

I had decided a month ago that this post will be my last for the year 2013 and am going to start 2014 afresh with brand new recipes and be consistent about their postings. An outing to my lovely friend  Arundati's  (of Escapades) Christmas Baking Workshop changed everything. I took a bunch of photographs while I was there and I loved them so much that couldn't stop myself to blog about the whole experience!

But, first a word on blogger friendships which let me tell you can be quite intriguing and pleasantly surprising (in a good way). They don't magically happen out of the blue. It all starts when you stumble upon a blog which hooks you on for more than 7 seconds. Yes my friends, that is the deal. 7 seconds is all it takes to convert a random stranger into a reader and later may be an acquaintance then someone whom you can call a "friend". Not all manage to stick on with the journey. They get lost in time but you learn a bit from their posts, get wiser, thank them secretly and move on. The important thing that strings together is a common passion and in my case it is usually the "food". Blogger meets are one other way where people bond over a cup of coffee and conversations.

At the end of the day, it is all about with whom you manage to strike a chord. It forms a sense of community and motivates in more than ways you can ever think.

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ~ Charles M. Schulz | How about a cake?

I am glad to have two such sweet ladies (Arundati and Preethi) who share the same level of craziness as I do in most of the things especially food. A Christmas baking workshop at Arundati's place was a perfect excuse for us to meet and have some fun. There were few others too who signed up for the class and all of us had a great time baking and learning tips & tricks to make that perfect boozy plum cake, a yule log with chocolate buttercream, some chewy gingerbread cookies which we decorated with chocolate frosting (and sprinkles), moist applesauce cranberry muffins with rum and easy-peasy almond chocolate clusters. Now, if that list doesn't make you salivate, then nothing ever will. :-).

Scroll down to see some action shots and happy bakers who were there last weekend. 

Happy smiles all around.

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W.C. Fields

Boozy plum cake in making..

After all the whipping, here are the lovely applesauce cranberry muffins. Yum!

Any Christmas baking completes with a plum cake. Even better if it has some rum in it. :-)

Oh dear yule log, it didn't take a minute for us to gulp you off!

Cookie galore. Same gingerbread cookies, decorated a zillion ways.

It takes less than 15 minute to make these nut clusters. 

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

If you are in Hyderabad, do sign up for the 2nd batch of Christmas Baking Workshop on 21st December 2013. Leave a comment of this post if you are interested.


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  1. Feeling utterly overwhelmed with your love and generosity. Before I get full senti, let me just say 'thank you' for everything

  2. That's a lovely post...and yes it all takes 7 seconds to be friend in this food blog world Siri....Coming to Aru, i missed meeting her being in Bang...wish I was in Hyd to attend her class...but soon will try to meet her to learn and to taste her yum recipes....hope you had rocking time learning there....

  3. An awesome class, and it was great meeting up again before the year ends! :)
    How I wish we got to meet more often! :)

    Arundati's class was awesome, and I think it also became more fun because of your presence there :)
    Thanks for this, Siri.

    And yes, I know we are beyond Thanksgiving , but I want to say thank you too... :)

  4. i am so jealous! i have promised myself i'll come for one of these sessions soon :) ps: everyone in the class has such gorgeous hair :D

  5. thank you Lubna and Nags. Would love to have you in the class someday.... Pree, aww!


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