A ‘locavore’, a ‘bake-a-holic’ and an ‘absolut’ baker are some of the epithets that Deeba Rajpal, a passionate baker from Gurgaon, uses to describe herself. For her, visual appeal holds as much significance as healthy and delicious food. Passionate About Baking, her recipe/food blog, is a contrite amalgamation of all her interests including baking, cooking, photography, food trends, cuisines and cultures. We managed to get her to take a little time out of busy schedule and talk to us about the things she loves the most!
Time on hand, the discovery of food blogs online and a new digital camera.
I never really had a plan. I think this just happened, but the push came when I got married. I suddenly realised I had to cook and therefore hit the ground running!
For most bakers, it is often resisting the end product. I don't have a sweet tooth at all, so for me the hardest thing is waiting with fingers crossed for the verdict from others! It's tough because I experiment a lot, and my critics can be brutally honest.
Coffee and bitter chocolate, chocolate and orange, caramel and peanuts, cheese and garlic, rosemary and lime are a few.
I like to walk the streets to see how food is dished out. It's quite fascinating as street food is always fresh, uses local ingredients and defines the character of the city. You can get a real sense of the energy and the joy of the culinary enthusiasts no matter where you go in the world. A different experience altogether!
One thing I have great fun baking is a basic sponge cake, a recipe that lives in my head. I often play around with the ingredients, flavour pairings and what I can do with it. Think layered birthday cake, trifles in glasses, roulade, jelly roll, tres leches, petite fours...
I like to work to a theme, a particular cuisine. More often than never, a meal is around local produce and seasonal flavours. I like to balance flavours, make sure I haven't overdone the carbs, keep the mains light if the dessert is indulgent, or vice versa. It's always the season that determines the meal.
When a cake once slipped off the platter, everyone raced to grab it off the floor. It was then devoured after the five second rule was yelled out frantically!
Whole foods. Each grain behaves differently, yet the rewards are great!
Stay inspired, follow your heart, and don't let a few failures dishearten you. Take criticism positively
Guilty pleasure? Coffee ice cream
Sugar or salt? Salt Salt Salt
One dish you swear by? Mutton Ishtoo
Favorite cuisine? Italian
Favorite kitchen tool/gadget? KitchenAid Stand Mixer