Stories about dessert

Bella Vita: Satisfy that sweet tooth

Desserts do make life sweet; this is exactly what I thought as I entered Bella Vita in Karachi – the new classical and trendy Italian gelateria and dessert bar that was formally launched on May 19.  Serving a variety of gelatos, shakes, sorbets, coffee and a range of unique Italian desserts, this place is strictly for those with a sweet tooth. The brains behind Bella Vita are Omer and Hassan, two young business graduates who have started this venture after the success of Del Frio. The cozy outlet offers a relaxed atmosphere; the high backed chairs are comfortably cushioned, there is wood ...

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Build your froyo tower at Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

Given my ardent love for frozen yoghurt, when Food Connection Pakistan sent me an invite to a bloggers meet-up as a pre-launch for Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt’s first outlet in Karachi, I just couldn’t resist going.  This first outlet, which was scheduled to open on the May 9, 2012, is located on Zamzama (again), and another one will be opening its doors soon near BBQ Tonite. The master franchise is owned by a young man named Salman Niazi who hails from Los Angeles. Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt (TFFY) has been operating successfully for quite some time in Punjab. An interesting piece of information for me was that ...

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Celebrate with a light chocolate cake

When you are a follower of a club like Chelsea FC, you don’t come across many reasons to celebrate. However, this week in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou, Chelsea against all odds beat the Spanish giants Barcelona to the final. Overjoyed by the victory of my club, I instantaneously decided to celebrate and came up with this interesting version of a chocolate cake. You can call it an imitation of chocolate fudge cake because of the exclusion of butter and sour cream, which have been replaced by corn oil and buttermilk, respectively. This recipe is ...

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For the love of hot halwa

The greeting  ‘What’s up, doc?’ immediately conjures up an image of Bugs Bunny in my head, nonchalantly chewing on a carrot, trying to evade (or shall I say, torment?) his eternal  archenemies Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam. I am a big Looney Tunes fan and I know for a fact that many people ate carrots as kids only because Bugs Bunny ate them, just like Popeye fans couldn’t get enough of spinach (yuck!). All the toon-talk aside, carrots are one of the most loved of all vegetables (some even argue it’s a ...

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Three layers of chocolate heaven

There are some culinary combinations that gel together nicely and this recipe explores one such combination -cake – instant jelly and custard.  This is a simple yet amazingly tempting dessert that’s ideal for any special occasion. The best part is that it requires very little cooking time. Also, nothing is set in stone here so feel free to experiment with different flavours and combinations. Ingredients Chocolate/marble cake Swiss rolls (I prefer chocolate but you can use any flavour) Vanilla-flavoured custard powder (again, you can have any flavour you like) Milk Sugar Instant jelly (cherry or strawberry – because it adds a little colour to your dessert) Fresh fruits (bananas and apples go well with this ...

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Talking about blasphemy in English, over dessert

If you wish to have a peaceful meal always avoid broaching subjects like the blasphemy laws at the dinner table. Be extra careful if steak has been served where sharp knives are at hand. In fact it is best to remain perfectly silent until dessert is served. Once knives are replaced by small, curved silver spoons you can go ahead and exercise your freedom of speech as per your kind pleasure. (You may want to ensure your body guard is around though.) If you truly wish to remain a dominant member of the dinner-table chatter, always speak in English. Remember: 1. ...

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Just a spoonful of sugar

How much of a crisis is the sugar crisis? We use sugar in our tea, coffee and dessert. I will reluctantly concede that some cannot survive without their sweetened tea and coffee but I refuse to believe that we cannot go without dessert. Sure enough, if sugar were to disappear from the face of this country tomorrow, our caffeine would be a lot blander and our desserts fewer in number. But our health will not deteriorate and our sweet tooth will not be left unsatisfied (fruits, anyone?). So what’s the outrage all about? For those who gasp at the thought ...

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