Christmas Yule Logs and the Brown family Christmas Tree

As Pastry Chef for Mabel’s Bakery on Roncesvalles, I came up with two versions of the classic Christmas Yule Log. A chocolate log with hazelnut swiss buttercream and a vanilla log with raspberry compote, toasted almonds and vanilla swiss buttercream. Needless to say, they were a huge hit! Grandma’s cookie press and shortbread mould.

Happy Valley Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India

As a chef and the child of an Englishman, I am fascinated by tea. I drink several cups a day of ‘proper’ tea; black tea with milk and sugar. Darjeeling is of course famous the world over for tea production. The soil, altitude and climate are perfect for growing tea. So I booked a taxiContinue reading “Happy Valley Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India”

Kunga Restaurant, Darjeeling, India

There is a large population of Tibetans in exile living in Darjeeling. The streets are plastered with slogans calling for an independent Gorkhaland. (They call themselves Gorkhas). Unlike the Indians at the base of the mountain, the Gorkha cuisine is light on vegetables and heavy on meat and starches. In the cold climate of theContinue reading “Kunga Restaurant, Darjeeling, India”

Durga Puja at Iskcon Temple, Bangalore, India

Arrived in Bangalore just in time for Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival that celebrates the Hindu godess Durga. My friend Schonali organized for a taxi to take me to the Iskcon Temple in Bangalore: A Hare Krishna Temple perched on top of a hill. I had a wonderful time at this temple, taking inContinue reading “Durga Puja at Iskcon Temple, Bangalore, India”