Festive Feasting And Gifting: Sweet Treats And Seasonal Eats

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Remember the good ol’ days, when Diwali meant spring cleaning, last minute visits to the tailor and home-made sweets? It was the time of the year when you could eat that extra laddoo and snack on crisp chakhlis without much guilt. Today’s Mumbai paints a very different picture. We live in homes where Rangoli space is a luxury, most of us will be lucky to get a single day off and laddoo making is most definitely outsourced.

Le15 Patisserie

There’s no need to look into the distance and sigh. If our lives have changed, so must the way we celebrate Diwali. If traditional mithai doesn’t tickle your taste buds indulge in perennial favourties, like Le15 Patisserie‘s  french-inspired desserts. For the festive season, Mumbai’s favourite bakery has created special variations of their usual confections using Indian spices like saffron, cardamom, nutmeg etc. Diwali macaroon anyone?

Organic brand i2cook has also introduced gift baskets for the season. These breakfast baskets have a bunch of treats like fig chutney, forest honey and peanut butter which aren’t traditionally associated with Diwali. But really, is there such a think as a bad time for peanut butter? If you want something a little more Indian, you can also order their Shahi Tukra in a bottle! It’s a perfect portion and cute as a button!

Shahi Tukra from i2cook

Remember the charming Maya ne Banaya I mentioned a few posts ago? Well Maya has announced that this festive season will be all about tartlets ’cause she feels tarty. So you can choose from her menu of Raspberry, Lemon, Chocolate or Apple Tartlets. If you have any other fruit or filling in mind, she’ll even whip those up for you.

There’s nothing sweeter than a jar of honey. What’s even better, it’s like gifting a jar of liquid gold. Since honey is a healthier sweet alternative, natural organic honey from Under the Mango Tree makes for a great guilt-free gift. You can customize your gift hamper to include different single origin honeys, so that your gift is all different different kinds of sweet.

Honey from Under the Mango Tree

Maybe you have some friends who don’t have a sweet tooth. Then what do you do? Gift them some coffee. The Indian Bean is a little company that sources single estate coffees from India, and makes them easily accessible to Mumbaikars. What’s great about this coffee is that it’s sourced straight from the farmers and sold over the internet. So by buying coffee from the Indian bean you’ll support free trade practices and our hardworking local farmers. That’s something to celebrate, besides the season itself.

Hamper from Organic Haus

You can also find gourmet gift hampers at Indigo Deli, Natures Basket, Vivanta by Taj, the Bombay Baking Company and the Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen. Organic Haus, an EU certified organic food brand has some exotic hampers which contain dry fruits and nuts like apricots, figs, pumpkin seeds and much more. Log onto their website for more.

If you still feel like making some sweets this season, but would like to try something non-traditional here are some workshops that might interest you:

Cracker Toppers for Cupcakes: The Dessert Cart will conduct a workshop in Bandra west on Friday where attendees will learn the hot to make and decorate your own cupcakes. Keeping the season in mind, the class will be Diwali themed. Call +919930398884 or email thedessertcart@gmail.com for more information.

A Perfect Bite Cook Studio will conduct two workshops this weekend that perfectly complement the season. On Saturday the 10th, Cooking with Nuts, a masterclass which will teach you how to use the all the nuts and dry fruits you are likely to receive as gifts for Diwali. And on Sunday the studio will conduct a kids special Diwali cooking class.

So bite into the goodness and have a great festive season!

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