Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Secret Weapon for Photography: Asus Zenfone 2



What is the most precious thing to a food photographer? Any guess? Yes, it’s the camera and lens and all fancy gears, not the food. Surprising, right? Being a food photographer I’m often asked about my gears. And I’ve noticed people are more interested to know what I use to click my daily life stills, compared to the food photographs for the blog. I mostly use my DSLR for food photography and my mobile camera to click my daily life and sometimes I use both at the same time. Now you may question why on earth I pair such high end camera with such ordinary one! Because, when the phone camera provides nothing but crystal clear clarity with vibrant colors in your photos, you won’t even think about a DSLR camera. As a matter of fact if the name is Asus Zenfone2, I don’t think you have to re-think on it! By any chance did you miss the above photo? It’s taken from my mobile phone only; in a low light setup. (I’m sure you will scroll up again).

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rasmalai Smoothie | Instant Rasmalai Milkshake | Traditional Dessert in a Glass


It was a smooth(ie) day; last night it rained like no-tomorrow and next day it was all sunny and bright. Certainly I needed a treat for myself to enjoy the all fresh green around. Hence I ended up in a Café Coffee Day for a light meal with some hot coffee and there I met the beauty in a glass, Rasmalai Smoothie. I never had the idea if this even exists before but as they say ‘expect the unexpected’. It was a heavenly experience of having such traditional dessert in form of a drink in a glass. I was too tempted to try this for my experience and realized somehow they couldn’t do the perfect justice to this royal Indian dessert. And it took me only few hours to pen down how I’m going to present this luscious Rasmalai Smoothie or Instant Rasmalai Milkshake to my lovely readers of Scratching Canvas.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fresh Peach Bellini Recipe | Wine Cocktail | Homemade Cocktail Recipes


Summer is the synonym of sun and cocktail without the sea to me, honestly; sigh! I’m a complete winter girl and I have no friendship with summer at all. Every year I feel like I’m trapped in between the scorching heat and dry blow. But there is only one thing which keeps my smile alive during the hot days, fresh fruits. Yes, loads of loads of fresh juicy fruits are available here in summer. And the best part is good old tropical mangoes, pineapples, lychees are sharing their shelves with exotic fruits like kiwis, peaches, plums, passion fruits these days. They certainly are making me happy. Because basket filled fresh fruits also mean many fruity desserts and delicious cocktails and on the way. Hence today’s post Fresh Peach Bellini, an Italian wine cocktail.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Homemade Vegan Strawberry Rose Jam | No Pectin/Preservatives | No Artificial Colors

No Pectin/Preservatives Jam | Strawberry Rose Jam Recipe

Hello Jammers!!! Finally I’m awake from my ‘hibernation mode’ and fighting hard to come back to my ‘active mode’. But as usual our good old friend ‘Sun’ is putting up a real hard fight with his scorching heat. And as you can see I’m maintaining a safe distance from my sun light filled kitchen these days. Instead I’m spending more time on scrolling down online shopping applications and peeping on other food blogs. These are my ‘guilty pleasures’ on hot summer days. Speaking of ‘guilty pleasure’, I must mention I’m enjoying my childhood favourite ‘butter-jam’ toast quite a lot these days. Reason? I’ve got plenty of sealed bottles of homemade ‘Strawberry Rose Jam’ in my pantry.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Catching up with friends at coffee shops in Pune

Cafes in Pune

The original meaning of Café/Coffee shops is a small informal place where coffee and light food is served. Traditionally coffee shops used to be parts of hotels only. But these days coffee shops in Pune are best known as second home to Punekars. Or in other words cafes in Pune is the heartthrob of young Puneites.