Marble Cake

Marble cake is one of of the few sponge cakes I like. I’m totally a cake person with layers of thick chocolate icing. But this cake definitely is the perfect partner to tea. Actually, its an anytime cake

marble cake slice

marble cake slice

I made this cake for a friend as she likes only sponge cakes! I made it in a heart shape and then we sliced it up as we ate. I made this cake after about 4 years, but fingers-crossed, it turned up perfect. Yay!

Orange Cheesecake

Orange cheesecake

Orange cheesecake

I made this at home on Saturday. 24 hours later – its all finished. 12 slices shared with 12 persons.

I tried this flavour on a whim. With no recipe to follow, not knowing the amount of orange to use or sugar to add, it was an absolute scary time for me. I had to constantly keep adding teaspoon after teaspoon of orange or sugar, almost alternately. There was a point of time, when I was about to dunk the whole mix into the bin!  I don’t know what kept me from chucking it and made me continue my tasting and add ingredients technique. Well – it finally came together and after refrigeration for 4 hours, above is the result you see.

It was sheer pleasure in seeing the cheesecake quartering easily. Phew!

Orange cheesecake - quartered

Orange cheesecake – quartered

The cheesecake tasted nice. Mission accomplished.

Only problem is that when I have to make it again, I will have to do the same taste-and-add ingredient technique as I was not counting the spoonfuls of orange or sugar I was adding at the time – EEE…..

Leo’s Boulangerie – an evening of averages

Went to Leo’s recently in the evening with hubby for a quick bite. 

Ordered the Chicken quiche, Veg. croissant and a cappuccino.

Chicken quiche

Chicken quiche

Looked really good but was very average on taste. Priced at Rs. 55. Will not order it again.

Veg Croissant

Veg Croissant

The croissant has a spinach and cottage cheese stuffing. Nice. Priced at Rs. 50.

Veg croissant cut open

Veg croissant cut open

The cappuccino-

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Its a tall mug of coffee but not very high on taste. Passable at Rs. 70.

Below is the pic of the Chutney n cheese sandwich I really like. Priced at Rs. 70.

Chutney  n cheese sandwich

Chutney n cheese sandwich

 

 

 

Theobroma

lemon syrup cake

lemon syrup cake

I really like this at Theobroma. Its the Lemon Syrup Cake at Rs. 90. Its got no creamy topping, just the lemon syrup seeped into it. Its yummmm….

 

Pizza Hut

A BIG LET-DOWN.

menu cover

 

I had vouchers for this place. Decided to use it tonight. Went there with hubby for an early dinner. 

The menu looked amazing. I wanted to try out so many dishes, as the pictures of their food were just too tempting. I decided that, with so much to want to eat, I would have to come back here a couple of more times.

However, once the food started coming, my liking for the place started diminishing.

As a starter we ordered the Spicy Supreme garlic bread. 4 pieces of bread, topped with cheese, onions and green chilies. What we saw in the picture is very different to what we were served. The cheese amount was just passable. The onions and green chilies were so badly cut – the sizes of each piece differed for the other. The taste – NOT HAPPENING.

Spicy Supreme Garlic bread

Spicy Supreme Garlic bread

I make better cheese toast at home!

Next as a main course, I ordered a So Cheezy Classic Cheese pizza and my hubby a So Cheezy Super Chicken Twist – each sized a personal pan.

For the Super Chicken Twist, hubby dear played with himself ‘spot the chicken pieces if you can’. Finally I think he counted 5 pea-sized pieces of chicken! He did not enjoy the pizza which was priced at Rs. 299. 

Super Chicken Twist - personal pan

Super Chicken Twist – personal pan

Classic Cheese - personal pan

Classic Cheese – personal pan

At Rs. 179, luckily one cannot really go very wrong with a cheese pizza – I was saved. Decent but nothing great. I would have preferred a Domino’s Cheese Burst pizza anyday to this. 

After not-a-good-meal, my hubby decided not to venture into ordering anything more for himself. I decided to continue the meal by ending it with a Banoffee pie (the picture of it is so inviting in the menu). Price Rs. 125.

Banoffee pie

Banoffee pie

Looks quite good but tastes just about ok. It would be a very good attempt if it was made by a home-cook. But to expect this from a leading restaurant chain? Unacceptable.

Overall not a good experience. And they charge a 10% service charge    😦

Leo’s Boulangerie

I love this place. During a period of 1 month, I would have visited this place about 5 times!

I have the pics of all the food I have eaten there except their Chutney n Cheese sandwich. Its really good. The sandwich reminds me of the one you get at NCPA when attending the theatre there. Only difference is that the sandwiches at Leo’s are bigger with more chutney and cheese. Priced at Rs. 60.

Recently for dinner, I had their Danish Croissant and Veg. Quiche. The Danish croissant has a corn and cheese filling with corn sprinkled on top of the croissant. I loved picking out the burnt corn and eating it and then I dived into the croissant. Its a lovely croissant.

Danish croissant

Danish croissant

the Danish cut open

the Danish cut open

The Veg. Quiche is a spinach, mushroom and cheese person’s delight. Its got a lovely texture and is almost a melt-in-your-mouth savoury. It looks like a medium sized quiche but it packs a load of taste. For its size, its quite a tummy-filler.

Veg Quiche

Veg Quiche

Finally, the Chocolate croissant – obviously : )

Its a nice big-looking croissant. Looking at it makes you salivate.

Chocolate croissant

Chocolate croissant

However, it flattens on pressing it slightly and fits well into the mouth. The chocolate flavour is good but find the layer too thin. I would have preferred if the chocolate layer was a tad bit more. However, I would still pick it up as an after-meal dessert if my meal has been a light one.

the Chocolate croissant with chocolate inside

the Chocolate croissant with chocolate inside

All the three savouries above are priced at Rs. 50 each.

I’ve eaten the veg pizza twice. The first time, I liked it a lot. However, the second time, though the taste was the same, it had a strong flavour of garlic, which I didn’t like – so will be hesitant to pick it up again.

Yet more things to try at Leo’s !

Lemon Cheesecake – homemade

lemon cheesecake

lemon cheesecake

Made the lemon cheesecake last evening. (see earlier post – titled CRUMBilicious). Sliced it —–

slice of lemon cheesecake

slice of lemon cheesecake

Verdict – all enjoyed. My hubby (who has become a recent fan of lemon cheesecakes and thus for whom I learnt to make this) loved it! Shared a chunk with my neighbours – they too relished it. Mission accomplished – my homemade lemon cheesecake is better than the one I bought yesterday. It feels good to know that one’s homemade dish is at par or better than whats available outside – give me a great feeling of happiness to see my loved ones enjoying my cooking. Thanks to this cheesecake goes to aunt.