A pinch of this, a handful of that | Ghugra (Savoury hand pies with green pea filling), and a giveaway

A pinch of this, a handful of that | Ghugra (Savoury hand pies with green pea filling), and a giveaway
I knew Rushina as a food columnist much before I began blogging.  Later, while I was still new to the world of blogs and 'blog friendships' I discovered her blog and felt an instant connection with her posts. I spoke to her on phone and nervously asked whether she could share tips on food writing as it was a relatively new thing in India.  It was the beginning of a friendship that has blossomed into sisterhood since.  Rushina is now the proud owner and culinary guide of  'APB Cook Studio'.    Vatana na ghugra, khatti-meethi chutney, pudhine ki chutney  In January, Rushina formally brought out her first cookbook, 'A pinch of this, a handful of that'.  I received an adorably autographed copy of the book after the launch.  I have read the book through, marked some of my favourite parts and re-visited most of them a few times already!  The doodled autograph probably gives you an idea about the kind of person Rushina is - thoughtful and observant.  The book exudes that warmth. Of the several cookbooks I own this one occupies two very special places - my bedside table, and my heart.  The book is like Rushina - simple and straight forward. ...

Making jam at home – Equipments needed

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Clementine marmalade

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