The Nurture Range by Kitchen Therapy
The new year is buzzing with positivity, new opportunities and as always, a hell of a lot of work! We are excited to share our new range of products under The Nurture Range – a collaborative effort with Arya Sanskriti. Arya Sanskriti is an organization that places efforts on organic, natural and traditional lifestyle that […]

The new year is buzzing with positivity, new opportunities and as always, a hell of a lot of work! We are excited to share our new range of products under The Nurture Range – a collaborative effort with Arya Sanskriti.

Arya Sanskriti is an organization that places efforts on organic, natural and traditional lifestyle that can be adopted in modern life.

The first few products we have with them:

Melted Jaggery – organic, natural and chemical-free

Chai Masala – hand pounded spices of cardamom, cinnamon, mace, cloves, black pepper and piper longum that can be added into your tea to help soothe and warm the digestive system

We have also launched a range of 100% coconut oil based soap under Nature Therapy in the corresponding fragrances of the After Bath Oils – Rose, Jasmine and Lemongrass.

Also, we have started our online shop with pan-India shipping:

kitchentherapy.in/shop

Do spread the word and happy shopping!

Think: blankets, hot cocoa, books and fireplace The past few years has seen an increase in the awareness of “hygge” lifestyle, a concept originated from the Danish. Pronouced “hoo-ga”, it can be translated as: “the feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life”. In the new year, most of us […]

Think: blankets, hot cocoa, books and fireplace

The past few years has seen an increase in the awareness of “hygge” lifestyle, a concept originated from the Danish. Pronouced “hoo-ga”, it can be translated as: “the feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life”.

In the new year, most of us get aggressive and full-fledged into our resolution goals and promise ourselves a rather active lifestyle; but I am severely opposed to such ideas – in other words, I believe in the good life – which can also be interpreted as perhaps being rather lazy. In all honesty, I believe it comes down to happiness. We live in a world that is so fast paced, competitive and morals are so easily thrown away, we often forget the essence of life and how beautiful it can be.

I have been through enough ups and downs to be grateful and conscious of the fact that: A. I am alive, healthy and fit; B. I am surrounded by a safety net of family and friends; and C. I have an education that helps me stand on my own two feet. These three simple reminders are enough for me to keep on smiling, laughing and moving on in life. The outside world around us is cruel and mean and it’s very easy to be swayed in those directions – and hence, choosing the right people around you is vital.

And so, I feel there is no better time than now to introduce “The Hygge Series” at Kitchen Therapy.

This month of January 2019, I am going to follow exactly this – taking it easy and being comforted in the simple joys of life, surrounded by good food and friends! The next round of recipes all fall in line with the concept – simple, easy, comforting, soothing and bringing joy to my life.

The first one up is: Double Chocolate Muffins!

 

For more reading up:

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

By Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen

 

Doesn’t it feel great to bid the year goodbye? Every time I look up from my kitchen or desk, I am taken aback as to how fast time flies. It feels like it was just yesterday that I learnt how to create graphics and link my website onto various portals! I can’t help but be […]

Doesn’t it feel great to bid the year goodbye? Every time I look up from my kitchen or desk, I am taken aback as to how fast time flies. It feels like it was just yesterday that I learnt how to create graphics and link my website onto various portals! I can’t help but be proud of how Kitchen Therapy has evolved from being a platform to write and break my writer’s block into a full-fledge business with a team, an office and clients! Businesses always grow, but for me, it’s crucial that the person evolves, adapts and most importantly, develops the conscious – asking questions about how are you impacting elements around you, the nature, the environment, the people, and has the soul been satisfied as well?
The past year I did a lot of dabbling here and there, still trying to figure out what to focus on – in other words I was greedy and took on every bit of work that came my way because I wanted all the experiences I could have. But as the year comes to an end, I believe my mind is clearer, glowing with positivity and have streamlined my experiences towards not just building a business, but creating an ethos that is socially responsible, sustainable and beneficial to society. I have a few achievable goals and a few that perhaps will take longer than a year.
Apart from work that, I breathe 24/7, I have set a few reminders to have a personal life that includes reading more books, watching a series on Netflix (I haven’t done this in a year!), take three legit holidays away from the phone and laptop, and attempt more human interactions that are not work related. I believe I will achieve all of the above, save the last one – but at least there is a mild intention!!
Last but not least, THANK YOU for being ardent followers of Kitchen Therapy, supporting our endeavours and ethos and help spreading the love for home cooking!
See you in 2019, a year that shall be filled with love, laughter, cake and champagne!
Cheers!
– Kamini Patel

Decades ago, I spent holidays in my father’s office, pretending to read through financial newspapers, when I read an article on Britannia. I promptly declared that ‘I want to buy stock in Britannia’! Pappa asked me why, and my logical answer was, “they make cake – how can anyone go wrong making cake?”

Today, 25 years later, I am proud, humbled and truly excited to be a part of the Britannia Dessert Carnival series with India Food Network! This campaign has let me do what I do best – make cake! I have ten recipes under this campaign that are all simple and easy desserts that is ideal for the non-cook, men trying to woo their women or for people who are as hungry as me!

Pappa – next time, listen to me and buy those stocks!! 😉

Check out the videos here:

Hello! I realise it’s been far too long since I got in touch – and yes, I’ve been missing the kitchen terribly and I promise lots of good recipes next week. Today I introduce to you the event that has taken over my life the past few months: I’m super excited to invite you to […]

Hello! I realise it’s been far too long since I got in touch – and yes, I’ve been missing the kitchen terribly and I promise lots of good recipes next week. Today I introduce to you the event that has taken over my life the past few months:

I’m super excited to invite you to The Sunday Fair this Sunday, December 16th 2018! This is a curated effort by four of us: Krishna Lalbhai, Riddhi Patel and Sriram Nair.

The Sunday Fair, 2018 Christmas Edition focuses mainly on creators in the field of food, horticulture, health, beauty and local artisans. It is a lively outdoor evening market for families and friends surrounded with live music, activities, food and shopping.

There is a Rs. 100/- entry fee that can be bought online or in cash at the day of the event and this lets you experience this lovely outdoor market, listen to live music, attend all the demos and workshops (except the Paint Workshop by Sajni Mashruwala which is on chargeable basis), sample a few freebies and a few activities by Khyati Ninos for your children. We have some great food options for your dinner, along with hot chocolate, teas, amazing coffee by Korebi, ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy… you get the gist!

Interactive Sessions:

We have interactive sessions at various stalls by vendors and some at Tent Mistletoe:

Paint Workshop at Tent Mistletoe at 4.00-6.30

To register and pay call: 9727886999

Sajni Mashruwala is hosting this workshop and requires pre-registration, or come by at 4PM sharp a the venue. The theme is floral wreaths and you don’t need any prior paint expertise – simply a desire to paint!

Rs. 1200/- (incl of entry fee, material and take-home of your canvas)

 

Talk/Q&A: Relevance of Social Media for New Businesses

by Abhik Basu, Surabhi Mehta, Manini Shah, Krishna Lalbhai & Kamini Patel

7.30PM at Tent Mistletoe (free, if you pre-register at 972788699)

We will dissect the role of social media for every kind of business – products, services, online portals, bloggers and so on…

Free

 

Q/A on Organic Lifestyle by Nannu Bath

9PM at Tent Mistletoe (free, if you pre-register at 972788699)

Nannu will integrate all the vendors at The Sunday Fair in her talk of adopting an organic lifestyle that goes beyond just eating organic

Free

Of course, Kitchen Therapy and Nature Therapy shall be there – with the launch of a few new products!!! (avocado edible oil, Ayurvedic collaborations, and a special Kitchen Therapy tea!!) Come by Stall No. 20 and see me 🙂

Other Details:

Sunday, 16th December 2018

4PM-10PM

Kensville Golf Academy

Behind Rajpath Club

Buy tickets online: https://allevents.in/ahmedabad/the-sunday-fair/80001432299771?aff=u1gjbz

 

See you on Sunday!

It seems the most part of 2018 is set to be a series of challenges with new horizons and a constant mode of self-discovery. So far, in my consultancy career span, I have dabbled with a variety of cuisines and clients, but the one that I refrained from publicising is my hometown regional food – […]

It seems the most part of 2018 is set to be a series of challenges with new horizons and a constant mode of self-discovery.

So far, in my consultancy career span, I have dabbled with a variety of cuisines and clients, but the one that I refrained from publicising is my hometown regional food – Gujarati, for no apparent reason other than I wanted different. So when India Food Network suggested this for the new series, a part of my heart sank – destiny has a funny way of weaving into ironic situations. Those close to me spent the next few minutes cackling away at the irony of my life… mais que sera, sera…

Of course, cooking Gujarati dishes is in my blood, and yes, I do eat it, contrary to popular opinion – so in my head this was a natural course, particularly as we live in a world that is now taking immense effort to preserve its’ roots, heritage and bring back our ancestral ways of living. While I prepared for the shoot, I realized how much I enjoyed it, and the shoots turned out to be one of the easiest I have ever done. I was admittedly surprised at the ease and comfort I experienced. And even better, I got to wear outfits that felt like second skin – the sari – which I hope are making both my grandmothers up there proud. This may shock you, but I feel much more at ease in a sari than I do in jeans (I can even do a mean garba step in one!).

So this fresh new series on India Food Network’s IFN Vegetarian YouTube Channel consists of simple, easy and yummy Gujarati recipes, that are taken from the old books, childhood memories and grandparents’ remembrance…

And remember, never say never!

   As a chef, I spend my maximum time in aprons, which is why I understand the basic requirements of a good apron – comfortably covered on the top, a pocket at the bottom for the handy phone and napkin. Almost every time I walked into a store to buy an apron, I returned empty […]

  

As a chef, I spend my maximum time in aprons, which is why I understand the basic requirements of a good apron – comfortably covered on the top, a pocket at the bottom for the handy phone and napkin. Almost every time I walked into a store to buy an apron, I returned empty handed – because no matter how cute the aprons were, none gave me ‘full coverage’! I hated the fact that something that was free-size would not ‘fit’ me. So I did what any self-respecting voluptuous woman does – went ahead and made my own!

The specialty of Kitchen Therapy’s free-size adult aprons is that they are specifically made for normal-sized women. I’m trying to put this as delicately as possible but I’m just going to say it – it’s for women with ample bossoms with a chest width of about 11 inches, ensuring you are safely cover!!! And then there are some super cute ones for kids and teens.

Where can you find them? I’ll be introducing them on Tuesday, September 18th at Madhavrao, Ahmedabad between 11AM and 6PM

Contact us at: 9909957229

Beautiful Photography: Krishna Lalbhai

Adorable children: Rhea Shah & Anushi Shah

Special thanks to Rapti Bhaumik for helping me frame this in a ‘subtle’ manner!

 

The Collective Episode: A Gourmet Affair Date: Tuesday September 18th, 2018 Location: Madhavrao, Parshwanath Business Park, Prahladnagar, Ahmedabad Timings: 11AM to 6PM This curated event by Sweta Parikh of Grafico and myself is the first ever food & drink gourmet affair to be hosted in the city. We’ve selected brands that stem from passion, knowledge and […]

The Collective Episode: A Gourmet Affair

Date: Tuesday September 18th, 2018

Location: Madhavrao, Parshwanath Business Park, Prahladnagar, Ahmedabad

Timings: 11AM to 6PM

This curated event by Sweta Parikh of Grafico and myself is the first ever food & drink gourmet affair to be hosted in the city. We’ve selected brands that stem from passion, knowledge and the curiosity to learn and explore further.

Grafico is a multi-talented firm by the husband & wife duo, Sweta and Ashit Parikh, with services that branch into design, space visualisation, lifestyle and luxury brand photography, creative marketing and PR solutions for lifestyle and hospitality brands and bespoke wedding and event styling.

The aim of bringing us together is a desire to educate and interact with others to shed light on our local makers, apart from just pushing our retail products.

About the participants:

Toska Chocolate

Ishan Pansuria, founder of Toska Chocolates, hails from a business family with a background in industrial chemicals. Armed with a passion, he started bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate manufacturing.

Toska will display and retail their wide range of chocolates (Smoked Salt & Crystallised Sugar is my fave!), gifting options as well as host an interactive informative session at 4PM along with a tasting session of cocoa beans and bars of different single origin chocolates.

Price Range: Rs. 390 – Rs. 450 per piece

 

Sinful Bites by Anuja

Sinful Bites is founded by Anuja, a home-baker passionate about cake and chocolate is an expert in eggless baking and cake décor. Anuja is bringing you eggless macarons for the first time in Ahmedabad!

Additionally, she will have a live Cookie Shot Glass station served with milk, frosting and topping for immediate consumption.

On Sale:

Live Cookie Shot Glass Station (Additional Rs. 150 / piece)

Macarons (White Chocolate Raspberry & Coffee Caramel)

Browned Butter Shortbread with Dark Chocolate Sea Salt | Healthy Bars | Mini Orange Almond Loaf Cake

Price Range: Rs. 150 to Rs. 450

 

Oh Cha

Committed to excellence, to history and heart of fine tea, Oh Cha aims to reinvent the way you think about and drink tea. Fresh teas from our gardens is Assam blended with dried herbs, spices, flowers and fruits – there’s a world of deeply satisfying flavour to be discovered with every cup.

Additionally, at 5PM, Pallavi, founder of Oh Cha will have an interactive session and talk about the artisanal teas and the blending process.

On Sale:

Whiskey Tea | Red Velvet Tea | Blueberry Cheesecake | Orange Cinnamon

Gift boxes and tea accessories

Cold Brew Infusions to drink

And much more!

Price Range: Rs. 200 to Rs. 1500

 

Lily Pond Bakery

Founded by Pareshbhai a few years back, Lily Pond Bakery has become synonymous with excellent high quality artisanal handmade breads.

His story began around 15 years ago when he started dabbling in baking breads, and became more intrigued every time he traveled and attended workshops. Pareshbhai returned home after each trip, invigorated with his new learnings and practiced in his kitchen, and ultimately led to the inception of Lily Pond Bakery.

On Sale:

Multigrain | Feta Sundried Tomato and Basil Loaf | Foccaccia | Pain de campagne

Price Range: Rs. 70 to Rs. 300

 

Kitchen Therapy & Nature Therapy

Founded by Kamini Patel, a food and menu consultant and recipe developer, this range of products are all under small batch production, made in Gujarat by local makers. The aim is to ensure freshness, good tastes and build a support system to makers behind the scenes.

A live demo of how cold pressed oils are made will be conducted throughout the day!

On Sale:

Rose + Oats Mukhwaas | Turmeric + Coconut Mukhwaas | Homestyle Gluten Free Trail Mix | Prickly Pear Jam

Aprons by Kitchen Therapy (kids, teens & adults)

Range of After Bath Oils and single cold pressed wellness oils

Price Range: Rs. 310 – Rs. 999

 

VENUE PARTNER: Madhavrao (which serves up the best Maharashtrian food in beautifully interiors)

DESIGN PARTNER: Grafico Design by Sweta & Ashit Parikh

To say this year has been fairly eventful, is putting it mildly. Venturing into new waters, learning new skills, pushing boundaries and even garnering the strength and discipline to turn down work when in a time crunch are just a few examples. One of the most exciting projects I’ve worked with and can also promote […]

To say this year has been fairly eventful, is putting it mildly. Venturing into new waters, learning new skills, pushing boundaries and even garnering the strength and discipline to turn down work when in a time crunch are just a few examples.

One of the most exciting projects I’ve worked with and can also promote publicly is a new menu at Le Artisan Boulangerie. This delightful new bakery in town has expanded into service, starting with a classic Afternoon Tea menu.

What is an Afternoon Tea? And why not high tea?

Well, let me lay it out for you and contradict every notion you perhaps had. Afternoon Tea was customary for royals, and much more extravagance and elegance to it. It served as a tummy filler in between the two main meals.

The high tea that we are so accustomed to was actually referred to a quick bite that the working class had on their way home from their jobs, standing by higher tables (hence, the phrase “High Tea”) a couple of sandwiches with tea – have I just shattered all your visions of English royalty.

At LAB, we are presenting our interpretation of the Afternoon Tea, which we believe to be fit for the royalty of Ahmedabad. You shall be well seated on linen tables to experience a three-tier stand adorned with delicious mini treats and beautiful teas from Three Clive Road.

This project is a collaboration between the three of us: LAB X Kitchen Therapy X The Kitchen Trail (I like to call ourselves the Dynamic Trio) which has from Day One, been an absolute delight and pure enjoyment because it never feels like work, but a truly productive session where we each allow on another that creative space. For me, that’s the beauty of my “job”. We spent hours figuring things out, discussing, sourcing ingredients, cutlery and crockery, designing… you name it and every part of this menu has our heart, soul and love in it.

On a personal note, this is the first menu I’ve designed that is purely eggless – including the cakes! The menu is set to change every month, working with fun ingredients and when possible, with seasonal fruits. Each menu includes finger sandwiches, scones with homemade clotted cream and The Gourmet Jar preserve, and an assortment of sweet treats. The menu is paired with teas from Three Clive Road and is set for two persons.

LAB Afternoon Tea opens it’s doors on FridayAugust 31st 2018

Location: Le Artisan Boulangerie: Ground Floor, Magnifico, Opp Avalon Hotel, Off Sindhu Bhavan Road, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad

Contact: 9723231177

Timings: 3PM to 6PM

Kindly note, reservation is required

Photography and Styling: The Kitchen Trail  

It seems my voluptuousness has made me the poster child of cream, butter and malai, as these are the recipes perennially picked by my producers in every proposal I sent. They rarely pick out the brown rice, quinoa or jaggery ones from me. And I feel slight bit liberated about this – it gives me […]

It seems my voluptuousness has made me the poster child of cream, butter and malai, as these are the recipes perennially picked by my producers in every proposal I sent. They rarely pick out the brown rice, quinoa or jaggery ones from me. And I feel slight bit liberated about this – it gives me an excuse to look as I do, without worrying about preaching about low calorie foods, healthier versions and what-nots. There are enough qualified people out there doing this for you. So I come bearing comfort recipes that anyone who is normal enough, needs on a regular basis. These two dishes are my answers:

Mushroom Fettuccine & Creamy Tomato Pasta

Cooking did not come into my life as a means to get healthy or to tackle a health situation. It came as a way to escape daily chores and go on a nostalgic journey from some moment or another of the past. As I grew older, finding new ingredients to work with excited me much more than other things. It was a common joke amongst my old friends that Kamini is the easiest to appease to – good cappuccino, a slice of chocolate cake and a block of cheese does the job.

So, here you go, two recipes that go against the rules and ethos of any dietician, nutritionist and wanna-be health preacher, but will go agreeably well with your heart, soul and mind! (Psst… don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channels!)