Food Marathon : 7 appetizer recipes this week.

I love to cook. It’s a pity that my husband doesn’t enjoy food as much as I would like him to or the way I would like him too. He is very happy to eat my food that turned out so great ……and unfortunately he is just as happy to eat my food that flopped so badly. He genuinely will be happy both times. I don’t know how he does that! Sometimes it’s an awesome motivation, sometimes it’s just a killer. I really had no uncertainty to look forward to……….until my daughter A came along! Yay. She is just like me! She is 3 years but will ask for salt, pepper, honey, sugar, say it’s yucky, it’s yummy and ask for one more serving of good food!

Below pic is what I think I would like to look like! But you should never trust a skinny chef, would you 😉 


So we’d moved into Hong Kong few months ago and have started making some nice friends. My daughter as well.  She clearly has made more friends than I have. She wants her friends over for play dates, and I want mine for house-parties.  I get to experiment on more food on more people.  One such experimental attempt is this recipe marathon that I am doing  :- ). Appetizers and dessert were my favourite categories and I couldn’t decide which one to start with….Thanks a looooot to all the Facebook followers who voted and made my decision simple!  I will be making and posting one appetizer recipe a day for 7 days!  Soon after the appetizer marathon is done I hope to go on to dessert-marathon, soup-marathon, smoothie marathon and a pie marathon! If you have a preference…….leave a comment and let me know and I can start with that  :- )

< Somewhere in Central, I can hear my husband say, go find a job!! Well, I am going to pretend like I never heard it today as well ! 😛 >

Hope you enjoy my recipes and the food-marathon! Let me know your favorite category….


Choco-Nutella cake !


Thanks to my house-owner who set up a crappy microwave in the apartment. That’s the only reason I think I decided to go and buy myself a new one with a convection system in it. Its been quite a while since I took the time out to bake and ever since I bought it a week ago I have been excited to make cakes or bakes or breads or anything. I just wanted to use it!

The day had arrived. Today it was! I made a choco-nutella cake. Its was pretty simple and quick. I now only regret postponing my oventures (Pun intended. A really bad one I think!) this long.

So, here’s my recipe. It’s fairly easy to whip up and would make a great party dessert or a kids play date treat! You could do up the icing differently , but I decided to simply spread a choco-spread over the cake with a wavy butter knife to get a simple pattern and dusted it with a bit of a cocoa powder and powdered sugar to make it Instagram worthy. Ha!


Time :

  • 15-20 mins to prepare
  • 25 mins to bake

Ingredients :

  1. Butter :  150 gms
  2. Brown sugar   :  1/3 cup
  3. Nutella   :  80 to 100 gms
  4. Eggs : 2
  5. Flour : 200 gms
  6. Baking powder : 1 tsp
  7. Salt : A pinch (If you are using salted butter you can avoid salt)

Method :

  • Combine Butter + sugar and beat (preferably in an electric beater) until fluffy.
  • Add Nutella and beat on low speed. Add eggs one by one and continue to beat.
  • In a separate bowl add : Flour + baking soda + salt
  • Fold the Nutella mixture into the flour and mix until ingredients are combined really well.
  • Preheat the oven at 190 C (375 F). Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 25 mins!
  • Prepare icing as mentioned above.


Its quite simple, told ya.