Christmas Punch
One day to Christmas and I have the perfect christmas cocktail for you today.

Two posts back I mentioned how I teamed up with Bake with Shivesh and made some recipe videos using wines from Big Banyan. This Christmas Punch was the second in the series of videos I made for Bake with Shivesh.

Shivesh used the Rosa rossa to make this festive christmas punch. Addition of tea to the punch and some spices, takes a regular punch to an excellent celebratory cocktail. I was pleasantly surprised how well tea and wine go together, who would have thought?

I have ton of work to do tomorrow, but I am looking forward to a day with my friends on Christmas Day. Its been a while since I have met them and will be nice to have a day to just enjoy.

I love the set up that we did for this video. Love how the lights bring the christmas spirit in the videos. The song that I have used in the background is by Lyonn and is called We’ll light the sky. You can download it on iTunes.

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

The only regret that I have is that this Christmas I could not make any christmas cake. The last christmas I spent with my parents my mom and I had made the best christmas cake I have had till date. It was mostly my mom’s recipe, which was a mix of 3-4 recipes she found online and some other additions. She never noted down the ingredients, nor does she remember the different sites she picked the recipe from. I kept pestering her to recreate the recipe, she kept telling me she can’t and as a result we have no christmas cake this christmas.

Well. at least we have this punch! I am definitely making this again and would highly recommend you to too. You can find the recipe on Shivesh’s blog, and here is a video to help you in case you get lost.

Since we are talking about wine, and since I just dropped some today on my shoes, and since the following days will be filled with wine and if you are as clumsy as me and drop that wine on your clothes or suede shoes, I thought I will tell you the trick to save your clothes/shoes. For wine stains immediately blot (not rub) some table salt on the stain. I did that today and my shoes look like they will be fine. Now you can wear that white shirt and drink that red wine without fear! Happy holidays!

Christmas Punch from Shumaila Chauhan on Vimeo.


  • Video: MuddyChoux Photography/ The Novice Housewife 
  • Recipe: Shivesh Bhatia, Bake with Shivesh
  • Brand: Big Banyan
  • Music: We’ll light the sky – Lyonn

Masala LemonadeMasala Nimbu Soda

There is a very popular summer time street drink in India called Banta. Some know it as Goli Soda, others call it heaven in a bottle especially when they have been traveling in the scorching roads of Delhi.

Masala Nimbu Soda aka Banta aka Goli Soda aka heaven in a bottle is basically a carbonated version of the summer favorite lemonade with an indian twist of chaat masala and black salt. And as part of this week’s GMT (belated GMT now- I apologize for that) I am sharing the recipe today.

Sprouts Farmers Market is doing a roundup of recipes that you can make for your Summer Olympics watch party. And what better recipe to share than a refreshing summer drink. Opening ceremony is in 2 days guys and while you don’t need to throw a get together to make this, this would be great to serve if you had guests over. Spike it up with some white rum, mint leaves call it a Masala Mojito and there’s your party!

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Today is Day 2 of my going Raw diet.

Somehow I survived Day 1. Although, watching television in the evening was painful. Every other advertisement on TV was a food one. A juicy burger between a sourdough bread and lots of close up shots- seriously painful to watch. And I never noticed how many shows have their scenes around food. People talking with chinese take out boxes, or sitting at the table to eat warm beans and grilled chicken with mashed potatoes. I knew that eating raw would make my senses more active, but I did not know that just one day of raw food would make me so much more observant to what’s happening on TV. I never noticed that food was such an integral part of the idiot box’s life. Raw Food Revelation 1!

Day 2 has been easier for now. But it’s going to get tougher in a few hours. My friend’s kid has her birthday today and my friend is having a small get together- the food on the menu- pizza and cake. No, this diet is not going to be as easy as last week when I was only on the gluten free, sugar free diet. At least my food was warm last week. It was cooked. And I could eat cheese. But this week none of that. Just raw fruits and vegetables and nuts.

Day 1 I started my day with some watermelon, soaked almonds, and a cup of this homemade almond milk that I am sharing today. I added some pistachios, saffron and crushed cardamom seeds.

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