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.

Credits:

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

Orange and cranberry scones

If you have been following my previous posts, you might remember that I mentioned collaborating with Bake With Shivesh on some food videos. Today I am sharing the orange and cranberry scones video that I shot for Shivesh and Teabox.

I do have a recipe for cranberry scones on the blog, but I love how Shivesh infuses the milk with the TeaBox Breakfast tea and then uses it in the dough. It was fun shooting the videos, but editing them and fitting to make a one minute instagram applicable videos has been a pain, though I am glad how all of them are looking.

Orange and cranberry scones

Orange and cranberry scones

Three days till Christmas Day left and I would love to hear what you all are baking as part of your Christmas Day feast. Let me know in the comments below.

Last year, I made english scones, Chocolate crinkle cookies, olive bread, warm goat cheese and pear salad and artichoke chicken. This year I doubt it will be anything that elaborate since its only my grandfather, my 5 year old niece and me in the house. I have plans to meet my friends and spend some time with them, since the last couple of days have been busy with work. I would definitely bake something, just not sure what yet.

For now, I will just stare at these tea infused scones that I shot for Bake with Shivesh, and hope that some inspiration comes my way.

Here’s the video, hope you like it!

Cranberry and orange Scones from Shumaila Chauhan on Vimeo.

Credits:

  • Video: MuddyChoux Photography/ The Novice Housewife 
  • Recipe: Shivesh Bhatia, Bake with Shivesh
  • Brand: TeaBox
  • Music: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Daniela Andrade (Cover)

 

You can check the other videos from the series on my Vimeo page.

 

Black Forest Pavlova

The next couple of days you will see a lot of recipe videos on the blog. In my last post, I shared the orange spiced christmas cookie video that I shot for Bake with Shivesh in collaboration with TeaBox Tea. Today I am sharing the video for this decadent three layer Black Forest pavlova that Shivesh developed for Big Banyan.

As a child I have had my share of black forest cakes. In India, when I was growing up, cake options from bakery were limited to primarily two flavours- pineapple or black forest, both of these cakes as a result graced many occasions. Recipe for the swiss version of the black forest cake has previously been posted on my blog and you can check it out here.

Pavlova has been a more recent addition to my taste buds, although since my mom baked quite a bit I had seen it in her baking books, though my mom not a fan of meringues always looked past it. I only got to taste a pavlova when I was living in Morenci, Arizona. Lucky for me, it was at an Australian’s house so it was as authentic as could be.

Black Forest Pavlova

My first attempt at a meringue based cake was the mascarpone meringue cake I baked for Daring Bakers, one which surprisingly came out well. The picture in that post were taken at a time when food photography was not one of my strengths, and they really don’t do justice to how divine it tasted.

Having tried my hand at meringue based cakes, I attempted a chocolate pavlova which was delicious and posted about it here. A black forest cake version has been on my list ever since I saw it on Meeta’s blog and even though I did not make this, at least I got to shoot it for someone who did.

Shivesh used the Merlot from Big Banyan in the cherry filling, instead of the traditional Kirsch, and I am not complaining. I am not the one to drink while I am on a shoot, but then somebody had to drink that glass of poured wine. 😀

Black Forest Pavlova

The recipe for the Black Forest pavlova can be found on Shivesh’s blog here, and you can learn more about the wines from Big Banyan here.

Check out the video below and let me know what you think. And in case you missed out on the Christmas cookie video you can check it out here.

Black Forest Pavlova from Shumaila Chauhan on Vimeo.

Credits:

  • Video: MuddyChoux Photography/ The Novice Housewife 
  • Recipe: Shivesh Bhatia, Bake with Shivesh
  • Brand: Big Banyan
  • Music: Our Place- Arrow & Olive