December Style Picks

If you are still to do your Christmas shopping and are looking for unique gifts, here is our selection of Style Picks this season!

1.Red Satin Kitty, Slippers, Eye Mask Set, Charlotte Olympia
2.Studio Collection, Living in Style
3.Riri loves mac, Rihanna for MAC
4.Miss Lanvin snow globe, Lanvin
5.Mickey+ Minnie Mouse Christmas Ornament, Swarovski
6.’Les Nécessaires d’Hermès’ collection by Philippe Nigro for Hermes
7.Lady Dior Precieuse Diamonds
8.Christmas Goodies, Cookie Man
9.Barbie by Stephen Jones, Selfridges
10.Coasters, 10am

Travel: Shangri-La “City Escapes”

This winter, family travel will be merrier and more memorable when Shangri-La’s city hotels, Kerry and Traders hotels around the world introduce “City Escapes”to start the season of celebration from 10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul,

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo,www.stylecity.inShangri-La Hotel, Paris,

While counting down to the holidays, guests can peruse a selection of over 70 Shangri-La properties located in key city destinations, namely Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Each City Escape, designed to welcome Christmas and New Year in style and elegance, will offer great value and the convenience of being close to sites of interest. Guests booking City Escapes for a room or suite at the Best Available Rate will be entitled to complimentary breakfast and upto USD200 credit per stay to use for hotel dining or for pampering treatments at the spa. Even children under the age of six (up to a maximum of two) who are accompanied by a paying adult can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all day dining and pool cafes.  For additional children aged between six and 12, staying at city hotels, a 50% discount off the buffet price will be included.

For booking or detailed information please visit

Style Picks: Christmas (Part 2)

And here it is, products inspired by Christmas to make this festive season even more Jolly! So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
1.Christmas Dish, Alessi
2.Angel Decoration, Poundland
3.At home by Ashley Thomas tree plate, Debenhams.
4.Great Christmas Tree,Lladro
5.Book Ends, House of Fraser.
6.Santa and helper Tea Pot, Marks and Spencer.
7.Knitted cracker christmas tree decoration, Marks and Spencer
8.Towel Set, Noel
9.Santa and Snowman Salt and Pepper shakers, British Heart Foundation
10.Rocking Christmas tree, Swarovski


Festive mood at Leela Palace, New Delhi

Christmas is in full swing around the hospitality industry and I am super excited by the The life size Gingerbread House placed in The Leela Palace, New Delhi’s opulent lobby. Made of 3000 bricks of fresh-baked gingerbread on the outside and 900 larger ginger bread tiles on the inside, 1 metric ton of royal icing and adorned with wreaths, traditional glass balls, stars and bells along with gold foil decorations, the gingerbread house is designed and sculpted by the award-winning Executive Chef Glenn Eastman and his pastry team, took a whopping 120 man hours to complete.

Gingerbread House at The Leela Palace New

DSC_9958In addition, pastry Chef  Vikesh Singh is belting out interesting gourmet hampers including handcrafted Santa shaped chocolates, plum pudding, sugar cookies, fruit cakes, mince pies, ginger breads and many more sold through the retail store Amalya at the hotel. I love these small Santa chocolates, the detail and design is so awesome I don’t think I would have the heart yo eat them. But that is me, I am sure kids would love santa chocolates (Gift option!)But another festive touch is the very sophisticated white X Mas tree adorning the lobby of the palace, almost touching the ceiling.

A Gourmet Christmas meal

A modern take on a traditional Christmas meal’
And Christmas is now knocking on our doors, how exciting! Well I was actually a convent school student, so Christmas was a big part of my life growing up, from doing up the tree to secret santa and ofcourse the Christmas parties and the yummy food. That of course was years ago, as of recent times most of my Christmas brunch’s end up being at restaurants serving Christmas brunch, since most of my friends who live away from family don’t really end up doing a proper Christmas meal. So this year I decided to dig a little and find out recipes for a Christmas brunch and help came in the form of Silverspoon Gourmet (The name itself sounds yummy, right?)


Joshua D’Souza and Neha Manekia, the husband-and-wife team behind Silverspoon Gourmet, have years of combined experience in the luxury hospitality sector and bring the attention to detail learned in that context to every element of Silverspoon Gourmet. Silverspoon Gourmet’s repertoire of dishes takes in influences from an enormous variety of continental cuisines. But is not just catering that they specialize in, Silverspoon Gourmet can also assist with event planning to minimize client stress, helping to create a complete environment where the flavours and colour on the table coincide with the tone and feel of any special event.
So now that I have worked so hard to get you these amazing recipes, who is inviting me over for Christmas brunch?

Cranberry, Glazed Walnut, Orange, Avocado, and Blue Cheese Salad

Cranberry, Glazed Walnut, Orange, Avocado, and Blue Cheese Salad.

Original recipe makes 4 servings
156.2 g mixed salad greens with spinach
90 g sweetened dried cranberries
180 ml glazed walnuts
1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
100 g crumbled bleu cheese
1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
30 ml cranberry vinaigrette salad dressing, or to taste

Place the salad greens into a salad bowl, and sprinkle with dried cranberries, walnuts, mandarin orange sections, blue cheese, and avocado chunks. Drizzle the salad with the dressing, toss, and serve. For the cranberry dressing get one tin of cranberry jelly (Ocean spray brand) add 2 tbsps., white vinegar, a little salt, pepper and 3 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil. Place all these in a blender and blend with a dash of water to get a liquid consistency.

Cheese balls rolled in chopped Pecans

Cheese balls rolled in chopped Pecans.

225 g cream cheese
115 g sharp Cheddar cheese
55 g crumbled blue cheese
20 g grated onion
1 clove garlic, minced
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
63 g green olives
60 g chopped pecans or walnuts

In a food processor, mix the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, blue cheese, onion, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Process until well blended. Add olives, and pulse into small chunks.
Shape the mixture into a ball, and roll in the chopped pecans or walnuts to coat. Wrap in plastic, and chill at least 4 hours in the refrigerator

Roast turkey

Roast turkey,


1 (18 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
455 g kosher salt or sea salt
115 g butter, melted
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
235 ml dry white wine

Rub the turkey inside and out with the kosher salt. Place the bird in a large stock pot, and cover with cold water. Place in the refrigerator, and allow the turkey to soak in the salt and water mixture 12 hours, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thoroughly rinse the turkey, and discard the brine mixture.
Brush the turkey with 1/2 the melted butter. Place breast side down on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan. Stuff the turkey cavity with 1 onion, 1/2 the carrots, 1/2 the celery, 1 sprig of thyme, and the bay leaf. Scatter the remaining vegetables and thyme around the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover with the white wine.
Roast uncovered 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Carefully turn the turkey breast side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush with the remaining butter. Allow the bird to stand about 30 minutes before carving.

Vegetarian Tourtiere

Vegetarian Tourtiere,

Original recipe makes for 16
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups texturized vegetable protein (TVP)
1/2 cup dried vegetable flakes
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup onion, minced
2 cups mushrooms, minced
2 cups bread crumbs
1 teaspoon freshly cracked peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch fresh ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon milk
2 (9 inch) refrigerated pie crusts
1 teaspoon water

Pour the vegetable broth into a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Measure the texturized vegetable protein and vegetable flakes into a large mixing bowl. Pour the boiling broth over the texturized vegetable protein and vegetable flakes; soak for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and onions; cook and stir until soft, about 10 minutes.
Stir the texturized vegetable protein and vegetable flake mixture in with the
mushroom and onions. ; remove from heat and cool.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)
Line a deep dish pie plate with one round of the prepared pastry. Pour the vegetable mixture into the pastry shell. Prepare the top pastry by cutting a 2 to 3-inch hole in the centre of the round using a knife or a decorative cookie cutter.
Moisten the edges of the bottom round with water. Place the top round of prepared pastry on top of the meat filling, pressing around the edges and crimping to seal..
Bake in the preheated 450 degree F (230 degrees C) oven for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and continue baking until the crust is golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

Date and Walnut cake eggless

Date and Walnut cake eggless.

180 ml milk
18 dates, pitted and left whole
110 g brown sugar
120 ml vegetable oil
5 ml vanilla extract (optional)
125 g all-purpose flour
5 g baking soda
2 g ground cinnamon (optional)
30 g chopped walnuts (optional)

Heat milk in a saucepan until almost boiling and stir in dates; let soak for several hours, refrigerated. For best flavor, refrigerate dates and milk overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a medium loaf pan.
Transfer milk and dates to food processor, add brown sugar, and process into a smooth paste. Mix in vegetable oil and vanilla extract with a few pulses.
Whisk flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Pulse flour mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time, into the date paste until batter is smooth; do not overmix. Stir walnuts into batter with a fork and transfer to the prepared loaf pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Style Picks- Christmas Trees (part 1)

Since Christmas is so close now I feel my upcoming posts should reflect a bit of the Christmas Spirit. Starting with, Christmas trees. These are larger than life and some very innovative Christmas trees seen around the streets of the world. Now I love the concept and idea behind all of these and would not mind something so different, but most traditionalists might have an issue. Well to each their own! and do remember my freedom of expression before sending me hate mail. Merry Christmas!

P.S-If you have any pictures of interesting christmas trees you spot do share will post them!

1. Jute Christmas tree, Commons Cafe, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2. Ginza Tanaka’s disney Christmas tree in Gold
3. Illuminated from the wall of Tokyo’s Akasaka Grand prince hotel
4. Ipswich Christmas tree in Corn hill
5. Patrick Rogers Chocolate Christmas tree in Paris
6. Porcelain Xmas tree (made from plates and saucers) by Mooz
7. Rock’s ‘Living’ Christmas tree by Brendan Moar
8. Mary Katrantzou tree outside the London design museum
9. Toronto Eaton centre Christmas tree
10. Fairy light tree in the Dutch hospital coutryard, Colombo, SriLanka