mandarin-indian spiced shortbread cookies

mandarin nankathai recipe
mandarin nankathai recipe
mandarin nankathai recipe

Holiday baking is something I’m quite used to. This time of the year we seek comfort and warmth more than any other holiday or season. And as much as I do enjoy spending this time with friends and family, I find myself finding comfort in the nuances that is holiday baking. Spending time in the kitchen producing comfort food that can be shared with anyone and everyone.

Growing up in an Indian household, we always had traditional sweets and treats available to us. My mom, this time of the year, would make nankathai. A lightly sweetened and spiced biscuit that is absolutely perfect to leave on the kitchen counter so everyone can enjoy during the holiday party. I added a little mandarin essence to it to add a bit of holiday flair.

And so a recipe from my mother, adapted by me, from our home to yours.

{this recipe was originally shared on The Society Co}
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family tradition

India Hicks invites design enthusiasts into her home. A home of the family’s on a manor in Oxfordshire of Georgian style. With delicate details and softer, refined palettes. The marriage of 18th century flagstone and authentic painted portraits primarily by George Romney adorn the walls and floors. Though the palest pink walls of the gallery with white marble embellishment has stunned elegance into grandeur. Inspired by her father’s treasures, India ensures the simplest neoclassical motifs among her feminine instincts. And it is spaces like these that truly exude historical significance…

I know this seems a bit random to share at the moment as we prepare for the holidays, but as all the guests arrive I always seek inspiration from homes that were built around familial ideals. Those that are comfortable and cozy, warm and inviting.

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{all images via Domino, styled by David Hicks, photographed by Brittany Ambridge}

winter cozy

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dress zara | tights asos | scarf accessorize | boots aldo | earrings melanie auld | rings tiffany’s and topshop | nail varnish pirate by chanel | lipstick 206 ysl | mascara chanel

It seems that when 1st of December made its appearance the weather turned from cool to quite brisk. I don’t think anyone was quite ready for it. At first, December came with lots of rain, but the clouds cleared up soon enough and mornings were greeted with the most beautiful winter sun. My flat adjoins a private park with benches and pathways and lots of green space. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to put on my very warm hiking boots, a cozy dress, blanket scarf and a hot cup of tea. Bundled up in all the coziest winter necessities, I would say winter is quite romantic in London.

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Lately, I’ve had a spring in my step. Though I mentioned I had a rough Wednesday, it was quickly made better with a little note from my flatmate and a sweet dinner with someone special. It’s silly to think that a text message or a simple tweet could bring such an uplifting feeling in the midst of feeling down. I think the culmination of the holidays and missing my family had to do something with it. Walking around London you see children hand-in-hand with their mother or father, mesmerized by all the lights, overcome with joy by hot chocolate with extra large marshmallows. I miss that.

But being here in London just means I have to come up with my own traditions and build my own memories from scratch, but remember to never replace the old. It’s a beautiful time of the year that comes and goes so quickly in the blink of an eye.

I made myself a priority during the holidays. Indulging in the sweet treats whilst making wholesome meals, painting my nails red, taking long walks to take in the holiday windows and energy, cuddled up reading novels or watching christmas movies, surrounding myself with the loveliest company. It has been utterly perfect.

So this weekend, I’m planning on doing just what I shared. And I believe it will be nothing less than wonderful. Hope you have a lovely weekend! x

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she serves takeout on china and loves to bake cakes

It’s no surprise that the ideal c&é girl is portrayed all throughout the blog here. She is one that loves to have everything of hers in order, enjoys the simplicity in life, and adores quality time with her loved ones. So each of these gifted items is functional and sophisticated and everything plus more to her.

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{1} pyjamas – eberjay | {2} nail varnish – tom ford | {3} jumper – reiss | {4} eat pretty – spirit beauty lounge | {5} midi rings – gorjana

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Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

icon_palette Art Feeds exists to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children. An organization that I am truly passionate for, as it enables children to express themselves and share their beliefs and opinions creatively. Art is so powerful, one of the only concepts in our society that blends the human creative skill with imagination producing work that are powerful beyond measure. This season, if you want to give a holiday gift with a social impact, visit Art Feeds’ online store! All proceeds goes towards ensuring children find meaning through art. * * * {images via Yahoo and Unknown}

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