Friday, 20 May 2016

Vanillian Diet #3: Substitutions for baking ingredients

Hey Guys!
Vanilla Here.

Very recently, I have been beyond obsessed with cooking and baking new things. New food is like new books to me thus I have been  baking for only about 7 months. However, we all now that we can never always have all the ingredients they state in the recipe and get a bit too lazy to bother buying them. So, I have decided to share with you guys some substitutions I use whenever I bake.


Self- Raising flour = All Purpose flour + baking powder
For One cup of APF, 1 or even half tablespoon of baking powder is more than enough. I have very recently run out of Self-raising flour and wanted to finish up this huge packet of all-purpose flour I had via this method.

Bread Flour = All-purpose flour

I do not buy bread flour so I always end up using all purpose flour (its actually plain) for my pizzas and bagels. Actually, they do turn out fine!


This is one of the most frequently asked questions for me. Many people always eat my food up, then realizing what they ate was completely vegetarian and no egg! They would always ask me what is the substitute I add. I used this same substitute a lot of times while cooking for my pure veggie mom. There are a couple of ways to substitute egg into bakes and pastries.

Most recommended: 1 egg = ground flax seeds + water

This is the secret. Substitute 1/3 tbsp of ground flax seeds (Just put some flax seeds into the blender and blend into a slightly rustic powder) and mix it 3 tbsp of water and let it for about 20 seconds to set. It will work flawlessly and it will also give a flawless look like it was baked with eggs!

You can also try: 2 eggs = banana

This may sound a bit funny or strange but if you want to make any eggless fruit cake or muffins, bananas are a very good substitute for eggs. It gives a fruity rye flavour and also has a natural rising agent in it. 1/2 a banana for each egg is more than enough.


Vanilla beans = vanilla extract = vanilla essence

I wouldn't suggest you to substitute beans as they give the best smell and flavour. Vanilla essence is the least recommended as it is not real vanilla. Vanilla paste and water is quiet deep in flavour so you need to be careful if you want to use them.

This is all I have for you for this post. I do hope that you guys are enjoying my blog so far. Do tell me if you want any specific type of post or such. Also, if you do like what you see, I suggest subscribing to my blog!! There is a search box to the right hand corner where you can enter your email to be a part of the ice-cream family!! I do hope you guys will subscribe as there will be more posts in the future! So until next time, do keep your ice cream cones dripping!!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

April/May product Favorites!!

Hey Guys!
Vanilla Here.

I am so happy because I am a free bird! (till the end of the week only sadly) but finally after a month of studies I finally have a gap to post for you guys!! I do apologize to not bring any books in this post but that is mainly because I am in the midst of a summer booklist for you guys!! I am so stoked for the next month as I may have the time to post 2 times instead. Also, to compensate for the loss of a post in April, I will definitely post twice this month!! (I'll try, no promises).

As last month I was swamped by a lot of studies and projects, I realized I did not have time to read a lot, but also my skin condition was getting worse from the stress. So I started buying and loving three products I want to feature in this post. These are my beauty-skincare faves and I'll try linking them or something similar if I can.

1. Nivea Facial Wash Gel

I have been insanely IN LOVE with this product. It is more of a exfoliater and it does so well in its job. I have oily skin and it is not really meant for my skin type but the thing was that I have been having less than 6 hours sleep for a few nights and I wake up to find very dried and chapped skin, I even felt alot of paain i some areas due to broken skin. I started using this product last month and I realized my skin being more moist for longer periods of time, being more lighter and also more healthier. So I have to give this a cone up (See what I did there ;) )

Product Featured: Get Here

2. Layer'r Vanilla Scented Body Splash

One of the sweetest scents I've ever smelt. Its not sickly sweet but very very vanilla scented. So if you don't like me or my blogs, this scent ain't for you (jk). But it does have a heavy scent so it is advisable for those who want to have a sweet aftermath of their ootds. I brought this about a few months ago when I was travelling overseas, this became my go-to sort of scent for every outing now.

Product Featured: Get Here

3. Inecto Body Scrub (Coconut)

I freaking love this scrub like so much. It not only give you baby smooth skin, it also smells AMAZING! I freaking love the natural products used to make this as well as the salt/coconut pieces(?) used in the abrasion process.
When I binge on a lot of homework, I realized I was not really taking care of my skin, So I usually resort to bodycare products to enhance my looks than make up because sometimes I feel make up is just like a sort of blanket over something broken, so I'd rather repair the broken thing than embellish it with pretty quilts.

Product Featured: Get Here

So Here guy is my product favorites for the first two months, I do apologize (I have lost count the number of times I've said this though) and thank you once again for reading my blog! Even if you don't subscribe or even comment or leave a review of the post, it makes me happy there are people out there who bother taking a look! You may or may not be a first timer, but everyone is appreciated:)! So do stay tuned and keep your ice cream cones dripping!!

FYI:: I was not sponsored for any of these products k.