December 2014 archive

Christmas Gifting Ideas: Cute Food Hampers in Mumbai

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It really is that time of the year again. There’s a nip in the air, everyone’s surprisingly jolly, the streets are lit up and the kids are writing to Santa. So, what goes really well with the festive season? Festive food and presents, of course. We at GourmetItUp especially love both these things and have decided to combine the two. We bring you some of the cutest Christmas gifting options available in the city.

1) The Basket Case

A homegrown venture that offers quaint little food baskets filled with delicious treats. Handpicked by the team, this enables you to gift someone a carefully picked out present without having to actually do any of the work.

For Christmas, their picks include:

- Mulled Tea by Tea of Life

- Traditional Christmas Cake with a Marzipan Twist by The Baking Tray

- Christmas Cookies with Cranberries, Pistachios and Walnuts by Eighth

- Irish Creme White Chocolate Truffles by TonyK

Rs 2000 (+ Rs 200 for delivery).

And at the basket case, they specially curate a present for the little ones.

It includes:

- Hot chocolate mix with marshmallows and peppermint by TonyK

- M&M Cookies by House Of Cookies

- Strawberry butter by Yellow Butterfly

- Bhuira Strawberry jam

Priced at Rs. 1500 (+ Rs 200 for delivery)

So go get a basket full of homemade Christmas cheer!

Call 9833814333 or write to [email protected] to place your orders

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2) Jar Designs

JAR Designs is a Mumbai-based bake house offering a wide range of delicious JAR cakes and desserts. As the name suggests, JAR Designs is about all good things packed in a humble jar.

For Christmas, they are offering a beautiful traditionally wrapped Christmas Box – their take on traditional wrapped gifts and the joy of opening them like kids. Three of our JARS – Red Velvet, Spiced Cinnamon Molten Chocolate and Coffee Coconut Fudge.

Get More Information Here.

3) Sugar Over Dose

A homegrown venture, they provide novelty cakes and cookies at SOD. Treat a loved one with an enchanting gingerbread house or a Christmas tree-cake. They also have Christmas sugar and ginger bread cookies made to order.

Click here to place an order.

4) Eighth

At Eighth, they’re spreading Christmas cheer with the old and the new. Their Christmas menu includes classics like a chocolate chip pound cake and chocolate almond cake, and also a special Christmas cookie made with cranberries and pistachio and another with red velvet crinkles. Buy a loved one an assortment of delicious baked good by Eighth.

Click here for the full menu.


3 Delicious Pizza Recipes for You to Try at Home

There is an unwavering joy surrounding ‘make it yourself’ pizzas. You have the opportunity to gorge on restaurant-quality pizza base – fresh, crisp and oven baked – fresh ingredients and have whatever you please on it. To fulfill your desire to make your pizzas yourself, we bring you recipes of delicious pies served at some of the top restaurants – PizzaExpress and California Pizza Kitchen. You can now enjoy that quality pie in the comfort of your home.

1) Pomodoro Pesto


Ingredients and quantities needed:

  • 1 ready-made pizza base
  • 78g tomato sauce / passata
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, marinated, cut in half
  • 1 ball of baby mozzarella
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of oregano
  • 5 ml garlic oil
  • 10 gms pesto
  • 12 fresh basil leaves

For the marinated cherry tomatoes:

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 10 ml extra virgin garlic oil
  • Fresh oregano hand torn & Pinch of black pepper

To marinate the cherry tomatoes, simply chop in half, and squeeze the seeds out and place in a bowl. Drizzle with extra virgin garlic oil and fresh oregano. Cover and leave for at least 4 hours for maximum flavour.


1)      Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the pizza base
2)      Add the marinated tomatoes
3)      Tear the baby mozzarella into shreds and top on the base
4)      Season with black pepper & oregano
5)      Drizzle with garlic oil
6)      Cook in the oven at 371 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes
7)      Remove from the oven, drizzle over the pesto and add the fresh basil leaves.

Recipe courtesy: PizzaExpress. View the four course GourmetItUp experience here.

2) Chicken Fajita Pizza


Ingredients and quantities needed:

  • 150 gm Pizza dough (proofed)
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro Pesto sauce
  • ¾ cup Mozzarella shredded
  • ¼ cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 60 gm Shredded grilled chicken
  • 30 gm Sliced onion & peppers
  • 1 teaspoon Fajita mix
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Scallion Greens
  • 1 wedge Fresh Lime


  1. Hand roll the dough using all purpose flour as thin as ¼ of an inch and to 10” diameter
  2. Spread the cilantro pesto sauce all the way to the edge of the pizza dough
  3. Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese and Cheddar cheese all over the pizza
  4. Season the grilled shredded chicken and sliced red onion and peppers with fajita mix
  5. Cook the pizza on a stone or a pizza baking tray at 215 – 230 degrees
  6. Do not pop the bubbles that form. The pizza should be bubbly, brown and crispy
  7. Remove from oven and cut in equal pieces. Garnish with scallions and lime wedge.

Recipe courtesy: California Pizza Kitchen. View the four course GourmetItUp experience in Mumbai here.

 3) California Veggie Pizza


Ingredients and quantities needed:

  • 270 gm Multigrain Dough
  • 45 ml   Marinara Sauce
  • ¾ cup  Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup  Sliced button mushrooms
  • ½ cup  Sliced Red Onions
  • ¼ cup  Sun dried Tomatoes
  • 1 cup   Blanched Broccoli Florets
  • ¼ cup  Sliced baby corn
  • ¼ cup  Grilled Zucchini julienne
  • ¼ cup  Mozzarella cheese shredded


  1. Stretch the Multigrain dough to 10 ½ inch. Spread the sauce all over the dough.
  2. Distribute cheese over the marinara sauce.
  3. Distribute mushrooms over the cheese.
  4. Distribute the onions over the mushroom.
  5. Distribute the sun dried tomatoes over the onions.
  6. Distribute broccoli florets over the pizza.
  7. Distribute sliced baby corn over the other ingredients
  8. Distribute the grilled zucchini over the other ingredients.
  9. Distribute additional mozzarella over the broccoli florets.
  10. Cook the pizza on a stone or a pizza baking tray at 215 – 230 degrees for 8- 10 minutes until the dough is risen and cheese is well melted and crust is formed.
  11. Remove from oven and cut in equal pieces and serve hot.

Recipe courtesy: California Pizza Kitchen. View the four course GourmetItUp experience in Delhi here.