A few of my favorite things …. and a Giveaway.

Update: This giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced shortly. The winner is Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction. Congratulations Annamaria! Your Amazon voucher has been emailed to you. 


A big “Thank you” to everyone that participated. 

After a bout of spring cleaning, I was amazed at how things collect in the kitchen over a period of time, specially if you are invested in food or baking, as a food blogger, a hobby baker / cook etc. I came across a bunch of things that I’ve picked up over the past few years, some I use regularly and some are still waiting to be used. The ones I’ve used have all made my life in the kitchen a little easier and I’m all for that and I know the ones patiently waiting their turn will also be put to good use soon. I guess my motivation to pick these things up when I see them, is the fact that they’re not always available, so I pick them up when they are. These instances are usually followed by a little happy dance in my head 😉 I wouldn’t dare do that in public 🙂

Back to my favorite things. Like I said, I tend to collect kitchen stuff over time, but if I had to pick my top 5 favorite things, they would be –

1) Wooden spoons – I have loads of these in different shapes and sizes. You can’t have too many wooden spoons.

2) My silicone pastry brush and spatula – These are perfect for baking and candy making and cleaning up after use is a breeze.

3) Measuring cups and spoons – I wouldn’t be able to bake without them.

4) My electric hand beater and whisks – These are indispensable.

5) My silicone bake-ware

These are things that are fairly basic and regularly used in my kitchen.

Anyway you’ve often heard me rant about scarce or no availability of good quality bakeware or cookware in India before. I was thrilled to know that those days are now behind me “sort of”. I was recently contacted by www.CupoNation.in and was quite pleased when I went over their site. Not only have they tied up with a number of vendors that have varied collections for the kitchen and home among others, they’re all at discounted rates. They have also very kindly offered a giveaway for all you lovelies that keep reading this blog and take time out of your busy day to leave a comment. I love hearing from you. Psst! You wanna know something ….I’ve already got my eye on a few things from their stores.

Up for grabs are gift vouchers that can be used on Flipkart.com (in India) and Amazon.com (globally). Follow these simple steps and the voucher can be yours. It can be used to purchase anything of your choice from these sites.

How to participate – 


This giveaway is open to all. Participation in this giveaway is very simple.

1) You need to follow this blog, subscribe to the Cuponation newsletter and comment on this post and let me know that you’re a follower. If you already follow the blog, simply subscribe to the newsletter and leave a comment and let me know. Don’t forget to include the name / details of your favorite kitchen tool / gadget in your comment.

2) You can increase your chances of winning by –
a) Following me on twitter @MyHobbieLobbie and tweeting about this giveaway.
b) Following My Hobbie Lobbie on Facebook and sharing the details of this giveaway, and
c) Blogging about this giveaway.

Once you’ve done this, please leave me a separate comment for each of these. This allows you 3 additional chances to win.

3) The giveaway ends on 30th April 2013. The winner will be randomly picked and announced soon after. Please make sure I can get in touch with you. If you don’t have a blog, please leave me an email address so that I can contact you.

Good Luck!!!

My 200th Blog Post and My 1st Ever Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and the winner will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.

Thanks everybody for participating. The winner for this giveaway is – 



Comment #16 – Miz Helen – “Hi Trisha,Congratulations on your 200th post! I have followed your blog for a long time and always enjoy your post. This is a great cookbook that would be a perfect addition to my collection of well over 200 hundred cookbooks. My favorite of all of those is the one that my Grandmother wrote in her own hand writing, it is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us!
Miz Helen”


Congratulations Miz Helen!

Can you believe it? This is my 200th post. I’m pleasantly surprised. When I started out, I thought I would be able to keep going for a while, but was wondering how long that would be. Turns out I ♥ blogging. I also absolutely love checking out other blogs, getting to know the bloggers and checking out their wonderful creations. Its been really inspiring.

Of course, my primary source of inspiration comes from the piles of recipe books that I own. I can tell you that this habit started a long time ago. I remember right from my college days, I would gather my pocket money and spend it on recipe books, specially the ones with fabulous pictures. In those days, I didn’t really check the index out too keenly. I must also tell you that back then, I wasn’t too keen on cooking. I took special interest only in sweets and cakes. So my first few books were mostly about desserts. I still remember my Mum getting frantic each time I came home with yet another book. I could spend hours admiring them but never really got into the kitchen to whip up something. So her concern was “what ever was I going to do with my ever growing pile of cookbooks, considering I never used them?” Well Mum, I’m glad to report that I now use every single one of them and I’m really happy that I picked them up when I did.

Its now more than 10 years later and I still have a thing for cookbooks. Needless to say, there is also loads of information, recipes and pictures on endless sites and food blogs. So my growing stack of recipe books is in check, though I still add to it regularly.

I thought I would take this occasion to give something back. I want to say “Thank you” to each and every one of you who stop by regularly or just the once, those who follow my blog publicly or silently – in the shadows – I would really like to know you better, so if you are one of those who just stops by once in a while or leaves me anonymous comments, its time for you to step out of the shadows 🙂 and also all you wonderful folks that take time out to leave me comments, I do love comments, so please keep the love coming. And it doesn’t end at that. I’m going to give you the opportunity to participate in my first ever giveaway. I recently came across this beauty of a book on desserts and one lucky ready will have their very own copy.

This gorgeous book is something one should have handy. Its filled with wonderful dessert recipes covering a wide variety of goodies like meringues, souffles, mousses, pies, chocolate desserts, puddings, frozen desserts, fruit desserts to name a few, complete with gorgeous pictures and all.

How to participate – 


This giveaway is open to all. Participation in this giveaway is very simple.

1) You need to follow this blog, and comment on this post and let me know that you’re a follower. If you already follow the blog, simply leave a comment and let me know.

I’d also love to hear a little about you. So please include the answer to this question in your comment – How many cookbooks do you have and which one is your favorite? I can’t wait to hear from you. If you don’t want to answer the question, you can still participate, just leave a comment on this post. 🙂

2) You can increase your chances of winning by following me on twitter and tweeting about this giveaway, following My Hobbie Lobbie on Facebook and blogging about this giveaway. Once you’ve done this, please leave me a separate comment for each of these. This allows you 3 additional chances to win.

3) The giveaway ends on 10th June 2012. The winner will be randomly picked and announced soon after. Please make sure I can get in touch with you. If you don’t have a blog, please leave me an email address so that I can contact you.

Good Luck!!!

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored giveaway.