This blog is continued in memory of Hilda Mascarenhas, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who sadly passed away in February 2019 after a 5 year long battle with cancer.
Hilda was passionate about food and loved to discover, perfect, and share her recipes. She used food as a medium to reach out to people of all cultures and made authentic, home cooked Goan recipes accessible to people globally.

Read about Hilda in her own words below, taken from her 2011 blog post:

Hi! I’m Hilda, mother to two sons, married to Merwyn Mascarenhas who is an ace professional photographer. I am a Goan who lives in this beautiful city Pune (Maharashtra) and am proud to be a Punekar.

I’m a foodie who loves to cook for my family and friends and who in turn enjoy the delicious fare I turn out in my magical kitchen. My family motivates me to churn out interesting and mouth watering eats through my simple home cooking.

I was inspired and encouraged by my adorable children and loving husband who helped me discover this talent which must have been within me and waiting to explode. Surprisingly, the first time I cooked was after my marriage and I was amazed that I could really cook well.

After my stint in the corporate sector, for a short while I had my very own food venture called “Pick-a-Bite”. It was a fast food and Goan food outlet. The food we served had my own touch and a special twist to it.

Now I am a full time home maker and dedicate myself to a lot of cooking and baking. I also indulge in my other hobby, of making candles.

It was in early 2011  that my younger son suggested I begin blogging so that I could share my recipes with everyone. I don’t know why I did not start earlier. I suppose everything happens in its own time. So here I am, extremely excited about my new baby….

So I welcome you to my site “Hilda’s Touch of Spice.”

This is my sincere & humble effort to share my recipes with my family, friends and all food lovers. I hope beginners, interested and enthusiastic people will truly benefit from the recipes I will be putting up on “Hilda’s Touch of Spice.”