Food Controversies for Foodies

DISCLAIMER : The following videos are highly graphical and I suggest that the weak stomach and pregnant women (who have puking tendencies) to not watch these videos. Ok guys, we have all heard and read about the various “fast” food sold during the Beijing Olympics. For those who aren’t aware of it , check out […]

Diary of a Die-Hard Foodie

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”  – Julia Child

Dear Diary,

I never knew that I would end up writing a MORAL STORY FOR EVERY CULINARY ADVENTURE. My last week was quite eventful since I had a lot to learn. I tried to reinvent and refurbished some common simple recipes into culinary “so-called-masterpieces” ( LOL ).

Day 1

I tried out Brussels sprouts for the first time. As soon as I dropped the sprouts in hot olive oil, the house smelt like heaven. The fragrance was too indulgent and mouthwatering.

MORAL : Do not overcook the Brussels sprouts – it becomes taste-less. It must be crunchy !!

Brussels sprouts accompanied with hearty boiled eggs and bread

Brussels sprouts accompanied with hearty boiled eggs and bread

Day 2

Sometimes I think the only thing that prevents me from being a perfect dieter will be Noodles. To top off the indulgent “maggi” – pair it with eggs. To pardon myself for my indulgent damnation – I threw in some sauteed zucchini for the extra crunch factor.

MORAL : Always cook the eggs at the end. You dont want your eggs to be cold and soggy.

Maggi Noodles and Egg with Zucchini

Maggi Noodles and Egg with Zucchini

Day 3

Now I was addicted to Brussels sprouts and I would put it in almost everything. Today I had made pasta with cherry tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and reinvented the garlic bread with Arabic bread. A pseudo-Italian way of having pasta .

MORAL : Always use fresh garlic and not powered garlic. You end up with “garlic” fingers for the whole week.

Farfalle pasta with cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts and garlic bread

Farfalle pasta with cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts and garlic bread

Day 4

I have a confession and I know you would have figured it out….. I love pasta and if I have to eat it everyday of my life I would gladly do so. Today I made pasta with turkey sausage, cherry tomatoes, capsicum and tomato sauce. It was a beautiful spread of sauce on that white pasta. I would have preferred wheat.

MORAL : It is better to mix the pasta and sauce before serving else if you are a messy eater you will end up cleaning your living room couch and yourself.

Fusilli with sausage + Red sauce

Fusilli with sausage + Red sauce

Day 5

I found this new “breed” of pasta. This multi-vegetable ( multi-color)  pasta is definitely a must-try-it-out-yourself fad. A succulent bologonese sauce with shredded aubergine . Splendid !!!

MORAL : Adding more veggies will only heighten the taste of pasta. Nothing can replace that !

Multi-vegetable Fusilli

Multi-vegetable Fusilli

Day 6

Potato Stuffing – Long task but was worth it. Stuffed potato with sour cream and chives. Yes, that is mozzarelllllla (ooh la la) cheese.

MORAL : Make sure the potatoes are cooled before you scoop out the potato if you don’t have time – always keep a batch of ice to cool off your blistered fingers.

Stuffed potatoes

Stuffed potatoes

Day 7

Bruschetta with garlic sauce, feta stuffed chilies and mozzarella cheese with hummus dipping

MORAL : You wont require any dipping once you see these hot babes popping out from the oven…. Nice and crispy

Bruschetta - Snack Away

Bruschetta – Snack Away

 

So what have I earned after all these lessons ??? A big dipper badge slapped right across my arm !

A Big Dipper Badge ! 😉

 

How to make food look good even if it may not taste that spectacular ?

Go ahead, follow me till the end

South Indian Food - Idli and Sambar

South Indian Cuisine – Idli and Sambar

North Indian Cuisine - Rajma ( Red Kidney Beans ) and Rice

North Indian Cuisine – Rajma ( Red Kidney Beans ) and Rice

Dal ( Lentil Soup ) and Paneer (Indian Cheese ) - Capsicum Mix

Dal ( Lentil Soup ) and Paneer (Indian Cheese ) – Capsicum Mix

 

A Closeup of Paneer and Capsicum Sabzi

A Closeup of Paneer and Capsicum Sabzi

 

Beetroot Youghurt

Thadathil Cuisine – Beetroot in Youghurt

Pasta Pie

Pasta Pie

 

So, how to make food look good even if it may not taste that spectacular ?

Presentation and close-up shots  😉

Anyone hungry ?? 😀

 

 

How I “whipped up” my Easter with Betty Crocker :)

First of all, this post is all about the little stuff happening in my life. I want to acknowledge it right now because I believe that small things really matter at the end …..
One of my childhoods sweetest memories are of my mom’s freshly baked cakes ….. the endless waiting to get a chance to lick off the leftover batter and cling onto it until I nearly clean the vessel sparkling neat .
I am sure we all have had our share of such exuberance.
My mom and dad would run around the house to get these ingredients together, alternate to whip up the cake and call out for the ingredients one by one like a doctor asking for the instruments during surgery. I would just look up into the oven and witness the creation of a perfect circle of love called CAKE!!!!
( I just realized I never took a picture of mama’s cake…… DANG!!!!! )
I always truly-madly-deeply wanted to follow the tradition of cake baking but I never seem to find time like my mom. I know I cannot compare myself to her – she is a supermom who would work on shifts as a Nurse and yet made surplus-scrumptious-succulent cakes.
Miss you Mom !

Miss you Mom !

In a shameless tribute to this baking tradition – I thought a good help will not be a sin this Easter. So I chose the Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix. As promised it didn’t take more than 15 minutes to whip up!!
Work - In - Progress

Work – In – Progress

While I was waiting for my husband from work, all I did was add a little extra bit of my touch in this brownie ( does aesthetic beautification count ? ) and I knew I could make a perfect Easter for me and my sweet-toothed better-half  😉
The rest of the evening ended with a pleasant chat with my folks, a wonderful time out with my husband and ended perfectly with a healthier choice of food –
Poached Shrimps - ripe mango salad

Poached Shrimps – ripe mango salad

I know no matter how much or how little I did this Easter – memories are always in the making…