December 22, 2004

Grilled Chicken Wings

This is another of Sid's favourites. No prizes for guessing why. :-)

1. Marinade: Mix together 4 T soya sauce, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 2 T honey, salt, 1/2 tsp fresh pepper and a dash of mustard powder.

2. Marinate six chicken wings in the soya sauce mix. Keep it overnight, or better still, for a day in the refrigerator.

3. Heat the grill and cook the mainated wings on it. Baste alternately with butter and the marinade. Turn once or twice till the wings are tender and juicy.

4. Serve immediately with roast potatoes and soup.

December 21, 2004

Iced Coffee

My experience with Iced Coffee was never memorable till I took the Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to Phuket. The breakfast on board was nothing less than crappy, but the Iced Coffee (mmmm...) completely made up for the lack of palatable food. You may think I found it delicious because I was on my honeymoon. Maybe.

Here's how I replicated it at home:

(To serve 2)

1. Boil two and a half glasses of water, add 3 tsp instant coffee powder and 2 tsp sugar. You could add a 1" stick of cinnamon for added flavour.

2. Simmer for 2 to 3 mins.

3. Remove from heat and let it cool. Then chill in the refrigerator for an hour.

4. Fill ice cubes in two (preferably tall) glasses and pour the coffee into it. Add about 1 to 2T milk and stir gently to create a swirl.

5. Serve immediately. It tastes (and looks) fantastic.

December 17, 2004

Fish Napoli

This unscheduled recipe goes out especially for Jack, who was the first to leave a comment on this site. I have no pictures of this (yet), so you will have to make do with this illustration instead. Ofcourse, the dish looks nothing like this, but its the best I could do. Here we go ...

We ate at Shatranj Napoli last Friday, an Indo-Italian restaurant with minimalistic decor but excellent service. The mixed drinks were subpar and the entree left a lot to be desired. But the appetizers were awesome, especially the fish. Yumm! Oh yeah, especially the fish.

This is how it was made (I think). As always, try at your own risk. But please be nice enough to let me know if it turns out really bad -- I shall wait to hear from you before making it for myself. ;-)

1. Marinate four fillets of fish with the juice of one lemon and a sprinkling of salt for 20 mins.

2. Soak a teaspoon of peppercorns in a tablespoon of vinegar for an hour or so. Crush coarsely and keep aside.

3. For the sauce, melt butter in a pan. Sauté 3 teaspoons of refined flour (maida) for a minute.

4. Remove from heat and add half a cup each of milk and chicken stock, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.

5. Return to heat, simmer and cook till the mixture starts to thicken.

6. Add the crushed peppercorns, season with salt and a dash of soya sauce and cook till creamy. Stir in a spoonful of cream to add more taste (and many more yummy calories).

7. Pour on the marinated fillets and bake in a preheated oven for 10 mins.

8. Serve hot as an appetizer or as the entree with bread and soup.

December 16, 2004

Please do not drink and drive

After an office party last night, three colleagues were involved in a bad car crash. Two of them are in intensive care. Their car flipped over several times at a high speed after it drifted too far to the side of the lane and hit a road divider. The car is badly smashed -- its occupants are lucky to be alive.

Please do not drink and drive. It is not worth it.

Fungi On Toast

My latest possession is a book of finger-licking stuff you can make with mushrooms. I love mushrooms in every form: in soup, in pasta, as a starter, grilled, with chicken, and on toast! This one became a favourite after I whipped it up this weekend. Ladies and gentlemen, I present: Fungi on Toast!

1. Heat 2 T butter in a pan and saute 2-3 finely chopped onions till they turn pink and smell fragrant.

2. Add about 200 gms of chopped mushrooms and cook till the mushrooms are soft.

3. Now, add a cup of milk, salt to taste, freshly ground pepper, and a pinch of sugar. Cook till the milk begins to thicken.

4. Simmer and add one cup finely grated cheese. Stir till the cheese melts. You could also add a dollop of cream to thicken the mixture.

5. Toss in a handful of chopped tomatoes and finely chopped coriander leaves and stir. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

6. Lightly toast bread slices, top with the mushroom mix, and toast again.

7. Serve hot with mustard and ketchup.

Sweet Corn Jiffy Soup

This is for people who came back from work late evenings. This is for people who forget to make preperations before they leave for work. This is for people who forget to do grocery over the weekend. This is for people who have only 15 mins before they die of starvation. This is what I made last night for dinner: Sweet Corn Jiffy Soup.

1. Melt a teaspoon of butter or olive oil in a pan and saute a can of sweet corn (cream style) for 3-4 mins.

2. Now open a pack of soup powder and mix in gradually with the sweet corn so that there are no lumps. I used Maggi's chicken soup powder.

3. Add 5 cups water and bring to a boil.

4. Now, simmer and add salt, freshly ground pepper, a few drops of vinegar and soya sauce.

5. Whisk an egg and pour into the the boiling soup, stirring with a fork to get egg threads.

Serve hot with garlic bread and steamed veggies.

December 15, 2004

Sunken Lagoon

This concoction looks wierd, with an awkward blue blob at the bottom of the glass, and, I assure you, it tastes equally strange. At high society do's the bartender would in hushed tones remind you that finer tastes take time to acquire, and -- trust me on this -- he means that you should sip this drink slowly, smiling softly all the while and resisting the temptation to wince.

Ironically for a drink with such lofty ambition, the Sunken Lagoon's parentage is somewhat sub-standard. It was born out of a thirst for alcohol, a desperation to use a brand new bottle of Blue Curacao and a bar closet as bare as old Mother Hubbard's.

But all that is heresay. Here's how it is made: Mix 60ml dry gin and 30ml lime cordial (on ice) in a cocktail shaker; add ice cubes to a tall glass and pour this mixture in. Slowly add water till just below the top of the glass. Now add a blob of blue curacao, let it drop slowly into the water and allow it to gently fall and settle at the bottom. Embellish with crushed mint if you're really snooty. Drink slowly. And remember, if you don't like it at first, that this is a taste you will have to cultivate ...

December 13, 2004

Roast Potatoes

This is one of Sid’s absolute favs. Actually, give him anything with oodles and oodles of butter, fresh pepper, cheese, etc and he’ll drool bucketfuls on the kitchen floor.

If you try this recipe, don’t go overboard with the butter unless, of course, you are serving it to Sid.

1. Wash baby potatoes and pierce them with a fork. Dry with a kitchen napkin.

2. Tear a large sheet of aluminum foil and fold it into half to give double thickness. Place the potatoes in the middle of the foil.

3. Add 5 large dollops of butter, salt, freshly ground pepper and some chopped coriander. Bring up the sides and fold or scrunch the foil together to seal.

4. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the baby potatoes are tender. You can also make the same in a microwave. Simply put the potatoes in a micro-safe dish, cover and cook for about 7-8 mins or till tender.

5. Serve hot as a side dish or snack.

December 09, 2004

Sweet beginnings: Saffron Kulfi

I was contemplating which recipe to post first. What could be better than a sweet beginning, I thought. Though I don't have much of a sweet-tooth but a kulfi has always been my weakness. Love the ones Mom makes.... Mmmmm. This is my version of Saffron Kulfi.

1. Boil a liter of milk (preferably full cream) with 4T sugar in a heavy bottomed pan for 15-20 mins. Keep stirring all the while.

2. Add half a tin of condensed milk, lower the heat and keep stirring.

3. Add crushed cardamom seeds, chopped pistachos and slivered almonds.

4. Soak 2 pinches of saffron in a tablespoon of milk and keep aside for 10 mins. Add to the kulfi mizture and cook till it becomes thick.

5. Pour the mixture in a kulfi mould or an ice-tray. Freeze till done.

6. To get rid of the icicles from the kulfi, put the frozen kulfi in the blender. Whisk for a min and pour into the mould/tray again. Freeze till done. (This step is optional)

7. Serve garnished with saffron, almonds and pistachios.

Tan Can Cook!

We are such foodies. Hence, this blog. It was Sid's idea to start a food blog where I could show-off my culinary skills and he, his newfound love for making cocktails.

All culinary creations here would be either original or my adaptations of the original. The cocktails definitely would be original -- I cannot imagine Sid's wierd concoctions follow any known path. All pictures on this page would also be by Sid.

Hokay... ready? Here we go...!