Eat healthy…

Monday 30 November 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking,Taste

This month has been crazy, sort of not so great for me. Grand dad sick in hospital, too many weddings to attend and a crazy painful stomach! I have started feeling that somewhere just because I am a chef I am not really watching what I am eating.

Watch what you eat...

Watch what you eat...

Overindulgence you see. I dont wanna turn up like the lady in the pic 😉 So I am going to watch what I eat now. Winters vegetables are great. Will go for more salads and soups and forget the shaadi food! Ahh my heart breaks thinking about not trying this and that…and at the same time I know I got to do it.

I have been working on some Christmas goodies for you foodaholics out there. One of the few items that will be available will be fudge with lots of different flavours which will be available through the website. Watch out the space for the upcoming goodies.

I have been bad with blogging and I will probably post some in post date to show what I have read over a period of time. To begin with try the Kanji recipe I saw on face book. Give it a try!

Why am i telling you this recipe..well one its the season second its really healthy!

Swapan writes some very interesting daily tips.From something nice: a dish, a restaurant, a wine, a place to stay in, a pickle to buy, a cd to listen to, a dvd to watch, great places to get food from, artists to collect, books to read. He posts a tip a day. Check it out here

It’s that time of the year when this becomes mandatory drinking. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 kg dark carrots

2 teaspoons Rai Dana ( Mustard Seeds)

4 teaspoon salt.

2 teaspoon red chilli ( less or more according to your taste)

5 Pudina Leaves ( Mint leaves)

4 litre water

Instructions:

1. Wash and scrape the carrots lightly.

2. Cut the carrots in 1 inche long pieces.

3. Take the mustard seeds and dry grind them in a mortar and pestle.

4. Take a mixing bowl and add mix the carrots with salt, red chilli, Mustard Seeds. ( Take a steel bowl or heat proof mixing bowl, otherwise it will crack)

5. Take 4 litres of water and bring to boil.

6. Now add the hot water in the mixing bowl.

7. Let this mixture cool down.

8. Add this mixture on cooling into an airtight wide mouth jar or bottle.

9.Now keep this bottle in the sun for 5 days, during the day just shake the bottle once or twice. ( Each night bring in the bottle and keep at room temperature. )

10. After 5 days keep this bottle in the fridge.

11. Serve chiiled with some mint leaves.

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Happy Thanksgiving….with foodaholics!

Sunday 15 November 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,foodaholics

Thanksgiving

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A holiday to honor children around the world…

Saturday 7 November 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,desserts,foodaholics

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TED with chocolate and brownies…

Wednesday 4 November 2009 | Posted by Kishi | foodaholics,Travel

Since I am posting this much later…I am including the speech which was written last minute for TED. Now I have a funny story to add. Right before the speech my left eye lens fell. It was probably the funnies moment coz I couldn’t see anything except bright light on my face. So I closed my eyes and just spoke what came to my heart. I think highlight of the story is that I gave out brownies and chocolates after the talk and people enjoyed.

A friend helped me …said let me ask you few questions. And while I answered he said here your speech is ready!

So guys I am going to keep this a home style recipe here are my ingredients of life:
 
My story started with the inspiration my grand mom gave me and Chef Yan who I saw on TV. That’s how I started, I pretended that all these knives and forks around the kitchen were mine and I was there to teach “someone” how to cook. The only problem was I didn’t know anything, and there wasn’t anyone to teach, so I combined the two and set out to teach myself!

I have come a long way in cooking since then but I have never taken the image of my grand mom out of my head.
I watched her patiently prepare things from scratch, put together everything and never complaining. My grandfather mostly just ate.
 
That taught me something about great cooking right there. And in the many years and many visits to different countries I have learned the secret to being great at cooking that I am going to tell you today. 
 
The 3 secrets to cooking
 
Secret 1
 
Be a foodie. Love the food.
To me a foodie isn’t someone who knows everything about food and can make the perfect chocolate cake because often they miss out on the 2 most important ingredients that are really needed to make food taste good. Passion and Love. The universal ingredients permeating our life and consuming everything around us. If you want to be a good cook or a great cook, be passionate about food!
When you cook, make sure you cook with your whole heart, because the person you cooked for would know if you haven’t put your whole soul into it. Food requires feelings. It’s a mirror to your personality- my personality is well rounded as you can see.
 
Secret 2.
 
Food to me is also the universal language. You don’t need to learn Spanish to make friends in Mexico, The enchiladas with paneer – works just fine. 
Most of the times you don’t even have to speak because you get in the way of eating food.
 
Secret  3
 
Food teaches you about patience, perfection and adjustment. the same dish can taste
different to different people (I mean, that’s scientific fact and also
a bit philosophical) because we each have a unique sensory system? So
being a good cook is also about being open-minded and recognizing that
what may taste one way to you may taste differently to someone else,
 
Ending
I thought long and hard about telling you how many memories food rushes in, but there’s no better way for you to understand what I say till you experience it. So I’m going to give you each one a chocolate piece I made. Don’t be a pig and stuff it in. Think of the happiest memory you have put the chocolate in your mouth while thinking about it and then just slowly take it in smiling to yourself.
 
So with those last words to “chew” on, I’ll leave you with my best wishes. Thank you and Namaste or may be Bon Appétit

Foodaholics Brownies

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Garbage management – Very important!

Sunday 1 November 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Guess what?

Some Rotten truths: What is Garbage?

Garbage is the stuff we don’t need anymore, the junk we think is useless. It’s the rejects we don’t want to deal with, and the cast-offs from the way we live. It comes from our homes, businesses, government agencies, and institutions like schools and hospitals. Garbage is also known as “municipal solid waste.”

We create a lot more waste that we never see — waste produced in the process of making all those things we buy, consume, and eventually toss.

I think after meeting all the TED fellows a couple of days back I realized that there is so much more one can do.We can recycle the food around us…

Two of my friends are very passionate about such causes.

Puja Jawahar and Sarath Guttikunda work at UrbanEmissions.Info, promoting awareness of air pollution related issues. Garbage management is a growing problem in the cities and here is how one can manage the “wet waste”.

Here is a little comic presentation prepared by both of them:

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