Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Saturday 13 February 2010 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,foodaholics

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Bhai dooj…with some chocolatlyyyy sweets!

Wednesday 14 October 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Cake

bhai dooj- foodaholics

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Celebrate this diwali with Foodaholics

Saturday 10 October 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,desserts,Diwali,foodaholics
Celebrate this diwali with foodaholics
Celebrate this diwali with foodaholics
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Good House Keeping Show at The Lalit,New Delhi

Tuesday 30 June 2009 | Posted by Kishi | desserts,Easy Cooking

good-housekeeping-show-magazine Couple of months back I was called as a guest chef in The Lalit for the Good house keeping show anniversary. I had an amazing time as it was an experience in itself. Demonstrated a few recipes.

It was a two day affair with more guest chefs. The best part I liked about the show-simple and user friendly :).Guests watched and asked a lot of doubts and about ingredients. It’s very difficult to find the same in India esp. at home style level. If you have the right contacts and know the suppliers you can get lucky once in a while but everything is available at commercial scale and in bulk quantities- something I am not a fan of. But as they say necessity is the mother of invention!! Make do with what you have and be happy with the same.

Indigo nation: Blueberry/Strawberry pudding with mascarpone cream

Blueberry Compote 50 gms
Britannia Biscuits 2-3
Butter 5 Gms
Mascarpone cheese 50 Gms
Whipping cream 100 Gms

Crush the digestive biscuits and add butter to it
Whip the cream and fold in the mascarpone to it.
Take martini glass add the digestive biscuit in the bottom
Add the blueberry compote and then some mascarpone cream
Add another layer of blueberry and mascarpone and garnish with some compote.

Chocolate Madness- a rich chocolate dessert

Britannia Chocolate Cakes or Biscuits 2 packets
Dark Chocolate 1000 Gms
Heavy Cream 500 Gms
Butter 20 Gms
Coffee Powder 2 tsp
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1 cup
Nuts walnuts (optional) 150 Gms

Over a double boiler put the chocolate
Boil the cream in a pan and pour over the chocolate folding it gently with a spatula till it forms a smooth mixture.
Now fold in the butter and let it cool.

For coffee syrup boil the water coffee and sugar in a pan and allow cooling
In a borosil pan/ serving dish arrange the chocolate cake and with a brush soak it with coffee syrup.
Put a layer of chocolate ganache on top of the cake and sprinkle some toasted nuts.
Repeat the same procedure again and in end make piping design with the ganache on top.

Ooooh lala-Baked Dish with Vegetable

Potatoes 2 medium cut into ¼ inch slices
Carrots 2 medium cut into ¼ inch thick slices
Green beans 1 cup fresh-cut
Onions 2 medium, chopped
Garlic cloves 2, minced
Olive oil or canola oil 2 tablespoons
Tomatoes (roma tomatoes) 4 medium, chopped
Cauliflower 2 cups (1 medium bunch)
Baby corn 100 Gms
Ricotta Cheese 1 tub

And any other vegetable available e.g. mushroom, aubergine, zucchini, corn, green peppers. Spinach

Salt 1 teaspoon
Thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried
Marjoram 1/4 teaspoon dried
Pepper 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli flakes ½ teaspoon
Cheese (Britannia) 300 gms

Sauce: take a skillet and sauté onions and garlic in it. Add the tomatoes and the spices.
Arrange the vegetables with the sauce in an alternative manner with ricotta cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender and sprinkle with cheese and grill/bake for 5 mins till cheese turns golden brown.

In the picture you also see Soity who is also the person who writes about food in Good house keeping magazine and once the show was over she sent me a hand written letter which I will share with you, it just reinforced the fact that people are humble, thankful and they express!!

hand written letter

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My love for passion!

Sunday 3 May 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Cake,Fruits

passion fruit chocolate cakepassion fruitI am super excited as I see a lot of passion fruit in the market. There are so many different varieties but unfortunately in Delhi you get one or two rarely.
These days in every fruit stall you will NOW see a section that says imported exotic fruit, where you will find Kiwi, guava with this mesh style covers, apples, pears and big nice almost burgundy colour grapes. In few you will also find passion fruit.

I don’t know how many people know about passion fruit esp. coz it’s new to Indian palate and mostly used in gourmet cooking here esp. desserts. Passion fruit is from Southern Brazil if I am not mistaken and it’s a Vine. Being at CIA you have to go through a product knowledge class where you learn about different fruits varieties, vegetable. That’s where I first saw it…I thought it was a small aubergine or something. But you cut this little beauty in two pieces and you will see how pretty it is.
The nearly round or ovoid fruit, 1 to 3 inches wide, has a sturdy coat that is downy and waxy and ranging in hue from dark purple with faint, fine white specks, to light yellow or pumpkin-colour. Within is a cavity(not your tooth cavity hehe!) more or less filled with sweet-smelling mass of double walled, membranous sacs containing dark yellow almost orange-coloured, pulpy juice and as many as 100 no 250 no 300 that’s over exaggeration, small, hard, dark brown or black, pitted seeds. The unique flavour is appealing, musky, guava-like and sweet/tart to tart. Then there is the yellow form has generally larger fruit than the purple, but the pulp of the purple is less acid, richer in aroma and flavour, and has a higher percentage of juice .I think the yellow is tropical variety. I saw them all over in the bugis market, Singapore when my family lived there. You have a lot of suppliers that provide passion fruit puree and all with s**tt load of emulsifiers and stabilizers and sugar. That makes it more gelatine like and the real tart roughly sour (khatta) taste goes away.

Papa is a foodie. I can’t call him a good cook AT ALL! He knows everything possible in the world of what he wants to eat but how to make it …hmm No comments!
God if I ask my dad to get me some fruits, he buys the whole shop I feel.Few weeks back i had asked him to get me something different. I am going to write it in native lingo:
Shopkeeper: “Sir aam bhut acha hai le lijiye, Bangalore ka hai aapus”
Papa: “Thik hai ek peti de do”.

English translation:

Shopkeeper: Sir the mangoes are really nice, its alphanso (a variety which is called the king of mangoes) from the city of Bangalore.
Dad: Sure give me the whole carton!

So you see he doesn’t know the model of kg’s or Gms and its cartons!

He goes to Bengali market to buy fruits very often. He got me some passion fruit. Guess how much? Yes a carton of it! What am I going to do with it dad this is what I asked him….his reaction :you are a chef make something!

So I decided to add a new flavour to my menu- Passion fruit -chocolate cake.
Spent the day took out all the seeds and made lots of puree stored in small containers and stored them in the freezer. Before I add a new flavour I have to do a lot of testing ,costing etc etc. The other facet of a chef! Once that was(puree) finished obviously I had to continue. So now I get a lovely fresh one coming in from France.

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