Good Housekeeping Columns

Wednesday 15 June 2011 | Posted by Kishi | Articles,Good Housekeeping Monthly Column

 

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Good Housekeeping launched in India in October 2004 through the India Today group. In less than two years, it became a household brand touching women’s lives, and through them, their families. It has a circulation of 80,000 and is widely read across the country. Its core audience is the middle to upper middleclass, urban woman. It covers everything from health and family to beauty and food. The edge is that even while being aspirational in parts, the magazine basically talks of and to real, everyday women. It is 125 years old in the US and more than 80 years in the UK. Globally, it’s the leading magazine in its genre, and is published in 11 countries.

GH has an annual show  (had 4 shows till date, all in Delhi) that brings the magazine to life. They invite experts to conduct workshops and experientials on various topics that our magazine covers. There are many competitions and quizzes that give visitors a chance to win prizes; they walk away with several free goodies. A celebrity chat show is always popular and has become a regular feature. People can also buy stuff for their home and food items amongst other things.

Last year I was approached by them to write a regular column in the magazine. I was more than thrilled. Here are same for past 6 months.

 

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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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