Chicken Stew – Perfect healthy, lazy meal

So, here is a video after a long time, so I decided to make something very simple and healthy.

This is a chicken stew with lots of veggies and some spices to make it a little more interesting and less bland.

Recipe:

Marinade the chicken with ginger, garlic, salt and turmeric while you chop your veggies

Chop onions, tomato, pepper, fresh chillies.

Add oil in a pan and sauté the onions and pepper and add a bay leaf (if you have any, not compulsory)

Then add the marinated chicken and some garam masala and then chopped tomatoes.

Then finally add some curry leaves (if you have, not compulsory) and a lemon juice.

Finally add a cup of water and cover the pan.

Let it cook for about 10 minutes and finally add some butter and fresh coriander to give it the final touch!

 

Let me know if you make it :)

Shrim

xx

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Meat and Gin Feast at Manhattan Grill

Being a food blogger (part time) has it’s perks every now and again.. wondering how? Well I do get food vouchers worth 120 (pounds) every now and again from the lovely folks at Zomato, or get invited by Bacardi for their launch party.. ok ok I shall stop showing off now!

Look at me posing below like a pro foodie!

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Manhattan Grill is one of the few places which ranks in my ‘5 Star’ rating zone, read on for why it is so..

I am more of a West London girl and I like the Victorian and Georgian buildings but the walk to Manhattan Grill, especially the pretty bridge you have to cross from Canary Wharf to reach your destination (Manhattan Grill) is extremely romantic (that is the best word I could use, I promise). The external ambience of any restaurant does add to its charm. Oh did I mention that this steak house is a part of Mariott, these guys are ace when it comes to such things! — 1 STAR!

I made a reservation before going and I was extremely delighted to see that the manager remembered my name without having to look at one of those black diaries. The service was a bit slow initially (it took them a while to get us water which we requested for) but the overall service made up for that little jolt. I was generous to take a friend of mine along with me (nothing is worse than eating alone, I promise) to try this place (did I mention that I won a voucher from this lovely site? Woohoo Zomato!) and we decided to go for cocktails instead of wine, think we both had enough of wine over the weekend.
While I was trying to carefully pick a cocktail from the menu and looking rather confused, the manager suggested that we head to the bar where an extremely experienced bar-genius will talk us through all of them. We made our way to a very old fashioned (in a nice way) looking bar called the G&T bar and as the name suggests they specialise in Gin. The bar-genius, Sam made us try some lovely Gin from around the world – Saffron infused, Spice route and a very London Gin. All of them had their own distinctive tastes – I am not a neat spirit kind of girl but even I loved all of them especially the silk route or spice route one (yeah yeah make those lame curry jokes, go on) because I could taste the cinnamon, cardamom and other gorgeous spices. He made me a cocktail with that spicy spirit and added some more exciting things to it which included rosemary, chocolate and orange liquor – BLISS. Before entering the restaurant I was starving but all this alcohol excitement made me forget my hunger but by the time my cocktail was ready the waiter came and said : ‘Madam your Steak is ready’ – Perfect Timing! — 2 STARS!
I went for the rib eye steak with creamy mash and red wine sauce – keep it simple! My steak was perfectly cooked – medium well (just the way I like) and it was MASSIVE! A person with my appetite can never finish one of those, and needless to say I didn’t either! After being rather satisfied with my steak and cocktail, we ordered for a Manhattan Raspberry Cheesecake – It was again simple but delicious. Perfect sweetness, I don’t like my cheesecakes to be extremely sugary and a generous crust – nom nom nom. — 2 STARS!

And… I am running out of stars! 5 Stars??? Yes I do feel generous sometimes, unlike the teachers in high school who never wanted to shell out that extra half a mark for a spelling mistake.

Verdict : Stunning location, Great service, Knowledgeable bar genius with a great moustache, Beautiful,well done meat and yummy desserts – That m’dear is a perfect dinner!
I shall rest my case here.

xx

A prohibition night at Night Jar – Review

Prohibition/ Live Jazz/ Flapper Dresses/ Men in Suspenders/ Quirky Cocktails – If any of these terms sound vaguely familiar or attractive to you then Night Jar is one bar in London you definitely should pay a visit. It is literally like time travel but without any science involved in it, the only thing you need to do is get yourself a tube to old street roundabout (if you don’t live near there). This place is so ‘cool’ that they don’t even have a sign outside, it literally is a small door in the middle of the hustle bustle of old street shops/ take away’s. You get there and knock on the door (like you were going to visit your friend’s flat) and then you are greeted by a gentleman/ woman (dressed like they belong to the 1920’s) escorting you to the basement.

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Once you reach the basement you are taken to a different world all together – you find yourself in a dimly-lit, mysterious speak easy of the 1920s, complete with bartenders wearing suspenders and newsboy caps, curious glass bottles on the various bookshelves lining each wall, and a wooden stage on which a four-piece jazz band was playing their hearts out. Thank god I made an effort to put on a nice dress and some pearls otherwise I would have felt ridiculously under dressed (If you are ever in a mood to dress up, this is where you should go). I made up for my modernism later on by using my cocktail props as hair decoration (see photo above).

There was a live jazz band blasting music and they were mighty good – I took to the dance floor with my friends after I had a couple of those funky looking bad boys (cocktails). I was pining to show off my dancing skills, always wanted to dance to live jazz just like they do in the movies – think Great Gatsby.  Coming to the cocktails – they were super fun, decorative (oyster shells, Japanese fans, tumblers, glass coated with cinnamon and chocolate, polo’s pretty much all sorts of weird things) and very very strong. See the photos. Oh you need to make sure you have a reservation – yes you need it! That’s how they rolled in the 1920’s!

My first encounter with Vietnamese Market Cuisine at Asia House

Vietnamese Market Cook Book
Vietnamese Market Cook Book

Asia House Literature festival is packed with really interesting events and one of them was the launch of a Vietnamese Market Cook Book. I feel the best way to learn cooking is to watch and learn and that is exactly what I did because the two lovely women Van Tran and Anh Vu gave us a live demonstration of how to make some really simple Vietnamese Food.

Asia House Literature Festival
Asia House Literature Festival
Asia House Literature Festival
Asia House Literature Festival

A lot of people usually tend to have a mental block about cooking ‘exotic’ cuisines because they tend to think most of the dishes will need some kind of magic ingredients which they won’t be able to find in England. The truth on the other hand ladies and gentlemen is – You can literally find everything in London and to cook Vietnamese or any Asian cuisine for that matter you don’t necessarily need ‘out of the world’ ingredients. The ladies demonstrated how to make fresh summer spring rolls and how to make a basic Vietnamese sauce. These are super simple to make.

  • Drench Rice Paper wraps used for rolls  in water (You can find them at super markets)
  • Chop some fresh herbs along with chicken or fish which ever you prefer
  • Roll them all up together (Make sure you roll them very tight)
  • Serve them with a dip (see below for the recipe) or sweet chilli sauce

After realising how simple it is to make the sauce I had to go home and try it out myself, so instead of using Salmon (they used it) I tried it with Lamb and it definitely was worth the effort. I obviously added my slight twist to it.

Ingredients 

1 lemon

2 Fillets of Lamb cutlets (chopped into pieces)

3 Red finger chilli

1 tea spoon Fish Sauce

1 tea spoon of freshly grated ginger

1 tea spoon sugar

1 table spoon soya sauce

1 table spoon oil (vegetable oil or sesame oil or olive oil)

Let’s get cooking 

  • For the sauce – Squeeze the lemon juice and then mix it with sugar, chilli, ginger – beat it properly. Add the fish sauce (depending on your taste, add more if you like it or add less if you are not too fond of the smell. I promise the fish sauce tastes great after its cooked.
  • Marinade the lamb with some salt and pepper.
  • Cook the lamb for about 5 minutes in high heat and then add the sauce and soya sauce.
  • Cook for 5 more minutes in the sauce.
  • Serve it with some noodles or boiled rice.

If you want to try out their food you should visit their restaurant Bánhmì11 in London.

Hope you liked the post.

xx

 

Death by Burrito at The Candlemaker Battersea

Pop up’s have become the new ‘MacBook’ in the world of foodies – It is cool to visit a Pop up instead of fine dining. I feel it’s a great thing because good food doesn’t always have to be Michelin star, I actually prefer a tasty meal than a beautiful looking meal and guess what going to a Pop saves you a ton of money too (Its cheap). The idea of Pop ups is definitely something I strongly support, I plan to start my own Street Food Pop Up sometime soon (watch out ;p) especially after visiting a few around London – Inspired and Motivated! 

Yesterday I was invited by the lovely Miss Cakehead (Emma) to try out one of London’s most exciting food Pop Up – Death by Burrito at The Candlemaker. Death By Burrito are making waves with their contemporary Mexican street food – hotdogs, burgers, unique Sunday specials and, of course, burritos. They started off at the hipster capital of London (Shoreditch of course) and now moved to the posh end of South London – Battersea! Very Cool, I say!

When I heard of The Candlemaker, the first thing I thought was where does the name come from and then Freddie, the manager who also resides just above the pub explained that it is inspired from the candle factory which operated for over a hundred years in nearby York Road. The bar has colourful pop-art and psychedelic imagery which gives it a very retro feel – Not your regular English Pub!

I had a great evening with a bunch of London Food and Drink Enthusiasts, there were not many of us but then Emma said she believed in quality over quantity (I love that I am considered as quality – woohoo). We were greeted with a refreshing lemon Margarita – an alcoholic slush with tequila, lemon juice and mints. I definitely needed it after a long day at work (yes, I have a full time job besides blogging) and you can see how much I enjoyed it from the photograph below. 

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Drinking my Margatita

While we sipped on our cocktails and Modello (which was the choice of beer offered, I switched to it after my first cocktail) we were served nachos with guacamole. I loved the fact that the chef had added pomegranate to the avocado – very hipster! The pork belly and kimchi tacos followed soon after, which was quite a hit with the photographers specially because they looked absolutely stunning! When you are out for a meal with food bloggers, the unsaid rule is – you don’t pounce on the food before everyone has got that perfect photograph (for instagram and twitter ofcourse). The Baja Fish tacos followed soon after (my favourite of the lot) and this is something I have never had before – battered fish with tacos! You should definitely try it at home next time because its ridiculously simple to make but very contemporary at the same time (I definitely will try it at home soon). The (not so hot) chicken wings were also a big hit amongst everyone only till the REAL hot wings came – boy they were hot! Well I didn’t bother trying them after looking at the man who did manage to eat all 8 (which was the challenge) – he looked like he just got dumped, never seen a face as red as that. Finally we were served the mini burgers (which is the most popular thing in their menu) and people did get down and dirty so much so that we all started discussing the famous sexy (read provocative) burger commercials. My favourite one definitely is the Western Bacon Burger commercial with super model Padma Laxmi (It is one of the most viewed ad on youtube). 

After feasting and drinking for a good 2.5 hours I was a happy girl with a full tummy. I would definitely recommend people to try out this awesome Mexican Pop up, but if you are not a fan of Mexican food then you should definitely visit The Candlemaker its an awesome pub with really friendly people! 

Verdict : Great food , lovely ambience and amazing people! 

Exclusive Foodie evening with Zomato at Andaz Liverpool Street

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Strawberry Bellini’s, Champagne, Bread board, Cheese board, Cocktail Making, Fish Burgers and a group of 10 Foodies from London – This has to be a delicious combination and so it was. Andaz Liverpool Street and Zomato organised this exclusive evening for London foodies (Food Bloggers, Chefs, Writers) and I was one of the lucky 10 to be invited – woohoo!

Hyatt’s Andaz is a magnificent 5 star boutique hotel located in the heart of Liverpool Street – it still has the old word charm unlike its neighbour the stunning modern glass landmark, yes you guessed that right, I am talking about The Shard. This 1884 building has a restaurant Miyako, Catch champagne bar and lounge, Eastway restaurant and George pub besides catering the tourists with some swanky rooms.

We got a tour of the restaurants, starting with Catch where we were greeted by Andaz and Zomato with a glass of strawberry Bellini or Champagne (whatever floats your boat) along with nibbles (bread board, olives, cured ham). Then we headed to Eastway for a cocktail class – we all went down and lemony shaking cocktails with the friendly bartender while gorging on the assorted mini burgers, Chicken chermoula and Lebanese Mezze. I made a mixed berry cocktail with fresh berries, lime, brown sugar, Vodka and berry liquor – it was definitely delicious, made me think of an alternative career option!

Finally we ended up at 1901 Restaurant and Wine Bar for cheese board and desserts – by this point everyone had a few to drink so people finally drifted away from food conversation to films, supper clubs and travelling (perfect topic before the Easter break). The Cheeseboard had Innes Log besides Cheddar and blue cheese but my favourite was Innes (Staffordshire Goat Cheese) a Creamy, lactic, tangy, nutty cheese which was my favourite and that is a massive surprise because I personally always thought that I hated goats cheese – so if you are a goat cheese hater then you know what to try. Finally we were served the most awaited section of any menu,  yes you guessed that right – stressed spelled the other way round DESSERTS.  It was literally a feast because we had everything from Lemon and Blueberry Tarts to chocolates to Strawberry and cream parfait – wowza!

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I am posing with my cocktail creation!

Besides eating and drinking, I also met some fabulous bloggers, journalists and chefs. I had a brief chat with the chef from Catch who happens to be from Pondicherry in India (woohoo – go Indians). That man, has some serious talent in making breads – definitely one of the finest breads I have tasted and the rest of the gang couldn’t help but agree with me. The staff at Andaz were not just extremely hospitable but had great banter and chat too – which is always a great way to relax guests specially in such an intimidating venue.

I got some insider scoop and found out that they are starting – Weekend Brunch Clubs! Keep an eye on their website for more details, I am a huge fan of Brunch clubs and can’t wait to try it out!

Hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you decide to try out Andaz!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Secret Supper Club

What would be your last supper? This is a question I never thought about till I attended The Last Secret Supper Club thanks to Lauren for inviting me.

Eating out has always been an important part of people’s life but in the last few years it has suddenly gone top of the charts even before gigs and rock concerts. There are foodies everywhere and instagram is filled with food photographs of people posting photographs of food they eat. Back in the days eating out meant going to restaurants – order your favorite thing from the menu, women gossiped about men and men talked about sports and the hot victoria’s secret model and then you went home. But now there are different kinds of eating out and the most interesting and popular of the lot are – Supper Clubs. Supper Clubs are not like eating out at any restaurant but its a mixture of both restaurant and a dinner party. You pay a fixed price in advance for your meal and a great time in advance, it has become the most popular thing to do in London and New York these days. Supper Clubs actually started in the early 1990’s in New York where it was a thing that the High Society people did and now it has made a grand come back – still quite elitist though.

I spend an evening with The Last Secret supper club, which is organized by Food Photographer Lauren and her business partner along with Top Chef Jesse Dunford Wood at Parlour in Kensal. Lauren was kind enough to allow me to bring a plus one with me, so I turned up with my friend Patrick at the venue 30 minutes late – we confused Regents Street in Kensal with ‘The Regents Street’. We were greeted by the lovely hosts and they immediately showed us the way to the bar where we were served Mandarin Infused Gin and Tonic in plastic bags which also contained a plastic fish inside it – quite an innovate way to serve cocktails I must say!

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I am busy smiling while Patrick is digging into his fish pie!

There was a mixed bunch of people – Food reviewers, The hot New York media PR woman, Editors of Magazines, The Finance guy who works for a Hedge Fund and has no clue about supper clubs(he was my plus one) and a lot of American Expats (Supper Club’s are a big thing in The States). We were all seated like we were at a posh dinner party and then food was served finally – people ate, joked, talked about work (the introductions), then slowly once the wine and cocktail started kicking in, it went in all different directions including politics, sex and london stereotypes.

I thoroughly enjoyed my starter, Buffalo Wings in Blue Cheese Sauce – never tried buffalo wings before but every one in the table agreed that it was delicious and very well presented. The fish pie followed after that, I have to be honest I would never order a fish pie (I am a hard core meat lover when it comes to pies) but it was definitely tasty. And finally the dessert was served – Banoffie pie! You can’t really go wrong with this classic because its almost everyone’s favorite and the chef definitely nailed it, I loved the way she presented it too.

We had a good laugh, some good food and a very fine evening!

I had a chat with the ‘Brains’ of this wonderful concept Lauren and Lottie, this is what they had to say :

 The initial concept of Last suppers, came from a series of different ways of thinking around people’s favourite foods. This led to a slightly darker side, what would you choose if you only had one meal left? Would it be food from your childhood, or would you pick something you’ve eaten in a restaurant or abroad?

 This was the beginning of our brand. We started by asking friends and family about their last suppers and were amazed by the variety of menu choices. We began shooting their favourite dishes and soon found a style to the food and photography that worked well. The more people, we asked, the more we began to want to expand the idea into supper clubs. It definitely had a new twist compared with other London based supper clubs.

 We started off by running them from home and at a rented location, but soon realised how much work was involved and that it wasn’t going to work financially this way. Lottie is a full time recipe developer and food stylist at Seven Publishing, and I am a freelance food photographer, so it was very difficult to fit into our already busy schedules. This is when we decided to collaborate with a chef.

 I met chef Jesse Dunford Wood about 5 years ago whilst photographing restaurant reviews for a magazine. We remained good friends, making our decision simple when choosing a chef to involve in the brand. Jesse is very innovative, his culinary creativity still manages to suprise me. We have been running our supper clubs for 6 months now, 3 months of this in collaboration with Jesse. They have been a great success and I hope they continue to be!

 The exciting part about the Last Secret Supper Club, is that you won’t know what you will be eating until you arrive. It’s like a game of meal roulette! The menu is very varied, but we always cook an alternative for people just incase. We also ask all our guests to submit their meal and any dietary requirements before they attend. This way there is a chance of one of their courses being selected and winning £10 off their ticket price. This is also their moment to state if there is anything they specifically dislike! We will adjust their meal accordingly.

Our supper clubs are hosted every last Wednesday of the month. The next one is the 30th of April.

We are continuing to write our cookery book alongside, we’re in the process of putting together a shooting schedule, and we hope the book will be released in April 2015.

You can also find out more about the brains behind ‘Last’ via our websites-

Lauren Mclean- www.laurenmclean.com

Lottie Covell- www.lcovell.wordpress.com 

Parlour-  www.parlourkensal.com

Gajar Ka Halwa – Mother’s Day Special

Mum’s are special and super humans, and I love mine very much! She is an absolute super woman, who can juggle a million things at the same time. When she was visiting me in London, she was making all these delicious food for me everyday and my most favorite memory of her was walking to the nearest Sainsbury (Yes I am a big fan, and my mum says their meat is the best) to buy groceries – reminded me of my days as a toddler when I followed her to super markets.

With My beautiful Mum!
Mum and me having a jug of Pimms!

Most of the recipes I post in this blog are actually stolen from her, so this Mother’s day I am dedicating this recipe to her. It is the most delicious Indian dessert and you can never go wrong with it – its a mass favorite. So, why not impress your mum by making this exotic Indian Carrot pudding or most popularly known as Gajar Ka Halwa.

Gajar Ka Halwa
Gajar Ka Halwa

Things you will need 

3 – 4 Carrots finely grated

3 Table Spoon of Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Handful of Almond Flakes

Evaporated Milk (1 cup) or half a tin

1/2 cup (small tea cup) sugar

2 Cardamom pods

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Get Cooking to impress Mummy! 

  • Heat the ghee in a pan and then add the grated carrots and cardamom pods (smashed). Stir it for about 3-4 minutes in medium heat.
  • Add the evaporated milk and sugar. mix well and then cook in low heat till the you get a pudding like texture (you want it to be quite thick and not runny).
  • Finally add the almond flakes to garnish!

Serve it hot or cold – its so good that it tastes great either ways!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the Mum’s in the world!

Upma – South Indian Breakfast

Upma - South Indian Breakfast
Upma – South Indian Breakfast

‘Eat your breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar’ – All Indian’s take this sentence very seriously, which is why breakfast in all parts of India tends to be a very heavy meal. I am a big fan of South Indian food because it’s not just very tasty but very healthy and wholesome too. Upma is one of the most popular South Indian breakfast which has a huge popularity across the country. It is a healthy meal made with semolina and vegetables which keeps you full for a very long time but at the same time its extremely tasty and delicious!

Nudo Olive Oil
Nudo Olive Oil

Nudo Italia  send me samples of their new rosemary flavored olive oil .  I am a big fan of rosemary and always tend to use it with meat (which is the obvious choice) but this time I decided to see how well it goes with vegetarian food and decided to experiment it with Upma! Guess what? It turned out to be fabulous because the hint of rosemary makes adds a whole new dimension to the dish!

Ingredients

1 cup of semolina

1 tomato

Dried curry leaves (3-4)

Onion chopped (1 small)

Bay leaf (1)

Chopped green vegetables (I used green beans and carrots)

Nudo Rosemary Olive Oil (2 table spoons)

Red Chili flakes or powder (as much as you can handle)

Mustard Seeds – (5-6)

Lemon Juice (1/2 lemon)

Salt (to taste)

Pinch of Sugar

 Let’s get cooking 

Upma - South Indian Breakfast
Upma – South Indian Breakfast
  • Heat the oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, onions and bay leaf – fry it till the onions get soft for about 1- 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the tomatoes and green veggies to it and let them simmer and boil for about 3 minutes
  • Add the semolina to it and then add 2 cups of water to the whole thing and let it cook in low heat.
  • Add the curry leaves, lemon juice, chili flakes, salt and pinch of sugar – let it cook till you get a thick consistency similar to a risotto.
Upma - South Indian Breakfast
Upma – South Indian Breakfast

Serve it piping hot and relish it – :) Isn’t it rather simple to make?

If you like it, don’t forget to share it ;)

xx

Onion Bhaji – The queen of Indian snacks

Every time I go to an Indian restaurant with my friends, the first thing they order is a plate of bhaji’s. I have seen peoples eyes brighten up with happiness the minute they see a plate full of warm crunchy bhajis (or bhajias – thats the real Indian term) and rightly so because they are absolutely delicious. This is one of the main reasons why I always make different types of bhajis (onion, coriander, potato, bread, okra) whenever I have guests at home for tea. It is ridiculously simple to make – I mean literally you can make them in less than 10 minutes time!

Okra and Onion Bhaji
Okra and Onion Bhaji

 

Lets look at the ingredients:

  • Gram Flower (Chick Pea Flower) – You can get this at any asian super market
  • Vegetable of your choice – Onion, Coriander, Spinach, Potato, Okra (literally anything you want)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garam Masala

So there are 3 simple steps to making a Bhaji/ Bhajia -

Onion Bhaji
Onion Bhaji

Chop – Chop the vegetable you want to use, make sure you don’t chop them too much because you want it to be chunky and a good size. For example for potatoes, make thin round slices; for okra keep them about an inch long; onions could be chunky too and same with anything else.

Mix – Mix the gram flower, lemon juice, garam masala together , add some water to it to get a batter which is similar consistency like the pancake mix. Then add the vegetable to it.

Fry – Add a generous amount of oil to a pan which is wide spread (I usually shallow fry as its healthier) and then pick up a spoon full of the batter and just add it to the pan to fry it. Turn it the other way round and make sure both sides are cooked and it looks crispy and golden (slightly deep golden/ brownish).

Your hot, crispy, delicious bhaji is ready to be served with some chutney (whichever you want) and a steaming cup of tea!

Asian Dinner – Chinese Beef stir fry and Omelet

The best thing about living in London or any big city is definitely having friends from different nationalities and backgrounds. My Swiss- Chinese friend Julian (btw he is very British as he grew up in Cambridge) invited me over to his place for dinner for some authentic chinese food, but the best part was he actually did all the cooking in front of me – yay! The minute I entered his flat I got the smell you get in a really good chinese restaurant and thats when I knew the food is going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

Here’s the menu, which was so simple to make but equally delicious. He made all three of them in less than 20 minutes and I am not even joking, never knew cooking such delicious chinese food would be so simple.

Beef, beans, omelete
Chinese Meal

1. Beef Stir Fry – 7 minutes 

Ingredients:

Shredded Beef – 300 grams

Light Soya Sauce – 3 table spoons

Sesame Oil – 2 Table spoons

1 red Onion (Big one)

1 tea spoon cornflower

1 table spoon oyster sauce

2 table spoon rice wine

Get cooking 

Shred the beef into really small pieces so that it gets cooked easily and marinade them with soya sauce, rice wine, oyster sauce, cornflower and sesame oil. Ideally leave them over night but its not essential.

Then fry some red onions in sesame oil, but not much because you want them to be crunchy.

Add the beef and cook them for about 5 minutes – Ta -da your beef stir fry is ready! As simple as it gets.

Beef Stir fry
Beef Stir fry

2. Spanish Omelet with a Chinese twist – 5 minutes 

Chinese- Spanish Omelet
Chinese- Spanish Omelet

Ingredients

3 Eggs

1 tablespoon Winter Cabbage (Magic Ingredient)

Chilly Oil (My addition, because I feel it will enhance the taste)

Salt and Pepper

Spring Onions (Chopped)

Get Cooking

Heat the oil and add all the ingredients like you would for a regular Omelet and you have an exotic omelet ready – trust me it tastes absolutely delicious!

Serve it with some chilly sauce or sweet chilly sauce (whichever you prefer)

3. Stir fried beans (3-4 minutes) 

Ingredients

Sesame Oil – half table spoon

Fresh Green Beans

Salt and Pepper

Soya Sauce

Get Cooking

Heat the oil and add the beans to it, let it cook for about a 30 seconds.

Then sprinkle water and put a lid on top of it (I have been told, this is the trick to make the best beans), let it cook for about 2 minutes

Add soya sauce, salt and pepper and serve them HOT!

Stir fried Beans
Stir fried Beans

 

There you have 3 simple but authentic chinese recipes, so go get the magic ingredients from your local oriental supermarket and get cooking! :)

Cheers,

xoxoxo

 

 

 

London Fashion Week 2014

Whoever said food bloggers can’t go for fashion week should be shot (okay maybe no one said that).

So I got an opportunity to attend the London Fashion Week 2014 last week – definitely one of the most fashionable experiences of my life. But when you get invited to one of the biggest fashion extravaganza in the world the pressure is immense and the question – ‘what should I wear?’ has never sounded more serious! When its the Fashion Week you know you need to make an effort (or more than that), but guess what? My mind stops working in situations like these and for some reason I don’t manage to find any dress in my wardrobe which I quite like – ah typical girl problems. Anyway I did manage to throw this old steel colored dress on and thought of going for the whole red and steel combination (it’s my made up fashion) and being utterly safe and definitely boring compared to the fashionistas! 

Somerset house has never looked more glamorous or star studded ever before – yes I did spot some celebs! Bradley – Oh so HOT – Cooper and Stella MacCartney. I possibly spotted others too but just did not recognize – not great with this celeb spotting game! I managed to watch two shows too – Ashish show at Tate, which was incredible and Saide Clayton at this vintage Church! 

Here are some of the pictures from fashion week! 

This is my famous steel and red look I was mentioning earlier ;) 

 

Shrimoyee Chakraborty
Shrimoyee Chakraborty

Right after my friend took this photograph, I got asked by a Paparazzi if i was Padma Laxmi (She is an Indian super model but is around 48 years old now) so I didn’t know if I wanted to slap that guy or hug him! Well I went with a smile and no I am not at this instance. 

 

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The Exhibitions 

 

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Saide Clayton Show 

 

 

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Ashish Show at Tate Modern

 

 

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Okay, I had to take a selfie ;) 

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Shrimoyee – LFW2014

 

 

Cocktails with The Global Rum Ambassador – Ian Burrell

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You need food to live and a great cocktail to wash it down – this is what Ian said when I asked him to pick between a great meal or a lip smacking cocktail. I cannot agree with him more because even I face this dilemma every time I am out, should I spend more money on food or cocktails. Ahh the first world problems!

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Ian Burrell is the Global Rum Ambassador which basically means he is the man you need to go to when you want to find out about Rum and he tours the world talking about Rum and making cocktails, when I say world I mean literally because he has even been to Antarctica and set up a pop up Rum shack there. He now owns Cottons, the rum shack and restaurant in Camden where they also serve delicious Caribbean food. Besides being the cocktail and rum expert Ian is also an Actor, Rapper and Basketball player – talk about wearing different hats. Phew!

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So when I asked him for a lay man’s guide to making a professional cocktail he said you need to remember 5 different elements (yeah he treats cocktails like chemistry he said) because the best cocktails are punches! So here is the basic recipe to make the best cocktails!

1. Sour – Anything from Lime, Lemonade, Lemon, Tamarind (get wild)

2. Sweet – Sugar syrup, Honey, Sugar, Caster sugar, chocolate

3. Strong – Obviously any spirit, but according to Ian – Rum!

4. Weak – Coke, Soda, Juice, whatever floats your boat!

5. Spice – To make it nice, that is what they say in the Caribbean – Cinnamon, Chilly, Cardamom and likes.

Shake these 5 elements up with some crushed ice and impress your next guest!

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Shrimoyee

When I asked him to make me a cocktail, he made this exotic litchi cocktail and I must say, being a non-rum lover I absolutely LOVED it. I must say, I was a very anti rum person  till I met Ian and he definitely convinced me otherwise, i had a great time chatting with him at his bar Cottons Camden, you must visit and try their cocktails.

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Shrimoyee Chakraborty and Ian Burrell

Photographs taken by the lovely Luoana www.LuoanaNegut.com

When I met Simon Rimmer and Paul Rankin

So this lovely blog of mine somehow got noticed by Channel 4 sometime back and they asked me to participate in a food show (can’t name the show just yet) a couple of weeks back. Yesterday was the day of filming and guess who was the presenter of the show? Simon Rimmer (Yes the BBC breakfast guy, he also has his own restaurant in Manchester) and the guest judge was Michelin Star chef Paul Rankin! Yes, I did feel like a lucky foodie to meet them and do a show with them, and I must say they were lovely people with such enviable knowledge about food!

I can’t disclose more than this now because of copyright reasons, but will definitely post the video link when the show gets aired or just keep an eye out for a new food show on Channel 4 ;)

Here are some of the pictures from last night – Had to show them off! :D

 

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures and will keep you posted on the date and time of the show, in the meanwhile I also created a facebook page for this blog – https://www.facebook.com/eatwithmeshrimoyee?fref=ts

Keep in Touch!

xx

 

 

 

 

Kolkata during Durga Pujo – The biggest festival for Bengali’s

The sound of dhak (percussion), loudspeakers on the road playing the latest bollywood numbers, every street lit up with bright lights, people flocking into shopping malls and other markets to get themselves the best outfit to wear for that special time of the year and ofcourse every restaurant/stall/food market coming up with pujo special menu’s — That is Durga Pujo or the biggest Bengali Festival in Kolkata, India.

After 7 long years I finally got to be in Kolkata for this crazy madness and boy I could feel the butterflies and excitement in lower abdomen the minute I made the decision. I decided to absorb every bit of it and dive into the whole craziness and fun right from shopping, eating, pandal hopping, raiding my mum’s wardrobe and wearing all the beautiful saree’s and dancing to the beats of the dhak! I am sharing a few photographs from my trip which could give you a very very faint idea about the festival because you can never know what really is without actually being there!

Biriyani
Biriyani
I try my hand at making some street side chowmein!
I try my hand at making some street side chowmein!
Chole Bature - A veggie delight!
Chole Bature – A veggie delight!
Sugar Cane Juice
Sugar Cane Juice
Malai Kulfi
Malai Kulfi

 

The Street Musicians
The Street Musicians

 

Durga Idol at one of the popular Pandals
Durga Idol at one of the popular Pandals

 

Street of Calcutta during the festivity
Street of Calcutta during the festivity

 

Creative Pandals
Creative Pandals

 

Our Apartment Pandal
Our Apartment Pandal

 

Sharing a cocktail with my Mum
Sharing a cocktail with my Mum

 

My dance performance
My dance performance

 

This is my Saree Pose!
This is my Saree Pose!

 

Dad and Me wearing traditional Indian attire!
Dad and Me wearing traditional Indian attire!

 

These are all the pictures from my trip and the festivity in Kolkata, hope you enjoyed it and let me know your thoughts or if you wanna know anything more! I definitely recommend everyone to visit Calcutta during this time of the year which is usually during September-October .

New recipe to follow soon! Keep reading :)

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Why can’t I make you feel alive?

Hello folks, I wanted to share this short film with you guys as this is very special to me. I acted in the lead role and we are sending it for a few festivals now. It would be great to get some feedback from you.

Hope you enjoy it! :)

Egg-Chicken Roll – Indian Street Food

The recipe is in my last post, so I thought of sharing a new video of this delicious Indian Street food with you guys!

Please try and not notice how clumsy I am (well my whole dress is drenched in food by the end of it) and also check out this awesome man – Ben Herbert who helped me make the video!

Let me know if you like the video and if you do then please share it! :)

Egg Roll – Indian Street Food

There is a saying that if you go to Calcutta (or the new name Kolkata) then you MUST try Egg Roll from a street stall. Yes, that is how popular this dish is in India. All bengali’s (the people of Calcutta) swear by this dish and will have it atleast once a week if not more. It is almost like the fish and chips of Bengal – greasy, eggy and very very tasty! And the best part is, you can make it in less than 10 minutes in your own kitchen, but obviously you won’t get the taste of the ones that the street vendors make because the dirt definitely adds to the flavor :p

Ingredients (Most of them you always have in your kitchen) for one Roll

1 Egg

1/4 cup (tea cup) plain flour

Vegetable Oil/ Sunflower Oil/ Olive Oil

1 chopped green chilly

1/4 chopped onion

1/4 chopped cucumber

Ketchup

Chilly Sauce

Let’s get cooking (be ready to get your hands dirty)

  • Knead the flour with one tablespoon of oil and handful of water (I mean sprinkle some water) and after about 3-4 minutes you should get a soft dough.
  • Then make a round ball and flatten it with a rolling pin, till you get a nice big round somewhat like a pancake or chapati.
  • Heat up a pan and add one table spoon of oil and then fry the flattened dough till you get a light brownish color and then keep it aside, this is called paratha. (look at the image)
  • Then beat the egg and make an omelet, while still raw place the paratha on top of it while still on the pan. Then fry it together for a few seconds till you feel the egg is cooked.
  • Finally add the chopped onions, cucumber, ketchup and chilly sauce and make a roll and enjoy!

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I promise if you make this, you won’t regret or rather thank me for it! It is delicious and so simple to make! Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts once you make it and of-course share it on sorts of social networking platform :D

Cheers, 

Shrim 

xx

Lamb Curry & Polaw Rice

When people ask me what is my favorite dish of ALL times, I can’t help but say Lamb curry but having said that I am very fussy about the lamb curry I like. This is the one that I was used to having since childhood and never got bored of it, rather appreciated even more when I grew up. I have obviously made my own twists and turns in this but this is one dish that always has been a hit whenever I have made it for anyone!

Ingredients:

Lamb Curry:

1/2 kilograms chopped lamb
1 Tbs Yogurt
2 Onions finely chopped
1 Tbs Garlic and Ginger paste
3 Chopped Tomatoes
1 Tbs Turmeric powder
1Tbs Red Chilly Powder
1 Tbs Garam Masala Powder
2 Bay leaves
3 diced potatoes
2 Tbs Mustard oil/ regular cooking oil
Salt according to your taste buds

Lets start cooking..

  • Marinate lamb with yogurt, salt, ginger and garlic paste, turmeric and red chillies for 1 hour
  • Fry the potatoes in the oil and then keep it aside
  • Use the same oil to fry the oinion, remaining ginger and garlic
  • Add the tomatoes
  • Add turmeric, chilly and garam masala powder
  • Add the lamb and then cook it for 10 mins
  • Finally add the fried potatoes and let it cook on low heat for 1 hour
  • Keep stirring it every now and again
  • Test if the lamb is soft and the potatoes are boiled
Your lamb curry is ready to be served with boiled rice or Polaw Rice.
Polaw Rice:
2 Cups Basmati rice
2 Tbs Ghee (Indian butter)
 Few stands of saffron1/2 cup sugar
2 Bay leaves
3 Cardamom and 1 Cinamon stick
10 broken cashews
  • Heat the ghee in a deep pan
  • Add the bay leaves, saffron, cardamom, cinamon and cashews
  • Add the rice, fry till golden
  • Add 4 cups of water
  • Rice will be ready in 20 mins
Hope you liked the video and had fun making this meal and do not forget to let me know your thoughts by liking the post or dropping me an email. And please share on FB, Twitter or any other social media site if you liked it, remember sharing is caring? :D
Cheers
Shrim
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Simple Bengali Chicken Curry

Whenever I feel like eating something simple and fresh or when I miss home too much this is what I resort to. This dish is not just extremely simple to make but it is as real as it gets when we think of Indian food. And for all you health conscious folks who like eating non-bland food this could be your next favorite dish.

Ingredients you need for one person: 

One breast of Chicken chopped into chunks (you can also use chicken with bones, if you like to chew on them later like me)

One table spoon Coriander Powder

I tea spoon salt

2 tea spoon turmeric powder

1 tea spoon chilly powder

3 chopped green chillies

One small chopped red onion (you can also use white onion but red has a bit more flavor)

3 baby potatoes cut into halves

1 tablespoon fresh ginger and garlic paste (I prefer more ginger as it gives the fresh taste)

1 fresh red chopped Tomato

2 tablespoon of mustard oil/ vegetable oil/ sunflower oil (either is good but mustard gives the best taste)

Let’s start cooking : 

  • Marinade the chicken with ginger- garlic paste, turmeric, chilly powder and salt and leave it while you chop the onions and make other arrangements. Its good if you keep it for 30 minutes but not set in stone.
  • Heat Oil in a pan and fry the onions, green chilly and potatoes for about 4-5 minutes till the onions start getting brown.
  • Add the chicken (which you kept aside) and let it all cook while you stir it occasionally for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and half a cup of water and let the whole thing cook in medium heat till you get a really thick gravy. It should not take more than 7 minutes.
  • And then believe it or not your chicken curry is ready to be devoured! :D

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Yes you don’t need any yogurt, cream or anything fancy! This recipe is as simple as that…serve it with hot boiled rice or even fresh chapati (indian bread). Btw you could add fresh coriander if you wanted to but this one tastes good even without it!

Let me know if you liked it by sharing this post or even dropping me a line, always love a good conversation about food!

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Shrim

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Make Your Own Bagel!

I went for a professional baking workshop and discovered the joys and simplicity of baking – what a rewarding hobby to cultivate! I always wondered how bagels are made because they have a very different texture than any other bread and finally all my doubts were cleared after attending this super awesome workshop at The Baking Lab, London.

Here are 5 simple steps to make your own bagel :

1. Kneading – First and foremost, you will need to knead the dough obviously. So if you take one full cup of flour you need 1/4th cup of water and half a tea-spoon of oil and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Then keep kneading it till its not sticky and is stretchable. If it gets too sticky then all you need to do is leave it for 15 minutes and get back to it but do not add more flour, this is the mistake most of us make.

2. Shaping – Now you have your flour ready so the next step would be to shape it into a bagel (yay). Get chunks of balls from the dough and again knead it for some time (this is the part I enjoy most) and then with a sharp circular cutter just get rid of the center. After which you just keep playing with it and make the ring as smooth as possible. All done?

3. Boiling – Yes it sounds strange but this is what gives it the texture of a bagel, boil all of them in plain water for about 10 minutes. Then slowly take them out and keep them aside.

4. Coating- Glaze each one with raw eggs, use a brush for this almost feels like painting (haha). Then dip the glazed side in your favorite topping like poppy seeds or sesame seeds, you can use anything you feel like.

5. Baking – Finally put all of them in the oven and bake them for 15-20 minutes in 250 degrees temperature. In lay man’s terms bake it in medium heat so whatever oven you have just make sure its not in high temperature or low.

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And your bagels are ready to eat! Woooohooo!

Let me know if and when you try it, don’t forget to invite me! :D

The True Indian Cuisine captured by Rick Stein

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Full Bengali Meal

When ever I hear the word ‘Curry’ used to describe Indian Cuisine it really makes me very upset and irritated because Indian Food is so much more than curry! I have had millions of discussions with friends here where I tried to explain them what Indian food is all about. Rick Stein has finally captured it in its true essence!

This video just made me very hungry, nostalgic, emotional and a wee bit teary eyed! Ahh I miss home Kolkata now! If you are interested in Indian food or like it, this episode is a must watch! Don’t blame me later if you get really hungry later!

 

Yelping it up!

There have been some major changes in my life in the last 5 months, which is why I did not get any time to update this blog! Thankfully they are all good changes :) I am now the Community Manager for Yelp Manchester !

Thanks to this new job I have been eating out a lot besides doing some really cool things! I wanted to share a few photographs with you guys of my last 5 months of foodie adventure!

 

Yelp Manchester
Yelp Manchester

 

So now that you have seen what I have been up to lately, you can add me on Yelp and also read my reviews there! I would love to see some of you on Yelp and invite you for all these awesome parties and events! Perks of being a Yelper eh? :)

New recipe will follow soon!

Lots of love,

Shrim

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Indian Street Food – An absolute delight

One thing that makes India such a colorful country is definitely the street food, its not just absolutely mouth watering and delicious but also extremely vibrant. I cant help myself from gorging on all those gorgeous treats while I am taking a stroll down the streets and I am lucky that I have family back there so I get to visit the land of exotic food almost once every year!

Street food in India is definitely my biggest guilty pleasure even more than chocolates (yes you heard it right) and trust me once you experience that you cant help but agree with me (of course once you get over the Delhi belly fear). This time my visit to India was restricted to Calcutta (I refuse to call Kolkata) and boy this city is known for the food and Bengalis (The native inhabitants even though its extremely cosmopolitan now) LOVE their food! No wonder I am such a foodie!

Here are some of my personal favorites:

1. Dahi Phuchka (Crispy semolina pancake cups with  yogurt, potato and tamarind sauce filling)

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Dahi Phuchka

2.  Aloo Paratha ( Indian bread with a potato filling usually to be had with yogurt or any curry)

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Aloo Paratha

3. Indian Saffron Tea

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Indian Saffron Tea

4. Nolen Gurer Rosogolla ( Most popular Bengali Sweet and my personal favorite)

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Nolen Gurer Rosogolla

5. Baked Rabdi (Baked Milk Pudding and extremely addictive nom nom)

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Baked Rabdi

6. A special Indian Breakfast ( Different Kinds of Kachuri)

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Kachuri from Gupta’s

Well after gorging on all these delicacies I definitely am having withdrawal symptoms after coming back to Manchester, but that is why I love cooking so that I can try making all these at home! :)

Finally a pic of me in Indian traditional clothing with my beautiful Mum (A fantastic Cook) who is the inspiration for me to make this blog and most of my recipes!  Yeah needed to show off my Indianess :p

Shrimoyee

Hope you enjoyed this post! And don’t forget to share and care like I always say ;)

xx

 

 

Palak Paneer

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This is a video of me cooking one of my favorite dish Palak Paneer that I made with my friend Daniel as an experiment! The recipe is already there in my previous post! :)

Hope you like it and let me know your thoughts! Always open to suggestions!

Palak Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese with Spinach)

Firstly Merry Christmas to everyone, I didnt quite have a merry christmas as I was coughing and popping antibiotics all through and my plan of cooking great food everyday hence was kind of ruined! I finally started feeling better yesterday so thought of making some healthy treat for myself and making those nasty greens taste good (yes I am not a massive fan of the greens) :p

Palak Paneer or Spinach with cottage cheese is definitely a superb invention by the Indians cuz it is not just healthy Indian Food but super yummy at the same time!

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Ingredients: 

500 grams Paneer/ Cottage Cheese (diced into cubes)

300 grams spinach (boiled and grinded) you can also use tinned spinach

1 tomato chopped into small pieces or grated

1 green chilly chopped

1 onion grated

1 table spoon garam masala powder

2 tablespoon oil (olive oil/sunflower oil/vegetable oil)

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoon fresh cream

1 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste

Method:

Heat oil in a pan

Fry the cottage cheese very lightly for about 2 minutes and keep them separate

Use the same oil and add the onion, ginger and garlic and saute for a few minutes

Add the tomato, salt and garam masala powder and fry till the whole thing looks like a smooth paste.

Add the spinach to the mixture and heat it till the whole mixture looks green and smooth, and then add the fresh cream and butter to make it creamy.

Finally add the cottage cheese that you kept aside and your food is ready to be served.

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Serving instruction:

Serve it hot with rice/ naan bread/ chapati/paratha

Finally here is a picture of me during Christmas while I was fragile and sick but never the less Hey Its Christmas! :D

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Cabernet-Pomegranate Braised Beef Short Ribs (Guest Post)

Anthony, my new blogger friend very kindly offered to write a guest post for my blog, I hope you enjoy this post because I surely did! :)Image

So, we’re still here. Today is December 22, 2012 and not only am I still here, but there still exist plenty of people to read what I’m typing. Our world has undergone no obvious natural cataclysm or tumult. The hour of the dreaded Mayan apocalypse prophecy that has caused December 21, 2012 to dominate so many imaginations for so long has come and gone with neither a celestial horseman nor a cosmic collision to show for it. This could seem to reinforce the plausibility of another widely-held belief, that the destined December 21st event was intended to reflect less of final curtains than of new beginnings and, as some believe, beneficial change in the collective spirit and consciousness of all humankind. I suppose we’ll see. Either way, it seems my opportunity to learn how the final season ofFringe will conclude is not lost, so color me elated.

Now let’s eat.

The most recent widely-publicized prediction of some sort of major planetary upheaval happened in May 2011, and I marked the occasion on FlavorfulWorld.com with a multiple-course Doomsday menu.  The recipe I am pleased and honored to share here today (Thanks again for having me, Shrimoyee!) is better described as a celebratory “We’re Still Here” dish, because the best kind of global catastrophe is the kind that never came.  In celebration of that truth, here’s my recipe for Cabernet-Pomegranate Braised Beef Short Ribs so tender the meat fell right off the bone when I prepared them just last night.

Ingredients

2 1/2− 3 lbs beef short ribs

1 bottle (750 ml) cabernet sauvignon

1  1/2  cups pomegranate juice

3 cups beef stock

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp salt

1/2 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup diced sweet yellow onion

1/3 cup finely chopped green onion

1/2 tsp coriander seeds, lightly toasted and crushed

1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

Vegetable oil (just enough to cover the bottom of a large frying pan or dutch oven)

Directions:

1. Trim any especially thick exterior fat from short ribs before preparing. Into a container deep enough for wine to completely cover short ribs, place short ribs in a single layer and pour entire bottle of cabernet sauvignon. Cover, refrigerate, and let marinate overnight (or minimum four hours).

2. Cover the bottom of a frying pan or dutch oven with vegetable oil on stovetop over medium-high heat.

3. Combine flour, salt, and black pepper in a bowl and mix until thoroughly blended. Remove short ribs from marinade.  Set marinade aside.

4. Dredge marinated short ribs through seasoned flour. When oil is hot, add flour-coated short ribs 3 or 4 at a time, turning them every minute or two to sear all sides until brown.

5. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Set seared short ribs aside. When all ribs are brown, add sweet onion, green onion, and carrots to pan. Cook over medium heat for five minutes or until vegetables soften. If necessary, add another tbsp or two of oil to prevent vegetables from sticking or burning.

7. Pour in beef stock 1/2 cup at a time, using a wooden spoon to loosen any cooked-on bits of meat or skin from cooking surface. Add coriander seeds, thyme, 1 1/2 cups wine marinade, 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice, and adjust heat to bring to a boil. Discard remaining marinade. Let liquid boil for 8-10 minutes, then remove from heat.

8. In oven-safe cooking dish with lid, arrange short ribs in single layer and cover with liquid. Place covered dish in 200-degree oven and cook for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.

Optional: For a thicker sauce, after dish is finished in the oven, remove short ribs from liquid and boil liquid on stovetop to reduce it to desired consistency.

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For more recipes, as well as product/restaurant reviews, interviews, and more, please visit Anthony Beal at Flavorful World food and drink blog.

Minced Lamb Curry (Lamb Keema)

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Minced Lamb Curry by Shrimoyee

I am a total sucker for red meat, be it lamb, beef or mutton I love them all! But one thing that puts me off cooking red meat is the amount of time it takes to cook the meat. Hence I came up with an alternative idea of making minced lamb/ beef when I am in a rush to satifsfy my taste buds, because it not only cooks super fast but also saves me the hassle of chopping the meat! :D

Minced Lamb curry has always been an instant hit not just for me but also my office colleagues and friends, they all love it when I make that for lunch! But the secret is it just takes me 20 mins to make that.

Ingredients:

500 gm Minced Lamb

4 Tbs Yogurt

2 tbs garam masala powder

1 green chilly chopped

1 Egg

2 fresh tomatos (chopped)

1 tea spoon of salt

2 boiled potatoes (chopped)

3 tbs sunflower oil/ vegetable oil/ olive oil

1/2 tea spoon chilly powder

1 onion chopped/grated

1 tbs garlic and ginger paste

Handfull of chopped corriander

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Cooking Lamb

Method:

Marinate the minced lamb with Yogurt, Garam Masala and Salt

Heat oil in a pan and saute the ginger, garlic and onions

Add the marinated minced lamb mix to this now and cook it for about 5 minutes

Then add the tomatoes, potatoes and chilly powder

Fry the egg and scramble in a separate pan with a bit of oil and then add the egg into the main curry with the lamb and mix it.

Finally add the chopped corriander to garnish it and serve it hot with boiled rice/ bread/ naan.

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Minced Lamb Curry

Hope you will try it yourself and let me know your thoughts! I am a massive chatter box and always love to talk about food! :) Do drop me a line and if you like the post dont forget to share it with your friends on FB/Twitter/Pinterest! :)

Cheers

Shrim

Yan Kit So Memorial Awards

Get paid to travel and write an Asian cook book!

A big shout out to all my fellow foodies!

What if someone paid you to go anywhere in Asia and research for your own cookbook? Sounds too good to be true? Well Asia House hosts The Yan-Kit So Memorial Award for every year to assist armature chefs (like me and you, if you are also like me) who are interested in writing about Asian cuisine.

This award is offered in memory of Yan-Kit So (1933-2001) – Britain’s leading authority on Chinese cuisine. A tireless promoter of food in Asia, her first book The Classic Chinese Cookbook (1984) went on to win major awards such as the prestigious André Simon Awards and Glenfiddich Award for the Best Food Book of the Year.

You can find the application download form and more information on the Asia House website.

Bonjour French Food – Review

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup – This is a popular French saying which means: “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.” Who wouldn’t agree with this? This is why it’s said that when it comes to romance and food no one does it better than the French! I have always had a love affair with France – their cinema, art, culture, men and of-course Food… mhmnmmmm

French cuisine is popular for the rich tastes and subtle nuances with long and rich history. The best thing about French food is that it’s both healthy and refined – No wonder most of the Michelin star chefs are from France. French cuisine also has a very strong influence from Italian cuisine – oh and how I love both these cuisines. It has always been my dream to own a country house in South of France where I can grow loads of fresh herbs and learn baking. There you go – you can’t talk about France without being stupidly romantic – oh dear!

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Bonjour French Food very kindly delivered a box of their gourmet food to my doorstep – awww. They sell French subscription boxes with different goodies every month which gets delivered to your door step. The boxes usually contains a variety of things including seasoning, chutney’s, chocolates and other French delicacies.

My box had -

Cassoulet – sausage and duck casserole

Paries – Nutty chocolates

Terrine De Thon – A fish paste with nuts

French Chutney made with sweet onions and anchovies

Chili Flakes

Here is my selfie with my Bonjour French Food Box – I was quite tired after a whole day so pardon me for not looking my best!

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What I did with my box -

I decided to add the chilli flakes to the casserole while heating it up to add a little bit of a kick to it. I still have the chilli which I use often in my omelets and pasta dishes.

I decided to eat all the paries because they were ridiculously tasty!

I use the chutney with Chorizo and other pork dishes, it goes really well with Egg too.

I ate the tuna spread with toast – a tasty snack.

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Check out their website for the next box and get yourself one if you want a taste of France in UK or wherever you are!

xxx

Notting Hill Kitchen – Review

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Notting Hill Kitchen – Review

You tweet a photograph and win a 3 course meal from Zomato – Yes Please! As a food blogger I do get invited to loads of places but having a sharp tongue I can’t always say that all of those experiences have been good because lets face it sometimes the food can be pretty bad – trust me even free food can taste bad! But the good news is Notting Hill Kitchen was definitely NOT amongst one of those – this Spanish -Portuguese restaurant definitely has made its way to my favourite places to eat in London.

Tucked away in the posh neighbourhood of Notting Hill it gives you a very exclusive-romantic feel specially with the candles and lamps which you can see from a distance while walking there. It is definitely a great place for a date – not the first date, because its too expensive for that (That is what my date told me ;p) but if you want to really impress someone then you know where to go – wink. I really want to meet the person who selects the music there because they clearly know what they are doing – making you feel relaxed, comfortable and takes you to a very Spanish beach restaurant mood. It is instrumental with a bit of a beachy vibe, loud enough to appreciate it but soft enough to not overpower your conversation.

The service is great too, most of the waiters are Spanish so they definitely add to the charm – imagine a Frenchman or someone with a posh English accent in a Spanish/Portuguese restaurant it wouldn’t create the same magic, would it? They were very well trained and definitely welcoming – the manager was very warm and kept coming back to ask if the food was good and our lovely waiter was very sweet to create some banter with us even though he was quite busy. The bar tender (who btw is very sexy, long locks and the whole Johnny Depp look about him) made an effort to greet us and also say bye to us even though we didn’t order any drinks at the bar.

Finally coming to the food – my most favourite bit! Drool, Slurp, Nom nom nom…… Yes these are all the adjectives I am going to use as I am lost for words – okay I know its Cheesy (even though we didn’t have any cheese). The manager told us that the chef of this place has one Michelin Star – Now you know what kind of food to expect right?
We ordered the scallops and sea bass for starters and both of them were absolute delights, the scallops well cooked and the sauce with it was divine (I was really upset, as I finished it in less than 2 minutes). I went for the slow cooked lamb shoulder with herbs for my main course – the lamb was soft, tender, beautifully falling off the skin ’nuff said! And finally the desserts – ohh boy they were such a treat – it didn’t just look like a million pounds but tasted like a billion! I went for this cocolately treat which was made with white, milk and dark chocolate mousse – I think I am going to dream about it for the next few weeks! Finally we were served a red dessert wine – which was just like the cherry on the cake to end a purrrrfeecttt meal!

Verdict : Doesn’t matter what kind of food you like – You NEED to visit this place when in London!

Grand Pacific Launch Party

The queen of Spinningfields, Australasia Manchester, has now extended its offering with the opening of Grand Pacific; a contemporary, colonial style bar in the heart of Manchester financial capital.

It can be accessed via a secluded staircase inside Austalasia, this unique cocktail bar  evokes the atmosphere of a luxury Pacific beach hideaway with smart colonial style decor in cream and white, a long bar, and a secret tropical garden. With exquisite cocktails as its main focus. The menu is the same as Australasia so you can expect some mouth watering sushi and desserts here. The whole place screams class and panache from every corner. This bar is definitely very unique and reminds me a lot of classy cocktail bars in London or New York. The pricing definitely is very high end as you would imagine and you need to put on some swanky clothes to feel not so out of place here. I can vouch that the food is delicious and so are the cocktails, but that you can find in a lot of other places too so this one you need to visit purely for the ambiance and the whole experience.

Verdict : Great place to visit when you want to feel special!