Category Archives: Food

Creamy Mushroom on Toast (Quick and Easy)

Mushrooms. I’ll never tire of them.

And it helps that they’re quick and easy to cook. I made creamy mushrooms on toast for lunch today. To liven things up a bit, I sauteed the mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil with lemon, and after pouring a generous amount of fresh cream, added some herbs and roasted sunflower seeds. Yumm!

Creamy mushroom on toast

Creamy mushroom on toast

And oh, also some chili flakes. Quite happy with the outcome.

Basic recipe here.

Happy eating!

Mushroom Stroganoff (Vegetarian)

I was recently introduced to the wonder that is mushroom stroganoff at a buffet lunch the other day at a fancy restaurant. I couldn’t get my mind off it, so I googled to see if I might be able to make it at home. Found a shortcut recipe soon enough and here I am today.

Presenting mushroom stroganoff with broccoli on a bed of fragrant herbed rice. Served with a side of steamed corn.

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Hope to be cooking a little frequently now on!

Recipe from Divya’s Cook Book. (Instead of carrots though, I went for brocolli. And I also added roasted sunflower seeds in the rice.)

 

Some Food Pictures

Here are a few pictures I’ve shot over time using my humble point-and-shoot camera. Which just proves a point: You do not need a fancy DSLR and expensive lens to get a good picture.

Please note that none of these pictures are edited in any manner.

After Eight Donut from Mad Over Donuts

My friend Anindya treated me to donuts at Mad Over Donut because he was happpy 😀 I like having friends like these.

This was a traditional Gujarati lunch at my cousin Vaishali‘s pre-wedding ceremony.

Marshmallows on a stick. Bought from a store near my place for Rs 10. It was too sweet for my liking but Sosha easily devoured two of these.

Chocolates, hazelnuts rolls, strawberry dipped in chocolate and more at my friend Eli’s wedding.

I have also penned a guest post on how to make Orange Mint Lemonade (because hello?! Summer’s here!) for Kavi’s wonderful food blog. Do go through it!

Let me know how you like the pictures.. whether or not they made you hungry 😀

Wishing you love and good food (because they’re the only two things that matter).

Manali

Unravelling Thai Cuisine

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Perhaps you remember the article on the basics of Italian cuisine that I wrote for Scribido Magazine. This is the second part in the series. Allow me to take you on a virtual tour of Thailand’s popular food delights.

Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup

This soup invariably finds a mention in all Thai, and often Chinese, restaurants. But this is an original Thai creation and owing to its hot and sour flavour, which has found much appreciation in the neighbouring countries. Apart from chicken stock; lemongrass, kaffir leaves and galangal (Thai ginger) are the herbs responsible for the heavenly aroma that arises from this clear orange-coloured yum soup (pun intended). Tom Yum Goong is a well-liked touristy version of this soup and features prawns as the chief ingredient. Rice can be an accompaniment for this spicy soup, although it tastes just as good on its own.

Green Thai Curry

Indians are no strangers to curries and Thai cuisine boasts of several variations. This one, in particular, is extremely spicy with a just a hint of sweetness to it. It is made with coconut milk, green chillies, galangal, shallots (type of onion), aubergine, and is flavoured with Thai basil for an inviting aroma. It is cooked with all kinds of meat and fish alike, though vegetarian alternatives will be available (in India, not Thailand!). It is a main course dish, to be eaten with roti or rice. Interestingly, the paste for Green Thai Curry is made in a mortar, which is typical to Asian food.

Pad Thai (also known as Phat Thai)

These fried noodles (Pad means ‘fried’ in Thai) have a rather unusual and interesting history. To tackle widespread unemployment after World War II, the government of Thailand encouraged setting up of noodle shops. Step-by-step instructions on how to make basic noodles were handed out to the masses. Chinese immigrants added their hot and sweet flavours to these noodles, and thus was born Pad Thai. The classic way of cooking it is to stir-fry the noodles with eggs, fish sauce, red chili pepper,bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken or tofu. The ingredient that makes or breaks this delicacy is the Pad Thai sauce, which is the spicy cousin of the sweet and sour sauce. This dish is one ofThailand’snational dishes and with good reason.

Khao Phad (also known as Khao Phat)

kao pad pu / crab fried rice

Khao Phad

Khao literally means rice in Thai. As inviting as a name can get, this Thai fried rice gives off a nice aroma since the rice used is fragrant, such as jasmine rice. Chicken, shrimp, pork and tofu are the favoured choices for Khao Phad. It may be seasoned with soy sauce, or the very popular Nam Pla (fish sauce). A few sprigs of coriander and spring onion are then sprinkled on top as a garnish. Khao Phad is not very different from the Chinese version of fried rice. There is a certain way the Thai serve this dish. You will find a few slices of cucumber and lime wedges to  be present beside the rice.

Satay

Chicken, pork or beef are marinated for a good couple of hours in an assortment of spices and sauces before threading them in skewers. They are then placed on heat, and garnished with a little bit of cilantro when done. Vegetarians can opt for satay of tofu and soy. Peanut sauce is the most preferred and loved accompaniment for satay. This popular style of grilling meat on skewers originated in Indonesia, but has caught the fancy of the neighbouring and western countries alike.

Original article on http://scribidomagazine.com/?p=336

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