Bacon and Corn Rice

A long time ago there was a pair of office buddies who were more interested in hunting out good food joints than doing ‘serious’ work. From chimney soup in a crumbling building, biryani at a seedy joint that had plastic table covers to fancy fare at fine dines – they relished every delicious meal. One…

Chicken liver – the Turkish twist

We eat a fair bit of liver (more chicken than red meat) and my Solapuri cook makes a fabulous, semi dry, Indian style curry that we all love. ‘Please let us try liver in a different way’, was the demand on Saturday morning. Given that I had landed at close to 2 am, slept at…

Kanchkolar Golpo…Kahani Kachche Kele Ka…A Tale of Raw Plantains

A few years in my childhood were spent in a joint family; in a large house filled with uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents. Dinner was a noisy affair with all the adults back home. Kids had separate meal times and finished dinner by 7 pm. Though very dissimilar in age and personalities, we cousins had…

Sausage Pulao

My tryst with spiced sausages started decades ago, thanks to Rebapishi, my paternal aunt.  The curry she would whip up  with fat fat fat sausages from Park Circus Market, Calcutta was legendary. For some reason it was never made at our home so I would wait for invitations to my Pishi’s house and pray she would repeat…

Waste To Taste – Post 1 – Spinach Stems and Pork Chops

Some dismal and scary food wastage statistics below, in italics.   The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that, each year, one-third of all food produced for human consumption in the world (around 1.3 billion tons) is lost or wasted. This includes 45% of all fruit and vegetables, 35% of fish…

Cooking with Cucumber – the humble omlette

Botanically speaking, the cucumber is classified as a pepo, a type of botanical berry with a hard outer rind and no internal divisions. Much like tomato and squash, it is often perceived, prepared and eaten as a vegetable. Cucumber fruits are usually more than 90% water. (Wikipedia) It is also supposed to be very good…

Oh Fish!!

Determined to bring up the young son with correct values, we had derived ways to refrain from using expletives. ‘Oh shit’ was changed to ‘oh shoot’ and ‘oh f…’ into ‘oh fish’. All was well or so we thought till the young prince waltzed home from school one day and said I had been using…