Paper Dosa 

It is an adventure, this paper masala dosa. Requires an entire side of the table to set, a lot of patience to dig in, and a tact to keep the table manners while at it

#mondaymusings

No words to explain. Taste it if you are near one of these icecream counters. 

Breaking fast on Sunday …

Breaking the night long fast on Sunday morning with Poori, one of my all time go to items if I have to pick from a menu. I wake up at breakfast time on Sundays whenever the hostel folks serve any kind of poori…. 

The Chicken Stew 

The stew, a meat/fish/vegetables cooked in coconut milk, is a traditional Syrian Christian breakfast accompaniment with bread/appam especially on Easter and Christmas in Kerala. The one in the picture is a chicken stew which was had with Appam. Appam is again a Kerala Christian breakfast item on the menu, the second course during any major celebration. Made from rice powder, coconut milk and sugar fermented with yeast or the local toddy. 

Another H to end the day

Food at the beach! 

I met this woman as I made my way to the beach. “She has brought everything she had from her kitchen” commented a friend. We moved on a little further and found that she was not the only one who had packed everything from her kitchen. As we made our way further down to the beach there were others. And all of them women, they sat in a line, with their eatables spread across under the shade of clumps of casurina trees lining the beach.

They had a spread of cut fruits, salted nuts, sharpened knives, and coloured powders, when mixed together and served in small bowls made from palm leaves (i think) makes delicious snacks – especially on a hot day after a dip in the beach, fully drenched from the salt water and toppled by banana floats. 

I envied them that they were at the beach everyday, enjoying the beach air, of course, they were there earning a living, but it seemed fun to me, may be not to them. Or it could be that they just work out pleasure and work together. I wish they do enjoy their job.

#foodtales : A fishy meal in the middle of a lake

 

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“If my folks see me now, relishing fish, they’d think it is not me at all.” I’ve always told this to my friends when we order fish and I happen to finish it off. Because I’m partial to the meats over fish, and consequently, whenever I take a second piece of fish for a meal at home, the family starts to chant, “the fish is quite tasty today” 🙂

I come from a coastal area in India where fish is one of the main items on the table during a meal on a daily basis. But I’m not much of fish eater. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like my fish, I do, but there is always a but, and my friends never can believe I don’t like fish as much as they do.

So that said, this meal in the picture was at a restaurant in the middle of a lake in a watery part of Kerala. As they were surrounded by water on all sides, they served fish as the only non vegetarian item for lunch. A meal I took time to finish, but relished. The vegetarian dishes were equally tasty. I’d recommend their aviyal any day. A satisfied me, and a clean plate.

 

Go Overboard!

I have a tendency to go overboard.

Do you?

I was making a cake the other day, it was going to be a simple sponge, with a hint of chocolate from melted Bournville bars. But then, my friend had a bottle of red wine stored away in her pantry. She also had a few pears in her fruit basket. Why not make an upside down pear cake! 😛 In went a finely sliced pear into the pan on the stove with a generous amount of sugar and some of that wine. The other friend who was raiding the kitchen for something to eat found a packet of tutti fruitti. Upside down pear with a tutti frutti topping. We lined the baking dish with the tutti frutti, then with the wine caramelized pear, the batter went in next, and a few more bars of bourville were hidden into it. Once out, I poured the rest of the wine I caramelized the pears with on to the cake.

Heaven 😀 😀  If I was alone I would have poured off milkmaid generously over it to hide all that and make into a white cake. But then, the milkmaid was already empty by the time the cake came out 😀

#TalkingTuesday 

For the last couple of years, my phone is like a page of #foodporn 😁😂 It is my private little hobby, but then I realized on a trip home that a number of people, friends and relatives, included followed my FB food updates, and they discussed and even had an opinion about it. When I said the fish there is good, somebody said, “I remember the fish pic that month” I went from a pinkish to a bluish. I update my fb covers as and when I click, and love a particular food, akin to the posts on this blog. But on that trip home I realized people whom I thought were not interested in my life, fb or food, people on my friend’s list who never once liked any of my posts, people who were just there because there were on the friend’s list, knew the content of the pictures and the series on my covers! Imagine my flattered horror I was being part of! They lurked and dangerously, these lurkers even had an opinion about my cover pics. haw! 

Many were amused at the food pics, a few were angry and thought of it as a vice because some of the food pictures went up when they were hungry and had no recourse or access to that food at that time. And then there were a few very close friends who said, “why torture us like this” I found those remarks genuine enough and devoid of sarcasm. In order not to cause mass world damage, I decided that, I’ll decrease my frequency of the food pics. The pic up today is this one, a cake my cousin baked and decorated for our nephew’s birthday. 

Sometimes some plates need to be under the spotlight 🙂

The Generation Gap ;)

When I try chopping green beans and when my dad does, same knife, same cutting board, #makingmasterchefs, #hungry pangs #familylineage #lazycookers #generationgap