Peas and Paneer

DSC_3004So I’m back from Kolkata or Calcutta, as it used to be and will ever be for some, like me. It was a crowded trip, with remembrance services, weddings, school and college reunions interspersed with sporadic maintenance shopping. ( I’ll have to explain that some other day, that “maintenance” thing.)  It was three years since my last visit, so naturally on my way there I’d wondered what changes I would see, other than the omnipresent blue and white paint I’d been warned about, which is, as you can see from the picture, true.

The short answer is: (more…)

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Eggplant Mash

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Charring away nicely. It’s doesn’t look done yet.

Introductions may be in order since I have at least 1 reader in 3 different continents.

So. An eggplant is called

Baingan – Hindi

Begun – Bengali

Brinjal – most of India

Aubergine – elsewhere in the world

Eggplant – in North America

Melanzana – Italian and hence

Mad Apple – in old English (more…)

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Eddoes + Yogurt

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I got this image off Karyn in the Kitchen: http://karynkitchen.blogspot.ca/2011/08/what-do-i-do-witheddoes.html
Recipes are easy, following them is hard. I, therefore, don’t follow them too closely. The important thing is to understand the concept and apply a dash of spices, a soupcon of common sense, lashings of  common culinary capability, keep it low and experiment, experiment, experiment. In other recipes that I have posted, I have put in (more…)

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Graked Fishies

What you may have thought when you saw the title I’m not quite sure. So let me try and clarify a few things.

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What does graked mean? It doesn’t. Mean anything, really. It’s just something my brain cooked up as a “grilled / baked” combo that comes without fries or a drink of your choice.
What is it? This is a recipe.
Guiding Principles: Usability, Versatility, Flexibility (more…)

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OKRA

We chatted long and hard amongst ourselves about this 100th post. As a landmark post of sorts, there was considerable debate about the following: 1. Who should write it? The…

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