Sunday, all about Idlis & Dosas! 

Hey Guys!! Just popped in to shout out a happy Sunday to all of you. I’m gonna be going on a little trip about 70-75 Kms from Bangalore to taste these super famous “Rice Cakes” called “Thatte Idlis”. Thatte Idlis are huge Idlis, Thatte means plate. The name is given due to the size of these Idlis.

  
It’s really stupid to go all that way, but I guess it’s just something to do today. I’m not a huge fan of Idlis, but I’m looking forward to eating some masala dosas there. They say, they’re outta the world. Fingers crossed!!

  
And after that, I’m gonna be hauling a few stuffs for myself. Maybe some skincare today. I have my eyes on L’oreal’s Hydrafresh Boosting Essence. 

Anyway, how are you guys, spending your Sunday?? 

Much love,

Noorain. ❤️❤️❤️

P.S: All images sourced from http://www.google.com and are not mine to credit. They have been used only for reference purposes.

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5 Things That Change When You’re A New Mommy.

I’ve been pondering about drafting this post from the past few days. I mean, I could be all knavish and go on to say, “Oh! Jolly Jelly Beans. Motherhood is the most satisfying thing ever. I’ve just borne a best friend for life. ” 

But, no, I wouldn’t indulge in such pettifoggery and mislead you from the things that will change. Well, Forever!! 

Here are my 5 most favourite/ unfavourable things: 

1. Sleep, will be an ex who you remember with a sad smile: 

You really shouldn’t have treated it, with so much ingratitude. How, you used to decide, when you’d wanna sleep or how you would just hit the pillow & call it a day. Remember, those hibernating naps, where you would sleep for 12-13 hours straight? Good ole days😢😢 Now, your baby decides when you sleep or rather, when he wants to sleep. If you thought, you were a free spirit not bound by rules. Then, you oughta see your baby’s feeding whims. He loves surprising Mommy with 4 a.m. cries. Darling! Welcome to the real “Hunger Games “

  

2. You will never be blessed with peaceful, romantic & carefree dates : 

D’oh!! Who said you would ever have a romantic & a carefree date? Let’s say, you filch a few hours from your baby time & hire a babysitter or just plop your baby at the Grandma’s toasty place. You & your partner, have reservations at the restaurant of your dreams. You order your courses & just when you start feeling the vibe. The phone rings!! “Honey! The baby misses you.” & you hear that wail, like a death knell 😢😢 If, it isn’t during the meal, then it surely will be at the time, you guys decide to have a long, breezy drive. 

And, if your baby comes along with you.. Then, oh well!! It isn’t a date, is it? Muhahhhahaha 😈😈😒😒

  

3. Your fancy Gucci, Dior, & MK purses are replaced by Petunia,  Storksak & BabyCargo diaper bags: 

Gosh! Even those names make me cringe. If, having a baby & his spittle on your shoulder wasn’t enough, now, you need to fashion revamp yourself. Big, floral/block, multi zippered bags filled with diapers, bottom butters, binkys, feed,etc.. is the way of life. Girl!! Your bag, is your identity. It doubles up as, a huge invisible placard that says, ” I’m a new mommy. Don’t mess with me. I’m the human version of Godzilla. I’m grumpy, irritated & exhausted. I need a Gucci more than ever now, but all I get is a diaper bag.” 

  

I feel you girl. Just another 5 years & then you can get your Gucci. Amen! 

4. Going to the Bathroom & having a 2 hour luxury soak with rose petals, bath bombs.. Stop!! :

Well, that’s a thingamaflip of history. It’s been 3 years since I had one. Your child, will miraculously need you the most, when you need some luxury time. When you decide, to pamper yourself with some much needed soak, your baby doesn’t think you deserve that. 10 minute showers are the trend these days. Once your baby is a toddler, rest assured that he’s gonna follow you & ask you, “What you doing inside?” atleast a 100 times in 10 minutes. 

  

5. Your shopping hauls will be filled with the cute A/W collection booties, diapers, toys and all that :

Remember, the last time you shopped selfishly just for yourself? Not anymore. It’s shopping haul for the baby too! More shopping goals & more financial oopsies now! 

“YOU spent $100 on stupid designer shoes for the baby, which he clearly won’t wear for more than 6 months?”, shouts the husband. 

Well, mommy! You’re learning. You’ll get the hang of it. Slowly, you’ll make wise decisions like spending $100 on toys? He won’t outgrow that in 6 months, will he?

Nope!! He’ll get over it, within a span of a week 😱

Now, I have a bonus one for you, Mommy! 

6. Your Playlist & Phones will be filled with “Wheels on the bus” kinda songs & “Baby Hazel” games: 

Yes! You heard me right! Your playlist will have annoying voices, blaring about “little boy blue, Jack Horner & London Bridge” on the damn loop. Then, your phones will start using those free MB’s to fill it with “Counting, Colouring & ABC” apps. This starts with a necessity to keep your toddler shut at the doctors, then you decide to keep him shut at the restaurant, mall, salon & every other place you take him along. 

  

Well, we all are ninjas on alert. We do need our inventories to be well stocked. 

Things will eventually get better and life won’t get back to normal pre baby days, but you’ll learn the art of making this a normalcy. Super proud of all the mommies. 

Welcome to motherhood mommy!! Have a great time here. 

P.S: All images have been sourced from http://www.google.com & are the sole right of the owner. These are not mine to credit. They have been used only for reference purposes. 

Cafe Mezzuna| Bangalore| Review

Fancy some Italian, Mediterranean , Spanish or French cuisine today? Maybe, you fancy something sophisticated to go with your palate? How about giving your tastebuds an assurance in the midst of chaos?

What if I told you that, you could find all of this under one roof? One roof to satiate your want of basking in the European sun, under the budding magnolias & chrysanthemums, with a table full of ambrosial delights? 

  

Coming from the house of “Speciality Restaurants Ltd” which gave Bangalore, Mainland China, Sigree Global Grill & Oh! Calcutta. Cafe Mezzuna comes across as no surprise, when your tastebuds burst into a billion sensory exciting tingles on the first bite. Really, that isn’t an act of over exaggeration. 

 

After the endorphin stimulating recommends, I decided to give this place a shot. 

   

 Decor: The decor is pretty interesting, with a grunge meets rustic meets industrial meets outdoorsy kinda thing going on. There is a certain symmetry, though the decor is clearly a mishmash of a few ideas. Love it!! 4.5/5 for decor. 

   

 Hospitality: We were greeted very warmly & were quickly ushered to our tables. Our maitrê d, was just the most primed yet happy person around. As the course progressed, the wait staff were on their feet to clear plates or tidy the mess created by the little one. That brings us to a full score of 5/5 for hospitality. 

The Fare, how our lunch progressed: 

  • Oven Roasted Mushroom Tarts: Little bite sized, tarts of joy. These had a generous filling of the soft scarmoza & that tang of the balsamic. The tart pastry leaned much on the crispy side, rather than the crumbly one. A deviation from all the “Tart” stereotypes. 

   

 

  • Pan Grilled Mushrooms: Oh! Bother. Now, I oughta fight that vision of scrumptious bulbous mushrooms. These were alluring me to just take the plunge. I, took it, without the thought of clicking a picture. The mushrooms were dressed in the most minimal & Spartan of a dressing. Just some chilli, lemon & garlic, maybe I felt a resonance of dried oregano too. These were served with croutes. 
  • Wild Mushroom Pizza: Notice a trend? Yes, I’m in love with Mushroom. The Pizza was a thin crust one, with generous amounts of cheese, wilted spinach, sundried tomato & goat Cheese. The crust, gave way to the much needed crunch, which then enveloped your sensory with the flood of flavour from the cheese & those toppings. Would’ve loved it warm & toasty when it reached me, but all I could feel was lukewarm. Nevertheless, I guess that just made the pizza more crunchier. Something i fancy.

   

 

  • Farfelle in Creamy Mushroom Sauce: Gracious!! Now, that I see it.. That’s quite an hefty amount of mushroomy love in my meal. So, I ordered the beautiful bow ties, in a creamy mushroom sauce. The sauce, I must say, was abso-blooming-lutely delicious. I, longed for some privacy, so that, I could shamelessly lick my plate clean. The earthiness of the sauce, amalgamated with the nutty pungency of warm garlic chives instantly warmed the cockles of your beating heart. What generosity..Aah!! A must for every pasta loving soul. 

   

 

  • Belgian Chocolate Crepes: Don’t be fooled. These crepes weren’t just crepes, they were a portal to sunny orange orchards. The crepe was filled with Belgian Chocolate & topped with Orange rinds & Marmalade. If, I could only describe, the true nature of that crepe. It encompassed a warm sweetness which was married to the sharp acidity of the rinds. Opposites attract, nothing could be a better example than this dessert.

   

 

  • Vanilla Bean Panacotta: Panacotta’s are just what the world needs when it’s in a dire need of pampering. This was just that & much more with the Raspberry compote to bring in the acidity to an otherwise sweet note. What a marvellous masterpiece. One of the best in town! 

   

 With that our course ended & we had conflicts raging within us, if we really oughta leave. The place was that amazing. Atlast, we said our farewells & promised to return again.

   

 Overall score: 5/5 (because my math is pretty horrid & because that’s what they deserve)

VFM: The VFM is moderate. It’s worth every penny, so, really it is a gratifying experience!

Location: St. Marks Road.

Another mention, if i, may. You really need to sample the Fig & Honey Grain Mustard. Outta the world 😋😋

  

Bon appetite mes amis!! 

Ruchi Santhe 2016| Food Fest| Review

The last weekend had me, going gaga over the adverts all over facebook about this one of a kind food festival that was gonna be held over the due course of 3 days. I, was all ready and pumped up for action. 

It was on the last day of the fest that I did find some time, to drag myself here. The reason why I was so excited to try this out was because, this was a venture done by the team “Unik 360”. Unik 360 was a collective effort of people who got in touch over Facebook to organise a non-profit program, the proceeds of which would go to charity.

  

The event took place at “Bull Temple Road”, Maratha Hostel Grounds. The crowd was maddening & clearly we couldn’t get any parking. After a good 30 minute search, we found a spot. This should’ve been an omen for what was gonna come. 

The entry queue, seemed to go on forever & then this happened. Right at that moment, I needed a detour. This wasn’t what I had imagined. Blistering Barnacles No!! Not this kinda human explosion.  

There was no getting out now. Phewww!! I was literally, getting squished & I couldn’t help but give the people behind me, a dirty frown for pushing me around. I, was a soccer ball after all 😢

The stalls, like advertised were all vegetarian. My first stop was the “Masala Papad”, which was just delectable. Masala Papad is a lentil crispy with Indian toppings & masala over it. 

  

The next was this stall called “Ravi Products”, which had a variety of spices. I bought the “Puliogare Masala” for mum. She loves it!! Puliogare is a tamarind infused rice.  All you gotta do is cook some rice & mix it with the masala that’s  prepped according to instructions.

   

   
Sadly, I don’t have a lot of pics of the event. The crowd didn’t let me do that. But, the variety of foods displayed was amazing. 

They had every kinda Indian vegetarian dish you wanted. From the bhels to sandwiches, from sweets to savouries. 

We tried the Chinese Bhel & Ragada Patties from 4SL. The Kachoris & samosas from another stall. 

   

 Mysore pak from Agarwal Bhavan, Potato twisters from Twisters & Corn Sandwiches with bread pakoras. 

The event was a total hit, with celebrity guest visits and a little award show at the end. The reason, I went ahead was to support for the charity cause. 

Would I go there again, if there was another day? Umm..No!!

The crowd was phenomenal & im not a fan of “Push me Baby one more time”. I, loved the food. But, No, thank you! I’d need my safety gear to survive there. But, like I say, “That’s just me”.

A huge round of thundering applause to all the organizers of this great event. Not only was the food & crowd great, even the hygiene levels were maintained. Every 20 minutes saw a group of maintenance staff, get down with their wares and make sure the place was clean. There were dustbins placed at every few metres. There were apt seating arrangements for the people attending, incase, they wanted to relax for a few. 

So, really all the details were looked into & were taken care of. Hats off team Unik 360!

And then, I needed to bid adieu. Well, it took me 15 minutes to just get out of the venue, feeling all roly poly. That first step out of the place felt like heaven. I, calmly then realised how we take the breeze so much for granted. 

Well, Thank you Dear Creator, for just about everything.

P.S: The logo of Ruchi Santhe 2016 has been sourced from http://www.google.com . All credit goes to the owner. The image has been used for reference purpose only.

Five star cafe|Star Brunch| Five Star Chicken Review |19th FBAB Blogger’s Meet

My tastebuds had been craving a quick bite indulge from the past few days. I decided to be complaisant to the tastebuds after all. 

I was invited over by the FBAB team, for our 19th Blogger’s Meet. The main agenda of this meet was exploring the rebranding module of “Five Star Cafe” aka “Five Star Chicken”.

 

The mandatory groupie, with the blogging stars of FBAB!
 

Five Star Cafe had us over to savour their new and signature dishes. It’s located at the prime 100ft road in indiranagar, dead opposite to “Beer Cafe” & diagonal opposite to MTR. 

  

Before I get down to the food, let me introduce you to “Five Star Chicken”. I’ll be giving you a brief and also information from the interactive session with the team. 

 

The bloggers & five star team having a chat, before the food arrived.
 

Brief insights of Five star Chicken: 

  • It was launched in 1985 in Thailand. 
  • It’s one of the most popular brands in Asia, with global presence in 9 countries with 7000 outlets. 
  • Has its own state of art infrastructure for storage and distribution. Uses the Farm to Food concept.
  • As it operates its own farms, the chickens are 25% more bigger than its competitors. 
  • It adapts itself to the country’s taste. 

Indian Story, 

  • Launched its first store in Nov 2012, in Bangalore.
  • Has 340+ stores growing rapidly in south India. 
  • Offers Indian Tastes along with the Thai ones. 

Now, that’s a very formal insight to Five Star Chicken. Let’s get informal shall we? 

As a majority of the population in India are “Vegetarians”, well me included ( though, there are Achilles heel points in life, like mummy’s Shammi kabobs & Haleem, Get togethers or weddings, where its offensive to say no to chicken based dishes) five star chicken would have been facing a certain “prejudiced notion”. A psychological taboo, created by the pure vegetarian mind, when the name says, “Five Star Chicken”.

  

Let me tell you, that the vegetarians have nothing to worry, instead they oughta have news to be glad about. “Five Star Chicken” has come up with delicious quick bites to satiate your pangs on the go.  They have neutralised the name, logo, etc.. to give assurance to the vegetarian masses that, their patronage is as important as the non vegetarians. 

  

We discussed with the team about how much of a control do they maintain on vegetarian products & non vegetarian products. They assured us that, not only are the equipments different but even minute details like knives are separated from the non vegetarian kitchens. 

  

The team was headed by the beautifully talented “Shagufta”, she interacted and was prompt and confident about what she was offering us. I was ever so impressed with her panache. 

 

chef prabhmeet in black, blogger Hiral Amodia, Sushma in red & shagufta in blue
 

We had “Chef Prabhmeet” take over with his in depth knowledge about the flavours & the ingredients of each dish. He conducted the interactive session with a lightning smile. What a pleasure it was chatting up with him.

Now, it’s the virtual indulge time:

Non vegetarian Menu:

  • Thai Crispy Chicken : All the N.V Blogger’s loved this chicken. They said it was juicy, marinated well & crunchy. They were in love with the batter. The Thai flavours weren’t overpowering, they were subtle and the chicken had a distinct tang to it. They said it was better than the competitors “Fried Chicken”.

  

  • Crunchy Masala Chicken: This is what my friends called “Indian Chatpatta”, for a lack of better English counterpart, I’d say “Spicy”. This was much enjoyed by all. The chicken had a great crunchy batter, which Chef Prabhmeet told us was due to a blend of secret processing & flour. He quoted “It’s something that I can’t duplicate at home”

  

  • Chicken Popcorn: These are tiny bits of chicken, dunked generously in batter. For this, I’m gonna be quoting my son, “Immi, Arham wants poppon chicken more”. It’s something my nearly 3 year old loves. It’s one of the staples at home & something everyone enjoys!!

  

  • Hungry Bird Burger : Another favourite of the son! He loves it super yes!! The burger garnered a good response from all, said it was perfect for quick bite. The patty was crunchy & flavourful. 


  • Chicken Biryani : The Blogger’s found this to be quite palatable & didn’t have any qualms with it. 

  

Vegetarian Menu: 

  • Vegetarian Burger: The burger wasn’t something that you would classify as great, but it certainly was good. The patty was crunchy and flavourful, the bite had a crunch to it & it was fulfilling. 

  

  • Vegetarian Rolls: This was clearly my favourite one. The patty was the same one as in the vegetarian burger, but this one just took it up the notch. I would have loved the onions caramelised and some honey mustard with gherkins maybe. I mean, that would’ve made it a hot seller then & there. 

  

  

  • Peri Peri Fries : I, hate Peri Peri fries. I mean the overwhelming chilli & tang doesn’t help me like it. But, the ones at Five Star Cafe had me fall in love with it so much that I ordered a few portions today at the nearest kiosk. They were delectable. No overpowering, no weird after taste & certainly no rubbing your nose. 

  

  • Cheese Corn Nuggets : I loved these so much, I shamelessly ordered for a 2 nd helping. The generosity of the mozzarella blew me over. The sweetness of corn with the cheesiness of melt in your mouth mozzarella, made this a hit among all. 

  

  • Aloo Paratha: The good thing was, the paratha filling was amazing, authentic Punjabi masaledaar one. The bad thing was, it kinda felt soggy. That could have been due to the fact that I ate it late, but I wish it had more crunch to it. But, I’m not complaining because it did eat 3 pieces of it & loved it. It didn’t need any pickle to go with it btw. 👍🏻👍🏻

   

 

  • Vegetable Biryani: Now, this was an absolute surprise for me. I, was expecting a below average or mediocre kinda biryani. The first bite swayed me over with its subtle “Pulao” like taste. The biryani was an instant hit & everyone scored it more than its non vegetarian counterpart. The biryani was filled with veggies & the taste was just commendable. 

  

My Recommends : (Non vegetarian by the hubster, as we ordered everything home today) 

  1. Chicken Popcorn
  2. Masala Crunchy Chicken
  3. Thai Crispy Chicken
  4. Cheese Corn Nuggets
  5. Peri Peri Fries 
  6. Vegetarian Roll
  7. Vegetable Biryani

My suggestion: 

It’d be great if the rolls and burgers had more to them, like honey mustard, pickles, gherkins or so. I’d love it if the onions were caramelised & the paratha more crunchy. 

What to watch out for? 

In the course of couple of months,  ” Five Star Chicken” is going to come up with more vegetarian options & is consciously considering the huge vegetarian market that’s out there. They are consistently working forward to make themselves more appealing to the vegetarians. So, it’s a win – win situation for us!!

Verdict: Go for it!! The pricing is super competitive, I can vouch that it’s much lesser than the generic brands. 100% halal. No compromise on quality or taste for the dirt cheap pricing. Vegetarians have nothing to be skeptical about. 

Rating : 4/5 stars

 

The groupie with five star team & FBAB members
 

P.S: The logo images have been sourced from http://www.google.com and are not mine to credit. The group photo is the property of FBAB and has been used for reference purposes only.

Honey Twigs- Product Review.

Who doesn’t love honey? Aren’t we all a big or a minuscule version of “Winnie The Pooh”? We all have bottles of honey, stored in our pantries. Big, sticky & caramelly bottles, sitting on the shelf calling out to you when you make those pancakes or brew up that tea or when you just feel under the weather. 

   

 Apart from just being a sweet tooth pacifier, we all know the immense benefits of honey. One of my super favourite things to do with honey is making the “Green tea & Honey” mask, for intense hydration & glow. But, I’m not here to talk about all those stuffs. I’ll tell you what I’m gonna be chatting up with you today. 

When you think of honey, what’s the physical characteristic that comes to your mind first? 

  • Sticky
  • Messy or
  • Runny

  

Isn’t that so? What if you decide to have honey on the go or what if you decide, you want a non messy alternative for honey consumption? What do you do?

Non-messy & honey are quite irrelevant. Not anymore!! Honey can now be your messy hillbilly, who has metamorphosed into a dapper tuxedo clad bloke. 

Yes!! Honey has a new makeover😍😍 Forget those messy, stuck on the lid & dripping from the side honey jars. 

Suck it up, oh naive one. Ummm.. I meant that literally. Don’t look at me like that. Geez!!  

Honey has a new avatar called “Honey Twigs”. Honey now comes in portion sized twigs, which save you the hassles of unwanted “Mouth-robe Malfunctions”. These are on the go tube packs, which you just open & suck it up. It’s that easy.   

“HONEY TWIGS” 😋 The best part about these twigs is, you really can just throw these in your bag & just go ahead. They do inculcate, a habit of good decision making.   

What I, mean by that is…from the time I’ve had these babies, I tend to reach for them instead of a chocolate. Chocolates get messy in your bags btw. These days, I order my green tea in a café & instead of the unhealthy sugar packs that come along with it, I rip open a “Honey Twig” & enjoy my tea.

My oh my!! The luxuries of life. Hey!! Did I forget to mention that, Honey Twig is anything but a luxury product?? Man..this stuff is super affordable for all that I know.  10 twigs cost you Rs.70/- 

Now, let’s talk about the liquid gold encased in the twig.. Wondering where it’s sourced from or whether it’s just a packaging gimmick, with no surety? Rest assured, that the liquid gold inside is as natural as it gets. The honey is sourced from the Himachal & Punjab. They have 2 super awesome flavours. 

  • Multiflora Honey
  • Litchi Honey

Multi flora Honey : It’s a subtle honey, that has been sourced from a variety of flowers. The honey is antibiotic free too. 

 
Litchi Honey: This is a comparatively sweeter honey & has been sourced from the litchi orchards of Muzzafarpur. 

I, personally prefer the Multi Flora Honey due to its subtle sweetness. 

Now, most of you would be skeptical about the plastic tube. You must be wondering if, it’s a good idea relishing it from plastic. The good news is… The plastic packaging is completely food grade & you really shouldn’t worry about it. They have maintained a extreme standard stringency while producing the packaging.

How I use my Honey Twigs: 

  • Perfect for pancake toppings, muesli, cornflakes & toast.
  • Perfect amount of honey in each twig for my “Honey & Green tea mask.
  • For sweetening my green tea.
  • Snacking option for my little one. He loves popping these tubes along with almonds for his supper.

Verdict: This is a highly convenient product, that eliminates the physical problems faced while consuming honey. You don’t need spoons, stirrers or anything. All you gotta do is pop! 

So, this scores high on my scanner, as it’s affordable, convenient & non messy. A must have on dining tables along with our table butters. ❤️❤️

P.S: Winnie the Pooh & Honey jar images are sourced from http://www.google.com These have been used for reference only. All credit goes to the owners of the images. 

P.P.S: This is an unsponsored post. All views are my own. 

Curtain Raiser to Young Chef Olympiad 2016.

And you pondered deeply, with creased foreheads & frown lines, that you’ve seen it all. Let’s ease those creases & frowns & let me give you a yogic breathing session. 

After the deep breaths, things are gonna be pumping up. Ooh!! I’ve just received a weather forecast. 

ACHTUNG!! WEATHER FORECAST:

Foodies, Bloggers & Media influencers, spot a pots & pans rattling hurricane, heading towards India with spices & produce. Expected to arrive by 26 th January 2016. Please prepare yourself with aprons & mise en place. 

Whoa!! What was that about?? Noorain, better spill those beans & make some baked bean salad 😋😋

You know, that i love food. You know, that I love socialising. You know, that I love trying out new stuffs (probably you didn’t, but imma telling you anyway). Now, let’s imagine all those 3 things on 1 ginormous platform. 1 platform that’s the everything of the Culinary World. 1 platform that’s a dream for doe eyed chefs. 1 platform that’s gonna stand testimony, to the culinary hurricane that’s gonna be engulfing India, in a few days. 
Let’s welcome the YOUNG CHEF OLYMPIAD on the 26th of January 2016, conducted by IIHM. The event is backed by Ministry of Tourism, India. 😍😍

I, was invited over by team FBAB, Chef Bibhuti is always a charm, by giving his association members the best events to witness. 

The event was conducted at I.I.H.M- Bangalore. It was hosted by our beautiful hostess Miss Shalini Charles, who gave us an insight of what was going to take place, in the course of the following days. 

The YCO is a very ambitious project, which promises to tap in raw talent present in every culinary student. It’s an interactive event, where 67 countries will be participating to unveil their talented Young Chefs. All of them will be ferociously competing for the title & a grand sum of USD 10,000/- 

The prelims will be held in 3 cities & on 29th in Bangalore. Kolkata will witness the finale.

 

 

The evening, then progressed to Chef Shaun Kenworthy, magically concocting up a beautiful fusion dessert called “A trifle Indian”. It was a merging of East & West. Ginger snaps in orange zest with Mishti doi & Spun sugar.  

What mesmerised me was the way, he spun sugar outta the caramel on a whisk in just minutes. That scene, in a very uncanny way, reminded me of that childhood fairytale called “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Remember, the Emperor wants the most luxurious set of clothes for the parade & he summons spindle weavers, who spin invisible threads of Gold? 😂😂 The story altered here..

  

 Well, here Chef Shaun was the one with the INVISIBLE spindle & spun VISIBLE threads of Gold outta thin air. He certainly, didn’t need it to strike midnight nor did he need the privacy. Off he went, spinning magic. 

  

 
We, then had the immense pleasure of having a tête a tête-à-tête with the Infallible Chef Abhijit Saha. *water please* 

It’s always so overwhelming to meet, someone who has made India & more specifically Bangalore proud. My nerves had me cracking up, all I could so was smile like a buffoon looking at him . Yes, I’m fangirling here. He’s the mastermind behind “Caperberry & Fava”, need I say more??

  

   

Fondly called as “Bangalore’s Masterchef”, Chef Abhijit Saha was filled with humility, wisdom & eloquence. His warm personality, swayed us all. If, Chef Abhijit Saha was a dish, he’d be a nice Moroccan Mushroom Tagine that warms you up & makes you feel good.    

 The event ended with the talented students of IIHM, tickling our tummies with delicious finger foods & short eats. What a well manicured & primed lot they were. Here’s a little sneak peek of the tickle session.   

  
    

Quick bites in deepa’s plate!!
  
Deep blue.. a mix of pineapple juice & mango juice.. yumm!
 

Also, a great effort by team Nucleus for organising the event so effortlessly. Special mention to Taranjeet & Vinay for chatting up with us bloggers. 

Selfie with the beautiful student Bhuvi & my dear friend Deepa!
 

Another special mention to 3 IIHM students, who I could remember. Bhuvi, Manoj & Satya for making us feel so good. They even gave us cupcake goodie bags. Man!! They were delicious 😋😋

Here’s a pic of the students, Miss Shalini, Chef Abhijit Saha & Chef Shaun Kenworthy.  

For all the students, who will be participating in the YCO, here’s a big hug & best wishes from me. May the best one win!!  

Our Chef BB is always a poser, its a joy to see, what pose he strikes in each groupie!! 👍🏻
 

I’ll be there, inshallah to witness the prelims live in Bangalore, will you??


P.S: The group photo belongs to Chef BB & has been used only for reference purpose. 

Kerrygold Cheese- A review

Boy!! I love Irish cheese. Well, technically, any cheese for that matter. But.. The Old Country, Irish cheese, it’s something else. It isn’t a surprise that Irish Cheeses claim to be one of the best in the world. For example, the “Killeen Goat Cheeses or BlueBell Falls Goat Cheeses” These are just my top loves, from Ireland. 

Keeping that love pulsating through my veins, I found “Kerry Gold”, at a farmers market. What attracted me was this little figurine.   

Hahahahaa… Isn’t it Amazeballs cute?? Then, it just happened. I was naive & birdbrained. Obnoxiously yes!! All, this while, I had whisked away the thought of Irish Cheese being available in Bangalore. 

I mean, “Pffff.. No way. I’m super informed & conceited” Look at my pretty “Know it all” eyebrow dance.  

Irish Cheese has been retailing in Bangalore for the past year or so, under KerryGold. The thing I love about this brand, is the fact, that the cheese is just so creamy, rich & so milky. I mean, you eat these cheeses and you know, you have a full bodied product and not just some lean & emancipated thing called cheese.   

The cows are grass fed & there is a high level of stringency by the book. They have an awesome advertising campaign called “Grass to Gold”. How true does that ring?? 

Check out the divine Dubliner & Cheddar Fondue below:   

My favourite cheeses & recent hauls from the brand are :   

  • The renowned “Dubliner”.
  • The Mature Cheddar. 

Dubliner : Aaah!! There’s nothing, I can say, that will do justice to the feeling I get, when I have this melted between Rye bread & an excellent Alfredo for pasta & corn bakes. 

  

The Dubliner from KerryGold is undoubtedly, the best product in the brand, according to my palate. It’s made outta cows milk & uses a vegetarian rennet. It’s aged for a good year to develop the taste. What puts this above levels is the dual character of this cheese. It’s a hybrid. Believe me on that! Where it behaves like a sharp aged Cheddar, it also behaves like a Swiss & Parmesan hybrid with the nutty & sweet lingering of the taste. The Cheese is crumbly and I, honestly love the pasty texture. There is a distinct calcium crystal crunch in the cheese, which is really mild & is another character of this cheese. 

The secret remains, about how the Dubliner is made & who cares, as long as we feast on this baby? 

Price: Rs.565/- for 200gms

 

2) The Mature Cheddar: We all love some full bodied cheddar. It’s everywhere, every second cheese is a cheddar in the market. The reason you need this “Mature Cheddar”, is for the sole reason of that creamy sharpness, which comes with being aged for a year. It was the perfect thing for Mac & Cheese!! 

Gee…it was a pleasure. I have a thing for older & matured Cheeses (Though, that necessarily doesn’t apply to my personal life😁) I see an aged cheese & I have to get my hands on it. The whole bodied sharpness, which is never satiated in normal cheeses gets sorted. 👍🏻

Price: Rs.495/- for 200 gms

Each of these cheese blocks came with recipe cards, which I have to say were MINDBLOWING yum. 

  

Verdict: You really must indulge, if you love cheese ❤️❤️

I must, include my beautiful hostess over here, who I found promoting the brand. She’s such a wonderful person. Radha!! You go girl 😁😘

  


Mani’s Yummy Sweet Cocktail- Product Review

Umm.. My story’s pretty much the same. Food gives me a phantasmagoria of life, where life is made out of panacotta, croquembouche, & saffron tuiles! Quite an absurd imagination, I possess? But the facts remain strong, life is all about making your passion, a part of your essence. Don’t beat yourself up, when you’re faced with the twirly morass, that life throws at you. Let’s remember our passions make us more congruent to lead a life. Your passion is your secret weapon, a trait that distinguishes you from the rest. Love it, nurture it & cherish it. ❤️❤️❤️

Now, for the review. Sorry, for The unsolicited advice, but it’s definitely something, I thought I’d share. 

We all face the dilemma of having  to skip lunch or breakfast or the dilemma of what to fill yourself up with at “Pang hours” or the dilemma of just making unhealthy choices.

 I’m a huge shape shifter, as in, I keep shifting from being a good girl to a bad one. One day, I’m gonna eat all the veggies & the other day, I’m gonna munch binge on fries. 

But, from the past few months, my dilemmas aren’t that ghoulish. They seem sorted. One of the ways, I battle it, is with these on the go packs of goodness. The company “Mani”, has been stringent in maintaining the quality of their products. On that note, let me just say,”holy guacamole, their products are just my must haves. “  

They have a varied product range & it’s great, to know that “Mani” has received a lot of accolades for being the best in business. Today, I’m gonna talk about my recent binge snack. It’s the “Yummy- Sweet Cocktail”. 

This is a delicious & a nutritious blend of fruit & nuts. You have almonds, pistachios, cashews, sultanas, pineapple & papaya pieces. The sweet- salt combination of this cocktail is simply marvellous. Apart, from being great in taste, this has a super power punch of nutrition. 

 

So, the next time you feel like making a bad decision, undo it by popping a pack of this. Wishing these babies start retailing in India soon!! 😍😍🙏🏼