April 2017

Devil’s chicken!

Pollo alla diavola is one of the first dishes I learnt to make at a cookery workshop I attended when we moved to the Netherlands. Up until then my repertoire of Italian cuisine was limited to pizza and pasta (especially the kind you pick up the phone and order / comes in a box and is ready in a few minutes). I cooked this yesterday and I can proudly say I’ve come a long way.

Pollo alla diavola

Pollo alla diavola

Vegetarian cauliflower and paneer pakodas (fritters)

If Oggie is awake while I’m cooking I like to put him in his rocker and place him just outside the kitchen where he can watch me cook. This also gives us the opportunity to have deep conversations about the latest kitchen appliances, the ingredients I’m cooking with and smell some spices. Today when I decided to make these cauliflower and paneer pakodas I wasn’t sure about the kind of binder I wanted to use. So I held up two fingers and asked him to choose between chickpea flour and cornstarch. He very cutely grabbed both fingers with his hands and that ultimately ended up being a great choice.

Vegetarian cauliflower and paneer fritters

Vegetarian cauliflower and paneer fritters

RECIPE: Okonomiyaki

This is my recipe  for Okonomiyaki, but you can add anything to it.
1. Cook bacon / panchetta until the fat is rendered. Set aside the bacon and in the bacon fat cook finely sliced onions and cabbage. The onions should be light brown and the cabbage should still have a crunch. Take it off the heat.
2. Add finely chopped pickled ginger (optional) to the onion and cabbage mix above. Add bacon and salt and pepper to taste.
3. In a bowl whisk eggs and add the above cabbage mix to it.
4. Cook it in a pan until it’s done on both sides.

To serve:
1. Sprinkle some toasted nori flakes and finely chopped spring onions on the omelette
2. Spoon some mayonnaise onto the omelette. Also mix of Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and soya sauce and spoon this onto the omelette
3. Finally add bonito flakes / katsuobushi



Popped lotus seeds in a dessert!

When I connected with my schoolmates a few weeks ago little did I imagine it would trigger the start of a new kind of education – food education. Presenting makhane ki kheer made out of popped lotus seeds which until a few days ago I didn’t know existed, let alone cooked with.