Dinner with Friends

If someone asks me how I got about to cook, it was purely for the love of entertaining. I look forward to good company and it’s a delight to be able to counter it with some good food. Yes, good food, sometimes, is just a call away to neighborhood food establishment or a caterer, but the real joy of entertaining is in cooking a meal in your very own kitchen, bringing out the bottle of wine, laying out a delicious spread and making the most of the meal that follows, of course, amidst some excellent company. …view the rest

Squid Pro Quo

It is funny how I actually started having meat, coming from a vegetarian background and to an extent a strict one; this did not leave me many opportunities to explore the other realm of food. My mother turned vegetarian the day she got married, not out of coercion but merely because she had had enough during her upbringing in Goa and to diligently follow the traditions of this household. It did not really matter to her as in her ancestral home she strictly followed the vegetarian course and was submissive only amongst her peers [she still reminisces about the food in her convent when I tell her about any new meat dish I might have eaten when traveling or reviewing a new restaurant] …view the rest

Potato, Potatoe – one and the same

It’s very awkward to be caught in a situation where you have to choose between two polarities but return to the same conclusion. A perennial problem in choosing options but the end result being the same can get quite frustrating. I recently experienced a darned catch 22 at work when all and sundry decided to take off on their yearly summer holidays with their respective families (with vacations from school et al) and there was this mad rush to block dates appropriate and adjustable to the family and non-clashing with work mates who have similar job profiles. In this crazy melee I was kind of left out of the whole ‘who goes when’ planning situation and was only part of it when I caught a glimpse of the list of dates and itinerary of my colleagues by fluke. …view the rest