Hello – Happy New Year to all of you! I had the pleasure of meeting Gordon Ramsay in October last year and found the above quote of his very compelling, specially for the state of mind I am always in. I am telling myself to absolve the essence of the quote into each and every cell that I have in my body. Otherwise, I will be doling out explanations that I think I owe to my readers and and myself… how could I write more than 30,000 words across 60 articles in 2016, but not a single word for my blog? Or why could I post more than 530 posts on my Instagram (@ishitaunblogged) but not a single image in this blog! I travelled to 4 different countries, eaten in more than 30 new restaurants, interviewed more than 20 chefs – a few with the Michelin fame, encountered several delicious moments – all of which deserve a space here.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ∼ George Eliot Images of Durga Pujo (the annual autumn festival for Bengalis worldwide when Goddess Durga descends upon earth and photobombs peoples’ selfies!) have started to flood across Facebook and its drilled in my head thousand times over … Read More Moong Daaler Payesh or Yellow Lentil Pudding | Autumnal Sunshine Of The Eternal Mind!
It is just 3 days past my birthday – and belated birthday wishes are still pouring in on Facebook. And I ain’t any celebrity. Social media makes you feel like one though – of course, if you choose it that way and keep your birth date visible in the settings. I chose to – because, face it… which other day would friends (as in all … Read More Payesh or Rice Pudding For My Birthday | Power of Gratitude Messages
Again a folder full of unpublished drafts – each draft vying for equal attention. How could this delicious wonder remained lying in the folder – all because Mum-in-law wasn’t sure about the proportions of this recipe. Like most recipes of hers. And like most mums of her generations. No ifs and buts, no guessing… the measurements have to be perfect. And hence, the perfect … Read More Pudding of Love | Mum-In-Law’s Special Caramel Custard
A good spicy challenge strikes a balance between flavour and fear. ∼ Adam Richman I have been told that the first blogpost in a New Year is very symbolic… it’s kind of a vision board as to what I am hoping for in this new year. And to pin down on that vision board cum first blogpost took me so long that we are … Read More Spicy Baby Potatoes or Aloor Dum – Kolkata Street Style!
Merry Christmas Everyone! Here’s to a sip into a hot Mulled Wine bellowing up some smokey dreams in the air, a sniff into the Christmas chill and freezing hands trembling with excitement inside the gloves… yes, it’s that time of the year when happiness is suspended in bubbles in the wine and stuck in the grease of the Turkey gravy. Well that was our … Read More Countdown To 2015 | Oh My Mulled Wine Over Christmas!
If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant? ∼ Martin Scorsese But for the rest of us who don’t have Italian mothers, we have to learn! The Italians had been in town recently. Not one, not two, but more than 40 Italian Master Chefs from Italy and around the world, 25 of them associated with Michelin starred restaurants. The 6th … Read More Learning To Cook Risotto The Italian Way And A Creamy Brothy Recipe of Risotto Alla Milanese
Eid Mubarak and Shubho Bijoya to all of you! Born a Hindu and brought up embracing all faiths, I am always amazed to find how different festivals from different faiths almost always coincide with each other – as if underlining my belief that we are ultimately bound by only one faith – that of humanity. It is all destined. Much like how my feature … Read More Bhapa Mishti Doi and A Food Safari of Bengal | BBC GoodFood ME
Every one who knows me, knows my love for Galouti Kababs. Galauti Kababs melt me down, always… as the spiced up minced kebabs melt in my mouth. Galauti Kabab always deserved a separate post in my blog and I had enough material to write on this. But with a hands-on experience on how to make real Galoutis in a Masterclass, that too in the Dum … Read More Ananta in Oberoi Dubai | For The Love Of Galouti Kababs, Here’s The Royal Recipe
Merry Christmas everyone! While a festive wine is being mulled for the next post with Prague captured during Christmas, this one captures our experience with the gingerbread houses and the gingerbread Macarons that filled up our dining table – for a while! One Materclass down and basking in the glory of having decorated two gingerbread houses – one in my Masterclass with Chef Alannah … Read More Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Macarons | Merry Christmas Everyone!
I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween in India. Nor Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day or Father’s Day for that matter. I don’t belong to the black and white generation either. But just like the tabs and the smartphones that have invaded our lives in a way that I don’t even remember the days when we didn’t have them, now I can’t even recall those … Read More Kumro Bhaaté or Mashed Pumpkin Bengali Style And I Ask What The Heck Was Halloween?
Biryani. And that too, Kolkata Biryani. Two words that are enough to make my life complete. And I think that I pulled up a great act in holding my Kolkatan head high, cooking a pot full of Biryani in front of a live audience. I didn’t burn the place down as I spoke over the microphone, amidst ridiculous hand movements, trying to churn out … Read More Kolkata Biryani | Cooking The Royal Dish In Lafayette Gourmet