Smoking food is an ancient technique. It is said that smoking dates back to the time of primitive cavemen. Seems caves or chimney-less huts had smoke trapped inside. When hunters would hangs meat in such dwellings, it would dry out with a distinct flavour and would remain preserved for long. That is how smoking began. Later the curing techniques were added where food was first put in salt or salty liquid (brine) and the smoked. As cooking processes evolved along with human beings, different varieties of smoking began to happen and special gadgets were also invented. But in my humble kitchen neither do I hav such gadgets nor the inclination to buy one. So I googled for techniques to smoke fish on stove-top. Here is the recipe based on my research about this amazing smoked fish which sure will tantalize you with it’s subtle flavours of tea and lemon.
Found this post in my drafts!! Wonder why I didn’t post it!!
So somewhere last year I tired making the Crème Brûlée…for a person who doesn’t speak French like me, this name sends shivers down the spine. But the process wasn’t that bad actually. This is one of the French desserts which is actually not that complicated as people make it seem!! It has various names like Creme Catalana, Cambridge Burnt Cream and so on…essentially it is a creamy custard made of yolks which is finished off by burning/carmelising a layer of sugar on top. It is said that François Massialot, the esteemed French chef who cooked for illustrious hot shots during 1690s invented this dessert. He was famous for his banquets at places like Château de Meudon, and Versailles. Interestingly, the English translation of the dish and similarity to another dish called the English Cream caused some confusion and made Crème Brûlée vanish from cookbooks till 1980s. During this time it reappeared as a symbol of self-indulgence and a restaurant popular!
Snap goes the crust 🙂
Without further ado, here is the recipe. I have adapted the recipe from my ‘Good Housekeeping Step-by-step Cookbook’ that was incidentally published in 1980!!
This last one year we haven’t posted anything on our Blog. But obviously that doesn’t mean we haven’t cooked or enjoyed experimenting new foods or recipes! We all have just been a bit lazy…ok very lazy and have been posting things directly on Facebook instead of writing here. As we are getting busier by the day in our lives, none of us had the time to cook or do elaborate things. So many of our recent recipes are simple to cook dishes with hacks to simplify complicated processes.
I am consolidating all those posts from Facebook, here to continue the tryst we made with this blog.
So it has been a year or more that we have touched this blog. Niloy says, Google must have archived it because we have not updated it for a while…but I still found it on the first page of the search, which is not bad, right?!
So to start things again on this blog I thought I will share a simple recipe, which is a healthy take on a traditional recipe. Although, I must say my relentless efforts to cook healthy stuff have often ended up as some Faux Pas moments! For instance, once I made apple muffins with super tiny amount of sugar. When the muffins were ready, we tasted them, and thought they needed more sugar. So I decided to sprinkle them with some sugar granules. Now in Australia, the white sugar and salt look identical as they have almost the same size of granules. And at that time I was also storing sugar and salt in two identical jars. So instead of sugar, I sprinkled the muffins with salt!! Niloy had planned to take some muffins for his office colleagues and I, with all my pride told him, “here are my lovely sugar kissed apple muffins for your friends!!” Later he called and told me that although everyone loved the muffins, some people asked, ‘did your wife use salted butter?’ 😛 Then is dawned on me…I had sprinkled salt instead of sugar!!! hahhahahahha…super funny!!
Then there was another time when I added parsnips and carrot in a sabudana khichdi (which is made of tapioca pearls and peanuts). Some authentic sabudana khichdi making friends called it a sacrilege! Niloy has still not forgiven me for that!! Be it poha (flattened rice cooked with onions and spices) or Maggi noodles, I keep adding peas, corn, beans and carrots to everything possible. In return I get Kolkata style ‘cholbe na’ type protests from Niloy too! But I continue my journey of healthy cooking.
So this morning I made Spinach and Cauliflower uttapam from an Adai batter.
Plumpy peppers…a really old but all time favourite with all categories of people…I, for instance love to cut it into half and see all the juices and stuffing ooze out..it is a big favourite among Europeans and Latin Americans who use a variety of ingredients to make the stuffing. Different countries have different names for it…like Bharva Mirch (India), Pimiento Rellenos (Spain), Dolmah (Balkan Countries), Punjena (Croatia), Yemista (Greek), and so on and so forth…The common fillings used are ground meat, fish, cheese, potatoes, corn, rice and herbs. At times I stuff them with boiled eggs too.
Oh and don’t you just love the colors??!!
Today am not posting a recipe…but just the pics of a very simple yet amazingly delicious dish..its my kinda comfort food 🙂
As usual…..I did the vanishing act, again 🙂 but have a good reason for that this time…Ma and Baba were here to stay with us in Melbourne…Oh! What a wonderful time we had together…visiting Tasmania where we went to Hobart, the 2nd oldest settlement of Australia and New Norfolk (a rusty old town rich in Antique shops dating back to World War II). We traveled a lot in the last few months, but in between I did cook..Baba and Ma, as you guys know, love variety and I wanted them to taste everything that isn’t easily available in India…from quails to new fish varieties like salmon, snapper, etc.., from veggies and fruits like fennel, butternut pumpkin, celery, persimmon, to ‘strange’ foods like raw oysters and mussels. In the next few posts I will share some of the recipes I that I made for them.
To start with lemme write about Shikampuri Kebab. Now the Mughals are praised for bringing in the concept of kebab to India. But it seems making kebab in different forms was a well-established tradition in India. The Rajputs made ‘Suley’ or smoked kebabs with the game meat they brought in from their hunting expeditions. To preserve the meat they would spice & pickle it and then cook it the next day over an open fire in the forest. When the Mughals came, they brought in their version of the kebabs and introduced the use of dried fruit, fragrances such as rose and kewda and nuts with the meat.
Interesting eh?! Anyways, going back to the post, here is the recipe.
Didi, Daibi, where have you guys vanished??? Our dear blog and I are really sad and missing you two..your comments, your posts and your photographs!! 😦 😦 Please take out some time from your busy schedules and write to me…please…
Last week my in-laws left for Kolkata…they stayed with us for 2.5 months and we really had a ball with them!! Did you guys know, that my Mother-in-law is also an awesome cook?!? Kya mast mast things she made!! Gobhi samosa (that we baked), Shakkar Paarey or as the Bongs say, Goja; Tamatar ka Achar (Tomato Pickle); Bengali Style Mutton er Chop (Cutlets) and Fish Fry; Chocolate Pudding; and numerous Bengali style veggies and curries!! For these last 2.5 months, really loads of cooking happened in my kitchen…I seldom do the Bengali regular meal of rice, daal (lentils), 1-2 veggies and a fish or chicken curry with some chutney or papod/bhaja/fritters. This is because, I think (and have successfully convinced Niloy too) that we have eaten this food all our lives and we will continue eating it once we are back in India. So it is better to try the veggies, fish, fruits and meats that are available here….cook world recipes from ingredients available here and try making Indian stuff from them too! What say? 🙂
Anyways, today am putting up a recipe of a biscuit tart. Its really easy and it is fabulous in every way..I made it for my in-laws and they loved it! I have tried out many variations of this, so feel free to tweak the recipe as per your likes…
Sinful Dark Chocolate and Brandy Butter Pecan Tart