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Celery Chutney

  • 4 cups celery, chopped
  • 8 tbsps garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Ajinomoto Heat the oil on medium Add garlic and let it brown for 2 minutes Add the Celery and the salts Cook until it reduces for 7-10 mins Add the soy sauce and let it cook for 2-3 mins

Chicken Recipies

I know this is not the purpose of my blog. I am not supposed to post recipes, since I am no chef. My mother gave me these recipes some time back. I decided to try some of them out and they came out surprisingly well, so i think its time to share them.

1) Chicken TikkaChickenTikka

Ingredients: 1)Chicken Pieces(very imp) 2)Garlic Paste, Chilli Paste, Ginger Paste, Hung Curd (Hang curd in cloth for 3 hours so all water comes out) 3)Kasuri methi(Fenugreek), Garam Masala,Chilli Powder, Black Salt, Mustard Oil, Coriander Powder. Method: Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roast chicken on charcoal

2) Pahadi KababDSCN1293

Ingredients: 1)Chicken pieces 2)Paste of Ginger, Garlic, Fresh Coriander, Chilli, Mint. 3)Garam Masala, Mustard Oil, Fresh Methi (Fenugreek), Chat Masala(in the end) Method: Mix all ingredients with the chicken and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roast the chicken on charcoal

3) Reshmi KababReshmi Kabab

Ingredients: 1)Sauté breast pieces of chicken 2)Gram Flour, Hung Curd, Cream. 3)Butter, Kaju(Cashew) Powder, Mava(Khoa) , White Pepper,Ajmo(Aniseed) Method: In a frying pan put all ingredients and make a paste and let it cool .Then add the chicken pieces, mix well and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roast on charcoal

Prego - Florence

Not the sauce. Stop being ignorant. The word means welcome amongst other things in Italian. Life in Italy revolves around food drink and art from what i observe.

I have gotten quite used to taking 2 hour lunches of gourmet food. It is very gratifying. My first day in Italy was also my 21st birthday so it was a really special day overall. The fact that I can now legally drink kind of loses it significance here where every meal incorporates a glass of wine or a beer with it. But other than that the day started off pretty well . Karan, Henry and Sonya came over from Lausanne to Florence to celebrate my birthday with Puneet and me and got me some tiramisu for the cake :)

I started off the day walking around looking at the most magnificent dome I have ever seen yet. It is a colossal building that makes everything around it very minuscule. The Duomo and the Bargello Museum were pretty fun too. We ended up 'running into' Karan and them somewhere by a museum and decided to walk around and head for dinner.

Dinner if I had to rate it was one of the top 3 dinner's I have ever had in my life. This restaurant called Il Latini had really good food and they got us an unreal amount of alcohol for 35 Euros which is a better deal then anywhere else in Europe(i think?) I thank Sonya for showing us the restaurant and making my birthday a lot better than it already was.

After dinner was kind of a haze. We went to some open air club/bar scene by the hotel and danced around to some Techno which apparently only I appreciate. It was funny when they played hip hop. All the Europeans got off the dance floor and kinda slowed down. Their dance style is not the typical dance that puneet likes back in America ;)

Anyway Just look at my pictures to see what Florence looks like.

Culinary Aesthetics

Today being a Sunday unleashes the laziest part of me. My biggest concern on most Sunday afternoon's is what I should eat for lunch so that I'll be happy for the rest of the day. Today seemed to be my lucky day.

Saurabh,Puneet and I decided to go to this Burger place called Five guys because of the good reviews it got from Saurabh's previous visit and Nehal's recent visit. Let me tell you this; when you get to Five guys it is everything you'd expect at an 'All-American' restaurant. Great food does not even begin to describe the cheeseburgers you get at this place. They are almost cooked to perfection. It is a sizable chunk of meat on the sandwich with a variety of classic American burger toppings and the biggest serving of fries you will ever see for ordering a Regular.(one cup plus some sort of bonus tray which covers your entire bag with fries)

Unlike most restaurants, i was really surprised about how much these people care about the quality of their food and overall customer satisfaction.The most interesting part of this whole meal was the presence of peanuts on my table. I have never had an unlimited number of servings for peanuts anywhere.EVER.( They appeal to my palate a lot).

They keep it simple. Everything you order complements each other. All this for 7$. I highly recommend this place for anyone who eats meat( or not). You will find something to please you at this fabulous burger joint.

You would think that this would keep me happy for the rest of the day. It did, not to mention that I also got sleepy after. Saurabh decided to cook some pasta for dinner, so we shopped at whole foods for some stuff for our dinner. Most of our day revolved around eating today if you haven't noticed yet. Dinner was an interesting event with a lot of mishaps, partly because of the fact that we are all unexperienced cooks. But we ended up cooking a very satisfying meal with the following dishes:

  • Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with sundried tomatoes and Cheese
  • Penne in Vodka Sauce
  • Grilled Chicken Cutlets
  • An Apple Walnut cake( probably the best cake you will ever eat) As you can tell food pleases me a lot. Fine dining is like an art. I don't quite have the ability to distinguish the best of what I eat yet. But I do try to sample a lot of things to see what I perceive as fine dining.Hopefully some day it shall be more of a natural thing for my taste buds. For now I shall keep myself pleased by watching Top Chef on Bravo which by the way is an excellent show.

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