Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Last weekend we went to this restaurant named SOHO/TUSCANA situated in a very popular area of Pune. Here is a gist of our experience -
SOHO(North Indian cuisine) and TUSCANA(Italian Cuisine) are 2 restaurants in the same place and you can order from either of them.
Ambience - Was Okay. What I loved is, it is a huge place with lots of distance between the tables which gave us lots of space to park our stroller and when my little one cried there was even space for us to push the stroller around the table. It was supposed to be a high end restaurant, although I would have preffered nicer chairs and plates.
Order - We ordered Vegetable Kebabs(starter), Vegetable Kadai, Garlic Naan and from Tuscana we ordered Putanesca sauce in spaghetti.
Taste - Everything came with a boat load of butter, so naturally it was tasty. The kebabs were very dry and I would not order them again. The vegetable kadai was really good. It didnot have the usual tomato sauce(I am tired of this), which was a welcoming change. It did have a variety of vegetables. The naans were dipped in butter, other than that, they had lots of garlic and it was a good combination of soft and crispy. It was not burnt like naans in most of the other places. Coming to the pasta, I had great doubt in the standards of an italian dish in India. But I was proven wrong. The spaghetti was cooked right and the sauce was delicious. I knew Putanesca sauce meant lot of olives and since I am not a big fan of olives, I ordered it with hesitation. But it was great. It had just the right amount of olives and herbs. The best part was that there was a lot of sauce for the spaghetti. I hate it when the sauce is too less for the pasta. I like it when there is extra sauce for every mouth. Even my 5 year old, who is a very very picky eater loved this meal.
I would have enjoyed it if it had a little less butter and a little more in quantity.
To sum up, It was a great restaurant and I wouldn't mind frequenting it.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
1. What everyone wants.....30 hour days.
2. A laptop with atleast 10 hour battery life and takes only 2 mins to recharge.
3. A law that states women should be provided with a healthy and tasty breakfast every Saturday and Sunday in bed at 8 AM.
4. Cheese, Chocolates, fried items, Pizza, butter, ghee become the healthiest items to eat. Ok fine, I'll add fruits and vegetables to the list.
5. An understanding girlfriend who knows exactly what to tell you and when and preferrably lives closeby.
6. Never stuck in traffic and the lights are always green.
7. The power to know when you are about to take bad decisions.
8. The power to forget bad memories.
9. A pet that cleans and feeds itself.
10. A TV channel that plays FRIENDS episodes all the time 24/7 without commercials.
11. Hair that is black and thick and never gets grey.
12. Pollution and corruption free India.
13. A real chill pill that works.
14. A stable IT industry.
15. Awesome neighbors and workmates.
16. Grocery store, cloth store, bank, school, office, restaurant, park and lake only a few steps from your house.
16. An answer to all my questions.
I am sure there are many more. But these are the ones that came to my mind. ....my very very very very unrealistic wish list.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Egg Curry -
Needed - Lots of diced onions, diced tomatoes, boiled eggs, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, garam masala(optional).
In a heated pan, add oil and lots of it(I use Olive oil). Add mustard seeds and jeera. Then add the onions and little salt. The salt helps the onions cook a little faster. When the onions are half cooked, add the tomatoes, the chilli powder, the turmeric powder, garam masala(optional) and salt. Do not add water. Cut the egg into halves. After the tomatoes and onions are fully cooked, add the egg and cook for 5 - 10 mins. Enjoy!
Pizza - I made this all from scratch, even the sauce
For the base - All purpose flour, active dry yeast, sugar and salt.
For the sauce - tomato sauce, diced fresh tomatoes, diced garlic and italian herb seasoning. I used the McCormick mixture and it had basil, Marjoram, thyme, rosemary, oregano, savory and sage. I am just writing this straight from the bottle. Just look for anything that has Basil.
Toppings - any cheese you want, but Mozzarella is a must. How else will you get that string of cheese falling from your plate?!. I used a mix of Parmesan and Mozzarella, onions, bell pepper.
To make the base - In a bowl of warm water, add a tsp of yeat, sugar and salt and leave it for 10-15 mins until it starts becoming foamy. Add this to the flour and mix it like chappathi flour until it is smooth. apply some olive oil on top of the dough, cover it with foil or plastic wrap and leave it for 1 - 2 hours until it doubles in volume and it does!
To make the sauce - In a heated pan, add olive oil and add the garlic and fresh tomatoes and little salt. once the tomatoes are cooked and mashed a little, add the tomato sauce. I also added a little tomato paste to get that red color. Then add the herbs seasoning. You don't have to cook this for a long time. Just get this mixture heated up and you are good to go.
To make the pizza - spread the dough, a little bit thicker and put it on the pizza pan. I actually bought a pizza stone. It was only $2 more than the pan and I know that it awesome for making naans. They come out really well. Heat the oven to 420 degrees and put just the base into the oven for about 15 mins. Then take it out and add your toppings and bake again for about 10 - 15 mins. Don't forget to sprinkle a little salt if you are using lots of vegetables for toppings. but use very less since cheese is salty. The recipes in internet ask you to put the toppings and sauce on the uncooked base and cook them together. but I found that the base doesnot cook properly if I do that. That's why I cook the base separately before adding the sauce and toppings. It is much easier when u actually do it. Enjoy!
Stuffed Baingan(borrowed from a friend) -
Needed - Brinjals, Onions, garlic, ginger, red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, basin flour, turmeric powder, red chilli powder.
Fry the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, besan flour, red chillies, turmeric powder and little salt and grind them all together. This is the stuffing. But my friend made another stuffing by grinding roasted peanuts, red chillies and salt and it was better than the besan flour stuffing.
Slit the brinjals and put them in sality warm water for half an hour.
Grind the onions, garlic and ginger and fry this paste in heated pan with oil. Once the mixture is cooked, add red chilli powder, garam masala, salt and a little water and let it cook some more. Stuff the brinjals with the stuffing and press them hard so they won't fall off. Add this to the mixture on the stove and cover it and let it cook. turn the brinjals slowly inbetween until everything is fully cooked. It tastes awesome. Enjoy!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
1. I hate coffee. Tasting even a single sip of coffee makes me feel nauseous for hours.
2. While the rest of the world counts calories and tries to lose weight, I have been trying hard to put on weight ever since I can remember. I have always been on the too thin side and had to wear selective dresses and hairstyles that makes me look plumpier(is this even a word? who cares. you know what I mean.) I proudly tell everybody that I put on 40 pounds during my pregnancy and even today am probably the only one who is scared to go the gym for fear of losing weight.
3. Hate makeup. Makes me feel fake. May be a little lipstick, that too only because my lips are very dark.
4. Doesnot care about my career very much. I love to work and earn, but would give it up in a heart beat if it means compromising even the smallest of things for my husband and daughter. Have done it before. This might not seem to be a big thing for others, but the fact is that I am really good at the work I do, if I can say so myself. I have been working in my current job for only a year now and am already the most important person in my team. I got a bonus on the first 3 months of working here(you are eligible for a bonus only after completing one year) and the work is hard core script writing, sql querying, sometimes worse than a developer kind of work. But as I said before, would give it all up without second thought if it comes even slightly in my way of my duties as a mom or wife.
5. Am scared of cats. Love dogs, but scared of cats.
6. I am comfortable only at 90 degree temperatures. Anything less than 80 is cold for me. and a couple of days back the high was 5 degrees in Fahrenheit!
7. Don't like sweets that much. ofcourse chocolates and icecream is fine, but don't like most of the Indian sweets, pies, cookies.
8. cannot absolutely eat cereal at all. I would rather faint with hunger than eat cereal. Nope not for me.
9. I am a very good cook. I mean really really good. I do sometimes make flop recipes, but 90% of my cooking will be unbelievably tasty. Guess I got that one from my mom...:)
Now all you busy, lazy, touring and wondering bloggers, haven't seen an update from you guys in a long time. Here is you next topic.....your "not so vanilla" list.......
and a Happy new Year To All!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Hey, look...I started this blog with nothing in mind, but I did end up blabbing for 50 lines!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Now coming to movies like Life in a metro and Mumbai salsa......I watched them back to back. After finishing it, I longed for movie without any extra marital affairs. Is this how it really is or have they concentrated it too much? Is having an affair so normal these days in India? what about one night stands? I was seeing a scene where the girl and the boy are falling in love. what I was expecting...girl and boy on the roof garden with a clear sky and stars and moon and they both looking into each others eyes and talking. what I saw....girl and boy in the roof garden, with clear skies and stars and moon...only, 15 beer bottles around them and the girl is challenging the guy on how fast she can drink the beer! Somebody please tell me that there are still college students who think a girl and boy just touching is a bad thing. So yeah, those 2 movies were a little out of the range for me, but still watchable.
when am I going to be a tamil movie fan again? When is Vijay and Ajith and Rajini going to act in age appropriate roles that mean something? when is Nayantara going to stop stripping? when is there going to be a good full length comedy movie that is going to make us laugh till our stomach's hurt? Tamil movie fans are waiting.......till then I will keep enjoying the reruns of old classics.