It’s been a crazy
week ten days. Totally crazy.
Jennie and I are working hard on our dream project, and we’ve been off to a good start. Working on your dream project means you do everything: the fun things like tasting 4 different strawberries, eating at different places in the name of “research” as well as the not-so-fun-things like cleaning the floors, carrying 18 kilos of pork belly on the Métro (strong Jennie!) and standing on our feet for 23 hours straight making batches of dough until the KitchenAid motor begins to hop about the table. We did all this as a part of our pilot project for Europe’s biggest B-school sports tournament and we did pretty darn well, selling over 400 pork buns! After this, I think I can safely add steamed bun-maker to my CV.
This post is published in association with Thorntons Chocolate
Photo credit: Andreas Ivarsson
There aren’t many no-bake recipes on this blog, and this rocky road recipe helps fill that little void. This one’s easy: melt chocolate with butter, fold in a bunch of ingredients and pour it all into a mould to set for a few hours and cut up into squares. Once you’ve got your chocolate base ready, you can also adapt the recipe to use your favourite nuts and dried fruits. [read more…]
This morning while I was emailing Arjun some shops to go to in Barcelona to bring back olive oil and chorizo, I got distracted by blogs filled with photos of padrón peppers and patatas bravas. But what really stuck in my head was something I hadn’t tried in Barcelona before: chocolate with salt and olive oil. A little more digging revealed a popular dessert at Tapas 24: Xcolat with olive oil and salt. That’s a project for another day, but today, I needed something quick to get a taste of all those flavours together, and the perfect solution lay in Ferran Adrià Family Meal Cookbook.
I’ve got to admit, I’m not one of those people who always picks a corner piece of a brownie or the first slice of a freshly-cut pound cake. I’ll let others have it. I much prefer the soft, gooey or buttery (as the case may be) interior. Inadvertently, one fine afternoon, I came across a hazelnut cake that changed my whole perception of crusty bakes, making it quite possibly the first time I’ve truly appreciated the crust of a cake.
I’m a lazy cook when it comes to cooking for one.
I’ll go to great lengths to cook a meal when I have company, and even take a three hour drive to break bread with friends – but when it comes to fixing myself a meal, I’ll look for as easy way out.
I usually shop for groceries and produce a few times a week, and don’t really stock up my refrigerator. If you peek inside, you’ll usually find jars of jams and mustards, cheese, butter, cans of coconut water and Elderflower syrup and what ever Indian household can never be without: ginger and fresh green chillies (garlic as well, but that sits on the counter-top).