Of Updates and Olive Oil

July 16, 2010

Garlic Infused Oil

Things have been a little quiet on the blog, but it’s quite the opposite in the Purple Foodie kitchen.

Last week, friends who run a Bombay-based lifestyle website coaxed me into selling my bakes. Just two days after that conversation, The Purple Foodie Catering was born. “It won’t be much,” they told me. Clearly, they underestimated their reach. Messages and emails from readers and well wishers poured in, as did orders for a whole bunch of things. My recipe list doubled up as a menu for requests, and that’s how it’s pretty much going to work until I get a few hours to finalise and design the menu. If you’re in Bombay, you’ve got to subscribe to Brown Paper Bag’s weekend guides. They find these cute hole-in-the-wall places and report about new and fun things to do in the city.

A catering mini-launch was just one thing. I also began writing for another popular city blog. I submitted a story that I’m really proud of – a Crawford Market Guide; a guide to the city’s best food market. I worked with Matt to put the the interiors of the market on paper – something that’s not been done before for this Victorian era market. I looked through almost every shop to put together all the information you’re going to need on your next visit to Crawford Market. Be sure to download the map.

All of this week, I’ve pretty much been elbow deep in flour, and absolutely loving every bit of it. So here I am running around getting some basic packaging in place, buying supplies and delivering the bakes! Regular food blogging should resume soonish.

Another thing I wanted to talk to you about is garlic oil. Loads of sliced up garlic, fresh thyme, red chilli flakes infused into fruity extra virgin olive oil over the slightest simmer (yes, simmer because the moisture from the garlic will make the oil bubble and appear as though the oil were simmering). In all of 15 minutes, you will have sweet garlic slices that you could eat without feeling the bite. I can imagine this being so perfect with plain boiled pasta.  And to top that you will be hit by a fragrance of sweet, spicy and herby all at the same time.

Garlic oil is excellent in salad dressings, as a finishing oil for pastas and risottos, or best of all, to make these garlicky baked fries (which incidentally, have got 171K views so far). I pretty much eyeballed the garlic oil, so measurements are approximates: 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, 7-9 cloves of garlic (sliced), a few sprigs of fresh thyme and 1 tsp red chilli flakes. This makes enough to last me about a week, so it should for you, too.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 16, 2010 at 5:35 AM

Garlic olive oil sounds amazing. I love flavor-infused oil, yum.



2 liz v. July 16, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Congrats – very cool!


3 Madhuli July 16, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Hey congrats and best wishes for this new venture..I am sure you will rock..Galic oil looks interesting..


4 The Purple Foodie July 16, 2010 at 8:33 PM

thank you :)


5 vidya July 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Just read your article about Crawford market.
What a splendid job! Can’t wait for a free morning to take my empty bags over….


6 ILikePaperCutting July 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

love your site, very neat and organise, full of bright and colorful pictures, and most importantly, the recipes seems yummy to me.


7 Avi July 16, 2010 at 6:15 PM

I’m not going to comment for the Nth time about how proud I am of how far you’re come.

Oh, wait.


8 The Purple Foodie July 16, 2010 at 8:33 PM

thanks Aviraj! =) more encouragement is always a good thing.


9 Fazela July 16, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Wow! This is wonderful wonderful!!
Congrats and best wishes!



10 The Purple Foodie July 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM

thank you Fazela! =)


11 Radhika July 17, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Congratulations and best wishes! Garlic oil sounds fabulous!


12 The Purple Foodie July 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM

thanks Radhika!


13 Josie July 17, 2010 at 1:00 AM

oo congrats! sounds like fun:)

oh and the garlic oil sounds delishhhh!


14 GB July 18, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Wow, congrats! All the best…


15 Maitreyi August 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Oh my god ! congratulations on your catering business shaheen!!I wish you were in Delhi so I could order in everyday !! :) The menu looks scrumptious !!!


16 The Purple Foodie August 2, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Thank you so much, Maitreyi! =)


17 Judy August 24, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I want to go to bombay!! I’m reading the Crawford Market article =)


18 aruna mahesh October 27, 2010 at 9:35 PM

congrats and best wishes.
i intend to use the map one day for sure. quite handy.
as for olive oil, i hope we start producing our indianized version soon.
keeping my fingers crossed for the olive fruiting due sometime in jan 2011, in rajasthan…hope we succeed..then we can have home production.


19 kirtiga May 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

hey! the crawford market guide is THE guide!! I took a print of your article n went to shop…ended up wishing i had 8 hands instead of just 2!! :D
Great job!


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