Recent favourites {8.5.12}

May 8, 2012

Lately,  I’ve been enjoying most of the food I’ve been making way too quickly to photograph it. Like an entire Lebanese spread with falafels and pita made from scratch. Or a BBQ with with friends the moment we saw a little sunshine. Or chocolate brownies and caramel sauce I made for a friend’s party that earned compliments like “Heaven on my lips.” and “It permeates every cell in my mouth.”


A few days ago I was at were at Jacques Genin to eat his famous lemon tart and guess who I bumped into? Jacques Genin himself! I was with my friends from school and we couldn’t stop gushing, getting his cookbook signed and taking photos. The man knows his lemon tart, he’s written an entire book on it that every lemon tart (USA | UK) fiend must have on his bookshelf.


The best part about commuting to school is all the reading I get done. I am re-reading the Kitchen Confidential (USA | UK | India) and have also begun with the much acclaimed Blood, Bones and Butter (USA | UK | India). Recently, I’ve come across a bunch of interesting things happening on the food scene and thought it’s worth a share.

  • Cut knives. (Suddenly found these knives on my wishlist after watching the video. And just after I saw this video, I discovered an artisan knife shop, I need to go back when it’s open. Oh, the French and their love for les vacances)
  • More cool stuff in  Brooklyn – a chocolate factory in the middle of the city.
  • Little Paris Kitchen: I’ve been watching the new BBC series presented by my food hero Rachel Khoo where she visits some of my favourite food spots and cooks up delights from her new cookbook that goes with the same title (UK | India).
  • Who made that mason jar?
  • Advice for aspiring pastry chef.
  • Advice for future food writers.
  • This compilation of Sounds in the Kitchen in NYTimes got me thinking about my favoruite kitchen tunes. Will put up a playlist soon!
  • Foodie-ism as a youth culture.
  • You can’t help but feel so inspired after watching the the video on a day in the life of Frenchie. Also, makes me want to get his cookbook.
  • Ruth Reichl’s blog post on eating in Paris and London.
  • Who doesn’t love pizza? Have a look at the NY Times Pizza Issue.


  • Reply Mademoiselle Slimalicious May 9, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    I love your blog! Your photos are fantastic, I especially love your illustrations. Great work! I’ll be back for sure! :)

  • Reply Nandita May 9, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Lovely post!!! I am looking forward to the recipes for falafal and pita bread :)

  • Reply shalini May 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    my feelings exactly on the falafal… i need a recipe soon…

  • Reply Holly May 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Is Kitchen Confidential worth the read? I was thinking of purchasing it just yesterday and I can’t decide if I want to hear what Bourdain says or not.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie May 9, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      He’s cocky, but he knows what he’s talking about. I like how the book starts, gets a little dull in the middle, but you still want to know what’s next.

  • Reply Kalyan May 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    cooking and eating without photographing must feel so weird ;)

    • Reply The Purple Foodie May 9, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Haha totally! It feels extremely weird that I haven’t charged my camera batteries since my last holiday to Barcelona in Feb! Instagram is so much fun, makes me forget about my dSLR.

  • Reply smitten by food May 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Stumbled upon your blog and love the color PURPLE! Nice meeting you.

  • Reply ME May 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Hello PurpleFoodie. Did u buy your domain directly on WordPress or through some website? Please help me out here. I want to know which is the best way to start a website. :)
    Thank You so much!

  • Reply ritu May 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Saw some pictures contributed by you in Good Food India!Way to go!!!!

  • Reply Kaya May 27, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    You have such a sweet blog! I just found it and I’m definitely trying some of the recipes you posted :) I haven’t been very creative in cooking (well, I can’t really cook and everything always seems so difficult) but I came across the world best restaurants guide and looking at the plates, it was often very simple. How did you started cooking? Any advice for beginner?
    Take care xx

  • Reply Meenakshi July 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful links! And your caramel sauce recipe is now a steady staple when I have guests…I an just make it and pour it over any darn thing and I have a wonderful dessert in a jiffy! Much love.

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