18 May 2008

Meme : Table Talk

When one of my favourite bloggers, Usha, tagged me for this meme, there was no way to refuse :)

What’s your favourite table?

My dream table - Picture courtesy Ebay store

Currently we have a small IKEA four seater that came along with us when we moved to Bombay. Soon, on moving to our dream house that has a huge dining area and my favourite is a large, dark, solid rectangular wooden table. I’ve spotted one in Fabindia and one on Ebay (picture above). I think we’ll do okay with a 6 seater, but DH being the way he is, is gunning for an 8 seater. You’re welcome for dinner!

What would you have for your last supper?
- Chinna vengaya araicha sambar, potato roast, rice and vethal OR
- Penne in simple basil pesto topped with grated parmesan along glass of Sula Chardonnay
- To end the meal, a scoop of my favourite Natural’s Icecream (Fresh Mango or Papaya Pineapple depending on the season)

What’s your poison?
Tea in all its variations– Masala chai, Earl Grey, Tetley’s Green tea, Moroccan mint tea, Tea flavoured with orange rind

Name your three desert island ingredients.
Amul cheese cubes
Yellow banana chips
Murukku from Grand Sweets
(I’m on a desert, so don’t have to bother about counting calories !)

What would you put in Room 101?
I'll skip this.

Which book gets you cooking?
They get me sleeping, they sit on my bedside table.

What’s your dream dinner party line-up?
No such line up in mind, but surely people who appreciate good food!

What was your childhood teatime treat?
Britannia’s Bourbon, but cream biscuits were a treat in the real sense, I wasn’t allowed to eat them on a daily basis.

What was your most memorable meal?
Almost a year ago, when DH and me went for dinner at Oh! Calcutta. It was a first time for both us, and we oohed and aahed at how yummy simple ‘vegetarian’ Bengali food could be. The memories of that evening are enough to make our mouths water even today.

What was your biggest food disaster?
Overdoing the pasta, by leaving the kitchen while its boiling and forgetting about it
Making milk boil for over half hour and then fretting over all the gas wasted
I don’t know if these are my biggest disasters, but they mostly happen if I don’t hang around the food while it’s cooking, due to my absent-mindedness.

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?
There have been quite a few, but you can read my recent experience here.

Who’s your food hero/food villain?
There are not many to choose from the food shows in India, but two of them are fighting tooth and nail to wear the crown of food villain
One of them who is a famous (?) Indian cookshow hostess of British origin. Her show Cooking is no rocket science is bad enough to make me (with the steeliest of stomachs) puke! I’m talking about Manju Malhi. Her recipes are something I wouldn’t want to cook for my worst enemies and her style of presenting – less I say about it, the better it is. Besides I can’t stand people using the word ‘my’ as a universal prefix…my tomahtoes, my onions, my bacon, my BUNS…you get the drift??
The other is also a cookery show host from the same channel – Marut Sikka. Luckily the show is off air now….No one would miss the show except some of the super specialty cardiac hospitals in the country, as the number of coronary bypass surgeries would have drastically gone down, thanks to this show going off air. Every recipe would have minimum one cup of ‘nice’ desi ghee, plus more ‘nice’ oil or ghee for frying, plus more for tadka! Even if he were cooking for the farmers burning 3000 calories a day on the field, this would be sacrilege. His universal adjective is NICE, nice onions, nicely chopped tomatoes, nice desi ghee! Gosh, I’m already feeling stressed out thinking about these two!

Nigella or Delia?
Have watched Nigella only. While I like her ability to really eat what she cooks, unlike some of the reed thin cookshow people, I can’t stand that pigging out scene in front of the fridge that ends each episode.

Vegetarians: genius or madness?
Neither. I was born into it!

Fast food or fresh food?
Fast food for those times when craving hits without a warning, fresh food at all other times.

Who would you most like to cook for?
DH for sure…he has never discouraged me or complained over a single meal I have served him since we got married.

What would you cook to impress a date?
Wont cook.

Make a wish.
I would like to share a meal with some food bloggers who are also my very close friends (don’t want to take names, but I guess you know who you all are), a kind of potluck where we all cook for each other.

I’d like to tag Anjali, Arundati, Desi Girl, Gardenia, Raaga, Sig, and Suganya to hear about their table tales.


indosungod said...

Nandita, wonder why these TV studios still think a British accented TV Chef would make a good hostess for a Indian Cooking show! Like in the US now the rage is all about Aussie accented voices!!

Anjali said...

Nandita thanks for the tag. Will do it but my elder bro is visiting with family so might take some time.

arundati said...

oh would love to be at your table, breaking bread with you anytime sweety!! thanks for tagging me....may take a while tho!!

Sig said...

That was a great read darling... Thanks for the tag, this is a hard one, but will get to it soon... :)

Nandita said...

Indosun - totally agree!

Girls take your time!

Raaga said...

Will take plenty of time :-) but thanks :-)

Rajitha said...

nice meme...and the sambar-combo for the last meal..i am so with you on that!!

Usha said...

Thank you. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal, err., the post. :)

Aparna said...

That was an interesting meme.
I agree about the food villians on TV. There's one more guy on NDTV or CNN-IBN (I forget which)who keeps stuffing himself with food.

Kamini said...

It was lovely reading this. And I'd love to be one of the 8 at your new table some day!

Suganya said...

Nandita, I am sorry that I took this long to respond. Thanks for tagging me. I'll do it when my days ease up a bit :D

ahumanbean said...

ooooh that awful Brit accent - I heard+saw the TV ad. for the "do you love my accent" food show and promptly changed channels.

Vy these firang-based TV producers think we desis living in desiland dig those sell-out accents is beyond moi!

Swati Raman Garg said...

that was a good read... as always.. n i share similar feeling for manju malhi... i hate hate hate her accent n habits...well its been ages i cared to look at her...

Anonymous said...

Oh..I just hate that TV show hostess' accent...... and also Marut sikka.. his size speaks for his cooking!. and i absolutely agree with you on Nigella's show - don't like the late night snacking shown at the end of the episode :(
- Kiran

Srivalli said...

nandita, that was really fun to read..I was laughing abt the date one...very nice on the whole!..:)

bee said...

that was fun to read. i love the table. enjoy your new home.

Raaga said...

:-) will be published sometime tomorrow :-)

Anonymous said...

I think you're just an attention seeker and there is a brilliant chance that you'll figure out how to delete this response. By the way who asked you all these questions and whats the big deal about British accent as well as your cooking. Where can we try all your wonderful cooking as you claim to figure out what its all about

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more about your comments about British Cook. I was actually watching the show and was wondering about her skills, myself, the way she uses the knife and other things in the kitchen and they way she uses the spices. Where are the real cooks ????

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