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
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?
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.