#TIRAMISU

“…food is not simply organic fuel to keep body and soul together, it is a perishable art that must be savoured at the peak of perfection.”
– E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
“Change is inevitable”, they say. Well, I’ve never been the type who fancies coffee. I’ve always been more of a “tea girl” and I still am. Naturally, I wasn’t the least bit motivated to indulge in a dessert that owes part of it’s magic to coffee. Nevertheless, a couple of months back, at an authentic Italian restaurant, as I debated with myself whether to opt for a gelato with biscotti or a tiramisu, something came over me and prompted me to finally take the plunge and give this age ol’ dessert a chance. I haven’t looked back since. My palate ostensibly decided to go on an adventure and Tiramisu for some reason decided to placate itself into a personal favorite. As you will see me describing further below, what caught my attention in particular was the perfect balance of the sweet & the bitter. Continue reading “#TIRAMISU”

#Wholegrain Penne with Pesto

My love for pasta goes back a long time…much before we began to have Italian eateries in Bangalore. Relatives from the USA would bring with them packets of whimsically shaped pasta that my mom would lovingly make with an Indian kick, which meant tomato ketchup & Garam masala. It was only when I spent winter days in Jersey locked in front of the television set, hooked on to The Cooking Channel/Food Network that I began learning the basics of Italian cuisine. Slowly, extra virgin olive oil, basil, lasagna sheets & spaghetti made their way from the grocery store to the kitchen. I will admit, coming from an Indian background where spices are the way of life, a dish with some oil, tomato sauce & veggies did seem a little bland but for not for long. Continue reading “#Wholegrain Penne with Pesto”

#Spaghetti with Pumpkin Sauce

The pumpkin mania continues…This pasta has the goodness of pumpkin, walnuts, basil & sundried tomatoes. The first time I tried pumpkin in a pasta was in a restaurant called Toscano in Bangalore where they make the most heavenly pumpkin ravioli with a silky sage butter sauce. It’s melt-in- the-mouth perfection! But, to be completely honest, the addition of walnuts to the sauce was a little odd for me although I did end up liking it.(Italian cuisine was synonymous with pizza for many, many years until we started to discover the myriad of pastas, cheese & breads.) Continue reading “#Spaghetti with Pumpkin Sauce”

#Pizza Margherita

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
                                     – George Bernard Shaw

I was first introduced to pizza maybe at the age of  nine or ten when my dad would take us to our weekly dinner outing at Sukh Sagar in Bangalore. This restaurant didn’t require us to go inside, the service came to the car! My little brothers and me would always get a medium sized pizza & share. After a few years, Pizza Huts & Pizza Corners cropped up in every corner of Bangalore & most special occasions at home demanded a pizza night, be it a birthday or a simple evening when dad returned home after a week of travel.
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