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Travelling by taste-bud

In Culture, Food, Musings on March 15, 2011 at 9:03 am

One of the nicer perks of being in, or having a parent or spouse in academia is the opportunity to meet and befriend people from cultures, ethnicities and nationalities very different from your own. If a major purpose of university education is to ‘open up’ a person’s mind to possibilities hitherto unexplored –  whether in the realm of subatomic particles, or the reinterpretation of obscure pre-modern philosophy (take your pick really! Its all there, mostly funded by your tax money thank you 🙂 ) – then, being part of a really diverse mix of people really aids that process in subtle and beautiful ways.

The icing on this knowing-diverse-people cake has to be the part where you get invited to someone’s house for a meal to taste ‘their’ cuisine, or when they bring you back a little something from their trips back home.

A quick example of how this process has worked to make the grey matter swell in our crania : Rosolje (ROS-OL-YE — ‘Ros’- like Rose, the flower; ‘ol’- like ‘ole’ in ‘hole’; and’ je’ like ‘ye’ in ‘yesterday’)

Pretty Pink!

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Should you flip a frittata?

In Food, Musings on December 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm

This cold and lazy (cozy?) winter’s morning, found us waking up to New-Year’s-eve pressure, not having any exciting plans for the last day of 2010.  By the time noon came around, we had resigned to the prospect of watching fireworks at midnight with a friendly hand-out of oliebollen at the town square. But getting to that conclusion had us ravenously hungry. Which is when we decided on making a frittata for brunch. What is a frittata you ask? Like all good bloggers, we could link you to wikipedia, but will suffice by saying that its a ginormous omelette with stuff in it!

The recipe we decided to adopt is this one for a spinach and potato frittata. Every thing proceeded according to plan more or less (the potatoes cooked readily, the spinach and garlic additions added wonderful aroma and texture, and the eggs and milk made a fluffy cloud of appetizing goodness – the latter a sight I had never seen before). And then popped the question – which will surely bother you too if you enter the frittata fray – should I flip the darn thing? If yes, HOW??

Frittata : Flipped, and Un-flipped

Frittata : Flipped, and Un-flipped

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Latei, Amsterdam

In Culture, Food on September 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm

We first heard about Latei through the underwater amsterdam website. In their “events” section, on the weekend they mentioned (not anymore!) organic Indian thali meals for a decent price (Euros 8-12). We were mildly interested at that point and decided that we could check it out when we went to Amsterdam. A little more surfing closer to an actual trip revealed excellent reviews of the place and especially their “home-style” Indian food.

With relatives visiting us, we had the perfect excuse to check out Latei, while showing them around Amsterdam. The restaurant is located at Zeedijk 143, fairly close to Amsterdam Centraal and the Dam.

Having got somewhat dubious directions, the search for Latei was interesting too – the tram dropped us off at Amsterdam Centraal from where we walked past the sex-museum, into the heart of the Red-light district, where bakery windows choc-a-block with baked delicacies are tightly packed in line with windows offering other kinds of temptations…past ironies like ‘Kamasutra Indian restaurant’ offering ‘Pure Vegetarian Thali’, Police on horseback, and children in strollers part of a ‘special red-light area tour’.

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मिल बाँट कर

In Food, Images, India, Urban Life on August 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm


These lovely little girls reminded me of that wonderful time in life, when the ‘recess’ was the highlight of my day, and ‘whats in your dabba’ was the favorite game to play 🙂

It also made me think of how sharing food – cooking and eating is what I love to do with friends….


In Food, India, photos on May 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Wheat being picked over to remove impurities - chaff and stones

Wheat being picked over for impurities and stone bits